We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics. My motto — “Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.”
Michael J. Sheehan Archbishop of Santa Fe
– 72% of U.S. Catholic readers surveyed said they would love to hear laypeople give homilies at Mass.
– The New York Times gave a 3,496 word account of two priests accused of sexual abuse, and an 828 word account of two rabbis accused of the same crime. (Hey, you frigging publishers, where’s the level playing field?)
– St. Gabriel Possenti has been selected by the gun supporters as their patron saint. (I wonder what he did to deserve this?)
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– What threatens modern Western states, as it once threatened Rome, is not simply an idea that the state poses a danger to religion. but equally the opposite idea that religion poses a threat to the state because it reveals the insubstantiality of the concerns of the state and the limits of the state’s power over the individual and the limits of the state’s power over the individual.
There is no more urgent task in the church today than shedding that light anew upon those thirsting for the truth, for the beauty, for the goodness of the Gospel.
Cardinal W. Wuerl
(Regarding her writing) I’m really trying to make people’s minds move, you know, which is not something they’re naturally inclined to do.”
Political correctness is tyranny with manners.
A thorough knowledge of God is an achievement that lies beyond the reach of most men. Either they lack sufficient intelligence, or they are spiritually and mentally lazy, or they do not have the time or the inclination to devote themselves to the intellectual pursuit of things pertaining to God.
Father M.M. Philipon, O.P.
(a French Dominican theologian who died in 1972)
Folks spend the first six days of each week sowing their wild oats; then they go to church on Sunday and pray for crop failure.
The sequel to faith is joy.
I really hope you get this fast. I could not inform anyone about our trip, because it was impromptu. We had to be in Philippines for a program. The program was successful, but our journey has turned sour. We misplaced our wallet and cell phone on our way back to the hotel we lodge in after we went for sight seeing. The wallet contained all the valuables we had. Now, our passport is in custody of the hotel management pending when we make payment.
I am sorry if i am inconveniencing you, but i have only very few people to run to now. i will be indeed very grateful if i can get a loan of $1,800USD from you. This will enable me sort our hotel bills and get my sorry self back home. I will really appreciate whatever you can afford in assisting me with. I promise to refund it in full as soon as I return.
(reply: Not today, Sheila, whoever you are.)
(Regarding the I AM A JOY CATHOLIC car sticker)
No way would I put this on my car, because my religion is a very personal thing and it is not the business of anyone else.
Mabel Upton, San Francisco, CA
Send me three stickers.
T. M., Barcelona, Spain
You are a braggadocios asshole to go around town, shouting that you are Catholic. I’m surprised you don’t get rear-ended.
Ronny Ongowo, Reading, PA
What a great idea for a church fundraiser. How many copies would you make available for us to sell?
Rachael Frank, Biloxi, MS
(answer: name your number and they’ll be in the mail)
(Thanks to Msg. Edward Filardi, Bethesda, MD)
AMEN: The only part of a prayer that everyone knows.
BULLETIN: The receipt for attending Mass.
CHOIR: A group of people singing so that the rest of the Parish can lip-sych.
ENTRANCE PROCESSION: The ceremonial formation at the beginning of Mass consisting of altar servers, the celebrant and parishioners looking for a seat.
HYMN: A song of praise sung in a key three octaves higher than Parishioners can sing.
PEW: A medieval torture device still found in Catholic churches.
RELICS: People who have been going to Mass for so long they actually know where to sit, kneel and stand.
USHERS: The only people in the parish who don’t know the seating capacity of a pew.