Food For Thought From St. Maximus the Confessor

And he’s not just talking about food here, either.

Learn more about him at the YIMCatholic Bookshelf.

A Site You Need To Bookmark To Keep Track Of The IRS Scandal

You can find it at Professor Paul L. Caron’s TaxProf Blog.

Based out of Pepperdine University’s School of Law, Professor Caron has a continuing post that keeps track of daily news stories focused around the continuing-to-surface IRS Scandal submarine. [Read more...]

Tom McDonald Explains Why The Obamacare Health Exchanges Need A “Do Over”

Healthcare Insurance Exchanges…on fire in a bad way.

He knows what he’s talking about too. Tom’s my IT go-to-guy.

Here’s something you should know: I.T. is not frigging rocket science. It’s no cakewalk to create a system for a nationwide program based on a law so complex no one who voted for it ever read it, but it’s something that can be done. [Read more...]

How Peyton Manning Made Me Think Of Pope Francis…

What happened? We scored!

He did this, and I made the connection immediately. I’m weird that way, see?

I read the story over at Business InsiderHow Peyton Manning fooled everybody into allowing him to score a touchdown? [Read more...]

Andrea Doria, Lepanto, and the Power of the Rosary

When I was a kid, I really enjoyed reading history. Usually, I wasn’t reading the history that I was supposed to be reading in the classroom.  I really didn’t do that well in school until I served two hitches in the Marines and then decided to get out and go to college. Grade school and high school? Homework, schmomework! [Read more...]

And Now You Know Why The Italian Press Isn’t Exactly the Gold Standard of Journalism

So when we learn the details of Scalfari’s interview, it’s like Simcha Fisher says, [Read more...]

In Search of Pageviews, HUFFPOST Manufactures Clash Between Pope Francis and Pope Benedict?

That’s what it looks like to me. They’ve done stuff like this to boost pageviews before, you know.

And what, pray tell, is the cause of the supposed rancor? [Read more...]

If A Doctor of the Church Says It, Then Why Can’t Pope Francis? UPDATED

Early on, in the midst of the preparations for the Conclave, while we all wondered who would emerge as our next pope, I made the following statement: “I’m like the grizzled noncom who doesn’t really care who the Commandant of the Marine Corps is, as long as he’s more of a Marine than I am, and you salute him properly.”

By that I meant that all I was concerned about regarding the forthcoming Pope was that [Read more...]

Thérèse of Lisieux: the Mind of Lao Tzu, with the Heart of Confucius

—Feast of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus

Today we celebrate the feast of a Doctor of the Church, the little nun who could, the Little Flower, Thérèse of Lisieux. Responsible for countless conversions to the Faith, she bowled over Thomas Merton, made a big impression on me, and sank, for all intents and purposes, John C.H. Wu’s battleship, with a direct hit amidships.

Her little way of love reminds me of what Pope Francis has been saying lately. [Read more...]

Because Jesus, His Disciples, and the Old Testament, Said Plenty About Hell

If this is MIA from the homily tomorrow, classic avoidance behavior is why

And once again, it’s inconvenient to the spirit of the age. But regardless of whether that is the case, the cycle of readings lead us to the passage where Jesus tells the story of Lazarus and the rich man in the gospel reading this Sunday. [Read more...]