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

Michael J. Sheehan Archbishop of Santa  Fe

This is our 100th Edition!!

News Flashes

The Italian government is trying seven seismologists for manslaughter because they didn’t predict an earthquake in 2009 that killed over 300  people.Bishop Robert W. Finn and the diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph have been indicted by a grand jury on a charge of failure to report suspected child abuse by a priest. The Vatican has established a new commission to tackle the problem of ugly churches and lousy music. (Comment: it’s about time!) 

( The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.)

“I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish.
It doesn’t bother me a bit when people say, ‘Merry Christmas’ to me. I don’t think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year
Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.”

 Today’s Martyrs

(Lest we forget)

In Spain, only 80 years ago during their three-year-long Civil War, 10,000 Spanish Catholics died for their faith at the hands of the anti-Catholic Popular Front (which we American supported with our Abraham Lincoln Brigade .)


My favorite priest, layperson, breathing saint or organization


(Please tell me about your favorite Catholic priest, layperson or organization that is making a difference aljagoe@comcast.net)

 Fr. Robert Aufieri (New York, NY)

Fr. John M. Bauer (Minneapolis, MN)

 Fr. Edward Gorman, O.P. (Providence, RI)

Fr. Andrew Gries (Washington, DC)

Msgr. Edward Filardi (Bethesda, MD)

Fr. Raymond Kemp (Washington, DC)

Bishop Joseph N. Latino (Jackson, MS)

NEW! Archbishop Jerome Listecki (Milwaukee, MN)

 Bishop Dennis Madden (Baltimore, MD)

Fr. Joseph Marini (San Mateo, CA) 

Msgr. Joseph Mayo (Salt Lake City, UT) 

Fr. John Mericantante (Pahokee, FL)

Msgr. Thomas Modugno (New York,NY)

Fr. Kevin Nelson, Lantana, FL

Fr. John O’Donoghue (San Antonio,TX)

Fr. Antony Pulikal (Lntana, FL)

Fr. James R. Purfield (Denver,CO) 

Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi (Mobile, AL)

 Msg. Paul L. Rohling (Birmingham, AL 

Fr. David Ross (Lima. OH) 

 Fr. Matthew Ruhl, S.J. (KansasCity, KS)

Fr. Michael Scanlon (Steubenville, OH) 

 Fr. Walter J. Szezesny (Buffalo, NY) NEW!

Fr. Richard Trout (Sanford, FL)

Fr. Hayden Vaverek (New York, NY)

Fr. Malcolm Sylvester Willoughby, O.P. (Washington, DC)

Canon Stuart Wilson (London, UK)

Interesting Sayings

By the Incarnation, all joys and hopes, sufferings and tragedies are brought, purified, and transformed into intimacy with God’s own life. Through Christ we know God not as some remote first cause of the universe, but as the God of love.

Fr. Robert P. Imbelli, Archdiocese of New York


When we, earnest people for whom God really matters, look into our hearts, do we not find that our basic question is: “What can I do for God? What can I give to God?” There is only one answer—God’s answer: “Nothing, beloved. Only receive with glad heart what I give, and this is myself.”

Sister Ruth Burrows, O.C.D., a Carmelite nun in Norfolk, England.


At the foot o’ Jesus

Sorrow like a sea

Lordy, let yo’ mercy

Come dristin’ down on me


At the feet o’Jesus

At yo’ feet I stand.

O, ma little Jesus,

Please reach out yo’ hand.

Langston Hughes

 Show me a sane man, and I will cure him for you.- Carl Jung


Hey, you Catholic apostate,

don’t you dare wait

‘til it’s too late

and you reach that Golden Gate.




I recently gave a copy of your Light Reading for Good and Wayward Catholics to a friend in the hospital. She later told me, with a chuckle, that it got her home two days earlier than predicted.

Richard Belose, Boston

I am happy to be one of your readers. I am a Roman Catholic priest, faithful to the Holy Father and the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.

Fr. George Mabura in Kenya


 (Regarding the blog “Why I Will Never Leave the Church”)

Good honest heartfelt stuff, keep it coming. Forgiveness, faith that things can improve, and optimism that they will are all very good. Blind belief in infallibility — at least where humans are involved as middlemen– is not always so good. Here’s a toast to the spirit of loving questioning and constant re-examination with which you live your faith. “The unexamined life is not worth living” said Socrates, and one could say the same for religious faith, long term relationships amongst people we love, etc. Great writing, keep it coming.

George in Geneva

Your statement of faith has been an inspiration for me. Also, it has clarified my thoughts when I talk about the Church with doubters.

Rebecca Thomas, San Antonio

I resent your referring to our magnificent Church as a rusty and battered old chest.

Amos Radcliffe, Chicago


Chuckle Time

(My Favorite Christmas Story)

When Christ was born, if there had been three Jewish women instead of the Three Wise Men:

(1)  they would have arrived on time, because they would have asked  directions;

(2)  they would have brought practical gifts, like food, blankets and baby clothing;

(3)  they would have cleaned up the stables, gotten rid of the animals and  helped deliver the baby.

When they left, their comments would have been:

(1)  did you notice those sandals that Mary was wearing?

(2)  their donkey has seen better days;

AND, the baby doesn’t look like Joseph


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