An underground ditty for a time that was none too pretty

Looking through various posts on the web about the season of Advent, I stumbled across  the story of the well-known Twelve Days of Christmas, which, as it turns out, is not the simple song I took it to be. Composed as a “catechism song”, the Twelve Days of Christmas taught young Catholics their faith at a time when merely to be Catholic was a crime punishable by being drawn and quartered. Being Catholic was against the law in England “from 1558 to 1829, when Parliament finally emancipated Catholics” there. The practice of Catholicism was illegal there, whether public or private.

Twelve Days of Christmas, an underground Catholic catechism song

I thank God daily that I live in a country where I can openly practice my beautiful Catholic faith.

At least, for now.

Dispelling the Myths, a series in the works

Myths, Lies & Deceptions: Fighting the False with Truth, series in the worksAfter having several conversations (that is a charitable word) online wherein I and my faith and Church were rather viciously attacked, I’ve decided to write a series of posts) to dispel some commonly held myths, distortions and outright lies about Christianity, Catholicism and the Catholic Church. I’m working on this project tonight; but, as I’ve been under the weather for days now (as well as working on other writing and composing projects, participating in 40 Days for Life, and dealing with everyday life in general), the first post in the series probably won’t be ready until some time next week at the earliest. Stay tuned.

The U.S. gets its very first official and approved Marian apparition site

Our Lady of Good Help Shrine in Green Bay, WisconsinThe U.S.A. joins a handful of other countries around the world that have Marian apparition sites recognized by the Church. “David Ricken, the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, announced today his official approval of the Marian apparitions at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion during a special Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.” Read the full article in the Green Bay Press Gazette.

Read more about the newly approved Marian apparition. Read more about Marian apparitions. Read more about the Immaculate Conception of Mary. Read more about the Marian teachings of (and her role in) the Church.

Set the DVR for Fr Barron’s new Sunday morning show on WGN

Word on Fire w Fr Barron will appear on WGN Chicago and WGN America on Sunday at 8:30am CTThis is so cool! Father Robert Barron “begins broadcasting a weekly national television program on October 3rd, 2010. Word on Fire with Father Barron will appear on WGN Chicago and WGN America on Sunday mornings @ 8:30am CT. This is big news because:

Fr. Barron is the first priest since Archbishop Fulton Sheen in the 1960s to have a regular, national program on a commercial television network. Father Barron is an award-winning author, theologian, and international speaker. He is the founder of Word On Fire, a global media ministry.

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Free Catholic audio from Institute of Catholic Culture

The Institute of Catholic Culture was founded in 2006. But I just discovered it tonight. I think. I may have stumbled across this site before, but if I did, I don’t think I realized what a treasure house it is. Just look at these names: Fr. Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R. (Founder, Franciscan Friars of the Renewal), Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. (Founder, Ignatius Productions), Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J. (Founder, Ignatius Press), Dr. Robert Moynihan, Ph.D. (Founder, Inside the Vatican Magazine), Dr. Timothy O’Donnel, S.T.D. (President, Christendom College), Dr. Paul Thigpen, Ph.D. (Professor of History, Georgia Catholic College), and Christopher Check (Executive Vice-President, Rockford Institute). That list reads like a Who’s Who in Catholic orthodoxy. I’m downloading several talks right now. I can hardly wait to give them a listen! Continue reading “Free Catholic audio from Institute of Catholic Culture”