Monthly Archives: August 2014

Spiritual Warfare and Turning up the Heat via @AkFrailey

27 August 2014

posted at A.K.Frailey’s blog,
The Writings of A. K. Frailey

( 7 Quick Takes )

heaven-and-hell1) Yeah, I’m one of those. I actually believe that there is such a thing as spiritual warfare. When I look at what is happening in Iraq – I wonder – does anyone still have any doubt? In my world, I fight wars with prayer. Many people see prayers as nothing more than empty words. After all, words can’t stop evil. Or can they? I am humbled by the words of such people as Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Maximilian Kolbe, Abraham Lincoln, and a host of other notables who faced and conquered great evil. Their words reflected their hearts which directed their lives. The fruit of their lives fed millions.

2) So back to this spiritual warfare thing. What is it? Well, spiritual warfare involves the forces opposing the grace of God and it comes in a variety of forms. It comes down to despair vs hope. The ultimate battle is over souls and the battlefield is in living-rooms and bedrooms, in the corners of our minds, and in the media. The question is – who is pushing us toward despair and who draws us toward hope? It’s best to pick our friends carefully in this battle.

For the rest of the post, please visit “The Writings of A.K. Frailey” by clicking HERE


A.-K.-FraileyAnn Frailey of rural Fillmore, Illinois, published her first book entitled “The Road Goes Ever On A Christian Journey Through The Lord of the Rings” under the name A. K. Frailey in 2011. It is a reflection on the characteristics of the heroes and villains in the Tolkien classic and investigates the sources and influences of virtue and vice in our own modern world.

ARAM, book one of The Deliverance Trilogy, her first fictional work, is an adventure, romance, and mystery all rolled into one with characters who struggle to survive in a hostile world while encountering evil from within and without. Three clans meet, clash, and battle out their differences before they come to know that they share a hidden past. ARAM won runner – up in the 2011 Indie Publishing Contest and the CWG Seal of Approval.

Ishtar’s Redemption – Trial by Fire, the second book in The Deliverance Trilogy is the sequel to ARAM. Ishtar’s Redemption continues the story of the three clans introduced in ARAM and introduces new characters in the persons of Ishtar’s two sons, Ammee and Amil, and three new clans who come to aid those most in need. Sorcery, dangerous raids, and heroic rescues make Ishtar’s Redemption a story to remember. Ishtar’s Redemption won finalist in the 2013 Tuscany Press Writing Contest and the CWG Seal of Approval.

Neb the Great – Shadows of the Past, the third book in The Deliverance Trilogy, was published in August 2013. For the sake of his son, Ishtar retells the compelling history of Neb the Great. From there Ishtar and his son must decide how they will face the future. Eoban and Obed must over come their misunderstandings and face new challenges which burst upon them unexpectedly. Neb the Great won Honorable Mention in the 2014 Hollywood Book Festival for genre fiction and is under review for the CWG Seal of Approval.

Ann has had articles published in the New Oxford Review and the Latin Mass. She won runner-up in fiction for ARAM in the 2011 Indie Publishing Contest. The Road Goes Ever On, ARAM, and Ishtar’s Redemption have all won the Catholic Writer’s Guild Seal of Approval. All four of her books are available as e-books and paperbacks through AMAZON Books.

Ann has a B. S. in Elementary Education. She was married to John Frailey who was also an educator for many years, but passed away in December 2013 due to cancer complications. She has eight children and she home educates them while maintaining a rural home – including chickens, bees, cats and dogs living at their ease, apparently in early retirement.
Ann devotes her time to writing books that align Christian thought with the lived adventure of becoming who we are called to be. She loves her various roles as mother, educator, and author and enjoys spending her time with her family and friends in rural Illinois.

Ann’s future fictional works will reflect on the journey-quest of humanity from our ancient past into the far flung future. Her next book, Georgios, is due out in the fall of 2014. Visit her website often for her newest blog, updates on her writings, book signings, and public speaking events.


24 August 2014

Posted by Deborah Tedeschi at her blog, We Are The Salt

JackiemantillaI’ve been tossing around the idea for quite some time now.
A veil/mantilla is so lovely and reverent, I wish we never stopped wearing them. When I was a little girl sometimes my grandmother used to “bobby pin” a tissue to my head, or a scrap of lace. Even then (circa 1968-69) veils were phasing out.

This is a post from approximately a year ago but we thought it important since we just published the video “The Chapel Veil”. We would love to hear your comments. We ask you to click HERE to go to Deborah’s blog and read the rest of the post and then tell us what you think. Thanks, Sofia

Calling All Catholic Women: A Video Which Explains Why Some of Us Veil

23 August 2014

Perusing the blogoshpere today I ran across this at Father Z’s Blog:

Posted on 23 August 2014 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

A nice young lady sent me a note and link to a video.

“Dear Fr. Z,

I am entering my sophomore year at Christendom College, and I recently made an 8 minute video on the chapel veil to explain why women wear it and to encourage women to wear it. I think you would appreciate the content and the quality. If you like it, perhaps you can share it with the women who read your blog.”

If you can, I would appreciate any feedback.

I can pretty much guarantee some feedback. (Father’s response, my emphasis.)

Sarah Campbell with Father Robert Pasley (Rector of Mater Ecclesiae RC Church Berlin NJ on her Confirmation Day

Sarah Campbell with Father Robert Pasley (Rector of Mater Ecclesiae RC Church Berlin NJ on Confirmation Day

Ironically while I was on Twitter last night (trying to dull my senses to go to sleep I guess) I came across a conversation about veiling. The woman who was in the middle of the conversation wanted to wear a veil but was worried that it would put focus on her (OF Mass- no other females wearing veils) and would cause a problem. Since I “veil” I thought I would put in my 2 cents. Something kept me from jumping into the discussion and now I know it was the Holy Spirit.

Providentially, the answer was posted on FatherZ’s blog of course, and I am now posting it and sending it on to the woman on Twitter. There are several women interviewed and the issue of drawing attention to oneself is addressed…beautifully.

The quality of the video is excellent and those interviewed are a cross-section of women. (so it’s just not the EF women as most will argue is the reason the women have the veils on…ugh)

If you go to Father’s blog (HERE) you will see in the combox (you must register to comment like AlwaysCatholic) that there a couple of naysayers. Of course, the female naysayer is cranky and illogical per usual, but it appears she attends the EF. As I sat reading her ridiculous comment I could only shake my head. Im praying for her because I do not care if she attends the EF she sounds like a progressive from Madison, WI…and that AIN’T Good.
Father Zuhlsdorf gives gentle correction with his red pen and I’m sure she’s not too happy with that. (He was correct, however) Prayers for Cranky Non-Veiler please!

“Amazing Things Happening in Madison, Wisconsin”

22 August 2014

posted by Ben Yanke at the blog,
New Liturgical Movement

I try not to be focused too much on my own diocese and parish when I post on NLM, but this post, I’m going to depart from that. I firmly believe that my bishop, Bishop Robert Morlino, is one of the best in the country. As “exhibit A” of this statement, I want to tell you about the recent seminarian gathering that took place.

seminarians madisonOnce a year, the 35 or so seminarians of the diocese gather for over a week to spend time together socializing with each other and with the bishop, learning, and praying together, before heading their separate ways for school. One of the things that is always included is a celebration (or more) in the Extraordinary Form (EF), thanks to Bishop Morlino’s love of the old form, and desire to see it spread. Last year, the low Mass was followed by a talk by our Bishop to the seminarians, where he told them they would all learn the EF before being ordained,which is absolutely fantastic.

While I am not a seminarian myself, I am often around assisting in various capacities (last year, I was MC for this Mass, this year, I sang for the Mass). Yesterday, there was a Solemn Mass celebrated for them, and all the seminarians either served or sat in choir, which allowed them to experience this different, less common form of celebration. It was an absolutely beautiful experience seeing all of them worshiping God, and also being exposed to some of the rich liturgical traditions of our Catholic faith.

lowmassThe liturgical (and I dare say, pastoral) outlook of these wonderful men makes me thrilled for the future of the church and particularly the Diocese of Madison. I think I can safely say they are receiving some of the best formation in the country. I know in my diocese, knowing most of these awesome men personally, the Diocese of Madison will be a truly amazing place in 20 years when the are pastors, working for the salvation of souls and restoration of sanity and beauty in the liturgy. I hope and pray that more dioceses follow in our footsteps and help future priests learn an appreciation for both forms of the Roman Rite. In addition to that, he has frequently celebrated his public feast day Masses in the EF (for example, and another one), in an effort to expose more people to it as well. And currently, he has been celebrating a pontifical Mass at the throne multiple times a year, with hopes to continue the pattern.

And while I’m sure many of you who read NLM are people who love the EF, he has not neglected to being sanity and beauty to the ordinary form as well. The diocese has sponsored workshops on gregorian chant for musicians, strong homilies on the truths of the faith, beautiful examples of vestments even in the ordinary form both on special occasions and typical Sundays, and as someone who sees musicam saram as important, he very frequently chants his prayers and dialogs.

For the rest of the post please click HERE

benyanke-com-website-sidebarBen Yanke is a catholic college freshman who was homeschooled K-12, loves his big family, but most of all, HE’S CATHOLIC!

From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary was started as a place to post my thoughts on things I enjoy and care about, anything from the ordinary and mundane things of everyday life to the extraordinary exciting things. Some of my passions include cross country running, sacred music, the liturgy, web design, media production.

I am in residence in the Diocese of Madison, WI, under the care of the Extraordinary Ordinary™, Bishop Robert Morlino.

I am a board member for the Tridentine Mass Society of the Madison, and is also the director for their Schola Cantorum. If you are in the Madison area and interested in joining us or learning Gregorian chant, please contact me!

Please visit Ben’s Blog “From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary”

@GarySinise : “My Life is Better Because I Became Catholic.”

18 August 2014

We are big fans here at of Gary Sinise. After watching this video and reading this post you will know why. We are proud to say that with over 445,000 followers on Twitter and following only 1100, @AlwaysCatholic is one of the 1,100.
We never quite understood why but after reading about his Catholic Faith, we understand and are grateful he follows us.

Published on You Tube at CatholicTV
Aug 7, 2014

Gary Sinise speaks about his Catholic faith and his foundation to care for our wounded warriors with Father Robert Reed and Kevin Nelson at the 2014 Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention.


Published at Aleteia
by Susan E. Wills

Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise – actor, director, bass player, patriot, philanthropist and convert to Catholicism – was a surprise guest at the Knights of Columbus’ annual convention in Orlando earlier this month.

The person who was most surprised about being there may have been Gary Sinise himself. He confessed that “he and his family weren’t part of any religion” until his wife returned to her mother’s abandoned Catholic roots in 2000 and he subsequently slow-walked his way to Confirmation in 2010.

He recounted his initial shock and eventual support of his wife’s decision in an interview several years ago. He’d been filming in North Carolina when his wife, Moira, and three kids came for a visit, at the same time a hurricane was heading ashore. Figuring that flights would be grounded, he rented a car and drove them toward Charlotte through gale force winds, pounding rain and all-to-close lightning strikes. At one point Moira turned to him and announced that when she returned to Chicago, she was going back to the Catholic Church and the kids were going to attend Catholic schools. He was stunned and none too happy about the decision. The only knowledge he had of Catholic schools were the awful stories two friends had told him, friends who were also “guilt-ridden.” So he said something like “No! Are you crazy?”

But Moira did as she planned, enrolling in RCIA and enrolling the children in Catholic school. Two years later, at the Easter Vigil, she entered the Church. In the meantime, the school turned out to be the opposite of what he expected. He discovered that it was a great environment and became a big supporter. It was another 10 years before he crossed the Tiber, but it was 10 years filled with charitable activities.

Shortly after 9/11, he was “invited as a celebrity” to entertain the first responders and that led to his learning about heroes like Father Mychal Judge, a chaplain for the NY Fire Department who died while aiding victims of the attacks on the Twin Towers.

In 2003, Sinise co-founded “Operation Iraqi Children,” which over nine years supported the great work of American troops by gathering and donating supply school supplies and clothing to the children whose schools had been rebuilt by the troops. Donations included 358,763 School Supply Kits, thousands of boxes of stuffed animals, shoes and sports equipment, hundreds of boxes of shoes, clothes, supplies, food and hygiene items and toys.

It was during the 50 USO tours and 119 USO concerts for troops performed by Sinise’s band, the Lt.Dan Band, that he became passionate about helping America’s wounded veterans. His foundation embarked on the Restoring Independence and Supporting Empowerment (RISE) program. The goal is to build “smart homes” for the service members who were most seriously wounded.

In partnership with the Knights of Columbus, a former Army infantryman who lost both legs and one arm in a roadside explosion in Afghanistan, was able to move into a new high-tech home with his wife.

Sinise expressed gratitude for the Knights’ collaboration and for their years of “incredibly generous and voluminous charitable work and mission.”

Thank you to Aleitea, the Kof C and to Catholic TV for posting about this great Catholic American.

Introducing “Go Forward & Make Some Noise” A Truly Catholic Blog

11 August 2014

11 August 2014 A.D.

Sometimes when I feel like the world just doesn’t want to “get it” and relishes in sin, I think about putting this blog to sleep. I look in the mirror and ask myself that this little blog doesn’t matter and I could be doing something more “fun”?

Most of the doubt comes from struggling with severe health issues most of the time.Don’t get me wrong. I never complain because go through pain and sickness is the Lord’s greatest gift to me. Health, money and most issues of life always came easy to me. I have done more things in my life than a thousand people will ever get the opportunity to do.

Because of that I am grateful for pain and sickness because it has slowed me down, forced me to live on a small budget and gratefully allowed me much time to pray and study our Faith.
Ironically I have more time to do things I never had time to do before: Knit, Have a flower and vegetable garden (small and on a balcony but just beautiful & the best tasting herbs and tomatoes ever!) sew and to play instruments I have neglected doing in my busy “worldly” years.

My life is more rich now through the lens of illness than I could ever have imagined. None the less, I get sad when I see so many people live a life of silliness and sin that I thought my blog was a waste of time.

10444737_1646888448869800_1760438559038629264_nJust when I was about to throw in the towel, I get this email:

Dear Sofia,

I just wanted to write to you and to all at AlwaysCatholic a quick note of thanks. Although I am from Milwaukee, I am a faithful follower of your blog and you inspired me to start my own. The title of my blog is Go Forward Make Noise and can be found at My blog’s intention is to energize and engage young adults within the Archdiocese of Milwaukee as well as helping to promote events throughout southeastern Wisconsin. Please feel free to check out the blog and or Facebook page if you would like.

Thanks again for your witness to the Catholic faith and for inspiring me to want to bring others closer to Christ through the internet.

God Bless,

John Bender

Shaking my head I realize that God has a great sense of humor. so I go to Mr. Bender’s blog expecting I guess the run of the mill good Catholic blog. What I found when I got there was something very special. I started reading the posts and was moved by the authenticity of the faith of the writer. I was moved by how he allows the Holy Spirit to touch him in ways I don’t see very often.

Several of the posts affected me where I was moved to joyful tears.John Bender is the answer to my fears about the world. He is someone who loves God and the Catholic Faith before all else. He calmly accepts the fact that we all should also. He then reached out to us with that love and faith and touches our hearts. Read and see what I mean…

Alot of us (myself included love to teach and sometimes preach about the Faith) Alot of us love to think we are smarter than the Pope and the Magisterium (Me too) Very few bloggers have the humility that John Bender does… there are a few…Lisa Graas at, Sister Lisa Doty at Nunspeak, Nikita Unverzagt OP at The Unpaved Path and of course, Emmy Cecilia at Journey of a Catholic Nerdwriter there are certainly more but you get the idea…

John is this kind of blogger. It’s not about him and his Catholic celebrity. It’s not about selling out to a blog group that thinks they are the Magisterium and argues with every Catholic they can that they know better. It’s not about self-promotion for a speaker’s tour or to sell books. It’s about his role in doing the work of a Catholic- getting those around him to love God more than anything else.

I encourage to check in on this blog as much as possible and your spirits will be raised. You might also find an answer to something you are personally struggling with.What you will find, most definitely, is hope. John is a young man with a big heart and soul. He is the future of the Church. When I first read his posts I didn’t realize he was young. I was surprised when I saw his photo on Twitter. I smiled to myself and said to God,

YOU DO HAVE A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR! (in the best way ever!)

Thank you, John Bender and all the aforementioned bloggers for your love of God, the Catholic Faith, your humility and for sharing it with us.”

The blog: More about “Go Forward and Make Noise”:/
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Follow John on twitter @johnny_bender23

We Are ALL Nazarenes: Join us to Support our Iraqi Christians TODAY!

1 August 2014

AUGUST 1st, 2014 Worldwide Day of Prayer and Adoration: Special schedule for online LIVE streaming of events throughout the day

Posted at Rorate Caeli

In solidarity with our Persecuted Brethren in Iraq and Syria

In solidarity with our Persecuted Brethren in Iraq and Syria

As we announced last week, [ today ] will be a Day of Adoration and Prayer around the world for the persecuted Christians of Iraq, Syria, and the Middle East. We know that it has spread from the Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP) to a great number of churches around the world. Please, try to take part in one of the many public acts of intercession for the safety of our brothers expelled from their homes and cities, maimed, and for consolation for the families of the many martyrs.

If you absolutely cannot go to one of these public acts, or to personal time of adoration before the Lord — and even if you do go, but have some spare time and wish to join others around the world on this special day, offers an almost round-the-clock opportunity to do so.

The special live schedule for today is the following, beginning in a few hours in Fribourg, Switzerland all the way to evening adoration in Guadalajara, Mexico. The times are all in EDT (US/Canada Eastern Daylight Time). For GMT (UTC), add 4 hours; for London, UK and Ireland (Summer Time), add 5 hours; for Rome and most of the European Mainland (Summer Time), add 6 hours; for Eastern Australia, add 14 hours.

3:00 AM Low Mass from Fribourg, Switzerland followed by Holy Hour
9:00 AM Low Mass from Sarasota, Florida
12:30 PM Rebroadcast of early Mass and Holy Hour from Fribourg
6:30 PM Low Mass from Sarasota, followed by Holy Hour
8:00 PM Solemn Mass with veneration of relic from Guadalajara, Mexico
9:30 PM Holy Hour from Guadalajara
10:30 PM Vigil (Adoración Nocturna) before the Blessed Sacrament from Guadalajara*
* The Adoracion Nocturna will be broadcast until the Mass begins from Fribourg at 3 AM (ET).

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