This Place Is Crazy

With apologies to the various back-to-nature promoters of whose fervor knows no equal; we aren’t natural people. And this isn't a natural world.On the contrary, we’ve lived in a supernatural world with supernatural souls for so long that we’ve decided it natural, and thus boring, when nothing could be further from the truth. We are a book read twice, and the antidote to this monotonous re-read can only be a third read. Then we will see ourselves for the first time, in the shining light of dawn. T … [Read more...]

Sin When It Lacks

I'm very, very excited that I get to give a talk at my parish's high-school retreat. My talk is on forgiveness and reconciliation. And, as I've been thinking/praying about this, a big thing that's been coming up is the John Paul II quote posted in a comment by http://brilliantzenith.wordpress.com/, on Pictures of Naked Women. Here it is again:Did I mention that your boy goes hard?I bet he listens to Polish trance-core whileskiing. That or Gregorian chant."The problem with pornography is not … [Read more...]

Joyful!

The Annunciation.The Visitation.The Nativity.The Presentation in the Temple.The Finding in the Temple.I was thinking, as I am apt to do, of a cool metaphorical meaning one might get from these fantastic mysteries of the Rosary. They could be easily seen as a solid 5-part lesson on life in the Holy Spirit.1. The Annunciation. Our Lord asks Mary to bear His Son, and Mary says yes, saving us all. There's enough meditation on this incredible moment in human history - the deus ex … [Read more...]

Likely Places

Blogs are stupid, mostly because of this:But also because of the word blog. It just sounds immature. The worst subtitle for a blog, ever, ever, ever would be as follows: Random Musings on Finding God in Unlikely Places. I will mock the crap out of that blog if I ever find it.Anyways, my point is - though like most of my points, it comes a little late - that many Christians have a habit of expressing the desire to find God in unlikely places, and I think it is a little silly. So silly, in fact, … [Read more...]

Go Hard.

In which I justify this guy's existence.There is an underlying theme in the word of God and an underlying principle in our religion that might be considered shocking: in all things go hard. Or, in an attempt to give Catholic hard-liners something to toast with; omnia valere. (Or, in an attempt to relate to teenagers of 1999-2004: Go Big or Go Home.) In matters of sin and virtue the greatest crime is not to be evil; it is to be lukewarm, neither good nor evil but full of evasion, … [Read more...]

How To Enjoy Beer

And God sayeth, "Don't make to much of it. It'sdelicious, but probably won't bring salvation. That'swine, remember?"The most painful paradox Christianity offers - and if carried out, the happiest - is that we must die to ourselves in order to fully live. Advent is a time to give this insanity a decent shot, in preparation for the coming of the God-man: Not to be miserable, but to be able to enjoy everything fully. Let me explain. Though often associated with long faces and skinny … [Read more...]

A Christmas Story

The wooden blocks lay stacked in the dark of the toy-maker's basement. It was a dreary place, full of dust and spiders and nibbling rats, but the blocks hardly noticed, being chock full of that sublime excitement only a wooden block can be full of. Every time the old man would begin a new toy he would fling open the door, golden light would pour into the basement and the blocks would get a breathtaking glimpse of the glorious things their brothers and sisters had become: Toy boats and airplanes, … [Read more...]

I Hate Blogs that Start With “Random Musings On….”

If we are the Church Militant, then the battleground is the back kitchens of fast-food joints. The following conversations I've had are 100% real - I promise - no embellishment- though it is tempting - and all designed to prove to you that apologetics are the most hilarious business we can partake in. Me: Today is a kinda, gosh-I-wish-we-served-whiskey-here sort of day.Billy: (Seriously) Um, that's a sin.Me: That's not what Jesus seemed to think. Wedding at Cana and all?Billy: Jesus made … [Read more...]

The Community Others Don’t Have

I'm writing from detention, and am reminded why bad kids are so much fun. First of all, they're nicer and kinder to each-other than "good" kids manage to be. A common bond of trouble is much stronger than the bond of the lack of trouble. Secondly, they're funnier than kids who seem to think that humor is constant sarcasm. Now that I think of it, detention is a lot like the Church. A bunch of people who have screwed up, or are in the delightful process of screwing up, sharing in community in … [Read more...]

Near Occasions

 Occasions of Sin are external circumstances--whether of things or persons--which either because of their special nature or because of the frailty common to humanity or peculiar to some individual, incite or entice one to sin.They tend to boil down to the situations we avoid. If your predominant sin is lust, avoid the whorehouse and the internet. If your predominant sin is wrath, avoid agnostics. If your predominant sin is pride, avoid acting, and … [Read more...]


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