Vecellio Tiziano c. 1570…

Reading: Great Lent and the Fast in the Eastern Churches. … [Read more...]

I missed my calling…

... It is apparent I was never meant to be a nun, not after the skillful display I put on this evening. I got the highest score ever at a local laser tag place. My missed calling...Sniper.Did I have an unfair advantage against a room full of frightened children taken off guard by my shrieks of "See you in Hell, Klaus". Maybe. But no one ever said war was fair. I don't see why the other parents were so mad at me. You would think they would be shamed by their progeny's severe lack of … [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...]

it’s not the Church’s responsibility to see to it that you have a fulfilling social life…

... My previous Patheos column was about married sex and last week Simcha Fisher wrote about single Catholics and asked them what they needed from the Church. Talk about role reversals.I can write about being single, and I do from time to time, but too much just starts to sound like whining. It's also not good for me to continually harp on the obvious fact. Harping won't change the situation other than to call it into attention. I don't want to write it anymore than you want to read it. … [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...]

Bienvenido a los Estados Unidos ya hablan Ingl├ęs…

... Learning a foreign language is hard. Really hard. It's especially hard when I keep getting the bits of Italian I learned mixed in with the Spanish I am currently studying. I am honestly in awe of the multilingual. The biggest obstacle to learning a new language is actually trying to speak it without sounding like complete and total idiot. It really does take a certain level of confidence to speak to a native Spanish speaker in their tongue. You hope they are kind and patient.I admit … [Read more...]

Mardi Gras around the world…

... In RomeIn VenicePhotographed by Stewart HalperinIn North CarolinaPictured in the front; Frank Weathers and Mr. Nelson. Stephanie's the tramp in the back with the big hair and her hands on her hips and that's me by the open trailer door waving y'all to come over and have some apple wine and moonshine in red plastic cups. Cause I'm fancy and junk.What? … [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...]