Me, On the Radio

Yeah, I know: whoop-de-do. Anyway, I’m on Register Radio Talking about The Rule and St. Benedict’s Prep. Register Radio airs worldwide Fridays at 2:00 p.m. EDT and encores Saturday: 8:00 p.m. and EDT Sunday: 11:00 a.m. on 270+ EWTN AM & FM affiliates across the U.S., as well as on SiriusXM Satellite Radio (channel 130,) and [Read More...]

“Down From Dover” [Dark Country: Songs For October]

Series introduction and other entries. Dolly Parton: “Down From Dover” The one and only Dolly, with one of her most poignant songs, about a woman left pregnant and abandoned by her lover. Controversial in its time, she later recut it for her bluegrass album Little Sparrow. The later version is superior and adds a verse, but I [Read More...]

A Saint Has Passed

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Fr. Benedict Groeschel, who passed away this morning, would snort at the headline to this post, and say something pithy and dismissive in his Jersey accent, but if he’s not already in heaven, he’s well on his way.  He was with us much longer than he thought he would be because, as he always assumed, God [Read More...]

The St. Rose Safety Patrol is Expecting Rain

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Lots of rain. Competition in the Gorton Fisherman Lookalike Contest was always stiff at St. Rose’s (St. Rose School Safety Patrol, Belmar, NJ: 1956. Photo from Robert Pringle).   [Read more...]

The Angry St. Thomas Aquinas Metal Balloon Animal Sculpture

Thomas Aquinas: Terminator

During our travels, we attended mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Church at the University of Virginia (Charlottesville). This hulking monstrosity squats outside like an angry sentinel daring people to be Catholic. My son dubbed it “St. Thomas Aquinas Prime” and wondered if it was made of transformium. The parish is actually quite lovely and thriving, [Read More...]

Internet, Meet Ivy

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Ivy, meet the Internet. They love cute puppies more than porn and selfies combined. I’ve been wrapping the summer up with a vacation: boating, Mount Vernon, Spy Museum, Shakespeare, and other to-ings and fro-ings. Overall, a rousing success, ending with a new addition to the family. Because I don’t want to let the internets down [Read More...]

Begin the Novena For Religious Freedom Today

I will be joining millions of others in fasting today and praying for Christians who are being persecuted for their faith. The scope of the bloodshed and horror unfurling right now in the Middle East is almost unimaginable, and it is sweeping Sunni as well as Christian into its voracious maw. It is a holocaust [Read More...]

Five Years of Patheos, Two Years of Me: #Patheos5yrs

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I wasn’t a Catholic blogger when Elizabeth Scalia asked me to join team Patheos Catholic a few years ago. I was a game blogger, as in video games, board games, puzzles: the sort of thing I do in my day job as a tech journalist and an editor of a game magazine. Elizabeth saw my [Read More...]


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