“We did not make ourselves”

Benozzo Gozzoli: Death of St. Monica

Yesterday we celebrated the feast of St. Augustine. The day before that was the feast of his mother, St. Monnica, who emerges from his writing as a forceful and brilliant example of early Christian piety. Chapter IX of The Confessions ends with a long description of the death of Monnica, reaching an ecstatic vision that [Read More...]

Bulgarian Relics of John the Baptist are Probably Authentic

photo_verybig

First it’s vampire graves, and now the relics of John the Baptist: Bulgaria is just totally cornering cool archaeological news for the month of June. Go Bulgaria! It almost makes us want to forgive you for trying to kill Bl. John Paul the Great. Almost. Two years ago, in an altar in the ruins of [Read More...]

Dali and St. John of the Cross

salvador-dali-the-christ-of-st-john-of-the-cross

In honor of Salvador Dali’s birthday today: Christ of St. John of the Cross. Dali’s painting was inspired by a sketch done by St. John while he was chaplain of the monastery of the Incarnation in Avila. One day, while praying in a loft overlooking the sanctuary, he was struck by a vision, and hastily [Read More...]

St. Hildegard of Bingen Named a Saint … Again

In some quarters, there’s this idea that Hildegard of Bingen is not really a saint, and that this is somehow PROOF! of the horrible awful sexism of the Church. Except that Hildegard IS a saint, and even has a feast day (September 17). The problem is that her cause was one of the earlier ones [Read More...]

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

StAloysiusGonzaga_08

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...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X