Losing Your Head

St Denis was martyred in Paris around 272. The legend says after his head was cut off he got up and walked two miles carrying it until he got tired and laid down to die. This led to an old rhyme:St Denis had his head cut off, and after thatHe walked two miles without his hat.Which makes me think that it’s not a bad thing to lose your head from time to time. We’re so staid and cautious in all… Read more

The Healing Rosary

We think prayer is asking God for something. That’s OK, but there’s more to it than that. Prayer is like a hyperlink to the life of the love of God.The rosary takes us right down deep into the mystery of the incarnation in a way too deep for explanation. My Protestant friends have trouble understanding it, and I have trouble explaining it, and end up using the language of love.Let’s say you’re in love with a beautiful girl and some… Read more

Amish vs. Islam

  Here’s a little Amish girl. This is the sort of sweet child gunned down in a school house in Pennsylvania. This is the sort of little girl who tried to save the lives of her friends by saying to an insane, lust filled beast, “Shoot me first.” There is more religious faith and courage in that little girl than in a million Islamic suicide bombers. G.K.Chesterton said, “Every argument is a theological argument.” The scenes this week make his… Read more

My Sweet Lord…Not

This news item from England shows the Anglican Church shooting itself in the foot again.Anglican leaders have issued a statement warning that calling God “Lord” or “Father” will lead to wife beating.This is nothing new. When I was an Anglican priest twelve years ago it was common practice then for many clergy to avoid the Trinitarian formula “Father, Son and Holy Spirit” by substituting “Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer.’ Quite apart from the fact that this is heretical in itself, (it describes… Read more

Teddy and Gilbert

G.K. Chesterton Theodore RooseveltHas anyone ever noticed the remarkable resemblance between these two great men? I wonder if they are related? Who will ever forget the day Mr Chesterton led the rough riders up San Juan Hill, and how wonderfully the poetic Mr Roosevelt celebrated this famous victory with his poem Lepanto, with its stirring lines,Don Gilbert laughing in the moustache curled,Spurning of his stirrups like the thrones of all the world,Holding his head up for a flag of all… Read more

A Little Bit of Francis

Here’s an excerpt from my book Adventures in Orthodoxy for St Francis.Picture a fat, middle aged Englishman trying to stand on his head. This is not just any Englishman. This is your honest to goodness Edwardian Englishman in a tweed suit. With his wide brimmed hat, a drooping moustache, walking stick and ridiculous pince nez he looks like an overblown Teddy Roosevelt. The porcine face puffs as he tries to plant his head on the ground, then the chubby feet,… Read more

Frank or Jerry?

Is Jerome the patron saint of sarcastic bloggers? I don’t think so. He was too grumpy.I nominate (on the eve of his Feast Day) St Francis…the jongleur de Dieu…the juggler of God, and since he was the Court Jester to the King of Kings, I nominate The Curt Jester as an honorary Franciscan blogger.Since we are nominating Holy Fools I declare that because I have absolutely no authority whatsover to make this nomination, I therefore have the highest qualification.A question… Read more

Angels, Fools and Little Flowers

Do we have an embarrassment of riches this week or what? Within these seven days we’ve got St Michael the Archangel, Therese of Lisieux, the Guardian Angels and St Francis!This is a week to send all the rationalists, atheists, humanists, sceptics, cynics and all the ‘show me’ men from Missouri chewing their beards, howling with ridicule and spitting with rage. In the face of the angels and the holy fools, those who wish to reduce the faith to a sensible… Read more

Catholics and Evangelicals Together…sort of

Some years ago, by the miracle of the internet, I got back in touch with a college friend from my years at Bob Jones University. David Gustafson was, by then, high up in the justice department in Washington, and I was a new convert to the Catholic faith….high up in the mercy department if you please.We spent many hours tapping away at our keyboards in a transatlantic religious disucssion which evolved into a book called Mary-A Catholic Evangelical Debate. In… Read more

The Solidity of Automobiles

Are angels solid or are we?For the celebration of our Guardian Angels here’s a true story:My parents were driving home from the Christian youth group they ran as a young married couple. As a little tyke, 1I was asleep in the back of the station wagon with my brother and sister. Mom and Dad were driving down a narrow country road in Pennsylvania with steep banks on either side.As they went over the brow of a hill they saw another… Read more

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