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...]

Let nothing disturb thee; Let nothing dismay thee …

therese1 bernini

... Today the Church recognizes the Memorial of St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor the Church.Bernini“Let nothing disturb thee; Let nothing dismay thee; All things pass; God never changes. Patience attains all that it strives for. He who has God finds he lacks nothing: God alone suffices.” -- St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church … [Read more...]

Holy Name of Mary …

Alessandro Allori, Hail Mary or The Annunciation c.1603

... I hate it when my writing gets so self absorbed I forget to mention what's worth mentioning. The important stuff.Today was the Memorial of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary. And what about Her name?In accordance with Jewish custom our Lady’s parents named her eight days after her birth, and were inspired to call her Mary. The Hebrew name of Mary (in Latin Domina) means lady or sovereign; this Mary is in virtue of her Son’s sovereign authority as Lord of the World. We cal … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, Mom…


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In Other News, Mary Magdalene…


... I know it's an exciting news day. The Pope's in Rio taking a joy ride and throwing caution to the wind.Kate had her baby.But bosh all that. I have more important things to post about. Today is my patron saint day, the memorial of St. Mary Magdalene. The first penitent. The only other woman who was closest to Christ besides His Mother. Mary, whom much was forgiven. Mary, whose love of the Lord was profoundly great.Related: Mary … [Read more...]

Do they make a Hallmark card celebrating decapitation…


... No? Then shut the hell up with your roses and chocolates and crap.Source: Catholic MemesNow go mortify or starve yourself or something. It's Lent. Or embrace your inner slav and celebrate the feasts of Sts. Cyril and Methodius by drinking lots of vodka.Other junk I've written about St. Valentine's day...Junk about skulls and martyrs. Junk about women leaving men the hell alone today. Junk about those stupid classroom Valentine's kids are forced to bring and share. … [Read more...]

Because it’s not all nun gazing and self deprecating anecdotes. It’s sometimes foreskin relics and papist mohels…

Papist mohel and Rabbi talking "shop"

... I once remarked that I could study Catholicism every day of my life and still never even scratch the surface of all the knowledge She contains. I could read every day, all day and never complete everything ever written by Her Doctors, saints, scholars, bishops, and Popes. It is entirely possible to learn something new every day.January first was one such day when I learned something new. When the Feast of Mary, Mother of God rolled around I also noted it was formerly known as the Feast … [Read more...]

Tomorrow is a Holy Day of Obligation…

Madonna of the harpies

... There. Now you know and you can't claim to have forgotten. You have to go to mass or suffer the pains of Hell. Unless you are in the diocese of L.A. or Salt Lake City; then never mind. Especially if you worship here, then you've probably suffered enough.Anyway. Behold some pretty art to contemplate, whether you're celebrating the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God or the Feast of the Circumcision.Andrea del Sarto, Madonna of the Harpies - just one of my favorite paintings of … [Read more...]