I Just Lost My Geek Card. Amen.

Folks are leaving town for the holidays, and I am now on holiday as well. And what that means for a blogger like me is that there are two things that are certain. 1) I will probably have time to write a number of posts over the next few days, and 2) most of them will go unread. This is likely one of those times. [Read more...]

For Thoughts on Atheism by the Father of Empiricism UPDATED

 

Remember my affection for the Harvard Classics, the Five Foot Shelf of Books? Admittedly, I haven’t looked them over much since I became a Catholic. Not because I’ve outgrown them, but because there have been far too many other books to occupy my time since the spring of 2008. Mostly stuff from authors whose names begin with “S”,  as St. Philip Neri suggested when he counseled that reading the works of the saints is profitable.

But I dipped a toe back into the HCFFSB water today and found these thoughts of Sir Francis Bacon. [Read more...]

Ember Days: What They Are And Where They Went

Photographer Credit: Tyler Parks

Today is the first Ember Day between Pentecost and Trinity Sunday.

A long time ago, in a world that seems so very far away, Christian traditions rooted in simple faith thrived among the flock. One such tradition is the celebration of what are known as Ember Days. Traditionally, the first Wednesday after Guadete Sunday is the first Ember Day of Winter.

What are these mysterious days of penance and fasting? Their name alone evokes thoughts of a glimmer of light shed upon a dark world. And yet the story of the practice of this devotion has nothing to do with embers, kindling, or ashes, though it is true that the image of glowing splinters of hot coals did appear in my mind’s eye when I first learned of them. They still do. [Read more...]

Because “And You Shall Name Him יהושע”

Today we sing the antiphon “O Adonai,” which we translate as LORD, but which is substituted for YHWH, the unpronounceable name of God.

What’s in a name? 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. Shortly after the  New Year, we’ll celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus. But why wait until then to learn about the name Gabriel delivered unto the young teenager named Mary? [Read more...]

O Sapientia (Wisdom)

Today we sing,“O Wisdom, O holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care. Come and show your people the way to salvation.” With helpful videos like the one below, it’s so simple, even Joe Six-Pack can follow along. [Read more...]

God is a Crazy Farmer, And I Am His Plowman

My fields are vast, and yet small. My plot is so tiny, in fact, that you would think that it would be quite mangeable. But there, you would be wrong.

The climate and conditions my plot is set down in is ever changing. And if I take my eye off of it, or let my mind wander, it gets overrun with weeds. Or worse yet? It becomes dry, parched, and rock hard. [Read more...]

Thoughts on the Sanctity of Life Triggered by Seeing the Film “Lincoln” on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

How does one believe in the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and then deny personhood when conception occurs nowadays?

That’s the thought that popped into my head when I came across the following passage in a dusty volume printed in 1913. [Read more...]

For the Incorruptible, Bilocating, Blue Nuns’ Vision of the Immaculate Conception UPDATED

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary

I’m always the last one to know. And that is pretty much because I keep my head down, my blinders on, and just keep plowing. You know, as if everything I needed to know about anything can be conceived of, and imagined, inside my little head, or from my limited experiences.

But then I woke up after a very long slumber. [Read more...]

Because Alfred Hitchcock Died A Catholic

Image Credit: Getty

Given that Alfred Hitchcocks’ life has been in the news of late, what with the film Hitchcock  hitting the theaters, I was happy to learn that he returned to the Catholic faith of his youth (if he strayed), and died in the resting arms of the Church.

This touching story, told by Fr. Mark Henninger, SJ, appeared in the Wall Street Journal yesterday. It’s an eye-opening eyewitness account of Alfred Hitchcock, fellow Catholic. [Read more...]

As We Commemorate the Beginning of the Last Just War…

Feast of St. Ambrose

I am reminded of the things the digital age will completely miss when looking back at their history: revisions to speeches such as this one by Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

From the National Archives, FDR’s draft of the  speech to Congress following Pearl Harbor. [Read more...]


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