I Love Lucy

St Lucy

Not Lucile Ball, but St Lucy is the one I love. It is her feast day today, and here are some reasons why she’s important: Firstly, there is the symbolism of her name. “Lucy” comes from the Latin for light–”Lux” or “Lucis”. Lucy is the saint of Light in the season of Advent which is [Read More...]

Materialism, Manicheanism and the Matrix

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Do you remember that stylish film¬†The Matrix? The hero, Neo Anderson, exists in a dull, conformist, monotone and monochrome world. Then he wakes up and is “born again” and enters the world of adventure and risk which is the real world. What I find curious about modern American Catholicism is that it is similarly monotone [Read More...]

Deliver Us From Successful Catholics

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What I mean is “successful” in the world’s terms. Now that I’ve returned to ¬†America after living in the damp lands for twenty five years, one of the things I find most trying is America’s love affair with “success”. I’m not talking about being excellent or being a fulfilled human being or finding what you [Read More...]

A Voice Crying in the Political Wilderness

George Weigel makes a case here that now is the time for a robust and uncompromising form of Catholicism to stand up and be counted in America. As for the opportunity embedded in this crisis, it is nothing less than to be the Church of the New Evangelization, full-throttle. Shallow, tribal, institutional-maintenance Catholicism is utterly [Read More...]

This is Catholic Worship

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The Strength of Kolbe

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Here is a good post on the martyrdom of Maximillian Kolbe. I wrote last week about sanctity versus being good. The atheist will explain altruism in evolutionary terms: “Don’t you see that for the survival of the tribe primitive people soon began to see that altruism helped them to survive as a people. If they [Read More...]


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