Unholy Rage Inspired by the Birth of the Christ

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My little cousin and I watch as my uncle washes away the blood, and examines the wound. He is making that odd breathless noise—halfway between a gasp of surprise and a sigh of regret—that he always makes when an attack has been thwarted. My uncle, after all, is nearly forty; an old man long past the charms of making his bed upon the chill earth at night; disenchanted with stargazing while wolves in the dark distance howl, or creep in silence, just beyond our sight.It is different for his son … [Read more...]

Award-winning “Strange Gods” Now in Polish! (UPDATED)

Strange Gods Award

In the successive pages of this modern day City of God...Say whuuuuut? From a review of Strange Gods than left me a bit speechless, when I read it last week!A couple of days ago, I shared old news that my regular column at OSV had been honored with an award.And a friend said, "I thought it was your book, not the column, that was recognized."Which reminded me that oh, yeah, Strange Gods was also recognized by the Association of Catholic Book Publishers.No, I didn't mind … [Read more...]

Obama and Francis: Authoritarianism is Bad, Until it’s Fine

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So, I'm watching Obama single-handedly alter our relations with Cuba, and we're reading from Politico that the president is feeling liberated and ready to be the president he always wanted to be -- that is, a president who doesn't deal with Congress and pretty much does as he damn pleases.I used to say Obama didn't want to be president, with all of its haggling and jawboning; he just wanted to be the ceremonial prince, making speeches about end-results. Seems, though, that what he has always … [Read more...]

3-Minutes Hate; Anti-Sex League; Doubleplusungood!

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Golly I just took a look at Hot Air, and saw these two stories: University of Michigan Prof: It's OK to hate Republicans and Defining Nearly All Sex as Rape, a notion with which one of my own Senators seems enthralled:During an MSNBC-hosted panel discussion on Monday at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Gillibrand said she was considering taking the “yes means yes” law to the federal level.“I definitely have been studying it and looking at it,” she said. “I think there's something the … [Read more...]

I Never Told You! My Column Won an Award!

Ora pro nobis award

Earlier this year when I was really involved with the pneumonia, I learned that "Ora Pro Nobis", my regular column for The Catholic Answer, had been honored with an award from the Catholic Press Association:Really cool, right? Hey, I am grateful for any kind word! And 2013 was the year I really got comfortable writing stuff like this, and this, and a few more.As I never cease to tell you when each issue comes out, it is an privilege to write regularly for The Catholic Answer, which … [Read more...]

Duke Ellington Sent Christmas Cards All Year Long

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The story goes that if the legendary composer and orchestrator Duke Ellington had met you, and gotten his hands on your mailing address, you’d have gotten a Christmas card from him. It may not come at Christmas, but at some point during the year, his personally written and signed greetings would grace your mailbox.“Duke Ellington and I exchanged Christmas greetings each year,” wrote Joe Delaney of the Las Vegas Sun. “Mine were sent in mid-December. Duke sent his when the spirit moved him.” … [Read more...]

Suggestions for Stocking Stuffers and Kid’s Books

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Earlier, I posted some Christmas gift suggestions for under $50.00, but I totally forgot to recommend some kids books and also stocking stuffers, and this year we're going heavy on stocking stuffers, ourselves, so, here we go!The first time someone gave me a giant natural sponge for a Secret Santa, I thought it was strange, but after I used it I understood. SO MUCH BETTER than a loofah, in every way. I love my sponge. This giant sponge, combined with something like these outstanding soaps? … [Read more...]

Patheos Welcomes Marge Fenelon!

Marge Fenelon

You've heard her mellifluous tones gracing the airways on Relevent Radio's Morning Air program, and EWTN's Son Rise Morning Show, and you may have recently caught her providing live coverage and commentary for EWTN's coverage of the the international broadcast of the Schoenstatt Movement’s Centennial events. In fact, if you're looking up these days, you're likely to see Marge Fenelon, somewhere, including -- in 2014 -- Israel, where she covered Pope Francis' visit, and Rome, where she p … [Read more...]

Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck Have Some ‘Splainin’ to Do

Batman says, "Get help, Keaton. Get help!"

And here is why:Michael Keaton Isn’t Jealous of Ben Affleck: ‘I’m Batman, I’m Very Secure in That’Unlike Christian Bale, who most recently portrayed the superhero in Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy, Keaton told the ShortList that he’s not jealous that Ben Affleck will soon be donning the cape and cowl in “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.”“No,” he simply said when asked if he feels envious. “Do you know why? Because I’m Batman. I’m very secure in that.”Yeah, no...scre … [Read more...]

“Slovenly!” New from KardashianFashian! UPDATED

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I'm sorry to rant, but I just don't get it.I mean, it's one thing for extremely rich celebrities to do their everyman-poseur thing with the ripped jeans and tee shirts; their homage to working class people (who would very likely love to afford better wardrobes) has been old hat for decades.But this! This I really don't get:Go HERE to see what I'm talking about!Why would someone as rich as Kim Kardashian -- with stylists and handlers all around her -- go out in public wearing … [Read more...]

Storytime Video: Narrating a Moment of Your Life

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This is kind of delightful.It's a fellow with a video recorder -- or is it a phone? -- who approaches people and narrates a moment of their lives. And their responses are terrific, and sometimes surprisingly sharp.It kind of restores my faith in humanity a little to see that most people involved in this are rather nimble-witted, and -- perhaps more importantly -- pretty good-natured.Also offering some uplifting (or strange) videos today are Deacon Greg and his SuperSantaCops, … [Read more...]

Should I adopt this doggie?

Alle missing mommy

Ya'll remember my dear beloved, Alle, right? She was the best, smartest, sauciest dog ever; my best friend, who was even graceful in her leave-taking...I have missed her dearly. When we talk about possibly bringing another dog into the family, I keep thinking, "I'm not ready."But then, last night this good boy came across my line of vision.I am so tempted to run and adopt him.I'm also hesitating, because he looks so much like Alle (as though he could be her … [Read more...]

How Batman Prays: The Prayer Hack Series

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So, Tom McDonald has been running a really fascinating and fun "prayer-hack" series, wherein he queries folks on their prayer habits.He asked me to participate, and I said okay.Then he asked his first question, and it was existential crisis, all the way through...Q: Who are you? ​A: I’m Batman.​You can Read it all here...Related: Batman vs the Anchoress DC Comics and The Anchoress … [Read more...]

Immaculate Conception: 3 Reasons I Love the Day

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Later today, I'll be talking with Sheila Liaugminas (around 6:00pm, Eastern) as we take "A Closer Look" at the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and Saint Bernadette Soubirous, the visionary of Lourdes.If you ask Catholics which Marian feastday is their favorite, many will tell you it's this one, and I would be among their number, for three reasons:I love the day because it arrives just as we are beginning to deepen our experience of Advent. We place ourselves in the desert and give … [Read more...]


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