Missing Mass and Skipping Mass

I have to hand it to the nuns. Those sisters with rulers certainly got it into the heads of the young Catholics that missing Mass was a mortal sin. However, one of the troublesome things about hearing confessions is how many older Catholics seem to think this is the only sin, and they do not seem able or willing to make the distinction between missing Mass and skipping Mass. Skipping Mass is when you roll over on Sunday and yawn and say,... Read more

How Do You Love a Terrorist?

Somebody asked me, “Why don’t you write a blog post about how to love an Islamic terrorist into submission. I like a challenge, so here goes. You don’t start with the terrorist. You start with yourself. By God’s grace you may get to the point where you are so filled with love that you live a life of love. You don’t even know you’re doing it–except now and again you notice yourself living for everyone else but yourself. You stop... Read more

The Parable of the Good Nazi

OK. The headline was supposed to get your attention. It just occurred to me in the wake of the Charlottesville protests this past weekend, that the Parable of the Good Samaritan is worth another look. Too often this parable is preached as a peace and justice parable. In other words, Jesus is telling us to reach out and help the wounded, the vulnerable and the victims. Sure. But in fact, the parable is not really about that. The parable is about racial... Read more

What Happened in Charlottesville?

I’ll tell you what’s happened in Charlottesville this weekend. It is human beings revealing what lies within. It’s real simple and its been happening since Cain killed his brother Abel. It works like this: Human being is unhappy He doesn’t know why he’s unhappy Somebody must be at fault. He needs to blame somebody for his being unhappy It can’t be his fault because he’s convinced that he’s a good person So it must be somebody else’s fault So he gets together... Read more

Miracles? Nah.

There has been some interesting talk about miracles resulting from my recent article at Catholic Herald UK on the Shroud of Turin. I am on the side of those who believe in the shroud’s authenticity, and I respect those who shrug their shoulders and remain agnostic. But the ones who interest me the most are the shroud deniers. The evidence for the shroud’s authenticity, if not conclusive, is increasingly compelling. We’re at the point now where it is easier to... Read more

David Hume and the Shroud of Turin

The Scottish philosopher David Hume famously disbelieved in miracles. He used a kind of Occam’s Razor to cut through any suggestion of a miracle. He argued: By definition, a miracle goes against our very regular and extensive experience of how the world works. Therefore, on the basis of experience, the probability that a miracle has occurred must always be less than the probability that it hasn’t. Because it is rational to believe what is most probable, we never have a... Read more

Standing “Rad Trad” on its Head

Over the last few years “rad trad” or “raddy traddy” was Catholic slang for the ultra traditionalist, Latin Mass, take no prisoners traditionalist. I like the rhyme, but I’m for standing this on its head. Let’s take “radical” and “tradition” and recognize something that is cool and constant in being a Catholic, and that is that if you are a Catholic you can be both establishment and rebellious at the same time. You can be a revolutionary and a fogey,... Read more

10 Common Cons of Satan

Satan is the Father of lies. Therefore it follows that one of his favorite tricks is to separate us from reality. He’s like that stage magician who uses distraction to keep you from seeing what is really going on. He pulls a trick to turn our attention away from reality. What is “reality”? Reality is what is. Reality is the way things are in the natural world. Reality is the way we were created. Reality is the destiny God has... Read more

Critiquing Cotton Candy Catholicism

One of the advantages of being a Catholic is that, if you go to Mass regularly, you will hear so much of Sacred Scripture being read. This is also one of the disadvantages. It is not a disadvantage because you hear Sacred Scripture, but because you hear it in small chunks. What is lacking in the experience of most Catholics is an overall view of the whole of Sacred Scripture from Genesis to Revelation. Compared to Bible Christians, most Catholics... Read more
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