7 Quick Takes Friday (set #208)

This week: The latest issue of New Evangelists Monthly awaits your perusal. Dan Burke reflects on the value of prayer. Taking our blessings for granted. Bishop Barron’s “the Homer Simpson effect”. Understanding the Trinity (as much as we can). Progressive Christmas carols.

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New Evangelists Monthly

Issue #49, January 2017, of New Evangelists Monthly is ready for your enjoyment! Scores of faithful Catholic bloggers have contributed their very best pieces from December. Contributing authors this month include: Fr. Stephen Morris, Stephen Korsman, Larry T, Thomas and Deborah Richard, Allen Hebert, David Wong, Fr. Ben Hadrich, Blythe Kaufman, Carolyn Astfalk, Tracy Smith, Birgit Jones, Adam Crawford, Ellen Gable Hrkach, Virginia Lieto, Jennifer Short, Billie Jo Stoltz, Ellen Kolb, Tucker Cordani, John Schroeder, Kirby Hoberg, Rick Becker, Tony Agnesi, Melanie Jean Juneau, Nancy Shuman, Tom Smith, Larry Peterson, Roxane Salonen, Susan Stabile, Tom Perna, Matthew Plese, Dn. John Donaghy, Scott Smith, Elizabeth Reardon, Robert Collins, Chris Capolino, Margaret Felice, Michael Seagriff, Meg Kemmery, Alicia, Vijaya Bodach, Brian Gill, Claire McGarry, Matt Marks, Rich Maffeo, Fr. Richard DeLillio, Barbara Szyszkiewicz, David Torkington, Dave Wanat, Lianna Mueller, Kathleen Laplante, Rita Buettner, Bartimaeus Timeo, Leslie Klinger, Fr. Gilles Surprenant, Barbara Hosbach, Sr. Maresa Lilley, Fr. Errol Fernandes, Rick Rice, Fr. Adrian Danker, Bonnie Way, Christina Nagy, Carissa Douglas, Laura Pearl, De Maria, Julian Barkin, Christian Miraglia, AnneMarie, Christina Sawchuk, Jeff Walker, Deanna Babineau, Vinny Carr and Jim Hahn.

This monthly “meta-magazine” showcases faithful Catholicism from theology to family life and “everything in between.” Enjoy it now at NewEvangelists.org.

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Dan Burke looks at some reasons for prayer. I would add another – all the faithful would agree that God is with us always. How could we go through a day and ignore Him? Speak with God. Often.

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Igniter Media has a humorous piece on taking our many blessings for granted.

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Bishop Barron looks at Hollywood’s common portrayal of men. He calls it “the Homer Simpson effect”:

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Inspiring Philosophy takes a good crack at explaining the Trinity:

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Christmas ended on Tuesday. That would be news to many, but for that matter many have lost any notion of what it is. Jon Cozart produced this classic – Progressive Christmas Carols:

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You may be surprised to learn that not everyone values human life, at least in comparison to animal life. This is not good.


Some random thoughts or bits of information are worthy of sharing but don’t warrant their own full post. This idea was begun by Jennifer Fulwiler and is now continued by Kelly Mantoan. So, some Fridays I too participate when I have accumulated 7 worthy items. Thank you Kelly for hosting this project!

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New Evangelists Monthly – January 2017, Issue #49

This is the January 2017 issue of New Evangelists Monthly. With this announcement, participating Catholic bloggers link their best stories from last month right here at NewEvangelists.org. Revisit anytime to see up-to-the-minute posts in this dynamic format!

Contributor links are accepted beginning at noon (ET). Most contributions are received in a day or two. To see this new issue of New Evangelists Monthly, click below:

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Happy New Year

For I know well the plans I have in mind for you – oracle of the LORD – plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope.

I will sprinkle clean water over you to make you clean; from all your impurities and from all your idols I will cleanse you. I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my spirit within you so that you walk in my statutes, observe my ordinances, and keep them.

Be still before the LORD; wait for him. Do not be provoked by the prosperous, nor by malicious schemers. Refrain from anger; abandon wrath; do not be provoked; it brings only harm. Those who do evil will be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD will inherit the earth.

Brothers, I for my part do not consider myself to have taken possession. Just one thing: forgetting what lies behind but straining forward to what lies ahead, I continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus.

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Merry Christmas

Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly.

Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means “God is with us.”

When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home. He had no relations with her until she bore a son, and he named him Jesus.

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Elsewhere: liberal Christianity

There is an experiment tried over and over. It is a kind of insanity, always hoping for a different result than last time. That is, “theologically liberal” Christianity. It varies, but generally seeks to be “inclusive”, “tolerant” and “affirmative” of every person and their actions. I suppose this is so that they “feel good” about […]

7 Quick Takes Friday (set #207)

This week: The latest issue of New Evangelists Monthly awaits your perusal. For everyone doubting themselves, Leah Darrow shares the simple truth. Looking away from evil – we have seen it before. An amazing duet, from 2 kids under 10. Don’t be manipulated by the PC agenda-driven crowd, wish people “Merry Christmas!” A 1967 look […]

New Evangelists Monthly – December 2016, Issue #48

Enjoy this month’s edition of New Evangelists Monthly – an informal, dynamic, crowd-sourced “meta-magazine” showcasing the best posts faithful Catholic bloggers. In this and every issue, you will find many different, but faithfully Catholic viewpoints, insights and perspectives.

From the archive (set #22)

This Saturday is time for New Evangelists Monthly to begin a new edition. Today, I would like to bring to your attention 3 original, brief essays that you may have missed. If you don’t have time to read all three, I especially recommend the first one — The truth matters. The early Church Fathers believed […]

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