Holy Mary Mother of God and Mother of Me

annunciation1

I had a Southern Baptist friend who thought it was amusing, when visiting Catholic churches, to wave to the image of Mary and say, “Hi Mary!” When I challenged him on what seemed a mark of disrespect he said cheerily, “Y’all say, ‘Hail Mary’ and ‘Hail’ just means ‘Hi’, so it’s my way of saying [Read More...]

I Love Lucy

St Lucy

Not Lucile Ball, but St Lucy is the one I love. It is her feast day today, and here are some reasons why she’s important: Firstly, there is the symbolism of her name. “Lucy” comes from the Latin for light–”Lux” or “Lucis”. Lucy is the saint of Light in the season of Advent which is [Read More...]

What I Didn’t Say About Christ the King

Christ King

One of the difficulties about preaching is there is too much to say and too little time to say it. This is especially true of the celebrations that only come around once a year. So for Christ the King on Sunday I spoke about Blessed Miguel Pro and “Viva Christo Rey!” and the need for [Read More...]

The Strength of Kolbe

Maximilian-Kolbe

Here is a good post on the martyrdom of Maximillian Kolbe. I wrote last week about sanctity versus being good. The atheist will explain altruism in evolutionary terms: “Don’t you see that for the survival of the tribe primitive people soon began to see that altruism helped them to survive as a people. If they [Read More...]

Sin or Sanctity?

Sin is monotonous. Sanctity is totally original. Underneath this observation lurks a deeper truth–that sin is boring. We believe in original sin, but there is nothing original about sin. This is because evil is derivative. Satan cannot create anything, all he can do is twist or destroy or distort what is good. Take any sin [Read More...]

The Little Girl as Warrior

St Therese dressed as Joan of Arc

“Sanctity! It must be won at the point of a sword!” said the little warrior St Therese. If anyone has read her Story of a Soul and gave it up as a sentimental exercise in French bad taste they should pick up┬áThe Last Conversations. The first book might just put folks off with the cute [Read More...]


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