The Alleluia that Defeats the Chill of Evil – UPDATE

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A friend of mine sent me this piece from the WSJ on the "rapid descent" of the Aurora shooter, pointing to one paragraph, in particular: On June 25, the Lead Valley Range received Mr. Holmes' online application with answers to basic questions about age, gun ownership and drug use; all seemed normal, said range owner Glenn Rotkovich. Mr. Rotkovich called Mr. Holmes to set up an orientation time, and heard an "incoherent, bizarre" voice-mail message, which he described as "very guttural." … [Read more...]

Priest Videos and Problems of Recommendation

I have received probably three dozen emails over the past two days tipping me off to "a new priest video" or asking me to please post the video, or demanding to know why I have not yet posted it, as is my duty as a Catholic blogger. But I don't want to mischaracterize the emails. Most people are very nice, and they just want to make sure I am aware of this new video that advocates for the priesthood. Well, I am aware of it, but I haven't posted it here for a very simple reason. I don't … [Read more...]

Laughter in my Prayer – UPDATED

Two hours into the day someone sent this my way and I needed it, badly. Laughter is not just good medicine. Sometimes having the opportunity to laugh segues into a prayer of thanksgiving: Thank you, God, for the interruption to a hectic day, and the cleansing effect of a laugh. Thank you God that I can hear and see this, in order to so fully enjoy it. Thank you that my lungs work, so I can bark out "HA! That's funny!" and it heals me more effectively than a thousand sighs. Thank you for … [Read more...]

Attitude of Gratitude

We've talked a lot around here about how joy is unattainable without gratitude -- that it needs a perspective grounded in an awareness of all the things one has to be grateful about. Clearly, this man wasn't waiting until the end to take stock … [Read more...]


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