Thirty years ago I was a student at Bob Jones University. On Saturdays we were allowed to do part time work for residents of Greenville to earn extra money. We lined up on the pavement and cars pulled up with folks who needed odd jobs done. One morning I got in the front seat and met June Reynolds.June was in her sixties. She had lots of white hair and a radiant smile. She wanted me to dig a ditch and… Read more

Thirteen years ago I stood at the altar as an Anglican priest in my beautiful medieval church not believing what I was doing.I had come to believe in the real presence of Our Lord’s Body and Blood in the Eucharist, but it was not present in my church, but in the chapel of the Benedictine Quarr Abbey. Put very simply, Jesus was there in a way that I did not believe he was present when I celebrated the Anglican Eucharist…. Read more

A friend pointed out recently that in terms of numbers, most good sized suburban Catholic parishes would qualify for ‘mega church’ status. With thousands of worshippers each week, they compare nicely with your run of the mill ‘mega church.’But when you look at the Catholic Church globally and down through the ages it is the mega church to make all contemporary mega churches look dinky. Popes draw crowds in the millions. Here’s a church of a billion souls and growing,… Read more

How would you advise this person:He is a mature, intelligent and well read non Catholic Christian. He understands the Catholic faith better than most Catholics. He is attracted to the Catholic faith. He is frustrated and fed up with his experiences in Protestant Christianity.However, he still has difficulties over some doctrines and disciplines of the Church. For the sake of argument, let’s say he has trouble with HumaneVitae and the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. He doesn’t actually disagree with… Read more

As I prepare for ordination to the priesthood later this week the most commonly asked question is, “How is your family coping?” The reply is that the children have several questions…”What do we call you? Father Father?”Or “Do we have to go to you for confession?” Answer, “Probably not. I’d say, ‘I think you forgot something…'”or “When we’re on vacation could you just say Mass for us on the picnic table so we don’t have to go to church?”Actually my… Read more

About ten years ago I threw out a message in a bottle. Well, it was really a message on an internet religious chat room. “Were there any Bob Jones graduates out there who wanted to talk.”An old college friend, David Gustafson, got in touch. We started emailing about religion. By this time I had just become Catholic and David was finding himself disenchanted with the Evangelical church he was attending. From there we engaged in very long email discussions on… Read more

We were so busy at school today I forgot about the tradition of the boy bishop. It is connected with St Nicholas’ feast on 6 December. St Nicholas resurrected three boys who had been butchered and the evil butcher had put them in a barrel to pickle their flesh. Thus St Nicholas of Myra is the special patron saint of boys.In honor of this, especially in England, a boy would be elected to be bishop or abbot for the day…. Read more

Tune in to Al Kresta in the Afternoon on Friday. I’ll be interviewed about the state of Anglicanism, my journey to the Catholic Church and my upcoming ordination. Read more

I found this snap over on Shrine of the Holy Whapping. Captions anyone? Here’s mine: “It’s a bird, It’s a plane, it’s the second coming….” Read more

A Catholic Mom in Hawaii records a priest’s out of body experience. He claims to have made a visit to Heaven and Hell.As Esther explains, nothing in this private vision contradicts church teaching. Even if it is inauthentic it sobers one up at the beginning of Advent. Read more

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