7 Quick Takes Friday (set #218)

This week: The latest issue of New Evangelists Monthly awaits your perusal. Two excellent videos on marriage – one from Catholic speaker Jason Evert and the other from Fr. John Lankeit. Eucharistic Adoration as seen through the eyes of a faithful, young adult. The sad closing of a Trappist monastery — The Abbey of Our Lady of the Holy Trinity. David Gray speaks on being a compelling missionary and introduces his new series: The Most Compelling Reasons to be Catholic. The true nature of prayer in light of some detestable political commentary on it.

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New Evangelists Monthly

Issue #59, November 2017, of New Evangelists Monthly is ready for your enjoyment! Scores of faithful Catholic bloggers have contributed their very best pieces from October. Contributing authors this month include: Stephen Korsman, Ellen Kolb, David Wong, Blythe Kaufman, Aimee O’Connell, Matthew Bellisario, Ellen Gable Hrkach, Chris Capolino, John Schroeder, Melanie Jean Juneau, Susan Stabile, Carolyn Astfalk, Colleen Martin, Bonnie Way, David Cooney, Fr. Gilles Surprenant, Larry Peterson, Lawrence and Susan Fox, Jamie Jo, Rick Becker, Matt Marks, Fr. Stephen Morris, Roy Cooney, Fr. Nicholas Blackwell, Lianna Mueller, Fr. Errol Fernandes, Michael Seagriff, Robert Collins, Claire McGarry, Dn. Scott Dodge, Pat and Nicole Padley, Victoria Clarizio, Lisa Ponchak, Elizabeth Reardon, Sr. Maresa Lilley, Tom Perna, Margaret Felice, Barbara Szyszkiewicz, Carolee Gifford, Leslie Klinger, Jennifer Elia, Rick Rice, Virginia Lieto, Barbara Hosbach, Dave Wanat, Christian Miraglia, Julian Barkin, Rich Maffeo, Ruth Ann Pilney, Vijaya Bodach, Jim Hahn, Jeff Walker, Cas Everts, Tom Smith, Christina Nagy, Fr. Adrian Danker, Scott Smith, Dennis McGeehan, Tucker Cordani, Anita Moore, Christine and David Torkington.

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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Jason Evert is usually outstanding and his commentary on “homosexuality, gay marriage, and holiness” is spot on. Very excellent. Excellent in the way he presents it and excellent in fidelity to actual Catholic teaching (i.e. simply the truth). 12 minutes might seem long, but he covers a lot of ground. Well worth the time. Something to be shared.

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Fr. John Lankeit is a strong homilist in the Diocese of Phoenix (see here for another example). Recently he also spoke on the Catholic view of marriage (i.e. God’s view) with passion and clarity.

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Spirit Juice explains Eucharistic Adoration from a young person’s perspective. It is not deep, but not bad either.

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This Trappist monastery (The Abbey of Our Lady of the Holy Trinity) was founded at the close of WWII in Utah. Once home to over 80 monks, it was down to just a few. Too few and too old to operate it any longer so it has now closed. It is sad that so few young people (and older people too for that matter) understand the importance of these vocations.

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David Gray has so many Catholic web projects going that I have lost track! His latest addition is a new series at My Catholic Tube called The Most Compelling Reasons to be Catholic. Check this out and his comments on being a compelling missionary.

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Ben Shapiro, an Orthodox Jew, responds to news commentator Keith Obermann’s recent tweet on the Texas church tragedy. Shapiro’s comments on prayer are very good and apply equally to the Catholic view of it.


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 – November 2017, Issue #59

This is the November 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!

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7 Quick Takes Friday (set #217)

This week: The latest issue of New Evangelists Monthly awaits your perusal. Bishop Barron explains the symbolism of marriage. Chris Stefanick continues that point on the Church. Faithful Christianity is under strong and sustained attack (perhaps surprisingly for many) from the SPLC. How should we respond to NFL protests? Two videos on millennials – one serious and the other not so much.

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New Evangelists Monthly

Issue #58, October 2017, of New Evangelists Monthly is ready for your enjoyment! Scores of faithful Catholic bloggers have contributed their very best pieces from September. Contributing authors this month include: Stephen Korsman, Aimee O’Connell, Blythe Kaufman, Carolyn Astfalk, Melanie Jean Juneau, Chris Capolino, Ellen Gable Hrkach, Fr. Ben Hadrich, Lawrence and Susan Fox, Tucker Cordani, Barbara Szyszkiewicz, Dennis McGeehan, Matt Marks, Kathleen Laplante, Robert Collins, Roxane Salonen, Lyn Mettler, Elizabeth Reardon, Vijaya Bodach, Michael Seagriff, Dn. Scott Dodge, Connie Rossini, Sr. Maresa Lilley, Fr. Stephen Morris, Dave Wanat, Fr. Nicholas Blackwell, Christine, De Maria, Susan Stabile, Rick Becker, Larry Peterson, Leslie Klinger, John Schroeder, Rick Rice, Ebeth Weidner, Fr. Adrian Danker, Fr. Errol Fernandes, Christian Miraglia, Rich Maffeo, Paul Roy, Ellen Kolb, Birgit Jones, Brian Gill, David Torkington, Bartimaeus Timeo, Claire McGarry, Barbara Hosbach, Lisa Ponchak, Julian Barkin, Bonnie Way, Tom Perna, Margaret Felice, Christina Nagy, Julia Harrell, Fr. Gilles Surprenant, Roy Cooney, Jeff Walker, Jim Hahn and David Cooney.

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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Marriage and the Supper of the Lamb – Bishop Barron explains the Sacrament of Marriage:

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Continuing that theme, Chris Stefanick reminds us what the nature of the Church is:

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Are you a faithful Catholic or other Christian? Maybe you are pro-life or pro-family? If so, then to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) you are a hater and must be suppressed. They have the money and lawyers to do it too. Once a noble and effective anti-discrimination organization, they have today left those roots to become something else entirely. Catholicism.org among many others (e.g. here, here, here, here, here, here, here and a zillion more) chronicles their misdeeds.

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I like Fr. Mike’s videos, but respectfully disagree with him on the NFL protests. Briefly stated, his take is that we should look inside ourselves before forming an opinion. I strongly agree that my own path to holiness needs constant work (and by God’s grace, I pray that I am making progress).

Hugely blessed NFL players, regardless of my struggles, embarrass and disgrace themselves, their teams, and the sport when they spit on the graves of those who fought for the country the anthem directly represents. Their shameful actions are not merely vague “social justice” virtue signaling, but repudiation of the country for which so many suffered so much. Stretching Fr. Mike’s point a bit, it would be fair to ask what these richly entitled players have done for anyone other than themselves that justifies such disdain for their country.

It’s time for fans to stop rationalizing this behavior and stop supporting those who show such contempt and disrespect for them, their families, friends and neighbors who have actually served and sacrificed for their country. Self-examination is not the issue – this is objectively very wrong and readily discernible as such.

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Simon Sinek speaks on millennials in the workplace. He is an articulate, mostly factual observer. Generally good, but there are 2 huge issues IMHO. First, no hint whatsoever of the role of faith. Without that true happiness is simply impossible. Second, it is not the function of businesses to babysit millennials. Business will simply not hire or weed-out those who are unprepared for real life. Millennials expecting otherwise will be hugely disappointed.

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Humorist JP Sears portrays a millennial, his grasp on reality and preparation to live as an adult. It’s satire, but with more than just a touch of truth.


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 – October 2017, Issue #58

This is the October 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!

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7 Quick Takes Friday (set #216)

This week: The latest issue of New Evangelists Monthly awaits your perusal. 10 facts about Catholics. Cardinal Carlo Caffarra is the second “dubia cardinal” to die ignored. Fr. Mike Schmitz looks at “judging someone.” An Indian restaurateur helps the hungry. Feminists excuse the treatment of Muslim women. A grandmom shows grandpop a fun magic trick. […]
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New Evangelists Monthly – September 2017, Issue #57

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.
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Elsewhere: what works — tradition or modernity?

It always amazes me when people champion relaxing “rigid” rules in favor of a more “merciful” or “pastoral” Church. This is code for finding ways to justify reinterpretation of orthodoxy, at least in practice (wink, wink). It is also known as heterodoxy. In charity we assume such people are well intentioned, but the result is […]
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7 Quick Takes Friday (set #215)

This week: The latest issue of New Evangelists Monthly awaits your perusal. St. Stanislaus Oratory celebrates. KLM inadvertently promotes truth while attempting to promote the opposite. Were the policies of our only Catholic president Democrat or Republican? A recent graduate reflects on her college education. Millennials and real work, imagined as lumberjacks. — 1 — […]
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