Saturday, January 4

Here's a definition of despair:

You enter a school gymnasium at 11:25. There's a basketball game going on. After this game, your daughter is scheduled to play in another game, which was supposed to be at 11:30. You have a 21-month you are going to have to amuse during that game and another - (either at 2 [if they lose] or 4 [if they win]). The game in process is in the fourth quarter, with a difference of two points in the score. At the last minute, the losing team ties it. Overtime looms. The score of the game is 8-8. It took four quarters for each team to score 8 points. How long will it take them to break the tie and end this game so life can go on and the rest of the games can commence?

So now you see where I was all day. Nothing like 5th grade girls' basketball..

(By the way, Katie's team lost their first game, but won the consolation game, gaining third place in the tournament and their first win of the whole entire season.)

Pope "deeply worried" about the Iraq situation.

Man takes axe to Waltham Abbey in England.

What is it with Englishmen, swords, axes and churches? (Remember the guy a couple of years ago who attacked a Catholic congregation with a sword, I believe?)

Abuse parody cancelled.

An article on the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd,a Montessori-based program:

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd was founded by two Catholic laywomen: Sofia Cavalletti, a Biblical scholar, and Gianna Gobbi, a teacher trained by Maria Montessori. In 1954, Cavalletti was asked to give three young boys some religion lessons. She had never worked with children. She wasn't sure what to do. So she started the lesson by reading the first page of Genesis to them. The boys spent two hours pondering each phrase on the page. Their joy surprised her. Cavalletti continued her Bible lessons. A short time later, Gobbi joined her. She brought a small model altar and some religious materials used at mass.
The children enjoyed working with the materials. So the catechists began using them in their presentations of Scripture. After each presentation, the children were invited to work with the materials themselves. In doing this personal work, children internalize the Word of God, Cavalletti insists. "The help the adult can give the child is only preliminary and peripheral and one that halts - that must halt - on the threshold of the 'place' where God speaks with His creation," Cavalletti wrote.

Good stuff Catholics do:

Nun runs correspondence catechism course for prisoners.

Burying St. Joseph upside down to sell your house

Kansas archbishop objects to use of Catholic church by yet another pro-abortion Catholic governor. Says he wouldn't have approved it had he known before it was scheduled, says he can do nothing now.

The situation with the Polish priest in CT heightens a bit as the archbishop verbally spanks the pastor of the parish in question for allegedly calling the alleged victim a "tramp"


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