Belated Happy Birthday To Blaise Pascal, Unofficial Saint and Mystic

Over at Aleteia, they’re remembering the birthday of a friend of mine. He’s one of the fellows who helped bring me into the Church. My buddy Blaise Pascal is a lot like me. That is, excepting the obvious fact that he was a mathematical genius, inventor of a calculator, etc., and though I enjoy mathematics, I am a mere admirer of genius in this and many other departments. No, I mean that just like me, he needed something to constantly… Read more

Because My Brother Imran Yousef Is An American Hero

Another kid from New York was in the nightclub that turned into a killing zone early Sunday morning. His name is Yousef, and he saved a lot of lives. The Marine Corps Times published his story, but his New York connections are fleshed out in this article by the Times Union, out of Albany. Also, this person is related to me. Have a look, (more…) Read more

Because of G.K. Chesterton (29 May, 1874 – 14 June, 1936)

Gilbert Keith Chesterton died on this day in 1936.  A few years back, I had no idea about this fact for several reasons. A) I don’t know everything; B) he isn’t an official saint, so there is no feast day on the calender; C) he died long before I was born. But I can truthfully say that one of the reasons why I am Catholic today is because of G.K. Chesterton. (more…) Read more

Joe Six-Pack, USMC, With A Few Post-Terrorist Attack Thoughts…

It’s been close to 40 hours since we learned of the horrific slaughter that took place in an Orlando night club. Shortly after learning about it, I offered up prayers for the victims, and for their families. The amount of grieving going on in Orlando, as well as the positive responses of the community rallying to aide their fellows, is incredible. In no way am I qualified to try and unpack the events that occurred early on a Sunday morning…. Read more

This Is Why God Invented YouTube…

  Sure, the kitten videos are cute, and watching re-runs of MTV is bitchin’, and all,  but the video below is proof that God loves us, and wants us to help each other. Behold! The rusted brake disc removal hack. Roll tape, and enjoy the soundtrack.  (more…) Read more

HHS Forced Sex Changes? There Ain’t No Fait Accompli For The Church Here

Over at Get Religion, Terry Mattingly wonders why journalists have basically ignored the possibility that the HHS Department has language in their Final Rule Implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act that indicates all recipients of monies from HHS must perform gender reassignment surgeries, no religious exceptions allowed. Like, if you wanted that kind of surgery, you’d want the folks least experienced in providing it to start honing their skills by learning on you. (more…) Read more

Because Pious Nonsense Is Not the Good News

Yesterday, I was taking my afternoon break from work. I wandered through the little park near my office, and on to a little bench that had WiFi reception from one of the little restaurants in the square. I was checking in with the world, see, and wanted to send a picture of some flowers to my wife. That’s when Caleb showed up with his heavily highlighted Bible, and asked me if I had a few minutes to talk about Jesus…. Read more

“Where Do We Get Such Men?”

That’s the last line from the Korean War film, The Bridges At Toko-Ri. Over at Christopher Closeup, Tony Rossi shares a true story about the seemingly unlikely friendship between the two Navy pilots pictured above. Tony asks, “What kind of man intentionally crashes his airplane behind enemy lines during wartime to save a friend?” Jesse Brown would crash, see, due to ground fire he encountered while providing close air support to the Marines during their fighting retreat from Chosin Reservoir…. Read more

Apparently, There USED to be Secrets of Fatima

  Then, the Vatican went and published everything in the clear. No, really. (more…) Read more

For What Happens To Our Bodies When We Die, And Rise Again…

  “And he said to me: Son of man, dost thou think these bones shall live? And I answered: O Lord God, thou knowest.”—Ezekiel xxxvii, 3 I’ll be the first to admit that I have the faith of a child. I don’t have the faith of a novelist, or of a science-fiction writer. Nor do I have the faith of a philosopher, or a poet, or one blessed with flights of imagination that lead me to probe the heavenly mysteries… Read more


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