Weapons of Mass Destruction – The Thurible…

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So far we've seen holy water used as a means of crowd control and now this...H/T Hermeneutic of ContinuityHere Fr. Finigan and Fr. Z ponder whether to 'clink or not to clink'. For those non-Catholics the thurible clinks when it is swung and hits the chain. I never gave the sound any thought, quite honestly. Not when I'm used to hearing the sleigh bell sounds of a Byzantine censer's bells. I think we've got the Romans trumped there. I wish I could find a nice video or sound clip to … [Read more...]

“I woke up this morning and the Church was the shizz.” – Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic…

... Marc's right, of course. The HHS mandate, and the *cough cough* "compromise" to the mandate, has only invigorated us to rebel even further. Catholicism is, after all, the punk rock of religions.Marc writes, "...we have been rudely placed in the position of rebellion, and of the advocation of civil disobedience. To those who understand the teachings of the Church, this rebellion is nothing new, it has just been suddenly and fantastically stuck in the public eye. (Thank you, Department of … [Read more...]

engaging all the senses during liturgy, a new look at incense…

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... The use of incense in mass is more than pomp and meaningless ritual, as you may already be aware. Let your prayers rise up the smoke to the Heavens. Incense is also more than something that just smells nice and serves the more practical purpose of masking the stench of unwashed peasantry - as some claim. It apparently can also alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety."An international team of scientists, including researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the Hebrew … [Read more...]

tonsure Tuesday…

... The tonsure; the first punk rock haircut symbolizing the renunciation of the world. To learn more about the tonsure, read here.Photo source: NLM, I strongly suggest you follow the link for more exquisite photos. … [Read more...]

my religion is still cooler than yours…

... proofs in the pudding."The French Benedictine friars gave us champagne. Chartreuse is still made by the Carthusian monks. Jägermeister is under the patronage of Saint Hubertus and Saint Eustace. Buckfast Tonic Wine – known affectionately as ‘Wreck the Hoose Juice’ in Scotland – was made by Benedictines. Frangelico was originally created by a hermit and is shaped like a Franciscan. Good beer was brewed almost exclusively by monasteries up until the twelfth century. You’ve got the Crusades … [Read more...]

reason #234,998…

... why my religion is cooler than yours.But really, the list of reasons is infinite. … [Read more...]

Nun gazing…

I think this is a photo from China's 'Religious Games'. … [Read more...]

why we all can’t get along…

Look at those Catholics, with thier tasty beer and fun.

... Custom cars, custom cell phone plans and news feeds. With just about anything being tailored made to our specific likings is it any wonder so many demand a custom tailoring of their religious beliefs? I tend to think this is why Catholicism might be too hard for some people. When a Catholic starts discussing their faith and states birth control sucks or women can't be ordained and here's why, invariably that statement is used as some kind of "proof" against Catholicism.  It sounds someth … [Read more...]

motivational Monday…

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