The Weekly TCC Field Intelligence Report, v.15.1


Welcome to v.15.1 of the Weekly TCC Field Intelligence Report, your source for the Good, the True, the Beautiful, and slightly Whimsical. Tired of the politics and discouraged of the in-fighting? We are too! And you’ve come to the only place in the Catholic blogosphere free of all that. Grab a cup of coffee or tea, or your fave adult beverage, and immerse yourself in our fantastic list. We found some great stuff this week. And we improved the FIR, too – we’ve added a snippet from each article/blog post/essay beneath its link, to give you a taste of what the story is about. Tell us what you think – and thanks for reading and sharing!

How a Catholic College Sheltered the Poor from Irma – Kelly J. Henson, Catholic Digest

“Fr. Cory Mayer sheltered 50 more people in the church on campus. And the student union was opened to emergency and law enforcement personnel so they could have a secure home base from which to operate.”

The 7 Oldest Cities in the World – Daniel Esparza, Aleteia

“When one thinks on the oldest cities in the world, one tends to think of open blue skies over buildings made of clay bricks amidst some eroded marble columns, crowded with tourists taking pictures of the remains of an ancient temple or fortress. Reality, as usual, is way more complex.”

Finding Laughter and Joy Amidst Suffering – Constance T Hull, Catholic Exchange

“Laughter frees us from the prison of our own pride and misery, even if it is only for a short while. Laughter unites people together who may never be united outside of the present circumstance. It is a universal aspect of the human experience. Our burden is made light when we can smile or laugh in the midst of darkness.”

Inside Antarctica’s Ice Chapel, the World’s Southernmost ChurchChurchPop

“It just so happens that the southernmost chapel (of any religion) is a Catholic chapel at the Argentinian Belgrano II Base (still over 800 miles from the south pole). And it has a unique attribute: it is carved out of pure ice.”

Wildlife’s Photographer of the Year 2017 Finalists – Andrius, BoredPanda

“We’ve recently witnessed the harsh side of nature with Hurricane Irma reeking havoc in the Pacific, so the announcement of the finalists of the 53rd annual ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ couldn’t come at a better time to remind us of the beauty that nature has in store.”

A New Cloaking Technology has been DevelopedScience Daily

“A new idea for a cloaking technology has been created by scientists. A completely opaque material is irradiated from above with a specific wave pattern — with the effect that light waves from the left can now pass through the material without any obstruction.”

Is It Possible to Stop Worrying? – Gary Zimak, National Catholic Register

“You may feel that you will always be a worrier. That is simply not true. I’ve been where you are and I know how you feel, but feeling a certain way doesn’t make it true. It is possible to stop worrying. You will have to do some work, but it is possible for you to be at peace.”

Study Finds That Forgetting Might Actually Make You Smarter – Kate Taylor, Little Things

“If, like the rest of us, you wonder why you sometimes forget seemingly easy things, the answer is that there is probably nothing wrong at all. In fact, a study done by the Neuron Journal suggests that forgetting is actually a natural brain process that might actually even make you smarter at the end of the day.”

Did This Spanish Nun Bilocate to Texas? Vatican Aims to Find Out – Mary Rezac, CNA

“According to the Texas Almanac, Friar Alonso de Benavides of the Franciscans in New Mexico was the first to confirm the story of the “Lady in Blue.” He reported the incidents of her appearances to the Spanish court in 1630, and shortly thereafter was able to interview Sr. Maria de Agreda at her convent, where he was able to cross-reference the details of the apparitions from both Sr. Maria and the Jumano natives’ perspective.”

Reckonings – Marti Booker, Scattershot Thought

“The thing about books– you have to choose “living books,” to steal a phrase from Charlotte Mason. Mason was an educator whose philosophy is based upon the idea that children can and will learn everything they need in life if you give them good materials and teach them the value of self discipline and morality. Books, she believed, needed to be “living books,” not lifeless textbooks or inane storybooks written in simplistic and facile manners.”


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