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Icons in Catholic Alaska PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sherry   
Friday, 20 February 2009 10:50
Catholic News Service has a lovely article about the growing use of icons among Catholic in Alaska.

"An internationally respected Catholic iconographer who now lives in the Diocese of Juneau, Deacon Rohrbacher has observed a growing fascination with icons in Western Christianity over the past quarter century.

“I often ask theologians and church leaders why there has been a resurgence in icons,” he said in a telephone interview with the Anchor. “They most commonly tell me that it is due to a deep hunger for transcendence.”

It is a hunger that Deacon Rohrbacher has seen cut across denominational lines as modern Christians seek deeper spiritual realities in an increasingly secular world.  “The icon is a healing image,” he said. “So many modern images we see do not heal — they wound us. They are of terror and abuse. In the icon, Christ, Mary and the saints look on us in love and invite us to contemplation.”

Snip.

Two of the largest Roman Catholic parishes in the Anchorage Archdiocese also have made recent moves to expand the place of icons within their communities. Most notably, a large four-by-six-foot icon of the Holy Family is under construction for prominent display in the sanctuary at Holy Family Cathedral in Anchorage.

Dominican Father Francis Hung Le, pastor of the cathedral, said he hopes the icon will bridge the wide cultural and linguistic diversity within the church and point the faithful to the transcendent truth reflected in the sacred image.

“We have so many languages at the cathedral but icons can speak a universal language,” he told the Anchor.

The Cathedral in Anchorage is run by Western Province Dominicans and I hope to visit it in early May when I go to Anchorage to help teach a Called & Gifted workshop there.

Within the province, we have our own bi-ritual (Latin/Melkite) iconographer:  Fr. Brendan McAnerney, OP whose ministry DominIcon is a busy one.  Fr. Brendan is a gifted teacher and preacher and if he is offering something near you, I'd jump at the chance.

Here is Fr. Brendan's calendar for 2009:

February 15-21 "Art & Spirituality of the Icon" Presentation - St. Justin Martyr Parish, Anaheim, CA  -  contact person: Fr. John Monestero  714-774-2595

June 15-June 19 "Icon - Sacred Image" - Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology, Berkeley, CA - 510-849-2030

June 22-26 "Introduction to Icon Painting" - Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology, Berkeley, CA - 510-849-2030

August 8-13 "Art & Spirituality of the Icon" Presentation - St. Gertrude Benedictine Monastery, Cottonwood, ID - 208-962-3224

October 1 "Sacred Image" - A Presentation to the St. Anselm Institute, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

October 5-9 "Level II Icon Workshop" Church of the Ascension Episcopal, Knoxville, TN - contact person: Jim Phillips  865-577-2509


 


 
We Have Each Other's Backs PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sherry   
Friday, 20 February 2009 10:30
CNN's hero of the day is a man for whom we can thank God.

Roy Foster seeks out and gives a second chance to homeless vets whose lives have been destroyed by alcohol, drugs, and trauma.   More than 150,000 vets are homeless on any given night.

Foster's motivation:  his past as a recovering addict himself and his faith embodied in his non-profit called "Faith*Hope*Love*Charity which created Stand Down House.

"Named for the military command that gives troops time to rest after arduous duty, the program provides homeless male vets food, shelter and a safe place to recover, as well as the tools to conquer their personal problems.

"The idea is that they can relax now; we'll take care of them," Foster said.

Snip.

Now five buildings in total, Stand Down House provides transitional housing and support services to 45 veterans in different stages of recovery.

When vets arrive -- through referral by the Veterans Administration, which largely funds the program -- they receive meals, housing, clothing, counseling and transportation to the VA hospital for additional medical and mental health care.

After 30 to 60 days, eligible veterans must begin to look for work or attend school, but they can continue receiving housing, case management, addiction counseling and life skills classes for as long as two years. Successful veterans are eligible for the program's final component: permanent, sober-living housing.

With their past as a common bond, vets often become informal counselors to each other, helping one another stay on track.

"We have each others' backs," said Joey Elluzzi, a Vietnam veteran.

Many graduates find the companionship so valuable that they return as volunteers.

As of 2008, Stand Down House reported that 93 percent of its eligible residents found work and 84 percent of graduates went on to live independently. Foster and his staff are now working with other programs around the country, sharing what they've learned.

Despite his program's success, Foster said, there's more work to do. A new wave of veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan is appearing at Stand Down House, and Foster said he's determined to serve -- and save -- this next generation.

I found this last word most moving.

"When asked why he does this, he simply answers, "It's my calling."

And I must add a personal note:

I really appreciate CNN's series on heroes.  Almost always, these are people of great faith, generosity, and love taking risks and making sacrifices for the sake of others and they - and their work - deserve a bully pulpit.  Three cheers to CNN for uncovering and covering these remarkable men and women.


 
Brother Andrew Discovers the Answer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sherry   
Friday, 20 February 2009 10:05

I'm declaring it Good News Friday and gonna put up several interesting stories I've been hoarding.

First of all, I want to talk about Brother Andrew and Open Doors Ministry.  Those of our readers who have spent time in the evangelical world will probably recognize the name (a pseudonym to preserve his anonymity).  I was raised on stories of this Dutch man's exploits:  first as "God's Smuggler", smuggling Bibles into and supporting underground Christians in the then Soviet Union and communist countries of eastern Europe.  Then it was China.  Then Cuba and Africa.  And now underground Christians in the Muslim world.

A personal Biblical mandate has guided his actions for over 50 years: "Wake up, strengthen what remains and is about to die" (Revelation 3:2).

But today, I want to share what this remarkable man said was his turning point so many years ago.

As a young man Brother Andrew joined the Dutch Army looking for adventure, and was severely wounded in Indonesia. . . .

"The hospital to which I had been assigned was run by Franciscan sisters. I soon fell in love with every one of them.  From dawn until midnight they were busy in the wards, cleaning bedpans, swabbing wounds, writing letters for us, laughing, singing.  I never once heard them complain.

"One day I asked the nun who came to bathe me how it was that she and the other sisters were always so cheerful.

"Why Andrew, you ought to know the answer to that--a good Dutch boy like you.  It's the love of Christ."  When she said it, her eyes sparkled, and I knew without question that for her this was the whole answer: she could have talked all afternoon and said no more. "But you're teasing me, aren't you?" she said, tapping the well-worn little Bible where it still lay on the bedside table.  "You've got the answer right here."

"So now, when my restless hand struck it again, I picked it up.  In the two and a half years since my mother had given it to me, I had never opened it. But I thought about the sisters, their joy, their tranquility: "You've got the answer right here..."

 

I have never realized the turning point for this world famous evangelical Protestant hero was his encounter with the love of Christ manifested by Franciscan sisters.   Wonderful.


 
Prayers Requested PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sherry   
Thursday, 19 February 2009 11:33
I'd appreciate your prayers for my sister Becky, who is undergoing a biopsy today.
Thank you all and God bless you!
Update:
Becky  is out of surgery and back in her room.  So far, so good.  No complications but a post-biopsy headache.
Thanks very much for your prayers!  It will take some days to get a result.

 
How's Your Tan Coming? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sherry   
Wednesday, 18 February 2009 10:46
Gotta love this. . . 
From Pope Benedict's reflection on the teachings of St. Bede the Venerable yesterday as reported by CNA:
Additionally, Bede the Venerable instructs the laity that "Christ wants an industrious Church, tanned from the efforts of evangelization," "which must be supplemented by being "assiduous in their religious education."

Course the only time my Irish/German fairness ever looks tan is when I have so many freckles that they begin to merge but perhaps I can acquire a spiritual tan . . .

Apparently, when it comes to evangelization and formation, sun block is just not the thing.



 
Coming Up For Air PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sherry   
Tuesday, 17 February 2009 14:12
No, I didn't get lost in the snow of high country - although it was certainly gorgeous.
I've gotten lost in work.  Who knew that coming up with a decent Catholic version of the kergyma was going to be such a struggle?  Option after option has not come through or not worked for different reasons.
And there's that book I'm theoretically writing - and many, many other things.
Including my sister, Becky, who lives in Alaska but is down in Houston currently being treated for cancer.  (Both of us would greatly appreciate your  prayers for her).
Coming up for air just briefly.
We received this encouraging note from a woman who was buying our popular Lenten retreat on CD, The Call to Christian Happiness:
"Years ago my daughter took the Institute's Called & Gifted class and it was the best thing she could have done.  Not happy with her career, she returned to college, obtained a nursing degree and does volunteer work once a year in Haiti because she realized one of her gifts is Mercy."
How many lives are changed when we discern and take up God's call?
And just a note for those who would like to support Catholic apostolates like the Catherine of Siena Institute and shop online.
Consider shopping through The Giving Cart.
The Giving Cart's entire purpose is to generate income for worthy Catholic groups and institutions without costing you an extra cent.  They are linked to many of the major vendors:   Apple, Buy.com, Staples, Orbitz, Travelocity, Gap, Hotels.Com, etc. and will give a certain percentage of any purchase  from the listed vendors to the Catholic group of your choice.
Just start your shopping on their website, fill in the form with the words "Catherine of Siena Institute" (or whatever group) and then go to the store of your choice and do your shopping.  (Each store gives a different percentage of the purchase which is indicated under their name.)
It all adds up and would certainly make a big difference to us and to many other worthy groups at no cost to you!

 
Healing for Spiritual Lepers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Fones   
Sunday, 15 February 2009 15:29
The Jews of Jesus’ day were mindful of the divine command to “be holy as the Lord your God is holy.” (Lev 19:2)
Holiness encompassed many qualities, including bodily wholeness and integrity.
Anyone with physical imperfections was clearly not holy as the Lord is holy.
For them, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness” was a lot more than a catchy slogan.
This was an issue for the poor leper: whatever the skin disease, he was “dirty,” “impure,” not whole, and could not approach God – and worse yet, anyone else who touched him would also be “impure.”
His leprosy wasn’t “catchy,” medically, and people knew it – but in their mind, it was “dirty,” and that was contagious.

Many, many things could cause ritual impurity, which meant that you could not participate in the communal worship, or the communal life of your people.
You would become impure by touching a corpse, a leper, a woman during her period – or even touching something the above named people touched.
Pigs and certain other animals and fish were also out of bounds; Dogs were off limits, too, I believe.

Jesus’ culture was incredibly communally focused; people were very gregarious and social, and everyone knew everyone else’s business.
To be ordered to live outside the camp was a serious situation for any member; so even lepers would congregate together – like the ten who petition Jesus for healing in the Gospel of Luke.
Any company was better than no company at all.

Fortunately, we Christians have moved beyond such concern about ritual impurity.
So if you have psoriasis, or excema; if you went to a party at your unchurched Greek neighbor’s house, if a plump juicy pork chop touched your lips – you don’t have to show yourself to me or any other priest to be declared “clean.”

However, just this week during daily Mass we heard Jesus say to his disciples, ‘it’s not what goes inside you that makes you impure, it’s what comes from inside that makes you impure.’

Uh oh. It seems we may not get worked up about things that make you unclean, but we are still concerned with purity.

Jesus is not concerned about outer cleanliness / impurity; he’s more interested in our inner cleanliness / impurity, and this is what his preaching addresses.
So if Jesus is still concerned with purity – even if it’s an inner purity – is there a Christian equivalent to the ritual described in the first reading from Leviticus for us?

Is there some ritual for removing the spiritual equivalent of leprosy that requires you to show yourself to a priest?
There’s a hint in today’s responsorial psalm:
I acknowledged my sin to you,?my guilt I covered not.?I said, "I confess my faults to the LORD,"?and you took away the guilt of my sin.?

Yup, confession is the equivalent of a leper showing him or herself to a priest.
And just as Jesus looked with pity on the poor leper, and said, “I do will it, be made clean,” the priest today says to the sinner who asks for forgiveness, “be absolved.”
And two interesting parallels exist between what Jesus said and did, and what the priest says and does.
Jesus said, “Be made clean.” That’s an indirect way of speaking called the “divine passive.”
God’s name was considered so holy, so powerful, that the pious Jew didn’t even say it.
So Jesus doesn’t say, “I make you clean,” or even “God makes you clean.”
He acknowledges God as the one who makes clean without having to use God’s name.
Jesus willed it, but His Father cleanses the leper.
In the same way, in confession, the priest uses the formula for absolution, “I absolve you of your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
The priest wills your forgiveness, but the Blessed Trinity is the one that forgives.

The other parallel between Jesus’ healing of the leper and confession is significant, too.
Jesus touches the leper – something he was forbidden to do – and ritually brings the now-cleansed leper back into the embrace of the community.
Sin, especially serious sin, breaks our relationship with God and with his people.
Some sins literally ex-communicate us.
Jesus touches the sinner today, offering reconciliation and re-instatement into his fold through the ministry of the priest.

In Jesus’ day, you couldn’t deny you were a leper.
The condition of your skin gave you away, and your torn clothing, bared head and shouts of “unclean, unclean,” were meant to tell people, “stay away, lest you be made impure, too.”
Imagine if our interior impurity were as easily identified, say, by shaved heads and odd clothing.
Imagine if people could tell just by looking at us what our unforgiven sins were.
Imagine if our friends shied away from us because we might be a bad influence on them.
We’d be filling the confessionals every day of the week.

Instead, we’re into denial.
We’re like former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich; thinking that if we brazenly act as if we’ve done nothing wrong, maybe at least some people will believe us.
Or we’re like the fellow who came to me in confession, gave me a list of sins, then declared, “you know, Father, I’m really not that bad a fellow. I mean, I’m no Adolf Hitler.”
That’s called, “setting the bar low.” Unfortunately, Hitler’s not the one Jesus will be comparing us to at our judgment.
He says, “be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Jesus knew that real leprosy isn’t all that contagious, but spiritual leprosy – our sin, and the selfishness and lack of trust of God from which it springs - is contagious.

Those Wall Street Bankers who took fat million dollar bonuses on top of their six-figure incomes justified it because that’s what Wall St. bankers have done in the past. Greed is contagious.
You overhear your cute-as-a-bug five-year old spout a few choice lines from “Sex in the City,” and you discover vulgarity is contagious.
“What happens in Vegas” doesn’t stay in Vegas – it clings to us; and I’ll bet you $5 at 2-to-1 odds that it changes the way you look at life.

Jesus did not come just to shift the search for purity from outer purity to inner purity.
He didn’t come to make us scrupulous about sin.
Rather, he came to do what we, the children of Adam, cannot do. He came to be obedient to the Father.
Jesus, the new sinless Adam, became sin for us, St. Paul says – meaning Jesus took on our sins and nailed them to the cross.
My sin, your sin, pierced his hands, feet, side, and head, and tore the flesh from his back.
He took the weight of the world’s sin on his shoulders, and swallowed up sin and its consequence, death, in his own death.
And the new life that the Father gave Jesus in return is ours, if we place our trust in him.

That new life of trust and gratitude for forgiveness is what Jesus, St. Paul, and the Church to this day preaches.
It’s a new life that springs from conversion, from the encounter with the risen Jesus like the one St. Paul had on the road to Damascus.
Faith is first and foremost a relationship with Jesus; a relationship in which I don’t want to sin because I don’t want to turn my back on the one who loves me enough to die for me.
This kind of joyful faith leads me to desire to give glory to God in everything I do – even while eating and drinking!
And when I encounter the risen Lord, and honestly acknowledge my many sins which his death has erased, I will become a former leper who can’t keep his mouth shut.
 
Blogging High PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sherry   
Thursday, 12 February 2009 12:09

I'm spending a couple days on the spine of North America and am writing from a local coffee shop armed with a pot of hot chai.   It is cold but sunny and clear and looks like this.
Winter in Colorado.    Pretty cool.
I do have internet access (I still have work to do!) so some blogging is possible if I come across interesting stuff.

 
Preview of Coming Attractions PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sherry   
Wednesday, 11 February 2009 12:13
Institute events coming up in the near future:
1)  Fr. Mike will be preaching a mission in Riverside, California beginning on Sunday evening that has a strong Pauline theme:
"Christ lives in me" is the audacious claim of St. Paul, whose experience of conversion on the road to Damascus changed the direction of his life. That intimate union Paul experienced is what Jesus desires for each of us; a union as close as that of a vine to its branches. In our parish mission, Fr. Michael Fones, OP, co-director of the Catherine of Siena Institute, will reflect with us on the radical nature of Christian discipleship using scripture and stories that may help you accept the invitation to radical discipleship.

Don't tell him that I said so but Fr. Mike is a great preacher and this is a theme very close to his heart.  If you are in the area, you won't want to miss it.

2)  Meanwhile we are putting on a one day Catholic School teacher version of the Called & Gifted workshop on Monday in Sugarland, Texas.  The fabulous Barbara Elliott will be presiding.

3)  Our Australian team is facilitating Discernment in Depth - part two of the Called & Gifted process which includes the personal interview, personal exploration, and small group work in east Melbourne at the Thomas Carr Centre in six evening sessions.

4) And those of you would like to be trained to facilitate the discernment of others can attend our interviewer and facilitator training February 21 and 22 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

That's us all over.


 
Grief & Hope PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sherry   
Wednesday, 11 February 2009 11:16
Amy Welborn has a truly wonderful post up about preparing for her husband Michael's funeral and the strange contrast between the Presence and supernatural consolation that she has felt  - at times -  in the past week and what other people expect her to feel.
This is not BS. It is not just what people who work for the Church are supposed to say. It was truly the focus of Michael’s life and as I pondered this, it occurred to me that during all the years that we knew each other and all the conversations and arguments we would have about these kinds of things, I was being prepared for this moment. There is a lot more to this than I’ll say here, but just understand that in letting all of this surge through me as I listened to the Gospel, tears surged up from deep within and I was startled to consider those tears and realize that for the first time in five days, there was no sadness or grief in them. It was not joy - it was gratitude.  the grief would return soon afterward, but at that moment, I felt nothing but gratitude. And a firm belief of the reality of the Way, the Truth and the Life. Now, with Christ, as we hope and pray, Michael is embraced, fully known, and fully loved. What we all seek in our wanderings.

Read the whole thing.  It is what lived Christian hope in the face of death looks like.
It is not that we are not supposed to grieve.  We are not supposed to grieve as one who has no hope.
The completely mysterious and unlooked for kind of hope that is the fruit of years of walking with Christ.
Paul Tournier, a well known Christian physician, said something similar when his beloved wife of many years died.
" I can honestly say that I have a great grief and that I am a happy man."

 
Job Security PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sherry   
Tuesday, 10 February 2009 11:23
It is estimated that:

- 122,000 new Christians are baptized every 24 hours.

- 37,000 new Catholics are added to the Church every 24 hours.

That's 13.32 million new Catholics on the planet every year!

-  The World Christian Encyclopedia

All have been baptized into Christ's death and resurrection and need
the sacraments
initial proclamation
the liturgy and prayer
Initial catechesis
apostolic formation
support in continued spiritual growth  and in their struggles
support in discernment of their charisms and vocation(s).

Just in case you were thinking of taking that vacation . . .

 
Culture and Conversion PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sherry   
Tuesday, 10 February 2009 11:13
The relationship between culture and conversion is fascinating. Culture can powerfully transmit the kerygma but it can also obscure it.

An established Christian culture can foster conversion but it cannot replace conversion. Christian culture is not ultimately self-sustaining. Christian culture is the fruit of personal faith.

Without the preaching of the kerygma and personal conversion which is a source of renewal in every generation, Christian culture ultimately withers away and dies.
 
Young and Finding Jesus in London PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sherry   
Monday, 09 February 2009 20:18
The Holy Spirit is moving in London.

The national news continues to be grim: The British National Health Service estimated in 2006 that self-identified Christians have dropped from being a simply majority to being a minority in the UK since 1995. As of 2005, Christians make up 47.51% of the population and Brits who self-identify as having no religion are almost as large at 45.8%. Muslims make up 3.3 %, Hindus 1.4% and non-Christian believers altogether form 6% of the UK population.

Anglicans continue their nose-dive: from 29% to 22% in only 10 years. Catholics, interestingly, have held steady at 8% of the population with the influx of Catholic immigrants from eastern Europe. The only religious groups who are growing as a whole are non-denominational Christians (who, at 9.6% have more than doubled since 1995), Muslims (from 1.8% to 3.3% in 10 years) Hindus (from .6 to 1.4% in 10 years) and interestingly, Jews (from .3 to .5% in 10 year.

But the situation is quietly changing in London. And it is young adults who are responding.

While reviewing some materials for my book, I came across a blog post I had written a year ago about the impact of the Alpha course.

I've been tracking the spread of Alpha, which began in London, for years now. Approximately 13 million people around the world have attended Alpha courses over the past 15 years. 2.3 million of these participants are Brits.

Alpha is having a significant impact on European Catholics with the public support of many bishops. There is a specialized version of Alpha called "Alpha in a Catholic context" which has been offered in 58 countries. For example, the first French national Alpha initiative this last September saw 10,000 people attend introductory events in 400 congregations around the country. 2/3 of French parishes are said to be holding Alpha courses.

The usual caveat: There are significant theological problems with Alpha from a Catholic perspective, which I have written about at some length here, but they are preaching the basic kerygma to this generation. And the result is a revival of Christian practice and belief in one of the greatest cities in the world.

A bit of searching brought me to this Time article (December 21, 2008) about the role of Alpha in transforming London from the least observant part of the country twenty years ago into the second most church-going city in the UK. Time acknowledges that part of the change in the London scene has been caused by many devout immigrants from other countries. But the revival is also drawing in highly educated, well-heeled, successful English young adults. And the epicenter for these new Christians is Holy Trinity Brompton, the evangelical-charismatic mother ship of the Alpha course and now the largest Anglican congregation in the UK.

"The church's 4000-strong congregation has almost tripled in the past 15 years, and its average age is 27 years. While HTB does not keep records of these young converts' wealth, a look at its bulging collection hat offers some clue: the church raised over $7 million from donations last year alone (An average London parish, by contrast, can expect to raise around $150,000, according to data provided by the Anglican church). The church has become so popular that it recently began encouraging hundreds of its congregation to attend dying churches around London — as much to ease its own congestion than anything else."

Snip.

And this is amusing and telling:

"Concerned about the influence of Holy Trinity Brompton on Britain's future ruling class, the British Humanist Association recently partnered with Richard Dawkins, secularist Oxford professor and author of The God Delusion, to raise funds for advertisements to counter the Alpha course's own advertising campaign, with posters on buses carrying an inscription with a similar font to the Alpha's posters: "There is probably no god. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life," they state. Within a few weeks, the fund raised $180,000 after setting a target of just $7000."

But Time sums up the situation this way:

"Judging by the success of the HTB, however, the humanists may be fighting a losing battle. Once considered a stalwart of rural England, the Anglican church has found new life in the largest of Britain's supposedly godless cities."

Of course, it isn't just the Anglicans who are doing some creative evangelization in London. There is the wonderfully creative, if threadbare, Catholic parish of St. Patrick's, Soho with its resident School of Evangelization for young adults, SOS prayer line and perpetual adoration, Masses in four languages, a Cenacolo community to support those caught up in the drug culture, a professional in-house fertility clinic, and a theological lecture series which draws crowds of young adults.

All the evidence indicates that the millennial generation - largely unchurched and uncatechized and post-modern to the bone - is more open to the gospel of Jesus Christ than their parents or grand-parents but only if we make a serious attempt to reach out to them and preach the good news.

Enough insider baseball already. Evangelism is our first and primary identity and mission. We need to discern the signs of our times which are no longer the 60's or 70's but 2009. The early 21st century. Where God is doing something new and wonderful that we will miss if we don't pay attention.
 
Your 15 Seconds of Fame Awaits! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sherry   
Monday, 09 February 2009 15:34
This is your chance to have share your favorite short thought or quote on evangelization, discernment, charisms, the mission and formation of the laity, and mission to the world with thousands of Catholics and CSI fans all over the world.

We want to gather a collection of your great thoughts (with attribution, of course!). That will enable us to send your thoughts or quotes out via e-mail once a week to foster on-going interest in the mission of the Church and the work of the Institute.

The thoughts or quotes you send in need to be short: one to two sentences at most!

Just send 'em to me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . And help us foster a Catholic culture of discipleship and discernment with a little help from our many brilliant friends.
 
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