How To Tell If You’re a Hardcore Reader

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You don’t let the Blitz stop you from browsing for books.   h/t Vintage Everyday     [Read more...]

Free Bonhoeffer Book From Logos

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The free book of the month from Logos is worth a download: Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works Vol. 3: Creation and Fall: Creation and Fall originated in lectures given by Dietrich Bonhoeffer at the University of Berlin in the winter semester of 1932–1933 during the demise of the Weimar Republic and the birth of the Third Reich. In [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...]

Sadness Is Not Depression

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I awoke today with a deep sadness. My beloved dog, after a brief and terrible illness, died yesterday. Before the morning fog cleared from my head, I was waiting for her to stand, stretch, and put her front paws on the bedside, as she did every day. And she wasn’t there. One day I hope [Read More...]

5 Minutes, 17 British Accents

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Do you know what separates the accents of Bilbo, the Dowager Countess, and Eddard Stark? Well, watch this and you will. H/T Open Culture [Read more...]

Piercing the Unicorn

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Now here’s as elegant a visual metaphor for the loss of virginity as you could want. The unicorn (a symbol of virginity) is resting on the maiden’s lap. The knight has pierced it with his spear (of obvious symbolism, as is the horn of the unicorn). Blood flows from the wound (also of obvious symbolism) [Read More...]

‘Desire of the Everlasting Hills’: A Powerful Witness to Catholic Teachings on Same-Sex Attraction

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Last Saturday, I spent the evening at Villanova speaking with three impressive and eloquent people. Paul, Dan, and Rilene all have same-sex attraction, and all have embraced the Church’s teaching on chastity. Their stories are told in Desire of the Everlasting Hills, a new documentary from Courage International. The approach is powerful and effective because [Read More...]

Muslim Professor Murdered for Supporting Christians

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Christians and Muslims lived side-by-side for centuries before the ISIS hoards descended upon Mosul.  Mahmoud Al ‘Asali, a law professor from the University of Mosul, knew this well, and spoke out against the persecutions of Christians. He paid for his principled stand with his life when ISIS forces killed him. From Vatican Insider: Chaldean website [Read More...]

German Government Returning to Manual Typewriters?

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More fruits of our despicable surveillance culture: The head of the Bundestag’s parliamentary inquiry into NSA activity in Germany said in an interview with the Morgenmagazin TV programme that he and his colleagues were seriously thinking of ditching email completely. Asked “Are you considering typewriters” by the interviewer on Monday night, the Christian Democrat politician [Read More...]

After 1600 Years, Monks Ejected From Mar Behnam by Islamists

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The Mar Behnam Monastery (The Monastery of the Martyrs Saint Behnam and his Sister Sarah) was built in the 4th century as an act of penance by Sennacherib II. The Assyrian king had Behnam and Sarah, his son and daughter, executed for converting to Christianity, but later converted and repented. From that time until this month, the [Read More...]

Cumberbatch As Alan Turing

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Here’s the first trailer for The Imitation Game, about building the machine that breaks the German Enigma cipher. It looks like it’s focused on Turing the Quirky Genius, not Turing the Gay Martyr, which is a good thing. He should be remembered for his important work, not his tragic end. Related: Turing at 100 [Read more...]

Islamists Marking Christian Homes for Targeting/Confiscation

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Christians in Mosul had until Saturday to “accept Islam, pay extra taxes to Islamic Sharia courts or face ‘death by the sword,’” according to a message distributed by ISIS. Christians are fleeing, of course, and ISIS thugs are marking Christian homes in order to take care of them later. If the people have not left, [Read More...]

More of The Pill’s Glorious Legacy: Widespread Animal Mutation

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from the Times of Trenton ‘Intersex’ fish found in Delaware, other rivers a result of hormone-disrupting chemicals At first glance, most fish caught in the Delaware River look perfectly normal. But scientists who investigated further discovered something very unusual. A sampling of certain male fish were found to be carrying female eggs. These “intersex” fish [Read More...]

Ministering to People With Same-Sex Attraction: An Interview With Fr. Paul Check of Courage

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I had the great pleasure of interviewing Fr. Paul Check, Executive Director of Courage International, for the National Catholic Register. The conversation ranged from natural law and moral theology to the challenge of ministering to people with same-sex attraction in our crazy times. Here’s a little section in which we spoke about Pope Francis: For [Read More...]

Satan is Just a Little Blond Girl in Pigtails Handing Out Fruit

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The Temptation is much easier to understand when you look at it this way: Although, yeah: the snake body thing should have been a dead giveaway. Think about it, though: we have nasty visual images of Satan in our mind because artists need to convey evil visually, but Paul tells us that Satan himself masquerades as [Read More...]


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