St. Francis was not a hippy…

... I don't how this Disney version character assassination happened or when it began to gain popularity, but St. Francis is not a hippy.Blech! Hmm, this scene looks familiar.Look, you don't get stigmata by recycling plastics, refusing to wear leather, and driving a Prius. The simple fact is, St. Francis lived a life of extreme poverty and devout prayer. He walked to Egypt to convert the muslim Sultan, albeit unsuccessfully, but offered himself up as kindling in a trial-by-fire in … [Read more...]

Things you learn from Southern Catholics…

... This past weekend I drove to Knoxville to visit, the always hifreakinlarious, Mrs. Digital Hairshirt. I learned much during my weekend stay. Her priest told me the only way to out run a bear is by running down hill, they are rump heavy. I've never had any problems trucking my Puerto Rican posterior down inclines so I had my doubts. I also had no plans in the near future to hike the NC mountains and test the theory.Since the only life saving advice my priest gives me with any regularity … [Read more...]

Ecclesiastical bling…

... the crown of St. Wenceslas. "At the request of the Emperor Charles IV this was confirmed by a bull of Pope Clement VI, which authorised excommunication for any unauthorized person handling the crown."Visit Elena Maria Vidal's Tea at Trainon for more about the crown. … [Read more...]

we’re all Bad Catholics here…

... I am very excited to find out Marc Barnes will be joining Patheos. He's a clever chap who promises to post about sexy sex, Vatican II, and the F word.And here everyone thought that joining Patheos meant we all sold out.I'm still confused. What precisely is it about Patheos that most people object to? Is it the fact that it's a multi-religious site or that one of the generated ads is for the Rosie O'Donnell Show. Granted, Rosie makes me want to rip my eyes from their sockets but I … [Read more...]

my religion is cooler than yours…

... and it will kick your a** too. … [Read more...]

Lady at a Table…

... by Mary Cassatt. The subject's sister kept this painting in a closet for many years because she did not like the way Cassatt painted the profile, accentuating the nose.Funny how we let our flaws keep us from being in plain view, especially when it's often those uncommon characteristics that makes us the most unique.Those visiting for the first time, let me introduce my weekly feature entitled Fine Art Friday. … [Read more...]

Update your links…

... I have moved. Please follow me over here. … [Read more...]

Introducing The Crescat 2.0…

... I know how you all feel about change. Well, it's not that bad. It's not like I converted to Sufism, changed my voter registration to 'Democrat' and started kicking puppies! It's just a simple change of address. And for those who care to stop by and visit, I can be found at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat/My twice monthly column can be found here; http://www.patheos.com/About-Patheos/Katrina-Fernandez.html And for those nay sayers who likened it to a marriage made in hell, I welcome … [Read more...]

Settling in…

Would you just look at this place!

... like any other moving day, you've stumbled upon me surrounded by moving boxes and in a state of disarray. Welcome to my new home! Make yourself at home while I unpack. For regular readers following me over from Blogger and new readers alike, I offer a hearty 'Welcome'.I am very excited about this new transition and once I figure out the nuances of Word Press things should be off quite swimmingly. In the meantime, pardon my hiccups and burps.For new readers, I invite you to check out … [Read more...]


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