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...]

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...]

The Best Church in the World

It is with great pride and the fondest of memories that I bid my home-parish, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church at the University of Virginia, farewell, and thanks. St. Thomas is a church that gives me hope in the Church. Run by the ever-wonderful Dominicans - who seem to know everything about everything, and are entirely willing to preach about everything at length - I have experienced more spiritual growth within that incense-smelling second-home than anywhere else. So if my posts aren't … [Read more...]

Catholicism: Making Rockstars Since 36 A.D.

"When people have told me that because I am a Catholic, I cannot be an artist, I have had to reply, ruefully, that because I am a Catholic, I cannot afford to be less than an artist."The Colbert Report Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cExclusive - 2011: A Rock Odyssey Featuring Jack White - Catholic Throwdownwww.colbertnation.comColbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video ArchiveSo said our dear Flannery O'Connor, and … [Read more...]

Do Something Crazy

Wear a hairshirt. Get a backpack full of rocks and run to your church. Organize a Eucharistic procession through the streets of your town. Build a massive bonfire in honor of an obscure saint you found on the Internet in your backyard. Because I don't know if you've noticed, but this world has gotten boring, and could use some Catholics violently expressing their faith.For example, check out this story that I posted on facebook awhile back. What coolness. That judge was on to something. We … [Read more...]

Culturally Catholic, Baby.

Culture baby, culture: The Oberammergau Passion PlayBeing the hardcore Catholic folk that you are, the phrase "culturally Catholic" might set you snarling. But grant me just a moment to attempt a turn-of-phrase. I maintain that those who - somewhat sullenly - call themselves "only culturally catholic" - as in "yeah-my-parents- make-me-go-to-church-but-I'm-still-hip-enough-to-think-gay-sex-is-awesome" - tend to have utterly no idea what Catholic culture is, much less a history of p … [Read more...]