Deacon Bill Steltemeier, RIP

I’m sorry to hear it.  I met him on a number of occasions when I was down at EWTN.  A courtly Southern gentlemen, a lover of the Faith of our Lord, and a fierce defender of Mother Angelica whom he supported like a good knight in arms.  May God grant him eternal light and rest [Read More...]

On the Fourth Anniversary of His Death

I offer this inadequate memorial to the great Fr. Tom Kraft, OP, who did the most heroic thing I have ever witnessed. God rest his soul. Fr. Tom, pray for us and we will pray for you. Father, remember your servant and son, Fr. Tom Kraft, who joined his sacrifice to Jesus by your grace [Read More...]

Mike Flynn Writes a Beautiful, Heartbreaking Tribute

…to his friend Danny Hommer and all boys everywhere. The loveliest thing I have read since the last beautiful, heart-breaking thing Mike Flynn wrote. Condolences to him–and to the human race–on this loss. May we all meet merrily in the Resurrection amid laughter and old stories with new hills to climb and adventures that will [Read More...]

Faces of the Children

… are now being published. If you are wondering whether I will be posting them, the answer is no. Why? Because I just can’t stand it. That’s all. That’s why. It is unendurable. The whole God-damned thing is unendurable. And please don’t complain about the “profanity”. It is not profanity. It is the exactly precise, [Read More...]

Dave Brubeck, RIP

A great musician and a Catholic convert. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. We ask this through Christ our Lord. “Take Five” from the seminal album, “Time Out” is written in 5/4. “Time Out” was a significant album because it was the [Read More...]

Richard Wilkins…

Rest in Peace.  May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen. [Read more...]

Prayer Requests

Barbara Curtis of has died of a stroke. Eternal rest grant unto her and let light perpetual shine upon her. May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace through Christ our Lord. Mother Mary, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour [Read More...]

The Only Hope on 9/11

was and remains Christ crucified: Since this black day, Caesar and Mammon have used the tragedy to amass for themselves wealth and tyrannical power, as they always do. The only One who cares for us in what we suffered and lost that day, the only One who can rescue the victims of that day from [Read More...]

Hank Green…

…in a moment he was born for, eulogizes the awesome badassery of Neil Armstrong: [Read more...]

Neil Armstrong, RIP

May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. As significant a figure in the history of human exploration as Columbus, Magellan, or Cook.  God rest his soul.  I feel a little older today as I think back to a warm evening in 1969 and [Read More...]

J.P. Patches, Requiescat in Pace

For Western Washingtonians of a certain age, this is like an ax blow to the roots, like waking up and finding the Space Needle not there any more. J.P. has been a fixture of Seattle culture since time and forever (for us Boomers). He brought joy to the world, the only clown who did not [Read More...]

Well done

One of the tasks of the Presidency is to act as National Pastor/Grief Therapist/Voice of Reassurance to the nation when it faces a trauma of national proportions. It’s been that way since forever (see, for instance, speeches ranging from the Gettysburg Address to Reagan’s beautiful tribute to the crew of the Challenger). I think Obama [Read More...]