Student Says “Bless you” After Sneeze

Get suspended from school by ridiculous tyrannical teacher. I hope every kid in that school makes a point of saying “Bless you” on every flimsy pretense. It’s this kind of authoritarian idiocy that begs for hilarious civil disobedience. [Read more...]

The Myth of the Morally Neutral Tool

One of the favorite myths of gun culture is the myth of the Morally Neutral Tool.  As the legend goes, “A gun is just a tool, it’s what you choose to do with it that matters”. But as the police in Ferguson, MO recently demonstrated, the notion that our tools do not exert enormous pressure [Read More...]

When you make excuses for evil while pretending you aren’t

…you eventually just go ahead, drop the pretense, and embrace evil with both arms: Money quote: “All life is not equal. That’s a difficult thing for liberals like me to talk about, lest we wind up looking like death-panel-loving, kill-your-grandma-and-your-precious-baby storm troopers.” Well…. yes?   [Read more...]

Urgent Prayer Request

Our dear friend Kim Carroll and her family urgently need your prayers. I write with a two-fold request: (1) pray for Kim Carroll (details below) for her brain surgery tomorrow, and (2) intercede to Servant of God Vincent Capodanno (he needs a miracle to advance his cause). One of Kim’s sisters wrote the following today [Read More...]

Kevin O’Brien on the Divine Drama and Showbiz

Something he knows rather a lot about! [Read more...]


Sooo… if the washing is not made in China, I guess we are supposed to leave the child in. Good to have clarity. [Read more...]

My Son the Walrus

Yr. Obdt. Svt., Peter the Goofy, and a possibly puzzled Fr. Marcin at a recent parish ice cream social: [Read more...]

Dear The Internet

I also require this for my complete happiness and fulfillment as a human being. Please start one of those Kickstarter things you young people are all het up about and buy this for me. Thank you. Oh, and don’t get me started with the “asking for a free handout” jazz. Happiness can be defined as [Read More...]

Are Saints New Revelation?

It’s a question under discussion over at the Register. [Read more...]

Faith on the Ferry

My friend Joyce Crain is doing very cool stuff with Scripture study on the ferry between San Juan Island (in Puget Sound) and the mainland. Check it out! [Read more...]

Tom McDonald is right

The Imaginative Conservative (along with the American Conservative) has become one of the few organs of conservative opinion left that I respect. Tom writes: Ralph Nader Understands Conservatism Better Than Most “Conservatives” Probably because he wants to conserve something. [Read more...]

One California Town’s Answer to Police Brutality…

…has lowered the use of force by 60%.  It’s pretty simple: the cops are required to wear video cameras while on duty. One unexpected side effect of the surveillance state is that the police are being watched too. So when some cop decides to show a guy in a wheelchair who is boss: or bash [Read More...]

I love Walk Off the Earth

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Some people will see this meme…

…and concur that we need a more efficient police state to keep an eye on all those undocumented workers who work for crap wages and are thoroughly integrated into our economy enough to be exploited, but not to have rights–as the author of the meme intends.  Others, like me, look at it and think “Those [Read More...]

Prayer Request

A reader writes: I have been praying non ceasing for 4 weeks since my husband first told me he wanted divorced, it seems the harder I pray the meaner he gets about this, please I need everyone’s help to pray to Our God the Father that he would soften my husbands heart about me and [Read More...]

The Drama of Faith…

…means that we live our lives as priestly sub-creators. [Read more...]

Yr. Obdt. Svt. on the Air

I recorded an interview with Northwest Catholic which will air Your interview will air on AM 1050 – Sacred Heart Radio from 8/21 – 9/8 on the following days/times. Monday 11:00 a.m. PDT Thursday 6:30 p.m. PDT Saturday 3:00 p.m. PDT Sunday 8:00 p.m. PDT You can stream the show on your computer when it [Read More...]

No wonder we feel so much safer

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Catholic Music is Busting Out all Over

First, of course, is my fellow Patheosi’s bluesy new CD Late to Love, based on the work of St. Augustine. If there was ever a Catholic theological rationale for the blues needed, Augustine, the guy who gave you original sin, is the man to provide it. (Okay, actually it was Adam who gave you original [Read More...]

Prayers and Works of Mercy

A reader writes: A young friend of my wife and I is trying to raise some extra $$$ so she can attend Franciscan University at Steubenville this fall. Both of her parents are unemployed right now so she set up a “Go Fund Me” page to help. I thought your readership might be able to [Read More...]

When Two Diseased Forms of Spirituality Fight

You get stuff like this: Spiritual blindness is funny stuff. [Read more...]