Never Fear…

…Underdog is here. Everybody loves an Underdog, vote for Standing on My Head in the Weblog awards. [Read more...]

Weblog Award Update

Yesterday Standing on My Head moved from fourth to take a solid third place, and late this morning EST we moved into second by twenty or so votes. Fr.Z is way out in front though, with a margin of over 700 votes. Remember to vote again today! Just click on the logo and vote for [Read More...]

No Such Thing as a Bus

The Daily Telegraph reports that the atheists have now raised enough cash to buy their own messages on London busses. This seems very appropriate to me. You wait and wait for a bus, and soon you start thinking there is no such thing as a bus. People have told you there are these wonderful things [Read More...]

Good for the Soul

For an arrogant guy like me it’s good for the soul to get beaten in chess by this guy. He’s our youngest: ten year old Elias. He often beats me in the best out of three. The little stinker.  You can vote once every 24 hours. Keep them coming! [Read more...]

Catholic Worship

(Click to Enlarge) What you see pictured here is something called Catholic Worship. This is an ancient form of Christian worship that everyone thought was going to die out, but it is making a comeback. Catholic worship is characterized by a God-centered act of devotion rather than a people centered act of fellowship. It is [Read More...]

Right Deed Wrong Reason

Pretty hideous crucifix right? This hung outside a 1960s Anglican Church and the vicar has had it removed. Good decision. However, click here for the crazy comments that surround the decision. The vicar took it down not because it was hideously modern and simply bad art. He took it down because it was scaring the [Read More...]

Dogmatists and Doubters

There are two types of people who are like two madmen strapped together back to back. They are the dogmatist and the doubter. The dogmatist is the person who has reduced his religion to dogma. This person has everything worked out. He has all the rules and regulations and rubrics in place. He knows all [Read More...]

Weblog Award Update

Fr.Z really is the ultimate blog award winner machine. He’s way ahead so far, and we need your votes! Did you know that you can vote once every 24 hours! Voting closes a week from today, so if you read this blog daily, then click on the embedded logo that I’ll put in each blog [Read More...]

Married Priests?

Mrs. Longenecker has an inadvertently ironic news headline clipped out and stuck to the fridge. It comes from a Catholic paper and says, “Married clergy Argue for Celibacy from Personal Experience”. As a married former Anglican priest who is now a Catholic I sometimes hear Catholics say things like, “Excellent, and it’s about time too! [Read More...]

Ancient Christian Commentaries

I was delighted this evening when the UPS man arrived with my order from Amazon. Six volumes of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. It comes in twenty eight volumes, so I bought the ones dealing with the gospels first of all. The ACCS is an ambitious project involving Biblical scholars from the three ‘great [Read More...]

Capitalism and the Cardinal

Cardinal Cormac  Murphy O’Connor, head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has said that capitalism has collapsed. Much has been made over the observation from Pope John Paul II that there were two materialistic, atheistic systems in world power: communism and unrestrained capitalism. Cardinal Murphy O’Connor seems to be echoing those sentiments by [Read More...]

Vote Now!

It only takes a moment to click on the logo and vote for Standing on My Head. Fr.Z already has an impressive lead, so come on folks! Other things you can do to help the vote: blog about the contest and get others to vote. Vote on every computer you have access to. Send a [Read More...]

St John Neumann

Today is the memorial of St John Neumann, the great Bishop of Philadelphia. Here’s a link to his shrine. Damian Thompson’s blog links to Fr Blake in Brighton who has criticized the English Bishops. After waiting ten years in England to be ordained, and having nothing happen, I tend to be sympathetic. I could say [Read More...]

Podcasts Have Started

Check posts printed in blue for the first two podcasts of homilies from St Mary’s. [Read more...]

Pope Benedict is Failing Fast

Because he only attracts 2.2 million pilgrims a year instead of 2.8. CMR comments on a report from the Time of London here. [Read more...]

Feed Me…

…Feed me now. Go here to subscribe to my feed. It’s just been updated with Feedburner and should send you regular updates as well as my the new podcast feature with my sermons from ST Mary’s, Greenville. [Read more...]

Fr Newman on the Epiphany

(Click to enlarge) Fr Newman’s parish bulletin letter this week is especially good. He gives an explanation of the Solemnity of the Epiphany, the history of the feast, and how it links with both the Nativity and and the Baptism of the Lord–all of them being part of the same manifestation of Christ the Light [Read More...]

T.S.Eliot (RIP)

Today is the forty third anniversary of the death of T.S.Eliot Did you know he conducted a friendly correspondence with Groucho Marx? They were mutual admirers. They met once and discussed jokes, poetry, cats and cigars. [Read more...]

Journey of the Magi

Eliot wrote this in 1927–just after his baptism.  A cold coming we had of it,Just the worst time of the yearFor a journey, and such a long journey:The ways deep and the weather sharp,The very dead of winter.And the camels galled, sore-footed, refractory,Lying down in the melting snow.There were times when we regrettedThe summer palaces [Read More...]

Podcast 2 – Epiphany

Link here for the homily for Epiphany from St Mary’s. This second podcast should be easier to use. It is in the proper MP3 format. The Epiphany homily is early since I often celebrate the vigil Mass at St Mary’s on the first Saturday of the month. Let me know if this is better. [Read more...]

Adoration of the Magi

This painting is situated in the East end of one of the most glorious buildings in Christendom: Kings College Chapel, Cambridge. I was chaplain at the choir school there for two years, (in my Anglican days, and was able to see this picture every day. There ought to be a movement to restore sacred paintings [Read More...]

Christ of the Abyss

I spent some of my down time during the Christmas holidays playing with the computer, and have added an iGoogle homepage. One of the gadgets is a feed of National Geographic photographs, and this morning I was delighted to find this photograph of ‘Christ of the Abyss‘ I was immediately reminded of these words from [Read More...]


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