I’ve been reading Giovanni Papini’s Life of Christ some more. My Chinese mentor, John C.H. Wu, introduced this book, and author, to me. You’ve probably never heard of Papini (I sure hadn’t!) but he was a well known author back in the early 20th Century. Come to think of it, that was ’round about the same time G.K. Chesterton was pumping out tons of great stuff from his pen/typewriter too. [Read more…]
I am saddened to hear that Leonard Nimoy has passed away. May he rest in peace and rise again on the Last Day. Here is a clip of the story behind his improvisation of the Vulcan greeting “Live long, and prosper.”
It has something to do with one of my favorite Hebrew letters, ש, and a memorable event from his childhood.
Roll clip! [Read more…]
Webster Bull, my friend, and former blogging partner, has written a memoir about the long, strange, trip that brought him into the Catholic Church. Jesus knows his sheep, even if we have no idea how to respond to His call. And sometimes in the seeking of Him, we get shanghaied unwittingly, and turned away from our true desire.
Webster has made the story of his journey available for all to read over at his blog, Witness To Christ.
After reading my conversion memoir, The Long Walk Home, a priest friend told me, “You, Webster, are the last man who should have ended on the doorstep of the Catholic Church in the first decade of the twenty-first century.” [Read more…]
Self-reflective question o’ the day: How much music have I never heard?
Answer: A number that is very large, and pretty close to being represented by this symbol: ∞.
So I’m probably in the same boat as you are, right? So I did a little exploring, looking for songs that I haven’t heard but that I just might like. That is a number considerably smaller than infinity.
Remember chanting the antiphon “O Adonai” a few weeks ago? We translate Adonai as LORD, which is substituted for YHWH, the unpronounceable name of God.
Well in the case of Our Lord Jesus, there is more, much more, than I ever knew than I did before I became a Catholic. Today, as you can see from the liturgical calendar, we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus.
Now might be a good time to explore the question, What’s in a name? [Read more…]