What Amazes God

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The other day I was in Mass when I heard it. The priest happened to be proclaiming the Gospel of Mark when the words struck me like a thunderbolt,"[Christ] was amazed..."Now, before I elaborate on what amazed Christ, simply consider this: Christ was amazed. Think about that. The God of the Universe, the Creator of Everything, the Alpha & Omega was amazed. The God who did this,Healing the Man Born Blind by El GrecoAnd this.Jesus Walks on Water by Ivan Ai … [Read more...]

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The Glorious Failures of the Catholic Church

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The Martyrdom of St. Peter by Michelangelo Merisi da CaravaggioToday I was out for a run when I heard it. And it stopped me in my tracks."There is nothing that fails like success."Uh, excuse me? Now, granted, I shouldn't have been surprised. After all, I have been listening (and re-listening) to this same guy saying similar odd things for years during my routine runs. But instead of dismissing this statement as pure foolishness, I had to stop. And think. Because this guy is a … [Read more...]

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“Ah, All Will Now Be Happy”: Mozart & the Sacredness of Solitude

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His door was shut. As he wanted it to be.As he needed it to be.His hair was amiss. Why wouldn’t it be? Countless times his nervous hands unconsciously and obsessively thrust themselves through his shaggy mane as if to wring the notes from his fevered mind. And his billiard table? By serving as his composition table it was, quite simply, a mess - littered with perfect fragments of his unfolding masterpiece. .In Peter Shaffer’s brilliant story (and film adaptation), Amadeus, there is a … [Read more...]

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In Praise of Mean Catholics (A Tribute to Nathanael & Hilaire Belloc)

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St. Bartholomew (aka Nathanael) by El Greco "Philip found Nathanael and told him, 'We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law, and also the prophets, Jesus, son of Joseph, from Nazareth.' But Nathanael said to him, 'Can anything good come from Nazareth?' Philip said to him, 'Come and see.' Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, 'Here is a true Israelite. There is no duplicity in him.' Nathanael said to him, 'How do you know me?' Jesus answered and said to him, … [Read more...]

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What Moneyball Reminded Me About My Catholic Faith

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 I know. I know.I'm way behind. Ever since it was first released in 2011, my wife and I have wanted to see the movie Moneyball. But as often happens, work demands, kids and simply life has prevented us from seeing it time and time again. This weekend, however, we saw it. And it was phenomenal. Moneyball is a captivating sports drama with moments of thrilling inspiration and sheer poignancy. It is thoughtful, witty and intelligent. But the movie was also instructive. It reminded m … [Read more...]

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Don’t Dismiss Tradition (A Letter to the Modern World)

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G.K. ChestertonHe was a joyful man. Everybody felt so. Simply to look upon him was to experience the oft-forgotten word: Mirth. British journalist and author, G.K. Chesterton's exuberance, wit and charm were as large as his three hundred pound frame. He wrote puckish poems and humorous essays. He drank with the gruff (yet hilarious) Hilaire Belloc and exchanged clever poetry with his wife, Frances. Chesterton was the epitome of mirth. But he was also deadly serious. He argued (without qu … [Read more...]

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