Sects and Jazzy T-Shirts

Last Saturday when we arrived at Greenville Spartanburg airport we had to jostle for a place to check in because there was a group of 70 Baptist young people wearing jazzy T-shirts with Bible verses on them. They were off to Nicaragua on a mission trip. When we got to Atlanta there must have been [Read More...]

Lean on Me

Some years ago I was part of a youth weekend at Lancing College in England. Their school chapel is a great neo Gothic church perched on the side of a hill. We wanted the young people to understand the poverty in the developing world, so we set them a project: they had to go into [Read More...]

Corpus Christi in El Salvador

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Mass at La Herradura

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Mission Team with Rev. Indiana Jones

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El Salvador Survivors

I’ve just returned from our El Salvador mission trip. Six students and one parent chaperone went with me to work for a week at the CIDECO community and school. We also had the chance to tour the country and learn a huge amount about another culture, another climate and most of all, to experience how [Read More...]

Blessing Drunks

Fr Ray posts about a drunk tramp in England who doesn’t ask for money, but a blessing in Latin. It reminds me of one of Alice Thomas Ellis’ rants. She was in Westminster Cathedral and a prissy young priest told the congregation not to give money to the tramps who gather outside the door after [Read More...]

St Laurence, Bradford on Avon

Roving Medievalist posts pictures of the little Saxon Church in Bradford on Avon, England. I first visited this sweet old church when I was a student at Oxford. I was drunk on the glories of English church architecture and made it my hobby to know the difference between pointed arches, Norman arches. I tracked all [Read More...]

El Salvador

Old Baldy is signing off for a week. I’m off to El Salvador with six kids from St Joseph’s Catholic School on a mission trip. We’re working in a community called CIDECO. The community consists of modest housing, a clinic, school, church and market square. The founders provide the whole package for the poorest of [Read More...]

The Maronites and Me

The news has leaked. Someone who reads this blog saw me training to celebrate the Maronite Divine liturgy. Now everyone knows that I’m shifting over to the Maronites. Fed up with the sloppy liturgy at St Mary’s Greenville, (singing Kumbaya every week was bad enough, but having the Sisters of Groove come in for that [Read More...]

Interview with Beckwith

The reversion of noted Evangelical theologian Francis Beckwith to the Catholic faith made for much discussion in the blogosphere some weeks back. About the same time a mini storm was going on here about ‘Evangelical Catholicism’. If you would like to understand why a cradle Catholic left to become Evangelical, and why he has now [Read More...]

Men’s Conference in Greenville

Steve Wood used to be a Prebyterian pastor. He’s now a Catholic and runs Family Life Center, has the Faith and Family show on EWTN, started St Joseph’s Covenant Keepers–an apostolate that supports men in their vocation as husbands and fathers. Steve and his family are also members of St Mary’s, Greenville. He’s running a [Read More...]


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My Perfect Hermitage

The Roving Medievalist has done me the service of finding the perfect property for my final retirement into the eremitical life. [Read more...]

With a Grain of Salt

Convert Peter has a great little post about the Pope. Like that song from Oklahoma! “With me it’s all or nuthin’, is it all or nuthin’ with you…” Peter says you have to choose about the Pope: is he the anti-Christ or is he who is says he is: the successor of Peter and the [Read More...]

Book Meme

John at Prodigal’s Rest has tagged me for this meme: Books I am reading now:1. Confessions by St Augustine2. The Third Secret – Steve Berry (an airport novel)3. Helena – Evelyn Waugh4. Cacique – a novel of Florida’s heroic Mission History – Bishop Robert Baker and Tony Sands5. The Jesus Inquest – Charles Foster6. Marking [Read More...]

Fit to be Thai’d

Andrew has gone to Bangkok, Thailand, and posts some great photos of the Catholic Churches there. This is my favorite, but have a look here at the others. Some are pretty conventional modern Catholic Churches. Others are traditional in a Western style. The most interesting ones combine oriental idiom in architecture with Christian tradition. What [Read More...]

The First Mega Church

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Summer vacation has arrived and I’ve got loads to do. After tidying up from the loose ends at school, I’m heading for El Salvador on Saturday for a week. I’m leading a school mission trip to help at the CIDECO community. CIDECO is a village built with help from the papal foundation. The poorest of [Read More...]

St Philip Neri and the Holy Spirit

For Pentecost, link here to read Fr Nicholas’ account of St Philip Neri’s experience of the Holy Spirit. St Philip founded the congregation of the Oratorians. Readers will know about the wonderful Brompton Oratory in London, but Fr Tim has been to preach at the just as fine Birmingham Oratory for the feast of St [Read More...]

First Holy communion

This is our youngest son Elias at his first Holy Communion a few weeks ago. [Read more...]

Gang of Four

Have you noticed how the most aggressive of the new atheists are all British? Left to Right are teh four most famous Christophobes: Scientist Richard Dawkins, Philosopher A.C.Grayling, Journalist Christopher Hitchens and children’s author Philip Pullman. Do authors create a trend in thought or express one that already exists in their society? I think it [Read More...]