Happy Priest

Today is the first anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood. These are the new violet vestments made for St Joseph’s School. [Read more...]

John of the Cross

In order to arrive there, To arrive where you are, to get from where you are not, You must go by a way wherein there is no ecstasy. In order to arrive at what you do not know You must go by a way which is the way of ignorance. In order to possess what [Read More...]

Golden Compass Goes South

American Papist reports the delightful news that the Pullman atheist propaganda film is a box office flop. This shouldn’t be a surprise. The fact of the matter is that atheism just doesn’t delight anyone. Narnia enchants people because it is positive and full of light and faith. Lord of the Rings is built on beauty, [Read More...]

Religion of Peace?

Read here about the death threats a British ex-Muslim girl received from her family. The article outlines how capital punishment for conversion from Islam is an integral part of the Islamic religion. In The Independent Dominic Lawson comments on the same issue, saying part of the reason for the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in Britain [Read More...]

Immaculate Conception

How silently and secretly God chose to give humanity a new start. How silently and secretly he created the second Eve. How silently and secretly she who would trample Satan underfoot was conceived in this dark world. How silently and secretly God’s plan for redemption began. [Read more...]

The Darth Vader Code

Art experts in Italy have uncovered images of Darth Vader in Leonardo DaVinci’s masterpieces. They can only be found when mirrors are placed in certain spots of the paintings. In the meantime another scholar has uncovered a previously undiscovered manuscript in the secret Vatican libraries showing that “DaVinci” is actually a shortened codename version of:Darth [Read More...]

Martyr in the Bible Belt

The Shriners of Whapping have this interesting story about Fr James Coyle, a priest shot by a Ku Klux Klansman in Alabama in 1921. [Read more...]

Advent Joy

This is my first Advent as a Catholic priest. I had forgotten the majestic joy of the season of Advent. It comes to me through the readings in the Divine Office. It comes to me through the somber and majestic prophetic readings at Mass. It comes to me through the violet vestments, the extra candles, [Read More...]

Pullman on Pullman

Evidently the Pullman movie is not as bad as the books. The problem remains that very often the films draw the viewers to read the book. If you’re in any doubt about Philip Pullman’s intentions, here are his own words: “‘I’m trying to undermine the basis of Christian belief,’ says Pullman. ‘Mr. Lewis [C.S. Lewis, [Read More...]

Prayer for First Week of Advent

Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness and put upon us the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his [Read More...]

The Fullness of Faith

Sometimes my heart is simply full with the glory, the splendor the majesty, the fullness of the Catholic faith. I can’t express it, but this doorway at Chartres speaks for me. I wish I could place it before you life sized–in the fullness of its position as part of the whole cathedral, but here it [Read More...]


Here’s an article from the BBC about abortion. Indian culture prizes boys more than girls, and with expensive dowries to pay Indian couples regard too many baby girls as a disadvantage. With pre natal scanning they are choosing to abort their daughters—simply because they are female. What is interesting about this report is that the [Read More...]


One of the marks of genius in Lord of the Rings is the way Tolkien builds suspense and the sense of uncertainty, fear and danger as the quest progresses. And yet within the confusion fear and setback there is woven a thread of some deeper meaning. Characters appear to assist or save the hero, but [Read More...]

Spe Salvi

Read the text of Pope Benedict’s new encyclical here. For non-Catholic readers, a pope’s encyclical is a pastoral letter through which he teaches the faithful, corrects error and guides the church. If you are a non-Catholic reader of this blog, follow the link and read the encyclical. It would be great to have your comments [Read More...]

Beauty, Truth and Goodness

For Advent and Lent I return to my favorites for reading. Advent: Lord of the Rings. Lent: Divine Comedy. For those who are interested, here beginneth a little series of reflections on the tale. Starting with Fellowship of the Ring, I am struck once again with the simple radiance and goodness of the text. Where [Read More...]


St Andrew is my favorite apostle. Here’s why: I love the story of him at the feeding of the 5000. The disciples are disturbed by the hungry crowd and ask Jesus to do something about it. He tells them to do something about it. They grumble that there’s not enough money to buy food for [Read More...]

Christus Rex

I can remember being rather irritated once to hear an earnest Anglican clergyman refer to ‘the commonwealth of God’ in a sermon. He had clearly changed the language because he thought all this talk of ‘kings and kingdoms’ was not really terribly politically correct. Afterwards I raised the subject with him. He explained that Jesus [Read More...]

Mont St Michel

Fr Ray has a post with some good links about Mont St Michel. A French traditionalist monastic order now has an outpost there, and the worship is traditional and impressive. Mont St Michel is one of the stops on my upcoming tour of Northern France. Click on the banner above for more information. [Read more...]

Pope Benedict Discusses Anglican Petition

This news item from CNA reports recent discussions in the Vatican about the increasing numbers of Anglicans and Episcopalians who wish to become Catholics. Certainly this is referring to the recent letter from the Traditional Anglican Communion asking for sacramental unity with the Catholic Church.Positive steps forward are very possible with this pope. It should [Read More...]

Happy Thanksgiving

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Benedict and Bartholomew

There has been some exciting progress forward in the quest for unity between the Catholic and Orthodoxy Churches. The Shriners at Holy Whapping have the story. What interests me about this is the shriners paragraph on authority. The major excitement about this story is that the Eastern Orthodox have agreed that in the early church [Read More...]

Hoarding Warning

Are you a hoarder or a chucker? Do you hoard stuff–never knowing when you might need it, or do you chuck stuff, always trying to live a simpler life? I’m more of a chucker than a hoarder, so here’s a story that will be a warning to all you hoarders out there… [Read more...]