Mark Hart@LT_TheBiblegeek: God laughs and weeps (Ps 2:4, Jn 11:35) … He even whistles (Is 5:26) He was also tempted, betrayed and denied. He was abandoned as He suffered. Jesus had good and bad, peaceful and horrible days. He knows what it is to be fully human and can handle anything you throw at Him.

Jolz �@Jolz_Aust: (Sep 10, 2022) I was thinking of how unfair it is that the Evil One has the power to tempt us and throw hurdles our way. Then I remembered that not even Jesus was spared from the Devil’s tactics. Not when He went 40 days and 40 nights into the wilderness.

Life as a Priest

Fr. Cassidy Stinson@TheHappyPriest ( 2022) Pleased to report that baptisms are still outpacing funerals out here in our lovely parish. May it always be so.

Fr. Cassidy Stinson@TheHappyPriest (Sep 13, 2022) Becoming administrator of a parish has fully catalyzed my transition into Dad Mode. I’ve bought power tools. I have a blender on my wish list. My to-dos are a sequential progression for a deep clean of my grill. I sit on my porch and yell at the squirrels, and it is beautiful.

Fr. Cassidy Stinson@TheHappyPriest: The thing nobody tells you about wearing black all the time is that you’re basically signing up for a lifelong fear of powdered sugar and small white dogs

Life as a Kid

Melissa Presser@mzpresser: (Aug 29, 2022) This morning I had probable cause to believe that my son had taken candy in my house. The Fourth amendment doesn’t apply so no search warrant needed. I tossed his room and found the candy contraband I was looking for. Sucks to be the kid of a former #police legal advisor ���

Fr. Casey, OFM@caseyofm (Sep 12, 2022) There is a direct correlation between middle school maturity and their ability to slowly and seriously walk through a labyrinth. ��‍♂️

Life in God’s Creation

Dr Taylor Marshall™️@TaylorRMarshall: Today Joy and I rode horses � onto a small mountain slope ⛰ into a heard of 60 elk: cow elk and newborn baby calves. It was magnificent. They were all squeaking and talking to each other. Seeing that makes you realize how intricate God’s creation is.

Icona �@iconawrites (Sep 16, 2022)Thinking about how public libraries allow you to get an education for free and are a warm place where homeless people can rest and use the internet. Truly one of the best inventions humanity ever came up with.

Life on Social Media

Meg Hunter-Kilmer@MegHunterKilmer: Thinking about the girl I knew in high school who could immediately tell you how many letters were in the sentence you had just said.

Man I bet she’s good at twitter.

Steve Skojec@SteveSkojec : I’ve had a UFO interest since I was a boy. Always had a big imagination & loved the stars. Science fiction is the only fiction I really like. But tribes are tribes. I walked away from the feuding clans of traditional Catholicism and found the same thing with #ufotwitter. Wild.

Rick Rice@BoldlyCatholic: I’m reminded this week, and it’s a sad reminder, that just as the ideological Christian Right has a fundamentalist wing filled with those who simply can’t see any view but their own, there’s an ideological Christian Left who match that myopia, only the fundamentals are different. God grant me the much needed humility, wisdom and guidance to stay off either path.

Dave Griffith@poorerthandead (Jul 7, 2022) Twitter is like a party where everyone you run into is looking around while talking to you to see if there’s actually someone more cool and influential they should be talking to.

Melissa Presser@mzpresser: I think we all need to take a minute and think about why we post things on #Twitter. Yes there is truth. But are you posting it out of love or you posting it out of pride and bigotry? Because that’s not what #Jesus would do or condone #CatholicTwitter

Fr. Casey, OFM@caseyofm: Twitter (and to some extent the internet as a whole) is an echo chamber. It’s amazing to me to see so many contrary opinions in one place coming from people who are convinced that their opinion is objectively correct, in the majority, and unquestionable. Anger is not, in itself, a sin. But even righteous anger, seeking “justice,” can be sinful if it’s all-consuming and lacks charity. So many pages here are nothing but criticism, sarcasm, judgment, and outrage. There’s no place for

that in Christianity, no matter the issue.

Mark Brumley@mabrumley:  It’s amazing how much junk you have to swipe through on social media before you come across something worthwhile. But that true, mutatis mutandis, of other media. And one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

ZUBY:@ZubyMusic:  (Sep 2, 2022) Twitter is wild. You can’t say ANYTHING on here without someone being offended.

If you say you like dogs, someone will call you ‘specist’ and ask why you hate cats.

Then another will ask you to define ‘dog’, while another asks, ‘source?’, and another asks if you are a vet.�

Meg Hunter-Kilmer@MegHunterKilmer (Jul 3, 2022) But men are hopeless creatures, and the less they concentrate on their own sins, the more interested they become in the sins of others. They seek to criticize, not to correct. Unable to excuse themselves, they are ready to accuse others.-St. Augustine w/the side eye at Twitter

�� Chris «�Слава Україні�» Smith, SJ ��@Chris_SmithsJ (Sep 13, 2022)
It’s amazing to me that anybody’d become Catholic after experiencing Catholic Twitter.

The meanness, rash judgement, divisiveness; putting the worst possible construction on other’s words

I’m a part of it myself, and I strive to be better. St. Francis de Sales, pray for us!

Fr. Casey, OFM@caseyofm (Sep 12, 2022) Your millionth reminder that you don’t have to denounce every bad thing you see on Twitter.

1) you’re just giving a bigger platform to things you don’t like.

2) the punishment (onslaught from a mob) is often far worse than the crime (a bad tweet).

Angela Erickson@integratedang (Sep 10,2022) Just a reminder— you don’t owe anyone a response and you don’t need to defend and explain yourself.

The overall sense that you do is what makes social media stressful.

Mark Brumley@mabrumley (Sep 13, 2022) A friend joined Twitter.
He asked: is so-and-so always at war with other Catholics?
Answer: yep. And such-and-such? Answer: yep.
Where do they find time & energy?
Answer: Sith Midi-chlorians?
Psi corps
mind control?
Dark algorithms?
Time loop?
The World,
the Flesh,
& the Devil?

Liturgical Stuff

Fr Matthew P. Schneider, LC@FrMatthewLC:
Requirements for a good Mass:

1)Valid priest with proper ecclesiastical permissions.

2)An approved rite of the Church said according to the rubrics (say the red, do the black).

3)Reverence in the celebration of Mass.

4)Union with the Pope & episcopal college.

(That’s all.)

Fr. Casey, OFM@caseyofm:
This is what is required for a valid and licit mass. It’s purely juridical. If that’s all we want, ��.

Given the droves of people leaving the Church each year, I can’t call a mass good unless it also has relevant preaching, fosters faithful participation, and builds community.

Fr Matthew P. Schneider, LC@FrMatthewLC: I would say preaching is part of #3. I think the other two are more something that comes from liturgy well-done: more a consequence than a pre-requisite.

Angela@TheWakingTulip (Jun 29, 2022) Let us continue to be astonished at the beauty of the Liturgy.The Paschal Mystery has been given to us.Let us allow ourselves to be embraced by the desire that the Lord continues to have to eat His Passover with us.All this under the gaze of Mary,Mother of the Church.

Kate Whitaker �☕️@kwhitaker_: saw a lady today in mass who was veiling but then also wearing a tank top and booty shorts ??? what’s going on here

Jolz �@Jolz_Aust (Jul 7, 2022)Some attend Mass wearing traditional cultural gear. Countless priests and nuns are from ethnic cultures too. Multiculturalism is keeping the faith alive in a country where religiosity is plummeting. I praise God for allowing His word to spread across all nations. It’s surprising and disappointing to hear of the racism within the Church. In Australia, Roman Catholic churches are diverse with parishioners from Asian, African, Middle Eastern, and Pacific Islander countries (among many others)

Sam Rocha �� Texican in Canadia@SamRochadotcom:  (Aug 1, 2022) I sang all the verses to Tantum Ergo when I was ten just to pass the time. I often sing my kids to sleep to the Salve Regina. Y’all are gonna have a hard time turning me into some anti-Latin Mass dude.

�� Christopher Walter Smith, SJ ��@Chris_SmithsJ: (Aug 21, 2022)  Controversial view for Catholic Twitter:
Actually, Vatican II was the best thing to happen to the Church in a millennium (at least) and among its best fruits was the reform of the liturgy.

Participating in the Liturgy as the church imagines it, aka reformed, is good. Send tweet.

Matthew Q. Nguyen@Mqnguyen004:  There is nothing better than praying in unison with my neighbors in the church.

I especially love going to Spanish and Vietnamese mass because of how beautiful they are when a culture can truly celebrate it in their own tongue.

Pope Francis@Pontifex: (Sep 1,2022) Today, more than ever, we need a non-worldly liturgy, one that makes us raise our eyes toward Heaven to experience that the world and life are inhabited by the Mystery of Christ; and at the same time, a liturgy that is not distanced from life.

NCR@NCRonline (Sep 1, 2022) The liturgy “is not a monument made of marble or bronze, it’s not a museum piece. The liturgy is alive like a plant, and it must be nurtured with care” and never be “neglected or mistreated,” said Pope Francis.

Movies and TV Thoughts

To Millennity and Beyond@Drake_OMalfoy: (Sep 1, 2022) Was gonna watch #RingsOfPower but a bunch of people who haven’t seen it say it’s the worst thing ever made so idk

Paul Leone@paul_leone: I just got a replica Horn of Gondor from the Peter Jackson movies and every time I blow on it, Ninja snaps to attention like he’s ready to attack the Black Gates now.

The Vault of Lost Ideas@VaultOfLostIdea (May 13, 2022) Rejected Idea 6773: Oscar the Grouch announces he is stepping down, prompting his dysfunctional children to engage in a power struggle to be his successor

Steven D. Greydanus@DecentFilms (Jun 18, 2022) Sometimes people who don’t like my opinions on various topics snidely suggest that I “stick to reviewing movies.”

I always tell them that no one can comment insightfully about movies if they can’t comment insightfully about other things, because movies are about everything.

local french woman@verlainestan (Sep 16,2022)
Favorite Christian Anime:
◇Spirited Away In a Manger
◇Howls Interior Castle
◇Princess Monotheist
◇My Neighbor Theotokos
◇When Mary Was There
◇Kiki’s Deliverance Service
◇Nausicaa of the Valley of the Shadow of Death

Matthew, St Paul respecter@NormalChillGuy (Sep 17,2022) Sauron is a more relatable character than you think. The way he treats the One Ring is like if you poured your entire life force into your car keys and then immediately set them down and lost them.

LBark@Pontevedrian (Jun 19, 2022) Good morning, Buzzheads! Today Buzz is celebrating the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ by spending several hours in adoration of our Eucharistic Lord! Why not join your favorite space hero in a verse or two of “Tantum ergo”? #Lightyearfacts

Abigail Favale@FavaleAbs (Jun 28, 2022) I love how Netflix content warnings are all like murder, dismemberment, sexual violence, total debauchery, and SMOKING

Owl! at the Library ��‍♀️@SketchesbyBoze (Sep 6,2022)
TOLKIEN: here’s a 1,000-page manuscript describing how the wickedness of Melkor led to the forging of the Great Ring

C. S. LEWIS: Father Christmas exists in Narnia. he carries sewing-machines and a sword. that is all you need know

Mary Pezzulo@mary_pezzulo (Sep 11, 2022) If it were really a live-action remake of The Lion King it would have been actual trained animals moving their lips for actors to voice. And if it’s going to be an actual live-action remake of The Little Mermaid it should be people underwater in fake tails swimming around and mouthing their lines without making bubbles and surreptitiously breathing through tubes. And Flounder and Sebastian must be a real fish and crab. Is that too much to ask?

Owl! at the Library ��‍♀️@SketchesbyBoze (Sep 11, 2022)“the Little Mermaid is supposed to be white” the Little Mermaid is supposed to be a blubbery, soulless, terrifying siren luring human sailors to their graves, as envisioned by Hans Christian Andersen.

Expectant Emily In Ordinary Time@EmilyKath319 (Sep 12, 2022) Sure seems like a lot of people’s suspension of disbelief fails when a *fairy tale character* isn’t white. It’s fine that she’s half-fish, though.

Sam Rocha@SamRochadotcom: The live-action Pinocchio was hardly anything worth getting too worked up about on its own, but it did stimulate a lot of thinking about the Bildungsroman and moral education.

Cow Shea@CowShea: (Jul 29, 2022) More heat wave inspired hot takes:

Minions are fun.

Doubling down on that hot take:

Minions are the only thing remotely close to modern day Looney Tunes.

(The movies Minions are in aren’t good, but the Minions are the only good thing about them.)

See the source image

Fr. Casey, OFM@caseyofm (, 2022) When Vatican II closed in 1965, there were no Minions movies. Now there are five. Still think it’s such a good council…??

Music

Expectant Emily In Ordinary Time@EmilyKath319: (Jul 20, 2022)  #NoSinGang – I love Wednesday night confession because the choir is usually practicing and there’s no line. My oldest two sat nicely in a pew and listened to the choir practice for Sicut Cervus.

Dan of The Hour@ZJoyfulCatholic: Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day. If Stevie Wonder is not stuck in your head after that, then you’re in desperate need of Stevie Wonder playing through your system.

Mystery

Church Life Journal@ChurchLifeND: (Jul 21, 2022): Before a true mystery, the mind can only give way. You can’t crack it, you can only surrender to it, and the mind boggles—you bow before it and you say, humbly, “Amen.”
–Denys Turner

Bishop J. Strickland@Bishopoftyler:  (Aug 17, 2022) The strength and power of the Rosary lies in the reality that its entire focus is on the mysteries of Jesus Christ & His Mother the Immaculate Virgin Mary. Mary points to Jesus who conquers the powers of this world with sacrificial Love. All the weapons of men crumble before it.

Pelvic Issues

Amanda AMDG@schmitt4545 (Aug 9, 2022) According to Catholic teaching, all sexual activity outside of lawful marriage, which can only exist between a man and a woman, is a grave sin. No one is condemned, you only must control yourself. This is Catholicism, and it cannot be altered by anyone.

Mark Brumley@mabrumley:  (Aug 13, 2022)  Not sure how to make sense of a friend’s claim that risking alienating people is ok when criticizing excessive wealth or lack of concern for poor people, but other aspects of Christianity, sexual morality, for instance, must be changed/toned down because they alienate people. Can we agree that there are times when we must risk alienation of others out of fidelity to truth and love? But that we should avoid unnecessarily alienating people?

Ultramontanist Antifa Queer Brigade@OurLadyofAntifa: (Aug 30, 2022)  Gay men have accepted we find X attractive but just won’t ever sleep with him from time immemorial; meanwhile straight pastors say things like “It’s a sin to be friendly with any woman but your wife, up to and including your own mother,” and then call *us* uncontrollable pervs.

Sheila Jenné@jennelikejennay: (Aug 30, 2022) It’s always funny to hear women freaking out about what would happen if a man saw the slightest hint of boob, and I’m like …. you’ve changed in front of me lots of times and I never ogled or touched you despite being into girls. Dare I say gender segregation is not the answer?

JJ REVAB@revab3569:  (Aug 30, 2022)  Jesus & Mary Magdalene, Saint Francis & Saint Claire, Saint Vincent de Paul & Saint Louise de Marillac, Saint Francis de Sales & Saint Jane Francis de Chantal. Be happy you are entering a Church were the sexes have been walking the pilgrimage together for 2000 years.

Jolz �@Jolz_Aust:  (Aug 30, 2022) Gotta love how some people on this bird app think getting married and making babies will put an end to society’s immorality. Immorality can arise no matter the state of one’s life. I think it’s more disastrous to get married and have kids knowing you have serious unresolved vices

Dawn Eden Goldstein ��@DawnofMercy:  (Aug 27, 2022) …I don’t believe that centering my evangelical witness upon sexual morality is helpful at the present moment. Pope Francis has indicated that the moment requires a more holistic approach to spreading the faith, which is what he takes in Laudato si

Dawn Eden Goldstein ��@DawnofMercy (Jul 21, 2022)  An important admonition: “The more that actors on social media focus on LGBTQ people as the only ones whose lives are not fully conforming with church teaching, … the more we risk increasing hostility against this group of people already marginalized and persecuted.”

Owl! at the Library ��‍♀️@SketchesbyBoze (Apr 28, 2022) I wish we would stop saying “just friends,” as if romantic relationships were the only ones that mattered. Life is so much more rewarding when you stop seeing other people as prospective sexual partners and discover the joys of deep friendship.

Ashley Davis@_a_shle_y_ (Sep 8, 2022) Unpopular opinion: there’s nothing wrong with women dressing modestly to help men have an easier time with righteous thoughts.

Brian Burgess@Burgess7281975: Agree and could even be broadened to say, “there’s nothing wrong with people dressing modestly to avoid stimulating inappropriate thoughts or images in the minds of others irrespective of whether those thoughts/images incite lust.” �

Joseph Nolla, SJ@JosephNollaSJ: (Sep 9, 2022) Is it fair to assume that every straight person is promiscuous? Not at all.

Nor is it fair to assume that about every LGBT person.

The way some people talk, it’s as if they couldn’t even fathom a virgin who isn’t straight. That’s a problem.

Expectant Emily In Ordinary Time@EmilyKath319 (Sep 13, 2022) Boggles the mind that “comprehensive sex ed” is having kids practice putting a condom on a banana and not, you know, learning the fertility cycle. Saw a nutrition influencer on IG the other day claiming she got pregnant without ovulating. Sorry ma’am if you don’t know how cycles work, you can’t touch my diet.

Prayer

The Jesus Prayer@TheJesusPrayer: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner

Matt Fradd@mattfradd: Lord Jesus Christ, I believe in You, help my unbelief!

Fr. Casey, OFM@caseyofm: (Jul 19,2022) One of my favorite parts of the Liturgy of the Hours is the opening invocation: “God, come to my assistance. Lord, make haste to help me.”

There should be desperation in our prayer, humility before God that who we are and what we’ve done won’t cut it.

We need help. Fast.

SW Prayer@SwPrayer (Sep 16, 2022)
Let’s offer one Hail Mary for all who are under the bondage of various addictions.
Please comment Amen as a response. #OneHailMarycampaign

Jolz �@Jolz_Aust: (Aug 27, 2022) I don’t know much about St. Monica other than she prayed unceasingly for her son, St. Augustine. She reminds me of a few mothers I know who never stop praying for their children (even as adults) to overcome vices and addictions. It warms my heart. My soul found comfort praying the Hail Mary

Melissa Presser@mzpresser (Jun 26, 2022) Pick one person on Twitter that could use your #prayers. A person you feel called to pray for. Reach out to them and ask them how you can pray for them. Can you imagine if we all did this? We would set the world on fire with the joy and love of #Christ. #CatholicTwitter

Melissa Presser@mzpresser: (Jul 13,2022) One of the best parts of being a #Catholic is always having someone to pray for you. It can be someone you’ve never met in real life or the closest friends. Now that’s a lifeline #CatholicTwitter!!!

Fr. Paul Keller, CMF@keller_cmf: Many Catholics don’t really know much about or have any contact with their own bishop, apart from his name being mentioned in the Eucharistic Prayer when we prayer for him.

Joseph Nolla, SJ@JosephNollaSJ (Jul 13, 2022) I was an atheist and the Memorare was the first prayer that ever moved me. I loved the confidence and trust in Mary to be bold enough to begin with an imperative to her: remember.

Nicholas Ferroni@NicholasFerroni (Jun 29, 2022) If you are okay with having Muslim, Jewish and Hindu students sit through a Christian prayer in public school, and not okay with having Christian students sit through a Muslim, Jewish or Hindu prayer, then it’s NOT religious freedom- it’s religious oppression.

Taylor Patrick O’Neill@thomaesplendor: (Jul 15, 2022)Would you pray for the repose of the soul of my Great Great Great Great Grandfather Lewis O’Neill? It’s probably been awhile since anyone has prayed for him.

Pamela Roth@rothfarms: Is there any reason why you wouldn’t meditate on those particular aspects of Christ’s life? I mean, I think it’s right and proper to meditate on ALL of Christ’s life. I cannot imagine that would offend Mary.

Mark@fom4life: Yes I do. Sometimes I use my own invented meditations and reflect on other aspects of the Christian mystery.

Pamela Roth@rothfarms:  Me too! Usually a particular mystery will “nudge” me in prayers for specific people, people that I hadn’t even been thinking of, for reasons I hadn’t even been thinking of. But I have to take my time. I cannot rush through something like that.

Practical Advice

The Simple Catholic@simplecatholic: (July 20, 2022)  “What we need is a cup of understanding, a barrel of love, and an ocean of patience.” —Saint Francis de Sales

Matt Fradd@mattfradd: (Sep 2, 2022) Let nothing Disturb you, Let nothing frighten you, Though all things pass, God does not change. Patience wins all things. But he lacks nothing who possesses God; For God alone suffices.- St. Teresa of Avila

T I M E S C A N N E R@timescanner:  (Aug 16, 2022) Be a Kermit the Frog. Have a creative vision and no ego. Recognize the unique talents of those around you. Attract weirdos. Manage chaos. Show kindness. Be sincere.

Catholic Thinker@ThinkerCatholic: Quit messing around & live a life of deeper purpose & meaning NOW. What are you waiting for? As W.H. Auden once insisted, “You owe it to all of us to get on with what you’re good at.”

Melissa Presser@mzpresser (Sep 10, 2022) Life is too damn short not to talk to people or hold grudges. Stop being so high and mighty. I said what I said #truth

Duke Kwon@dukekwondc: (Sep 9, 2022) Rich Mullins: “Christianity isn’t about building an absolutely secure little niche in the world … Christianity is about learning to love like Jesus loved, and Jesus loved the poor, and Jesus loved the broken.”

Anthony@Catholicizm1: What’s with all these young Trads trying to bring back the mustache? There were like 20 of them at Mass this morning. I’m not digging it. Stop drinking the kool aid guys. You look ridiculous.

Pro-Life Thoughts

Ken �� �� �� ��@Ken77154599: (Jul 27, 2022) Every pro-abortion politician should be made to watch an abortion, & see an unborn baby fighting for his/her life while being ripped apart in the womb. But I suspect they won’t go for that because then they’ll know exactly what they support. Deep down, they probably already do.

micaiah bilger@micaiah157:
Pro-life laws DON’T ban miscarriage care.
Pro-life laws DON’T ban ectopic pregnancy treatment.
Pro-life laws DON’T ban medication.

Pro-life laws ban killing babies before birth.

Meg Hunter-Kilmer@MegHunterKilmer: Father preached on abortion today. He prefaced it with, “If abortion has touched your life, please know you are so welcome here. You and I are all here because we need mercy. If I say anything to make you feel unloved, please come talk to me so I can make it right.”

Beautiful.

Fr Matthew P. Schneider, LC@FrMatthewLC: (Aug 29, 2022) Abortion is bad & ideally should never happen.

But, sometimes in a pluralist society where not everyone shares this view, we often need to support laws which restrict abortion but don’t ban it (it’s better to pass a 12-week ban than to hold out for a full ban that can’t pass).

D.W. Lafferty@rightscholar (Aug 29) Yes. It will take a lot more than trigger bans to reduce abortion rates nationally in the US, and it will take a lot more than unilateral efforts at re-criminalization to change the global consensus. The idea of changing hearts or being leaven in society is not just rhetoric.

Bishop Thomas Tobin@ThomasJTobin1 (Sep 16,2022) The baby in the womb, the refugee in Cape Cod – neither should be exploited for political points. Both are children of God. Both should be respected, welcomed and cared for. Can’t we as a society agree on that? #respectlife

Greg7190@greg7190 (Jul 4, 2022) Also in my view women should not be prosecuted for abortions or seeking them.  However, at the same time, I don’t think a society could call itself ‘moral’ with extremely high rates of abortion, late-term abortion or infanticide.  The church would be right to call this out.

Fr. Jason Piper@Pipahh: (May 5, 2022) Changing laws is good. Changing hearts is better.

Changing laws will lower the number of abortions. Changing hearts will end abortion.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, you delighted in carrying Jesus for 9months! Fill all mother’s with a love and longing for their unborn children.

Archbishop Gustavo@ABishopGustavo: Refugees are legal people in our country. Let’s be kind and generous; qualities of USA landmark. Comprehensive immigration reform is urgent. As God’s people,we are called to act, yes, securing our country, and care for our brothers and sisters coming in. Be rational. Think! Texas is not overwhelmed by refugees. We are a big State. Aren’t we! Comprehensive immigration reform is urgent. Our leaders are doing sick actions without doing little about the issue. The problem is not the refugees, it is leaders that cannot accept: we are one with humanity.

Questions

Kat Armas@kat_armas:  (Jul 20, 2022) In the Gospels, Jesus asks over 300 questions and only answers 3 of them.

A Christianity that discourages curiosity is a Christianity disconnected from the way of Jesus.

Katelyn Burns@transscribe: Alternative history is always like “what if the confederacy won?” Or “what if the Nazis had won?” And never “what if all the southern slaves had murdered all the slave holders?”

Dawn Eden Goldstein ��@DawnofMercy:  (Jun 2, 2022)  Would you rather I not be friends with gays, or with any human being, unless our religious, ethical, and political beliefs are identical? And would you recommend that to others as a means of improving human fraternity?

Matt Fradd@mattfradd:  (Aug 9, 2022) Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions.- Henri Nouwen

Robert Christian@RGC3: My 4 year old on the drive to the zoo:

  1. What is a soul made of?
  2. Where do babies come from?
  3. How hot does it get on Mars?
  4. Why do clouds exist?

Me to my wife: Sarah, you got this.

Reading

Expectant Emily In Ordinary Time@EmilyKath319: (Aug 28, 2022) My 6 year old has SURPRISINGLY strong opinions about reading the Chronicles of Narnia in publishing order, rather than timeline order.

Jennifer Powell: @Ace_Librarian7:  (Aug 30, 2022)

I have made it my mission to unteach children that “fiction is fake.”

Here are my new definitions I started teaching today:

▪️Nonfiction = learning through information

▫️Fiction = learning through imagination

TheOneRing@theoneringnet: 50 years ago – in 1972 – Queen Elizabeth II appointed JRR Tolkien Commander of the Order of the British Empire “for services to English Literature.” She was ten when The Hobbit was published, and The Lord of the Rings hit bookstores two years into her reign. May she RIP.

Saint Problems and Other Things

Tony Capobianco@CaesarCap: In making narrated videos of sermons given by saints, I have found a disproportionate focus on vice, sin, obedience and hell. When I look for sermons on heaven, I struggle to find many and when I do find them they are almost always significantly shorter than sermons on hell.Steve

Skojec@SteveSkojec: I’ve often wondered (even when I was a very observant Catholic) why the thing we’re working towards & giving everything else up for is so scant on details. If you’re trying to motivate people to do hard things, sell them on the reward. (Islam figured that out w/the 72 virgins.)

Matthew Wauck@MWauck: It’s best not to read “sermons by saints” as solid doctrine. “Saints” were human too. Plus their sermons had a specific context in which they were preached; they’re not oracular utterances.

Catholics have to stop looking for oracles. That’s not how Christian belief works.

Fr. Tom Bombadil@calix517: I want someone to make a statue of St. Francis where instead of a dove and a fawn he’s got like a raptor and a leopard or something

September Susie is the Susiest of all Susies@susie_carroll: (Aug 6, 2022) I love that Peter bumbles and fumbles around, loses his temper and makes all sorts of mistakes. It makes him so much easier to talk to.

Mary Pezzulo@mary_pezzulo: (Aug 6, 2022) Peter was a hot mess which makes his repentance and turning into a good leader in spite of it all the more wonderful. We recognize this. Yet if you point out that many other saints were jerks who became saints in spite of that, people get offended. Pio and Jerome were jerks. Augustine was evil to his ex. I love Saint Francis and Saint Catherine of Sienna with all my heart but in addition to being saints and mystics they were also mentally ill, Saint Catherine in particular needed help. It’s okay to say that.

thomas (tank engine)@sourcreamgay: I’m a bad Catholic. Have a iffy relationship with God on a good day. But when I’m counting inventory and can’t find something, I pray to st Anthony and it shows up virtually every time

 Serious Thinking

Sam Rocha �� Texican in Canadia@SamRochadotcom (Aug 21, 2022) The key, I think, to serious thinking, is to have a plurality of pluralities: an often divided self, weighing things internally, a range of interlocutors who also possess their own internal pluralities, and then some contact beyond the two, where mystery and unknowing reside.

Tony Capobianco@CaesarCap  (Jul 6, 2022) Whenever I try to have objective discussions about religion, the longer they go, the more likely things are to become circular. For this reason alone, believers should be more patient to and understanding of folks who are searching for the truth.

Mark Brumley @mabrumley (Jul 6, 2022) “We’re rarely neutral, rational observers when it comes to life’s big issues,” the sister said. “If we try hard we can sometimes be fair *motivated* participants, open to contrary signs and arguments. But only if we try hard. Cynicism or hurt often robs us of the will to try.”

There’s a lot of nonsense on social media. But there are occasional insights that make it valuable (for me at least). It’s a problem to dig through so much muck but so far it is, on the whole, worth it. We’ll see if the muck/treasure ratio remains within the tolerable range.

A professor once told me: beware treating your discovery as *your* discovery. Others likely discovered it too. And be careful treating “your discovery” as a “discovery”. You may also be falling for a mistake or partial truth others have, some of whom have now moved beyond it.

Stephen G. Adubato@stephengadubato: (Aug 30, 2022) do rad trads think it’s normal to randomly send people a drawn out aspergian treatise on why something you posted is theologically concerning to them?


Michael Wong@miquai:  (Sep 1, 2022) I feel like modern society pressures us into having super strong opinions about literally everything, but science has taught me that “I don’t know” or “it’s more complicated than that” is the right answer to most questions. Let’s embrace thoughtful uncertainty, when appropriate.

Justin White@SJMartyr (Jun 1, 2022) The intellect is capable of grasping the beatific vision, but it’s description is more particular than the sufferings of Hell, which makes its description vague outside of meditation and intimacy, which is the communication.

free™@acmills237 (Jul 5, 2022) It was Larry the Cucumber who convinced me that Christianity was intellectually viable, and I know for a fact I am not alone in this. His enemies are my enemies, and if you come against him, you come against me. His good is my good, and if you show him kindness, I will thank you.

Matt Nelson@mattnelson773: (Jul 14, 2022) We think we are so advanced, progressive. But can we recite poetry? Read Latin or Greek? Identify a logical fallacy? Tie a fisherman’s knot? Plant a garden? It is our “stuff” that is advanced. We are not.

Fr Matthew Schneider, LC@FrMatthewLC (Jul 5, 2022) We can never fully comprehend the incarnation, but by meditating on it we can get to know it ever more deeply.

Single Catholic Woman’s Dream

Meg Hunter-Kilmer@MegHunterKilmer (Aug 17, 2022): When reading in waiting rooms & trains & airports, I try to bring books I particularly love because I’m convinced that one day the man of my dreams will notice me reading Sheed’s To Know Christ Jesus or Leiva-Merikakis’s commentary on Matthew and fall hopelessly in love with me.

Struggling With Faith?

Rachel Amiri@godandchocolate: IDK who needs to hear this, but if you’re struggling w/ your faith, please for the love of all that is good stay away from tarot & crystals.

If you need something else that doesn’t feel churchy, go out in nature and listen for God. Walk, run, hike, move so you don’t feel stuck.
Feel the breeze and know He speaks in a whisper, in a roar, and in your heart.

Lean on Scripture (psalms, lamentations, Gospels).

It’s OK to be where you are. God will search you out, and He won’t give up.

The other stuff is a dead-end.

Unexpected Laughter

Kiyah@growingtotruth:  (Aug 4, 2022) My job just announced they are going to remove the term “master code/document” from our company due to our newest anti-racism policy

I am the only black person at my company and I accidentally laughed out loud when they said this

Oops �

Visit the Elderly

Pope Francis@Pontifex: (Jul 13, 2022) I invite you to go out and look for those elderly persons who are most alone, at home or in residences where they are guests. Let’s make sure no one feels alone. Visiting the elderly who live alone is a work of mercy in our time! #GrandparentsElderly #BlessingOfTime

You Need To Be…

Owl! at the Library ��‍♀️@SketchesbyBoze: (Aug 4,2022)
you need to be a woodland critter.
you need to be helping a hedgehog lady iron her laundry.
you need to be having tea with a goose in a bonnet.
you need to be nicking mushrooms from farmers

What Type of People Does Catholicism Attract?

Joseph Ford Cotto@JosephFordCotto (May 26, 2022): There can be no question that Roman Catholicism — whether on its left or its right — disproportionately attracts non-heterosexuals, social misfits, basket cases, lonely folks, and those who want simple answers to complex questions. Why the RCC functions as such is a mystery.

Ghost of Guesclin@BlackDogBreizh: Strange comment considering every institution in the western world today pledges allegiance to the gay flag while the Church is the only major institution within these societies that still defends traditional marriage. You cannot understand among others the nations of France, Spain, Italy and most of Latin America  without Catholicism. There is a lot more there than homosexuals, social-misfits and easy answers.

Chris Damian@CDamianWrites: I’m gay and Catholic. And I see my Catholic faith as the most fundamental of my various “identities.” I’ve worried about having therapists just try to make me abandon my faith commitments, to make it “easier” to be gay. I don’t want such a simplistic approach.

Abigail Favale@FavaleAbs (2022) In case anyone needs to hear it: Christianity is for messy, wounded people who don’t have their shit together.

Jolz �@Jolz_Aust (Sep 14, 2022) It’s sad how many of us didn’t know (and still don’t know) that God is not bound by the Sacraments. Although crucial to our Catholic faith, the Sacraments do not limit God’s grace and mercy from working in extraordinary ways. It’s something I wish I had known sooner.

Wonder

Owl! at the Library ��‍♀️@SketchesbyBoze (Jun 7, 2022)The only people for me are the ones who are fascinated by something, whether it’s science or literature or old films… Life is so short and the universe is heartbreakingly vast and what are we doing if we’re not constantly cultivating a sense of curiosity and amazement?

R Bratten Weiss@Prof_RBW (Jun 13, 2022) I was sitting this afternoon just quietly tending to my work, then looked out the window and saw a Belgian horse loose, gleefully galloping across the pasture with an Amish woman and an Amish man in futile pursuit. Not sure if they ever caught the horse.

Abigail@AbigailAnneCath (Jun 23, 2022) I love that God made bugs that just light up

Tea with Tolkien@TeawithTolkien: It’s been a few years since I perfected my recipe for Lembas, waybread of the Elves. While some recipes remain more minimal, I felt anything elvish would have a very distinct floral or herbal flavor and so I chose to incorporate citrus and lavender into mine…

Writing

Steven D. Greydanus@DecentFilms (Jul 16, 2022) Writing about movies is what fixes the details in your mind

Karen Swallow Prior (Notorious KSP)@KSPrior:

Writing is hard.

That’s the tweet.

Steven D. Greydanus@DecentFilms: Corollary: thinking clearly is hard

Owl! at the Library ��‍♀️@SketchesbyBoze: (Jul 21, 2022) it’s still so funny to me that Agatha Christie’s first husband tried to leave her and she faked her own death to get even. like you think you can just divorce Agatha Christie? a woman who gets paid to invent crimes?

 





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