Friday, March 24, 2017

The Weekly TCC Field Intelligence Report – v.7.1.

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Welcome to v.7.1 of the Weekly TCC Field Intelligence Report. Hoo boy, it’s packed to the brim, tamped down, and flowing over with cool stuff. A veritable cornucopia of the Good, the True, and the Beautiful, with generous dashes of humor and whimsy tossed in. Art, humor, movies, faith, sports – plenty to chew on and digest.

Headlining this week’s collection is a bit of dirty laundry – no, not the fodder of gossip magazines and rumor mills, but actual dirty laundry. No, it isn’t weird. Trust us!

Grab your favorite brew – whether it be tea, coffee, or ale – and relax with the Field Intelligence Report. You won’t get hot and bothered, we promise! Though you might do a spittake or two if you’re not careful!

All This Baby Needs is his Mom’s Dirty LaundryUSA Today

The Empty Chaos of Today’s Art May Be Telling Us Something – John Garvey, Catholic Philly
Easter Basket Fill-Up – Kelle Hampton, Enjoying The Small Things
Do You Know what ‘Meek’ of ‘Meek and Humble of Heart’ Really Means? – Elizabeth Pardi, Aleteia
What if Jesus Played Basketball? – Jimmy Akin, National Catholic Register
Husband Asks Why his Wife was Fired from a Company She Worked for 11 Years, and Things Escalated Hilariously – ​ Rūta Grašytė, Bored Panda
Now Showing at a Blog Near You – EegahInc, B-Movie Catechism
Can Quantum Theory Explain Why Jokes are Funny?Science Daily
Sacred Art and Cryptozoology – Daniel Mitsui, Daniel Mitsui, Artist
How an Ignatian Retreat May Change Your BrainCatholic Herald

Lent Day 23: Bored and Annoyed Just Right

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I knew I hit my penance just right this year when I found myself thinking, “I’m not really liking this. But other than that, it’s not a problem.”
What I’m noticing this year is how important it is not to be afraid of the penance you’ve chosen.  If you fear you are harming yourself, you are going to give up.  If you are confident that what you are doing is not harmful, you have a better chance of talking yourself off the ledge

Please visit Riparians at the Gate + Jennifer Fitz to read the full post.

Merton On Freedom

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When I was crude dust, you imparted your breath.
When I awoke flesh, you handed me freedom.
When I rebuffed boundaries, you offered me grace.
A trinity of gifts, an eternal embrace.
Conscience is the soul of freedom, its eyes, its energy, its life

Please visit Grace Pending to read the full post.

The Way It Ought To Be

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I’m sorry, baby. You’re still so tiny and new, and you should be sleeping in the quiet at home instead of grabbing a nap all curled up in my lap at the coffee shop, but your dad is already back at work (two weeks of paternity leave are NOT enough) and your brother had math tutoring this afternoon. People talk about the importance of routines for babies, but those people have never juggled the reality of eight.
You were very loud in your opposition to the bottle your brother offered you in the car. It wasn’t quite the warm comfort of the breastfeeding that you are used to

Please visit Backwards in High Heels to read the full post.

Under Surveillance: Cats Pray Before Eating

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Today’s Under Surveillance proves one of two things, or both – either cats can be trained by their owner (and not the other way around); or that they’re CATholic.

Regardless – it’s entertaining. And the cats are more patient than my kids!

Photo credit: mikecogh via VisualHunt / CC BY-SA

Lent Days 21 & 22: St. Joseph Delivers the Goods

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St. Patrick may have declined on the green candy, but St. Joseph came through with Krispy Kreme.  He came Monday afternoon, in the guise of our crazy-happy-Catholic friends who stopped by to pick up a child from a homework-date, and held out a dozen hot-doughnuts-now.  Can I help it if the Church in her wisdom made Monday a solemnity?
No I cannot

Please visit Riparians at the Gate + Jennifer Fitz to read the full post.

PARISH REPORT: Catholic Mommy Blogger Silently Drafts Scathing Post About Fellow Parishioners During Mass

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(AoftheANews) – CHEYENNE – As Catholic Mommy blogger Courtney Kitchener-McGavin held her slightly irritable two-year old daughter Jayden during Sunday’s 11:00 AM Mass, she mentally drafted a white-hot post condemning the parishioners around her who were perturbed she didn’t take her … Continue reading →

Please visit Acts of the Apostasy to read the full post.

Leaning in to Lent

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Hello. My name is Heather. And I have a problem with Lent. Before you sharpen your pencils to compose a blistering letter to our esteemed editor recounting my heresies, I humbly implore you to please hear me out. I know all about the regulations and practices and have heard countless suggestions for having the BEST

Please visit Real Catholic Mom to read the full post.

Under Surveillance: Nearly 1,000 Indian Runner Ducks on Their Way to Work

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Do ducks run the rat race like us humans? That’s what today’s Under Surveillance uncovers: ducks rushing on their way to work at a South African vineyard. Sounds odd, but it’s true. Click here for a 4-minute video in which the owner of Vergenoegd Vineyards in South Africa talks proudly of his winged employees.

RELEASE THE QUACKEN!! (Sorry, not sorry)

Photo credit: zigazou76 via Visualhunt.com / CC BY

BREAKING! Vatican Considers Hosting Flat Earth Theory Synod in 2018

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(AoftheANews) – VATICAN CITY – Unconfirmed reports from the Eternal City indicate that the Pontifical Academy of Sciences is close to announcing a Flat Earth Theory Synod for some time in 2018. According to the AoftheA News Vatican Bureau, two … Continue reading →

Please visit Acts of the Apostasy to read the full post.