Theology Of The Imperfect Body


(An old, but evergreen post from my old blog; reposting prompted in part by this excellent post by Calah Alexander on how modern beauty standards warp our perspective)L’Imparfaite is an erotic print magazine published by students at Sciences Po, the elite Parisian university. Since many friends are recent alumni, I’ve been able to lay my hands on a few copies and, by and large, it’s much what you would expect, a mostly-embarrassing display of hipster undergraduate pseudo-i … [Read more...]

Catholic Father’s Day Is A Fractal


I'm slowly starting to get used to the fact that Father's Day is a day when I get celebrated too. In my family, we never gave much thought to either Mother's Day or Father's Day. But yesterday it hit me that, especially for the Catholic, Father's Day is a fractal.First, like for everyone else, Father's Day is an occasion to remember patrilineal relationships at several levels. My daughter and my wife fete me. I fete my Dad. And I had a thought and prayer for my two grandfathers, both of whom … [Read more...]

God Is Not Big


At the mountain of God, Horeb, Elijah came to a cave, where he took shelter. But the word of the LORD came to him, “Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD; the LORD will be passing by.” A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the LORD— but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake— but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was fire— but the LORD was not in the fire. After the fire the … [Read more...]

Morning Prayer


First draft, a work in progress, very silly... Hear, Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One. Blessed be the Name of His glorious kingdom for ever and ever. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be in your heart. And you shall teach them diligently to your children, and you shall speak of them when you sit at home, and when you walk along the way, and when you lie down and … [Read more...]

Take The Little Ones To Eucharistic Adoration


Frequent readers will know that it is my firm belief that waning belief in the Real Presence is the single biggest problem confronting the Church--that from this problem all the other problems flow. According to several polls I've seen, close to a majority or perhaps more than a majority of self-identified weekly Mass-going Catholics do not believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.Even more frequent readers will know that I have, at the very least, a great fondness for the … [Read more...]