An E-Mail Addressed To Me, But Which Is Really For Archbishop Myers

This note popped into my “in basket” this afternoon.

It’s from a reader, whose identity I’ve scrubbed, and it explains why events like what happened in the Archdiocese of Newark, after the travail for more than a decade following the Long Lent of 2002, are so damaging to the Body of Christ.

Read it and weep. [Read more...]

Like Only Nixon Could Go To China, Can Only Pope Francis Preach About The Devil?

Let me tell you about the Adversary…

Show of hands, how many of you have you heard your parish priest mention the Devil in a homily? Pope Francis doesn’t seem self conscious, or embarrassed, about doing so.

This excerpt is from yesterday’s Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae, [Read more...]

Many News Organs Are Preaching To An Ever Shrinking Partisan Choir On Every Issue They Cover

Source: CARA

What could I possibly have seen that leads me to make such a conclusion? Data from a study done by Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), shared by the folks over at CARA (the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate). That’s where the neat graph above comes from. [Read more...]

Why I’m Not Doing Victory Laps About the News Out Of Newark

The Bad Shepherd…

It’s pretty simple. Because everyone lost. [Read more...]

Can a Pope Know More About Liberty Than the Founding Fathers?

Jotting down a few thoughts on Liberty, and from whence it comes…

See for yourself. [Read more...]

The Conversion of Takashi Nagai, And His Vocation of Love

All the buzz a few months back was the cause for the sainthood of Dorothy Day. The New York Times even weighed in on her cause, though they don’t quite know what to make of her, and of Catholics who admire her for being, how can I put this…Catholic. I daresay that they would probably have the same problem figuring out any of the saints, come to think of it. [Read more...]

Rod Bennett Is On the Mission of Forming Intentional Disciples with the Smoky Mountain Scripture Study

And he’s asked me to help him out too, which means I’m inviting you to support this endeavor as well. [Read more...]

Help Push the Film About the Life of Takashi Nagai Across the Finish Line

 

Ian and Dominic Higgins filming on location at St. Augustines’ Church

Since the end of August, in the year of Our Lord 2011, I’ve been bringing word of, and requesting alms for, the making of the film about the life of Takashi Nagai.

Generous donations from readers of this space helped fly Ian & Dominic Higgins, and their crew, back and forth across the globe in order to bring this mans’ story to an audience that quite possibly has never heard of him. [Read more...]

What Three Exclamation Points in a Pope Francis Homily Really Look Like…

From this past Sunday,

I would like to ask you: have you sometimes heard the voice of the Lord which through a desire, a certain restlessness, invites you to follow Him more closely? Have you heard it? I can’t hear you…there you are! Have you had any desire to be apostles of Jesus? Youth must spend itself for high ideals. Do you think so? Do you agree? Ask Jesus what he wants from you and be brave! Be brave, ask Him!!!

Watch Pope Francis in action.

:D

The Boston Bombers’ Turning to Religion Caused Them to Murder and Maim Innocents? UPDATED

That seems to be the thesis over at the Wall Street Journal.

Once known as a quiet teenager who aspired to be a boxer, Tamerlan Tsarnaev delved deeply into religion in recent years at the urging of his mother, who feared he was slipping into a life of marijuana, girls and alcohol. Tamerlan quit drinking and smoking, gave up boxing because he thought it was in opposition to his religion, and began pushing the rest of his family to pursue stricter ways, his mother recalled. [Read more...]


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