The Galley: Food for Thought

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As we embark on our seventh year, we recall why we continue in this effort:

We persist because the Catholic faith is beautiful, because it is true, and because it is good. We persist because the Church is Christ here-present, and, like a ship, protects and advances us toward Jesus Christ until He comes again. We persist because we have been charged with passing on our faith (see Deuteronomy 4:4-7; 11:19).

And, we persist because, to shamelessly co-opt a line from the movie, Chariots of Fire, ‘when we write, we feel His pleasure.’

We want to pass this on to you, dear reader, in this new liturgical year, and we’d very much appreciate any comments and suggestions you have about our efforts. Contact Us.

Please note this:

The CDC recommends frequent hand-washing of at least 20 seconds duration during the Covid-19 pandemic, and suggests humming the “Happy Birthday Song” twice to estimate those 20 seconds. Might we suggest a proper Christian approach to this task. While washing hands, recite the Lord’s Prayer attentively. Not only will you thereby satisfy the 20 second interval, but you’ll be prayerfully petitioning the ultimate source of life, health and eternal salvation. 

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The Catholic Navigator – Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Catholic Clipper – Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Catholic Schooner – Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Catholic Tugboat – Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Voices from Catholic Land

Some recent Catholic commentaries on the status of society:

 David Carlin points out the route taken since the Reformation to the present:

 Donald DeMarco argues that there is no freedom without authority:

 Jonah McKeown reports that protestors burned Bible during Portland Protests:

 For the Attention of Catholic Youth and Parents:

As we are again permitted to attend the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, please offer thanks and a prayer that never again will we have to endure such a trial.

Please review the articles just above for discussion with your children.

 In addition to the sources posted weekly, there are many Catholic websites that should be visited for regular reference. Some suggested sites are listed in this PDF file:

Some Reliable Catholic Websites

All are encouraged to peruse the source materials to add to the understanding gained in each issue. Happy reading!

A Note to Parents about resources to assist in faith formation at home.

There is much information on the Internet to help you in teaching the Faith to your children. Some helpful suggestions in navigating the Web are available in this downloadable PDF file:

Finding Catholic teaching Sites

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