evil loneliness…

... I hate when you are going about your day, minding your own business and being perfectly content, when suddenly you're overwhelmed by some completely out-of-the-blue and irrational emotion.Tonight I am being visited by that nagging old bitty, Loneliness. If Loneliness actually had a corporeal body I imagine she'd be wearing a tattered and wrinkled wedding dress with whiskey stains and cigarette burns in the veil. She also would sound like Kathleen Turner. Oh my.No doubt, being single … [Read more...]

Potpourri of Popery…

Pope Benedict XVI holds a reliquary given as a gift by a priest during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican, November 2, 2011

... Pope Benedict XVI holds a reliquary given as a gift to him from a priest during his November 2nd general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican.Photo attribution: (CNS photo/Paul Haring) (Nov. 2, 2011) © 2011 Catholic News Service … [Read more...]

Mumford & Sons newest song…

... I am endlessly smitten with Mumford & Sons. Their lyrics are drawn from literary influences like Shakespeare, Steinbeck, and the Bible. A common theme in their music is grace and redemption but they are not considered Christian Rock musicians though many associate them as such. Regardless, you won't hear them played on any Christian Radio station... mostly because Christian Radio plainly sucks.No auto-tune hear, folks. Just intelligent song writing and real instrumental talent. So … [Read more...]

November …

NunsOfferingPrayers

... November is another one of my favorite months. It has everything; cooler weather, crisp air, colorful foliage and clear skies. Liturgically it’s also a very lively month.Coming off the sugar high of Halloween, November starts off with one of my favorite traditions, Dia de Los Muertos, which celebrates the holy days of All Saints and Souls Day Latino style. These feasts and celebrations form the perfect marriage of my two ethnicities.Followed by this, you have Christ the King, the P … [Read more...]

candy for dinner…

candy

... Diabetes ho! … [Read more...]

Molto Bello Monday…

It's a toss up between the fancy stockings, the shiny helmet and those smoldering brown eyes.

... or would it be Malta Monday? … [Read more...]

economics of an eight year old…

... Last night my son went trick-or-treating with a group of friends. At the end of the evening they all headed back to one friend's home to count their hard sought spoils, when suddenly one parent suggested the kids dump all their candy in one large pile then equally distribute it among them.You should have seen the horror on their little faces at the idea. My son was having none of it and boldly declared, "My mom says redistribution is just a euphemism for theft. Hands off my candy, … [Read more...]

the virtue of Halloween…

Let the emotional scarring begin!

... A huge part of why I took to Catholicism like a fish to water was that Papists love to party. We have a feast almost daily, and if you're bi-ritual or pre-Vatican II you'll have multiple calendars to induce ecclesiastical schizophrenia. Catholics also have an amazing knack of taking regional traditions and making them their own; just ask those ungrateful pagans.I've lived in various parts of the Bible Belt and have encountered just about every reaction one can have to Halloween, the … [Read more...]

a solution for OWS protesters…

friars

... "Would you like to join a worldwide movement that lives a life that publicly subverts the establishment and endorses freedom from corruption, greed, violence and negativity of all sorts?Would you like to grow a beard, wear sandals, put on cool, but trashy clothes and 'relate' to the poor?"Fr. Longenecker has the perfect solution for your angst.The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.So as not to be considered sexist, I offer the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal. … [Read more...]


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