We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics.   My motto-
“Be happily and uncomplicatedly

Michael J. Sheehan,  Archbishop of Santa Fe

News Flashes

-10,000 Christian families fled home in Ethiopia when Muslim extremists burned down 69 Protestant churches, thirty homes, a school and orphanage. Only 1% of the 79 million people in Ethiopia are Catholic. (comment: Pray for them!)

-A recent study proved that 40% of pregnancies in New  York City end in abortion.

A study of 1,000 Israeli parole decisions found that considerably more applications succeeded after the judge had eaten lunch. 

My favorite priest, layperson, breathing saint or organization

Two remarkable brothers who deserve recognition are the twins, Julian and Adrian Riester, born on the same day, and died on the same day 92 years later. After their childhood in Buffalo and attending St. Joseph’s
Collegiate Institute they joined the friars of Holy Name Providence in New York City. During their careers, they served parishes in Buffalo for 17 years; then they worked at the St. Bonaventure seminary for 35 years.
Great men!

(Now, tell me about your favorite Catholic priest,  layperson or organization that is making a difference )


Interesting sayings

I trust there is not a young man now living in the United   States who will not die a Unitarian.

 -Thomas Jefferson, letter to Waterhouse, June 26, 1822

It is with  awe that we should conduct all our dealings with one another. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked with a mere mortal.  – C. S. Lewis

According to a recent study, close to 50% of Catholics in the United States do not know the Church teaching that the bread and wine used in Holy Communion actually become the body and blood of Christ.

 -Peter John Cameron, O. P

Handle every stressful situation like a dog. Piss on it and walk away.

-Anonymous Veterinarian


In regard to your “The Devil was Right”, you are on target because we must superimpose love on the polyrhythm of life. –  Cyrus Eagleton,Amsterdam,Holland 

I still haven’t forgiven you for you writing about the Pope being pregnant. This was the most
irreverent thing I have ever read. You should be ashamed of yourself
.     –     Madeline Smithson, Phoenix.AZ

(comment: Mia culpa, mia culpa, mia maxima culpa)


Your blog is a vector for reminding us Catholics of the role we must play

 -Edward Stern,Miami,FL

I have read your Light Reading for Good and Wayward Catholics, and if I were the Pope, I would excommunicate you.

 -Mary Redman,New York,NY

(Reply: I thank you, Mary, for your honesty, and I
thank God that you’re not the Pope.)

Chuckle time

With the prediction of Sunday being a beautiful day, on Saturday night a golfing-enthusiastic
priest called the monsignor and said he was too sick to say Mass the next day.  At dawn, he hurried to play a round of golf by himself. In observing this, St. Peter asked God what he was going to do about it.  “Watch
and see,” God replied.  On the 5th hole, the lone golfer hit a 250 yard drive from the tee and the ball sailed high, landed on the green and went in the cup.  Aghast at what he saw, St. Peter asked God, “Do you call that punishment?”

God replied, “Who is he going to tell?”

Special Intentions List

As you pray with a broad brush, please include these loved ones, who have been submitted by our readers. You, too, are invited to send me names of your special persons who are in need of prayer.

 My address is aljagoe@comcast.net. They will be on the list for 60 days. At the end of that time, if prayers are still needed, you merely have to renew the name.

Jill Todd, Juanita Caldwell, Isola Todd, David Abbey, Linwood “Skip” Williams, Roseanne Somlock, Nicholas Gallagher, Tom Lewis, Donald Whitcomb, Violeta Zepeda, John Aylor, Rev. Joseph Marini, Enrique Portillo,  Sharon McPike, Tom Ryan, Joseph Normile, Jim Quimby, Russell Edwards,   Rev. Stephen Huffstetter, Hugh Cannon, Eric Moore, Joan Barrett,  8-year-old Michael Fotta and his parents, Lolita Alvarez, Camilus Musselman, Ed Block, Isobel Milligan, Peter Bartkiewiez and his family, Joe Toles, Camilus Musselman,   Ed Cole, Bishop Thomas Olmsted,  Jay Parker, William Stephenson, Roger Stoven, Bob Abbott, Denny Kline, Lois Pinkin, Larry Mannino, Cheryl DeSantis, Lenore Sommers, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Laura Marsh, Marie Lyons, John Vaughen, Andy Samworth, Carrol Otto, Bill Daniels, Wynne Ambrose,Bonnie
Schlosser, Stephen Balchin, Jerry the tailor, Brian Kearns –
Christian martyrs in the Middle East, those in refugee camps throughout the word.


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