Underground Franciscans Discovered

No, I don’t mean a clandestine network of people who like to secretly dress in brown and help the poor under the inspiration of the greatest saint the church has ever known. I mean the remains of 15th century Franciscans have been discovered six inches below the surface of a roadway that was being repaved in St [Read More...]

Spending My Day …

Jesus Computer

… with this, so I leave you in the capable hands of my new IT guy: Find more of Fr. Tangi’s art here. Don’t miss Jesus Calls a Pick and Swingin’ Singles Jesus. An example Fr. Tangi’s more serious work can be found here. [Read more...]

Mapping Abortion in New York

NYabortion

Thomas Peters writes about the Chiaroscuro Foundation’s efforts to highlight New York City’s shockingly high abortion rates. This interactive map shows the abortion numbers by zip code over a span of 10 years, with much of the map painted blood-red to show abortion rates of 50% and higher. It would be interesting the correlate this data [Read More...]

Resist!

The Stand Up For Religious Freedom Rally takes place on Friday across the country. Here are the locations. It’s a moment for people to make their voices heard and stand up against the HHS Mandate. I don’t plan to do a lot of politics here, but let me be very clear: Barack Obama is a [Read More...]

Building a Monastery With Medieval Tech

Model of the monastery project

From Der Spiegel (in English): “Historians, architects, archaeologists and volunteers in Germany are teaming up to build a medieval monastery the old-fashioned way. Working conditions will be strictly 9th-century, without machines, rain jackets or even coffee. It will take decades, but they hope to garner fresh insights into everyday life in the 800s.” Read the [Read More...]

Unusual Christian/Pagan Grave Discovered in England

The gold cross found in the grave of the young Anglo-Saxon woman

Ancient Anglo-Saxon “bed burials”–in which the deceased is laid out in a real bed, often with possessions–are rare enough, but they have turned up in England before. Solid gold pectoral crosses are also extremely rare finds in English burials, but again: not completely unknown. But finding a Christian symbol on a person buried in the [Read More...]

The Oldest Monastery in Europe?

Does new research push the date of a monastery in Bulgaria, founded by St. Athanasius himself, back to 344 AD? Definitely maybe: Bulgarian archaeologists have uncovered what they believe is the oldest Christian monastery in Europea near the village of Zlatna Livada in southern Bulgaria. According to latest archaeological research, the St. Athanasius monastery, still functioning [Read More...]

Illuminated Manuscripts in the Classroom

Initial Letter of Genesis, The Wenceslas Bible c. 1389

Despite the fact that this NY Times story about teaching kids the techniques of medieval illuminated manuscripts never uses the words monk, monastery, Bible, Catholic, church, or even religion (do Times writers get some kind of bonus in their paycheck for that?), it’s still an interesting subject. Her class at the Gordon Parks School for Inquisitive [Read More...]

Reinventing the Wheelchair

Just go ahead and watch it. From Tek RMD. More at Reuters. [Read more...]

Dying Languages Saved By The Technology That’s Killing Them

One of the victims of globalization and technology is language. No, I don’t just mean good language, as with the case of people using “ROTFLMFAO” or “R U comin??!” I mean actual languages, actually disappearing, perhaps in the thousands by the end of the century. Now these groups are finding a way to survive by turning [Read More...]