I like Ralph Martin

…much as I like Fr. Robert Barron. I have had the pleasure of meeting both men and think them both good and honorable. Alas, in our polarized Church of internet team sports, more and more people find that hard to understand, since these two good men have engaged in controversy with one another and so [Read More...]

Prayer Request

A reader writes: I would appreciate it a lot if you could post a prayer request for two people: The first is for a women and her son who was born prematurely with kidney problems that will make a kidney transplant necessary, that he may heal and have a healthy life. The second is for [Read More...]

The children at our border…

…are a prolife issue every bit as much as children in the womb.  The bad news is that some politicized Christians are perversely playing the part of Dives to their Lazarus, and some are absurdly claiming that helping children at the border is somehow supporting abortion. If there was ever a living laboratory demonstration of [Read More...]

It Stands for “Nazarene”

It’s used to mark the homes of Christians marked for robbery and death by ISIS.  We are all Chaldeans now. Pray for the Christians of Iraq. We owe every last one of them safe harbor in the United States.  Every last one. Especially we Catholics who supported the war that has resulted in this catastrophe. [Read More...]

Brights: Our Moral and Intellectual Superiors!

Richard Dawkins thinks children should be taken away from religious parents by the state wants to banish fairy stories, but he’s just fine with “mild pedophilia”. The more he opens his mouth, the more I agree with Vox Day that he and the people who regard him as a guiding light give every indication that [Read More...]

Sherry Antonetti on What it Means to Be a Catholic Blogger

I’ve written on How to be a Catholic Blogger, but Sherry takes up the question of what it means in a very generous and thoughtful way. [Read more...]

Mary, Mother of the Son is Here!

Just spoke with the publisher. I will have copies by Friday and will get them out to all who have pre-ordered it! If you want a copy click on this beeyootiful cover and join the pre-order. It will arrive, signed and everything, shortly! [Read more...]

Harboring the Harborless…

…is under discussion over at the Register. It is providential, I presume (since everything else is), that the series on The Work of Mercy long ago should happen to run this piece just as the crisis of children at the border should hit. [Read more...]

A reader puzzle about Mary as co-Redemptrix…

over at the Register. Don’t forget, you can pre-order Mary, Mother of the Son here. [Read more...]

Fr. Robert Barron on Sherry Weddell’s Forming Intentional Disciples

These two people have an awful lot of good to say and do for the Church. I thank God for them both. If you have not read Forming Intentional Disciples, rush right out and get it. One of the most important books of the decade. [Read more...]

Intriguing commentary on Francis

Been swamped with work and haven’t followed the latest kerfuffles about the pope since a) they are much of a muchness with previous kerfuffles and, b) well, I love this guy, trust him and figure God doesn’t need me to keep an eye on him since the Church already has a savior. But I do [Read More...]

Missouri Church Raffled off Assault Rifles as Father’s Day Marketing Ploy

No. Really. The reading was from the Revised American Version: You have heard that it was said, “Love your enemies.” But I say to you, “Blow your enemy’s head off.” Again, you have heard that it was said, “If your enemy strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” But I [Read More...]

The Late Stratford Caldecott on…

…the Search for the Secret of Life and Death. Eternal memory. [Read more...]

Paying People Not to Shoot Each Other

…is on the table in California. My first (and pretty much only) question is, “Does it work?” If not, then bag it. If so, seems like money well spent to me. I’m told (when the subject is not gun violence and poor people) that people are rational actors when it comes to money and that [Read More...]

Former Euthanasia Supporter…

…having helped launch the “What could it possibly hurt?” phase of history is now entering the “How were we supposed to know?” phase of history. Thanks be to God that he is merciful and full of compassion and eager to abundantly pardon in Christ our Lord. [Read more...]


Stephen Colbert on the vile jingoism being shown defenseless children by fake patriots: The Colbert ReportGet More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,The Colbert Report on Facebook,Video Archive If this is all that’s left of conservatism it can’t die fast enough. To hell with this. And I mean that literally since that’s where this filth comes from. [Read more...]

Prayer Request

A reader writes: Please ask your readers to pray for my cousin, M. She has had an aneurysm, and is in the hospital. Father, grant your complete healing in body, soul, and spirit to M.  Give her caregivers grace, compassion, wisdom, counsel, knowledge, understanding, skill and the proper technology to assist in her healing.  Give [Read More...]

Another terrorist brought to justice

Leawood, Kansas cracks down on little kid’s lending library. With the Fourth of July fading from memory, its good to meditate on the freedoms our ancestors bled and died for, such as the freedom to crush small acts of kindness done by children under the jackboot of petty bureaucrats. [Read more...]

Looking Good!

Not the Onion: Ariz. Protestors Mistakenly Blockade YMCA Bus Instead Of Migrants ORACLE, Ariz. (AP) — Protesters waved “Return to Sender” signs, shoved a group of mariachi musicians and waited for a bus of immigrant children that the local sheriff told them would arrive. At one point, they briefly halted a bus before realizing it [Read More...]

CA Judge declares death penalty unconstitutional

Another step toward the abolition of the death penalty, which is also a prolife issue if, like the Church, you practice a preferential option for life and ask not “When do we get to kill and harm?” but “How can we limit killing and harming to only those times when it is absolutely necessary?” My [Read More...]

Reader Greg Mitchell writes

about the missionary work he is helping with in Central America and Tanzania. We have had two sets of missionary volunteers come in already. Our big focus this month is getting our St. Francis Emmaus Center up and running again after we moved to a larger facility. Here is our web link: http://stbryce.org/emmaus-center/ And here [Read More...]