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April 06, 2013
Oh, Mercy, Mercy Me, Still
From last year, slightly updated, my tangled relationship with the Divine Mercy devotion: Oh the...
March 29, 2013
“The whole earth is our hospital”: Good Friday in Painting and Poetry
Some reflections on the Passion in art and poetry, from last year's Good Friday post....
March 28, 2013
Why I Am Catholic, Again
In response to a Patheos prompt inviting bloggers to explain, in 200 words or less,...
March 27, 2013
“Something to Love, Something to Be Bugged By”: Pummeled by The Anchoress
I didn't sleep last night, playing out my crankiness over the Pope Wars in mental...
March 22, 2013
When It Comes to Popes, I’m on Team Jesus
I hate choosing sides. It might be the Libra in me, or the hoarder's...
March 21, 2013
Pope Francis: Intervention for a Hoarder Church
I got my wish. Last week, the conclave elected as a successor to St...
March 13, 2013
Salus Populi Romani—A New Pope Goes Home to Mamma: UPDATED
Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio, you've just been elected pope. What're you going to do...
March 02, 2013
A Clock Set to Eternity: Why It’s Never ‘Time’ for the Church to Do Something
What time is it? For Catholics, it's always eternity. My Patheos Catholic Channel colleague...
February 27, 2013
Your Average Joe, with a Twist: Betting on a Pope
I'm pretty good at handicapping the ponies (Pete McPortland's daughter could hardly be anything less),...
February 17, 2013
The Dowager Pope and the (Very) Fallible Media
Gaaaaaaaaaaahhhh. How long can stupid go on? The renunciation of the papacy by Pope...
February 12, 2013
Breaching a Contract, Breaking Faith: Religious Freedom in Cincinnati
We're used to thinking of religious freedom as an individual right---my freedom of conscience...
February 12, 2013
It’s a Wonderful Mardi Gras, Encore
Reposting from last year, because it's as true as ever. Our own celebrations might be...
February 11, 2013
Strength of Mind and Body: Praying for the Pope, the Church, the World
My eyes popped open at 3:01 am PST, the TV still on the overnight...
February 04, 2013
Our Left Foot: Downton Abbey & Anti-Catholic Snobbery
Not a few American Catholic fans of Downton Abbey were taken aback by a...
December 09, 2012
Spiritual AND Religious—Surprise!: A Book Review
Catholic Spiritual Practices: A Treasury of Old & New Edited by Colleen M. Griffith &...
December 03, 2012
10 Things I’ll Miss Most About Catholic Ohio
I haven't been Catholic in Ohio all that long---only two out of the 16 years...
November 05, 2012
I’m That Guy: The Gunpowder of Being Catholic in Public
On the eve of a contentious election, pondering the explosive nexus of faith and politics....
October 24, 2012
A Journal of My Council: A Book Review
My Journal of the Council by Yves Congar, OP Liturgical Press, 2012 Even as my...
October 09, 2012
Our Life, Our Sweetness and Our Hope: Egregious Twaddle on Pilgrimage
Everybody else in Paris was lined up to see Lady Gaga. But we were gaga...
October 08, 2012
Let My Prayers Rise Like Incense
We burned prayer cards last night at my friend Michael's house, on a truly cold...
October 05, 2012
The Village of St Bernadette: Egregious Twaddle on Pilgrimage
"There was everything hostile to my peace---an incalculable crowd, an oppressive heat, dust, noise, weariness;...
October 03, 2012
Climb Ev’ry Mountain: Egregious Twaddle on Pilgrimage
An hour in the Pyrenees, and you suddenly understand the deep ties between geography and...
October 02, 2012
Bilocation, Chocolate, and the Patron Saint of Pilgrims: Egregious Twaddle on Pilgrimage
Pilgrim Pop Quiz: What's the oldest Christian pilgrimage shrine in Europe? Hint: It's associated with...
September 21, 2012
Castles in Spain: Egregious Twaddle on Pilgrimage
To build castles in Spain is an 800-year-old idiom meaning to daydream, to indulge in...
September 20, 2012
Finding the Frog: Egregious Twaddle on Pilgrimage
In which we learn that pilgrimage cultivates a different way of seeing: We come to...
September 17, 2012
The Peace of the World: Egregious Twaddle on Pilgrimage
"Tell everybody that God gives His graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Tell them...
September 16, 2012
Floating Martyrs, Desperate Housewives, and What Really Matters: Egregious Twaddle on Pilgrimage
On the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, we venerated a miracle wrought by desperation,...
September 15, 2012
Hollowed Be Our Aim: Egregious Twaddle on Pilgrimage
Prepare to Yield. That's what the sign flashed when we entered the departure lanes at...
September 13, 2012
The Dance of the Cross and the Crescent: Egregious Twaddle on Pilgrimage
Our bags are . . . well, not actually packed yet, but close. We're ....
September 12, 2012
‘Who Would True Valor See’: Egregious Twaddle Goes on Pilgrimage
We're going on pilgrimage. You, me, the Archbishop of Cincinnati, and 80+ assorted pilgrims, hitting...
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