Dressed as a Buffoon

This is by the Russian artist Vasnetov, who also painted the wonderful Mother of God pictured below. More of his work can be viewed here. [Read more...]

St Luke

St Luke is represented by the Winged Ox. Here’s a good article on the Biblical background for the four winged beasts representing the four gospel writers. I was in the Bob Jones art gallery some time ago, and they have a great 18th c. Italian collection of the four gospel writers: a portrait of each [Read More...]

Retreat in France

Join me for St Benedict and St Therese Retreat in France. March 24 – April 2 2008 We’ll be flying to Paris, stopping at Chartres on the way to Normandy in the Northwestern part of France. We’ll visit Lisieux, see Les Buissonets, the childhood home of Therese as well as all the other Theresian sites [Read More...]

Hail, Full of Grace

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JP2 Still on Fire for God

The Daily Telegraph reports the appearance of a vision of Pope John Paul the Great from within a bonfire. Make of it what you will, but it certainly proves that Catholics have more fun. [Read more...]

Been Away

Sorry no blogging. I’ve been away again: this time taking 88 ninth graders from St Joseph’s Catholic School on the Freshmen Retreat. They’re fantastic kids. I just with someone would find a way for me to have an energy transfusion from them to me. [Read more...]

Saint Antimo

Jeffrey’s got a particularly stunning sequence of pictures from an Abbey in Tuscany. These are my two favorites. Double click on the interior shot. It enlarges nicely. [Read more...]

The Abortion Pill

Some English doctors want women to be allowed to pop a few pills to have their own abortion at home. They say the use of these pills are find and dandy up to nine weeks into a pregnancy. I know very little about the medical aspects of this, but they say that a couple of [Read More...]

Devotional Reading

“Now the layman or amateur needs to be instructed as well as to be exhorted. In this age his need for knowledge is particularly pressing…. For my own part I tend to find the doctrinal books often more helpful in devotion than the devotional books, and I rather suspect that the same experience may await [Read More...]

RCA

One of my joys at the moment is teaching the RCIA course at St Mary’s Greenville. We have an excellent team who organize all the paperwork, the small groups, the schedule etc. We have forty catechumens, a good number of which come from a Baptist/Evangelical background, including a few from the world of Bob Jones [Read More...]

Francis Beckwith’s Story

Aimee Milburn has a nice summary of Tim Drake’s interview with former Evangelical theologian (and now Catholic revert) Francis Beckwith. here’s a snippet: Beckwith explains: I returned again to the Fathers and found in them, very early on, the Real Presence, infant baptism, and apostolic succession as well as other “Catholic” doctrines. Even in the [Read More...]

Pro Life Blog

Through the Curt Jester I found this excellent pro life blog. it’s called The Truth About Margaret Sanger. [Read more...]

Via, Veritas, Vita

During RCIA this evening an idea hit me. I was trying to communicate the fact that the Christian faith is not just a list of rules to be obeyed or a list of doctrines to be believed, but it is an encounter with a person. It is a way of life. It is a journey [Read More...]

Catholic Tube

Check out this new blog for Catholic videos of all sorts. [Read more...]

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True Evangelization

According to Pope John Paul the Great, evangelization works like this: 1. Spend time (lots of time) in contemplative prayer2. Because we become like the thing we worship, we will eventually become more like Christ3. As we become more like Christ, we will reflect his glory in our own lives, and our faces will become [Read More...]

Baptist Sacred Heart of Jesus

In the grounds of the Zion Hill Baptist Church just over the North Carolina border from Greenville, off highway 25 at Flat Rock you will find this very nice statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Note the two plaster, painted lambs to the left. Very Catholic… [Read more...]

Life Chain

Snaps from today’s Life Chain in Greenville South Carolina. Here in the Bible belt the vast majority of motorists who commented did so with a honk and a thumbs up. [Read more...]

Preaching to the Birds

On Fridays we have a school Mass, and I usually preach without notes. The ideas are in my head, and I take a ‘prayer walk’ around the school campus and practice the homily out loud. There’s a flock of canadian geese in residence at the moment and the other day they started to follow me [Read More...]

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...]


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