A Quick Primer on Politics, Circa 1936

As Decision 2012 looms before us, and as we are asked by all the candidates to please check our brains at the door, I’m happy to share a video that serves both as a wake-up call, as well as to the fact that there is, as my friend Qoheleth said many moons ago, nothing new under the sun. [Read more...]

Happy Birthday to St. Joan of Arc

600 hundred years ago, the Maid of Orleans was born. True, her Feast Day is on May 30th, but today is her birthday all the same. Happy Birthday Joan…I’m glad you were on the planet!

Many of us can’t get behind “crazy” people who hear voices and form impromptu armies and such, can we? But that is what Joan did. She must have been at the right place and at the right time, God willing, because folks listened to her and followed her into battle. [Read more...]

The Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus

Before I was a Catholic, I didn’t put much stock in the name of Jesus.  Sure, I knew that Mary had been told to name her son this by the angel Gabriel. I kind of knew that Isaiah had mentioned a name, and that it was Immanuel which, according to the Matthew, meant “God with us.” [Read more...]

Soldiers and Artist’s Should Be Friends?

Of course they should. Because oftentimes, they are the same people. My civilian brother, Max Lindenman, elaborates.

Here’s my brief take on the subject. Many Marines I have known over the years have been great artists, and I mean across the entire spectrum too. This idea that you are only “one thing,” and that thing being a stereotype of what you happen to be doing for a living, is a fallacy. In fact, since it stems from some version of the truth, it is a heresy. A heresy that doesn’t factor in the full spectrum of the human being’s experience, but instead attempts to pigeon hole folks as mere widgets.

Here’s a museum specializing in just this type of art and artist. Which is where Maurice Costello’s art (showcased above) can be found.

Three New Years Resolutions in Song and Truth

Good things come in threes. As if I need to buttress this argument, I present the Trinity, the Holy Family, and the three named angels in the Bible (Raphael, Michael, and Gabriel) as examples that, if not self-evident, are at least mysterious signs of the truth of this statement. So I have resolved to have only three resolutions this New Year. The great thing about keeping them down to three is that I can keep track of them on the fingers of one hand, and readily recall them to my wandering mind in a pinch. [Read more...]

Gone Readin’ About the History of the “Holy Places”

I have to admit to you, dear reader, that I am ignorant about much regarding the way “things” are. The world is a very complex place, and this is mostly through our own, dare I say it, grievous faults. And I also need to let you know that the semi-annual fracus in the Holy Places, like the one I shared with you yesterday, both sadden me and excite my interest in learning how they came about. [Read more...]

Because of the Church’s Position on Abortion

At the Battle of Mobile Bay in the American Civil War, Admiral David Glasgow Farragut gave a famous command. When one of his ships struck a mine and sank and the remaining ships in the fleet got “cold feet” and dallied, he shouted, “Damn the torpedoes! Full Speed ahead!” The remaining ships pressed on and swept the harbor of Confederate resistance. The Catholic Church’s stance on abortion strikes me as similar. [Read more...]

This Video Needs More Bacon (Because Catholics Can Laugh)

The folks at Bad Lip Reading are expanding their repertoire. Probably a smart move, because political ads come and go as the election cycle ebbs and flows. Turning to music videos then, we find that nothing is safe from their lip reading genius.

Here’s my third day of Christmas present to YIMCatholic readers. That Should Be Me, the way Flatts & Beiber never imagined. [Read more...]

Cardinal Justin Rigali with a Christmas Message We All Need to Hear

Forgiveness is the message that is often forgotten on this day of the celebration of the Incarnation of the Creator of all that is visible and invisible. After all, the Messiah explained it to the priest Nicodemus and to us, in the third chapter of John’s gospel, [Read more...]

Because Tradition says December 25 is When Christ was Born

And that is good enough for me. Especially because smarter, more capable, and more knowledgeable folks spell it all out for me too.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Christmas, Pagan Romans, and Frodo Baggins.

Jake Tawney: The Dating of Christmas.

Alexander Pope: Messiah

And, of course, Linus reciting the passage from St. Luke.

Isn’t Govert Teunisz Flinck’s painting, Angels Announcing the Birth to the Shepherds (1639, oil on wood) beautiful?

Be of good cheer!

UPDATE: Mike Flynn’s letter to the editor.


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