A Step Back in Time? Or Forward? Associated Press (AP) Article on the Youth Traditionalist Movement in the American Catholic Church
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by Scott Smith
3w ago
The Associated Press recently published an alarmist article about the rising tide of traditionalism and orthodoxy, especially among young people, in the American Catholic Church. Here's the article: "A step back in time": America’s Catholic Church sees an immense shift toward the old ways. They're finally noticing what's happening ... and it's too late to stop it.  Here's a quote from the AP article. It's amazingly on point, if a bit back-handed: Across the U.S., the Catholic Church is undergoing an immense shift. Generations of Catholics who embraced the modernizing tide sparked in th ..read more
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The Hidden Evil of the Heart Shape: The Suspicious History of Pharmakeia, the Heart Symbol, Contraceptives, and Abortifacients
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by Scott Smith
3w ago
Have you ever wondered why the heart shape doesn't really look like a real heart? If you slice a heart just right, maybe you get that typical heart shape. Still, that doesn't jive. Not exactly.  How did we go from heart to heart shape? What's the real story of the heart symbol?  And what's the connection between heart shapes, cupid's arrow, and St. Valentine's? That's a lot of symbolism without explanation. I'm not okay with that!  Unlike Cupid's arrow, Common explanations of this connection completely miss the mark.   TL;DR ... So, here's the skinny. The heart sh ..read more
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Alfred Joyce Kilmer, Catholic Poet of "Trees" - Conversion Story and Selected Catholic Poems
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by Scott Smith
1M ago
Have you heard of the Catholic poet, Joyce Kilmer?  First off, despite his name, Alfred Joyce Kilmer was a man. Second, he was a Catholic convert, along with the rest of his family. Kilmer described his conversion beautifully. See below.  Kilmer was probably most famous for his poem, "Trees" --  "I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree." There's a definite ecological/environmental beauty to "Trees," so this poem often gets promoted over Kilmer's more explicitly Catholic poems. I think it's time to showcase some of Kilmer's beautiful Catholic poetry and writing ..read more
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Joseph's Coat of Many Colors -- Is It Really a Technicolor Dreamcoat? The Mistranslation of Genesis 37:3 and the Hidden Meaning for St. Joseph
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by Scott Smith
2M ago
Genesis 37:3 is just one of those verses. The translations for it are all over the place:  According to the King James Version, Genesis 37:3 reads, "Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours." According to the New American translation, "Israel loved Joseph best of all his sons, for he was the child of his old age; and he had made him a long ornamented tunic."  According to Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical, it's the "Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"! So which is it? Did Joseph have a "long ornamented tu ..read more
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Did St. Paul Have a Near-Death Experience? NDEs of the Bible
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by Scott Smith
3M ago
Have you every thought about Near-Death experiences (NDEs) occurring in the Bible? I have! When you start looking, you realize they are all over the Bible. I've been working on this a lot for a new book I have coming out through Sophia Institute Press entitled Catholic Near-Death Experiences: Accounts of Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory from Priests, Popes, and Saints. This article explores the following questions: Did St. Paul actually die and resurrect in the Bible? If so, was St. Paul's account of the "third heaven" a description of his Near-Death Experience?   Near-Death Experiences ..read more
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What is the "Sign of Jonah"? Did Jonah Die in the Belly of the Whale, Resurrect, and have a Near-Death Experience? NDEs of the Bible
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by Scott Smith
3M ago
J onah was swallowed into the belly of a whale, right? He was spit onto the shore after three days, but he was alive the whole time.  Wasn’t he? … Wasn’t he? Actually, no. But this helps explain Jesus' mysterious prophecy about the “Sign of Jonah” ... Do you remember Jesus’ mysterious prophecy about the “Sign of Jonah”? Here is Luke 11:29–32 (also Matthew 12:38-42):  When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of Jonah. For as Jonah became a sign to the men of Nin′e ..read more
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The Symbolic Power of Water in C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia Series
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by Scott Smith
5M ago
Water is a powerful symbol in many of the world’s best-selling novels and C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia series, which comprises seven exciting and deeply meaningful stories, is no exception.  Within these works, it does more than serve as a metaphor for a quality or state of mind; it is often the chosen medium that represents a character’s transformation, self-discovery, and maturation. In collaboration with Guest Author, Lottie Westfield Water Symbolism in C. S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia - Table of Contents Table of Contents "A broad river divided itself into two stream ..read more
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The Star of Bethlehem - What is it Really? Could It Be Something More Than a Star?
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by Scott Smith
5M ago
What was the Star of Bethlehem? What was it really? Was it a comet? What is a supernova? Was it a Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn? People have been fighting about this for 2,000 years.  All this misses the point. There was something much bigger than even Jupiter and Saturn combined with the original Star of Bethlehem.  And, it was all prophesied ...     Here's the key:  Do you remember the Glory Cloud of the Old Testament? The Shekinah? The Shekinah was the Holy Spirit appearing as a tower of fire, lightning, and thunder. It was th ..read more
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Pray Without Ceasing: Catholic Family Daily Prayer Routine
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by Scott Smith
6M ago
 Is your New Year's Resolution to reach Catholic Level: EXPERT? Here's how.  Need help balancing prayer and the daily grind? Trying to incorporate prayer into your or your family's hectic routine? Here's how to fit prayer into your life.  Want to learn how to pray the Rosary everyday? Looking for step by step instructions for praying the Rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and other Catholic prayers?  Catholic Family Prayer Infographics Table of Contents Here are all the prayers your family needs to mark the day with unceasing prayer: Table of Contents So, what s ..read more
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The No-Watch List: Guide to All the Kids' Shows and Movies That Have LGBTQ Characters and Content
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by Scott Smith
6M ago
I keep hearing about new and old kids' shows and movies adding LGBTQ characters, storylines, etc. Or for the full, incoherent, and current alphabet soup abbreviation: LGBTQIA+.  Honestly, years ago, my family started weaning ourselves off constant TV shows and movies. TV and movies still leak into the cracks, though, when we are visiting friends, the dentist's office, etc. We will still have family movie night, of course--so many classics to show the kids!  But it's still good to know and to help others know. Please help me with this list! Comment below with new and old shows and mov ..read more
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