Gospel of Mark Week: 13-Tax Man

MARK 2:13-14 Thinking of how we feel about the IRS, we can understand why Matthew was not well liked. Then add on the facts we see below, which is that tax collectors could line their own pockets with whatever they could get away with … well, I feel the crowd’s astonishment when Jesus calls Matthew [Read More...]

Gospel of Mark Week: 12-Leprosy

MARK 1:40-45 I am so used to thinking of Jesus healing lepers that I really have never given a second thought as to just what leprosy is … except that I knew there is (or used to be?) a leper colony on Hawaii and eventually bits of you would fall off. Here we have the [Read More...]

Dickens, Melville, Paradise Lost and … Ricardo Montalban’s chest!

“From Hell’s heart I stab at thee…” Yes, we watched The Wrath of Khan (Star Trek II). All so glorious that we just keep talking and talking at A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast. With guest Heather Hutchinson Ordover from Craft/Lit and Just the Books podcasts. [Read more...]

Literary Paint Chips: Gallery 1

From the Paris Review Daily – Paint Samples, suitable for the home, sourced from colors in literature. For example if you want to see that gray green greasy color of the river Limpopo, this is where you’re gonna go. “Then Kolokolo Bird said, with a mournful cry, ‘Go to the banks of the great gray-green, [Read More...]

Gospel of Mark Week: 11-The Scribes

MARK 1:21, 22 Having seen how the Torah was viewed, we can now see why the scribes were so important. Someone had to tell everybody what was right and wrong for everyday living. After reading about how the scribes’ systems worked it is clear why Jesus’ teachings were so startling. To give this study [of [Read More...]

Gospel of Mark Week: 10-The Law

MARK 1:21, 22 It is important to understand what perspective the Jews had that they heard Jesus’ teachings as such a revelation … and not like the scribes. First we must look at how they viewed the Torah (the Law). To the Jews the most sacred thing in the world was the Torah, the Law. [Read More...]

Help a family adopt a little girl and enter a giveaway for a chance to win one of 34 great prizes

… including a Happy Catholic book signed by me as well as books by Amy Welborn, Mark Shea,  and Brandon Vogt (among others). Other giveaways include chocolates, jewelry, frames prints, rosaries, and more. Susan Windley-Daoust (Ironic Catholic) has done a fantastic job of recruiting wonderful prizes. And the money all goes to a very worthy [Read More...]

Gospel of Mark Week: 9-The synagogue

MARK 1:21, 22 I read this and realized that I have a tendency to think of the synagogue as just the local version of a church with the Temple being the big “headquarters” in Jerusalem. Not so at all as William Barclay points out. There are certain basic differences between the synagogue and the church [Read More...]

Resource Week: Papal Encyclicals Online

Papal Encyclicals Online is a simply terrific resource where you can find and read an astounding number of documents from the Church’s history. It’s where I first found and read the Vatican II documents, which I need to reread, but you can find encyclicals going back to 1227 and the documents of all the Church [Read More...]

Resource Week: The Weekly Benedict

Don’t depend on the media’s terribly chosen sound bites to know what your pope is saying. Get it straight from the horse’s mouth (sort of) with the help of The Weekly Benedict. We can thank two people for The Weekly Benedict. First is Jimmy Akin, who gathers weekly the homilies and writings of the Holy [Read More...]


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