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Thoughtful Catholic Hoopla. Collected pieces, mostly humorous, from across the web and blogs. We've got humor. We've got thoughtfulness. We've got art. We've got bacon.
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The Theology of the Body, Extended: What is this? A book?

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Hello, friends. My name is Susan Windley-Daoust, and I have written a book currently called The Theology of the Body, Extended: the spiritual signs of childbirth, impairment, and dying. I am a Catholic theologian who teaches theology at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, and this book is the result of many things: most proximately a sabbatical year funded by my university and the Louisville Institute, which awards grants to people doing research for both the Church and academy. Less proximately, this has been a work years in the making, through doctoral work in theological anthropology and phenomenology, practice in spiritual direction, being a wife and mother of five, being involved in the work of hospitality through the Catholic worker, listening to students who come from very different place than I do, and overcoming my own hesitations to focus on this particular work of Bl. John Paul II.

 

The joy in learning new things is only exceeded by the joy in sharing what one has learned. And then the joy is multiplied by people with different insights offering alternate challenges to the material. I am creating this website in that spirit: sharing some of what I have learned to others through book clips, and keeping many people who are interested in what is happening on the publication front. Right now, the book is being considered by a publisher. You could help this book see publication by expressing your willingness to be contacted via email when the book is available for purchase. I promise not to spam you or sell your addresses. Regardless of your willingness to be on an email list, I am happy you are here.

 

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The Ironic Catholic: 100 pennies each...

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A "pass the hat" bleg for my fellow blogger and genuine writer, Matthew Lickona.  Click through to see why he is trying to write a graphic novel on an aborted fetus with super powers out for revenge.  (Yep.)

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The Ironic Catholic: Even more cool things to give up for Lent

Go beyond chocolate! Past years' efforts can be found at the title link.

 

Even more cool things to give up for Lent, starting this Wednesday, Feb 22:

 

1. chap stick
2. jewelry
3. butter
4. trusting political figures to be our salvation
5. the letter z (you would have to work around every word with that letter in speech and writing. And before you knock it--it's constant vigilance, and harder than you think)
6. the words "liberal", "conservative", "traditional", and "progressive" (Catholic bloggers, see #5)
7. commercials (turn them off every time you watch TV or listen to the radio, and no lingering in newspapers or magazines)
8. internal speeches disguised as "prayers"
9. sleep from 5am-6am (Whee. Suddenly found prayer time!)
10. doubt. Really. Just live it, full out, for six weeks. See what happens.

 

 

BONUS: contraception! It's so darned topical these days. Kind of awkward to share at the water cooler on Wednesday, though. Also, doesn't work as well for priests and religious.

 

 

p.s. Chic (CHild of the Ironic Catholic) #2 wanted me to do a poll. See sidebar at the left of the blog and put your vote in!

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One of the Works of Mercy… | Catholic and Enjoying It!

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Aggie Catholics: The Don't Miss Video of the Year. Seriously.

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"I'm human": Almost ten minutes but worth it.  And made by middle schoolers!

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TV quote from Happy Catholic, from The Tick

Tick: Evil is just plain bad! You don't cotton to it. You gotta smack it in the nose with the rolled-up newspaper of goodness! Bad dog! Bad dog!

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Blessed is the Kingdom » Feast of the Holy Innocents

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Thoughtful....

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The Ironic Catholic: Dropping security blankets....

From Fr. James Martin via fb:

 

"Today on The Washington Post chat a reader mentioned something beautiful that I had never noticed: When Linus recites the story of the Nativity in 'A Charlie Brown Christmas,' he unexpectedly drops his security blanket. With the Word of God he has no need for any other security."

 

Linus's video explanation behind the title; just click!

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5 Things No One Knows Are Ridiculously Catholic, But Should.

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As Catholics, we try not to be smug. We really do. But the world makes this task exceedingly difficult when they take our stuff.... [click for more]

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Blessed is the Kingdom » New Holy Days of Awesome!

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A revolution in the making....

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The Ironic Catholic: Understanding Christian Art: There's an app for that

The Ironic Catholic: Understanding Christian Art: There's an app for that | The Amused Catholic: an Ezine | Scoop.it

(Question: Is this a group of people at a Renaissance Faire playing poker, or a deep piece of Christian art? Flummoxed?)

...Here she comes to save the day! An art interpretation app created by my cool friend Eileen!

Eileen has a doctorate in Religious Education and Art; she knoweth her stuff. She's created an app .... (click for more)

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The Ironic Catholic: Friday's QOTD

John Allen: "I don't think the Catholic Church gets enough credit for being a lot of fun...." (And there's more, click though.)

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Deliver Us From Evil Kind of Thing | Blogs | NCRegister.com

The time:  earlier this year.  The occasion:  a post-operative tonsillectomy visit with my son’s…  ...
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Pithless Thoughts: Orthograph # 143 - How to Do Lent #2

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Humorlectics — The Curt Jester

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Humorlectics is a portmanteau I have coined roughly combining humor and homiletics. Humorlectics is a field I think gets short shrift in seminary. Though I also get the feeling that homiletics is an area that gets short shrift in the seminary.

 

I bring this up concerning the use of humor during a homily. Being a Jester and all I of course believe that humor can be used to make serious points and can certainly be prudently used in a homily. From my limited experience as a convert I have seen humor used both well and not so well.

 

So here are some of my general reflections on the subject: ...[click on title for link]

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Pithless Thoughts: Following Too Closely

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Blossoms | Flickr : On the Feast of St. Francis de Sales

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"Since prayer opens our minds to the brightness of divine light and our will to the warmth of heavenly love, nothing so purges our mind of ignorance and our will of evil desires; its sacred waters refreshes the soul, wash away our imperfections, revive the flowers of our good desires and quench the thirst of our hearts' passions".

 

- St Francis de Sales, from the Introduction to the Devout Life, which is one of my favourite spiritual writings.

 

Today, 24 January, is the feast of the great bishop of Geneva, and doctor of the Church, St Francis de Sales.

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When holy obedience saved a priest’s life « The Deacon's Bench

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Wow, obedience ain't so bad after all.... 

 

(full story behind the title link)

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5 More Things No One Knows Are Ridiculously Catholic, But Should

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A mild follow-up to the unbelievably spicy 5 Things No One Knows Are Ridiculously Catholic, But Should.
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The Ascetic Struggle: You Cannot Be Too Gentle, Too Kind

Thoughtful (not funny)!

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The Ironic Catholic: Pre-Christmas Zinger

The couple, looking tired and overburdened from the many things they had to do to prepare for the holiday, scrambled onto the crowded elevator at the department store, trying (with only partial success) not to drop any of their packages. As the elevator door closed, the husband let out an exasperated sigh and said, "Whoever invented Christmas ought to be shot."

 

From the back of the elevator, a quiet voice said, "Don't worry. We already crucified Him."

 

It was a mighty quiet ride down to the first floor.

 

(used with permission from Fr. Mark McKercher on facebook)

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Happy Catholic: Well Said: the Church lives on

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People look upon [the Church] and say, "She is about to die. Soon her very name will disappear. There will be no more Christians; they have had their day." While they are thus speaking, I see these very people die themselves, day by day, but the Church lives on.
St. Augustine

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Colbert’s chaplain on humor vs. mockery » GetReligion

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Short interview with Fr. Martin on the above in journalism--worth a look.

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Making Room | Blogs | NCRegister.com

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My youngest kids are finally getting the idea that there is a baby—not an image, or a concept, or one of those weird grown-up stories, but an actual human being—inside my belly. They can tell it’s true, because they can see what is unmistakably a little baby butt, bopping around about 18 degrees northwest of what used to be my belly button.

 

“But—” asked my kids, “But how is there room in there for a whole baby?”

 

Well, I’ll tell you. There isn’t. There is no room. My midwife said today that she thought baby was “maybe a little on the big side.” Hearing that was like passing a highway sign that warns, “LOW FLYING AIRCRAFT.” Thanks for letting me know, but what am I supposed to do about it? Duck?

 

Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/simcha-fisher/making-room/#ixzz1dprXQnp0

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Happy Catholic: On the Commemoration of All Souls' Day: "OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW.

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