The Amazing and Wonderful Small World of the Catholic Internet

Was plowing through my email today and found a note from a man responding to one of my Mary pieces over at the Register. it was a very sweet note with an accompanying essay the reader had written about Our Lady, but what really got me was his biosketch. He was born to an Orthodox [Read More…]

The Tu Quoque Fallacy is All the Party of Trump Has Left

A reader writes regarding Fr. West’s calumny: All due respect, sir, but do you not commit the same error as he does by saying that your accuser supports Planned Parenthood, torture, abortion, etc. because his candidate does? In my opinion, you should remove those statements from this column to make yourself unworthy of any blame [Read More…]

Question about Tithing

A reader writes: I have a question about tithing.  I’ve read folks who say to give at least 10%, and I’ve read others who say “give what you can, it’s understandable if you can’t make the 10% mark”, and I’ve read some positions in between along the lines of “tithing was made for man, not man [Read More…]

Question on Atonement

A reader writes: Hello!  I have a question (or topic suggestion) about the Catholic understanding of atonement that I would love to hear you and any one of your weekly Connecting the Dots co-hosts discuss. My family is in the process of joining the Catholic church (as I’ve discussed in previous correspondences with you).  Our [Read More…]

Dr. Dawn Eden Goldstein has been a busy bee!

She writes: So much has happened since I last sent out an all-points update with news of my studies and apostolate that I hardly know where to begin. The biggest news is that, on May 7, I graduated the University of St. Mary of the Lake summa cum laude (see more photos here). Praise God! My [Read More…]

A Reader Writes about Rene Girard and Donald Trump

I’ll just post the note without comment as I thought it perceptive and wise: Good evening Mark, Regarding your recent piece titled ‘’Voting to Support a Lesser Evil vs. Voting to Lessen Evil’’, I wanted to make the following points. I agree with everything you wrote in this text except for this one statement about [Read More…]

A reader has a question about Evangelical views of the Eucharist

He writes: I’m studying the bible and the sacraments. How does the evangelicals interpreted 1 Cor, 11:27, 30? What is their interpretation?? The passage he refers to is this: Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of [Read More…]

A Catholic Sailor Could Use Your Help

He writes: I’m writing to you wondering if you knew of any Catholic ministries or anything of the sort- similar to FOCUS, but for military? I haven’t gotten into contact yet with the Catholic Chaplain here as he is away on emergency sick leave, but I was wondering if you had anything off the top [Read More…]

An Irish Priest Writes about “The Force Awakens” and Skellig Michael

Says he: Since its in the zeitgeist it’s worth pointing out that for at least 400 years Skellig Michael was the site of a monastic community-from 8th to 12th century. Merchant ships from Byzantium traded fish for wine, presumably for the celebration of the Eucharist. The stone staircase built by the monks takes you from [Read More…]

Question about Mercy

A reader writes: I enjoyed reading The Heart of Catholic Prayer and found it interesting to reflect on some aspects of the Our Father and the Hail Mary that were not previously top of mind. One chapter that stuck with me was Chapter 8 (“And forgive us our trespasses..”) where you rightly point out how [Read More…]