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  • A Facebook Education
    Post by Sr. Clare Hunter, 12/11/2013

    “I’ll confess, though not a devout Facebook user, I have it, and I learn from it. A scan of the news feed shows me pictures and news of friends (um, real ones) and family, articles on faith, recipes, videos, and world news. My “friends” happen to give me a lot of information about the Arlington Diocese, life issues, sexuality, and Pope Francis. Overall, it has become my go-to place to get a quick view of what is going on. I can see why they don’t have options to click “dislike,” or “pathetic,” or “this is sick.” I suppose I could put that in the comment section, but that would be a lot of work, and un-Sisterly. For the most part, my “friends” are quite tame as far as information goes, but I have run across a fair share of links that pose the question: “how much crazier are things going to get?” There is some whacked stuff out there! In the spirit of generosity, I thought I should share a few. Feel free to reassure me that I am not completely insane. ... ”

  • Pillar and Bulwark
    Post by Rev. Paul Scalia, 11/22/2013

    “As we conclude the Year of Faith this Sunday, we do well to recall Pope Benedict's hope that the year would lead to a greater appreciation of faith's two essential components: the act of faith and the content of faith: ... ”

  • Would-Be Low Power FM Radio Broadcasters Applicants Await Word on Deadline for Filing FCC Form 318
    Filing period began while government was closed - Post by Stu Nolan, 10/18/2013

    “Last night the FCC released a Public Notice that shifted many deadlines until November 4. The Public Notice did not address the LPFM Filing Window directly, and so technically the window is currently open and the deadline for submitting applications remains 6 PM on October 29. ... ”

  • Agency Extends Low Power Application Filing Window
    Deadline is now November 14 - Post by Stu Nolan, 10/18/2013

    “The Commission has extended the filing window, already open, such that the deadline for submitting Form 318 applications will not occur until November 14. The agency essentially added 16 days to the window, reflecting the period in which the government was shut down and electronic filing access was denied to prospective applicants. ... ”

  • Agency Shutdown Affects Filing Deadlines for Broadcasters
    Federal Government Shuts Down; World Fails to End - Post by Stu Nolan, 10/17/2013

    “But for the fact that everyone must await permission seemingly before anything can be done in modern America, one might easily be forgiven for wondering just why the federal government shutdown was supposedly such a crisis. As it happens, however, virtually nothing can get done in certain highly regulated fields unless and until the federal government signs off on it. ... ”

  • Holiness is more than Being
    Post by Msgr. Charles Pope, 10/15/2013

    “We live in a time that has tended to reduce holiness to merely being nice and agreeable. In this manner of thinking holiness tends to be variously thought of as: getting along well with everyone, being kind, agreeable, helpful, likable, generous, pleasant, mild mannered, amiable, good humored, middle of the road, even tempered, placid, benevolent, friendly, forbearing, tolerant, thoughtful, and the like. It can all be summed up by saying that "so-and-so" is "basically a nice person." And thus the goal seems more to be nice than holy. ... ”

  • But Worldly Sorrow Brings Death
    What is the Difference Between Healthy and Unhealthy Guilt? - Post by Msgr. Charles Pope, 9/11/2013

    “On of the trickier terrains to navigate in the moral world is the experience of guilt. Guilt is understood here as a kind of sorrow for sin. On the one hand there is an appropriate sorrow for sin we ought to experience. Yet there are also types of guilt that can set up, either from our flesh or from the devil which are self destructive and inauthentic. Some forms of morbid or harmful guilt can cause great harm and actually increase the frequency of sin due to the way they render a person discouraged and self disparaging rather, rather than chastened but confident of mercy, healing and help. It may be of some value to make some distinctions so that we can discern what sort of guilt is healthy, and what is not. ... ”

  • Fasting with the Eyes and Ears
    Post by Fr. Paul Scalia, 9/11/2013

    “In Lumen Fidei the Pope examines the virtue of faith through the familiar images of seeing and hearing (cf. LF, 29-31). Scripture often uses these two human senses to describe the life of faith. Seeing the mighty works of God leads to faith: “They saw and believed” (cf. Jn 2:23; 20:8). At the same time, belief leads to and serves as a kind of sight: “If you believe, you will see the glory of God” (Jn 11:40). ... ”

  • Is the Syria of today the Assyria of the Bible?
    Post by Msgr. Charles Pope, 9/10/2013

    “Given all the talk of Syria in the news lately, I was asked if Syria is the same “Assyria” that is mentioned in the Bible. The answer is no from a political perspective. The modern state of Syria was formed after World War I and became independent after World War II. ... ”

  • Sober and Serious on Syria
    A Pastoral Teaching rooted in the Just War Teaching - Post by Msgr. Charles Pope, 9/8/2013

    “One of the more common critiques that many Catholics make of their clergy is that they seldom hear from their pastors on moral topics in the news and our culture such as fornication, divorce, abortion, religious liberty, homosexuality, redefining marriage and so forth. Most recently the question of war and warfare have also been in the news. ... ”

  • Perfect Time
    Post by Deacon Marques Silva, 9/6/2013

    “For you musicians and disciples of St. Cecilia, I thought you would enjoy a reflection on perfect time. For those who read music, we are familiar with the “C” that may appear after the clef sign. It’s often the designation for 4/4 time or “common” time. This, of course, is a misnomer. ... ”

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