You Can Never Have Too Many Chesterton Sites

Reader Maolsheachlann O Ceallaigh of Dublin writes to tell me about his new site: It’s called The Wit and Wisdom of G.K. Chesterton and it’s made up of articles I’ve been writing for a parish newsletter in Ireland. It starts out as an introduction to Chesterton, a broad outline to his life and thought, and now I [Read More...]

Wanna be a Screenwriter?

Barbara Nicolosi can help you get there and is offering the Catharsis workshop this August 1-8 courtesy of Act One.  Check thou it out. [Read more...]

The Entremanure Behind Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo Doo Program

Just another reason I love my home town. Where else can you find, not only a Fecal Fest, where you can not only obtain exotic forms of dung for your hydrangeas, but call a Zoo Doo Hotline–(206) 625-7667–and hear hilarious bulletins from the Duke of Dukey himself. I accidently ran across the Zoo Doo hotline [Read More...]

Seattle CEO to pay his employees $70K minimum wage

He will take a large pay cut to do it. Proud of my home town. Meanwhile, the naysayers keep responding to the evidence of the success and doability of a living wage with “Sure it works in reality.  But will it work in theory?” [Read more...]

Please pray for a friend…

…who is struggling with deep depression. Thanks! [Read more...]

Shea vs. Madrid: Last Man Standing

So, those familiar with my antics on the Book of Face know that Patrick Madrid and I have had a running battle of wits as we try to out-do each other with bizarre photos and videos that wash up in our email. Timothy Quigley the producer/writer/director of  Ordinary has watched us go at it for [Read More...]

Chance to Do a Work of Mercy for a Kid

A reader writes: Can you please post an updated prayer and work of mercy request for Kreed the autistic teenager? He’s currently battling hyperinsulinization which puts his life in danger several times a day without warning. His insurance company has refused to pay for a continuous glucose monitor which he desperately needs, so his parents [Read More...]

How Not to be a Missionary (and a Chance to Be One!)

Tricia Bølle of the St. Francis Xavier Lay Missionary Society writes: How to Not be a Missionary A few more years ago than I care to think about, I graduated from Stanford University with a degree that put Asia in my path.  At the time, I had a couple good job offers to move back East [Read More...]

Hey Orange, NJ! I’m coming your way April 20!

Hope to see all youse guys from Noo Yawk and Noo Joisey (and, what heck, Philadelphia too!) at St. John’s in Orange, NJ (7:00 PM) to talk about “101 Reasons Not to be Catholic“. Steve Greydanus will be there too, as well as fellow Patheosi Tom McDonald. It’s gonna be fun! [Read more...]

16 Year Old Rebecca Dominick has published her first novel

Support young writers! [Read more...]

The Holy See Reaffirms its Opposition to the Death Penalty

Holy Church is speaking.  Let us listen not merely when it accessorizes our ideology, but as a matter of habit and especially when it challenges our ideology. We do not really want a religion that is right where we are right. What we want is a religion that is right where we are wrong. – [Read More...]

An Extremely Fun-Looking Homeschool Family

Reader Susan Langenkamp writes: I enjoy your blog and appreciate your support for Catholic families. Our third son is creating a comic book series loosely based on our family. The entire family is involved in the production with Stephen as lead artist, the younger children doing backgrounds and coloring, and all of us contributing story ideas. [Read More...]

Turks resent plain speech

Pope Francis calls Turkish genocide of Armenians “genocide”. Turks are miffed at use of plain language. Euphemism is the language of Satan. [Read more...]

Prayer Requests and Works of Mercy

A reader writes: Please pray for this young man who was struck by lightning. Father, grant him complete healing in body, soul, and spirit. Give his caregivers grace, compassion, wisdom, counsel, knowledge, understanding, creativity, insight, skill, and the proper technology to assist in that healing. Give him and all who love him grace, peace, consolation, [Read More...]

Asking Questions…

…is under discussion over at the Register. [Read more...]

Brad Birzer on Tolkien’s Hope for the Modern World

A fine little essay over at the Imaginative Conservative. [Read more...]

Fr. Dwight Longenecker on Pewsitter’s Contempt for the Poor

Good to see this stuff get called out.  Well done, padre! [Read more...]

The GOP: On the Cutting Edge of the Late 19th Century

In a week when a cop’s lie about cold-blooded murder has been exposed by the courage of a citizen who filmed the whole thing, yet another GOP pol has proposed yet another bit of insanity in the form of a law forbidding citizens from filming cops.  It demonstrates, yet again, that the GOP is not [Read More...]

Today’s Chance to Do a Work of Mercy

A reader writes: My wife has a friend in need. His name is Mike. He is not only at the end of his finances with nothing very promising on the horizon but he seems also to be having an existential crisis of faith . . . and losing. Which is probably way his prospects seem [Read More...]

Russell Saltzman on the Lust for Vengeance

in his essay “I Wanted That Kid Dead“: I don’t ever remember such personal outrage as I felt watching that smirking kid in court. My feelings were primeval, primitive, and raw. That’s why I oppose the death penalty, not because killers don’t deserve it, but because in some way its application is intended to assuage [Read More...]

The Miracle Maker

Steve Greydanus highly recommends it–and so do I. You can see the whole thing here: [Read more...]