Bootstrapping the Interior Life: Cooperation

Looked at one way, the interior life is a long series of repairs. We are broken people in so many ways, we fall so far short of the perfection God has in mind for us; and as we grow in the interior life these things slowly get fixed.I wrote this post in the middle of a long kitchen remodel; and perhaps not coincidentally, it occurred to me that growing in the interior life is less like being a handyman and playing Mr. Fix-It in your own home, and more like hiring a contractor to remodel … [Read more...]


Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program.

This was posted to my old blog in February of 2003.I was reciting limericks to my boy David after dinner tonight, and I told him one I'd made up when I was in college:A young man both hungry and odd Decided to dine upon sod.   To do this he dared,   But was quite unprepared For the weeds that grew out of his bod.After that I ran out, and of course he wanted more. So I had to make up a new one, and here it is:A famous explorer named Dave Was … [Read more...]

Mere Catholicism

So Elizabeth Scalia welcomed me to Patheos on her blog a couple of days ago, and quoted my post "Righteously Bad Theology." One of her readers left a rather cryptic comment on her post:wonderful selection, I'm Catholic patheos is taking the progressive approach...I'm assuming that some word like "glad" or "pleased" or "happy" was omitted between the words "I'm" and "Catholic", in which case the reader is assuming that I'm going to be a progressive voice at Patheos. I think this would … [Read more...]

Justin Martyr

Justin Martyr, one of the Church's earliest apologists (and a key witness in my own reversion to the Church), was killed by the Romans around 165 AD. Until recently, the oldest copy of any of his works that we've had available to us was one dated to 1364—but now they've found one more than 1000 years older. Tom McDonald has the details. … [Read more...]

Woof Guide to Popular Music: Gopher Tuna

For all Carmina Burana fans, I present the misheard lyrics to O Fortuna.Yeah, if you're a Carmina Burana fan you've already seen it...but you want to watch it again, you know you do. … [Read more...]

Desiring God

A few days ago, Francis Beckwith asked the musical question: Where did all these Calvinists come from? It seems that Calvinism is gaining ground in Evangelical circles (usually under the name "Reformed Theology"), and some of the older members of that community have been wondering why. The article Beckwith links to gives a number of sources, and one of them takes me back to a bygone era.The book in question is Desiring God, by John Piper. I first ran across this book fifteen or so years … [Read more...]

Words I Wish I’d Written: The Bells

A little something for Halloween.IHear the sledges with the bells - Silver bells! What a world of merriment their melody foretells! How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle, In the icy air of night! While the stars that oversprinkle All the heavens, seem to twinkle With a crystalline delight; Keeping time, time, time, In a sort of Runic rhyme, To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells From the bells, bells, bells, bells, Bells, bells, bells - From the jingling and … [Read more...]

Dinner at Deviant’s Palace

Today only, Amazon has made Tim Powers' early novel … [Read more...]

The Woof Guide to Obscure Catholic Music: The Chasuble Project

The Chasuble Project's unique style of liturgical music, based on a unique fusion of Gregorian chant, vernacular texts, and modern jazz, has gotten them attention from music directors from all over the Catholic world. The Project's mass settings are scored for schola and jazz combo, the combo usually consisting of jazz piano, electric bass, and drum set; however, their more experimental settings have included everything from crumhorns* to dual electric xylophones. Albums include The Birth of … [Read more...]