Tuesday, April 24, 2012


FINDING TRUTH WHEREVER IT MAY BE FOUND: “It used to be that everyone was entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts. But that’s not the case anymore. Facts matter not at all. Perception is everything . . . It is not only that I feel it to be true, but that I feel it to be true. There’s not only an emotional quality, but there’s a selfish quality.” Stephen Colbert in Charles Chaput’s, “Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life” h/t to Fr. P

QUOTE II: “What a tender thing, then, is a man. How, for all his crotch hitching and swagger, a whisper can turn his soul into a cinder.” From John Cheever’s, “The Wapshot Chronicle”


Ellen mailed this great news in about one of our favorite Catholic authors!  "G. K. Chesterton's essay "The Fallacy of Success" has been chosen as an exemplary text to use in the new Common Core State Standards for grades 11-12.!! Yes, right next to "Walden" by Thoreau and Thomas Paine's Common Sense!! THIS IS AMAZINGLY BIG. Many, many schools are going to use this because it is recommended. Kids will be reading it around the USA. Textbook publishers are probably putting it into anthologies as we speak. Teachers around the country will be scratching their heads, wondering "Who is this Chesterton guy and why haven't I ever heard of him before?"   Thanks for sending that around!

One of the guys who works at St. Sebastian took this picture with his phone of one of the bushes in front of the rectory.  Thanks Chad.

Thanks to Monica Baird our organ project and a video made it on the front page of Akronist!  Check it out here.  If you would like to help us on our organ project click here.  You can purchase a pipe for which you will recieve a certificate so that you know exaclty which pipe is yours.

Fr. D. sent this in with this message:  "You're going to love this."  It is a great story especially if you like Bruce Spingsteen.  Thanks for this story.

Here's something to help those who are not aquainted with Chesterton.  It is nine and a half minutes.  The sound is not very good but the message is.

We are nearing the end (I can't believe it) of our Insanity workout here at St. Sebastian.  A gym full of hale and hardy Sebastianites meet at 5:30AM to dig deeper.  One of them, M.W. found out why Fr. P and I do it.  "You want to look like this guy celebrating Mass don't you?"  Well, maybe - except not with the hair.

This came in just before the publishing deadline:  "What incredible FREE podcast does EWTN have for you this month? Believe it or not, it’s “Historic Catholic Converts,” an 18-part mini-series (18 episodes!) that traces the lives of British, American, French and German believers who, through God’s grace, made the spiritual and intellectual journey to Rome. Hear Fr. Conner give biographical sketches of these converts as well as their conversion stories. Find it here."

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