When A Pope Resigning Is A Good Thing…

... I remember the passing of Bl. John Paul II. The media coverage put a glaring spotlight on the Catholic Church; a positive spot light for once. People of all religions were united in their grief for JPII's death. The Church received a larger than normal number of new members into Her fold that year after the funeral. At my parish alone, we had people lined up at the doors to join RCIA. Curiosity drove them there because of the supportive out pouring and positive attention Catholics received. … [Read more...]

Lent FAIL…

... I hate Lent. But then again I suppose that's the point.Starting the penitential season in full swing found me hunched over a flat tire in the pouring rain yesterday morning. No one stopped to help. Just as I was cursing all of humanity as heartless bastards a kindly man stopped to help change the tire. I immediately was humbled and felt like a big fat jerk. Nicely played, God.Every year I promise to give up swearing for Lent, then I have mornings like today where I am half way … [Read more...]

News roundup…

... Because sometimes I'm too lazy and time constrained for lengthy commentary.Bristol Palin is blogging at Patheos. I know, right!HuffPo article links to and supports the findings from a 2008 U.K. study [Bad Sex Pill] where research showed contraceptives can make a woman desire the wrong man. I know, HuffPo right!The Holy See asks SSPX to clarify, or something. I don't know for sure. I think I need some clarification on the clarification. What?And some Lenten art. Seems, I … [Read more...]

Caravaggio…

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Girolamo Romanino c. 1542…

Today's link: The Hospitality of Lent … [Read more...]

Sir Anthony Van Dyck c. 1618-20 …

For your reading pleasure; Fancy a pretzel? What members of the Eastern Churches and even Muslims can teach Western Christians about fasting. … [Read more...]

I’m sure it’s quite the sacrifice…

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Adriaen van de Velde c. 1665…

... and thus begins the annual Lenten tradition at blog of featuring daily art relating to our Lord's Passion. In addition, this year I will be including one link to another blog or Lenten resource to accompany the provided visual aid. I may even include a reading recommendation or two.Today's links are; Bringing Lent Home with Mother Teresa: Prayers, Reflections, and Activities for Families and The Bright Sadness - Lent in the Eastern Catholic Tradition … [Read more...]

Those Dutch knew how to throw a party…

... Merrymakers at Shrovetide or "Vastenavond" by Frans Hals c. 1616-17Don't you love the crass revelry depicted here - the crude finger gestures and is that dude in the back giving me the two finger salute or just throwing a gang sign?Two of the figures are recognizable as stock characters from comic theater, "Peeckelhaering" (Pickled Herring), with the garland of eggs and sausages, and Hans Wurst with sausages on his cap. If you are familar with Hals you may also recognize the … [Read more...]