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.”

2.) The next finger is the index. Pray for those who Continue reading

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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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The Farmer Who Lived on a Hill

barn+burningGod sacrificed his only son, to save us from our sins.

Here is another great story that I encountered, but could’t find a version that I liked, so I re-wrote it.

A farmer lived on a hill near the coast. From his land, the farmer could see the entire village below, but most of his view was the vast sea.

One day, near the end of harvest, the farmer felt an earthquake. He looked down toward the village to see if it had harmed any of the buildings. It brought him relief to find that everything appeared to be normal. As the farmer scanned the coast, he noticed that the water was drawing back from the shoreline and he recalled a story that his grandfather had once told him about an earth quake followed by a great tidal wave that had destroyed the village long ago. A sudden feeling of dread set in as the farmer perceived that no one had any idea of what was about to happen. Continue reading

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One of Us Initiative

One_of_Us_logo_CNA_5_28_14This graphic really caught my attention and reminded me of a post that I wrote earlier this year. (Women’s Rights- When a sapling isn’t a tree). The image evokes the essence of my biggest critique of many women’s rights initiatives, i.e., they throw the most vulnerable women out of the bus.

This new endeavor comes out of Europe and has been collecting signatures since 2012.  The basic goal is to promote the: “unconditional recognition of the inherent and inalienable human dignity as a source of human freedoms and citizen’s rights. As such it should be inviolable and protected by all the public authorities.”

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Introducing My New Homily Podcast

P9venfKOFor a few years now I have been posting an occasional homily on my blog that you can download or listen to from the post.  Now I have a found a way to put my homilies into a podcast format.  I will keep posting my homilies in the blog, but now you will be able to subscribe to them as a podcast. If you use iTunes, here is the link.  If you use a third party podcast app (I use Downcast), then you can use copy this link and paste it into the app.  Additionally I have added a little bit more production value by creating an audio into title for my podcast, it is included on my most recent posts only. I hope you will subscribe and spread the word.

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