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Celebrate Easter All Year Long

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

One of the reasons I love being Catholic is that our church knows how to party. Most people think Easter is over now. For Catholics we’re just getting started. We start with the “Octave” meaning that Easter itself is 8 days long. Every day until the Sunday afterwards is considered a feast day. That includes no fasting from meat on …

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Why Catholics Don’t Eat Meat on Fridays

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

Not really. The first Pope was actually a fisherman. But back then meat wasn’t a staple food. For most ancient peoples, “flesh meat” (birds and mamals) was a luxury enjoyed by the rich. The rest of the people only ate meat on special occasions. Abstinence from meat meant everyone had to eat like the poor.

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Why do Catholics Celebrate Advent?

Fr. Joel Being Catholic, Church meets World

Everywhere you go these days, you see Christmas decorations and hear Christmas music. Everywhere except a Catholic Church. We have purple decorations and keep singing “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” The Church is not anti-Christmas; we are just celebrating the forgotten season of Advent. The word advent comes from the Latin ad-venio meaning to come to, come towards, or come near. It …

A Decade A Day Keeps the Devil Away

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

Are you looking for a way to make this Advent special? Try gathering with your family each day to pray a decade of the Rosary. The Rosary is a classic Catholic prayer. The Rosary is a form of imaginative prayer that mediates on the life of Jesus through the eyes of His Mother Mary. Children can learn the Rosary once …

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It’s Time to Burn Your Bible — An Answer to the Rapid Decline of Christianity in America

Fr. Joel Being Catholic, Church meets World

The Burning Question One day we discovered two bags of old Bibles and Lutheran hymnals abandoned in the church lobby. Someone figured the church would know what to do with a bunch of old Bibles. They were pretty worn out; I decided that I should burn them reverently. So I piled them in a little metal fire pit and put a lighter …