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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On Disbelieving and Believing in the Creation Story

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The Fall & Expulsion of Adam & Eve by Michelangelo BuonarrotiGenesis.Ah, Genesis.Long ago, I remember wrestling with the story of Genesis. I mean really wrestling. I tortured myself with questions. You know the type of questions I am talking about - the faith-shakers. How long were the days in God's life? Was a day really a day? Where did dinosaurs fit into the mix of Creation? How about evolution? How old is the earth? Where did Cain and Abel find their wives? How do we … [Read more...]

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Why I Am NOT Leaving the Catholic Church

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 Five years ago, I became a Catholic. It was Easter Vigil. Beautiful music was sung, holy readings were pronounced and I found myself with four other candidates anxiously standing behind the altar. The moment had arrived. As Fr. Michael approached each of us, he leveled his warm and knowing gaze and swung the smoking thurible in our direction. The sweet smell of incense was potent and delicious. And as the onlooking congregation became obscured by the rising smoke, the beauty o … [Read more...]

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“It Was My Pleasure”: The True Meaning of Memorial Day

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 In all, it lasted about fifteen minutes. But it was our pleasure.They had already arrived. Of course they had. They were veterans. Older and a bit hunched, they smiled, they shook one another's hand and squeezed the opposing arm. "Good to see you," they seemed to say. "Good to see you."And while the cemetery was small, their presence seemed to further sanctify it. Wearing sharp black blazers and pants, white shirts and gloves, they came. Their smart side caps were speckled w … [Read more...]

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