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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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De Cagna | Cagna Illuminations | Light Festival Ghent

De Cagna | Cagna Illuminations | Light Festival Ghent | The Amused Catholic: an Ezine | Scoop.it

Cool.

 

A Cathedral of Light (it's an art piece, not a real Cathedral, but still...).

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Happy Catholic: I love this Catholic theology tip

Happy Catholic: I love this Catholic theology tip | The Amused Catholic: an Ezine | Scoop.it

The other fun part of 10,000 Gun Questions Night is keeping it strictly Catholic. I often hear a double complaint about the Church:


How can we possibly have a firm teaching on anything?

And if so, why don’t we have a firm teaching on everything?

 

As if it were somehow more logical to worship a god who gave out brains and then refused to let you use them. [Catholic moral theology tip: If God gives you something, He's got a plan for how it's supposed to be used. Thy body is not a knick knack.]

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IT CAME FROM ALLEN'S BRAIN!: Why they don't let me teach Jr High Social Studies

IT CAME FROM ALLEN'S BRAIN!: Why they don't let me teach Jr High Social Studies | The Amused Catholic: an Ezine | Scoop.it

Chapter 15 Study Guide

 

Key terms, people, events, places:

 

1. Serfs: Rides the ocean waves on a long board.

 

2. Humanism: Belief in the existence of humans -- "A human is, um..."

 

3. Imperialism: Going to Burger King in ancient Rome.

 

4. Czar: The wrong way to spell "car."

 

[more at the link--click title]

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

Blossoms | Flickr : On the Feast of St. Francis de Sales | The Amused Catholic: an Ezine | Scoop.it

"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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The Ironic Catholic: Scientists Discover Gasoline Is Liquefied Mammon

The Ironic Catholic: Scientists Discover Gasoline Is Liquefied Mammon | The Amused Catholic: an Ezine | Scoop.it

In a discovery that explained the soaring costs of gasoline, scientists at the French Institute of Applied Science and Research found that the elements of 99% of gas sold at the pump to be pure Mammon....

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

Aggie Catholics: The Don't Miss Video of the Year. Seriously. | The Amused Catholic: an Ezine | Scoop.it

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

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The Ironic Catholic: Bumper stickers suddenly look subtle...

The Ironic Catholic: Bumper stickers suddenly look subtle... | The Amused Catholic: an Ezine | Scoop.it

Behold, the new over-evangelization.

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A Joking Matter: And Jesus Laughed

Old but good article from The Christian Century on Jesus, religion, and laughter.

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Bad Vestments: BISHOPS FROM THE PLANET XARCHON

Bad Vestments: BISHOPS FROM THE PLANET XARCHON | The Amused Catholic: an Ezine | Scoop.it

Take your pick.

(1) They gave him this miter because his theology's, like, out there, man.

(2) Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the Anglican Primate of Mars.

 

(Always willing to share ecumenical satire, everyone.)

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

When holy obedience saved a priest’s life « The Deacon's Bench | The Amused Catholic: an Ezine | Scoop.it

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

 

(full story behind the title link)

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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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The Ironic Catholic: Truth is Stranger #130: File Sharing is a religion...in Sweden

Question: can Catholics still use Creative Commons?  or is that idolatry?

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Engaging the Art & Theology of Edward Knippers (by Fred Sanders)

Engaging the Art & Theology of Edward Knippers (by Fred Sanders) | The Amused Catholic: an Ezine | Scoop.it

"Edward Knippers is a hard-working painter, and what he's been at work on since the ‘70s is exploring a visual vocabulary capable of expressing the remarkable things Christians believe."

(click title for more....)

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sometimes you just gotta laugh… | The Crescat

sometimes you just gotta laugh… | The Crescat | The Amused Catholic: an Ezine | Scoop.it

There is a metaphor in this somewhere....

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Huh-larious | Catholic and Enjoying It!

"Stuff Presbyterian Seminarians Say"--click the title for the video.

 

(an ecumenical humor moment)

 

HT Mark Shea.

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The Ironic Catholic: Op-Ed: Sen. Obama, the Theologian's "Pay Grade" Isn't Hard to Make, Actually

The Ironic Catholic: Op-Ed: Sen. Obama, the Theologian's "Pay Grade" Isn't Hard to Make, Actually | The Amused Catholic: an Ezine | Scoop.it

Open letter to then Sen. Obama, on the anniversary of Roe v Wade--one of my darker irony pieces from the 2008 campaign on abortion. 

 

Click at the title to read.

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Still Small Voice Spectrum Distraction Analyzer — The Curt Jester

Still Small Voice Spectrum Distraction Analyzer — The Curt Jester | The Amused Catholic: an Ezine | Scoop.it

...Well if you want to hear that still small voice than the new SSV-33 full spectrum distraction analyzer is the product for you!...

 

More fine parody at the link (click title).

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Did you hear the one about the priest who’s a standup comic? « The Deacon's Bench

Did you hear the one about the priest who’s a standup comic? « The Deacon's Bench | The Amused Catholic: an Ezine | Scoop.it

You're crowding my turf, Padre.

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Solomon invented Twitter. | Stuff Christians Like – Jon Acuff

Solomon invented Twitter. | Stuff Christians Like – Jon Acuff | The Amused Catholic: an Ezine | Scoop.it

I don’t know how this would technically work, but I’m pretty sure Twitter needs to kick back some royalties to Solomon.

 

There is no doubt in my mind that the book of Proverbs was the original Twitter.

 

How do I know? How can I make such a bold, Old Spice Swagger strength statement?

 

Allow me to make my case:

 

4 ways Proverbs was the original Twitter....

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IT CAME FROM ALLEN'S BRAIN!: If there were a Christian version of FaceBook:

IT CAME FROM ALLEN'S BRAIN!: If there were a Christian version of FaceBook: | The Amused Catholic: an Ezine | Scoop.it

-Would there be “friend” requests, since everyone is automatically granted “neighbor” status?

 

-Perhaps there would be “brother/sister” or “orthodox” requests.

 

-“Unfriend” would be “Disfellowship” or “Excommunicate.” It would come with a note that says, “Don’t worry! Jesus told us to love and pray for our enemies, too!”

 

-Instead of “like/dislike,” we could have “Amen!/Heresy!”

 

-Instead of games like Farmville, we’d probably have Mission Field, or ChurchPlant.

 

-Oh, and we’d probably call it “FaithBook.”

 

Add yours in the comment box (at the Allen's Brain blog!)

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Eights Things to Cheer You Up On This Terrible, Terrible Day | Blogs | NCRegister.com

Eights Things to Cheer You Up On This Terrible, Terrible Day | Blogs | NCRegister.com | The Amused Catholic: an Ezine | Scoop.it
I voted today.  It felt kind of like giving blood, except without the sensation that I just helped…  

 

A little late to repost but worth it for that first line and one at the very end, so read it and be happy, darn it.

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The Ironic Catholic: Caption Contest #110

The Ironic Catholic: Caption Contest #110 | The Amused Catholic: an Ezine | Scoop.it

Click the title to participate in the caption contest on the blog!

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Happy Catholic: Well Said: Obedience and the artist

Obedience is an unpopular word nowadays, but the artist must be obedient to the work, whether it be a symphony, a painting, or a story for a small child. I believe that each work of art, whether it is a work of great genius or something very small, comes to the artist and says, "Here I am. Enflesh me. Give birth to me." And the artist either says, "My soul doth magnify the Lord," and willingly becomes the bearer of the work, or refuses; but the obedient response is not necessarily a conscious one, and not everyone has the humble, courageous obedience of Mary.

 

As for Mary, she was little more than a child when the angel came to her; she had not lost her child's creative acceptance of the realities moving on the other side of the everyday world. We lose our ability to see angels as we grow older, and that is a tragic loss.


Madeleine L'Engle, Walking on Water

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Dave Barry’s Year in Review: The 2011 Festival of Sleaze

Celebrity meltdowns, creepy sex capers and political gasbaggery: Is everyone ready to kick 2011 to the curb?
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