Pope Benedict at Advent Vespers

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Watch and Wait

Advent watching and waiting for the Lord’s coming is a reminder that being alert, awake and alive should be our mental and spiritual state at all times.  We should be watchful and awake and waiting mentally. Never being dull or complacent, never being prejudiced or locked in to a narrow mindedness, never being suspicious or [Read More...]

New Friends

  Of the many emails I receive from blog readers, this one is especially encouraging: I graduated from Iowa State University this year in May and got married two weeks later. Over the course of my college career I found it very heartening to see the number of young Catholics who were strong and faithful [Read More...]

For Advent

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Advent One

Watch out! Wake Up! You don’t know the day or the hour! [Read more...]

For the Beginning of Advent

So now, my brothers, let us sing, not to enjoy a lifetime of leisure, but to ease our toil.  In the way that travellers are in the habit of singing, sing, but continue your journey. What does it mean, “continue your journey”? Fare forward always – but fare forward in goodness, for there are, according [Read More...]

The Apostles – 2

In chapter two: The Gift of Communion the Holy Father elaborates further on the gift of the Apostolic Church, without which there can be no salvation. He builds on St Paul’s trinitarian blessing in the 2 Corinthians and points out that the phrase ‘in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit’ combines the intimate unity and fellowship [Read More...]

Fr Elijah and End Times

I have just finished Michael O’Brien’s Father Elijah. I’m afraid (in my opinion) it is not a great novel–too much dialogue, and a rambling, episodic plot. However, I like the main character, and the main apocalyptic theme fits our time and the somber season of approaching Advent. For me, Elijah’s encounter with the corrupt count in [Read More...]

I Am Legend


We watched I Am Legend the other evening. It’s an intriguing film with wonderful Christian themes. Will Smith is the last person living after New York City is hit with a terrible virus that turns human beings into hairless, vampire-like creatures. He roams the streets of New York hunting for food, always sure to get [Read More...]

For Richer or for Poorer?

Not anymore. Here’s an article about the pampered poodle wives of Britain who go ballistic when hubby comes home from the investment bank saying he’s out of work. The writer has coined a phrase for these stay at home (and do nothing) spoiled women: Toxic wives. I’m starting to see the silver lining of this [Read More...]

Happy Thanksgiving

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The Apostles – 1

We’re told by the Holy Father that the internet is to be used for evangelization and catechesis (and maybe a bit of quirky humor?) You might think this blog is just the random rolling stream of consciousness of a Catholic priest with too much time on his hands, but there is method to my madness. [Read More...]

Senior Retreat

Bobby, Moses and Padre on the Senior Retreat [Read more...]

Barbie and Ken Culture

A member of the RCIA class has Catholic relatives in Germany, and he asked why American Catholics have so few customs and traditions. “In Germany on All Souls Day everyone in the village goes to church and then to the graveyard to lay flowers and remember the dead and say prayers. This is beautiful. Why [Read More...]

More Anglo Catholics

Anglican Wanderings offers regular pictures of the glories of Anglo Catholic worship. I can’t help feeling nostalgia for my Anglican days, and the tragic feeling in seeing these pictures that we’re looking at the final dinner in the Grand Ballroom of the Titanic. [Read more...]

Discussion Question

Is racism the same thing as ‘homophobia’ and anti-Catholicism? If not why not? [Read more...]

Bid for a New Vespa

As part of St Joseph’s Catholic School annual fund raiser there is an online auction for a brand new Vespa. Bid online up to the last minute. The bids are now at just $2,600.00. The recommended retail price is $4,800.00. You could get a bargain! Buy it for your priest! It’s the one kind of [Read More...]

Christ the King

Christ the King says that his kingdom is not of this world, but he also says to his disciples, “Go out into the world and preach the gospel.” What is the proper relationship between Church and State? There are four models for the interaction between the civil authority. 1) The State Church: the civil authority [Read More...]

A Modest Proposal

Now that the American people have elected Barack Obama as our next president, those of us who are opposed to his pro abortion stance must take a deep breath and step back to consider. While it is possible to be a single issue voter, no president can be a single issue president. There are many [Read More...]

Christ the King

Jesus shall reign where’er the sunDoes his successive journeys run;His kingdom stretch from shore to shore,Till moons shall wax and wane no more. Behold the islands with their kings,And Europe her best tribute brings;From north to south the princes meet,To pay their homage at His feet. To Him shall endless prayer be made,And praises throng [Read More...]

Letters of Support

The letters of support for Fr Newman and myself continue to flow in. Most heartwarming are the ones from fellow converts. Here’s one: I wanted to add my support and prayers for you and for Fr. Newman. Bless you both for being strong in the faith! I used to be an Episcopalian . . . [Read More...]

C.S.Lewis RIP

It’s the forty fifth anniversary of C.S.Lewis’ death today. Here’s an excerpt from his famous sermon, The Weight of Glory.  There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations–these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals [Read More...]