The Afterthought II

...in which I say all I wanted to say in Loneliness Sucks.I have very little tolerance for idolatry. I would have smashed the desert's porcelain gods along with Muhammad and torn down the golden calf with Moses. I took down my Jimi Hendrix poster because it was in line with my crucifix, and the whole line-of-vision situation was getting awkward. I make sure to not get too excited about coffee, for fear of undue praise to the inanimate, but despite such awe-inspiring intolerance, I can f … [Read more...]

Loneliness Sucks

There is nothing, for instance, particularly undemocratic about kicking your butler downstairs. It may be wrong, but it is not unfraternal. - G.K ChestertonThere are two ways of being by yourself. One is to be alone - a fantastic and human desire - and the other is to be lonely. If you want to be alone, the answer is simple - find solitude, and impose upon thyself hermitage, for however brief a time. If, however, the weather is too beautiful, joy begins to bore, Holden Caulfield seems … [Read more...]

On Gardens

in which I take a slight detour from How To Be Human...What Matt touches upon is what was being gently revealed to me, last night, as I watched The Passion of the Christ: Our God loves gardens. There's a part in that unapologetically awesome movie I used to think was a mere overuse of artistic license; when Satan sends a snake from under his robes to the Christ laying prostrate in prayer in the dark blue of Gethsemane. But last night, feeling particularly slow for not … [Read more...]

The Afterthought

...in which I say all that I wanted to say in Beauty-Addicts.Besides the really long name, another funny thing about the Holy Roman Catholic Church - may she live long and prosper - is this: While she struggles to unite her own children into some form of agreement with her teachings, she maintains the extraordinary habit - it might even be called the extraordinary knack - of uniting mortal enemies in common disagreement with those very same teachings. Thus a lesbian activist and a Southern Ba … [Read more...]

Beauty-Addicts

 It is [a] simple truth that man does differ from the brutes in kind and not in degree; and the proof of it is here; that it sounds like a truism to say that the most primitive man drew a picture of a monkey and that it sounds like a joke to say that the most intelligent monkey drew a picture of a man. Something of division and disproportion has appeared; and it is unique. Art is the signature of man. - G.K CHESTERTONNever has humanity been absent of art, mankind devoid of poetry, or a … [Read more...]

How To Be Human

The problem is not that our world lacks  religion. The problem is not a lack of piety, or a lack of faith. The problem with our world is that, on a massive cultural scale, we are not acting like human beings. Religion, piety, faith; all these things are the natural - and fantastic - consequence of living as a human, as a man fully alive.Our modern world is attacking, not religious institution, but humanity. The family existed before the Church. There was marriage before there was the … [Read more...]

So…

...those who know me know that, in all humility, I do love myself. Quite frankly, I can think of no better day spent than one spent with Marc Barnes. And I can think of no video I'd rather watch than one made by Marc Barnes. But there comes a time in a man's life when he watches a competing video in a scholarship competition and simply has to say it; "I hope this one beats me." It's that good. … [Read more...]

Fighting Fundies

You're not allowed to read this unless you have viewed, liked and sent this video to a bunch of your friends.Want to know how we Papists will bring that mass of fundamentalist, sorta-evangelical, sorta-Baptist, 'accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior' kids back into the loving arms of the Church? Because you are relatively good-looking and follow my blog, I'll tell you: Babies, babies, babies.You see, babies are cute. Let's be as honest as we possibly can, and let's agree with our … [Read more...]

Be Awesome

Catholics, be awesome at what you do. I had a few experiences that bring a sense of urgency to this message, this stern ordinate to not suck. First was a column I read in a Catholic newspaper. The newspaper was a decent publication, I suppose, decent enough to still be in circulation in a time when so few read newspapers, so I was shocked (heehee, and appalled) to read the opening paragraph to this column which, for all practical purposes, was ridiculous. I can't find the newspaper, so I can't cl … [Read more...]

Because the Church Is Too Powerful

The second issue for me is the institution... the Catholic church... it had and still has too much power.. and it's authority is justified through the divine, a source of power which is really unchecked... And now if the church used it's power to do good things in the world.. I could ignore that.. but that's not the case.. And now you'll tell me that the church helps plenty and donates to charity and whatnot... but does that excuse all the other bad deeds the Catholic church has done? Can't we … [Read more...]


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