Thomas Aquinas on correcting bishops

Some insightful and important words from Diane over at Te Deum laudamas:  If all of us spent as much time with our noses in the Summa as we do perusing Catholic commentary about current events, we might actually become holy witnesses for the faith.  Some of what is out there is downright disturbing and a danger to [Read More...]

A Catholic reacts to anti-Catholicism: why Elizabeth Scalia’s response matters

Of all the ink that has been spilled over the appalling anti-Catholic screed by Jamie Stiehm, the most powerful and, to my mind, inspiring response has come from our own Elizabeth Scalia. Late today, she offered this assessment:  It ought not be dismissed, though, not when U.S. News — which has always been a more-than-respectable news [Read More...]

Raise a glass tonight to the men who invented champagne: monks!

From my blog neighbor Frank Weathers:  Let me just skip you straight to the Wikipedia citation for champagne, complete with footnotes for you to follow up on: Contrary to legend and popular belief, Dom Pérignon did not invent sparkling wine, but he did make important contributions to the production and quality of Champagne wine.[6][7] The oldest recorded sparkling [Read More...]

A classic: Woody Guthrie’s New Year’s resolutions

Here are some simple rules for living, from the iconic songwriter and troubadour: At age 31, he was in the prime of his life, with a wife and three kids, as well as a good deal of life experience, having survived the Dust Bowl to make it out to California. As a result, it’s a [Read More...]

“All of life is Christmas, an eternal gift from God…”

Lest we forget, some beautiful words from my friend, Trappist Fr. James Stephen Behrens: The world is a feast of mysteries and we see but really do not understand them. We cannot penetrate them with our knowledge, our alleged sophistication. Yet they come again and again. We cannot catch them and hold them, to better [Read More...]

“We are meant to be Incarnational people…”

“One evening, while awaiting his train at Penn Station, my elder son was approached by a disheveled, mildly aromatic middle-aged woman; she said she was hungry and wondered if he might spare some change. Instead, he walked with her to a food stand and bought her a hamburger and fries and a drink. As she [Read More...]

“The soul of this papacy is up for grabs…”

Passionate and provocative words from Thomas Peters, who throws down the gauntlet: If your love for the Extraordinary Form leads you to criticize your fellow Catholics who prefer the Novus Ordo instead of leading you to a more perfect life of charity, you’re doing it wrong.  If you’ve spent more time reading articles claiming that [Read More...]

You are there: a shepherd at the Nativity

Having mastered the art of the spiritual essay, in spades, Elizabeth Scalia now plunges headlong into fiction. The result is—almost literally—breathtaking. But don’t take my word for it. Read it all here.   [Read more...]

What does Pope Francis have in common with Nelson Mandela?

I think it’s a compelling quality of leadership—and style of leadership— that is exceedingly rare. Writing about Nelson Mandela yesterday, Thomas Friedman touched on some themes that I think have echoes in Pope Francis: Mandela had an extraordinary amount of “moral authority.” Why? And how did he get it? One way leaders generate moral authority [Read More...]

Amish aftermath: “If I didn’t forgive him, I’d have the same hole in my heart that he had”

Photo: Bradley C. Bower/AP A poignant footnote to a story that made headlines around the world several years ago, courtesy the Associated Press:  Once a week, Terri Roberts spends time with a 13-year-old Amish girl named Rosanna who sits in a wheelchair and eats through a tube. Roberts bathes her, sings to her, reads her [Read More...]