You Shall Surely Die. Also, Beer.

...though probably not on a trip to the Holy Land, as Frank Weathers makes clear in his report...from the Holy Land.And somehow, in that one post, he sums up the problems with being tied to the news cycle, the incentives for the news media to ratchet up every bit of outrage, the freedom that comes from letting go of it for a while, the need to die to self, and the spiritual benefits of kissing it all up to God and going on pilgrimage. As the Marines say, "Hooah, Frank."And, and beer. … [Read more...]

Third-Cousins Twice Removed?

Are you sure? You can check this handy chart if not. … [Read more...]

Peace and the Warrior Ethos

General H.R. McMaster

During my career I've been privileged to work face-to-face with two retired four-star generals, who were as unlike as you can imagine. The first was a good old country boy who lived on what remained of his family's Spanish land grant in Texas. He was a mustang: that is, he'd started as an enlisted man and worked his way up. This is not easy. I got the idea that he might be glad to let you underestimate him, but that it would be a Bad Idea. The second was someone you simply couldn't estimate … [Read more...]

#GraceOfYesDay

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Today is #GraceOfYesDay, celebrating my friend Lisa Hendey's new book, The Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues for Generous Living. Be sure to get your own copy or the spaceman gets it. … [Read more...]

A Few Words About Snopes.com

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You can't spend long on-line these days without hearing about Snopes.com, that arbiter of Internet truth; and over the last year I've several times read anti-Snopes rants, along these lines: Who are these people? What are their credentials? They have no credentials! They pretend to be experts about subject XYZ, but they've got no training in XYZ! And so on, and so forth. Many of them call Snopes' political leanings into question.Here's the deal. Snopes.com is run by Barbara and David … [Read more...]

The Mystery of Preaching: The Proclamation of the Kingdom

My latest at CatholicMom.com.Preaching the gospel means sharing the Good News of Christ’s death and resurrection to those around us, but it doesn’t happen in a vacuum. You have to be in the right place at the right time, and you have to prepare the way with prayer. And for one hour of preaching to the masses in the evening, you have to spend a whole day’s worth of trudging along in the dust and the hot sun. … [Read more...]

St. Martin de Porres

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Yesterday was the feast day of St. Martin de Porres, a Dominican saint from South America and friend of St. Rose of Lima. I'm a little late to the party, clearly (I spent the last few days down with a cold); but fortunately my fellow Patheosi Diana von Glahn was on the case with a truly lovely post about St. Martin and his gentle devotion to those around him. … [Read more...]

Wedding at Cana: The Mystery of the Body

I have to get my CatholicMom posts in a week ahead of time; and then I forget about them. This one went live about two weeks ago, and I just remembered to link to it.The Wedding at Cana is the Mystery of the Body: with all its faults, the Body is very, very good.There’s a whole lot one can say about Jesus’ miracle at the wedding at Cana. There’s a link with the water of baptism and the wine-become-blood of the Holy Eucharist; there’s a link with the third day of creation and Christ’s th … [Read more...]

Tolkien Illustrations in the Medieval Style

Arwen and Merry at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields

You'll want to spend some time with these illustrations of The Lord of the Rings by Ukrainian artist Sergei Iukhimov. I found them beautiful and unexpectedly moving.There are quite a few at the link; and if you click through there are even more at the artist's own site. … [Read more...]


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