The Hour of Trial is the Hour of Fidelity

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“He who remains firm in his faith and strong at heart knows that Christ the King is never so near as in the hour of trial, which is the hour for fidelity. With a heart torn by the sufferings and afflictions of so many of her sons, but with the courage and the stability that [Read More...]

Magnasco: Hermit in the Desert

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Follow @zeyneppnyz on Twitter for a steady stream of art. [Read more...]

Ozzie & Harriet Meet Boris & Bela, And Then They Sing

This actually happened: On the March 13, 1938 episode of Baker’s Broadcast, a radio variety show on NBC starring Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff did a skit and sang “We’re Horrible, Horrible Men,” while Boris read “The Supplication of the Black Aberdeen” by Rudyard Kipling. Here they are, singing together (badly, but still). [Read more...]

Police Targeting Waze

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Some police think Waze is dangerous and want Google to pull the plug on one of its key features. The social/traffic app is designed to provide drivers with information on highway congestion, accidents, and construction, but also allows them to tag the location of police speed traps with an icon indicating whether or not the police are [Read More...]

Finding That Safe Place in the Imagination, With General Urko and Dinosaurs

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On Monday, Kyle Cupp asked his Mindless Monday Question: What toys from your childhood do you most wish you had with you today? Elizabeth Scalia replied with Answering Kyle Cupp With A Plastic Trumpet and a Scream. I’m  answering with this: If you recognize this as General Urko from Planet of the Apes, then you are probably [Read More...]

Anthony Esolen: How Dark Were The Dark Ages?

Two things I love: Debunking pseudo-history about the so-called “dark ages”: an act of propaganda initiated during the retrograde “Renaissance” and cemented in the un-enlightening “Enlightenment.” Anthony Esolen. Dr. Esolen offers brisk tour through lies the “smart” people think are true. And bonus points for mentioning Nicholas of Cusa, as well as another favorite: Chretien [Read More...]

Have I Mentioned Lately How Much I Hate Robots?

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This is the latest dumb thing no one needs: What a load of nonsense. First, it’s not handwritten. It’s machinewritten, which means even though someone built an elaborate bit of gizmoditry to go through all the trouble of dipping a pen in ink and “writing,” it’s no more personal than running off copies on a [Read More...]

How I Pray: Sr. Mary Catharine Perry, O.P.

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It’s the Dominican throwdown! Last week, Br. Humbert Kilanowski, O.P. told us about his prayer life. This week, Sr. Mary Catharine Perry, O.P., tells us about hers.  Sr. Mary Catharine is a cloistered nun at the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary. She’s part of the famous Dominican Nuns of Summit, New Jersey, known [Read More...]

Our Ongoing Holocaust

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By most estimates, the death toll since Roe v. Wade is closing in on 60 million human beings. I was never indifferent to the slaughter of the unborn, but I was at one time “pro-choice” because I didn’t believe it was “right” or “practical” to ban abortion. In time, I realized what a facile dodge [Read More...]

United by Cruelty: Carthage and America

Ancient tales tell of how Carthaginians sacrificed their own children to obtain favors from the gods. Historians dismissed these accounts as mere propaganda, but recent interpretations of the archaeological record suggest the stories were true. As the archaeologists and historians relate their theories in this story from the Guardian, it’s clear that none of them makes [Read More...]

Thoughts About The State of the … Ooo! A Puppy!

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My various feeds are full of comments about the State of the Union address last night, as if this kind of crass political theater is something that matters even a little. The focus-tested murmurings of our entrenched oligarchic ruling class are of so little consequence that a couple hours spent reading the most excellent Tarzan comic [Read More...]

“Ancients” Flying Around On Little Propeller Chairs UPDATED

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I’ll be honest, I have no idea what’s going on here [NOTE: solved, see below]: Here’s the entire page, which is an illumination from an MS of the Commentary on the Apocalypse by Beatus. The floating heads don’t help matters. Here’s the previous page: And the facing page: It’s a commentary on Revelation 4:3, with the red text [Read More...]

My Favorite Game of 2014 Was …

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Monument Valley. Monument Valley (Ustwo; iOS/Android: $4) is a small game. It won’t take you long to finish, and it’s not very challenging, but what it offers is such a pure delight that it became my personal favorite game of 2014. Indeed, I would argue that it was the best game published all year, and [Read More...]

Dog Gets 3D Printed Legs

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I haven’t done a heart-warming 3D printing story in a while, so here’s a tear-jerker for you: Derby the dog, born with deformed front legs, gets a new pair of prosthetics thanks to 3D printing, and he’s off like a shot.   [Read more...]

How I Pray: Br. Humbert Kilanowski, O.P.

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Br. Humbert Kilanowski, O.P. is a Dominican friar, studying for the priesthood at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C.  He hails from Columbus, Ohio, where he earned a doctorate in mathematics at The Ohio State University before entering religious life in 2010, and he made his solemn, lifetime profession of religious vows in [Read More...]


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