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St. Francis' feast day today. One of my favorite anecdotes: St. Francis journeyed to Egypt in the middle of the Fifth Crusade and walked into Saracen territory to convert the “Soldan of Babylon” (the Muslim ruler of Egypt and the Holy Land), even though the Soldan had issued an edict offering a gold piece for the head of any Christian.

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This Friday is my kids' parochial school's pet Mass. I really like it . . . I really dislike it. I'm not sure there's anything I'm more wildly conflicted about than the annual pet Mass. I don't much care for animals and I don't much care for the Sacrifice taking a backseat to . . . everything else in the room. But the kids like it so much . . . And so the conflict rages. It would really tear me up, but for the fact that I really don't care enough to think about it much.

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A TDE reader sent me six raspberry cains two years ago. They've now multiplied into scores of cains and producing massive amounts of raspberries. About ten people are enjoying as many as they care to pick. Enormously satisfying. And the satisfaction grew when I learned that they're considered a "superfood" due to their low sugar content.

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Make no doubt about it: Silicon Valley would love to destroy the Catholic Church. You could trace an ideological line directly from Apple to Voltaire, if you cared to take the time. So when I see a tech geek break with Silicon Valley, I take notice and instinctively want to support him. I learned about a great new opportunity in this regard less than 48 hours ago: Shunned for supporting natural marriage, former Mozilla CEO is back with new browser.

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