How To Offend a Teenage Girl Geek

Even though my kids are in their teens now, they still like Lego. Heck, I still like Lego. Each still gets a copy of the free Lego magazine in the mail.Well, the current issues provoked an indigent response from my 14-year-old daughter. Let's take a look:On the left, you see a supplement bound into my son's issue. The subject? Very cool Ninjas!On the right, you see a supplement bound into my daughter's issue. The subject? The very not-cool girl-oriented Friends series, now with … [Read More...]


The Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel

At our parish, we take the seventh grade students to The Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel in Bensalem Pennsylvania, located on the grounds of the motherhouse of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. If you're in the area (north of Philadelphia) you can visit her tomb there, and see her prie dieu, wheelchair, habit, and many other possessions. It's a beautiful place.She was an extraordinary woman: an heiress who entered religious life, founded an order, and devoted her fortune helping and e … [Read More...]

Lead Coffin Found Near Richard III Is Opened

This is a neat video from the University of Leicester about a curious double coffin found during the excavation of the remains of Richard III. Near the end of the original excavation, they found a lead coffin inside a stone sarcophagus, which were buried perhaps 100 years before Richard. The remains may belong to a woman named Emma, wife of John of Holt: In September of that year, 1290, the Bishop of Lincoln issued an indulgence granting 20-days off Purgatory for anyone who would say ‘a Pater an … [Read More...]

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How I Pray: Margaret Rose Realy, Obl. OSB

Margaret Rose Realy is a contemplative lay hermit. She grew up near 8 Mile and Woodward outside Detroit, sharing a home with her maternal grandmother where the love of gardening flourished. Margaret reveals her love of nature, learning about the Creator through his creation, with a Benedictine spirituality in her books, columns, and presentations. She blogs at Morning Rose Prayer Garden. Her third book, A Catholic Gardener’s Spiritual Almanac: Cultivating Your Faith throughout the Year, will be r … [Read More...]


Rosary Found in Mystery Tunnel

One for the Just Plain Weird files: Police want to know who built an underground chamber near York University campus and why.The underground structure was discovered by a Toronto and Region Conservation Officer on January 14 who came upon a large amount of excavated earth near the fence line of the Rexall Centre Sports and Entertainment Complex.“We’re trying to find and establish who built it, why they built it and what were their intentions,” Deputy Chief Mark Saunders said, of the find … [Read More...]

VIDEO: ISIS Destroys Antiquities

These demons are not merely expunging Christians, but their own past.  … [Read More...]

Meditative mystical image of the Trinity, from the early 14th-century Flemish Rothschild Canticles, Yale Beinecke MS 404, fol. 40v.

Embracing Mystery

We must not fear the unknown in our faith, but rather embrace it. There is no reason to be ashamed by the inscrutable aspects of God. Instead, we should point to these very mysteries as proof of His Being, for only when we stand in mystical awe do we truly experience the One worthy of worship.Our finest moments in life lie beyond words: the inward tremor at a piece of music, the awe at nature's grandeur, the silent symphony stirred within us by a work of art, the wonder of holding a … [Read More...]

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The Three Pillars of Lent

We meet again, Lent, my old foe. This time I will have you!I joke. I love Lent, at least since I’ve learned to meet it not as my Everest to be conquered, but as 40 days in the desert with Christ.That’s a pretty tall order to fill, and our forebears in the faith used to do it with hard Lents that saw them eating one major meal a day and giving up meat, eggs, and diary for the entire period. Indeed, it’s a practice still followed by some our separated brethren in the Eastern churc … [Read More...]

Mary Johnson’s Transsexual Problem UPDATED

Over on Patheos Atheist, a woman named Mary Johnson, who is described as "a nun with Mother Teresa’s order for 20 years" and "a trusted assistant to Mother Teresa" shares some very short and not particularly illuminating answers about her journey from faith to atheism. I have no idea if her claims about her vocation are true or not, but one of her answers struck me because it was simply rubbish: I had a friend who was transgendered. When the Church came out with a document saying that tr … [Read More...]


How I Pray: Steven D. Greydanus

Steven D. Greydanus is Catholicism's premiere contemporary film critic. Through his website, Decent Films; his work for the National Catholic Register, Catholic Digest, Crux, and others; and his TV show Reel Faith, he offers intelligent film criticism that is informed by both faith and a sure aesthetic sense.  Read more entries in the How I Pray series. Who are you? I’m a convert to the Catholic faith by way of, oh, Evangelicalism, Anglicanism and other things. And, of course, I’m a guy who … [Read More...]


Grace West Meets Pope Francis, And Has a Curious Encounter at the Tomb of Padre Pio

I had the pleasure of interviewing Grace West and her mom Sharon for the National Catholic Register. Grace is an amazing 11-year-old girl fighting stage 4 neuroblastoma. Her request to the Make-a-Wish Foundation was to meet Pope Francis, and they made it happen: “He came around to where the wheelchairs and sick people were first and then to our row. I was so excited!” she added. “He touched my forehead and gave me a blessing and shook my brother’s hand. It was his birthday, so I gave him a birth … [Read More...]


Why Obama’s Rhetoric About Christian Violence Was a Problem

Saturday morning I wrote some thoughts about why Obama was wrong to drag Christian sins into his speech condemning Islamic terror. I spent that afternoon debating my points on social media with Sam Rocha, Mark Shea, and others, so I thought I'd expand upon my rationale a bit.I don't really write about contemporary political events much. It's not a subject of interest to me, not least because I find American politics simply disgusting. As a true conservative and Catholic who believes in the … [Read More...]


How I Pray: The Very Reverend Archimandrite John Panteleimon Manoussakis

I wanted an Orthodox voice in How I Pray, and Artur Rosman suggested The Very Reverend Archimandrite John Panteleimon Manoussakis, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the College of the Holy Cross and an Honorary Fellow at the Australian Catholic University. He is the author of God After Metaphysics (2007) and more recently of For the Unity of All: Contributions to the Theological Dialogue Between East and West (2015). I'm honored that he took the time to participate.Read more entries in th … [Read More...]


Why Obama Was Wrong About The Crusades

I wrote something on the Crusades flap for Catholic World Report. Here's the beginning: It’s not hard for President Obama to stir outrage. Six years into his presidency, all he has to do is speak to make the opposition angry. Sometimes it’s justified, sometimes not.At the National Prayer Breakfast, following his condemnation of ISIS violence, the President had this to say: "Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history. And lest we get on our high horse and think … [Read More...]


The Most Important Book of the Year is Only $5 For a Limited Time

Paul Thigpen's Manual for Spiritual Warfare is a must-have. I hate the phrase "instant classic," partly because it's an oxymoron, and partly because time is fickle, but I can see this one being read and handed down and treasured a hundred years from now.Thigpen's book is a clear-headed and faith-filled look at the devil and his works, and the tools we have to fight him. My blogmother Julie D. has a review of it here. I hope to write a more considered appraisal of it in the future.TAN … [Read More...]