Archive for the ‘Catholic General’ Category

New Job!

Sunday, July 2nd, 2006

I will be teaching religion this fall at a Catholic Junior high and High School in a town of about 35,000 people, 90 miles from my hometown. The population and distance from “home” are ideal for where I want to be right now. It is a small school, and I will be the religion department, since I will be teaching every grade level. This will be a great chance to teach and learn about a variety of Catholic subjects.

Lent

Monday, February 27th, 2006

Path at Sorrowful Mother Shrine
Lent is here. Why do I like Lent? It is probably the same reason I enjoy cleaning the house and sorting my books every so often. It is good to clean house every so often. Lent gives us a chance to examine those areas of our life that are encumbered by material and sinful things. By denying ourselves physical pleasures and by increasing prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, we allow God to transform us. Lent is in some senses a journey of transformation (sorry to use a buzz word!). Either Jonathan or I took this photo at a local shrine. I enhanced it using Google’s Picasa2, which is an amazing, free, photo organization and manipulation program.

Here is my basic Lenten plan (a plan I am sharing with my girlfriend Jennifer). I am not posting this to brag in any way, but to share the ideas we had. Note that numbers 1-3 are expected of all Western Catholics. Eastern Catholics and Orthodox Christians often have stricter requirements. For more ideas we have compiled Suggestions for your Lenten Fast.

1. No Meat on Fridays
2. Fasting on Ash Wednesday
3. Fasting on Good Friday
4. Read Matthew, John, Galatians, Philippians and Jude
5. Follow the Church Fathers Lenten Reading Plan
6. No Snacking
7. No Fried Potatoes
8. Save gas by avoiding 1 trip out/week
9. Exercise 3 times/week

Now, here is what sin each activity fights:
1,2,3,6,7,9: Gluttony, materialist attachments
4,5: Ignorance, Sloth
9: General Materialism

Also, the plan is to give any money saved (from not eating fries or taking an extra car ride) to a Catholic charity.

 

Also, for those interested in discussing the Church Fathers readings online, please check out the schedule for the Catholics Building Bridges Room on Paltalk.

Why Coffee is Good!

Monday, November 21st, 2005

Coffee and Catholic statue

Jonathan tells us why coffee is a pope-approved drink! In case you still aren’t sure that drinking the sweet, dark liquid is fully compatible with the Catholic Church, this image on the right will leave no doubt! Notice how St. Francis gives his approval to my cup of hot coffee.

Right now at home, I am drinking the cheap stuff with Ginger Bread creamer, and when I manage to stop at a Speedway, I am getting hooked on their Colombian with Eggnog Creamer.