How a Poet Saved a Saint’s Letters

Joseph Pearce has an excellent piece in the Catholic Herald about how the poet, Catholic, and anti-Communist Roy Campbell protected the letters of St. John of the Cross during the Spanish Civil War. [Read more...]

Anniversary of the Beatification of JP2

A year ago today, thousands lined up to pray before the remains of Pope John Paul II, whose coffin had been moved for his beatification. Later in the day, Pope Benedict XVI declared him to be among the blessed, saying: When Karol Wojtyła ascended to the throne of Peter, he brought with him a deep understanding [Read More...]

St. Augustine on the Combox Troll

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m working on my Masters in Theology and taking classes this semester on St. Augustine and the Old Testament. Reading City of God, right there in the first paragraph of Book XV, Augie peers into the future and describes the average anti-Catholic combox troll: The time at my disposal [Read More...]

Who is the Patron Saint of Gamers? UPDATED

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Short answer: there is none. However, searches for variations of that question brought a lot of people to my gaming blog, probably because the sidebar included a picture of St. Balthasar, the Patron Saint of Playing Card Manufacturers.  Since I lecture on Church history and have a sizable collection of hagiographic reference material, I thought [Read More...]

The Most Pressing Issue in Global Christianity

I try not to duplicate material found on other blogs here at Patheos, but Mark Shea posted a powerful and important video from John Allen, Jr. on the global persecution of Christians, and it deserves the widest possible distribution. I’ve read John Allen for a long time, and always admired his work, if not the [Read More...]

St. Dymphna: Out of the Shadows of Mental Illness

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This was the first thing I wrote for Patheos, two years ago. It’s about St. Dymphna, the patron saint of those with “nervous disorders”: in other words, the mentally ill. She’s a tough saint to love: The problem for anyone with a devotion to St. Dymphna is that her story may be mere legend, embellished [Read More...]

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...]