Archives for September 2016

From the archive (set #21)

From the Archive...

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 — Loss of innocence. After 5 years, it remains as relevant and sadly disturbing.


Loss of innocence

The Boy Scouts, like the Catholic Church, has taken a lot of flak for standing firm (comparatively speaking) against a secular, relativistic society. Shockingly, the Girl Scouts have not. In fact, they have every intention to embrace the toxic sexual perversions of the secular world (if you think that is over-the-top, continue reading).

…read it all:   Loss of innocence


The body
The Body of Christ

Our souls are unique and so is our body. Both are a gift from God. In our mortal state, each body has unique, lifelong DNA from the moment of conception. It is intertwined with and tightly united to our soul. It is the physical temple of the Holy Spirit, belonging to Christ and not our own to use or abuse however we please. Amen! That simple response says a great deal when we present ourselves to receive the Holy Eucharist. The priest holds our Lord’s most holy body or most precious blood and says to us “the Body of Christ” or “the Blood of Christ.” Our response affirms many things, all expressed humbly and fully by “Amen.”

…read it all:   The body The Body of Christ


Sacramental validity

In understanding the sacraments, we also see that certain requirements must be met for validity. That is, to receive the intended graces, the sacrament must meet certain requirements. Various causes may render a sacrament invalid such as some defect in the matter, form, minister or recipient. One very interesting requirement is intent. If the intent is absent then the sacrament is not received.

…read it all:   Sacramental validity



7 Quick Takes Friday (set #204)

This week: The latest issue of New Evangelists Monthly awaits your perusal. Ad orientem worship making a comeback (I hope so)? Fr. Mike urges us to let “God take his time.” Faithful Catholic video skits are a family project at the Catholic Conundrum. Black lives matter? (Not so much to the organization of that name.) You have less than 2 months to learn about the symptoms and effects of Parkinson’s disease. An internet webcam sensation to waste our time.

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New Evangelists Monthly

Issue #45, September 2016, of New Evangelists Monthly is ready for your enjoyment! Scores of faithful Catholic bloggers have contributed their very best pieces from August. Contributing authors this month include: Stephen Korsman, Matthew Coffin, Chris Capolino, David Wong, Rick Becker, Mary Haseltine, Kathleen Laplante, Tracy Smith, Dave Wanat, Dn. Scott Dodge, Katie O’Keefe, John Schroeder, Chibuzor Ogamba, Fr. Gilles Surprenant, Carolyn Astfalk, Elizabeth Reardon, Nancy Shuman, Melody Marie, Christina Nagy, Adam Crawford, Bianca, Blythe Kaufman, Shannon, Fr. Chori Jonathin Seraiah, Nancy Ward, Carissa Douglas, Virginia Lieto, Larry Peterson, Tucker Cordani, Ebeth Weidner, Vijaya Bodach, Fr. Stephen Morris, Barbara Hosbach, Tony Agnesi, Abigail Benjamin, Ellen Kolb, Brian Gill, Frank Rega, Robert Collins, Roxane Salonen, Maria Johnson, Laura Pearl, Bonnie Way, Matthew Plese, Rich Maffeo, Matthew Rose, Margaret Felice, Leslie Klinger, Melanie Jean Juneau, John Donaghy, Rita Buettner, Bartimaeus Timeo, Anthony Layne, Fr. Errol Fernandes, Fr. Adrian Danker, Brian Mullins, Denise Hunnell, Ellen Gable Hrkach, Jamie Jo, Dennis McGeehan, Kirby Hoberg, Jennifer Elia, Susan Stabile, Fr. Richard DeLillio, Alexandrina Brant, Amy Wiggin, Tom Perna, Birgit Jones, Larry T, Sr. Maresa Lilley, Rick Rice, Alicia, Claire McGarry and Michael Seagriff.

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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A priest celebrating Mass facing the people has a tendency to make it between him and them. A priest and the people facing God together makes our highest form of prayer clearly about HIM. Both forms are valid in the common, “ordinary form.” Interestingly, Vatican II did NOT command (or even suggest) that we change this. Learn more about it in this excellent video:

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We want what we want and we want it now. God is outside of time. Perhaps, we should let Him take his “time”! Fr. Mike Schmitz looks at our impatience:

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Blogging and videos are a family activity over at Catholic Conundrum. They make fun, faithful videos (over 2 dozen so far) on many topics. It’s a good, safe and informative place for young Catholics to visit. Check-out their blog and YouTube channel for productions like this:

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The so-called “black lives matter” movement needs a closer look. Of course, no faithful Catholic argues with the premise that all lives matter. That is not what they are about, nor are they actually about black lives mattering.

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A medical doctor looks closely at Hillary’s odd behavior and concludes it is NOT due to a concussion nor is she suffering seizures, despite what so many theorize. The evidence is quite strong however, that Mrs. Clinton has Parkinson’s disease at probably a late stage. This should not be a partisan issue (but of course, is). If she in fact is suffering from this debilitating disease, she would be certainly unfit to perform the duties of president.

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Finally, something just odd. Very odd. An internet sensation is a webcam on a Jackson Hole Wyoming intersection. Thousands of people are following it live, commenting on the vehicles and people they see. Red trucks are often noted. This must be the new “pet rock.” Just bizarre.


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!

New Evangelists Monthly – September 2016, Issue #45

This is the September 2016 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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