Deacon Patrick

Mind, Body, and Soul Adventures of a Catholic Husband, Father, Deacon, Award-Winning Author, et al ...

We are supposed to be throwing all we have at COVID-19, but are we? Homeopathy is an approach to health that works with the body to strengthen the immune system to fight off disease, among other things, and it does not interfere with modern (allopathic) medicine, so can be used simultaneously. Additionally, remedies are produced in the US and France, which lessens medical dependency on China. Here are a few posts that may be helpful, from Joette Calabrese., who is trained by the same Banerji Homeopathic research foundation as Saint Mother Theresa, who commonly used homeopathy in her care of the sick.

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God's engineering is the simple process of living in a way that allows our bodies to function in a strong, healthy way, maximizing our ability to fight off disease and to live as fully as possible.

One powerful aspect of God's engineering that is helpful to know for being out and about is to only breathe through your nose. This does a number of things (feel free to do your own research here, but it is basic biology):

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As parents of faith are spending school time with their kids, many are discovering their kids are exposed to a lot of sinful ideas as though they are normal, both at school and in various media. Now, all that is funneled through the screens into the home. How can a faithful family promote conversations about our Catholic faith and confront these hidden sins that are so normal they may not seem like sins to many?

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In this article expressing a hunger for shepherding in a time when the regular avenues of shepherding are cut off, Janet Smith asks some questions regarding spiritual communion with the Mass and watching Mass that are common among many faithful.

Here are my own responses based on our family's experiencing fasting from Mass and the spiritual experience of seeking unity and light of Christ at a time when we are not able to attend public Mass (a challenge I've had for years, since 2002, because of my brain injury). This are an attempt to address the poverty currently experienced, and do not have the weight of teaching. I am happy to make any corrections required.

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It is easy to become overwhelmed by news that is designed to instill fear and may carry a lot of bias. I've been receiving this The Loop, a Catholic Vote ministry cultivation of news and find it to be well sourced. Subscribe to The Loop here.


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Catholics believe that parents are the primary educators of their children. IT is also a basic human right for parents to educate their children. Whatever your faith, the shutting down of schools due to COVID19 is a reminder of our call, and there are plenty of gifts and challenges to rise up and answer it. Know and trust that God gives the grace needed to all parents, we just need to open our hearts, that we might run toward Jesus with open arms and receive the gifts of grace he has already given us!

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The world is softer now for being harder now, Aspen bones draped in fingers of fleeting filigree frost, Silence shrouds by mist's embrace, dark stately pine, Winter's troubadour vanguard.

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“For whoso loveth himself, not God, loveth not himself: man that cannot live of himself, must die by loving himself; and he cannot love himself, who loves himself to his own destruction. > Saint Augustine, Catina Aurea on John 21:18-19

God? Human? Why? Heaven and Hell? Oblivion?

No longer is societal understanding of these questions based on Judeo-Christian belief. Atheistic nihilism seems as good a label as any. The shift has been growing beneath the surface of society for a while, hidden, then burst out in the last decade, coinciding with the Obama Presidency.

These fundamental questions are underneath the strife in our cultural clash about social issues.

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In which I achieve escape velocity despite my bludgeoned brain to escape the noise of construction for the local festival, discover having a TBI headache in a tent in a hailstorm with zero count lightening is less fun than it sounds, and along the way I get to ride Beorn of Clan Gus Boots Willsen up, down, over through rocks, roots, mountains, streams all familier yet remarkable because Beorn can ride lines no bike I've ever had can. What a delight!

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