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...]

The Guttmacher Institute Gets Gutshot by the Kid

Remember the bratpack cowboy flick Young Guns? Emilio Estevez played the part of Billy “the Kid.” That’s how I’ve always pictured Marc Barnes, since he was knee-high to a grasshopper. And that’s what I call him too.

“The Kid” is a straight shooter, and one hell of a marksman to boot. Check out what happens when the Guttmacher Institute, you know, the respectable scientific research arm of Planned Parenthood, crossed his path. [Read more...]

Because of Dorothy Day (November 8, 1897 – November 29, 1980) UPDATED

This was written three years ago by my (then) blogging partner, Webster Bull.  Given all the excitement about her cause for sainthood, I think it’s a good time to take a look at Dorothy Day not only from Webster’s viewpoint, but in her own words too.

So sit back, relax, and meet Dorothy Day (and Peter Maurin) and come to know why an encounter with her helps lead us to Christ.

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Today is the anniversary of the death of a great Catholic. A one-time radical, a sinner, a convert, a courageous pacifist (no, that is not an oxymoron), not yet a saint—she gets my vote for most compelling American Catholic of the 20th century. Her name? Dorothy Day. She died 29 (ed. 32) years ago today.

Let’s begin with three quotes: [Read more...]

For Thoughts On Lectio Divina Prompted by An Interview With Daniel Day-Lewis


On my commute home the other day, I heard an interview on the radio that Daniel Day-Lewis gave regarding his role in the movie “Lincoln.” I was struck by the length and depth he went to, in essence, become the man whom he portrays in the film. [Read more...]

Explore 100,000 Stars (Because Catholics Can Dig Science)

Yes, it is just what you needed. A three-dimensional star map of the Milky Way Galaxy, thanks to Google. [Read more...]


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