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Congratulations to my Daughter


I’m so very proud of my daughter Teresa, who is in eighth grade, for earning a high school varsity letter in cross country. Well done. There are four Graas children, all equally AWESOME.

A Cajun Nun?


My friend Opinionated Catholic (a big LSU fan in Louisiana) has a great video on his blog of a Daughter of St. Paul, Sister Tracy, who is from Cajun country in South Louisiana. That’s some cool stuff there! One funny thing she shares is that she said her highest aspiration in high school was to […]

St Gemma on Humiliations


Humility is…”The moral virtue that keeps a person from reaching beyond himself. It is the virtue that restrains the unruly desire for personal greatness and leads people to an orderly love of themselves based on a true appreciation of their position with respect to God and their neighbors.”  Humility is a quality of all the […]

Pope Benedict: Catholic Charities ‘required to follow Catholic principles’


Well, now, this is welcome news indeed. Pope Benedict XVI today set down a motu proprio letter addressed to Catholic charitable organizations in which he delineates certain rules to be followed. Hat-tip, New Advent and Whispers in the Loggia. Introduction “The Church’s deepest nature is expressed in her three-fold responsibility: of proclaiming the word of […]

Handing Out Condoms To Prevent Aids is Like Handing Out Bullet-less Guns to Stop Bank Robbery


Many thanks to Shane Vander Hart, a non-Catholic Christian, for his post pointing out some of the reasoning behind the Catholic Church’s opposition to condoms for AIDS prevention Caffeinated Thoughts: And here we have a clash of worldviews.  Emba used an illustration by moral philosopher Janet Smith to illustrate how the Catholic Church’s (among others) […]

The Supreme Court May Rule That Catholicism is Illegal

The great hall of the Supreme Court building

The headline at CBS News reads, Will the Supreme Court Weigh In on Same-Sex Marriage? It should read that the Supreme Court may rule that Catholicism is illegal. If the Supreme Court does weigh in on the issue, and if it rules that same-sex “marriage” is a “right,” then it would, by attrition, be ruling […]

The Tick That Bit Me

The Lyme disease spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi

Regular readers know that I used to be much more prolific at writing than I have been lately. You know I used to write for other websites and that I did a radio show. There will be no more writing for others, and probably not any more radio either, because my level of function is […]