Bread in the Old Testament

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Bread was a staple food in ancient Palestine, made daily in every household. It was such a commonplace item that we don’t get details of types, production, and consumption in the Biblical texts. If we look to the wider documents of the Ancient Near East (ANE), we find the same constant reference to “bread,” but [Read More...]

“The Pilgrims of Emmaus” Through the Eyes of the Masters

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If you tuned in for yesterday’s thrilling episode of  Bad Church Art and the Tasteless Vatican II Boomer Twits Who Inflict It Upon Us, you got to see the masterwork which will be glaring at me from my pew missal holder (and possibly yours) for the next year, causing little cartoon hate lines to radiate from my [Read More...]

Pope Tweets @Pontifex

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Papa Bene is on Twitter with the account @Pontifex, and with all the skill the Roman curia usually musters on PR and technological issues, he hasn’t logged a single Tweet–not even a greeting, not even “Hello nOObs”–as of this posting. No Tweets are due until … December 12. Way to go, VIS! Can we just [Read More...]

Bread & Wine | Life & Abundance

"Bread" in the Old Testament

The moment when the Lord comes down and transforms bread and wine to become his Body and Blood cannot fail to stun, to the very core of their being, those who participate in the Eucharist by faith and prayer. When this happens, we cannot do other than fall to our knees and greet him. The [Read More...]

What Is This I Don’t Even?!

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The glorious period of waiting that is Advent begins today, which means a sense of anticipation of the coming of the Lord, no Gloria at mass, lighting the candles on the wreath, deep meditation on the mystery of the incarnation, and the annual abomination that is the unveiling of a new Breaking Bread book from OCP. This year, [Read More...]

It’s Advent in Lego City!

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It’s the 1st of December, which means all over the world eager Catholic kids are digging into door #1 of their Advent calenders for an undoubtedly disappointing piece of tiny, low-grade chocolate. Here at Casa McD, we roll a bit differently. I’m going to be tweeting the next 24 days of offerings from the Lego Advent Calender, [Read More...]

The Magnificat Advent Companion: eVersions Now Available

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The annual booklets from Magnificat are a regular feature of my Advent and Lent observance. Just in time for the beginning of Advent this Sunday, this year;s version is now available for iPhone/iPad, Kindle, and nook for a buck. I prefer this format since it’s always with me, it’s easy to navigate, and it doesn’t add to my [Read More...]

St. Augustine’s Medicine For Doubt

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I broke this discussion into two posts because I didn’t want Augustine’s greater point to get lost in his fit of pique. Instead, I want to draw your focus back to the first paragraph of the passage I cite from City of God Book 2: If only the weak understanding of the ordinary man did [Read More...]

St. Augustine is Annoyed: Or, Don’t Wrestle With a Pig

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There are a number of things that draw people to St. Augustine: the power of his prose, the clarity of his faith, his humanizing struggles, and his centrality to Christian doctrine. No other saint (or, indeed, any single figure of the ancient world) left us so many words, and in these words we find an [Read More...]

Add Some Lego to Your Advent

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Or some Advent to your Lego. Either way, these are a big hit along with standard candy Advent calenders and, of course, the Advent wreath and all the rest. Yes, they’re expensive. Welcome to the world of Lego. It lasts forever. (My kids still play with my Lego.) Lego City Advent Calender.  Lego Star Wars [Read More...]

Thanks, Y’all

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I’ve never been one of those folks who, come Thanksgiving, likes to make lists of all the things for which I’m thankful. I just kind of think of them and rhetorically wave in their general direction and give a thumbs up.  See, there are all kinds of things I like, such as good food, beer, and [Read More...]

Shopping Amazon for Christmas or Hanukkah?

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Please consider accessing the Amazon.com site from one of my links. Like this one! Or the picture above! Or the sidebars! I get a little bit of each sale, and it gradually adds up allowing me to buy books for school and maybe a new leisure suit for my pet frog. It doesn’t add any [Read More...]

Ancient Temple Shows Signs of Conflict, Desecration

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Excavations at an 11th century temple complex outside of Jerusalem show evidence of the tensions among the Israelites, Canaanites and Philistines. On the floor of the temple… … excavators found shards of painted chalices and goblets — not the type of containers that would have been used for daily household activities. They also found animal [Read More...]

Latin Hymns of Sublime Beauty

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At the end of my yawp against emotionally manipulative, phony, crass, pseudo-Christian pop culture, I linked to a clip from Beth Nielsen Chapman’s home-made album of traditional pre-Vatican II Latin hymns. A lot of people who should know about this album may not, so I wanted to give it it’s own post. Chapman is an extremely [Read More...]

How The Crescat Ruined My Day

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I’m not a huge fan of Christmas music. I don’t want to hear it until the day after Thanksgiving, and it must be gone by the time the tree is taken down, 12 days after Christmas. In between those two periods I have a few things I like well enough, such as: … as well [Read More...]


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