Outdated wisdom

One of the things that still knocks around popular American Christian culture are variations on stuff like “There’s a big difference between being a CHURCHIAN versus being a CHRISTIAN” or “Just going to Church no more makes you a Christian than standing in a garage makes you a car.” See, here’s the thing: There was [Read More…]

Laudato Si Summarized

217. “The external deserts in the world are growing, because the internal deserts have become so vast”.[152] For this reason, the ecological crisis is also a summons to profound interior conversion. It must be said that some committed and prayerful Christians, with the excuse of realism and pragmatism, tend to ridicule expressions of concern for the [Read More…]

Sherry Weddell’s Follow-up Remarks on the Pew Study Results

All I can say is “Amen and Amen”: I have spent years listening to Catholics talk hopefully (or gleefully!) of certain groups of Catholics – whose theological or liturgical leanings they fear and despise – leaving the Church. Now, in light of the release yesterday of the grim Pew statistics, I am being asked by [Read More…]

If you read nothing else, read Sherry Weddell on the new Pew Poll about the decline in Catholic numbers

here. Think of Augustine, who said, “Bad times, hard times — this what people keep saying; but let us live well and times shall be good. We are the times. Such as we are, such are the times.” Hope remains.  Seize it and live faithfully.  Let us see yet where we can change, grow, and [Read More…]

You can pre-order Sherry Weddell’s next book!

It will be coming out January 15 and is the follow up to her smash best-seller Forming Intentional Disciples. It is called Becoming a Parish of Intentional Disciples and Sherry is the editor (and wrote the first chapter). The other chapters were written by amazingly gifted and experienced parish evangelizers who have seen remarkable things [Read More…]

Five Steps to Becoming an Intentional Disciple

Yr. Obdt. Svt doing a bit of applied Weddellian theology over at OSV. Also, a beautiful encomium to the beautiful life of Sarah Harkins, an intentional disciple of Jesus Christ.  May she find eternal rest in Christ our Lord.  Amen. [Read more…]

Not Much Has Changed Since the Ascension

Luke tells us that at the Ascension, the disciples were still thinking in terms of Jesus doing some Way Cool Dramatic Political Thingie or Other to show the dopes who hadn’t believed what for: So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 [Read More…]

No Argument From Me

A reader writes: Dissenting Catholics and former Catholics fill Hollywood, the news media, political office, and judicial seats and they have fallen into grave sin. If your son had fallen on the concrete and knocked himself unconscious, you would run to him, try to rouse him, take him to the hospital, and treat his injuries. [Read More…]

How I love Tony Esolen!

The man can write.  Here he is, calling the bishops of Canada to lead, for God’s sake–and calling laity to grow a spine even if our bishops don’t: A pair of threes: that is what the World, the Flesh, and the Devil are holding.  What do you do, if you know damned well that your opponent [Read More…]


Vastly more important than the whole matter of who gets to be Vice President is the matter of whether we choose to be disciples of Jesus Christ, putting his gospel first, or… well, putting anything else first (it matters not what). A couple of days ago, I linked a fascinating discussion/review Tom Kreitzberg is hosting [Read More…]