To My Sweetie on our 30th Anniversary

Just about everything you need to know about my heart on this earth is in this picture. I love you always and always. [Read more...]

Exalted Felicitations of the Day

Nobody wants a bloody nose from Santa Claus. [Read more...]

The Santa Issue…

A reader writes: One of your long-time readers here. I know that the Santa Controversy has cropped up on the blog every so often, but so far I haven’t paid it much attention. Now that I’m approaching my first Christmas season with an almost-three-year-old, however, it’s a much less academic issue! It’s also complicated by [Read More...]

Happy 150th Thanksgiving!

By the President of the United States of America. A Proclamation. The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, [Read More...]

150 Years Ago Today

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Exalted Felicitations of the Day

November 15 is National Spicy Hermit Cookie Day. Food for thought. [Read more...]

This Being Guy Fawkes Day Across the Pond

I just thought I’d post a little reminders about how much Calvinist Puritanism sucked: Chesterton was perfectly right. “In America,” he said, “they have a feast to celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims. In England, we should have a feast to celebrate their departure.” The good thing about Guy Fawkes Day these days is that [Read More...]

Are There Such Things as Ghosts?

Over at Fr. Dwight’s blog, the redoubtable Paul Thigpen answers in the affirmative with a fun survey of the history of Catholic opinions on the question.  This has always been a minor interest of mine, partly personal and partly professional.  Personal, because I’ve known lot of people over the course of my life who are [Read More...]

Tee hee

I don’t really have big problems with Halloween, which is mostly just an occasion for neighbors to visit and kids to have some fun running around at night, which is always exciting.  But Kathy Schiffer did crack me up with this quote which I can’t help hearing in the voice of Homer Simpson: “Okay, kids, [Read More...]

It’s the Obligatory “Everything You Know About the Pagan Origins of Halloween is Wrong” Post

Go here to learn some reality. [Read more...]

I love this guy so much

Pope visits Assisi: “Franciscan peace is not saccharine. Nor is it a kind of pantheistic harmony with forces of the cosmos…”… Turns out St. Francis was a Catholic.  Who knew? [Read more...]

Lizzie Scalia has an interestingly gynecological view…

…of the Assumption. It’s a perspective that I, who am significantly lacking in gynecological experiences, had never had occur to me. I’m not altogether sure I buy it as an argument for the Assumption (still noodling it), but it does throw some interesting light on one of the implications of the Incarnation that I flat [Read More...]