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Photo: Church of the Holy Sepulchre by Fr. Lawrence Lew.

This is "Memorial for Unborn Children" by Slovakian sculptor Martin Hudáček.

I realize more and more how much every soul needs God's mercy throughout life and particularly at the hour of death. -- St. Faustina is now integrated with the Keybase identity proof system.

In their app, select "Add more identities" then search for "". Follow the prompts and your profile will be linked (and verified to) any other sites (even Facebook and Twitter -- double shudder) you choose.

This is a map of attacks on churches in France over the last 4 years. None of these were accidents.

People do not seem to realize the high level of Christian in the modern world. It is increasing. On a typical day, 11 Christians are killed for their faith.

Say it is Friday so you are not eating meat. Could you enjoy the new "Impossible Whopper" at St. Louis area Burger Kings? Supposedly it looks, smells and tastes just like meat.

My answer: no. Doing so would entirely miss the spirit of the penance, trying to slip by on a technicality.

Friends, you are incoherent (and probably uneducated deplorables too).

The New York Times has published an opinion piece written by Peter Atterton (a professor of philosophy at San Diego State University) entitled "A God Problem". The tag line is "Perfect. All-powerful. All-knowing. The idea of the deity most Westerners accept is actually not coherent."

I read it so you don't have to. Want to read a smart philosopher? Read Peter Kreeft.

Academia and journalism, coming together to deliver the quality we expect of them. This bit of enlightenment from the Times (according to Fr. Z - a/k/a "Hell's Bible"):

This is well done and a sign of renewal in Detroit. From last week - a St. Joseph’s procession.

Woo-hoo, we crossed the 2,000 message milepost this morning!

A cross-instance directory of Catholic folks is hosted on "Trunk". Request to add yourself. This is one way people on other instances can discover you here.

There are several disturbing aspects to the Christchurch NZ tragedy. Foremost is the senseless loss of innocent human life.

This was a terrorist act by very disturbed people. They were clearly neither conservative nor Christian, but expressed socialist views (and apparently liked China's political system).

People were killed and injured because of their religion -- in this case, Islam. This is widely and properly condemned.

What is also disturbing is the almost universal silence on the far, far greater number of Christians killed by Muslims, which now averages 11 PER DAY. That, in addition to those taken as slaves and sex slaves.

Matthew Archbold writes here:

OK, I never do this -- but my better-half is away and this video inspired me.

There were mistakes made (got egg on my sweater, should have started toast before cooking egg)... but it was still a surprisingly good breakfast.

I am reflecting this morning on salvation history. Today's first reading from Deuteronomy (26:16-19) is on God's covenant with His people.

Some might think that God adapted his covenants in response to the failure of His people. Hogwash, of course! He already knows every moment in time.

His plan is for our benefit, to see ourselves as we are and to know the mercy of our Creator. Our Lord is in it for the long-haul, thank God!

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