Steven D. Greydanus Recommends “The Miracle Maker,” And I Found A Place Where It’s Streaming…

Oui!

Oui!

I don’t always agree with the reviews that SDG gives, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t usually agree with his picks. I was glad to see him recommend “The Miracle Maker,” which is a film I’ve been meaning to see for awhile now. Here’s a snippet of what he says about it, [Read more...]

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Catholic University In Indiana Affirms The Revised RFRA Signed Into Law Earlier Today

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All are welcome!

You might have missed the news if you were at Mass for Holy Thursday, but the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana was revised, and signed into law, a few hours ago with the following revision, [Read more...]

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In Nazareth, This Is Where The Annunciation Took Place…

Looking down on the Grotto

Franciscans incensing where the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary*

I was blessed to visit where the Annunciation took place. I figured that I should share some of the photographs of the grotto, and cave-like home, of the Theotokos on this day on which we celebrate this Solemnity. Over this site is built the Basilica of the Annunciation in the pretty crowded (these days) town of Nazareth. [Read more...]

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Big News Of The Day: Cardinal O’Brien Resigns His Office

Cesare Borgia, Leaving The Vatican

Cesare Borgia leaving the Vatican (1877) by Giuseppe Lorenzo Gatteri

Now here’s something you don’t see everyday. Cardinal O’Brien joins an elite circle of folks founded when Cesare Borgia was the first person to ever resign from the cardinalate (17 August, 1498).

The Catholic Herald has the story. [Read more...]

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Because Joseph Was Really, Really, צדיק

 

צדיק is the Hebrew word for “righteous,” and it is an adjective that the Gospel of Matthew uses  to describe the foster father of Jesus (though he used the Greek word, δίκαιος). But it means righteous on the level of say a Moses or  an Elijah. In other words, not just a good man, but a really, really, high level, holy man, like those paragons of holiness.

Anglicized, the word is rendered as saddiq or tzadik. Do you recall the gospel reading from last Sunday? [Read more...]

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Talking On The Radio About My Conversion, With Mark Shea

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Be warned, devoted follower of YIMCatholic. It’s time for a pop quiz. Here is the question,

In the following episode of Radio Maria’s Catholic And Enjoying It radio show, there will be absolutely no,

A) Laughing.

B) Fun allowed

C) Deadly serious discussions of everything that is WRONG with the Church, Pope Francis, or what ails the guvment.

D) All of the above.

E) None of the above.

So, break out your Scantrons, and a highly sharpened #2 pencil, and go listen to the show that aired last Wednesday.

Truthfully, you will learn that I was as excited about the prospect of shopping for a church to attend as I was interested in petting sharks. You’ll learn the real meaning of the term “C.C.D. Class.” You’ll learn of the importance of Chick Tracts in my knowledge of the teachings of the Catholic Church prior to my conversion.

No, really.

Apostles, Church Fathers, saints; we cover it all. You’ll even hear me slip in a Tennessee twang a time or two. Mark even teaches me how to actually pronounce the title of Blaise Pascal’s Pensées. <<==Seriously.

Listen now!

 

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Leonard Nimoy Explains The Origin Of The Vulcan Salute…

I am saddened to hear that Leonard Nimoy has passed away. May he rest in peace and rise again on the Last Day. Here is a clip of the story behind his improvisation of the Vulcan greeting “Live long, and prosper.” 

It has something to do with one of my favorite Hebrew letters, ש, and a memorable event from his childhood.

Roll clip! [Read more...]

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For The Prayers Of St. Gregory Of Narek (A Few Words For Wednesday) UPDATED

Grigor Narekatsi, Ms. 1568 (1173), Matenadaran, Yerevan, Armenia. Public Domain.

Grigor Narekatsi, Ms. 1568 (1173), Matenadaran, Yerevan, Armenia. Public Domain.

A few days ago, Pope Francis declared St. Gregory of Narek our newest Doctor of the Church. It appears that Grigor Narekatsi is a man of many talents. The hastily compiled list of his accomplishments on Wikipedia includes,

“monk, poet, mystical philosopher, theologian and saint of the Armenian Apostolic Church, born into a family of writers.”

From what I gather, he composed some very beautiful prayers that I look forward to pondering as a part of the Lenten triumvirate of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. [Read more...]

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To Break My Fast From Being Merciful

Peter Chrysologus, master of the succinct homily.

I came across some wise words of a Doctor of the Church I had never heard of the other day. The subject? The importance of being merciful.

For the longest time, and long before I became a Catholic, I thought being merciless was the correct tack. After all, that is the way of the world. So I was, in an upside down way, fasting from being merciful. [Read more...]

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That Time When I Was On The Radio With Mark Shea…

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…and barely let him get a word in edge-wise. You have to admit that this is quite a feat.

This happened last week, when I was a guest on Mark’s show Connecting The Dots. It’s 45 minutes of me rambling on about Why I Am Catholic, how my conversion happened, and why Truth brought me home, and keeps me here. It all started when Mark mistakenly called me an Ex-Marine.

Oh, brother. [Read more...]

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