100 US Anglican Parishes Joining the Catholic Church

Please pray for the members of the 100 US Anglican Parishes Converting to the Roman Catholic Church.

In November, the Pope Benedict XVI issued the apostolic constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, which invited traditional Anglican parishes around the world who would like to come home to the Catholic Church, to join en masse.

The Anglican Church in America (ACA) will now enter the Catholic Church as a block, bringing in thousands of converts along with their own bishops, buildings and even a cathedral.
They will worship according to Anglican rubrics, and use the Book of Common Prayer, but they will be in communion with the Pope, recognising him as their leader.

This is not the first group to take up the Pope’s offer.  Sixteen parishes in Australia have joined the Church, and there could be 200 parishes in Britain that will do so as well.

Be sure to read the above article and pray for all those who are making this move, both clergy and parishioners.   A change such as this is bound to have hiccups occasionally, but this is such a joy to have our brothers and sisters join us in worshipping Christ, and we need to support them in prayer as much as we can.

7 Quick Takes – Vol. 3

1.  This week finds us in the midst of a strep throat mini-epidemic in our house.  The 6 year old was really sick last week.  His dad wound up going to the urgent care center on Sunday, and while they did not test him for strep he probably has it, plus double ear and sinus infections.  Today, the 14 year old has a sore throat… I’m just waiting for it to get me…we’ll see.

2.   A friend of mine recommended this blog post to me and I found it to be so beautiful and profound.  It is about the Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb which is a French contemplative order that enables girls with Down Syndrome to answer their vocation to Christ.  It is good to be reminded that those who are disabled in some way still are people, they are not a faceless victims of a disability that have no worth or meaning.  They are people who have deep feelings, and a soul with the capability of donating all to Christ.

3.  Discover the beauty of the earth with the new photo NASA Blue Marble.  If you click “All Sizes” on the upper left you can enlarge it and take in the lovely aqua water of the Caribbean, the beautiful mountains and deserts of the West, and the Polar icecaps.  What a marvelous planet.  You might also find the photos from the Goddard Space Flight Center breathtaking as well.

4. There are two new books out by Catholic blogging moms that you might want to check out.  CatholicMom.com Lisa Hendey’s  The Handbook for Catholic Moms: Nurturing Your Heart, Mind, Body, and Soul and Rachel Baulducci of Testosterhome has How Do You Tuck In a Superhero?: And Other Delightful Mysteries of Raising Boys.  Both sound lovely – by two lovely ladies.   Pull out your credit card right now!

5.  Back in November, a wife, mom and blogger in her 30’s named Anissa Mayhew, suffered a stroke.  I first learned of her on Twitter.  She has been in the hospital or in a nursing facility since then.  This past weekend she finally came home.  I urge you to take a look at the blog Hope4Payton that her husband has used to chronicle their difficult journey.  This is an amazing family.  Her husband is a tribute to all husbands, and it is wonderful to see them all home again.

6.  Well, how is Lent going for you?  I’m trying to be more patient with the kids and not get annoyed when interrupted.  I find myself slipping, but catching it first is a challenge.  I have been reading more.  I have got a great deal out of Fire Within: St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and the Gospel-On Prayer from Fr. Thomas Dubay.  Abstinence is not so great.  Last Friday, I completely forgot it was Friday and gratefully and happily accepted that bacon and egg on an English muffin my non-Catholic husband handed me.  Groan.  I realized it later.  So, if you do it unwittingly is it a sin?  I did not make a conscious choice to eat that bacon.  I forgot.  So, I’m figuring that is not a sin.  But I just completely forgot God that morning….yeah…real great, that one.

7.  I’m looking forward to a Moody Blues concert my husband is getting the four of us free tickets to.  Now, they were big when I was a toddler, but I’m sure they will be fantastic, as long as we don’t freeze to death.  It is outside on the water I think (we do live in a warm climate, but lately it hasn’t been so warm.)  Too bad it is not date night, cuddling on the bay while listening to great music would be very romantic.  Listening to complaining children…not so much.  But it will be nice to expose them to real live music.  Wish us luck.

OK, you’ve read my ramblings, now go see more 7 Quick Takes at Conversion Diary.

Love Among the Ruins of Haiti


Death everywhere.  Cigarettes, rum, kidnapping, and thousands of corpses without a name.  Life in Haiti is never easy but now, after the earthquake, it is unbearable.  Fr. Rick Frechette ministers to the people of Haiti and the conditions are like a trip to Hell.  The Weekly Standard has an in depth and detailed story of what life is like for this priest and the people he ministers to.  Love Among Ruins is a difficult read, but it reaffirms how we need to support the dignity of all people in both life and death.

10 Catholic Podcasts Not to Miss

If you want to both learn about the faith, and be entertained, then podcasts are a great way to do it. You can use your iPod or another mp3 player, or just listen on your computer. Here are 10 great Catholic Podcasts for your perusal.

  1. Catholic Underground has two great priests from Baton Rouge, LA and adds two former seminarian friends who discuss the Catholic faith, current goings on in the Church, and technology talk for a great show.  It’s hard to pick, but this may be my favorite.
  2. Catholic Under the Hood with Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, TOR.  Fr. Seraphim is a friar of the Third Order of St. Francis. He is also an assistant professor of history for the Franciscan University of Steubenville on their campus in Gaming, Austria.  He talks about Catholic History and Theology.  Absolutely excellent.  I have learned so much.  If you love history, this guy is for you.
  3. Into the Deep  is a wonderful podcast from three Catholic laymen.  They have great discussions on how to have a personal relationship with Christ.  I suggest you start from their first podcast and work your through them.  I get more impressed every time I listen.  This would be excellent to listen to during Lent.
  4. EWTN Podcasts  Listen to your favorite EWTN shows on your iPod whenever it is convenient for you.  You can always go to their Audio Library for all their shows.  I find that EWTN Live & Open Line are fantastic shows where people ask such great questions.  Questions you & I would ask too. 
  5. The Catholics Next Door with Greg & Jennifer Willits.  Greg and Jennifer of Rosary Army fame have a three hour Catholic radio show every weekday morning on Sirius/XM satellite radio.  If you don’t subscribe to satellite radio, then you can have the next best thing by listening to their podcast with excerpts from their show.  I’m so happy to see them on such a big stage because they are great.
  6.  Francis Cardinal Arinze is a Nigerian Cardinal who was last Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. I love Cardinal Arinze because when you listen to him you know you are getting straight-up Catholicism, not watered down drivel. I love him because he makes perfect sense and has a deep compassion for others, but not a compassion that weakens what Christ taught. The Apostolate for Family Consecration has produced the Cardinal Arinze Webcast  which has both audio and video podcasts.  Some are question and answer programs, others discuss church documents.  All are enlightening and worth your time.
  7. Catholic Moments with Lisa Hendey  is an great interview show with Catholics doing extraordinary things to live out their Catholic faith and share it with others.  Lisa Hendey is an author and founder of CatholicMom.com. This podcast is a joy to listen to.
  8. Rosary Cast at Rosary Army.com, an apostolate of Greg & Jennifer Willets.  This is a very simple podcast of the Rosary, but I find it invaluable.  I like to listen to it in the car.  Simple scriptural readings really help in meditation on the mysteries of the Rosary.  This is one you will keep on your iPod permanently.  They also have the Stations of the Cross and other helpful prayers.
  9. In Between Sundays is a podcast for young adults to learn how to live their Catholic faith and deepen it.  Don’t let the “young adult” label fool you.  This is a great podcast for everyone.
  10. Catholic in a Small Town is such a nice podcast of a Catholic couple raising kids in a small town.  Listen to their joys and challenges of parenthood from a Catholic perspective.  They have a side podcast, Catholic Book Club that I really like as well.

This is just the top 10.  I’ll have another post soon with more Catholic podcasts worthy of your time.  Remember too, you don’t need to have an iPod to listen to podcasts, you can listen on any mp3 player, or on your computer.  So turn off the radio and the TV, and discover the joy of podcasts.