Do You Enjoy Being Miserable?

Vivien Leigh as Blanch Dubois in "A Streetcar Named Desire"

Let’s face it. Some people enjoy being miserable. Here’s why: First of all, it could be that it is simply their personality type. When I ran a business training company before I was ordained we used a personality type program to help people improve working conditions. I soon realized that there were three personality types [Read More...]

How Death Gave Mozart the Joy of Life


From a Letter Mozart wrote to his father shortly before his father’s death…. As death, when we come to consider it closely, is the true goal of our existence, I have found during the last few years much closer relations with this best and truest friend of mankind, so that his image is not only no [Read More...]

The Mystery and Meaning of Martyrdom

Insane Beast from "I Am Legend"

When faced with the new horrors confronting Christians in the world today one comes back time and again to ask “Why”? First of all we consider the enemy. Within the world there is an irrational rage that surges out into violence. One cannot enter into any kind of discussion with such violent and irrational rage. [Read More...]

The Christian Holocaust Continues

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The Christians captured by ISIS forces earlier in the week are now being executed according to this report from ZENIT Terrorist group Islamic State (IS) has started killing hostages seized after it took Assyrian Christian villages in Syria’s Hassake governorate – with reports that around 15 are dead.  In a message sent to Catholic agencies working [Read More...]

Is Yoga Dangerous?


Television preacher Pat Robertson has warned viewers not to practice yoga because they will be unwittingly be praying to Hindu gods. What is yoga and is it incompatible with Catholicism? Fr John Hardon explains more about it in this short article Yoga is incompatible with Catholicism because the best known practice of Hindu spirituality is [Read More...]

FaithWorks! for Lent

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My weekly newsletter FaithWorks! is being published again for Lent. During Lent I’ll be writing a series of articles on the seven precepts of the church and why they’re important. The first is on our duty to  attend Mass weekly. Included in the newsletter are practical teaching points, resources and links to helpful information and [Read More...]

Red for the Blood of the Martyrs


My latest article for Aleteia notices the disturbing co-incidence that the day after 20 new cardinals were created 21 new martyrs gave their lives on a Libyan beach. There was a chilling synchronicity in the religious news this last week. On Saturday, standing with twenty new cardinals, Pope Francis made twenty-one. The next day the [Read More...]

ISIS Wolves Devour Christians


The AP reports here that ISIS terrorists have swept through Christian villages in Northern Syria kidnapping nearly 100 Christians. The latest assault began before dawn on Monday, when the militants swept through the villages nestled along the banks of Khabur River near the town of Tal Tamr in Hassakeh province. The area is predominantly inhabited [Read More...]

Paradise and Paranoia

Adam and Eve

This week’s article at Imaginative Conservative looks at our need for happiness and what happens when we are disappointed. The problem is that the paradise is never achieved. There is always disappointment and a fly in the ointment. The search for pleasure ends in addiction instead of satisfaction, and the search for utopia ends in [Read More...]

Pipteazle on Porn for Gals


In this excerpt from The Gargoyle Code Slubgrip’s colleague Pipteazle instructs Dogwart on how women are tempted by a different type of porn than men. It seems appropriate during the disgusting hype over Fifty Shades of Grey. Ms. Pipteazle Archsecretary Female Division Lilith Hall, Seventh Circle Dogwart, Slubgrip has ‘asked’ me to write to you about the temptation of [Read More...]

Why Sado Masochism Is Going to Be Huge

50 shades

I held back from writing about Fifty Shades of Grey because I hadn’t read the book or seen the movie and don’ t want to. I didn’t want to give yet more publicity for something which decent people should hardly be aware of. This is the stuff of dark dungeons of desire, and not M&S [Read More...]

How Generosity Gives Back


My father used to tithe 15% of his income. Really. That was before taxes…and he had five children and a retail clothing store that was struggling to stay afloat. Once when I was in eighth grade we had to do a pie chart of our family’s finances for an economics class. I can remember making [Read More...]

The Joy of Being Wrong


Here is my article for National Catholic Register for Ash Wednesday. It celebrates being wrong, “for whenever men are right they are not young” Ash Wednesday is the day when we wear our error on our brow. The ashes declare to the world, “I’m wrong. It was me.” With the ashes, we put our hands [Read More...]

Two Pictures Tell a Horrible Story…

Dawkins cure

Take a moment to consider these two photographs, and figure out how they are connected. A comfortable Oxford intellectual continually spouts anti-religious hate speech with impunity. Indeed, he is lauded as a leading intellectual and a darling of the chattering classes. Some people even read his books, and his books, and his constant stream of [Read More...]

What is the Unforgivable Sin?


Some time ago I had a bust up with a colleague. He walked into my office and insulted me straight up. It was real ugly. He accused me of stuff of which I was innocent. So I asked him to sit down. Although I was furious I said, “You have just insulted me very badly. [Read More...]

Ten Things Every Catholic Should Know About St Peter


If you are involved in a discussion with an Evangelical Christian you can bet they will have John 3:16 memorized. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son so that whoever believes in his will not perish but have everlasting life.” Sometimes Catholics are embarrassed that Evangelicals have that verse memorized, [Read More...]

A Close Shave in the Vatican

This week sees a new and creative initiative by Pope Francis to help the homeless. Folks who are down on their luck can get a shower, shave and a haircut within the precincts of St Peter’s Square. Catholic News Agency reports here Officially inaugurated on Feb. 16, the facilities provide the opportunity for homeless individuals [Read More...]

The Apocalypse of Modern Martyrdom

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After the brutal murder of twenty one Coptic Christians we have to look again at martyrdom. This is not long ago and far away. It is here. It is now. It is on your screen. John Allen’s excellent The Global War on Christians: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Anti-Christian Persecution explores the world wide phenomenon [Read More...]

Want to Understand ISIS?


Graeme Wood writes the best analysis and description of the horror of ISIS here at The Atlantic. He goes into detail about the roots of ISIS, its relationship to mainstream Islam and the ambitions of the Caliphate. He explains how ISIS combines not only a horribly literalistic interpretation of the Koran, but also how it is interlaced [Read More...]

Huge Lent Resource


  Lent is here and I’ll bet you haven’t made any preparations yet. If so, the new media offers instant answers. Much of the material is free If you’re looking for online resources for Lent, Aggie Catholics have their annual Lent mega post here Don’t forget you can still sign up for Dynamic Catholic’s free [Read More...]

ISIS Is Itching for a New Crusade- What Should We Do?

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It is time for the West to wake up to the religious dimension of the ISIS horror. The barbarians who have decapitated twenty one prisoners in Libya were completely clear in the religious motivation for their crime. They chose Christians from the ancient Coptic church of Egypt and they murdered the men in cold blood. [Read More...]

Messiaen and Eliot: Music and Poetry in Wartime


This week’s article for the Imaginative Conservative explores two remarkable pieces of art: T.S.Eliot’s Four Quartets and Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time Messiaen’s music, like Eliot’s poetry, requires hard work. At first it is disturbingly modern, distasteful, and difficult. On second and third listening things come clear, and a beauty that was hidden in harshness comes [Read More...]