Koontz Ultimatum

I just finished my first book by Dean Koontz. Called Life Expectancy, it is a book about a family stalked by a psychopath, but beneath the storyline it is really about marriage, faithfulness and an abundant life. Koontz was first brought to my attention in an interview in National Catholic Register with Tim Drake. Koontz [Read More...]


Following my post on Monday about mountaintops, and not wanting to be all theory and no action….Joseph Pearce and I went up to Jones Gap in the mountains of North Carolina for a hike. Joseph is very fit, and younger than me, but I made it, and it was worth it…supposedly one of the finest [Read More...]

Mountain Top

One of the things I love about the story of the Transfiguration is that it is crammed with so much meaning. The fulfillment of the law and the prophets in Jesus Christ; the call to glory for the apostles and subsequently for each of us; the poignant truth that the glory Moses beheld at Sinai [Read More...]

For a Baptism

For a Baptism All the waters of the world are here.In this small bowl the rain falls, the dew rests, the strong river flows. Here the sea surges and sighs— opens the way to life and closes over in death. This bowl holds all the tears of joy and sorrow, all the sweat of work [Read More...]

Spiritual White Water

Our full time hospital chaplain was away for a few days, so I got the call to the intensive care unit of the hospital. A man on vacation fell from a waterfall up in the hills of North Carolina and had extensive head injuries. They only gave him a few more hours to live. They [Read More...]

The Magic Cookie?

My brother in law Jim said recently, “I find it hard to believe that the Catholics are the only ones with the magic cookie.” Overlooking the frivolity of the language, he expresses a common misunderstanding amongst non-Catholics. I guess what he means by his statement is that he thinks that the Lord is also really [Read More...]

The Altar Call

How well I remember the fundamentalist altar call. The preachers were clear: human beings were sinners separated from the love of God. Jesus died to forgive our sins. All we had to do was repent and believe the gospel. Then, “Every head bowed, every eye closed, nobody looking around.” The old hymn, “Just as I [Read More...]


How does one put hyperlinks into blogger comments? [Read more...]

Graven Images

Wal-Mart is selling religious statues. They are in the toy section, and are designed to help kids learn their Bible stories by playing with action figures. That’s Daniel in the lion’s den. Check out the pictures galleries here to see them all… So nice to see the Protestants starting to accept the need for religious [Read More...]

Merry Ole England

Here’s a news story to let you know what modern Britain is like. Read it and weep. [Read more...]

American Religious Shysters

You may have heard the names and adventures of Charles Taze Russell, Judge Rutherford , Mary Baker Eddy, Joseph Smith etc. etc. You can add famous dispensationalist Bible ‘scholar’ C.I. Scofield to the list of religious renegades and ne-er do wells. In a long line of American religious entrepreneurs, Scofield had a reputation as a [Read More...]


What happened to a blog called Catholodoxies by a young searcher called Irenaeus? [Read more...]

Five Things

Sheepcat has tagged me for five thing I love about Jesus. This is totally off the top of my head: 1. He loved children.2. He rebuked religious hypocrites.3. He spent lots of time praying alone.4. He cleansed the temple.5. He didn’t complain and didn’t explain. I tag Archistrategos; Catholic Mom of Ten; Fr Benedict at [Read More...]

The Healing Rosary

Just got news last week that my new book The Healing Rosary has been given the greenlight at Our Sunday Visitor for publication next Spring. Publication is one step. After that we’ve got to get people to 1. Buy the book 2. Read it… Every step in book production is harder than the last. [Read more...]

Jehovah’s Witnesses or Conservative Evangelicals?

Here are two timelines. The first one is a dispensationalist timeline. The outline of world history here is embraced by a huge number of American conservative Evangelicals. They’re the ones who buy into the whole hugely successful Left Behind series of books and films produced by Bob Jones graduate Tim LaHaye (and others) The bottom [Read More...]

Paganism and Catholicism

Over at Shrine of the Holy Whapping Drew was asking if anyone knew the origin of the bishop’s mitre. It reminded me that purveyors of the more wacky anti-Catholic propaganda believe the bishop’s mitre is derived from the ancient pagan religion of Dagon the fish god. (picture to the left) See how the priest’s headgear [Read More...]

The Church is Alive; the Church is Young

On Friday we travelled to Columbia, SC for the ordination of six men to the priesthood to serve for the Diocese of Charleston. Fr. Michael Cassabon is a young man in his twenties who has trained at the North American College in Rome. Michael is a graduate of St Joseph’s Catholic School. He is our [Read More...]


Aaaargh!! After camp my laptop crashed and burned. The hard drive was corrupted and I lost all data. Had I been making regular back ups? Whoops forgot. At camp had I finished two thirds of The Gargoyle Code–my Screwtape Letters take off? Yes I had. Was Slubgrip happy with the book? Probably not. Can devils [Read More...]

Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah,

Remember that one, or am I showing my age again? I’m signing off for a week. I’m going –not to Camp Granada–but to Camp Kahdalea and Camp Chosatonga to be camp chaplain for a week. I also hope to finish my book The Gargoyle Code–which is half done. Over and out. [Read more...]

Doc, I’ve Got this Painful Molar…

Amy offers excerpts from Southern Baptist theologian Albert Mohler’s reaction to the Catholic Church’s recent clarification on what makes up a ‘proper church.’ You can read Dr Mohler’s whole article here. At least Dr. Mohler read the Vatican statement and has the dignity to respond rationally, instead of the sentimental responses from many Protestants. He [Read More...]

Culture of Death

This is a wedding dress made from condoms. All part of a Chinese fashion show to promote the rubber doo dads. Quite apart from China’s one child policy, forced abortions and sterilizations, isn’t a wedding dress made out of condoms the most amazing contradiction in terms? A wedding after all, is about starting a family, [Read More...]

Fishy Friday

My brother converted to the Catholic faith a few years ago, and one of his in laws from Philadelphia tried to dissuade him. A solid Archie Bunker type, he said, “Lemme tellya about dem Catlicks. I grew up wid dem in Philly. Ya know dey all eat fish on Fridays right? Well lemme tellya why. [Read More...]