Will The Vatican Let Teilhard de Chardin Help Save The Church?

Henry Fuseli’s painting of Odysseus facing the choice between Scylla and Charybdis. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons .

Does the name Teilhard de Chardin give you the willies? When you saw it in the title, did you immediately think that heterodox thoughts were about to be served up?

No? Perhaps, like me up until a few years ago, you’ve never even heard of the guy. [Read more...]

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The Truth About The Halal Sex Shoppe In Mecca…

Seen at the Souk in Amman*

Seen at the Souk in Amman.*

There ain’t one.

But…but… Breitbart said one was planned! And I hate Muslims, and anything Islam related! So , since I read about it on the internet, IT MUST BE TRUE!

Yeah, well, sorry to disappoint you.

That said, you can still pick up some nice lingerie for your sweetie, in a wide array of colors. Probably even in Mecca.

Have a nice day.

*Photograph belongs to the author.

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Would You Believe That Young Arab Muslims Are Sending Love Letters To Israel? UPDATED

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Translation: “We love Israel, but in our country we can not show it, and if we do, we can get killed.” Image uploaded to BeTzaHal on Facebook.

 

Of course you wouldn’t. Because to hear of such a thing would bring into question the idea that you’ve come to believe. You know, the idea that Muslims are a bloc of jihad mongering zealots.

Well, here’s a story I found in the Al-Monitor that torpedoes that tidy little narrative. Take a look, [Read more...]

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In The Vastness Of Space, The Speed Of Light Is Kinda Slow…

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“Earth to Sun – en” by LucasVB – Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

 

Punch it, Chewie! I said punch it, you big hair ball. What’s taking so long?

Wait. Let me go take a look out the stern window… [Read more...]

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A Landslide Of Biblical Proportions…

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Colima, El Salvador. Source

 

The incident of liquefaction below was captured on tape back in February, 2010. It reminds me of verse from the Bible I’ve read before, [Read more...]

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The 5 Ways Of Worshiping God (Listicles By The Saints)

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St. John of Damacus, Public Domain

I’ve been reading some of the selections on the YIMCatholic Bookshelf. As it turns out, a good number of the books in that collection are written by authors whose names begin with the letter S. Saint this, or Saint that, for example.

Sometimes these folks have brief passages in their works that are both short and helpful. In fact, some of them are like the listicles that the interwebs have come to know and love. Like the one below, which was written by St. John Damascene. [Read more...]

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I Forgot To Finish The Story About Sleeping In For Easter In Amman. Here’s What We Discovered…

…a beautiful Greek Orthodox parish church with the mouthful name of The Church  of Jesus Christ’s Entry Into The Temple.

I took a couple of photographs with my camera before the battery died. Feast your eyes upon this beautiful sanctuary.

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Wait until you see the walls.

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If A Pilgrimage To The Holy Land Is “The Fifth Gospel,” Then Guess What?

You need to read both sides of the book, saavy? Look at the map above. See how the Jordan River runs through the middle of the geography? The Jordan is like the spine of the book. The spine of the book, long before it became the border of a man-made nation-state.

So what are you saying, Frank? [Read more...]

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King Abdullah II of Jordan Is A Good King. Listen To Him

King Abdullah II and Queen Rania with their children, Prince Hussein, Princess Iman, Princess Salma and Prince Hashem.  Amman, 2009 Image Courtesy of the Royal Hashemite Court Archives

King Abdullah II and Queen Rania with their children, Prince Hussein, Princess Iman, Princess Salma and Prince Hashem.
Amman, 2009
Image Courtesy of the Royal Hashemite Court Archives

Note that I didn’t say that he is a perfect king, or that he is without sin, or that he walks on water, or that he can do no wrong. No.

All of us fall short of the glory of God.  But listen to what he says in this video aired by Fox news the other day. I say “listen to what he says,” because he doesn’t exactly answer the questions the Fox correspondent asks him. Those questions serve more to assuage the Fox News base, than anything else.

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It’s Easter Sunday In Amman, So I Slept In. What Happened Next Is Incredible…UPDATED

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School kids seeing the sights in Umm Qais.*

As you all should realize by now, a few of us from the Patheos Catholic Channel, and a handful of other religious bloggers, are visiting the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. [Read more...]

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