Which Saint Are You? Personality Test

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Since Eucharist is  the Greek word for "Thanksgiving," it's no wonder why many families go to Mass on Thanksgiving, even though it's not a Holy Day of Obligation. It's a good way to give the holiday its proper Christian context.  It is good to be reminded of all the blessings in our lives, but none more so than the ultimate gift of Christ, Himself.  Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!    Read More November 23, 2016

Did you know? St. Jude

Did you know these awesome things about St. Jude Thaddeus and our devotion to him? 1. Aaron Neville's earring is a St. Jude medal . Neville, the famous New Orleans R&B singer, has been devoted to St. Jude throughout his career.  Neville credits St. Jude with his success and survival, even through Hurricane Katrina.  2. Speaking of earrings, what is that righteous bling St. Jude is wearing? As in the image below, artists typically depict St. Jude as wearing a large coin around his neck: It's the Image of Edessa . Like Veronica's Veil or the Shroud of Turn, the Image of Edessa is a cloth which bears the image of Christ's face. According to tradition, King Abgar of Edessa wrote a letter to our Lord Jesus Christ, asking Christ to cure him. King Abgar received an letter in reply from Jesus declining the invitation, but promising a future visit by one of his Apostles. That Apostle turned out to be Saint Jude Thaddeus. Catholic author Taylor Marshall has Read More November 21, 2016

Grey- Black- Whitefriar -- What's the Difference?

Here are the three types of friars together in Blackfriars church, Oxford. In this photo, we see a Greyfriar (Franciscan), a Blackfriar (Dominican) and a Whitefriar (Carmelite).    Read More November 20, 2016

Call Your Mom

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St. Lucy of Narnia??

You mean, she's real?? C. S. Lewis wasn't imagining things ...  Born in the late 1400s, Blessed Lucia (or “Lucy” in English) Brocadelli was actually from Narni or “Narnia” in Latin, an  ancient town in Umbria . A pious child, she is said to have received visions from an early age. Following her father’s death in her early teens, she was married off by her uncle to Pietro, Count of Milan, though they lived as brother and sister. Here is an article about her from the Catholic Herald , as well as the Wikipedia entry . Of course, we have no idea whether C. S. Lewis had ever heard of Blessed Lucy when creating Lucy Pevensie of "Spare 'Oom" of the land of "War Drobe," but the real Lucy led a pretty fantastic life nonetheless.  Among other amazing things, Lucy of Narnia received the stigmata and became the prioress of a convent. She spent the last years of her life [read: 40 years of wilderness wanderings] locked up by her successor. Or was it t Read More November 19, 2016

Top 10 Best #ThingsJesusNeverSaid Memes

In David Letterman style, starting with #10 ... #10 Beware of pyramid schemes #BernieMadoff #9 That doesn't mean Twitter follower. #8 Corporal Works of Mercy ... Do it. #7 I need safe space! #6 Now? It's already been 2000 + 2000 years. The world's oldest institution is not impressed.  #5 "We've only just begun" - The Carpenters  #4 Don't mess with Jesus' Momma ... All generations WILL call her blessed.  #3 THE. THE. THE.  #2 Of course, if you live YOLO, you might later wish it was just the once.  #1 THIS. IS. MY. BODY. #Eucharist Read More November 18, 2016

The Seventh Word – Author Interview by BooksGoSocial

The Seventh Word an interview with author S. L. Smith by BooksGoSocial (original interview can be seen here .) Today we are chatting with  S. L. Smith  the author of  The Seventh Word. Tell us something unexpected about yourself! I’ve served as a missionary in the Kibera slums of Nairobi, Kenya. What novels affected you the most growing up? I cut my teeth on Narnia and Michael Crichton books growing up, but the novels that most affected me down the stretch would be Les Miserables, Lord of the Rings, and The Fountainhead. Where did the idea for your current book come from? This is a prequel to a series I’m working on called Raintree. The Seventh Word has many parallels to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Stephen King’s IT and Salem’s Lot, and The Lord of the Rings. Do you think there’s any way you could ever run out of ideas for books? Nah! What is your routine for writing and has this method changed over the span of your career? I try to write a page or two a day. Read More November 18, 2016

How Many Pro-Life Supreme Court Justices Will Trump Appoint?

Republican senators are now suddenly vindicated for stalling the nominations process for Justice Scalia’s replacement. Liberal and conservative pundits alike are now acknowledging the wisdom and/or canniness of this move: “Senate Republicans’ strategy of not even considering Garland, of letting the American people decide who gets to fill Scalia’s seat, worked,” said Ilya Shapiro, a lawyer with the Cato Institute, a libertarian group. “Not only that, but it didn’t at all hurt vulnerable senators running for re-election.” Voters on both sides knew how momentous the 2016 Presidential election would be, if only in terms of the Supreme Court implications. Liberals came so very close to dominating the nation’s highest court for the foreseeable future. “On the brink of having the first liberal-leaning Supreme Court in decades, the judicial left has now been banished to the wilderness for perhaps decades more,” said Barry Friedman, a law professor at New York U Read More November 15, 2016