St. Francis, Poverty, and the Saving Madness of the Gospel…

Months and months ago, long before there was an inkling that Pope Benedict XVI would step aside, I came across this little book, titled simply I, Francis, in a used book store in my town. As I recall, it was a buck (or two) so I picked it up figuring it was a biography of the saint who turned the world on its head. To be quite honest, it sat under a stack of other books for a long time, and I didn’t even flip through it until recently.

Of course, we now have a Pope who for the first time has taken the name of St. Francis of Assisi, so I figured I should start boning up on this saint from Umbria. Very quickly I realized that Carlo Carretto wasn’t just putting a normal biography down on paper when his mind and heart were called to share Francis’s story. Instead, Caretto was called to bring Francis to life for us in way that is fictional, truthful (based on the facts of the saints life), and beautiful.

He does so by becoming Francis himself. [Read more...]

The Miraculous Incident of Balanced Media Coverage On Same-Sex Marriage…

This is the week when the Supreme Court will spill the beans on what will become of same-sex marriage in California, and perhaps in the entire country. Lots of folks are on pins and needles waiting for the decision that will be handed down. [Read more...]

Leonard Nimoy Explains The Origin Of The Vulcan Salute…

It has something to do with one of my favorite Hebrew letters, ש, and a memorable event from his childhood.

Roll clip! [Read more...]

The Martyrdom of Sir Thomas More (For All The Saints) UPDATED

Not all Christians are hypocrites all the time. The proof of that statement resides in the Church Triumphant, specifically in the witness of the martyrs for the Faith. Yes indeed, the Communion of Saints is a treasure house of role models of redeemed fallenness.

Take, for instance, St. Thomas More, patron saint of lawyers, martyr for religious freedom, whose Feast we celebrate today. [Read more...]

Liberation Theology Gets the CDF Seal of Approval, and the Rich Act Different…Who Knew? UPDATED

Says who? Says Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, that’s who.

Now before you go off all half-cocked, like a lot of folks did when President Obama made remarks about segregationist tendencies in Northern Ireland (see Bill Donohue’s remarks, please), perhaps it would be prudent to consider some of Pope Francis’s remarks on one of our cultures’ favorite idols: Mammon. [Read more...]

To Forgive My Father…

-Feast of St. Anthony of Padua

Being a child of divorce, I’m not used to thinking warm and fuzzy thoughts about Father’s Day. My parents marriage collapsed around the time I was five years old. Now my dad will tell you that when he had the affair that led him to decide to divorce my mother, it was the biggest mistake of his life. [Read more...]

Now That We Can Cut A Record On A Beer Bottle…

we need to fully fund our deep exploration space programs again. Here’s why. [Read more...]

Did You See the 60 Minutes Piece on Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia?

Photo © Rainer Walter Schmied/iStockPhoto.com

Check it out right here. The segment is called God’s Architect, and it is quite fascinating. [Read more...]

The Holy Goalie Fearlessly Skated Across The Thin Ice Of Same-Sex Marriage In Arizona

Feel the heat?

Within the community of St. Blogs, folks have been amazed by the witness given by Bishop Thomas Paprocki on the subject of marriage. You probably have already heard the news, as these events transpired back on the last day of May, and hit the wires a few days later. [Read more...]

Brandon Vogt’s Least Read Blog Post? That Would Be This One…

Originally posted on July 15, 2010, almost one year before The Church and New Media burst onto the scene.

Another week, another pithy review of European History. I have to think that when Belloc wrote this book in 1936, he was at the height of his literary abilities. [Read more...]


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