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


St. Bartholomew’s Church, in Czermna, Poland. By Merlin (Own work), GFDL or CC BY 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons


“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 exhaustively.

Have I been blessed with visions of the 7th heaven?  Ridden on the wings of angels to mystical union with God, who supplies my need for specifics on how we will be when eternity arrives for me?

Nope. [Read more…]

On the HHS Mandate, We’re Approaching the Line of Departure REVISITED

Crossing the LD, the old fashioned way…

I didn’t know it at the time this was originally written, but the Little Sisters of the Poor were our other secret weapon, aside from prayer. Their stand against the Administration was the ultimate “soft tactic” in a hard war.  In a nutshell, see,  of all of the groups that filed suit against the HHS Mandate, they were the target that could fell the giant.

Here’s the post published on June 4, 2012 in which I described the way that we could win the day against the HHS Mandate. As I recall, it wasn’t very popular among the armchair Catholic warrior types. C’est le guerre.

Here’s the original post. It’s long, so you might want to linger over it with your favorite adult beverage…

Currently, the bulk of our forces are  still in the Assembly Area, marshalling troops, building logistics trains, and communication networks, etc.  The dozen lawsuits that were launched a few weeks ago? Probes, really, looking for areas of strength and weakness. They crossed the line of departure a few weeks back as a reconnaissance-in-force.

Over at NRO Online, Mark L. Rienzi gives a recap of what we know so far. Basically, it’s the tale of a media blackout, which we are all familiar with, [Read more…]

President Obama Embraces the Fait Accompli He Wasn’t Looking For UPDATED

"I don't know what I was thinking, Your Holiness..."

“I don’t know what I was thinking, Your Holiness…” Photograph paid for with our tax dollars.

What a difference 4 and 1/2 years makes. Wait. It’s been 5 1/2 years? Has it really only been that long since I wrote the post saying that the HHS Mandate struck at the heart of religious freedom?

Has it really been that long since I climbed into a cockpit, strapped on a White House Petition, and rocketed toward the very edge of the atmosphere, hoping to send a message to the POTUS to let religious liberty be what it always has been?

Has it really been that long since, in his hubris, President Obama had his Press Secretary (poor Jay Carney) proclaim that the HHS Mandate would be a fait accompli? He had his HHS Secretary (poor Kathleen Sebelius) working for months, and months, on an accommodation that would have financially destroyed all those “not quite churchy enough” religious non-profits who refused to bow to Caesar? [Read more…]

BREAKING: SCOTUS Decides Not To Decide On The HHS Mandate UPDATED

Perhaps it’s a positive development. The Becket Fund is calling it a win for the Little Sisters of the Poor. First, the news from CNN,

Washington (CNN) The Supreme Court on Monday avoided issuing a major ruling on a challenge brought by religiously affiliated non-profit groups to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate.

The justices, in a unanimous decision, wrote that they were not deciding the case on the merits but instead sent the case back down to the lower courts for opposing parties to work out a compromise.

The decision to send the case back to the appellate level appears to be a direct impact of Justice Antonin Scalia’s death in February. Scalia, a stalwart conservative, would likely have ruled against the Obama administration.

In its ruling Monday, the court said it is not deciding whether the religious exercise of the challengers has been substantially “burdened.”

“When all is said and done, the challengers may well get what they want — not having to directly provide contraceptive coverage against their religious beliefs,” Vladeck said. “But if the court gets its way, that will be the result of a pragmatic compromise, not a legal ruling about the balance between individual rights and religious freedom.”

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5 Ways Of Worshiping God (By A Saint Who Was A Dhimmi)

St. John of Damacus

St. John of Damacus, Public Domain

I’ve been reading some of the selections on the YIMCatholic Bookshelf. As it turns out, a good number of the books in that collection are written by authors whose names begin with the letter S. Saint this, or Saint that, for example.

Sometimes these folks have brief passages in their works that are both short and helpful. In fact, some of them are like the listicles that the interwebs have come to know and love. Like the one below, which was written by St. John Damascene. [Read more…]

Because the Church was Catholic at Pentecost


St. Josemaría Escrivá, photograph by Jebulon (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons.

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming for this message brought to you by The Church Triumphant. Standby for a brief message from St. Jose Maria Escriva, live from the Communion of Saints… [Read more…]

Did Pope Francis Really Say “Go Ahead, Make My Day” Yesterday?

Photo by thierry ehrmann [CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

You know, about asking for a conference on the subject of women and the diaconate.

Surely not, Frank! The Holy Father is too kind, and has nothing in common with Inspector Harry Callahan, SFPD.

I don’t know, dear reader. He’s pretty cagey, our Papa Francesco. His subtlety is renowned as much as his clarity. [Read more…]

Your Friday The 13th Horror: The Return of the Rock ‘n Roll Mass!

Boo! (Image from You Tube)

First it was a Synod on the Family. Then, there was a conference of pacifists recommending Pope Francis abandon support of the teachings on Just War (just ad bellum).  Yesterday, Pope Francis agreed to host a conference to think about women deacons. Thinking about something? That’s a slippery slooooooope, people!

What’s next?

Maybe for Friday the 13th, the Vatican will announce the return of the Rock n’ Roll Mass? Quelle horreur! [Read more…]

Pope Francis To Form Commission To Study Women Deacon Option UPDATES



The source? Fr. James Martin,SJ,  via Facebook:

Huge news. Josh McElwee of NCR and Cindy Wooden of CNS are reporting that Pope Francis has told a gathering of women religious meeting at the Vatican that he will set up a commission to study the question of women deacons.

This is not only an idea whose time has come, but a reality recovered from history.

Women deacons would be able to baptize, preside at marriages and funerals, and preach during the Mass. Their preaching at Mass would mean that the church would finally be able to hear, from the pulpit, the experience of over half its members. Taken together, all this would be an immense gift to the church. This news fills me with immense joy.

Perhaps the past is prologue. This has been discussed before, informally. Read up on it here, and at

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There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy (A Few Words for Wednesday)

The Return of the Prodigal Son, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (Public Domain)

The Return of the Prodigal Son, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (Public Domain)

Long ago, I shared a poem by Frederick Faber in this space.  This week, I share the words of a hymn he wrote. You can add music, too, and sing along if you like.

I first read these words in my favorite book about my favorite Old Testament book. Faber wrote lots of hymns, Faith of Our Fathers being one of the better known ones. The following hymn is a gift that reminds me of the passage that St. Paul writes to the Corinthians: [Read more…]