Before getting into the meat of this short dispatch that I am typing from Jerusalem, I ask you to say a short prayer to God for the souls of all those who have died for their faith, or due to acts of terrorism, or because of sectarian violence here in the Middle East, and everywhere around the world. [Read more…]
You know what is the matter with me when the weather is beautiful and it feels like sunny, Southern California? I want to wear shorts and sandals, and enjoy the warmth, that’s what. But can you do that while on pilgrimage to the Holy Land? [Read more…]
Pope Francis Says “Don’t Treat The Church Like A Business.” This Means It Has To Be Run Better Than A Business
Whoa, Frank. Are you putting words in Pope Francis’s mouth?
No, dear reader. I’m just telling it like it is. You know how some folks can wax eloquent about truth, goodness, and beauty, and how the Church should make better art, etc? I have no skills in the fine arts, so I generally don’t write about such things. [Read more…]
So be thankful for that! Guess what else? There is a Jesuit angle that may unlock the mystery of genius’s religious background.
Writing for the Washington Post, Terence McCoy shares what was found when a First Folio of the Bard’s work was discovered in a French library. Long ago, the metadata it had been catalogued under was in error as to its age, see? [Read more…]
Long time readers know that I’m a bit of a gearhead. I like cars, you see. Fast cars, especially. I like just about everything about them. Engine types, transmissions, gear ratios, suspensions, power adders, you name it. [Read more…]
If you would like to go, and you are free the first two weeks of December, then you might want to hop on this opportunity. My wife and I are taking the trip, so be warned. An Archbishop is on board too. Departure is from Cincinnati, or from LaGuardia International Airport in Chicago.
Sign up, if you dare!
*Photograph belongs to the author.
It’s the feast of St. Martin of Tours, and since he was a soldier of some renown it is fitting that his feast coincides with what we celebrate as Veteran’s Day. I have an affinity for soldiers. At Mass when we say the words of the centurion, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof,” we are the centurion. [Read more…]
The other day TIME Magazine picked up a Patheos post from a different channel in which the author asked us to imagine Christianity without Hell.
A Christianity without hell would be largely unevangelical, since there would be nothing to save anyone from.
A Christianity without hell would trust that God’s loving benevolence towards all people (emphasis on all) extends beyond this life and into the next.
Scrolling across my minds eye now is one of my favorite proverbs from a book that is full of wisdom, [Read more…]