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The Stuff and Fluff of Jesus Christ

On the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I posted some thoughts on how the science of microchimerism enhances our belief in Mary's assumption into heaven.The blogpost was basically linking to my column at The Catholic Answer, and when I hit that site the other day I noticed lots of action in the combox. Of particular interest was this comment:When I first learned about the concept of microchimerism, I pondered this too, and I believe in the Assumption. The only thing is … [Read more...]

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How am I Actually Losing Weight for the First Time in Years?

This book.This stupid book,, which I think I learned about from Instapundit.Who knew?Who knew that all I needed was permission to eat a sandwich for lunch, if I really wanted to? None of this crazy trying to live with 20 net carbs a day, nosireebob. Keep it to 50 grams of carbs or less per day, and the weight is just melting off. A Turkey and Tomato Sandwich for lunch, and I'm good to go.No sense of deprivation. A big sense of wonder, and thankful praise.Who knew? … [Read more...]

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How St. Philip Neri Gave Us Stephen Colbert

I had already read, and appreciated, this GQ interview with Stephen Colbert, in which Colbert beautifully expounds on his Catholic faith, but I hadn't realized that there is an indirect-but-clear connection between the comedian and our wise spiritual uncle, Saint Philip Neri, who was known for his playful, sometimes stinging, sense of humor.Father Robert Barron spells it out:Discussing the trauma that he experienced as a young man—the deaths of his father and two of his brothers in a p … [Read more...]

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“Amends”: A Novel Hilarious, True, and Masterful

It's a rare thing for me to begin reading a novel and, only paragraphs into it, wish I'd written it.J. Malachi MacCool was born in Berkeley, California, in the last decade of the Cold War, to parents who deserved better. He had a dilapidated body and a face like the last days of the Raj: jowly, discredited, eager for the final defeat. He was thirty-two, he lived in a cockroach-infested studio apartment in Washington, DC, and fans of his writing -- for magazines like Intimations, Hound and … [Read more...]

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Bartholomew and the Weakness of God

The weakness of God is stronger than men. That the preaching of these men was indeed divine is brought home to us in the same way. For how otherwise could twelve uneducated men, who lived on lakes and rivers and wastelands, get the idea for such an immense enterprise? How could men who perhaps had never been in a city or a public square think of setting out to do battle with the whole world? That they were fearful, timid men, the evangelist makes clear; he did not reject the fact or try to hide … [Read more...]

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Strange Gods at the Seminary!

If you are on Long Island on September 13, consider swinging by the beautiful Seminary of the Immaculate Conception -- which gave us Father Michael Duffy -- and saying "hi!" I will be there discussing Strange Gods, Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life (now with study guide!) and sharing some ideas, and chatting.If time allows, I might also do a first-ever reading of an excerpt of my new book, Little Sins Mean a Lot, which comes out next spring.Immaculate Conception Seminary was part of … [Read more...]

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Adoration Changed Everything For Me

I like this piece by Mary DeTurris Poust, on the effect of Adoration on parishes and individuals:Despite the mystery — or maybe precisely because of it — adoration is growing in popularity and practice among American Catholics. Perhaps that’s because daily life, for so many, has become chaotic that there is a desperate search for a place and practice that can become the calm amid the storm: Eucharistic adoration can become that place.Too right! I also like what this fellow says, further d … [Read more...]

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Nun News Late Summer Vocation Round-up – UPDATE

UPDATE: As we wait to discover the name of St. Joseph Monastery's newest Novice, (Sister Frances Marie of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus) here is a report from the Diocese of Fort Wayne, Indiana, where they witnessed the ancient rite of the Consecration of a Virgin.I usually do my big annual round-up in the Autumn, but they are piling up, so here goes:Do you recall, last year, reading here at Patheos a father's admission that "Sure, we need nuns, but not my daughter!". He chronicled … [Read more...]

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How Does Science Back Up a Theological Dogma? Like This:

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I will keep this very brief, with the help of my column this month, at The Catholic Answer:For most of my life, the assumption of Mary existed as little more, for me, than a head-scratcher of a dogma.I understood that Elijah and Enoch had been assumed into heaven, so if I considered Mary’s assumption at all, it was simply to shrug it off: “Mary was assumed into heaven. Sure, why not?” The whys and wherefores of the matter were so far above my paygr … [Read more...]

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As I Lay Like Broccoli: A Personal Prayer Request

Regular readers know I rarely ask for prayers for myself, but I find that I need all I can get as I deal with a stubborn infection and a physician's command to remain "flat on your back, leg elevated over your heart."My head says, "yay, bedrest, I can catch up on my reading." Somehow, I can't seem to concentrate on that very much, though, and I end up alternately binge-watching "Bob's Burgers", reading my Magnificat and dozing off in the middle of the rosaries I keep beginning, for the … [Read more...]

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