In Praise Of A Catholic Christmas Holiday Favorite: Mincemeat Pie UPDATED

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Readers of this blog know that I’m a convert to Catholicism (RCIA Class of ’08). Something else they know is that I enjoy rediscovering all things with Catholic origins that folks like me (former non-denominational Christian) never even knew were Catholic in the first place.

Like my favorite pie for this time of year: mincemeat pie. [Read more...]

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...]

The Number One Reason Why Folks Admire Pope Francis

In a word, authenticity. Pope Francis is renovating the crumbling structure of what it means to be a Christian these days, see? [Read more...]

Behold! The First Trappist Abbey Ale Brewed In America

Oh boy!

A friend of mine sent me the good news.

After years in planning, the USA finally has a Trappist beer. It’s official. [Read more...]

Your Worst Nightmares About Pope Francis? The Return of the Rock ‘n Roll Mass?

The horror…

I gotta admit, I don’t think that fear coming into being is very likely. But step back into my time machine, dial the knob back to 1966, and enjoy (if you dare) the sounds of Peter Cetera (yeah, that Peter Cetera), and The Exceptions singing their way through the Mass. [Read more...]

For Blessed John Duns Scotus’s Thoughts On The Immaculate Conception

Rubens is the official YIMCatholic painter of the Immaculate Conception

Last Christmas, I shared what I called mind blowing thoughts of Blessed Duns Scotus on the Incarnation. Yesterday, though, was the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Blessed Duns Scotus is a big reason why, roughly 550 years after his thinking on the matter, Pope Pius IX (in 1854) infallibly declared the dogma that we celebrate just as the season of Advent rounds into week #2. [Read more...]

For Dana Gioia’s Thoughts On The Vocation Of The Catholic Writer

Dana Gioia, formerly chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. now a professor at that other university in Los Angeles (USC)
Photograph from Wikipedia Commons

A lot of ink has been spilt these last few days since Evangelii Gaudium was published. Much of what has been said about it isn’t worth the pixels that have been wasted so far. The same old tired arguments from the usual suspects seeking to undermine any moral authority that Pope Francis is seeking to wield by his even bothering to publish it. [Read more...]

For Thoughts and a Prayer for Advent by Thomas à Kempis

Thomas à Kempis is one of the people whose writings helped bring me into the Church. Now that Advent is upon us, I’d like to share with you his thoughts on the Advent season.

This is from his A Meditation on the Incarnation of Christ. It’s brief and to the point and a surefire way to recollect your thoughts for the next few weeks. [Read more...]

About Moving The Vatican City Legation…(Stuff I Refuse To Be Upset About)

Current location (left) vs. new location (right). I vote for the new location.

Recently a firestorm of fake dudgeon was released into the Catholic blogosphere when news came that the U.S. Embassy to Vatican City was, horror of horrors, going to be moved to a space that was available where the U.S. Embassy to Italy was located in Rome. The hue and cry from some quarters was loud and long.

Former ambassadors to the Holy See lined up to whine about the perceived slight they were enduring. Meanwhile, the current Ambassador to the Holy See was fine with the idea, and the Vatican was cool with it too. But that didn’t placate folks, and you know what? Neither will this blog post. [Read more...]

A Serious Message About The Film, “Delivery Man” UPDATED

…is contained in the flyer in the photograph below. [Read more...]


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