In Defense of Covering Catholic Churches With All Sorts of Gold

"While Jesus was in Bethany, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head. When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. "Why this waste?" they asked. "This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor." Aware of this, Jesus said to them, "Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. When she poured this … [Read more...]

Dappled Things, My Dear Readers

Readers, allow me to speak to the Catholics reading this blog, for I do not plan upon justifying my claims. Catholics, allow me to establish two principles which -- if you're a regular reader of my blog -- you already know I hold. 1. The world sucks. 2. The way to end said suckage and thereby save the world (and for those who doubt it needs saving, I offer you the popularity of Nicki Minaj) is the way of Beauty. There used to exist three roads the ornery man could walk to conclude what M … [Read more...]

A Sword for Theists

It's a shame that the word "priceless" gets hurled around by jewelry stores and credit card companies with impunity, for they do great injustice to a term that -- properly considered -- is a slap in the face of materialism and a sword in the hand of the theist. The existence of the priceless suggests a supernatural order.Take the Pieta.It will not be sold -- not for a fortune, nor for a country. It is beyond mankind's capacity for value.Now from any material view of the universe t … [Read more...]

On Wanting To Eat Your Baby

It is a tangible reality of human experience, that in the presence of a Beauty we let slip groans that sound an awful lot like dissatisfaction. In the light of some masterpiece of nature, we screw up our faces like we've stubbed a toe. In the quiet dark of of an old stone room, observing an icon or painting lit by candlelight, we may even cry. Tears and moans and groans are the songs Beauty sings. Beauty hurts.But if Beauty, by its very nature, creates this experience of dissatisfaction in t … [Read more...]

Music That Doesn’t Suck!

When I heard Audrey Assad was covering Pink Floyd's masterpiece Wish You Were Here, I thought no! One does not simply cover a legend! But I was being stupid. She rocks it, giving it a brand new depth of loneliness. Shoulda figured. The woman runs through vocal phrases like she's breathing. Buy it immediately.And hey, free music! Jars of Clay's 2012 Spring Tour Sampler! And The Civil Wars, a live CD with their excellent track "Poison and Wine" which you should all hear! (I'm assuming, of … [Read more...]

Christopher Hitchens and Groaning During Sex

Mr. Hitchens -- may he rest in peace -- was far too involved with Christianity to have ever become a Christian. If he had spent a little more time being an Atheist he might have considered the Body of Christ. But he couldn't leave the non-God alone. He spoke of Christianity more than Her priests. He engaged Her more than Her followers. He lived the life of a pious Christian with several thousand misunderstandings of Christianity. Forever seeing Her through a microscope of misconception, Hitchens … [Read more...]

On Catholic Design

Remember the Total Consecration App I was promoting a while ago? The gentleman who designed that, Matthew Sich, is the man, and he has some words of wisdom for the online Catholic community: It’s difficult to capture the essence of what I do with the few words afforded to a standard job title. After toying around for a while with a few variations, I usually settle with “web and iOS developer, and web and iOS designer,” but I always attempt to emphasize that I am a designer first and foremost bec … [Read more...]

Why Modern Man Wouldn’t Like Heaven (If He Had the Balls to Get There)

"The joys of heaven are for most of us, in our present condition, an acquired taste." I couldn't agree more with my boy Clive Staples, with whom I hang out on the weekend, smoke pipes and talk about babes. Most of us would dislike Heaven, if ever we were to get there.Take the modern, "just me, my bible, and Jesus" Christian. He rebels against institutionalized religion -- whatever on earth that means -- the "huge churches" -- as Jeff Bethke put it -- the wealth, the incense, the vestments, th … [Read more...]

On Being Made For Infinity

There is an ache within atheism an awful lot like unrequited love. There is a nameless and uncomfortable burning within nihilism, agnosticism, and all the lonely fashions of post-Christian man that rings of being rejected. But before I bother you with all that, let's go on a walk, you and I, around the Point in the hopes of arriving back again, full of understanding.The pain of unrequited love -- of being spurned or friend-zoned -- isn't confined to the mere absence of a loving r … [Read more...]

It’s the Best Day Ever!

Why? Yes, it's St. Valentine's and all that, but guys! Audrey Assad's new album Heart was released today! I was lucky enough to get a few pre-release copies, and I held a listening party at Steubie. Check it out:The album is absolutely brilliant. So much of Audrey's first album is completed by it -- the questions asked in The House You're Building are answered in Heart. (Not that that takes away from mystery and beauty contained in Heart, not by any stretch. The lyrics are just as … [Read more...]