FORCEdraft: Make Yourself Write!

force

Some writers need to make daily word counts. These may be personal goals or professional assignments, but we have to make with the words whether or not they’re actually floating around in our heads waiting to spill out on the page (virtual or actual). Writer’s block is a luxury those who write for a living can’t [Read More...]

Dante: Mohammed in Hell

habdo

The attacks yesterday were meant to do more than just “punish” particular cartoonists and writers for insulting Mohammed. They were intended to make sure others think twice about ever doing something similar. And they will be amazingly effective. The journalist class–with a few notable exceptions such as the people of Charlie Hebdo–are notorious cowards when [Read More...]

Charlie Hebdo and a Broken Europe

crazy

How broken is Europe? This broken: That’s their response to the murder of twelve of their fellow journalists at the hands of jihadists. You cannot measure my indifference to the wholly imaginary thing called “Islamophobia,” which, like “homophobia,” is a way to pathologize those who disagree with a dominant narrative. A phobia is an irrational [Read More...]

On the Radio Tonight: 5-6pm EST

12DeciPhone 115

I’m joining Mark Shea as his Tuesday co-host for his new show, Connecting the Dots on Real Life Radio, which is about drawing little lines between numbers until we get a picture of a duck. I assume “co-host” this means I’ll be giving my Ed McMahon Hi-ooooh! a workout. Anyway, tune in this evening.  [Read more...]

Go Home, The Middle Ages: You’re Drunk

14th c., The Maastricht Hours

[Read more...]

How I Pray: Jen Fitz

CathPT_JenniferFitz_bio

Jen Fitz is a catechist, writer, author of Classroom Management for Catechists, and Vice President of the Catholic Writers Guild. I like the clear, no-nonsense posts explaining the faith at her blog Sticking the Corners here at Patheos. Today she joins me to answer the How I Pray questionnaire. Who are you? Jen Fitz. I’m a writer, and [Read More...]

Bishop Undergoes Amputation

photo1036

A statement from the Diocese of Trenton: Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., Diocese of Trenton, underwent surgery, Dec. 29, in a Trenton area hospital to remove his left foot, ankle and part of his lower left leg reaching halfway between the knee and the ankle. The surgery was needed to address several serious infections brought [Read More...]

Richard Rolle on the Psalms

Richard Rolle

I know I’m on break, but I wanted to share this from my recent reading of the works by the great medieval English hermit Richard Rolle. Those who pray the Hours know how true it is: A great fullness of spiritual comfort and joy in God comes into the hearts of those who recite or [Read More...]

I Got a Pope Benedict Bobble Head For Christmas

2014-12-29 10.20.42

See? He sits by my laptop and nods his approval or disapproval at things I write. Mostly disapproval. He does not, however, bobble as well as my daughter’s Agent Colson bobble. We did pretty well this year. My book haul was great, as always: I plan to review the Russ Manning Tarzan because it’s just [Read More...]

Verbum Bible Software: Enter to Win an iPad Mini and Scholar Edition

Go here and scroll down.  The contest goes until January 6th. Since it’s Rafflecopter, you might be able to enter once a day. Some good stuff is on sale as well, in case you have some Christmas money burning a hole in your pocket. I liked the Sacra Pagina series, Scott Hahn’s Letter & Spirit [Read More...]

Gaudete, Christus est Natus

From my family to yours, may you all have a very blessed Christmas. Gaudete, Gaudete! Christus et natus Ex maria virgine, Gaudete! Rejoice, Rejoice! Christ is born Of the virgin Mary, Rejoice! Tempus ad est gratiae, Hoc quod optabamus; Carmina laetitiae, Devote redamus. Now is the time of grace That we have desired; Sing songs [Read More...]

Veni Veni

music

I’m getting ready to sign off for Christmas in order to focus less on blogging and squabbling and news, and more on Jesus. I’d like to leave you with a little bit of music and beauty as I go. Latin is just a neat language. I don’t mean neat as in “cool,” like the kids [Read More...]

Christmas Has Truly Arrived When the Monks Start Decorating the Hedgehog

B5TZTNjIYAAxGW1

(Actually, the hedgehog was believed to slip into vineyards and steal grapes.) [Read more...]

How I Pray: Will Duquette

will-headshot-300x273

Will Duquette blogs at Cry ‘Woof’–And let slip the dogs of whimsy. He has the sharp mind you’d expect from someone who’s both a Dominican and a software engineer, but a light touch that makes his writing appealing and accessible. His series on Bootstrapping the Interior Life should be a starting point for people looking to [Read More...]

Medieval People by Michael Prestwich (Book Review)

51Z5QoOt2ZL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_

Anyone who reads even casually about the Middle Ages encounters the many vivid personalities who emerge from the history books, from titanic figures like St. Thomas Aquinas and Eleanor of Aquitaine to lesser known people like Simon de Montfort (largely responsible for the horrors of the Albigensian Crusade) and the Countess Matilda of Tuscany (an ally of [Read More...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X