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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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The Tide Is Turning

Make sure to comment, like, and rate up supportive comments. Unfortunately, we gotta play that Internet game. I know the national director of Students For Life, he's a fantastic, driven and holy individual. We prayed a rosary together and I was blown away by his prayer. Please support him and this entire movement's mission. … [Read more...]

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The Failure of Containment

What can I possibly tell you that you don't know already? After all this time, our God still dines with prostitutes and sinners. After all this time, still he calls us from the trees we hide and peer from, looks with love in our eyes and says, "Tonight I change your life." And yet, after all this time, he is still the mad, mad Creator God, who dances a dance incomprehensible to we who waltz the world, though exhilarating none the less. He is at once overwhelmingly outside of us, the … [Read more...]

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Our Daily Bread

Fasting makes bread delicious. Next fast, when you're really hungry and the blessed time of 'one small meal' finally rolls around, go out, buy a small loaf, say grace and eat. Not Wonderbread crap; real stuff. You'll see what I'm writing about, I promise: Because when you have nothing, it's the essentials you'll love the most. In contradiction to the wealthy who say, "I'm making another million so I can focus on my family" or the workaholic who says "I am working everyday so I'll have time to do … [Read more...]

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Because Your Parents Are Catholic

Why aren't you Protestant, Muslim, or Hindu? Because your society and/or your parents didn't teach you that. There is no good reason to choose any one religion over another.Abemore introduces an argument against Catholicism that's actually one I've struggled with. Am I Catholic because that's simply how I've been raised? Is my faith no more than an attempt to please my parents? No, is the short answer. The long one follows:1. No, because of converts. While I am not convert myself, I know enough … [Read more...]

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Why Aren’t You Catholic?

That's the question. I'd like you, be you an ex-Catholic or an atheist, a Protestant or a Buddhist, to answer. Any honest responses will be given equally honest attention, neither "slanging [nor] silence".For, as the Anglicans become Catholic, as the Eastern Orthodox Church declares greater communion, as members of even the Lutheran Church seek entrance, and as the Church herself grows ever greater throughout the world, the time swiftly approaches when your reason for staying … [Read more...]

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