Anti- Modern World View

A friend has written for advice about how to debate with an atheist mathematician who thinks Dawkins and Co. are quite clever fellows. He is fond of finding inconsistencies and contradictions in Scripture to ‘disprove’ Biblical inspiration. His favorite at the moment is pointing out the contradictions between the geneologies of Jesus in Matthew and [Read More...]

He Shall Give His Angels Charge Over You

My family were attending a High School football game, and were sitting high up in the bleachers. My little sister–a skinny little thing–was seven years old. When the home team scored a touchdown everyone stood up and cheered. She did too, and as she did, she slipped through the narrow gap between the seat of [Read More...]

Tough Little Sister

Therese once said, “I believe I am humble.”I was speaking at a conference on the saint when someone asked the obvious question, “How could she have said, ‘I believe I am humble?’ Surely if you think you’re humble, you’re proud, and therefore you’re not humble, and you’re certainly not a saint.”The answer comes in discovering [Read More...]

The Little Flower

I was sitting in a room in Oxford at a conference when I heard John Saward mention the Little Way of St Therese. I had just been finishing my book on the Rule of St Benedict and remembered that he referred to his rule as a ‘little rule for beginners. ‘Little Rule’ and ‘Little Way’ [Read More...]

Rosaries or Rifles?

Daily Telegraph journalist Sam Leith has a good piece on the present revolt in Burma where Buddhist monks are turning out in their thousands–supported by crowds of ordinary people to protest against the military dictatorship in their country. It is reminiscent of the scenes in the Philippines, Poland and the rest of Eastern Europe in [Read More...]

Thought for the Day

This was sent in by a reader: …Protestants, especially fundamentalists, object that they consider “Scripture alone” to be the “infallible” authority within the Church. And Catholics are obliged to agree that Scripture contains, at least materially, all the truth God willed to reveal to us. But both history and logic confirm Pontificator’s Second Law: “When [Read More...]

Extraordinary Priest

This could only happen to the extraordinary Fr. Nicholas Schofield in London: first he goes out to visit Catholics in Dubai of all places, next thing you know he’s attending a requiem for the Cardinal Duke of York, last of the rightful Stuart Catholic monarchs of England, then he finally makes it home to find [Read More...]

St Vincent de Paul

One of the joys of being Catholic is getting to know the saints. I love not only reading about their lives, and getting the head knowledge, but also trying to get to know them, and understand what made them tick. If there are images of them (and there are for most of the saints of [Read More...]

Domincans Resurgent

The Dominicans in England are enjoying a bit of a renaissance. Here are three brand new brothers just after their clothing in Cambridge. Click here to see more photos of the ceremony, (and to link to a great blog while you’re at it) [Read more...]

St Luke and Scripture

This painting is a good illustration of the relationship between Scripture and the Church. Saint Luke is writing the gospel, but he can only do so as he contemplates Our Lady and Our Lord. In other words, the inspired written Word of God is the product of a deep contemplative relationship with the incarnate Word [Read More...]

Peace in Our Time!

Trying to stop the meltdown of the Anglican Communion, the Archbishop of Canterbury has produced an agreement that promises peace in our time… UPDATE: The Africans aren’t happy. Halting homosexual ordinations isn’t enough. They want the Episcopalians to repent. Whaat? Don’t the Africans understand? These are Episcopalians. ‘Repentance’ isn’t a word they like to use. [Read More...]

Ss Cosmas and Damian

With Jeffrey on vacation, somebody has to post the pretty pictures… [Read more...]

Signs and Wonders 2

This comment on my post ‘signs and wonders’ is one of the most interesting things I’ve ever read about the renewal movement. Don’t get me wrong. I’m been helped by the renewal movement in my own life, and do not wish to condemn it lock stock and barrel, but the comment certainly makes you think [Read More...]

Catholic or Madman?

The Curt Jester records a fascinating exchange between the sad alcoholic Christopher Hitchens and the saintly and heroic convert from Anglicanism Fr George Rutler: [Read more...]

Signs and Wonders

An interesting discussion has been developing in the combox of my most recent post. One commentor said he left the Catholic Church because it was legalistic and he became a non-Catholic charismatic because that’s where the miracles are happening. That’s funny. I left the Protestant church and became a Catholic for the same reason: Protestant [Read More...]

Split Imminent

The crisis in the Anglican communion is coming to a head. Mgr Graham Leonard, (the former Anglican Bishop of London) writing in The Path to Rome has said, “There is a realignment occurring between those one the one hand who believe the Christian gospel is revealed by God, is to be heard and received and [Read More...]

A Conference of Priests

A skein of Canadian geese flew in,circled around and settled on the lake.They were a somber band, dressed all in blackwith patches of white at their throat. Like foreignagents, or soldiers of an élite corps;they were leaders of the resistance,bound by a solemn oath of obedience,and a secret code of honor learned at war. After [Read More...]

Dean Koontz – The Taking

On the drive to Myrtle Beach and back, then up to the mountains, I listened to talking book of Dean Koontz’ The Taking.Seriously cool stuff. The heroine wakes up one morning to find nature has gone awry. The wild animals are scared. Strange torrential rain is falling and terror lurks in the night. As the [Read More...]

Bless Me Preacher for I Have Sinned

It seems some Protestant churches are offering confession to their faithful. Here’s the report from London’s Daily Telegraph. Before I became a Catholic I can remember a good Protestant lady once saying to me, “Well, you know those Catholics just go and confess their sins, and then turn around and do the same thing again [Read More...]

I want my Roving Medievalist back!

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Gene Savoy

One of the delightful things about the English Daily Telegraph are the obituaries. They regularly record the deaths of the worlds’ great eccentrics: wacky inventors, decadent aristocrats with weird hobbies, artists who were genuine crazies, bishops who went off the rails, or people who have simply lived lives that make you gasp with their accomplishment, [Read More...]

A Secret Language

Here is a poem written on retreat We wrestle with the mystery of words,hammering from the vast inchoateuniverse, the pointed spears and sharp swordswith which we marshal the inarticulatechaos of the soul. With precisionwe discuss, dissect and delineate;then define and decide. Each decisionis set in stone—not open to debate. But beneath the dogma something rebels.We [Read More...]


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