Miserable Un Musical Catholics

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Russel Saltzman is another Lutheran coming into the Catholic Church and finding the transition to be painful. Like most of us from the Anglican and Lutheran traditions he is aghast at the poor quality of music in Catholic parishes. Furthermore he looks around and instead of joyfully singing Christians he sees dour expressions, arms crossed [Read More...]

Are You Scared of Friday 13?

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Paraskevidekatriaphobia: Whatzat?? Driving to the office this morning I witnessed a bad car wreck. Driver came off the road into a power pole, brining it down, ruining the car and ending up in the ditch. I immediately thought, “Yikes. It’s unlucky Friday thirteenth for that guy!” Then I put the thought away. Stupid to be [Read More...]

Pope Francis: Reformer or Renewer?

This week’s article at Aleteia considers the press narrative of Francis the Reformer. They miss his real mission which is renewal not simply reform. Francis is hailed as a “reforming Pope” and he certainly seems intent on carrying through the plans initiated by Pope Benedict. Is it best, however, to regard him as a “reforming [Read More...]

Converting to Catholicism: It Ain’t Easy

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When pious Protestants want to become Catholics they expect it to be difficult. Unfortunately it is difficult for all the wrong reasons. We wouldn’t mind if the bar was set high and the values were strict. We want our religion to test us. After all, Jesus said we must take up our cross. What is [Read More...]

Twelve Things to Remember If You Keep Falling Into the Same Sin


One of the things that gets people down the most when they are really trying to make spiritual progress is when they keep falling into the same sin over and over again. We’re sorry. We think we’re not going to do it again. Then we do. We’re filled with guilt, regret and shame. It’s easy [Read More...]

Slubgrip on Relativism

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The demon Slubgrip has been demoted to teach Popular Culture 101 at Bowelbages University in hell. Here he is holding forth on the delights of relativism: Chamber 101 Bell clanging. Door slams. Crowd voices and movement. Slubgrip: Grimwort, I rely on you to get these slime worms in line. Instead, I arrive a few minutes [Read More...]