Good Friday: Anglican Abp Justin Welby on “Getting the Answer You Didn’t Want”

Powerful stuff. [Read more...]

Today in Perverse Incentives…

Man writes article against internet-as-parish, fills it with links to intriguing websites: …It is unhealthy to have more co-religionist friends online than in your own parish. I have seen this happen to some converts who first encountered Orthodoxy online—an increasingly common phenomenon—and therefore naturally built their new identities around people and ideas from the Internet. [Read More...]

Roderick Mead’s St Michael for the Modern Age

via the extraordinary Monster Brains [Read more...]

“Everything in the Gospels Is About the Mass”: PEG Writes Your Homily for You!

Service journalism: I’m a very very beginning exegete, and the sort of Exegesis 101 rule for the Old Testament that they give you is “Everything in the Old Testament is about Jesus.” I’d like to propose a new Biblical exegesis 101 rule: everything in the Gospels is about the Mass. I mean, just off the [Read More...]

Fine, I Admit It, I Like This One

Found here; some of the others also worth a giggle. [Read more...]

Poor Little Rich Christian: Hulu’s Intermittently-Insightful “Rev.”

“First let’s say morning prayer. But let’s say it quietly, in case somebody here has got a hangover.” That’s from the first episode of Rev., a Hulu series about an Anglican vicar in a tough London neighborhood, and it captures the show’s best side: a humorous acceptance of human weakness, combined with a seriousness about [Read More...]

From “The New Evangelization”

Jesus does not really make chaos or problems. He stirs up existing problems and makes us aware of the false peace we strike with the world. Jesus ruins this false peace and gives us peace grounded on truth. –get the book here; it uses this image, our attempt to negotiate a false peace with the [Read More...]

Squid Video, Vaticanomics, Francis vs the Doctors, African Fiction: Four Friday Things

The things I’ve been reading. This week’s theme is “Things I Know Little About.” Inebriate Me: “The Real Problem with Vaticanomics.” Our critique of Vaticanomics must start with its being unimaginative and—I will even say—boring. Say about it what you will, but when Jesus instructed the rich young man to give all his money to [Read More...]

In Which I’m Inspired by Direct Mail. Really.

I just finished The New Evangelization: 2003 – 2013 Missionary Letters, which is basically a collection of fundraising letters from A Simple House, an intentional Catholic community which practices “friendship evangelization” among the poor in DC and Kansas City, MO. It’s a genuinely moving book with solid reflections on the theory and practice of charity. [Read More...]

Welcome PEG. Inebriate Him!

The super fun Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry joins us at Patheos, and takes his blog title from my actual favorite prayer. [Read more...]