7 Quick Takes

7 Quick Takes

Stick Figure Freeze Tag, Daddy-Daughter Dance, A Well-Read Mom, Radio Show Updates, Mushroom Soup & Two Urgent Prayer Requests . . . → Read More: 7 Quick Takes

The Spiritual Fatherhood of Fr. John Riccardo

Fr. John Riccardo

In conjunction with Support a Catholic Speaker Month hosted at BrandonVogt.com, Lisa promotes the work of Fr. John Riccardo, a priest in the Archdiocese of Detroit, Michigan. . . . → Read More: The Spiritual Fatherhood of Fr. John Riccardo

Hey, this novena thing works, huh?

Steve Angrisano & Sisters

Here’s what I witnessed on Day 1 of our St. Thérèse of Lisieux novena for increased vocations to the sisterhood. . . . → Read More: Hey, this novena thing works, huh?

How Joseph Ratzinger’s Family Prepared Him for Mass


Photo Credit: Catholic News Service

If you aren’t reading Pope Benedict XVI, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? An easy way to stay connected to his comings and goings is to subscribe to the VIS, the Holy See Press Office daily newsletter, free of charge. Subscribers receive emails a few times per week that include a daily account of the Holy Father’s activities.

Accounts like this:

During the recent World Meeting of Families in Milan, Italy, Pope Benedict XVI participated in the “Celebration of Witnesses” event by answering questions asked from families in attendance. A seven-year-old girl from Vietnam asked the Pope to talk about his own family and infancy. Here’s the . . . → Read More: How Joseph Ratzinger’s Family Prepared Him for Mass

Adopt-a-Seminarian: Africa eBook Project


I have advocated for adopting-a-seminarian here before. When “adopting,” you pledge to pray for the seminarian daily, send letters or emails often, dedicate Mass for him once a month, send care packages from time to time, invite him to dinner over breaks, etc.

Great idea, right? Sure, assuming those seminarians are studying in counties like the United States where internet access and regular mail delivery is taken for granted. I was smacked in the face with my assumptions when I read this at Brandon Vogt’s blog The Thin Veil:

“In Cameroon, Africa, books are rare—especially the good ones. My friend Linus is studying at one of the seminaries, and he says . . . → Read More: Adopt-a-Seminarian: Africa eBook Project

Peace on Earth, One Family at a Time

I recently received this message from one of our readers:

I was wondering if you have any resources on dealing with less than loving parents. My parents fall in this category. Our oldest is 10-years-old, so I have been dealing with this issue for quite some time. I have experienced a lot of heartache and disappointment over the years.

Join me in praying the Rosary for our families?

I know this reader is not alone in her experience. I have been engaged in several conversations lately with friends who are also struggling with family dynamics. It’s the same song, second verse. For many, the frustrations are rooted . . . → Read More: Peace on Earth, One Family at a Time

Power to the Sheeple!

The faithful should embrace this barb for what it really means.

I had a Facebook dialog a few weeks ago with a couple Catholic friends who struggle with some of the Church’s teachings. The subject of the exchange was Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget proposal. One of them suggested he should be denied communion because he supposedly doesn’t care about the poor. After I refuted that bit of nonsense, the conversation quickly turned toward the HHS contraception mandate. One of the two interjected:

Why, when many states had similar mandates already on the books, did the Bishops suddenly decide to cry foul? Seems entirely political to me and disingenuous as well. . . . → Read More: Power to the Sheeple!

Pope Benedict XVI’s April Prayer Intentions

Unite with Christians throughout the world in praying for the pope’s monthly prayer intentions.

Since the nineteenth century, popes have asked the Apostleship of Prayer to pray for specific intentions. Two prayer intentions are requested each month from the Holy Father, a general intention and a mission intention. Let us join the Apostleship of Prayer’s dedication to pray for these intentions each day. Pope Benedict XVI’s April 2012 prayer intentions are:

General Intention – Vocations: That many young people may hear the call of Christ and follow him in the priesthood and religious life.

During the Second Vatican Council, Pope Paul VI initiated the World Day of Prayer for Vocations . . . → Read More: Pope Benedict XVI’s April Prayer Intentions

Dominican Sisters: Say N-O to B-O. Novena Starts Today.

And we ain’t talkin’ body odor, folks

These Nashville Dominican Sisters have some spunk.

Have you seen their statement about President Obama’s health insurance mandate? Here’s a snippet.

Health Insurance Mandate: Religious Freedom and Conscience Rights in United States Seriously Threatened

The United States, from its very beginnings, has been an example of true human freedom and religious liberty for all. During its history, in fact, our nation has sheltered countless people who came here from countries where their basic freedoms were either in danger or being denied altogether. Sadly, Americans now face a similar threat. At this moment, which is strange and new to us, our own . . . → Read More: Dominican Sisters: Say N-O to B-O. Novena Starts Today.

I’ll Trade You Father Paul for Archbishop Listecki

Source: The Catholic Herald

New trading cards promote Catholic religious vocations

Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki is among a handful of Catholic religious leaders featured on a new deck of trading cards circulating around Milwaukee. The initiative launched last week is meant to drum up interest in religious vocations. Distribution of the cards began after Mass at two diocesan parishes on Sunday, January 8, to coincide with National Vocations Awareness Week. A new card will be distributed after Mass every other week, for the next 12 weeks.

On the back of the cards is a mini-biography, which includes a nickname, birthday, favorite saint, hobbies and interests, and a notable person who influenced their vocational call. Priests’ . . . → Read More: I’ll Trade You Father Paul for Archbishop Listecki