Inflation in the Nation

Over at Inside Catholic, Brian Saint-Paul talks the Federal Reserve, Inflation and Duck Tales.No, really. Start with this video:Then go read his "Money Meltdown" interview with Tom Woods.We're in big trouble - on all sides, politically, socially, spiritually - pick a battle and start working. Support it all on a foundation of prayer and something good may come of your efforts.This week Buster and I talked about coming threats, implosions and take-overs, and I told him again: … [Read more...]

It actually really IS Good TV!

Do you remember a while back, CNN and other outlets were remarking on the clever ad campaign put out by the Diocese of Brooklyn at the launch of their new offering, New Evangelization Television?The little devil in red was urging us to Stop Good TV; the ad got a lot of attention and communicated a sense of dynamic energy and good humor.But you know, with the exception of EWTN (which is very good the wee small hours of the morning - which is the only time my cable channel offers it - … [Read more...]

Prayer Penance and Pain – UPDATED

For reasons not worth getting into, there are times when my entire body is just one big ball of pain, where every inch of me aches. Usually it has to do with an incoming storm, or a weather system that is passing nearby.It happened tonight. We had a beautifully warm day, and I had no idea what the weather reports were saying, but I should have known we were due for rain because by suppertime I was almost blind from pain. After putting the dishes away I hit the sack, hoping an hour's nap … [Read more...]

Rosary Podcast; The Glorious Mysteries

I've been a little slower getting to them than I'd planned but here is the podcast of the five Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary:1) The Resurrection 2) The Ascension 3) The Descent of the Holy Spirit 4) The Assumption 5) The Crowning of MaryI'll try to have the Luminous Mysteries up before Friday.Lenten themed Catholic Carnival.Related: What inspired me to podcast the Rosary Rosary Podcast; The Sorrowful Mysteries (especially useful in Lent) Rosary Podcast; The Joyful Mysteries My other … [Read more...]

Rosary Podcast: Sorrowful Mysteries

If you've ever watched Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, you'll realize you are watching the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, beginning with the Agony in the Garden.I am often asked by non-Catholics why we spend so much time pondering the Passion of the Christ, and not the Resurrection. Well, we do both - just as we, all year long and not just at Christmas, keep the mysteries of his Incarnation before us in various ways, through devotions and feast days, we ponder the mysteries of the … [Read more...]

The Rosary: The Joyful Mysteries

The Presentation of the Lord/Fra AngelicoSince we talked about it yesterday:Here is a podcast of The Joyful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary:The Annunciation The Visitation The Birth of Our Lord The Presentation The Finding of our Lord in the TempleHit the link for illustration and lessons - mostly thanks to the remarkable Deacon Greg.I'll try to record the other four mysteries before Ash Wednesday.Before each mystery, I make a very brief note of relevant scripture; literally a line - … [Read more...]

Fatima & the Rosary – UPDATE

Okay, this is a little "officially weird."I'd been playing with the idea of podcasting the 4 mysteries of the rosary, for Lent, as a help for those who wanted to pray the rosary every day and might like the company. But then my computer had problems and podcasting was out.I'd forgotten all about the idea of doing the rosary.But today - Feb 20 - all day, two things kept pounding in my head. The first was: "Make those rosary podcasts, because the rosary is our weapon...""Weapon", I kept … [Read more...]

Michael Dubruiel – R.I.P. – UPDATED

UPDATE: Read Michael's staggering last column, written the night before he died. And another good one here about a priest who is one of my "prayer partners." Talk about the Communion of Saints! Today, when I said my rosary, I invited Michael to pray it with me, for his family. And I didn't even know that Michael and Fr. Solanus Casey were acquainted!This is nice: OSV will double Michael's royalties for his February book sales.Photo by Amy WelbornAwful, awful news.I knew Michael. … [Read more...]

"Who needs the saints?"

Who needs the saints, what's the point? A nicely done video by Fr. Jim Martin, author of My Life With the Saints, which has been endlessly plugged around here, and with good reason. It's a good way to spend 3 1/2 minutes.I've written before about the Communion of Saints and what it is like to pray with the cloud of witnesses St. Paul tells us are always around us. Christians profess the Communion of Saints in the Apostles Creed, but aside from the Catholics and Orthodox, we don't actually … [Read more...]

Bracelets: pictures don’t do them justice

A few days ago, I posted about goods and gifts one can purchase from monastics, who support themselves from the proceeds.I also included a link to St. Hubert's Rosaries, which is operated by a home-schooling mom of 9 who came up with a rosary bracelet that doesn't get bothersome and bulky.Shana thoughtfully surprised me with a gift of one of her bracelets, done in green beads with a Celtic Cross bead and a "Mother with Child" bead as well - not exactly like the green one shown above, but … [Read more...]