Fear Hell…


... To quote Fr. Longenecker, fear hell.Today is the option memorial of Our Lady of Fatima.Quoting the good Father again,It is sobering to remember that the visions of Fatima are not just the wishful thinking of three peasant children or the fanciful imaginations of ignorant children.The visions have been approved by the Church, validated by five popes and given credence by millions.Therefore we ought to take them seriously.Hell is real and should be rightly feared. … [Read more...]

Santa Claus versus St. Nick…


... Every now and again I hear someone refer to Santa Claus as St. Nick.Santa and St. Nick are two very different individuals. Here, let me help you distinguish between the two.St. Nick aka St. Nicholas of Myra1) An actual real live person 2) Celebrated and recognized saint in Catholicism and Orthodoxy 3) Known for kicking ass and taking names4) Actually gave to the poor 5) Imprisoned for his faithSanta Claus1) Totally fictional character of dubious pagan … [Read more...]

Mary’s Queenship Beautifully Represented by Veronese, Botticelli, Sirani and Velázquez…


... Today's Fine Art Friday celebrates the Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary.The faithful, under the guidance of an unerring Catholic instinct, have ever recognized the queenly dignity of the Mother of "The King of kings and Lord of lords": the Fathers, the Doctors of the Church, Popes, down through the centuries, have given authoritative expression to this truth and the crowning testimony to this common belief is to be found clearly expressed in the wonders of art and in … [Read more...]

St. Mary Magdalene, The Penitent …


... Today is the memorial of my patron saint, St. Mary Magdalene.When I was being confirmed some people assumed my choosing her implied we shared a scandalous unseemly past."Oh, you've taken the reformed prostitute as your patron saint, eh? That's, um, interesting."No. I have taken The Penitent as my patron saint.The feast of St. Mary Magdalene is considered one of the most mystical of feasts, and it is said that of all the songs of the saints, that of Mary Magdalene is … [Read more...]

Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptist…


Bartolome Esteban Murillo, St. John the Baptist as a Child c. 1665From CatholicCulture.org; Ordinarily the Church observes the day of a saint's death as his feast, because that day marks his entrance into heaven. To this rule there are two notable exceptions, the birthdays of Blessed Mary and of St. John the Baptist. All other persons were stained with original sin at birth, hence, were displeasing to God. But Mary, already in the first moment of her existence, was free from original … [Read more...]



... The Sequence for Candlemas, sung to Dominican chant by the Dominican friars at Blackfriars, Oxford."Candlemas is the fortieth day after Christmas, and is the day the Church celebrates when the Blessed Virgin Mary in obedience with Mosaic law, presented the Christ child to Simeon the Just, in the temple (Numbers 18:15), and submitted herself for the ritual purification (Luke 2:22).On this feast day, Catholics customarily would bring all the candles they would use in their home … [Read more...]

Eat, Pray, Read…


What I am reading...The Book Thief Casar Millan's Short Guide to a Happy Dog The Eucharist and the Rosary: Mystery, Meditation, Power, Prayer by Matt Swaim White Trash CookingWhat I am fixing...Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cake (for my son's 11th birthday) Hoppin' John and collards (traditional Southern New Year's food for good luck) Roscòn de Reyes or Three King's Cake for Twelfth NightWhat I am doing...Not taking the Christmas tree down prematurely. … [Read more...]

Getting All Christmas Rant-y Up in this piece…


Mary's pregnancy was not unplanned, m'kay.It was perfectly planned by God. To say that Mary's pregnancy was unplanned implies an accident of chance and diminishes Her powerful "yes" to God's will. The fact that she willingly accepted to become the Mother of God shows us that the Incarnation was not a mere unplanned event. God sought Mary's permission and she obediently accepted. There was nothing unplanned about this miraculous event at all. Capisce?And all this bosh about the Holy … [Read more...]

Candy For Dinner! Candy For Breakfast!


Diet be damned!Today is Discount Halloween Candy Day*.*by "Discount Halloween Candy Day", I really mean "All Saint's Day." Go to mass! … [Read more...]