A Streak of Color

Haters gonna hate.Alright, today's the day. For those of you who might actually live in Ireland, let me explain how we Americans celebrate St. Patrick's Day. We congregate, pull up our family trees, point out the maiden name of our mothers and grandmothers, claim a 1/4 Irish status, even if we know it's less, and start partying like we actually know anything about your country. We eat corned beef, cabbage and potatoes, and pretend like we've been eating them all year. Catholics have the real … [Read more...]

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All Things New

I went to confession and Holy Communion last week, and theoretically - in my head and based on what my faith teaches me - I was made new. Theoretically, I was a Saint walking out of that confessional, in the state of grace,  a being born again. I say this was mere theory because - while I believe it to be totally true - there was no feeling of 'being new' that accompanied Reconciliation, no sensation of water washing over me as I received absolution. And there is absolutely … [Read more...]

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Wait, There’s Catholic Media?

So it's Catholic Media Promotion Day. If you don't know what it is, then you are quite simply not invited to the cool kid's club, your hair is probably a mess, and you might as well give up any major commitments you've made in your life. It's that awesome.Catholic Blogger [kath-uh-lik blog·ger] - 1. One who quotes G.K. Chesterton at the beginning of his or her blog, then hopes no one notices that the rest of the post takes a long time restating what he already said in that one quote. 2. One w … [Read more...]

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Miracles! Atheists! Bears!

There are times - frustrating times - when our religion is a leap of faith; a walk into the yawning darkness. There are times when our daily prayer crumbles into daily mantra, and we feel guilty of every charge the new atheist brings against us; we are brain-washed, we are ignorant, we were fools ever to believe. There are times of dryness. There are times when God really seems dead. And then there is Every Time Else.And Every Time Else - with apologies paid to saints experiencing the dark night … [Read more...]

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My Sex Education

...was taught by Planned Parenthood. Which is funny, because they're stupid.In walks the lady with her box of condoms, handing out surveys. I forget the exact questions, except that they all had yes or no answers, and - sadly - no answer entitled, "what the hell is wrong with you, that's the dumbest thing anyone's ever asked me in my life." So I was forced to write it in. Wait, one question I do remember: "Do you think birth control education will reduce abortions?"O.K. Clearly these … [Read more...]

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Suffer!

Watching the devastation sweep over Japan has convinced me of a few things: that we are sheltered, comfortable and safe. As our brothers and sisters have their houses ripped away from them, we have ours still, and likely heated to the temperatures we want them to be. This dichotomy is no fault of our own, but our response to the gaping gap of comfort is entirely our responsibility. So, in the same vein of what we discussed earlier, let's become earthquake victims.So much food has been lost; let … [Read more...]

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40 Days of Badassery

So, now comes the time when everyone tells you, "Lent isn't just about giving things up, it's about taking things on. Think about what you can do, not what you can remove from your life." Which is all fine and dandy, to be sure, but also stupid. Mortification is important. Mortification is what's necessary. I want a bumper sticker that says "Put the pain back in Lent!" or "Self-denial is the reason for the season!" Just because it would shake things up. The world can understand us 'getting more … [Read more...]

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Politics Unusual

Hey everyone! Sorry I haven't posted in a while, I was skiing. Really! See there I am, skiing my heart out, far, far, far too busy to post on BadCatholic. But what goes skiing must come back and post, which I understand to be a wise saying, and so watch this.Jon Stewart is the man. He points out that no one likes the right/left polarization of the media, just as no one likes the right/left polarization of the country. So what's the answer? Well, in a word, Catholicism. Part of what I love about … [Read more...]

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Unimaginable

I find that if a phrase seems beautiful and poetic, it is usually not considered so because of a well-placed inflection, a mere complex wording or surprising diction, but because it strikes a truth that our hearts know, but our minds are not aware of. After all, if we are made in the image and likeness of God then we have hearts shaped with divine truths, and souls molded with the answers to questions the brain asks.Thus it is with the phrase "unimaginable love." We use this term to describe … [Read more...]

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How To Live

For all the absolutely millions of acres of millions of things a man can do - from being joyful, to dancing, to learning to play the sitar, from reading the dictionary to blowing up his car - there are only ten forbidden. This is no strictness, these forbidden ten, but a generosity and an easiness so immense it may only be described as divine. God  is the dad who takes his kids to the playground: "don't hurt yourself, and don't pee on the slide, but besides that do what you want." … [Read more...]

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