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Blogger publicly apologizes for being himself

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by Doug Lawrence

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This reminds me of the time I had to send a serial-misbehaving, disruptive sixth-grade boy to the principal’s office.

After a heart-to-heart talk, the principal walked him back and asked me – in front of all the students – if I would let him rejoin the class.

Truth be told, I liked the young man – but for a number of very practical reasons – I just couldn’t tolerate his disruptive classroom behavior – so I was more than happy to exclaim, “We’re all Catholics here – and Catholics firmly believe in repentance and forgiveness – so sure – he can come back to class – but only if we all resolve to work together – so as to make sure this type of thing doesn’t happen again.”

As I remember, the entire class seemed to appreciate the lesson – and some of the children were actually a bit surprised.

From that day forward, “John” became my official class gofer, reader, filer, messenger, and all around utility man. I realized that he just couldn’t tolerate sitting still, so I gave him things to do and permission to stand up and even walk around the back of the classroom – so long as he remained reasonably quiet and considerate. That would not be easy!

Of course,  I reserved the right to let him know when things might be getting a bit out of control.  His parents approved of our arrangement, and we had no more unfortunate class incidents.

Many years have gone by and I occasionally run into John, at Sunday Mass. He still can’t sit still, but he has become a bright, energetic, cheerful and polite young adult. He manages to hold down a regular job and keep the faith – and in my book, all of that counts for at least ninety percent.

I always enjoy seeing him. 

May God continue to bless him – along with all those who struggle to overcome their various personal shortcomings – whatever they might be – by the power of God’s grace – and with a little help from their friends.

Father Michael J. McGivney Center of Hope and Healing Opens Its Doors

On August 14th, The Well of Mercy, a Father Michael J. McGivney Center of Hope and Healing, opened its’ doors to single pregnant women who choose life. Five mothers, three of which will give birth in the next 3 weeks, now have a home. We are a much needed extension of the Pregnancy Assistance Centers by providing transitional housing.

The Chicago center is the first of six Fr. Michael J. McGivney Centers of Hope and Healing to be established. Our goal is to open a center in each of the six dioceses in the State of Illinois. The Center is named after the founder of the Knights of Columbus, the Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney.

On Sunday, September 23, we will have an open house and you are invited to visit our new home between the hours of noon and 4:00 PM. We are located at 6339 N. Fairfield Ave, Chicago. We have much to do to clean and renovate the facility and you may decide, after visiting, that you want to help us. Your time and talents are essential in the support of this mission. Visit us on September 23rd, see for yourself, The Holy Spirit may tap you on the shoulder and you may decide you want to help get involved and share in the joy of this new Catholic initiative. For more information visit us at www.mcgivneycenter.com or call us at (773) 889‐6470.

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Confused about your faith, Bunky? This may help!

The Great Heresies By Hilaire Belloc

This free e-book consists of seven chapters:

All of these chapters are provided courtesy of EWTN.

Autism and Catholic Sacraments

A reader wrote me this morning asking about how her daughter with autism could possibly make communion or be confirmed in the Catholic faith.  I’ve done quite a bit of research on this subject for a book I’m writing.

The good news is that there are quite a few resources available to you and your parish to help your child prepare for communion and confirmation.  The bad news is that those resources are not well-disseminated, so it may be up to you, the parent, to find and share them.

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My faith has grown very weak because of several personal issues, and I need help.

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Q: My faith has grown very weak because of several personal issues, and I need help.

Any suggestions?


A: God loves you. God will provide. Don’t worry.

There are times in everyone’s life when selfish things seem to crowd God out of the picture, and when sin seems to easily overcome.

There’s nothing you can do that God won’t forgive, if you humbly apologize and make a good faith effort at repentance.

Catholics have a number of distinct advantages in that regard, but other Christians need to do it the best way they can.

And no matter how bad things might look, remember that anyone who stands in front of the Judgment seat of Christ with at least a modicum of charity remaining in their soul is not likely to see eternal damnation.

Finally, remain faithfully and charitably involved in all of the work, worship, sacraments, and devotions of the Church, and you’ll never be far from God.

May God bless you and keep you, and grant you grace and peace, forever.