Two Kings and Lord of the Rings

My essay  this week at Imaginative Conservative links two kings and Lord of the Rings. A minor observation in a recent essay began a series of connections that will please Catholics, conservatives, history hounds, and J.R.R. Tolkien fans. go here for the full article. [Read more…]

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Build Better Music Brick by Brick

A lot of Catholics complain about the music at their parish. The congregational singing is weak and half hearted, the choir members are trying hard, but they lack real training. Often the music choices are contemporary, drab, sentimental words with equally weak music. It’s not easy to change a musical tradition–especially when the music in [Read More…]

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Mary Magdalene: She’s One of the Family

Good news that Mary Magdalene’s memorial has been promoted to be a Feast. Go here for the info. I’ve always liked that detail from the film Jesus of Nazareth where Mary Magdalene tried to get through the cordon to stand at the foot of the cross. The Virgin and John have just got through, but the centurion [Read More…]

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The Suburban Hermit Breaks His Silence

I see that I have not blogged at The Suburban Hermit since February! Today’s Mass reading of Elijah in the cave at Mt Horeb has prompted the Suburban Hermit to break his four month silence and return to the keyboard. Go here to read today’s post about Elijah and  how the monastic tradition has its [Read More…]

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Can I Be a Catholic Ostrich Please?

The news is so uniformly bizarre and the world so amazingly insane and the storm clouds on the horizon so terrifying that I really would like to be a Catholic ostrich. In other words, I want to put my head in the sand, hunker down, mind my own business, try to do what I can [Read More…]

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Is It a Food Pantry or a Poison Pantry?

My Article at CRUX this week questions the effectiveness of our charity efforts. The poor-whether they are genuine or not-congregate around Catholic churches because the needy know we care. Down through the ages Catholics, along with other Christians have rolled up their sleeves and got to work feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, healing the [Read More…]

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Ten Things I Learned About Building a New Church

OK. This is a MUST READ if you or your parish are planning to build a new church or planning to renovate an ugly modern church. I learned these things through building the new Our Lady of the Rosary Church at OLR Beauty doesn’t need to be expensive – when we got started and I was [Read More…]

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Mass? What’s the Point?

My article at Aleteia this week is a discussion of Cardinal Sarah’s encouragement of ad orientem celebration of the Mass. Last week the French publication Famille Chretienne published a lengthy interview with Cardinal Robert Sarah, the Prefect for the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, in which he urges a return to Mass being celebrated ad [Read More…]

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A Pipe Organ or Kumbayah?

What is it about a pipe organ that is so important that the fathers of the second Vatican Council actually recommended its use in worship? In Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy of the Second Vatican Council, promulgated by His Holiness Pope Paul VI on December 4, 1963, it is stated that “… [Read More…]

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Mob Violence: It’s Going to Get Worse

Embed from Getty Images I hate to be a harbinger of doom, but the mob violence we are witnessing in the United States is going to get worse. Don’t imagine that this is a “right wing” or “left wing” problem. The mobs inside the Trump rallies and the mobs outside the Trump rallies are driven by [Read More…]

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Be an Organ Donor of the Catholic Kind!

We’re building a new church in our parish and we’ve taken the bold step of buying a pipe organ. The pipe organ adds beauty and dignity to our Catholic worship. It’s a traditional instrument for the solemn significance of our Catholic Mass. We have factored the purchase price into our financial plan, but we need [Read More…]

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Give More Money!

Don’t give it to me. Just give it. My blog post for the National Catholic Register this week explains why. Read that Gospel again. That’s exactly what the rich young man said to Jesus. He told Jesus how good he was. The underlying principle is very simple—“you cannot serve God and money”—and a sad majority [Read More…]

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The New Mass Translation. Is It Worth the Effort?

My article at CRUX this week reflects on nearly five years since the new translation of the Mass into English started to be used. Some people find it awkward and distracting.  Out of the priests and lay leaders in the 6,000 parishes surveyed, 51 percent said they either liked the new translation or didn’t notice [Read More…]

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Blood and Guts Catholicism

Go here to listen to my homily from Our Lady of the Rosary for Corpus Christi on Sunday. [Read more…]

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Ten Ways I See Jesus in Pope Francis

The Holy Father is the Vicar of Christ, and every faithful pope in his own way, through his own personality and charism will reveal an aspect of Christ to the world. In saying this, I should add that this is also the calling of every priest who is called to be perfectly conformed to the [Read More…]

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Why Spend Money on a Pipe Organ in a Poor Parish?

It’s true. The little parish of which I am pastor is not only the smallest Catholic parish in Greenville, it is also the poorest. We’re located by a run down interchange on I-85. The demographics indicate the most socio economically disadvantaged population in our prosperous city. In addition to the residential low income and high [Read More…]

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Check Out the New Organ for OLR!

This is the salvaged organ we are going to have installed in the new Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Greenville, SC. This week we’re launching a “Go Fund Me” type of campaign to help defray the cost. Go to our parish website here to learn more. [Read more…]

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The Third Fatima Secret: The Truth at Last!

I can announce here on my blog that the full truth about the third secret of Fatima has finally been revealed. For those who are unfamiliar with the secrets of Fatima, in 1917 the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three peasant children in Portugal. The first “secret” she revealed to them was a horrifying vision [Read More…]

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Ideologies and the Adventure of Faith

If you’re searching for the meaning of life, I’ve been thinking lately that there are really only three options. The first option is nihilism. That is, that there is no meaning of life and the search for meaning if a fool’s errand, a wild goose chase, a pointless quest. If that is your point of view, [Read More…]

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Stories of the Unexpected

Check out my new YouTube channel here Stories of the Unexpected are short, true life stories of the supernatural which will act as teasers leading to a more in depth discussion here on my blog. Readers will wonder about a couple of things with this new direction in my blog. First, “Why am I wearing a [Read More…]

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Sacrifice or Family Meal?

My article at Aleteia this week reminds that the Mass is first and foremost a re-presentation of Christ’s once for all sacrifice. When we shift our understanding of the Mass from sacrifice to fellowship meal we lose the most profound and mysterious aspect of our Catholic worship. Only when we remember the true meaning of [Read More…]

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Homily for Trinity Sunday

Go here to listen to my homily for Trinity Sunday entitled The Trinity in a Cup of Tea [Read more…]

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