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Misplaced Fuss Over Rick Santorum and World Net Daily

Rick Santorum debates Howard Dean at Cornell University. Cornell alumni include Ann Coulter and Keith Olbermann. Santorum is fond of debate and does not shy from the chance to speak in venues where there is strong disagreement.

There seems to be a great deal of misplaced fuss over Rick Santorum contributing at WorldNetDaily. While I am used to this coming from the Left, it was a surprise to see Matt Lewis write at the Daily Caller that this means by attrition that Rick Santorum is not running for president in 2016. 1.) […]

Those Passionist Nuns Always Make Me Smile


The Passionist Nuns of St. Joseph Monastery are responsible for a great deal of joy in my life. They are cloistered nuns, but as a Passionist Oblate Associate, I am spiritually connected to them in the Cross. It is quite an experience, most of all spiritually, to be a part of a family you never […]

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) […]