Stealing Paradise

On this most solemn and sacred of days, the day in which the Church remembers the violent death of Her Spouse and Lord, we are accustomed to the Passion narratives (in the West)  and the lengthy and ornate funeral procession (in the East).  But today marks not only the death of the only truly innocent man to walk the earth, but also the death of the first saint of the Church.  No, I don't mean Jesus, God is far above the saints, I mean Dismas.  Also known as Titus, Zoatham, Demas, and Rach, dep … [Read more...]

The Entrance: or Why One Should Care That a Man Came to Jerusalem

Today is Entrance Sunday (or Palm Sunday, as it is more commonly known in the West.)  This is the day when the Church remembers the entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem.  But what does this day mean?  Why all the celebration, the festivity the pomp?The entrance of the Lord into Jerusalem marks the beginning of the fulfillment of God's covenant.  The Final Covenant in His Blood, which was foretold by the Prophets and IS our salvation.  But since it is Christ, isn't everything a part of this cov … [Read more...]

The Disservice We Do Our Saints

Along with Papal infallibility, priestly celibacy, and Marian Dogmas, the veneration of saints is probably one of the most well known (and controversial) facets of the Catholic faith.  Everyone knows that Catholic's have saints, people who did the will of God in times past.  We know their names, we venerate their images, celebrate their feast days, but have we missed something?  Certainly we haven't missed their lives, we know the lives of at least a few saints very well; the Apostles, St. Fran … [Read more...]

Revising a Revaluation

After being bombarded in the wake of my earlier post on Hell, I decided that it was necessary to take a moment to explain myself.  So, I shall list off the valid critiques I have received and try in earnest to respond to them, and thus clarify what was said in my earlier post.1.  Hell as separation from God.I think it's fair to begin by saying that all of us understand that this is not to be understood as a physical or ontological (of the being) separation from God, as this is simply … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas!

I know what you're all thinking, "Is he joking, or just a moron who doesn't know what day it is."  And while I refuse to comment on whether or not I'm a moron, I will say with abject certainty that I do indeed know what today is.  And yes, it's Christmas.  Now that we're clear that I do, in fact, know that today is January the sixth, let us move on to why I'm saying this.For Eastern Catholics today is the feast of the Theophany, that is, the Baptism of Christ in the Jordan.  This is the last … [Read more...]

The Miracle of St. Paul

The Scriptures are filled with miracles, stories of great deeds being done for Israel and the early followers of Christ.  Miracles in the Bible can be said to fit into two categories: ones everyone talks about, and ones no one's thought about.  Sure, everyone knows the parting of the Red Sea, the water to wine, and the virgin birth; but how much time do we spend discussing the teaching of St. Paul?To understand this truly bizarre miracle we first need to understand who St. Paul is, in r … [Read more...]

Ecce Homo

Pontius Pilate is perhaps the least talked about figure in the New Testament.  It's strange that so little is said about the man who in effect condemned Christ to death, the death which would become for Christians, the source of salvation for all mankind.  However, despite all of this, his role in Christian thought is reduced to a brief mention during Holy Week, and an even more brief mention in the creed.  In light of his importance to the Paschal mystery, I should think that the mysterious li … [Read more...]

The “Cultured” Man

It has, for some time, been the hobby of the wealthy to go on lengthy vacations through foreign countries.  Most often these people go somewhere "wild" and "exotic," going to places, typically south of the Equator, and almost always impoverished.  They go to Southeast Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.  But what is really the common denominator between all of the most popular tour destinations?  Culture.  Tourists, most often, want to see culture in action.  They are fascinated by … [Read more...]