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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Herod the Abortionist

Herod's Slaughter of the Innocents is one of the few ways a man can get close to proving the existence of sin by mere example. The story has haunted me since I was a child. And it haunts me now because it still goes on, in abortion clinics across the world, at a morbid, clinical pace of 4000 innocents a day. When Herod sent his soliders out to kill every boy under the age of two in Bethlehem and its surrounding area, he unwittingly spat out a blackened prophecy for our times. Herod's massacre w … [Read more...]

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Why Facebook Is The Devil

I was writing fiction, and when I seriously considered describing my character's feeling of anxiety as similar to "the heightened feeling of angst that came from copying something onto his clipboard and getting immediately distracted, knowing it to still be there and ready to be pasted, but forgetting entirely what it was," I realized that I a) need a new career, b) need more sleep, and c) that I am - like so many of my peers - undeniably affected by the Internet Age, and that - for all its benef … [Read more...]

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In Defense of Stupid Conversions (God Exists!)

The New Atheist gets all grumpy about 'stupid' conversions to the faith. Francis Collins - a self-described 'obnoxious atheist' and incredible genetic scientist - revealed the end of his own journey to God... "I turned the corner and saw in front of me this frozen waterfall, a couple of hundred feet high. Actually, a waterfall that had three parts to it — also the symbolic three in one. At that moment, I felt my resistance leave me. And it was a great sense of relief. The next morning, in the d … [Read more...]

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Beauty Is Objective

Is beauty subjective or objective? Is it a thing defined by us, or a thing that exists apart from us? I guess it all comes down to this: Is beauty truly in the eye of the beholder, or is that particular maxim a particularly boldfaced lie? For those of you thinking this is a boring excursion of a non-controversial nature, let me tantalize your intellect - if beauty is objective, there is a God. If it isn't, there ain't.Oh we'll get there, you studly individuals, don't you worry. Now then, … [Read more...]

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Puritanism, Hedonism, and Nudity

After writing about the naked body I got a colorful variety of responses, some in absolute and excited agreement with the concept of beauty as a response to pornography, and others who advised readers to stop reading yours truly, as I was clearly preaching heresy. As for myself, the question that arose out of the muddle was, "Why are we so confused?" Why are we so morally conflicted when it comes to nudity?First of all, it is worth pointing out that the battleground of the Western World is … [Read more...]

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The Best Porn in the World

The word 'pornography' means "writing about whores", from the Greek pórnē - harlots. Now it would seem to follow that best pornography in the world would have to display the best harlots. But the best harlot - by the true meaning of the word best - is a forgiven harlot, like Mary Magdalene, who makes the radical shift from the rotten to the whole. And if she is whole, she is no longer a harlot. She is a virgin. Unfortunately, there is no word for "writing about virgins", so I will make one up - v … [Read more...]

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