Deacon Patrick

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Families together in a whole new way may revel understandings taught your children that are counter to our Catholic faith.

Think about the hours of exposure your kids have to moral and formative teaching from others outside the Catholic Church. Public school system? 8 hours a day. Shows and movies and social media and video games and books? 4-8 hours a day by some measures. How many hours do you talk with them about faith and morals in a given day? A given week?

Now, all of a sudden, families are thrown together close to full time, and conversations about when life begins, how many genders there are, climate change, just be you, and you can be anything may collide with a new awareness in parent's minds that what their kids understand is different than Truth. It may be time to step up as your children's primary educators.

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Ten fingers. One decade of the rosary. Most of us came equipped with a built-in rosary. And in this pandemic, more and more people are wondering how to pray. This is how you pray the rosary.

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Thrust into the space called home near twenty-four-seven? Budget realities setting in that while buying take out daily helps local restaurants survive, it's expensive without the same income coming in? Getting tired of the poor quality of entertainment, riff with promotion of sin? Seeing the clutter of your home pile up? It's time to create hearth, the way hearth was created by so many of our grandmothers or great-great grandmothers.

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Teaching public school curricula at home directly as a parent or through distance learning online is vastly different from homeschooling.

Parents are scrambling to get a computer or tablet so their kids can school at home, with the packet (curricula) provided by their child's teacher. This is not homeschooling; this is schooling at home. It is important we name the difference because educators are already trying to claim parents aren't qualified to teach their children, and after the dust settles and if parents and students who had schooling at home forced upon them underperform or no-show, public educators will, in a massive show of inability to think critically and logically, will conflate that with “see, parents are not qualified to teach.”

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Various and sundry dry good thoughts that may just be me.

  • “Unprecedented” is being used at globally unprecedented levels.
  • Being so unprecedented means no one knows much of anything, because, how could they. This virus is unprecedented. This near simultaneous global shut down is unprecedented.
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Search and Rescue are amazing first responders and they, like all first responders now, are stretched thin, caring for families and ... first responding.

Please, be humble enough to know your limits and not engage in activities that are unfamiliar; and be extra conservative in activities that are familiar, so you can get yourself out even if something unexpected goes wrong (this used to be the norm for outdoorsmanship ... let's bring that standard back!). The consequences for you and possibly dozens if you do not, could be life and death, as this article from OutdoorOnline makes clear.


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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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