YIMCatholic Is Back At Patheos, Obviously

It’s late on a Thursday night, but not too late to write a brief post saying, “You may not have noticed, but I’m back to blogging again.”

Yep. Check out this graph,

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Someone isn’t flying under the radar anymore, Houston.

Having flown along on auto-pilot, see, at tree-top level, for approximately 9 months, YIMCatholic appears to be climbing again.

I reckon the pilot woke up? [Read more…]

10 Spots Open On A Pilgrimage Trip To The Holy Land…

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Jerusalem*

 

If you would like to go, and you are free the first two weeks of December, then you might want to hop on this opportunity. My wife and I are taking the trip, so be warned. An Archbishop is on board too. Departure is from Cincinnati, or from LaGuardia International Airport in Chicago.

Here is a link with all the details.

Sign up, if you dare!

*Photograph belongs to the author.

Joe Six-Pack’s Succinct Thoughts On ISIS, Archbishop Sheen, The Whirlwind At The Archdiocese of Pravda, And MOAR

It’s been a weird month so far in the internet version of Catholiclandia and we’re only up to day 6.

You may have noticed that I haven’t posted a cotton-picking thing since the month began. I assure you, my lack of productivity is not on account of me not appreciating those of you who stop by these parts regularly. [Read more…]

Tune In To “A Closer Look” Tonight As A Passel Of Catholics Talk About ISIS, Iraq, And What It All Means

I’ll be joining the panel tonight at 6 pm ET talking about Iraq, Middle East persecution of Christians (and other religious minorities), lawless bandits acting like nation states, whether neighboring countries care, etc., with Elizabeth Scalia, Tod Worner, and the golden voiced Sheila Liaugminas.

I’m going to be listening, and hoping Sheila forgets to ask me a question. Who knows? Maybe Fr. Robert Barron will show up too?

Y’all come listen!

Because I Don’t Deserve The Graces That Have Been Bestowed Upon Me, Including Folks Reading This Blog

Smith Corona Typewriter!

You’ll probably want to stop checking in on my blog now, seeing as I don’t have any deep thoughts to offer on whatever the various concerns of the day might be. Yes, you would be justified in removing my blog from your RSS feed, your blogroll, etc.

I really don’t deserve to have folks reading my thoughts at all, when you get right down to it. Joe Six-Pack? Who aspires to such a pedestrian title? [Read more…]

Pope Francis Wishes Patheos A Happy 5th Birthday!

Totally NOT photoshopped.

Wow! Just in time for the the big celebration, this communique just made its way into my “in” basket.

I tried to call your offices in Denver, and wish your website a happy birthday, but your number is unlisted. Instead, since I do keep up on the writings of some of my favorite Catholic bloggers on Patheos, I asked Frank Weathers to share this note with you, and the photograph of me enjoying the celebration with a little tres leche birthday cake that Archbishop Georg Gänswein special ordered for the occasion. It is very tasty. [Read more…]

Does God Hate Flags? An Answer On The 69th Anniversary Of The Flag Raising On Iwo Jima

69 years ago today…

I saw a blog post with this title recently: God Hates Flags: The Public Nature of Theology. It’s a pretty good piece written by Artur Rosman regarding the events going down in Ukraine.

I respect Rosman’s viewpoints regarding events in Eastern Europe, as he is from Poland. But I’ve been reading the Bible a little, and from this passage in Numbers it appears that no, God does not hate flags. [Read more…]

Mark Your Calendars For The 33rd Annual Chesterton Conference

The 33rd Annual Chesterton Conference will be held at University of Saint Mary of the Lake (Mundelein Seminary) in Mundelein, Illinois, from July 31-August 2, 2014. Hmmm. That’s where Fr. Robert Barron and the Word on Fire gang hang their hats. [Read more…]

Patheos Catholic Bloggers Spotted in Pasadena!

Catholic bloggers “r” us…

A few feet away from the grocery store where I once stumbled upon Stephen Hawking, I got to meet Joanne McPortland and Will Duquette. My family and I met them yesterday after mass at our former parish, and we introduced them to the gastronomic delights of one of our favorite local restaurants. [Read more…]

For the Next Two Weeks I’m On Vacation…

Left Coast Bound!

And it’s an honest to goodness vacation, too. Not two weeks off to power out a book (me? write a book? LOL!). Not two weeks off for a silent retreat (I kinda just had one, as my wife and kids left two weeks ahead of me). Not two weeks off to figure out how to save ‘Murika from the forces of eevil. [Read more…]