The Magnificat Advent Companion: eVersions Now Available

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The annual booklets from Magnificat are a regular feature of my Advent and Lent observance. Just in time for the beginning of Advent this Sunday, this year;s version is now available for iPhone/iPad, Kindle, and nook for a buck. I prefer this format since it’s always with me, it’s easy to navigate, and it doesn’t add to my [Read More...]

St. Augustine’s Medicine For Doubt

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I broke this discussion into two posts because I didn’t want Augustine’s greater point to get lost in his fit of pique. Instead, I want to draw your focus back to the first paragraph of the passage I cite from City of God Book 2: If only the weak understanding of the ordinary man did [Read More...]

St. Augustine is Annoyed: Or, Don’t Wrestle With a Pig

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There are a number of things that draw people to St. Augustine: the power of his prose, the clarity of his faith, his humanizing struggles, and his centrality to Christian doctrine. No other saint (or, indeed, any single figure of the ancient world) left us so many words, and in these words we find an [Read More...]

Add Some Lego to Your Advent

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Or some Advent to your Lego. Either way, these are a big hit along with standard candy Advent calenders and, of course, the Advent wreath and all the rest. Yes, they’re expensive. Welcome to the world of Lego. It lasts forever. (My kids still play with my Lego.) Lego City Advent Calender.  Lego Star Wars [Read More...]

Thanks, Y’all

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I’ve never been one of those folks who, come Thanksgiving, likes to make lists of all the things for which I’m thankful. I just kind of think of them and rhetorically wave in their general direction and give a thumbs up.  See, there are all kinds of things I like, such as good food, beer, and [Read More...]

Shopping Amazon for Christmas or Hanukkah?

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Please consider accessing the Amazon.com site from one of my links. Like this one! Or the picture above! Or the sidebars! I get a little bit of each sale, and it gradually adds up allowing me to buy books for school and maybe a new leisure suit for my pet frog. It doesn’t add any [Read More...]

Ancient Temple Shows Signs of Conflict, Desecration

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Excavations at an 11th century temple complex outside of Jerusalem show evidence of the tensions among the Israelites, Canaanites and Philistines. On the floor of the temple… … excavators found shards of painted chalices and goblets — not the type of containers that would have been used for daily household activities. They also found animal [Read More...]

Latin Hymns of Sublime Beauty

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At the end of my yawp against emotionally manipulative, phony, crass, pseudo-Christian pop culture, I linked to a clip from Beth Nielsen Chapman’s home-made album of traditional pre-Vatican II Latin hymns. A lot of people who should know about this album may not, so I wanted to give it it’s own post. Chapman is an extremely [Read More...]


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