Telling Beads (Hilaire Belloc, the Rosary & Me)


 "Gentlemen, I am a Catholic. As far as possible, I go to Mass every day. This [taking a rosary  from his pocket] is a rosary. As far as possible, I kneel down and tell these beads every day. If you reject me on account of my religion, I shall thank God that He has spared me the indignity of being your representative." - Hilaire Belloc, 1906 speech in SalfordIt was a calculated risk, to be sure. A man of French origins campaigning for British office. A man of Catholic devotion … [Read more...]

St.Thomas More, The Little Sisters of the Poor & the Casualness of Conscience


The Duke of Norfolk: "Oh confound all this. I'm not a scholar, I don't know whether the marriage was lawful or not but - dammit, Thomas, look at these names! Why can't you do as I did and come with us, for fellowship!" Thomas More: "And when we die, and you are sent to heaven for doing your conscience, and I am sent to hell for not doing mine, will you come with me, for fellowship?" - From Robert Bolt's play, A Man For All Seasons"Why can't you do as I did, Thomas, and come with us?" I … [Read more...]

The Tiresome Fad of Giant-Killing


After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” Simon said in reply, “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.” When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come to help them. They came and filled both boats so that they were in danger of sinking. When Simon Peter saw this, he … [Read more...]

Regarding My Wife and Peyton Manning

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 Pause. There was a pause. My wife may deny it, but it was there. Oh, it was there. Our six year-old daughter had just asked my wife a very important question. To provide a little background, my daughter is a fledgling football fan. Mind you, she is also a baseball fan, tennis fan, golf fan, soccer fan, NCAA basketball fan, and Olympic sports fan. She has even begun to get that rabid inquisitiveness and that nervous pace when one of these competitions is on TV. Where did she learn it … [Read more...]

Something Extraordinary in His Presence

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 There must have been something extraordinary in His Presence. This is the thought I return to again and again when I consider Jesus Christ. And it is both a haunting and thrilling reflection. When I consider the life of Christ, it is impossible for me to stay within the limits of what the Gospels tell us. We are, after all, talking about a limitless God walking the earth. So what was it like to be in the Presence of God while He ate, slept, worked and taught for thirty-three years? … [Read more...]

The Difficulty & Simplicity of Being A Wise Man


It is the most simple yet the most complex event in history. It started when God created man. God loved (and loves) man infinitely and imbued him with ineradicable dignity. Standards would be set and laws made that would structure and serve to guarantee the integrity of God's most extraordinary creation. But, alas, man sinned and soiled his relationship with God and would never be able to achieve reconciliation with his Creator through his own means. As such, God would do the unthinkable. Rather … [Read more...]