Oprah Winfrey and Catherine of Siena On Setting the World Ablaze

The Refiner's Fire

Some while back a FaceBook friend posted two quotes together:Oprah Winfrey:Know what sparks the light in you. Then use that light to illuminate the world.Catherine of Siena:If you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire.But of course, these two statements aren't identical. Oprah's dictum is focussed completely on the individual: find out what brings out the best in you, and then bring that to the world. And that's good advice. But Catherine's subtext is … [Read more...]

A Few Words About Snopes.com

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...]

Quill v0.3.0

Quill v0.3.0 has now been released, and is available on the Quill Release Page. Binaries are available for OS X, Windows, and for 32-bit and 64-bit Linux.Quill is a project automation tool for Tcl/Tk projects. Quill creates project directory trees with skeleton code, and manages many project tasks, including running tests, building documentation, preparing libraries for inclusion in a teapot repository, building applications, and building distribution sets. Some of these capabilities … [Read more...]

High Geekiness is in the Forecast…

...with overcasts of nerdity in the early morning.This is to say that I'll be heading off to the Tcl/Tk Conference on Tuesday morning. It will occupy virtually all of my time from then to the end of the week; and in the meantime I need to beaver away on Quill so that I can deliver Quill v0.3.0 in time to share with folks at the conference. I've got more to add to the User's Guide, and a number of bugs to fix.I'll try to have something up every day during the next week, but let's not … [Read more...]

More Thoughts on Schism

Yesterday I made the somewhat cryptic comment, "But if we set ourselves against the Pope and the bishops as a general thing, then we are in schism already; and if we remain there the Church will leave us behind." When I said the "Church will leave us behind," here's what I was thinking.Consider the last two major schisms from the Catholic Church: the Society of St. Pius X, founded in 1970, and the Old Catholics, founded in (more or less) 1871. It's too early to tell what will happen with … [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...]

Athanasius was a Bishop, You Know

There's pattern of give and take I've been seeing over and over again in the Catholic blogosphere over the last year. I'm not going to name any names, because it's a general pattern.Blogger A says, effectively, "Francis and the bishops are giving away the store. The Church is going to die. Schism might be necessary to preserve the Faith!"Blogger B responds, "Wait a minute. This is the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. Jesus promised that the Gates of Hell would not prevail … [Read more...]

Faith and Revelation, Mindmapped


I'm one of the members of my parish's RCIA program, and last week I had to give a presentation and lead the discussion on the topic of "Faith and Revelation". So to prepare I put my notes into the form of a FreePlane mindmap; and when it came time for the session I displayed the mindmap on a screen and opened and closed bits of it as we discussed the material. It all worked quite nicely.So here, for what it's worth, is what I came up with to talk about in regards to a Catholic … [Read more...]

St. Martin de Porres

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...]