Christianity in Three Books

Rod Dreher has asked his readers to pick three books about Christianity to recommend to those who know little about it. In response to his fairly specific ground rules, Leah Libresco picked Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis, Orthodoxy, by G.K. Chesterton, and The Brothers Karamazov, by Dostoevsky. My favorite passage from her post:Ok, and my second choice is, also predictably, Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton. If Mere Christianity helps make Christianity comprehensible, Orthodoxy makes it … [Read more...]

All the World’s a Stage

In a play, the actors don't speak to the audience they way they do to each other. To us, they say, "Is this a dagger I see before me?" and "It is the east; and Juliet is the damn-fool who is going to get me killed in the last act." To each other they say, "You're in my way," and "Will you stop upstaging me?" and "Will you stop stepping on my lines?" and "Will you stop stepping on my toes?" and "Where did that come from?" As the audience, we don't really want to know what goes on during … [Read more...]

The Woof Guide to Obscure Catholic Music: Pauline Privilege and the Annulments

Born Minerva Murphy, Pauline Privilege was a singer and band-leader in the waning years of the Big Band Era. Not only a singer but also a lyricist and arranger, she was well known for her arrangements (some said re-arrangements) of such popular tunes as "I Can't Get Started," "Tipi-Tipi Time's Up," "One O'Clock Stump," and "It's Over." She was a lively performer, interspersing her songs with comic patter and bad jokes. The name of her band, the Annulments, was both a running gag and an … [Read more...]

Bootstrapping the Interior Life

This is a the first post in a series that appeared on my old blog (with minor differences) some time back. I intend to re-post the series here, one post a week, for the next few months.The interior life is an essential part of Christian discipleship, one that I've been learning about over the last few years, and I find that I've got a few things to say about it and how to embark upon it—though I hasten to add that I'm no expert. I don't intend to be in any way exhaustive; I simply intend to … [Read more...]

The Most Difficult Saint to Know

Yesterday was the feast day of St. Francis. Sts. Dominic and Francis were contemporaries, and founded the orders that bear their names at more or less the same time. (It amuses me that the Franciscans, the Order of Friars Minor, which is to say the "Little Brothers", were found just slightly before the Dominicans.) It's been said that Dominic is the most difficult saint to love; and Br. Leo Camurati, OP, argues that St. Francis is the most difficult saint to know. Francis has always been … [Read more...]

Woof Guide to Obscure Catholic Music: Wimple

The girl group Wimple emerged on the Seattle music scene in the early 1990's with a not particularly infectious blend of pop standards, show tunes, and contemporary worship music. Although the band performed live in full habit, wimple and all, it was never clear whether or not the members were actually Catholic sisters, as they refused all interviews and never gave their personal names. They released two albums, the self-titled Wimple in 1989 and a follow-on, Roses and Thorns, in 1990, neither … [Read more...]