Words matter

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a groupie of Taylor Marshall. I do admire the guy for starting up his own business in the wake of the mess and demise of Fisher More College down in Texas.  But beyond that, I’m pretty indifferent. 

Anyway, today he posted a blog entitled, “10 Radical Ways Catholics Can Reclaim Marriage.”

It can be read here in its entirety. Most notably is number one:

Start using the term “Holy Matrimony” and always use that term. Yes, you don’t need permission. That’s capital H and capital M. Go there. The word “holy” is important and “matrimony” has its etymology in the Latin mater meaning “mother.” Matrimony brings about the procreation of babies and makes women into “mothers.” Holy Matrimony. Got it?

Being the father of three daughters, I also like this one:

Recapture Holy Matrimony as a church event and this means we need to distance ourselves from the pomp of the afterparty, flowers, cake, guests, etc. Holy Matrimony should feel more somber like a priestly ordination and less like a Quinceañera or debutant ball. Holy Matrimony is not a narcissistic parade for princesses and their mothers. It’s a sacrament. Reign it in.

It’s worth a read!

What would you add?

Sts. John the Baptist, Thomas More and Charles Lwonga, orate pro nobis. 

Prayer request – work audits Wednesday and next Friday

Tomorrow all day and Friday 5/15 , one of my programs at work is having an internal then government Earned Value Management (EVM) surveillance. I ask you to implore St. Joseph Cupertino’s intercession. You can read about our saint here at New Advent: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08520b.htm The prayer for his intercession:

O Great St. Joseph of Cupertino who while on earth did obtain from God the grace to be asked at your examination only the questions you knew, obtain for me a like favour in the examinations for which I am now preparing. In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked. Through Christ our Lord. St. Joseph of Cupertino, Pray for us. Amen.


My Sister Cathy: a few more thoughts


Dear friends,

Mr Coughlin (who writes the re-blogged blog post above) is an outside consultant and coach whom I’ve had the pleasure to hear on two different occasions at work. His sister died recently and although I have not met either of them, I’d ask you to pray for her repose.

Thank you!

In Christo Rege,

Originally posted on The Any Person Mindset Blog by Dan Coughlin:

We buried my sister Cathy today.

That statement is both a bit overwhelming and totally surreal. I want to share a few more thoughts about her. These include private stories that I thought about not sharing. Then I thought they might help someone who is dealing with a very dangerous disease like her pancreatic cancer either in his or her own life or with a loved one.

As we heard in all the eulogies today and in all the comments from everyone at the wake and after the funeral mass today, Cathy cared about other people a great deal. I wish I could have tape recorded all the individual conversations I had with people over the past 36 hours and play them for you. Cathy was a case study in how to truly care about people in personal and professional situations.

However, there’s one other aspect of Cathy’s caring that…

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Happy Easter Everyone!!

Once again, for the next several Sundays, we will hear this marvelous melody at the beginning of High Mass:

VIDI aquam * egredientem de templo, a latere dextro, alleluia; et omnes ad quos pervenit aqua ista salvi facti sunt, et dicent: alleluia, alleluia. Ps 117, 1: Confitemini Domino, quoniam bonus: quoniam in saeculum misericordia ejus. V. Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. R. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc et semper, et in sæcula sæculorum. Amen. Ant: Vidi aquam egredientem de templo a latere dextro, alleluia; et omnes ad quos pervenit aqua ista salvi facti sunt, et dicent: alleluia, alleluia. I SAW water flowing from the right side of the temple, alleluia; and all to whom that water came were saved, and they shall say, alleluia, alleluia. Ps: Praise the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy endureth for ever. V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost: R. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Ant: I saw water flowing from the right side of the temple, alleluia; and all to whom that water came were saved, and they shall say, alleluia, alleluia



Gene Gene the dancing machine has died. Please pray for his repose.

Originally posted on Marc's View on Stuff:

Under the category of “Fond-Childhood-Memories-(that-I-shouldn’t-have-had-had-I-been-an-obedient-child)” lies this bit of awesomeness.

Some background:

There were two (2) TV shows I was forbidden to watch as a kid. One was The Dukes of Hazard. I honestly don’t think that it was because of Daisy’s lack of clothing…but it was that my dear parents F E A R E D that their firstborn, upscale suburban boy would turn into some hillbilly (and move to South St. Louis). Well..that fear has more or less materialized…sorry ’bout that, Mom and Dad!

The other show, probably more fittingly and justly ‘banned’ from my viewing pleasure, was the classic game show, The Gong Show. It hasn’t been surpassed in awesomeness (not) nor will it ever be…dare I say it…hmm?? EV-AH! (there…I said it…all of which had tongue planted firmly in cheek).

I came across a YouTube video that featured the semi-regular act…the often imitated…NEVER (NEV-AH

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