We've moved over to domesticchurchmilitant.blogspot.com!
Be Yellow

We're Moving!

        Well, not physically, but virtually.


BeYellow has run its course.


What started as a way to log our travel adventures in Guatemala and beyond in 2006, evolved into a defender of innocent human life and authentic Catholic identity, before ending up as basically a what-the-kids-are-up-to-now journal.  We've been contemplating pulling the plug for a while now, as blogging dropped more and more on the priority list, and posts became fewer and far between.  While it isn't outrageously expensive, it also seems silly to be paying "GoDaddy" to power the whole thing.  We don't like supporting them anyway, given their morally repugnant ad campaigns.


So reset your bookmarks to DomesticChurchMilitant.blogspot.com.

(See our About tab for an explanation of the name.)


So why start a new blog?  Well, for starters, Google's "Blogger" is free.  It's also much more user friendly, which will hopefully encourage us to move it up the priority list a few notches.  We are torn, because we know the digital age has brought so many distractions and noise and made it harder for us to hear God, and it's certainly easy to waste a lot of time on the internet.  At the same time, however, we feel Catholics need to have a presence on Facebook, Twitter, and the blogosphere.  So the new blog is our small way of answering our grandpapa Benedict's call for the faithful to "introduce into the culture of this new environment of communications and information technology the values on which you have built your lives" (24 May 2009).


What to expect from the new blog?  We're not sure.  We'll see where the Holy Spirit takes it.  We place it under the patronage of St. Padre Pio and of our other media-savvy heroes like Venerable Fulton Sheen, St. Maximilian Kolbe, and St. Francis de Sales.  As you can see, we've put a few holdovers from BeYellow as tabs at the top.  Also, this time our sidebar is full of websites, articles, books, resources, tracts, and other blogs worth taking a look at.  Hopefully we will be able to share many adventures and joyful family moments, and "an account for the hope that is in us" (1Pet. 3:15).  Simply put, we want to share our search for what is true, what it beautiful, and what is good, and that search requires the inverse: exposing what is false, what is ugly, and what is evil.  We invite you to enrich and sharpen our search/journey with your comments, questions, suggestions, or even challenges and criticisms.  Let's speak the truth in love, and help each other fulfill the purpose for which we were made.  Nothing else matters!


Opening Day

We remodeled our basement just in time for Opening Day... Cubs win!<< MORE >>

Easter Harlem Shake

Following our last post honoring Tony, we now give a shout-out to his brother, warrior-priest Fr. John... Christ is risen! Alleluia!<< MORE >>

Thank You Tony

On March 12th we woke up at 3:00 AM Mountain Time in order to watch the opening Mass for the Conclave. Yes, we were excited to witness only the second Conclave in our lifetime, but we could've just waited to watch the replay on EWTN that evening. Why did we wake up to see it live? ...For the First Reading.<< MORE >>

Habemus Papem!

It was so sad to see Pope Benedict fade off into the sunset, but the tears turned to joy last week and today as Pope Francis was installed as the new Vicar of Christ on earth.  It's hard to describe the adrenaline rush from when the white smoke first surfaced to when our new Holy Father walked out onto that balcony.  This video captures the excitement pretty well.

Chills.
 

Viva il Papa!

Go Ravens!

Think Atchison, not Baltimore.<< MORE >>

February happenings!

The two exciting things that have happened in February<< MORE >>

JP the Sponge

After only a month of hearing Mama pray The Angelus at noon, John Paul has it down.

...or watch it here.

Mission and Acceptance

Two curious aspects of this week’s readings have to do with two contentious issues in the contemporary scene. These should not detract from the overall themes of love and compassion, mission and acceptance, persecution and tolerance. Add to this mix the issues of abortion and gay marriage and a lively discussion will ensue. << MORE >>

Amen, Mr. President!

"This is our first task, caring for our children. If we don't get that right, we don't get anything right. That's how as a society we will be judged. Can we honestly say that we are doing enough to keep our children - all of them - safe from harm?" << MORE >>

Holiness in The Family

As we await the coming of 2013 we reflect on the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph and anticipate the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God on the date of the New Year. << MORE >>

MERRY CHRISTMAS

The readings for this Fourth and last Sunday of Advent bring us to the edge of the realization that Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the Old Testament, especially of the Davidic Promise and all that it entails. << MORE >>

TIME TO REJOICE AND BE GLAD--GOD IS WITH US

In the readings from the Gospel of Luke this Sunday we hear John the Baptist telling the ones who sought him out to lead their lives according to the norms that are given to them. To soldiers, tax collectors and others he says simply that they are to carry out their obligations with honor keeping in mind the dignity of others. It surprises us that the ordinary events and burdens in our lives are what will propel us into eternal glory if...<< MORE >>

Exile and Hope--2nd Sunday of Advent

Going into the second week of Advent we continue to prepare for the coming of Christ, the Messiah. It is a time of hope and anticipation. The message of hope and anticipation is the same message that Saint Luke provides in the Gospel passage this week. It was a time of John the Baptist announcing what Isaiah the Prophet had announced over 600 years before his time, “A voice of one crying out in the desert: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.’” (Lk 3:5) << MORE >>

St. Nicholas, Pray for us!

It's all good Your Excellency, we arrested the person who tried to steal your identity.<< MORE >>

ESCHATOLOGICAL TIMES

This past week I received a message from an acquaintance in which the following comments concerning major questions people ask about end times: << MORE >>

The Communion of Saints

We are blessed to report this week an apparition of both Bl. Pope John Paul II and St. Maximilian Kolbe! Just in time for our All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day celebrations.<< MORE >>

REFLECTIONS ON SCRIPTURE READINGS

This Sunday reading from the Book of Deuteronomy and from the Gospel of Saint Mark emphasizes the Shema—the exhortation to Listen. But the Listen means more than to hear, it also means within this context to obey. We are commanded to love the Lord Our God with our whole strength, heart and soul. << MORE >>

The Deathocratic Party

Many bishops have had some strong words about the election. Some of the best I've heard come from Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, IL. This "Holy Goalie" (he still plays rec-league hockey) tells it like it is... "a vote for a candidate who promotes actions or behaviors that are intrinsically evil and gravely sinful makes you morally complicit and places the eternal salvation of your own soul in serious jeopardy."<< MORE >>

Exodus 2013

I was amazed by the most incredible story last weekend. While grading papers, I was listening to some past episodes of my favorite radio show, Catholic Answers Live... It came within the first hour of the September 12th show. The topic was sidewalk counseling outside of abortion centers, and the guest was Dallas pro-life leader Karen Garnett. The show's host, Patrick Coffin, asked her about their theme for next year's pro-life activities, which was "Exodus 2013."<< MORE >>

Fall Fun

It has FINALLY cooled off in Denver and we have been enjoying some great fall activities. << MORE >>

SECULARISTS AND THE GOSPEL

This week begins the Year of Faith announced by Pope Benedict XVI at a time when we are in a crisis point within the Catholic Church in America and Europe. The readings for this Sunday provide us with a rich counterpoint to some trends in our secular culture. The first is the trend toward redefining marriage. << MORE >>

PORTA FIDEI and Readings 26th Sunday Ordinary Time

Today’s readings provide us with insight into whether our thoughts of others are pure or whether there is an evil motivation behind the thoughts and subsequent action. In the second reading from James, for example, the text reads, “you have fattened your hearts for the day of slaughter.” (Jas 5:5) Does this suggest that in what we have accomplished we have a self-centered or sensual concern or genuine concern for our neighbor? << MORE >>

REFLECTIONS ON READINGS Sunday 9-23-12

The readings for this Sunday reflect the daily struggle we face of good and evil. The choices are not always dramatic, but they are similar to those faced by the Chosen People when Moses gave the Law to the people immediately prior to their taking possession of the Land: “See, I have today set before you life and good, death and evil.” (Dt 30:15) << MORE >>

Vote your Conscience to Protect your Conscience

A great homily by Fr. Andrew Kemberling at St. Thomas More in Centennial. I can't stand clapping during Mass, but even I would probably have joined in the ovation.<< MORE >>