Next Year in Jerusalem

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Have you taught your children that, while Christmas is very important, it’s really Easter that’s the greatest feast of the year? Do they buy it?When I was little, this point of doctrine was obvious: All during Holy Week, my father could be heard practicing the Exsultet to chant at the Easter vigil, as my mother fried and ground up liver and onions in preparation for the Passover seder. The fragrant schmaltzy steam of the chicken soup, the palm leaves, bags of jelly beans for Easter Sunday and … [Read more...]

The Jerk Returns!!!!!!!

Oh, but first, come see my post at the Register:  "Not like that!" The spirituality of The Mummy.  The post may be silly, but it's witness to a miracle:  I was able to figure out how to post videos on a new platform while propitiating the feral kid, who sits behind my back and makes me play the squish game while I write.But you don't want to hear about me; you want to hear about .  . . . THE JERK!To newer readers:  there is this guy.  He's called "The Jerk."  Simcha is not The Jerk, and T … [Read more...]

You can’t be any poorer than dead – UPDATED

Trick-or-treaters might be coming around with UNICEF donation boxes.  Don't give 'em a dime -- UNICEF pushes for abortion and sterilization as part of its efforts to improve the lives of women and children.  Beyond the immediate irony of that idea, it's not even good policy.  According to CatholicCulture.org (emphasis mine):Pro-family UN watchers are concerned that [UNICEF'S] disproportionate focus on unsafe abortion, based upon questionable maternal mortality figures, detracts from ad … [Read more...]

Seven Quick Takes: “Isn’t It Holy?” Edition

It's so linky around here today, I can hardly stand it!   I'm doing Seven Quick Takes with Jen from Conversion Diary, and responding to a rare tagging from The Anchoress.She lists her five favorite Catholic devotions, and she wants to know what mine (and yours) are.Now, I'm in kind of a spot here.On one hand, the last six months or so have seen me practicing Catholic devotions in the same way as my three-year-old has been practicing personal hygiene:  whining and screaming and making … [Read more...]

Finally got around to watching Inglourious Basterds

photo sourceI'll admit it, I felt great watching the first half of Inglourious Basterds.  We saw it a few weeks ago, and it was exactly the palate cleanser I thought I needed after that appalling gorgon Helen Thomas gave tongue to her revolting little swan song.  It wasn't Thomas herself who gave me concentration camp nightmares.  What really made my flesh crawl were the throngs of little cockroach voices cheering her on in comboxes everywhere. (They feel safe to come out when it's dark, … [Read more...]


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