It’s the Economy Stupid!

economyIf you are like me, you have a basic understanding of the economy and some of the principles behind it.  If someone were to ask me a lot of questions, he would quickly find that my knowledge is not very vast, which is why an interesting web page / project caught my attention last week.  The site is called wetheeconomy.com.

A panel of top economic experts including academics, analysts, journalists, and historians helped identify 20 key topics about the U.S. economy that every American should understand. Those and other economic advisors then worked with filmmakers to shape the topics into 20 different 5-8 minute films that answer the questions: Continue reading

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Brittany Maynard Is Not a Hero; She Is Not a Role Model

Brittany MaynardDespite what I feel was a great amount of positive feedback and promotion of respect for human life, Brittany Maynard, who became the poster child for “legal suicide” ended her life at the beginning of this month.

In the midst of the frenzy, the word or idea that really caught my attention was “dignity”. Proponents of euthanasia are trying to sell her story of cowardice as something dignified. Nothing could be further from the truth. Something that is dignified is something that worth of honor and respect.  Killing yourself because you want to quit before the going gets tough, that is not worthy of honor or respect.

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Is God’s Law Living in Your Heart? (Homily for the 30th Sunday of OT, Year A)

Gods-own-heartAt some point we have to move past mere adherence to God’s law and let the living out of his will become the desire of our hearts.

Listen to Fr. Dollins’ homily from the 30th Sunday of OT. Download the homily (right click here), listen to it below, access it with any podcast app (copy link), or on the iTunes store here.
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5 Petitions You Can Pray For Every Day

handLast year the DRE at the parish I was in discovered this great mnemonic device for prayer that the Pope was promoting.  Since that time it has been a regular part of my daily prayer, so I thought I would share it with you.

Using the fingers on your hand, start with the thumb and pray these intentions in this order:

1.) The thumb is the closest finger to you. So start praying for those who are closest to you. They are the persons easiest to remember. To pray for our dear ones is a “Sweet Obligation.”

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Our Problem is One of Focus (Homily for Respect Life Sunday 2015)

blurry-peopleWhen we focus on a false good that is right in front of us, the greater good, God’s will, becomes blurry.

Listen to Fr. Dollins’ homily from Respect Life Sunday. Download the homily (right click here), listen to it below, access with any podcast app (copy link), or on the iTunes store here.
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A Few Great Catholic Memes

CHRISTMASI am a fan of clever communications.  One thing that has become very popular, mostly because it views well in Facebook feeds, is the meme.  A meme is typically a square image with large block type that serves to make a point, usually in a clever fashion. The one on this post is one of my favorites and it is “textbook” meme.

Wikipedia describes a meme as follows: A meme is “an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture.” A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols, or practices that can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable phenomena with a mimicked theme. The word meme is a shortening (modeled on gene) of mimeme (from Ancient Greek μίμημα Greek pronunciation: [míːmɛːma] mīmēma, “imitated thing”, Continue reading

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Paying the Bill for Our Sins (Homily for the 25th Sunday of OT, Year A)

paid-stampIf God sent us a bill for all of our sins, how many pages would it be?  How could we ever pay it back?  When Jesus died on the cross for us he paid our debt of sin. Listen to Fr. Dollins’ homily from the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Download the homily (right click here), listen to it below, access with any podcast app (copy link), or on the iTunes store here.
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My Top Ten Podcasts

TOP10In my Downcast App I subscribe to the following 10 podcasts.  Ranking them in order was tough, all ten are great, but ultimately I ranked them by how often I listened to them combined with how valuable they have proven to be for my life.

10. Augustine Institute Special Events- Just about everything the AI does is great.  While I subscribe to this podcast, I don’t get around to listening to it that much. iTunes

9. Divine Office- This one is great for the car, if I am going to be driving and want to do Evening Prayer, I just pray with the podcast. iTunes / Direct

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