The Mary and Martha Balance

A new piece with a new (for me) magazine: St. Anthony Messenger. Looking at the struggle to balance the contemplative and active, faith and works. … [Read More...]

What is the Story on Angels?

My latest over at Our Sunday Visitor:Calling angels “relations” of devils is a bit of a misnomer — and for a curious reason. Angels are, like devils, created, noncorporeal spirits: intelligences that possess will, power and an ability (in the providence of God) to affect the created order and to communicate messages (as, for instance, Gabriel brought the news of the Incarnation to Mary). Unlike devils, angels have not rebelled against God and therefore enjoy the perfect bliss proper to their … [Read More...]

Seth Meyers Continues Doing Valuable Public Service

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Come to the 36th Annual Chesterton Conference, which

is coming to Colorado Springs, Colorado July 27 – 29 on the campus of the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. Speakers include (among others) Joseph Pearce, Fr. James Schall, David Mills (former editor of First Things), Christopher Check (President of Catholic Answers), author Regina Doman, Dale Ahlquist and Yr. Obdt. Svt.If you don't come, you can never again know peace or happiness in this life.To prove it, here is Regina Doman and me talking about the conference and other stuff: … [Read More...]

Trump Turns Scout Jamboree…

...into Trumpenjugend Rally and soft porn storytelling roundtable.The bottomless narcissism and neediness of this pathetic little man can only conceive of human relationships the way a spider sees prey. All others must be made an extension of the Self, instruments of his need and demand for … [Read More...]

Upside Down

My latest bit of pondering for the Catholic Weekly way Down Under in Sydney. … [Read More...]

How Crisis Pregnancy Center Clients…

...rely on Medicaid.That would be the Medicaid that millions of "prolife" conservative Christians eagerly and passionately want to destroy in obedience to their Republican Thought Controller because as they incoherently declare, the existence of Crisis Pregnancy Centers proves that private … [Read More...]

Did you know there is a real life Sword in the Stone?

Pretty cool. … [Read More...]

Prayer Requests and a Work of Mercy

A reader writes:Thank you for posting the request about my classmate. Here's a crowdfunding page that's been set up to help with his medical expenses. If you could share the link, I'd appreciate it.Father, hear our prayer for provision and healing for Josh through your Son Jesus … [Read More...]

I pray nothing but grace, mercy, peace, love, and healing…

...for Chris Gard and Connie Yates and their baby Charlie, and for all those who have sought to provide care for him. And may God our Father grant Charlie the grace of a happy death and eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord, and profound consolation to his parents who have loved him so deeply. … [Read More...]

Maronite Catholic Convent

...holds interfaith meeting of Iraqi youth. Muslims and Christians come together in peace.This give me hope. … [Read More...]

Jonah Goldberg tries in vain…

...to reason with Ever Trumpers, the 33% of the electorate who yesterday made clear in the polls that they would, in fact, still worship and adore Donald Trump if he went on a shooting spree on 5th Avenue.Goldberg tries to deny that this is a cult of personality. But the cult of personality in … [Read More...]

Son Cow Shea records the following conversation

Seraphim was struggling to understand why I call Grandma and Grandpa "Mom and Dad" sometimes. Me: They're your Grandma and Grandpa, but when I was a kid, I lived with them and they were my mom and dad! Seraphim: You were a kid?! Me: Yeah, I was a little baby and then I was as old as you are and … [Read More...]

Had a jolly time talking with Rod Bennett

...about the fascinating career of one of the great heretics in the Church's history, Marcion: … [Read More...]

Hey! You! The 36th Annual Chesterton Conference

is coming to Colorado Springs, Colorado July 27 – 29 on the campus of the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. Speakers include (among others) Joseph Pearce, Fr. James Schall, David Mills (former editor of First Things), Christopher Check (President of Catholic Answers), author Regina Doman, D … [Read More...]

Hmmmm….

I'm chewing this over and I wonder how much I do this: “The faith passes, so to speak, through a distiller and becomes ideology. And ideology does not beckon [people]. In ideologies there is not Jesus: in his tenderness, his love, his meekness. And ideologies are rigid, always. Of every sign: r … [Read More...]

Prayer Request

A reader writes: I would appreciate your readers' prayers on behalf of a classmate of mine who was just diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.  He has a wife and young daughter. Father, hear our prayer for this man's complete healing in body, soul, mind, and spirit, and for provision for his care … [Read More...]

Civil Forfeiture: Theft by any other name

John Oliver continues his NSFW mission of educating a nation sliding into banana republicanism: … [Read More...]

The amazing geography of Eastern Washington

...is the result of periodic epic catastrophes like the eruption of the hotspot that is now under Yellowstone but used to be under Idaho, as well as (millions of years later) multiple stupendous floods from Lake Missoula. Imagine a volume of water equal to Lake Michigan suddenly being disgorged … [Read More...]

The Family Missions Podcast is on the Air!

Reader Matthew Spizale writes:Hello friends!I wanted to let you know about a new ministry of Family Missions Company: The FMC Podcast."Are missionaries just crazy?" "What goes on in these FMC people's heads?" Well, here's a look into the minds of two of them. The FMC Podcast with … [Read More...]

May I Gently Suggest…

...that when your grasp of Christianity is now reduced to "Give us power or the least of these get it!" you are doing it wrong. God so loved the world, that he issued an extortion note. - Rand 3:16 … [Read More...]

The Reason the Shroud of Turin Bears All the Evidence of being the Burial Cloth of Jesus Christ…

...is that it is the burial cloth of Jesus Christ. … [Read More...]