Thursday, December 31, 2009


This is my annual encouragement for my readers to make a financial contribution somewhere. Here are some recommendations:

1. Philippine Aid Society (my personal charity) - We provide poverty relief services in the Philippines, one of the poorest countries in the world. Currently we have no paid staff and low overhead costs.

2. Human Life International - This is a great Catholic charity that provides education and fights for the pro-life cause. It is headed by Fr. Euteneuer, who earns a very meager salary, which is impressive for the size of that charity. They also have high charity ratings on charity navigator etc.

3. Pro Life Action League - My friend Matt Yonke works here. This is a reputable charity that is very active in the fight against the culture of death.

4. Charlotte Rescue Mission - I work here full time. If you're in Charlotte, this is a good local charity to support. If you're not, look up your local shelter and check them out.

Now go out and make some donations! God bless you all and happy new year. I hope to more active around here in 2010.

Monday, December 07, 2009

The Purples are Coming: Book Review

Ilow and Sheri Roque founded Rock House Press, a publishing company that focuses on Catholic Children's books and their first featured book, "The Purples are Coming" is a wonderful read! Here's my review:

I read this book with my ten year old and it instantly became one of his favorites. He read it on his own at least twice after we read it together (which is very unlike him!) The book itself is hardcover and bound with high quality and the illustrations are absolutely beautiful. I also appreciated the cadence of the text and especially the wonderful names like Dink, Derdle and Ladislaus Molski!

The Catholic message is effectively woven into the storyline and is worded in ways that will prompt your child to ask curious questions about the faith. Perhaps more than anything else, it presents the Church and the Catholic faith in a warm and comforting light. We can give a theological lecture on how the Church is our mother, but this book will make your child feel it. Making your young child feel the beauty of the Church is much more effective than waiting until they're a teenager and trying to convince them. I can't recommend this book highly enough and we look forward to reading its sequel.

Here is a video preview of the book and some of the illustrations:

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Praying the Mass by Jeff Pinyan - a Book Review

Some of you may know Jeff Pinyan of the Cross Reference. I recent bought and read his new book "Praying the Mass: The Prayers of the People." It's a guide to the new translation of the Novus Ordo and a walk-through of the mass. Here's my review:

This book is a quick and easy read explaining not only which translations are changing next year but more importantly, why they are changing. It also doubles as a walk through of the mass explaining the sacred liturgy in a rich way. I've been to many seminars and have read several explanations on the mass but the book has several nuggets that I've never heard. I'd recommend this book especially for RCIA classes and those being introduced to the mass for the first time, for those who want to get an idea of the new mass translations, and even for those who are familiar with the mass but might need a refresher on why we do what we do.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Called to Communion is Back

Called to Communion is back online and running much faster on new servers. Let the unifying begin. We also registered the domain name Catholic and Reformed. (Goes to the same place)

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Can I ask a Favor of YOU?

My charity, Philippine Aid Society needs your vote on Facebook. It will just take about 30 seconds of your time and could really help us out if we win. Just click the image to vote:

While you're at it, you can become a fan of Philippine Aid Society on Facebook. :)

Thanks in advance.