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Cultural Catholic?

Sunday’s Houston Chronicle contains a piece of filler from the NYT about Judge Sotomayor, stating that if confirmed she would be the sixth of nine judges who are Roman Catholic, but unlike four of the other five, who are “ committed attenders [sic] of Mass, and ...make up the court’s solid conservative block ”.... “ indications are that Sotomayor is more like the majority of the U.S. Catholics ” She is a “ cultural Catholic ”. That is “ those who were raised in the faith and shaped by its values, but who do not attend Mass regularly and are not particularly active in religious life. ” This comment surprised me, as I have never heard the term a “cultural Catholic”. I looked it up in Wikipedia: A cultural Catholic is an individual who belongs to the Catholic Church but observes the religion's practices as a cultural tradition rather than a spiritual exercise. Cultural Catholics may not fully understand the theology that informs the religion's rituals, or may reject part or most

Thoughts on the Playground

 Last week, I met some friends at the playground and we began talking about another friend who converted to Catholicism many years ago. When I clarified that they were not “cradle Catholics”, another mother, a non-Catholic, laughed and said that was really backwards. That normally people don’t move from a Protestant faith back into a “strict” religion. I couldn’t help feeling offended. Is it a common perception that people only come into the Catholic faith through birth or marriage and that later they leave to become Protestant because they are fed up with all the “rules”? In that moment I was quite taken aback with her comment and as we were supervising kids on the playground, I didn’t really have a chance to lead her into further discussion . Plus, I’m not really quick on my feet with my two-year old yelling, “swing me Mommy, swing me” from across the playground. But since our meeting, I have been giving her comment much thought. Was she alleging that people usually pick t

Did you Hear the News?

The Pope now has an app for your iPhone and Facebook! Yesterday, the Vatican launced a new website Pope2You.net which includes a WikiCath, iPhone app, Facebook app and the Vatican's YouTube channel. The release is in conjunction with The Vatican's World Communications Day this Sunday, which is devoted to communicating the gospel with new technologies "The Church is very conscious that there is a new culture of communication in today's world. It is a new way of communicating among young people, and the new portal is a way of engaging in that. Today there's a new digital continent in need of evangelization. In past centuries the Church went to the new continents to bring them Christ's message; today we go online." Monsignor Paul Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications (PSCC) As of today, the Apple Store has not made the new iPhone app, H20News, available for download. The current message is that it will be available in the nex

Prayers for Notre Dame University

Please take a moment this weekend to offer up prayers for the Notre Dame community as their commencement approaches. May the Lord bless Fr. Jenkins, the graduating seniors, the Notre Dame alumni, the Notre Dame community as a whole and President Obama. We ask that this scandal and controversy lead to a conversion of the heart for President Obama and all other pro-abortion members of this community and for guidance for Fr Jenkins and the Board of Notre Dame to lead this University closer to fulfilling the legacy of its namesake, Our Lady. If you are not current on the controversy surrounding the Notre Dame Commencement this Sunday, please read my previous post and click through some of the links for the most up to date information.

It is Working! (with Update)

Someone recently asked me if I get tired of talking about Life. My answer is yes, I do get tired of having to discuss Life. I wish it wasn't necessary and that everyone understood how precious and deserving each life is, born or unborn. This woman was surprised that I continue to engage in a discussion that she believes is hopeless. A discussion where no one is paying attention and every one's mind is made up. There is no point, she told me, you should give up. There was a time in my life when I would have agreed with her, as I'm sure many of you do now. You think that, realistically, minds and hearts will not change, that society will continue to become more and more permissible of the immorality and evils that exist. It is tempting to believe we can't make a difference on monumental issues. My belief is that with continued prayer, discussion and education more and more people will begin to honor Life as God intended. It will be slow and hard fought, with ups and do

Bless Me Father, For I Have Kids

In honor of Mother's Day I want to share with you Susie Lloyd's new book Bless Me, Father, For I Have Kids . A Catholic, home-schooling, mother of seven, Susie humorously writes about her family. If you are a fan of Mary Beth Hicks, you will laugh along with Susie as soon as you adjust to her family situation and writer voice. Whether it's her way of addressing the arrival of "the boy" after six daughters, attempting to grasp her daughter's theory on how driving should work, or seeing the world through the eyes of a three-year old who is no longer the youngest, you can't help but smile and break out an occasional laugh. I laughed at her self-described organizational skills (sounds vaguely familiar...) and creative imaginary version of Holy wood Squares (where the squares are occupied by various Saints). Susie has a dry wit mixed with a tinge of sarcasm that works well throughout her tales. Even if you don't homeschool seven children and attend

100 Days of Freedom Challenge

I received this Challenge from my Congressman, Pete Olson. It is something we can all do to make a difference when we feel powerless and unheard in the present climate. His email reminded me of another blog post I commented on a few weeks ago. Take the time and speak with your friends, family, coworkers and neighbors. Don't shy away from this topic, you might be surprised by the number of people who agree with you. We can make a difference by connecting with others through our own grassroots effort. Dear Friend, Over the past 100 days, Congress and the new Administration have undertaken the most massive expansion of government our country has ever seen. They have concentrated power and by virtue of monumental spending bill after spending bill, they will be raising taxes to redistribute what Americans earn - again, this concentration will benefit the government. . . not you or your family. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her allies claim this unprecedented effort is necessar

Texas State Library & Archives

Dear Friends, Many of you graciously donated your time earlier this legislative session to contact members of the House and Senate Finance Committee in support of the Texas State Library & Archives Commission special funding. We have one more opportunity to show our support for the TSLAC! The Details We are seeking support for two items of special funding: 1. Funding to construct additional space that is environmentally appropriate for housing the state's permanent archival records. As many of you know, the State Archives has effectively been out of space for more than 15 years, and more than 22,000 cubic feet of archival records are housed in space that does not have required environmental controls. TSLAC is in desperate need of 78,200 cubic feet of space in order to accommodate current holdings and allow for 15-20 years of expected acquisitions. TSLAC is requesting approximately $29 million to expand its capacity to house the state's records. The funding for

Swine Flu

Swine flu (now known as H1N1) dominated the national and local news this week. In our own household we had a bit of a circus when my younger daughter complained of headache and fever on Saturday. We took her to an after-hours clinic on Sunday where we were told it wasn't strep and probably was just viral, the common cold. After her fever increased to 102 and she developed a croupy cough with sore throat, I made an appointment with our regular pediatrician for Wednesday. Wednesday morning we were told her nasal swab tested positive on the office rapid flu test. The nurse brought me a stack of paperwork to turn into the State of Texas Health Department and a consent form to retain all of her medical records indefinitely past the five year record retention schedule. (I refused to sign anything.) The pediatrician took another nasal swab for a more dedicated lab test to determine the specific flu strain and prescribed Tamiflu for the entire family. She could not return to school or I