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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

EWTN Announcements 9/27/11

Cohabitation. Living together. “Everyone” is doing it – so what’s the problem? Find out when EWTN airs a dynamic presentation by University of Virginia Professor Dr. Brad Wilcox, who was featured at the “Life and Love in the Divine Plan Family Conference” at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tenn. Airs 1 p.m. ET, Tuesday, Sept. 27 and 5 a.m. ET, Thursday, Sept. 29 – exclusively on EWTN. Find EWTN at

St. Thèrése fans! Don’t miss the opportunity to see the acclaimed feature film, “Miracle of Saint Thèrése.” This classic film made in France in 1959 follows the life of this Carmelite saint from her childhood through her death and explores her unique spirituality, known as the “Little Way.” Airs 1 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Sept. 28 and 8 pm. ET, Saturday, Oct. 1, her feast day! Find EWTN at

Fans of “Crossing the Goal” rejoice! Former NFL all-pro wide receiver Danny Abramowicz and his team from EWTN’s hit show, “Crossing the Goal,” will storm the set of “EWTN Live” with Host Fr. Mitch Pacwa at 8 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Sept. 28. Don’t miss a minute of the fun – exclusively on EWTN! Find EWTN at

“The Fighting Nun!” That’s what “Bookmark” Host Doug Keck affectionately calls Sr. Margherita Marchione, who returns to the show to discuss another wonderful book on her hero, Pope Pius XII. For years, she has been a champion of his monumental work to save the Jews from the scourge of Hitler during World War II. “The Truth Will Set You Free” sets forth the deeds of Pius XII during his amazing pontificate. Airs 5:30 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Sept. 28 – exclusively on EWTN. Find EWTN at

Dolores Hope! Don’t miss EWTN News Anchor Raymond Arroyo’s personal tribute to this 102-year-old Hollywood legend – a daily communicant who was instrumental in her late husband’s conversion late in life. Read his latest blog, “The Other Lady of Hope, Dolores Hope, RIP,” at

Always wanted to own and operate a Catholic radio station? Find out how at EWTN’s Catholic Radio Conference Oct. 12 -15 in Birmingham, Alabama. Get the details at

It’s classic James Cagney! Don’t miss this film, “A Link in the Chain,” which features Cagney in the role of a retiring college professor, who wonders if he’s made a difference in the lives of his students. Airs 3 a.m. ET and 6:30 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Sept. 28 on EWTN. Find EWTN at

Find out about the many graces received in Great Britain during the tour of the relics of St. Thèrése! Watch “Heart of the Matter,” at 10 p.m. ET, Saturday, Oct. 1, the feast day of this beloved saint. Features Fr. Daniel Seward and a lineup of expert guests including Msgr. Keith Barltrop, National Coordinator of the British tour, an attraction that proved to be an even greater draw than Pope John Paul II’s 1979 visit to Ireland! Find EWTN at

Follow the tour of the relics of St. Thèrése to South Africa and the African continent! Watch “The Little Flower in Africa,” a documentary featuring interviews with Catholic Church leaders and the lay faithful, an overview of Carmelite spirituality, a brief history of the Catholic Church in South Africa, and more. Airs 1 p.m. ET, Friday, Sept. 30, and 5 a.m. ET and 6 p.m. ET, Saturday, Oct. 1.

Learn how modern artisans restored the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi to its former glory following the devastating 1997 earthquake that rocked central Italy. Watch “Restoration of the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi” at 3 a.m. ET and 6:30 p.m. ET, Thursday, Sept. 29 – exclusively on EWTN.

Friday, September 23, 2011

EWTN Special: Mother Angelica and Hollywood Legend Dolores Hope!

In memory of Hollywood Legend Dolores Hope! EWTN will re-air Mother Angelica’s poignant interview with the late wife of Comedian Bob Hope. Find out how you can be “in the world, but not of it.” Airs 7 p.m. ET, Saturday, Sept. 24 – exclusively on EWTN. Find EWTN at

Monday, September 19, 2011

EWTN Facebook Announcements

EWTN Facebook Posts: Did you know a large majority of scientific discoveries over the past 400 years were made by Catholic priests?

Irondale, AL – Did you know that a preponderance of major scientific discoveries over the past 400 years were made by Catholic priests? That’s just one reason that using science as a club to attack religion is ridiculous! Tune into “Bookmark” this week as Dr. Stephen Barr discusses his book, “Modern Physics and Ancient Faith,” with Host Doug Keck. Airs 5:30 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Sept. 21 – exclusively on EWTN. Find EWTN at

Don’t have time to go to Church or school to study the Bible? What if five of the foremost Bible study scholars in the world came directly to your home? That’s what will happen if you record “What Every Catholic Needs to Know About the Bible.” Set your video recorders to EWTN at 4:30 a.m. ET, Wednesday, Sept. 21 – and you’ll soon be evangelizing your friends! Find EWTN at

Padre Pio is one of the most beloved saints of modern times. Follow the life, times and events that shaped the miracles associated with this amazing priest in “Padre Pio’s San Giovanni: I Can Refuse No One.” Airs 3 a.m. ET and 6:30 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Sept. 21 – exclusively on EWTN. Find EWTN at

When told they are going to die, some people bargain with God – and sometimes God answers. Such was the case with Fr. Patrick Peyton, who was cured of TB through the intercession of Our Lady. In gratitude, he began a mission to propagate the rosary to reunite families in disarray after World War II. Find out more in “Most Unusual Man.” Airs 10 p.m. ET, Sunday, Sept. 18; 1 p.m. ET, Tuesday, Sept. 20; and 5 a.m. ET, Thursdays, Sept. 22 on EWTN. Find EWTN at

Want to know what happened at the Vatican this week? Tune into “Vaticano.” This week, listen to Pope Benedict XVI talks about prayer and the closeness of God in hard times; hear from missionary sisters who are walking in the footsteps of giants; see an international organization laboring to nurture a culture of life; join a group of Venezuelans as they complete the pilgrimage of their dreams – and more! Airs 10 a.m. ET, Sunday, Sept. 18 – exclusively on EWTN. Find EWTN at

Learn about the role of prayers and sacrifice in the lives of missionaries! Tune into “Threshold of Hope” with Fr. Mitch Pacwa. Airs 10 p.m. ET, Tuesday, Sept. 20 – exclusively on EWTN. Find EWTN at

Trust Tami Kiser, a busy mom of nine, teacher, volunteer and more, to teach you how to balance your priorities so you'll have ample time for Jesus throughout your day. Her new book, “Smart Martha’s Catholic Guide for Busy Moms,” has helped thousands lead more fulfilling lives by becoming more spiritually focused. Get it from EWTN Religious Catalogue at

Is “Lord of the Rings” really a fundamentally religious and Catholic work? Author Joseph R. Tolkien thought so! Watch Joseph Pearce talk about the Catholicity in this famous series in EWTN’s September Home Video “Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings: a Catholic Worldview.” Available now from EWTN Religious Catalogue at

Hear the top Catholic News of the week on “Register Radio.” Tune in 2 p.m. ET, Fridays; 7 p.m. ET, Saturdays; and 11 a.m. ET, Sundays – exclusively on the EWTN Radio Network. Find EWTN’s AM/FM affiliates at

Get insights and observations about the Vatican and Rome available nowhere else! Read “Joan’s Rome,” a blog by EWTN Bureau Chief Joan Lewis. Find it here:

September only! Free EWTN podcast: September 11th: A Spiritual Response. Download it – and other great podcasts – at

EWTN Press Release September 19, 2011

EWTN Supports Mexico’s Bishops’ Conference in Developing Catholic Radio

Irondale, AL – Representatives of EWTN’s Radio Católica Mundial were honored to be asked to assist the bishops of Mexico in their efforts to develop and grow Catholic radio in Mexico by participating in the Episcopal Conference Communications Commission’s (CEPCOM) Second National Meeting of Internet Catholic Radio, which was held in August on the premises of the Mexican Episcopal Conference at Lago de Guadalupe.

“EWTN has encouraged Mexican Catholic radio to integrate professionalism with a cheerful experience of the Faith,” said Mons. Luis Artemino Calzada, Bishop of Valle de Chalco and President of the Communication Commission of the Mexican Bishop Conference. “It is deeply remarkable how EWTN’s great team of professionals have taken their deep faith in Christ and in the Gospel to empower a work with worldwide repercussions.”

Claudio Ramirez, EWTN’s Director of Marketing for Latin America and Spain, said EWTN was happy to help.

“Practically speaking, Mexico does not have Catholic radio now,” said Ramirez, who led off the main day of the conference with a talk entitled “Charisma of EWTN, Radio Católica Mundial.” “The Church has begun to develop Internet Catholic radio as well as AM and FM stations. We were invited by the Bishops’ Conference to assist in the conference with our radio experience and to give recommendations about the identity, mission and production of Catholic radio.”

EWTN’s Radio Católica Mundial has been broadcasting throughout Latin America and Spain since 1996 through its AM & FM affiliates and Internet streaming audio, and since 1992 via shortwave radio. EWTN offers two radio networks in English and Spanish, which broadcast the message of the Gospel 24-hours-a-day to more than 258 million people around the world and to 10.7 million satellite radio subscribers in the U.S. and Canada.

In addition to Ramirez, Juan Manuel Youshimats, EWTN’s Marketing Manager for México and Central America, spoke at the conference about the “Identity and Mission of Catholic Radio,” and Douglas Archer, EWTN’s Director of Spanish Programs, spoke about the “Process of Making and Airing a Catholic Radio Program.”

“EWTN is pleased to assist the Bishops’ Conference with its important new initiative in starting up and continuing to develop Catholic radio in the country,” said EWTN President and CEO Michael P. Warsaw. “In addition to Radio Católica Mundial, our commitment to the Hispanic market includes EWTN Español, a television channel which broadcasts 24-hours-a-day; a Spanish website,; an e-newsletter “Alas;” a YouTube channel,; a Facebook page,; a Twitter site,!/ewtnespanol; numerous books and pamphlets, and much more!”

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 30th year, is available in over 160 million television households in more than 140 countries and territories. With its direct broadcast satellite television and radio services, AM & FM radio networks, worldwide short-wave radio station, Internet website, electronic and print news services, and publishing arm, EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

EWTN Announcements

Remembering Archbishop Pietro Sambi, papal nuncio! EWTN will air a Memorial Mass for His Excellency Archbishop Pietro Sambi live from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. at 12 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Sept. 14, with an encore at midnight. The Mass will be celebrated by New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan. Find EWTN at

Get your sports with a little bit of soul! Tune into the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network to hear “Blessed2Play,” a sports show in which top athletes talk about the role of faith in their lives both on and off the field. Airs 2:30 p.m. ET, Fridays, with an encore at 4:30 p.m. ET, Sundays. Find an EWTN Radio affiliate near you at or tune into EWTN’s Sirius Satellite Channel #130.

God, Modern Life and Physics! That’s the topic when Prof. Anthony Rizzi of the Institute for Advanced Physics guests on “EWTN Live” with Host Father Mitch Pacwa. Don’t miss Prof. Rizzi, who takes on science’s challenge to the Faith. Airs 8 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Sept. 14 – exclusively on EWTN. Find EWTN at

One more chance! Fr. Benedict Groeschel joins EWTN’s “Bookmark” Host Doug Keck to talk about “The Cross at Ground Zero.” In this book, Father Groeschel discusses the many questions people ask in the face of overwhelming tragedy. Tune in to EWTN at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14. Then, order your copy of the book at Find EWTN at

This month’s FREE podcast from EWTN is “September 11: A Spiritual Response.” Click here,, to download four episodes of Fr. Groeschel’s discussion of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, which brought our nation and the world to its knees.

“The family that prays together stays together.” This saying is familiar to most Catholics, but not everyone is familiar with the story behind Fr. Patrick Peyton, the man who popularized it. His story is told by show business personalities and features clips and photos from his Family Theatre productions on radio and TV. “Most Unusual Man” airs 10 p.m. ET, Sunday, Sept. 18, 1 p.m. ET, Tuesday, Sept. 20, and 5 a.m. ET, Thursday, Sept. 22 – on EWTN. Find EWTN at

She’s one of the youngest saints in the history of the Catholic Church! Don’t miss “Maria Goretti,” the story of the young girl who gave her life to protect her purity. She later appeared to her murderer in a dream and forgave him, an act which changed his life. Airs 8 p.m. ET, Saturday, Sept. 17 – exclusively on EWTN. Find EWTN at

Do you love Padre Pio? Then don’t miss “At the Gates of Heaven,” a documentary which looks at the canonization process of this relatively new saint. Airs 1 p.m. ET, Friday, Sept. 16, and 5 a.m. ET, Saturday, Sept. 17 – on EWTN. Find EWTN at

Hear the EWTN theology staff discuss the issues of the day! Tune in to “EWTN Theology Roundtable” at 1 p.m. ET, Tuesday, Sept. 13 or 5 a.m. ET, Thursday, Sept. 15. This month, the staff focuses on Scripture and Tradition. Find EWTN at

If you love Easter Church iconography, or want to learn more about it, has EWTN got a show for you! Don’t miss “Sacred Craft,” which explains the theology and artistry of icons, at 2 a.m. ET, Sunday, Sept. 18; 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23; and 2 p.m. ET, Saturday, Sept. 23 – exclusively on EWTN. Find EWTN at

Sunday, September 11, 2011


It's not always easy, but it is always necessary.

First Reading
30 Anger and wrath, these also are abominations, and the sinful man will possess them. [Sir.27:30]

1 He that takes vengeance will suffer vengeance from the Lord, and he will firmly establish his sins.
2 Forgive your neighbor the wrong he has done, and then your sins will be pardoned when you pray.

3 Does a man harbor anger against another, and yet seek for healing from the Lord?
4 Does he have no mercy toward a man like himself, and yet pray for his own sins?
5 If he himself, being flesh, maintains wrath, who will make expiation for his sins?
6 Remember the end of your life, and cease from enmity, remember destruction and death, and be true to the commandments.
7 Remember the commandments, and do not be angry with your neighbor; remember the covenant of the Most High, and overlook ignorance.
8 Refrain from strife, and you will lessen sins; for a man given to anger will kindle strife,
9 and a sinful man will disturb friends and inject enmity among those who are at peace. [Sir.28:1-9]

Psalm Reading
1 Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,
3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
9 He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger for ever.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor requite us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. [Pslam 103:1-4, 9-12]

Second Reading

7 None of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself.
8 If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's.
9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
[Romans 14:7-9]

Gospel Reading

21 Then Peter came up and said to him, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?"
22 Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.
23 "Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants.
24 When he began the reckoning, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents;
25 and as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made.
26 So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, `Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.'
27 And out of pity for him the lord of that servant released him and forgave him the debt.
28 But that same servant, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat he said, `Pay what you owe.'
29 So his fellow servant fell down and besought him, `Have patience with me, and I will pay you.'
30 He refused and went and put him in prison till he should pay the debt.
31 When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place.
32 Then his lord summoned him and said to him, `You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you besought me;
33 and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?'
34 And in anger his lord delivered him to the jailers, till he should pay all his debt.
35 So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart."
[Matthew 18:21-35]


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

EWTN Announcements

How do you know when the Lord is talking to you? How can you be sure what He is asking you to do? Is there a way to know? St. Ignatius of Loyola said it is possible what the Lord is saying to you and he shared this knowledge in a famous system known as the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. Learn all about it in EWTN’s superb new series, “Living the Discerning Life: The Spiritual Teaching of St. Ignatius of Loyola” with Father Tim Gallagher of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary. Airs 8 p.m. ET, Sundays; 1 p.m. ET, Mondays; and 5 a.m. ET, Fridays – exclusively on EWTN. Find EWTN at Do NOT miss this one!

If you’re Irish -- or just wish you were – you won’t want to miss “Catholic Lives Ireland” – exclusively on EWTN. The stellar lineup includes the founder of “Children in the Crossfire;” a nun whose chastity program transformed Uganda into Africa’s success story in the fight against HIV/Aids; the three-time winner of Ireland’s prestigious “Sam Maguire Cup” and manager of the renowned County Tyrone Gaelic Football Team – and so many more! This must-see series airs 5:30 p.m. ET, Mondays and 4 a.m. ET, Thursdays. Find EWTN at

Learn about the lives of Chinese martyrs – and those who are dying for the faith in China even today! Tune into EWTN’s exclusive new series, “Saints of China,” hosted by Anthony Clark, assistant professor of East Asian history at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. Airs 11 p.m. ET, Sundays; and 2:30 a.m. ET, Fridays. Find EWTN at

Which country has the most beautiful churches and shrines dedicated to Our Lady? Some say it is the Philippines? Are they right? Find out in “Mary, Mother of the Philippines” with Father Melvin Castro. Airs 2:30 a.m. Etna d 1:30 p.m. ET, Thursdays – exclusively on EWTN. Find EWTN at

Did you know that the Catholic Church is at the forefront in the fight against human trafficking? Fr. Benedict Groeschel talked about this with John Klink, head of a little-known Vatican agency known as the International Catholic Migration Commission, this past Sunday on “Sunday Night Prime.” Did you miss this riveting show? Find it now on EWTN’s YouTube Channel,

Uncertain about your need for spiritual direction or how it might benefit you? Find out everything you need to know about spiritual direction when Father David J. Simonetti guests on “EWTN Live” with Host Father Mitch Pacwa. Airs 8 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Sept. 7 – exclusively on EWTN. Find EWTN at

What if you could question your favorite saints about the life and times – and our own? What might you learn? Find out this fall on EWTN’s new series, “Saints Alive!” Airs Sundays at 10:30 a.m. ET, Mondays at 6 p.m. ET, Tuesdays at 4 a.m. ET, and Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. ET – exclusively on EWTN! Find EWTN at

Examine the physical evidence (and metaphysical premises for) the existence of God! Tune into EWTN’s new series, “The Heavens Proclaim the Glory of God” with Father Robert Spitzer. Airs 3:30 a.m. ET, Mondays; and 5:30 p.m. ET, Fridays – exclusively on EWTN. Find

Explore the lives of the saints with EWTN favorites, Fr. John Trigillio and Fr. Ken Brighenti. Their new series, “Crash Course in the Saints,” airs 5:30 p.m. ET, Sundays; and 5:30 a.m. ET and 10:30 p.m. ET, Wednesdays – exclusively on EWTN. Find EWTN at

EWTN’s viewers are familiar with Joanna Bogle. This British dynamo hosts “Feasts and Seasons” and other shows on EWTN and regularly blogs on as “A Catholic Journalist in London.” But we bet you didn’t know that Bogle was greatly influenced by a little-known nun named Sister Mary Alban! Find out more when Bogle joins “Bookmark” Host Doug Keck to discuss her new book, “A Nun With A Difference: The Life and Letters of Sister Mary Alban, FC.” Airs 5:30 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Sept 7 – exclusively on EWTN. Find EWTN at

Miss a show on EWTN? Just go to EWTN’s YouTube channel at and get yourself a little inspiration!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Tell them it's a sin!

We are all sinners, but we are not all 'repenters' (if that's not a word it should be). Today people have redefine what is sin. Abortion? That's not murder, it's choice! Gay marriage? That's not an abomination to God, it's love! Euthanasia? It's not killing, it's mercy! Does society today even know what sin is anymore?!

During mass tonight I was reflecting on the readings as I usually do. The Old Testament reading prompted this post.
Ezekiel 33: 7 - 9
7 "So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me.
8 If I say to the wicked, O wicked man, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand.
9 But if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way; he shall die in his iniquity, but you will have saved your life.

Did you get that last bit? The sinners blood will be on YOUR hands IF you didn't warn them about sin. Catholics are you speaking up about sin in society today or have you been bullied into thinking 'tolerance' means you have to shut up? Have you been told you are homophobic because you oppose gay marriage? (I've yet to see anyone who is afraid of a gay person- such a ridiculous argument). Have you been told that to "love your neighbor" you must not only tolerate gay marriage but accept it and want it taught to your children in public school? Have you been told to "mind your own business" when the topic of abortion comes up? Have you heard other Catholics say things like "I'm against abortion BUT I think it's a choice for other women"? It's not a choice, it's a death sentence to an innocent pre-born human being. Murder is sin. Supporting the "choice" of murder is a sin too. If you're not warning people of these sins, it will be on you one day.

Have you heard any of these things? Has anyone said them to you? They have to me and my response is "If I didn't love you, I wouldn't bother sharing the Word of God with you."

To love your neighbor as yourself is wanting what's best for them. The best for them is Jesus Christ. Gay marriage is not love, its sin. If I hated you I would accept and tolerate your sins, but I love you so I will NOT accept or tolerate your sin.

Scripture clearly tells us to WARN the sinner of their sin- they may not know what they are doing is sin unless you tell them. Do NOT beat them over the head with your bible or catechism. That does nothing but irritate people. SHARE the love of God with people. Share how much God hates sin and wants people to repent and turn to Him. Share the beauty of your Catholic faith. Don't keep it some guarded secret! Don't miss the opportunity to share God with another person.

Catholics have the most amazing blessings from God in our Sacraments. One of them is Confession/Reconciliation. This is a gift, a gift we need to embrace and put to use in our lives. We sin, we sin daily in ways we recognize and sometimes in ways we don't at first recognize. Sin separates us from God, but Confession brings us back. If you have supported gay marriage, abortions, euthanasia and more you need to confess these things and you can be forgiven. Don't fall for society redefining everything and telling you these things aren't sins, they are! Look at yourself, see your sins and confess them.

Sin leads to death...eternal death. But our Loving Father in Heaven has given us the choice to choose life or death. Choose life. Go to Confession, have your sins forgiven. There is nothing that God won't forgive you for if you repent and truly seek forgiveness for your sins. He knows you're a sinner, He's just waiting for your confession.

From the wonderful Archbishop Fulton Sheen...(you don't want to miss this)
Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

I love Archbishop Sheen's final words...

"If you had never sinned, you never could call Jesus 'Savior'."


Friday, September 2, 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Surviving Hurricane Irene

I've lived in Connecticut all my life, so I've endured several hurricanes and for the most part we've always made out with only minor damages over the decades (a partial lost roof, trees down, mild water damage and busted windows mostly). Thankfully, we've never known the total destruction of our home or any loss of life from a hurricane. My heart goes out to the people who are now (and in the past) suffering the ultimate price of living in the path of a hurricane.
For us Hurricane Irene was just a big pain in the backside most of the time. I say most of the time, because the rest of the time my children's laughter and giggles blocked out the inconveniences and frustration. Not having electricity or a land line phone for four days is humbling and frustrating (we've gone longer periods, so those of you still without power you have my sympathies).

How many times did we flick a light switch walking into a room or pick up the phone only to hear dead silence on the other end? Too many to count. We spent our days outside looking up and down the road (along with our neighbors) in hopes of seeing any CT Light & Power truck on it's way. We also played board games like "Sorry" and "Scrabble". Our evenings were spent listening to the radio sparingly because once those batteries were gone, that was it. There were no batteries to be found anywhere.

Reading by flashlight was a limited treat because again, we didn't want to use up the batteries and be left completely in the dark. I tried candlelight, but the flickering bothered my eyes more often than not. And I couldn't focus well on reading one single book (I'm the type of person that when something is bothering me-like not knowing when the power will come back on- I can't focus well or absorb what I read. My brain is easily distracted much to my annoyance.

But I did manage to retain a few things I read. Like the fact that it was a Catholic priest named Fr. Frank Peyton who coined the motto "The family that prays together, stays together" in 1947 while trying to promote his Family Rosary Crusade. I had heard protestants use that quote all the time, I now wonder if they knew it came from a Catholic priest wanting to promote praying the rosary?!

I also learned that Alfred Hitchcock was a Catholic and that light blue vestments are not allowed in the United States, but varying shades of violet are. I learned the skullcap worn by Bishops is called a "zucchetto". I learned that encyclical letters and encyclical epistles are not the same things. Encyclical letters are from a pope to the entire Church, while encyclical epistles are addressed to a specific part of the Church. For instance, the pope might direct an encyclical epistle to America, but not to the rest of the Catholic Church around the world. I

I didn't know these things before Hurricane Irene hit, so besides being thankful for surviving Irene and having only minor damage, I am also thankful for the new things I learned about my Catholic faith.

**The book I learned these things from is: "The Catholic Almanac's Guide to the Church" by Matthew Bunson.

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