Do People Actually Eat Bran Flakes?

Week 16, yee-haw! Another really busy week, so my compulsive information sharing side is especially showing today.

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First, I must shamelessly plug the Bright Maiden series. This week’s topic was contraception. My piece is “Evil Don’t Look Like Anything”; Elizabeth’s piece is “Beyaz Yourself”; Trista’s piece is “Wearing Crucifixes and Condoms.” Many thanks to Tito Edwards at The Pulp.It for not only plugging my piece, but putting it on the top slot!

If you’re enjoying this series, you’re in luck: you can now like us on Facebook. Yeah, the Bright Maidens are going high-tech! Help us spread the good news about Christ and his Catholic Church! Two of us are in journalism, all three of us are products of Catholic education in some capacity, as well as non-Catholic education, so we know keenly the anti-Catholic prejudices and general misinformation out there, among Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

I also made an informational Bright Maidens page on my blog. Please humor me and look at it; compliments accepted at any time and place!

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Fr. Barron on the last acceptable prejudice, anti-Catholicism:

Have I mentioned how awesome Fr. Barron is? PURE AWESOME.

H/T Marcel LeJuene at Aggie Catholics

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Do you know who else is wonderful? Sen. Rand Paul: “You busybodies always want to do something to tell us how we can live our lives better; keep it to yourselves. Try to convince us through persuasion, but don’t threaten to put us in jail or put us out of business if we don’t accept your way of thinking.”

H/T Thomas Peters at CatholicVote

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Some of you may remember me mentioning yesterday that my mother is not at home this week– she is in Florida, celebrating her mother’s 75th birthday with her parents and sisters. Which is dandy and all, but we, the left behind children, have no cereal in the house. Correction: no edible cereal. Dad bought bran flakes by accident two weeks ago and no one will touch them with a ten foot spoon. I would have gone to the store, but, seeing as I did not get home till after 10 p.m. last night and did not discover how desperate we are on the cereal front until I was starving this morning, alas, just the last of the rice krispies for me!

Moral of the story: I love my mom. She never lets the cereal run low. Have you thanked your mom lately for being great? (Dads are great too, even though mine called me “pokie” this morning [as in “slow poke”].)

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Warning: this next video is beyond cute.

Michael Barber, a professor of Theology, Scripture and Catholic Thought at John Paul the Great Catholic University in San Diego, and a blogger at The Sacred Page, posted a video of him and his wife asking their two year old son (also Michael) theology questions, like, you know, on transubstantiation. Not only does the two year old shame most Catholics and get them right, but, seriously, he’s adorable:

H/T The Sacred Page (has a transcript on the post too)

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Look what happened on St. Patrick’s Day in Sydney, Australia…

Happiness! H/T Mary DeTurris Poust at OSV Daily Take

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I am so excited for this weekend! I have work to do, yes, but after the to-do list is completed-ish, I get to see a few favorite people!! Including:

And tomorrow is St. Joseph’s feast day; I hope you will all be drinking wine!

Happy Friday! See Conversion Diary for more.

St. Patrick, pray for the Irish!

Once upon a time, I lived in Switzerland and had easy access to lots of wonderful destinations in Europe.  For a friend’s 22nd birthday, we jetted off to Dublin for a three-day weekend celebration.  I was horribly sick with a cold, and thus a very cranky travel companion.  Thankfully my dear friend put up with me!

Today, in honor of St. Patrick, I’ll post some of the pictures I took there.  It was so exciting to visit one of my ancestral homelands, and I can’t wait to do a full tour of Ireland one day!  I still dream of the leek and potato soup I devoured there. Mmm!

Christ Church Cathedral
Ha’penny Bridge
Temple Bar area
The Liffy
To you, Triune God,
confident in the loving protection of Mary,
Queen of Ireland, our Mother,
and of Saint Patrick, Saint Brigid and all the saints,
do we entrust ourselves, our children,
and the needs of the Church in Ireland.
Amen.