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Thanksgiving, Catholic Edition

We are a week away from Thanksgiving, ladies and gentlemen! I, for one, am really looking forward to stuffing my face in the company of family. And watching football. And sleeping through Black Friday. What are you looking forward to? Gratitude lists abound right now, and I'm about to add to the pile. That being… Continue reading Thanksgiving, Catholic Edition

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De mortuis nil nisi bonum

De mortuis nil nisi bonum. Don't speak ill of the dead. Why are we supposed to extend this courtesy? If the deceased was significantly more sinner than saint, why not be honest about it? Well, for one, it's a form of injustice. The dead can't defend themselves. Neither do they have the chance to explain… Continue reading De mortuis nil nisi bonum

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The Veneration of Saints is About Humility, not Humiliation

Catholic stereotypes, at least the ones I'm familiar with, focus on the negative. Guilt. Sin. Damnation. Exclusion. Superiority. To my surprise, Catholic saints somehow became harbingers of these negative messages. At least, that's how they are viewed by many more people that I expected. No, let me be clear. I never expected the saints to… Continue reading The Veneration of Saints is About Humility, not Humiliation