CF161: God’s Country

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CF160: Chicken Plucker

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Podcast: Download In this episode: the best daddy in the world, chicken plucker, mattie moment, Sweet Brown Cold Pop Escape, CCE field trip, papal lap book, cheap date, mailbag: Chad asks about the recent Boy Scouts of America controversy, Allyson’s book, twaddle

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The following is the ‘heart’ of Deacon Tom’s EASTER HOMILY given at his parish in north central Arizona. A bit of it has been modified for the readers at the Catholic Family Podcast site. Dear parishioners … dear folks visiting family members … dear visitors. We wish you a most …

CF159: Mine Is Bigger!

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March 28, 2011 Allyson, Blogs 4 Comments
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Last week was Mrs. Uilkie’s birthday – March 23, but we didn’t have a party, we didn’t need to buy a gift or flowers.¬† She went to be with her Lord last October.¬† If you are a listener to our podcast, catholicfamilypodcast, you’ve heard us talk about Mrs. Uilkie.¬† We did a few simple things for her – drove her to Mass, took her bottles of water, gave her some of our latest homemade concoctions, and visited her as much as we could which wasn’t nearly enough.¬† She, on the other hand, did tremendous things for us.¬† She prayed the rosary daily for us, for many other people that she loved, and for some that she didn’t even know.¬† She watched EWTN constantly so that she could “attend” daily Mass, although she longed for the Eucharist on a daily basis as well.¬† We did Corporal Works of Mercy for her, but she provided Spiritual Works of Mercy for us.¬† I think we got the better end of the deal. … Continue Reading

CF145: Bird on a Stick

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In this episode: The Sweeneys visit the Barrons, Mattie Claire gets ashes, Kathryn gets her driving permit, Bird on a Stick,  Mail Bag: Coley from Florida, Petra from the Netherlands, Debi in Texas, Charlie,  Jim Beeghley from Pennsylvania.

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Ten Things to Learn from Japan

March 27, 2011 Blogs, David, Feature 1 Comment
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A priest friend of mine in China sent me the following. The authorship was listed simply as “Sunita.”¬† I thought it was quite remarkable, especially when compared to what we usually see in the United States in times of natural disaster.

  1. THE CALM – Not a single visual of chest-beating or wild grief. Sorrow itself has been elevated.
  2. THE DIGNITY – Disciplined queues for water and groceries. Not a rough word or a crude gesture.
  3. THE ABILITY РThe incredible architects, for instance. Buildings swayed but didn’t fall.
  4. THE GRACE – People bought only what they needed for the present, so everybody could get something.
  5. THE ORDER – No looting in shops. No honking and no overtaking on the roads. Just understanding.
  6. THE SACRIFICE – Fifty workers stayed back to pump sea water in the N-reactors. How will they ever be repaid? … Continue Reading

Getting to Yes

March 23, 2011 Blogs, David 2 Comments
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The title of this article may have misled you. I’m not talking about the well known book Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In. But rather, I want to talk a minute about saying ‘yes’ to your kids. When Kathryn was a little girl, one evening, she had finished her dinner and was asking for a second helping of ice cream for dessert.”No,” I said. “You’ve already had dessert.” Without hesitation, Allyson scooped up another small portion of ice cream into her bowl and gave me one of those looks – you know – a SWMBO look.¬† Later, I quizzed her. “Why did you give her more ice cream? She already had some.” “Simple,” she replied. “There was no reason to say ‘no.’ The time will come when they are gone, and then you’ll wish you had said ‘yes’ more often.” I was struck dumb. My whole life, I had grown up in a house that said ‘no’ quite a bit. Being told ‘no’ was part of growing up, being mature. In Catholic doctrine, we call it self-mortification and it’s very popular, especially during Lent. Here was a piece of family philosophy that I had never heard of and certainly never believed in. Could she be right? … Continue Reading

Simple Pleasures

March 22, 2011 Allyson, Blogs 2 Comments
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The kids and I were recently away from the house for a several days.¬† Away from school work that really should have been done, away from laundry/cooking/cleaning, away from the phone calls, the computer emails and social networks, away from paper work for scouts and church, away from weekly meetings.¬† We were away from everything.¬† It was wonderful.¬† It gave me time to notice the little things like how wonderful my children are.¬† We were visiting our newest cousin who at the time was only 7 weeks old.¬† They fussed and awed over him the whole time we were there.¬† I watched as they fed him, burped him, talked and played with him, and cuddled him as he slept.¬† They are such loving little people. … Continue Reading

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