Monthly Archives: March 2011

An update on Sofia & the rest of the party posts via Jenny

31 March 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Dear Readers,

As some of you know, that our dear Sofia had to take a little time off after the ACBlogaversary. It was a resounding success except that Sofia, overdid it. Sofia gives a hundred percent and then some. The “then some” is what caught up with her.

It was originally thought that Sofia only needed a day or so, but since last night it looked as it maybe a little more rest would be needed. Well, the doctor has come by again and officially put Sofia on bedrest until Friday! She will be okay but she truly needs this time to get better so this doesn’t happen again.

Now there are several posts yet to be published that were supposed to have been published during the party but Sofia was so busy getting the site back up for the party all the posts didn’t quite make it.

So, we have yet to publish Sofia’s Story, (something I have read and is very beautiful and will make all of ACBlog readers understand why Divine Providence is so important in her life) the post with all the entrants in our writing contest, the very cool piece on Catholic Hip-Hop, the first in a series on Catholic Travel (this one is filled with gorgeous images!) the Top Roman Catholics on Twitter page (#tRCot), the Winners post featuring the winners of the Writing Contest & the winners of the random drawings from the partyand the update of the Two Blessed To Be Stressed pages. So starting Thursday I will help to get out the posts and everyday through the weekend we will post one or two posts finishing on the fourth of April with the winners page as promised.

We will be back on track by Monday and then, God-willing it’s back to regular posts and lots of great pieces by a number of Contributing Bloggers every week.

Let say a prayer for Sofia that she heals quickly and is back with us so we can have an exciting weekend with all the new posts and the winners of ACBlogaversary contests!

Thank you for your prayers and your patience!

God Bless you,

Jenny
Intern for AlwaysCatholic.com

A very quick mille grazie from Sofia (for now!)

29 March 2011

Sometimes in your life things work out best when your plan goes awry.

When I decided a relatively short time ago that I wanted to celebrate one year blogging, I never realized just how kind and supportive the people I have met through this venture truly are. The #ACBlogaversary (twitter hashtag ingeniously created by one of the #Twisters, @1SupremeGoddess) became an instant hit this weekend. It provided all with a window into what we were doing (great party conversation, posts, writing contest, handpicked music & music vids etc). Quite a few people who stumbled across it came and joined the fun. It truly surprised me that this “celebration” was one of the most fulfilling and joyous occasions I have ever had the priviledge to experience.

I want to just take a quick minute to thank all involved in anyway and to ask your patience once again so that I may publish a proper perspective tomorrow. I am publishing tomorrow, my story. “Divine Providence and Sofia: A love story with God”. It will explain how AlwaysCatholic came to be but more importantly I will be able to properly thank and acknowledge all from Day One who helped this special place called AlwaysCatholic.com came to be.

Tonite, I would like to apologize that my plans did have to shift abit as I overdid it and was ordered to rest mid-celebration by my doctor. I did not get to put out everything I wanted to within the 24 hours of celebration but instead I must publish the rest during this week with help from my loyal intern, Jenny. Im only allowed a brief minute on the computer this week, but the doctor didnt say that Jenny couldn’t and that I couldn’t dictate! Hah!

So for tonight, I must keep it short as I am exhausted and need to rest. (the nurse on tonight is rough and I’m not about to get her riled up! LOL!) But I would like to once again thank all who made this celebration so special and to publish a couple of blogposts by very special bloggers who took the time to acknowledge AlwaysCatholic.com

 

From our dear friend and colleague at Nunspeak, Sister Lisa Doty:

 

Happy #ACBlogaversary

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by Sr_Lisa in Uncategorized

To my friends over at Always Catholic. Blessed congratulations as you celebrate your one year anniversary of spreading the message of Christ on the internet. The blog always has some good Catholic content. If you have not yet checked out Always Catholic for yourself, I encourage you to click on over. They have some events taking place today and tomorrow, so, click the AC icon, and join the celebration!

http://www.alwayscatholic.com

Twitter: @alwayscatholic

 

and from our new friend and colleague Thomas Pringle at Catholica Omnia:

 

Happy Blogaversary to Always Catholic

March 26th, 2011 Tom Pringle

I wanted to take some time today to congratulate our friends over at Always Catholic, who are celebrating their one year anniversary of spreading the message of Christ on the internet. The blog has become one of my favorites in recent weeks. If you have not yet checked out Always Catholic for yourself, I encourage you to journey on over to their space on the digital continent. Check out all of the events taking place today and tomorrow.

http://www.alwayscatholic.com

Twitter: @alwayscatholic

 

 

Thank you to both of you, I am truly honored!

God Love you,
Sofia

 


ACBlogaversary Giveaways! Prizes! Cool Catholic Stuff! Thank u to AlwaysCatholic.com readers for your loyalty!

27 March 2011

Here are the Giveaways for the First Annual AlwaysCatholic.com Blogaversary Bash! Some really beautiful things and some really kewl thing…all Catholic, all the time!

 

The First three prizes are for the Writing Contest! Then, the prizes below those on the page will be picked randomly because the drawing of the Giveaways is random! You have to be patient though…the party continues through 11PM tonight so we are still getting comments and entries!! The winners will be announced on April 4th the Feast of Saint Isadore of Seville, the Patron Saint of the Internet…now that’s kewl–a Patron Saint of the Internet!

Here we go!!

First Prize for ACBlogaversary Writing Contest

Second Prize for ACBlogaversary Writing Contest

Third Prize for the ACBlogaversary Writing Contest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Random Prizes for our Random Drawing…Maybe you will be “Randomly Lucky!!”

Very kewl Womens Twisters TShirt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and alot more goodies that will be in the Winners Post on April 4th!

See ya!


And the party continues…

27 March 2011

 

The First Annual AlwaysCatholic.com Blogaversary Bash continues on Sunday, March 27th from 3pm to 11pm EST.



Sofia had this fond wish of having a LIVE 24 hour Event to thank all those so kind to her and so supportive of Always Catholic.com. Well,she almost pulled it off, but Sofia overdid it a little. She was sent off to bed a little while ago by her Dr after she started to show signs of the recent long days negatively affecting her health. She is getting better and better everyday, and so Sofia thought that her idea would work.

Well, in a way it did…the official party has to finish up tomorrow after Sofia rests up on Drs orders. As we speak, partygoers keep Retweeting out AlwaysCatholic links, music vids marked #ACblogaversary and are posting tremendous tribute posts on their blogs for Sofia as she sleeps! Now those are good friends…

Know this, the reason that they are doing this is because they know if they need prayers for their special intentions, Sofia has their back. They know if a word of support is needed, Sofia will be there with words of comfort. They know that the best way to get Sofia better and back to finish up the party tomorrow would be to keep it going these last few hours.

Well, when she reads this tomorrow, she will be thrilled…but then, thats Sofia…as long as her friends are enjoying themselves. she’s happy!

See you Sunday, March 27th at 3pm when the fun continues WITH Sofia!

God Bless you,

Jenny

Intern at AlwaysCatholic.com



Sofia’s Favorite Posts: Number One

26 March 2011


Best Political Story of the Year-The Twisters!


Ending 2010 with the Best of the Rest

The last few months I have been trying to write a piece about a dynamic group of conservative women named, “The Twisters”. My health (or lack of) had forced me to put the piece off since before the November 2nd Election. Originally, I wanted to feature The Twisters and their their partnership with the Contract from America .  The candidates they supported had to sign it during their campaigns in order to be a Twister-endorsed candidate. Their “Twister Money Bomb” campaign for these candidates was featured on The Twisters Blog, The Twisters Money Bomb and on their Facebook page, simply titled, The Twisters.

I wanted to see the how and why of what these fearless women were actually doing. I figured just checking out their organization with the “Contract from America” and seeing which candidates they had backed actually won and for which office would be enough for a post about these gals. I was wrong…(Yup, I said it… LOL!)

I have to say that I was so impressed with their Purpose:“We’re here to walk the Conservative talk” and similarly, their Mission Statement: “To vet, back, and promote conservative candidates who have signed the Contract from America.” Additionally, they hit the homerun with me with their explanation of just what and who “The Twisters” are: “A tightly knit group of superpower wielding, patriotic, conservative bad-asses of the female kind.” Hoo-rah!

Before I get into my Rave about the girls, let me fill you in on their story as I have it from The Twisters themselves (with the help of Tina @0402sgrl on Twitter).

Our history is short and sweet. We ran into each other while ranting on Twitter. None of us had met before but we immediately recognized kindred spirits. I believe @Suziplasse came up with the term “Twisters” meaning Twitter Sisters but it soon became a double entendre. We are a force of nature both individually and together. We started chatting on conference calls and eventually it congealed into this organization dedicated to promoting conservative candidates. We have widely varying backgrounds but come together over our love of this country.

We are (in alphabetical order):

@0402sgrl

* Name Tina Marie
* Location Cradle of Liberty
* Web: http://twistersmoneybomb.com/
* Bio: USMC Wife, mom of 2, political junky, wayy conservative. Member of @theTwisters!

2,540 Following 3,172 Followers 328 Listed

@1SupremeGoddess

* Name: The Supreme
* Location: Western PA
* Web: http://twistersmoneybomb.com/
* Bio: Force of Nature! Christian&ReaganCon God/Guns/Military Loving wife of @nukneutron. Founding Member: @TheTWISTERS American & NO APOLOGY! (aka 1SG50)

897 Following 3,964 Followers 422 Listed

@asskickymchotti

* Name: Green Eyed Warrior
* Location: A BUNKER IN THE MIDWEST
* Web: http://twistersmoneybomb.com/
* Bio: Founding member of The Twisters trying to return America to glory once again. Criminal Justice Major I’M FABULOUS! #twisters If you are a LIB DON’T FOLLOW!!

1,025 Following 3,175 Followers 399 Listed

@ConservativeInd

* Name: Kimberly Morin
* Location: Massachusetts
* Web: http://www.examiner.com/conservative-independent-in-boston/kimberly-morin
* Bio: A Conservative Independent who wants to UNITE and FIGHT for what is RIGHT for America!!!!!!!!

3,257 Following 7,468 Followers 847 Listed

@flyingpatriot

* Name: Reagan Republican
* Location: The Republic of TX!!
* Bio: Reagan Republican, HOOAH!!!! Radio DJ passionate about the USA, our Warriors and Heros. Fighting for FREEDOM & LIBERTY! RLTW! #twister #SOT #HONORVETS

6,603 Following 6,039 Followers 426 Listed

@galtsgirl
* Name: Galt’s Girl
* Location: Behind The Obama Curtain
* Web http://twistersmoneybomb.com/
* Bio: Earning my way.

1,203 Following 2,940 Followers 267 Listed

@hipEchik

* Name: Teri Peters
* Location: San Diego, CA
* Web: http://www.tappininsocal.com/blog/
* Bio: Conservative. Rockin’ the Left Coast Right 1 tweet at a time! Happily Married to Marine Vet! All posts are My Opinion.

14,622 Following 14,754 Followers 1,289 Listed

@runedart

* Name: Rune
* Location: Next Door To Someone Else
* Web: http://twistersmoneybomb.com/ * Bio: Air Force brat, Army Wife, RWE, Founding Twister, keeping a country for them to come home to.

2,401 Following 3,087 Followers 351 Listed


@suziplasse

* Name: Suzi Q
* Web http://johngaltline.wordpress.com/
* Bio: The question isn’t, ‘Who’s going to let me’; the question is, ‘Who is going to stop me?’ One of the Founding #Twisters & true Conservative Punk.

1,046 Following 3,004 Followers 336 Listed

As a group they have a Twitter page from where @TheTwisters tweet info as a group and direct followers to their blog and FB page. Please go to www.twistersmoneybomb.com and on Facebook to their page called, “The Twisters”.

The Twisters hail from all over our beloved USA and they all are VOLUNTEERS…

Sofia’s Rave

I was lucky enough to have someone tell me about the Twisters not long after their organization came together. I started to follow them watching tweets and thinking, “WTH?” Why? Because NEVER before have I seen something come together so naturally in such a dynamic way in politics.

These women (noted above) epitomized the trend in America of conservative, smart, hard-working and patriotic women leading the way. Yes, we have been blessed with quite a few celebrity conservative women working the cable stations and making us proud. But as a grassroots organization this is the first group to pull itself together so quickly, so strongly and in such an organized way, it really impressed myself and many conservatives with whom I have had the pleasure of discussing Twister-mania!

These women pulled together a brand with such a timely fashion, it made my head spin. Impressed?, You bet. For quite a few years, I did business consulting and these gals…well…they are the goods.

What really moved me to pick their story as the political story of the year for ACBlog? The Twisters are about hope. I know, I know you’re thinking, PUH-LEEZ. you didn’t say “HOPE” did you, Sofia? Yep, I did. Mr. O at 16th & Pennsylvania NW hijacked the word but that doesn’t mean we can’t use the word so beautifully phrased throughout Scripture.Hah!

These women are the example to all of us about standing up and working for what we believe in. THAT’S why this is the best political story of the year. These women embody the American spirit. We are exceptional as a nation and The Twisters are the example of that very exceptionalism.

The Twisters will continue their success into 2012, I am sure. They are called to help us get back the very freedom being torn from our grasp.So, if you want to make a difference…go to their website, “The Twisters Money Bomb”, to their Facebook page, “The Twisters” and of course follow @TheTwisters on Twitter as well as each of the Twisters individually on Twitter (see above for links).

Know one thing: as long as there are women like The Twisters, there is hope for America because behind all successful men there ARE great women…like The Twisters…HOO-RAH!

For Twister gear, (so very hip, logo is definitely a icebreaker!) go to the girls Cafe Press page here.

LOVED DOING THIS POST “TWISTERS”!

Thank you and God Love you all,
Sofia


Sofia’s Favorite Posts: Number Two

26 March 2011


Buon Natale or “Where did our Catholic stories go?”

 

I was speaking with an old friend the other day doing our usual lamenting over the Faith we knew as kids and we both agreed that the thing that is missing today are the stories.

Stories, you say? Yup. You know, the kind of stories that bring laughter to our bellies and tears to our eyes. The kind of Catholic stories that are not slam-sessions on nuns and priests or a lackadaisical nod about something that happened at the parish that week.

Growing up Catholic you have a legacy of stories and experiences that keeps your Faith whole even in the darkest of days. To those who are nodding their heads right now, you know what I mean. To those who are reading this, still not understanding my ranting, let me tell you a Catholic story… A Christmas story about growing up Catholic in an Italian family on Christmas Eve…

So, pull up a chair, grab something Christmasy to drink, and let me tell you about my Grandpop…

Antonio Constantino Guerra came to this country via Ellis Island with a wife and a pack of kids including my Dad (who was 6 months old at the time). From the moment he stepped on the shores of this country he was truly American. He never returned to Italy he whole life…He insisted he was American and that he would not ever leave the shores of his new country. He was..a true Patriot.

Most of all, he was a good Catholic. He wasn’t a showy Catholic. He was the kind of Catholic everybody wants to be today. He lived the Faith, day in and day out. He was my inspiration for “Always Catholic”. Grandpop was Always Catholic, everyday. He had a phenomenal prayer life and did it quietly, without show. Wow!

I could talk to you all day about him, but let’s get to the Christmas Eve thing before Santa is tapping on my shoulder…LOL!

I was five years old and of course mesmerized by Christmas. What 5 year old in America with a big Italian family wouldn’t be? Christmas was so overwhelming, it even kept me quiet, sometimes…

This particular Christmas Eve, it had been snowing lightly all day and was like something out of a Christmas movie. My dad, A Display Designer in NY always decorated the house in and out like it was a set for a Christmas show. Never gaudy, truly magnificent. The splendor of growing up like that was a gift I will never forget.

Well, the house was decked, the Nativity in its’ place of prominence (sans Baby Jesus-He’s placed in the crib after Midnight Mass) and the smells of Christmas wafting through the house.

We, like many Italians in America celebrate Christmas Eve as if that’s the holiday. The Festa of the Seven Fishes is a feast that lasts from late afternoon until about 4 am. The meal is something to behold and our only break is to go to Mass at Midnight and then back again for the second party.

My story though centers around the time I spent after Mass with Grandpop. We all left for our parish about eleven o’clock pm. My grandfather was revered in the parish so our family always got a pew without having to worry about going too early.

Mass, of course, was still Latin, the church beautiful in the Italianate style and the experience ethereal. After Mass concluded, the tradition was to visit the creche and to say a prayer to the Baby Jesus and take a piece of straw from the Nativity to place with the palm from Eastertime on the Crucifix at home.

The parish was predominately Italian of course and the church always filled with old ladies in black dresses (why always black??? LOL!) and their veils and their Rosaries. They loved walking around after Mass going up to statues rubbing the hand of a particular Saint and praying at all of the side altars. This night however, was reserved for the Nativity and the Baby Jesus.

As the many people milled around after Mass, my Grandpop took me by the hand and led me up to the creche. He lifted me up so I could reach the straw. We then knelt together and prayed. I looked over at him and saw a tear roll down his cheek. I have never been more moved to this day by this simple display of faith. It shaped me for life as a Catholic. I may have been 5 at the time, but I will never forget that moment.

As we finished praying, as if almost on cue, a voice started to spontaneously sing from the back of the church. One by one,, the many people still there joined in…My Grandpop got up, picked me up and sang with the people in front of the Manger. I will never forget this Christmas hymn. It is probably the most favorite of Italians, far and wide. Maybe now, it’s becoming forgotten, but I play it always at Christmas and particularly on Christmas Eve. I want to share it today and hope you feel as I did that Christmas Eve when my Grandpop held me tight singing, his tears rolling down his face. The voices joining him sealed my heart with love for this Catholic Faith.

So, Grandpop, I pray you are in Heaven this Christmas Eve, singing Tu Scende dalle Stelle with all those old ladies to the Baby Jesus. Then, tell everybody the story how you gave me my Faith, my Christmas present that never ends…

I pray that all of you will make your own Catholic stories. It’s important, our Catholic Faith depends on it.,,


Tu scendi dalle stelle

Sofia’s Favorite Posts: Number Three

26 March 2011


Defending the Honor of Those That Silently Defend YOU

There have been many an example given in the last couple weeks alone of relative atrocities committed by our TSA (Transportation Security Administration). These actors aren’t the clean-cut do-gooders one might expect to be working a job of such critical perceived importance. No.

Rather, looking upon them & listening to them speak, one might wonder what gutter they were dredged up from. Better on the Government payroll than the welfare roll, right? More to the point, these people now follow a mandate to either view you naked in astonishing detail or, in place of that, lay their hands upon your very private places in very public view.

Now the Dept of Homeland Security, shoulder to shoulder with the White House, has issued a statement decrying the “overblown outrage.” They point out that “fewer than one half of one percent of the 34 million passengers who traveled on airplanes in or to the U.S. last week were subjected to crotch-area pat-downs.” Most of you are at least adept at basic arithmetic. So take a moment & do the math.

Better yet, Jim Geraughty, columnist at the National Review Online, has already done it for you:

“one half of one percent of 34 million air travelers still adds up to between 170,000 and 340,000 TSA hands wandering around 170,000 crotches last week. (Depends on whether they used one hand or two.) If just one half of one percent of those searches involve some sort of inappropriate touching or other unprofessional behavior, that still means that 850 Americans got their privates groped or manhandled by government employees. Last week. This week will include more, because it’s a heavier travel week.”

Maybe this is all meant to degrade & humiliate the population, preparing them for the police state we all see forming right here in our beloved America. Maybe it’s designed to discourage air travel, thus putting the airlines in dire straights. Follow that line of thought for a moment & you get what? Air Amerika. Regardless, there’s some contributing factors that do a bit more than just add insult to injury.

Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole says that, despite the overwhelming success of the Isaeli passenger screening system, he’ll not implement or otherwise duplicate their methods. He cites his justification as “We do not profile.”

However, Janet Napolitano is considering the demands of Hamas-linked CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) to respect their belief that the head & neck of a Muslim woman isn’t to be touched. Thus, Napolitano is considering an innovative, effective, venerable & hyper-efficient method: the self-pat-down. Now you must ask yourself a question beyond the obvious hilarity of that statement. If CAIR is making demands of our federal government over such trivialities, how will they react when a Muslim woman gets a full pat-down in front of everybody? This would, of course, include the somewhat awkward raising of the hijab, that being loose-fitting, completely concealing clothing. If her Muslim jewel were to be grazed by the hand of a TSA agent, do you think the Islamic community as a whole would look at each other, shrug their shoulders and say “Oh well. Allah Akbar, my brother.” Please. Don’t answer.

So already you can see where this is going. Enter reality. Welcome! Something the far-left demonstrates a visceral hatred of is anything and everything Catholic. In fact, how many instances of Catholic sensibility have been heard coming from this administration and, in particular, the new, “friendlier” TSA?

Since this is all a matter of policy, the question must then be extended. Will the administration and the TSA protect the sanctity of our Catholic nuns? These are blessed, pious women leading a life of charity & service to community & God. To run them through a full body scanner, laying them out “in living resolution” on the technician’s monitor like a $2 window-whore, would be, at best, beyond the limits of understandable or forgivable policy. To subject them to the enhanced pat-down procedures? That would rate with the physical manifestation of all things blasphemous at best.
These are, after all, brides of Christ. There is no room for creative interpretation here. That clearly supercedes the considerations for, and concerns of, brides of men… even those of Muslim men.

But a more pointed question, and the thesis of this article, is this: Why isn’t the conversation being held in regards to the sanctity of our Catholic nuns? There is a genuine outrage, though it be a suppressed & personal grumble for many, over the treatment of people in general with the newer TSA policies. But where’s the outrage over the unimaginable treatment the nuns would receive at the TSA’s hands? Thus far, reports of that conversation read exactly as follows: *crickets chirping*

So it’s time to not only start the conversation, but also to ask a simple question as 300 million of God’s American children. There is a way for this to happen very quickly & efficiently.

Many, if not most, reading this are familiar with Twitter and have an account established there. (It’s convenient and easy to set one up if you don’t). It is at you, tweeters, that I direct this simple question-asking method. The Transportation Security Administration now has a twitter-presence as well. To that end, I suggest a simple, viral method of inquiry. Please tweet the following, then follow the instructions. There is a grammatical error; it’s necessary due to the character limit twitter allows for each message.

Defend the honor of those silently defending YOU! Plz copy following tweet & send it as ur own–> http://tinyurl.com/39jl8ng #tcot #catholic

Clicking on the link embedded within that message will display on your browser the question-tweet to the TSA that reads as follows:

@TSABlogTeam Napolitano considers exemptions for the toque & hijab-clad faithful. What courtesies will you be extending 2 our Catholic nuns?

Tweet that out as well. What’s happened is that when you send out the first tweet, it instructs the reader to open the second tweet, copy the contents of that tweet, and send it as their own. In this way, the TSA twitter account gets bombarded with a steady stream of the question from many users, the list of which would grow daily and, hopefully, exponentially. Do this as often as feels good to you. Just remember: you only have 140 characters, and twitter won’t allow you to send the exact same tweet out more than once or twice per day (assuming enough time in between).

A change of a word or spelling, changing the #tcot hashtag to the #gop hashtag, changing a capital letter to a lower-case letter… all methods of changing the tweet such that twitter will send it out for you. Any red-blooded twitter-user that understands the necessity for that conversation will retweet the original message from their own account as well. Wash, Rinse, Repeat.

In closing, it must be acknowledged that there’s a great darkness befalling America. These screenings are but a microcosm of the evil that couches itself in the seed of immorality. These immoralities, justified by authority and entertainment alike, will test us daily. We must stand, look squarely into the eyes of our assailant and do what we know is right.

Thank you, and God Bless You!

Sean Norris

 

 

Sofia’s Note: Please welcome Sean Norris as Co-Editor of AlwaysCatholicBlog. Sean will soon be my better half and co-Editor is probably not good enough. ;) Sean also has his own blog, “A CommonPatriotSpeaksOut “ and can be found on Twitter @commonpatriot.

This article and twitter campaign is in response to a tweet from @Sr_Lisa to @commonpatriot reading, “@commonpatriot
Of course not…it’s about us nuns being frisked, right?


Sofia’s Favorite Posts: Number Four

26 March 2011


The “Austen Hermeneutic”: Old Mass v New Mass

 

Sometimes I think that I’m not normal.

If I had three things in the world I could keep with me in Heaven, it would be someone I love very much, New Jersey pizza and the complete Jane Austen under one cover (yes it DOES exist).

I know you are saying, “What is it with these Jane Austen people?” We aren’t really normal, we talk about Austen ,Darcy & all this other stuff no one else understands except other fanatical Austenites like ourselves. The reason is that Jane keeps us sane…(LOL!) How does she do this?

First, she has written six of the greatest novels in the English language. Second, these novels are not romance novels (although romance is part of it) but stories about real people and the interaction between them. Austen really is more of a social/behavioral scientist when it comes to her writing. No one knows this more than men when they feel obliged by their wives or girlfriends to actually read one of her novels. Surprised by how much they like her style & her characters, men tend to be as fanatical about Jane as women once they “get” her.
Third, Jane keeps civil society something for us to always pine for even if we know it will never be like Regency England again.
Finally, Jane gives us hope that men and women, mothers & fathers, sons & daughters, et al will live together, love each other and be happy in the end.

Now, given all of this, what is the Austen Hermeneutic? Well, it is a piece written some months ago comparing the Ordinary form of the Mass & the Extraordinary form of the Mass(Latin Mass) to characters from Pride & Prejudice, Austen’s most famous novel. The day I found this at FatherZ’s blog, I realized just how not normal I was. I absolutely could not think of anything written on a blog that made more interested or more happy. I realized at this point, that it is All Jane Austen, all the time…the world according to Jane…now even my adored Latin Mass was being compared to Austen characters. You just can’t make this up!!!

I wanted to put it on the blog when I first started it in March, but knew the time wasn’t right. I wanted to put it out there when I felt that others would really appreciate this.

So, I wrote a piece a week or so ago about the Carmelite Monks of Wyoming, a woman who helped them and referenced Austen. I received a tweet from a friend who said, ” nerdwriter: @alwayscatholic Jane Austen AND Carmelite Monks in a single post? Someone pinch me. “

I laughed so joyfully as I realized it’s time for the Austen Latin Mass piece. So this is for my friend, @nerdwriter and all the other not normal people in the world who love Jane Austen and keep her memory alive.. Enjoy this Latin Mass/Austen post and remember SOMEBODY PLEASE PINCH ME!!

Posted originally on 28 February 2010 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, at his blog, What does the Prayer Say?

There is a fun post over at St. Louis Catholic:

Mr. Wickham "The Ordinary Form"

If today’s faithful Catholic is represented by Elizabeth Bennet, bright, hopeful and coming of age, then the liturgical forms would have to be represented by Mr. Darcy and Mr. Wickham.
Mr. Wickham is immediately accessible, loves to talk–especially about how bad ol’ Darcy is– has some initial minor flash but soon proves to be tedious and unreliable.

Mr. Wickham is immediately accessible, loves to talk–especially about how bad ol’ Darcy is– has some initial minor flash but soon proves to be tedious and unreliable. Mr. Darcy at first glance looks stuffy and Mr. Darcy condescending, but proves over time to be noble, true, of high quality and charitable.

The ordinary and the extraordinary.

____________________________

Yes, I actually thought this, and then typed it, and therefore I am a loser. [No… people who can’t refer to Austen are the losers.]

P.S. Mrs. Bennet would represent Marek Bozek. Just sayin’. [LOL]


Nice…..thanks @FatherZ, we love ya and I bet Jane loves ya too!

Welcome to the AlwaysCatholicBlogaversary!

26 March 2011

"Benvenuti a tutti coloro che sono qui!"

Welcome to all who are here! Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have Our Holy Father with us tonight? Look at the red hat! Is that the best?

Tonight is something that I came up with while praying one day for some of the tweeps who constantly pray for me. I said to myself that I would love to find a way to thank all the people who support the blog (through thick and thin) and who pray for me unceasingly.

Of course I would come up with a party! Online though? Well, one night last year in the beginning of having the blog, I spent a night on Twitter tweeting with a few friends, laughing like crazy…playing music, videos and having a wonderful time online! Everybody involved thought the same and since then have done it several times. So why not on a bigger scale?

That’s how the AlwaysCatholic.com Blogaversary came to be! so now it’s midnight tweeps and time to have some fun! Remember to use the hashtag #ACBlogaversary for everything you tweet so others can find the party and know what’s happening…

Now, I will be posting new pieces for the next 24 hours every hour. Will be tweeting live, posting to FB and the blog. Please give us (Sofia and Sean) a shoutout and we will respond live. We want to know what each and everyone of you mean to us.

Now, please don’t worry if you can’t register for some reason. Registering gives us your name and email so that if you win we can contact you. The comment box is open so if you can’t register for some reason, please go ahead and comment, then email us at AlwaysCatholicBlog @gmail.con with your name and email, Please mention in the timeline the name of the post you commented on so we can find your comment!

Otherwise, if you register without a problem, then just go to a post and comment …we will have your email and name from the Registration. Have a wonderful time…we will be live from now until tomorrow at midnight so, if we don’t respond to each of you personally right away, call out to us on FB, Twitter or the Combox and we will be there to say hi!

My story, “Divine Providence & Sofia: A Love Story with God” will answer some questions alot of you have had this past year about my health and my life. I have been wanting to share all with you and now I will. What time will that be? Well, I a going to let Divine Providence decide that…LOL!

Our Giveaways will be in a post at one am because we are adding prizes as we speak…feeling kind of generous so I think all will be patient, huh?

God Love all of you!

Sofia


First Annual AlwaysCatholic.com Anniversary Bash

23 March 2011

 

  • WHAT: First Annual AlwaysCatholic.com Anniversary Bash
  • WHEN: Saturday, March 26 starting at midnight. It will continue for 24 hrs, LIVE & uninterrupted through March 27 ending at 12:00am.
  • WHERE: Party will be at AlwaysCatholic.com, on Twitter (@AlwaysCatholic) & on FB AlwaysCatholic

 

One year ago AlwaysCatholic.com debuted in the Catholic blogosphere. One year later we are still going strong and hopefully getting better everyday; with the EXCEPTION of the past few days. Why? Your loyalty! We exceeded our bandwidth and crashed. Actually, this is great problem to have, it means you LIKE us!! So many of you want to be on the site, it decided enough! We love it! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! We have been working furiously though to get back up but it seems that we couldn’t be back up in time for the 19th soooooo…. the party is on for Saturday, March 26th starting at Midnight!

As a special thank you for being so understanding and patient, we are adding more giveaways for that day! We have also selected a theme for the day: Divine Providence and You!

We have seen through the last several days, that our computer problem is being allowed for a reason of course! Divine Providence, of course!! We will tell you that story at Midnight the 26th. We will publish “Divine Providence and Sofia: A Love Story” …about a relationship with God…

 

A WHAT? A WRITING CONTEST!

We are asking all those with the desire to write for a blog, trying to get up the nerve to actually start your own blog or even existing bloggers and writers to participate in a writing contest! Everyone is eligible except myself and of course a special person who knows who they are!

Tell AlwaysCatholic.com your Divine Providence story. No word limit or minimum, let Divine Providence move you. We will post the entries at Noon on the 26th of March. A copy of the Pope’s new book, Jesus of Nazareth Part Two will accompany the prize of having your story published exclusively on the Front page of Always Catholic.com!

Deadline is 6pm March 25th-Feast of the Annunciation so hurry!! Send your entry as either an email, or a link in an email. You may attach a.txt file, or a Word file to an email and send to:  AlwaysCatholicBlog@gmail.com Subject line: Divine Providence. Here’s your chance to win a prize and be published…Also the winner will be the first guest on the debut of the AlwaysCatholic Blog Talk Radio show in the coming weeks. ( We ask bloggers to post to their site after midnight of the 27th of March)

 

HOW TO WIN THOSE GIVEAWAYS!

So, please come and visit us anytime from Midnight 3/26 to Midnight 3/27 at AlwaysCatholic.com, on Twitter (@AlwaysCatholic) & on FB AlwaysCatholic. If you are not a registered user yet at AlwaysCatholic.com, please do so NOW (OR ON THAT DAY) and THEN starting at MIDNIGHT on 3/26, comment on any post published THAT DAY (3/26) that interests you. Please  include your email with the comment. If you are a registered user, you are good to go! Join the party on 3/26 and just read a post and comment with your email. You will also be entered in a Giveaways random drawing for some very cool Catholic stuff.

On April 4th, Feast Day of Saint Isidore of Seville, the Patron of the Internet will we announce the winners at Noon.

In addition, everyone that is registered or registers on or before 3/26 as a Registered User and leaves a comment on any post published that day will get a gift  just for showing up, wishing us Happy Anniversary and leaving your email with the comment.

Two chances to win! One win for just being nice and another chance in the random drawing to try for our great Giveaways! Can’t beat it with a stick! See you at AlwaysCatholic.com on March 26th at midnight or anytime during that 24 hours!

Don’t forget to say hello on Twitter @Always Catholic and also on AlwaysCatholic on Facebook (remember, we will be live the whole day). We would love to hear from you and tweet or post back in real-time!

 

God Love you,

 

Sofia & Company

 

Any questions, please send us an email: AlwaysCatholicBlog@gmail.com or leave us your question at Twitter (@AlwaysCatholic) & on FB AlwaysCatholic.


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