Do People Really Like Pictures Of Puppies Rather Than Posts about Saints?

Cody, bane of package deliverers

That’s one of the observations Thomas L. McDonald had regarding blogging. [Read more...]

For His Majesty’s Secret Service: Agent Henry Morse, SJ


About a week ago, I reported that the world thought the Vatican got all starry-eyed about the latest James Bond film. Did you know that the Bond family were a line of recusant CatholicsOrbis non sufficit.

Perhaps that is part of the reason why L’Osservatore Romano loved the film.

Idea! How about a look at a nonfictional story of recusant Catholics? [Read more...]

Wisdom from Thomas Merton’s Letter to a Young Activist

Now that the presidential election is over, some of you may be feeling listless after the loss in the “biggest election of all time.” My advice? Don’t be.

Depending on where you stand politically, think about how you reacted to last nights election news.

Did you get caught up in the election cycle so much that you lost sight of the Kingdom of Heaven? A slippery slope lies between being a concerned citizen and morphing into a partisan political hack who sees everything through the lens of party and not through the lens of faith. [Read more...]

New USCCB Website Launched to Inform the Culture on the Importance of Religious Liberty

One of the salient points critics of our bishops’ stance on the HHS Mandate fail to notice is the solidarity of the group. Do you know how many of the bishops have broken away and decided that the HHS Mandate is really not a big deal? [Read more...]

Injunction Junction, What’s Your Function?


“Puttin’ on hold the laws that are stinky.”

Pardon me for thinking about the Schoolhouse Rock song that taught us about conjunctions. Remember it? [Read more...]

A Conference for Young Adult Ministers to Meet at Disney World…


There seems to be a huge gap in the Church in America. It can be measured in the 18 to 39 year old age demographic. Have you noticed that in many cases, once children receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, or graduate high school, we seem to let them slip off our pastoral radar scopes? What are we thinking? [Read more...]

Words in the Catechism that Joe Six-Pack Would Change, #57

Here it is, Day 17 of Flocknotes’ Read the Catechism in a Year and I have to say I’m pretty happy with the program. It’s been a great way to nibble away at the 688 pages of the international bestseller of Catholic doctrine.

One quibble though. Reading the passages, I was struck how often I need to head to the dictionary to look up a word that, quite frankly, I’ve never heard of. Like today’s word, [Read more...]

Obama and the Crass Roots Campaign

I thought the above was over the top. And then I saw this.

Our President approves of the following message… [Read more...]

Does Your Parish Have A Columbarium Yet?

The “Skull” Chapel in Czermna, Poland

If it doesn’t, it probably will soon. Five parishes in the Diocese of Knoxville have them now.

What is a columbarium? It’s a consecrated resting place for the ashes of cremated parishioners.

But Frank, isn’t cremation not allowed by the Catholic Church? Evidently that’s not the case, dear reader. [Read more...]

What If God Was One of Us, and Drove a Race Car?

Ayrton would not approve of that typo!

Today is the 20th anniversary of the passing on to God of this legendary racing driver. As such, I’m republishing this post.

I would wager that the answer to my title question would be that if this ever happened, it would look a lot like Ayrton Senna da Silva dominating Formula One circuits.

Who is Ayrton Senna? A race car driver who died eighteen years ago. Prepare for a gearhead hagiography post of sorts. [Read more...]


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