New podcast!

Over at the Christopher Closeup blog, Tony Rossi has posted the podcast of the interview he did with me. The link to it is at the bottom of his post “A Sexual Abuse Victim’s Efforts to Be a Conduit to the Light of God and the Saints.” Tony’s interviews are known for their depth and [Read More...]

The canary in the coal mine

“[If] you watch any TV at all, spend any time on the Internet, or just shop for groceries or deodorant, it’s virtually impossible to avoid having in-your-face titillation imprinted on your brain. “And purity? Who talks about that these days? Who (especially in secular culture) even knows what it means anymore? And ads like the [Read More...]

Catholic man with homosexual inclination tells why “gay identity” philosophy is un-Christian

“The whole [Catholic] teaching about sexuality is rooted in the complementarity of the two sexes. For me, that is fundamental. We think about this alphabet soup that’s out there–’LGBTQ’ whatever. But the ones that matter are, in the alphabet, M and F!” — Daniel Mattson, from his courageous “Catholic Answers” interview that is now available [Read More...]

On All Souls Day, we remember that our loved ones are still with us …

… in the Eucharistic Christ. I wrote in My Peace I Give You: Catholic funeral masses always remind me of Matthew 28:6: “He is not here; for he has risen.” They place you right on the fault line between the “now” and “not yet” of redemption. You walk past the casket of your dead loved [Read More...]

Purchased at a price

On this All Saints Day, in honor of the late Barbara Curtis, I am republishing (and slightly tweaking) an entry I wrote last Lent on my personal blog, The Dawn Patrol, that was a favorite of Barbara’s: A young television actress who writes and directs her own work recently told an interviewer why she has [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“The current God Debate does not seek to make its opponent laugh, but to make an already sympathizing audience sneer. One wonders whether debates aim to convince at all — an object which demands the respect and love of the other — or whether they exist entirely to publicly dismiss others, a thrill unique to [Read More...]

UPDATED: Please pray for Mommy Life blogger Barbara Curtis

UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: Elizabeth Foss reports that Barbara has passed away. Barbara was a true Proverbs 31 woman of valor. I am thankful to have known her, albeit mostly from a distance, and am so sorry that she is gone. Please remember her now and during the month of All Souls, and keep her family [Read More...]

Remembering the Source of our shelter

After my post the other day about Leonard Cohen, my friend William Doino, Jr., pointed me to another Cohen song with a religious message: “If It Be Your Will.” Here it is, performed with crystalline beauty by the Webb Sisters. Praying that the Lord give us shelter from all our storms, and especially from Sandy. [Read More...]

He’s her fan: Leonard Cohen and St. Kateri

A Leonard Cohen fan blog revealed this week that the legendary singer-songwriter’s home has images of St. Kateri Tekakwitha practically everywhere you look. Cohen has been fascinated with Tekakwitha at least since 1966, when her story provided the backbone for his novel Beautiful Losers. Unfortunately the novel is filled with obscenity and the kind of [Read More...]

UPDATED: Prayer request

Please pray for my friend Deirdre McQuade, who fell seriously ill today at work and was taken to the emergency room. From what I have been told, quick treatment saved her, but she will need ongoing prayers as she recovers. UPDATE, 10/27/12, 3:55 p.m.: Latest word is very good. Deirdre is in good spirits and [Read More...]