“Connecting the Dots” is coming up at 5 PM Eastern

on Real Life Radio! Today, we Sheas are on our Hidden Island Redoubt, so we are delving into the archive of chats with my Friday co-host, Steven Greydanus, about all manner of movie, culture, and theological stuff. You can listen in on line here. And all the shows are now available in podcast form here. [Read more...]

We’re Off…

Also, we’re leaving! The Sheas are headed out to their customary Memorial Day Weekend at our Hidden Island Redoubt, far from the paparazzi and tabloid journalism that typically dogs my steps as America’s Most Portly Catholic Writer. Sometimes the glitter, the supermodels, and the cocaine-fueled parties by the pool full of gold coins become cloying [Read More...]

A reader urgently asks for help

She writes: Urgent prayer request, Mark, I left my ex over a year ago. It hasn’t been easy. Today is the last day to get my phone bill paid (no more extensions) and it’s my lifeline with the kids. Please pray we get the $110 to keep it on and keep going. Thank you! Father, [Read More...]

“Ordinary”, Timothy Quigley’s web series about life in a small parish

…has run into a bit of a hitch and could use our help.   [Read more...]

Prayer Requests and Works of Mercy

Diane Korzeniewski writes: In your mercy, please see the plight of this family at Assumption Grotto with five young children and baby 6 on the way. The father was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago and it appears to have returned.  The mother was just diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer.  Her aunt set [Read More...]

Demented Home Invasions by Police…

…in Wisconsin. Bizarre. [Read more...]

Ascension Presents Ascension Presents!

Jack Maguire as Ascension Press writes: Something big is about to happen. We’ve been working hard here to put together a platform with lots of videos specifically for Catholics called Ascension Presents. Ascension Presents is an evangelistic platform bringing entertaining, faith-filled, and dynamic presenters straight to followers’ newsfeeds. By providing engaging content for our audience [Read More...]

Support the Center for the New Evangelization

Paul Catalanotto writes: In the midst of the culture wars, I thought your readers my take some comfort in some of the things going on at my school.  Saint John XXIII College Preparatory in Katy, TX is in its 11th year and is dedicated to keeping the Catholicity in Catholic schooling.  Our enrollment is nearing [Read More...]

St. Peter Damien, Komminniss

It should be noted that he who takes from the wealthy rather than from the unfortunate to provide for his brother who are in need, or who supports some pious work, or, more importantly, who relieves the poor in their necessity, should not be counted an avariious man, but as one who justly moves common [Read More...]

Tesla Seems to be Doing Good Work

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An Irish Reader on the Gay “Marriage” Push in Ireland, as well as Other Stuff

He writes: Saw Leah Libresco in conversation with Michael Nugent of Atheist Ireland on YouTube. Personally I think the man has a lot of motivation in anti Catholicism but heck. One thing that struck me is the veritable absence of philosophical dialogue in Ireland. (“Ye what?!”) It is over 20 years since I heard Neoplatonism [Read More...]

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Picture of Seraphim the Beauteous

…taken by Lucy the Cuteness: [Read more...]

Good to See a Consistent Prolife Ethic

It is one of the weird ironies of our culture that, when it comes to the death penalty, so many “prolife” Americans will drop their quarrel with AG Loretta Lynch (who loves death in all its forms, especially abortion) and cheer for her stumping on behalf of killing the Boston Bomber: “We know all too [Read More...]

Chickenosaurus is coming!

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Fr. Roderick Vonhögen isn’t merely an adorable geek

Though it may seem he is: …and though HuffPo, Buzzfeed, Breitbart, WaPo and 25,000 other folk may think so, the truth is, the man has hidden depths. F’rinstance, he writes to point me to this vital video of Fr. Christophe Mary Rebbacai, Pizza Maker of the Immaculate: I love being Catholic! [Read more...]

This killed me

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Why Do We Die After the Resurrection?

A reader writes: Hi Mark! I have a silly question but it’s something I’ve wondered about for a while now and I was hoping maybe you could shed some light on it for me. So I know that we believe that death came into the world through Adam’s sin, and that Christ, as the New [Read More...]

When Judging is a Virtue

…is under discussion over at the Register.  In it, we answer the challenging (for postmoderns) question: Was Dachau evil?  Then we talk about why such a stupid question is challenging for postmoderns. [Read more...]

Hey Western Washington! Mark Your Calendars!

May 20 7:00 PM I will be speaking at Holy Family, Kirkland, WA.  Topic: Beatitudes [Read more...]

A conversation about marriage. Join in!

A reader writes from Canada: I have an idea, and I am half-tempted to send it to our conference of Bishops in the light of the coming Synod on the family. But I don’t know if it makes any sense, so I thought I would “clear” it with you first (and if you decide so, [Read More...]