Meaningless Art

I have a new hero. He is a janitor at Dortmund’s Museum Ostwall, and he's in big trouble for accidentally cleaning up a puddle that turned out to be an essential part of a 1.1 million dollar work of art. This piece......is now ruined.And I'm roflin. I am instantly reminded of C.S. Lewis' incredible essay, on Good Works and Good Work, in which he stated - with wonderful appropriateness to the current situation:But [...] I doubt whether we have a duty to “appreciate” the ambitious. Thi … [Read more...]

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In Case You Needed Another Reason to be Catholic…

...we have an official beer blessing. V. Our help is in the name of the Lord. R. Who made heaven and earth.V. The Lord be with you. R. And with thy spirit.Let us pray.Bless, + O Lord, this creature beer, which thou hast deigned to produce from the fat of grain: that it may be a salutary remedy to the human race, and grant through the invocation of thy holy name; that, whoever shall drink it, may gain health in body and peace in soul. Through Christ our Lord.R. Amen.The … [Read more...]

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Occupiers, Wayseers and the Catholic Church

G.K. Chesterton, in his noble goal to make the life of a Catholic blogger unbearably easy, said that "the Catholic Church is the only thing that frees a man from the degrading slavery of being a child of his age." You might think I cannot possibly add to such a perfectly rounded statement of truth. And in one sense you'd be right - I can't - but dead wrong in another, for I have a bad habit of trying.For if there is anything that can be said about the modern world, it is that stupidity a … [Read more...]

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FUS, Represent!

Gotta love my school. Franciscan Students For Life getting a pro-life flash mob on in Pittsburgh:Fear joyful movements. … [Read more...]

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The Wages of Sin

Abstract, spiritual truths have extremely practical, daily effects. For example, the arguably abstract concept that we are made in the image and likeness of God has the extremely tangible result of us applying the Spiritual to the world around us and going out stargazing.I believe this same idea to be true of St. Paul's warning to the Romans, that "the wages of sin is death." Sweet, Paul! Very abstract, we can apply it to the supposed judgment of the afterlife; nothing more to see.But … [Read more...]

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Incredible.

Fog in Rio. It's moments like these that blow my mind. Because the average Christian sees it and says "It's a miracle!" True. The average atheist sees it and says, "It's an admittedly sweet event, but not outside the realms of good probability!" Also true. So what are we to make of la epicness?Exactly what I talked about in my last post, How To Convert. The miracle is that we are struck, atheist and theist alike. The miracle is that we care, when no other life-form seems to. The miracle is … [Read more...]

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How To Convert

The common view of religious conversion seems to be this: There are many ways one can stumble towards the gentleman we call God. And on the surface, I agree. After all, rainbows and relationships have lead men to faith, as have Holocausts and heartaches. Collins converted at the sight of beauty; Walker Percy at the sight of a Jew in New York City. Dorothy Day became a Catholic by a series of small and slow steps; St. Paul by one big fall, simultaneously off and onto his ass.But it is … [Read more...]

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Your Weekly Fix Of Great Catholic Art – Josh Garrels

Convinced as I am that the only way to save the world is by way of beauty, I'm going to start doing my part. Once a week I'll be highlighting a great Catholic artist (this includes non-Catholic artists being Catholic) who is busy creating beauty. I got lot of great recommendations on Facebook - please let me know if you have any more!Let's start with Josh Garrels. A reader put me onto his music, and let me tell you, it's fantastic.I'll let it speak for itself. You can download his e … [Read more...]

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Nude Beauty for Porn Addicts

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With all due respect - which I understand to be a statement that allows you to say anything you want - there were a lot of wrongheaded responses to my last two posts on pornography. Most were centered along the fallacy that there exists no difference between nude art and pornography, or if there does, it is so slight a difference that it is irrelevant. There was also the general insinuation that the real, deep reason I'm even posting about this at all is because it gives me an excuse to … [Read more...]

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How To Pray Badly

If you look at a thing 999 times, you are perfectly safe; if you look at it for the 1000th time, you are in danger of seeing it for the first time. -- G.K. Chesterton The modern world cannot comprehend the fact of the Saint. Actually, I'm becoming ever-more convinced that the modern world can't comprehend much at all -- but that's beside the point.The reason she shudders and grinds to a halt when contemplating the Contemplators is the false idea that 'one must simply get tired of it all'. … [Read more...]

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