The Sacraments Are Mountains Above the Plains

The little post I shared yesterday about the Sacraments was, in my opinion, just so much straw. I’m no Thomas Aquinas, not by a long shot, but its difficult to put into words the difference that the Sacraments make in the lives of the Faithful versus not having them. [Read more…]

Because the Sacraments Make the World Go ‘Round

I’ve been real busy these last few days with a bit of a family emergency. Let me just say that it has involved family members, a hospital, co-workers, friends, strangers, priests and God. In other words, it has been just another usual day for me here on planet Earth.  [Read more…]

Hilaire Belloc Was A Lame Politician? Huzzah!

Preston Brooks, nephew of Senator Andrew Butler, confronts Senator Charles Sumner in the Senate chamber after debates on the Kansas-Nebraska Act, 1856

Someone left a comment on a previous post that Hilaire Belloc was not only a horrible singer (that’s what I had said) but that,

Nor could he do politics in an honourable way! [Read more…]

Because St. Barbara is the Patron Saint of Artillery

Yes, yesterday was Sunday but you know what else it was? It was the Feast of St. Barbara. As a former member of November Battery, 5th Battalion, 14th Marines, let me tell you something: This is a feast day celebrated throughout the entire US Armed Forces in the Artillery Community. Knowing that, doesn’t this prayer intention make more sense? [Read more…]

A Recording of Hilaire Belloc Singing His Poems


Or maybe he wrote them as songs in the first place? Have a listen and sing along. Lyrics of those that were published are available here: TarantellaHa’nacker Mill, The Islands (Cruise of the Nona), The Winged Horse. [Read more…]

Because Natural Law is Catholic

I’m going to have to borrow a line from U2‘s Bono and say, “Am I buggin’ you? I don’t mean to bug ya,” as the Edge’s guitar solo rises to a crescendo. I’m talking about my last few posts, which uncharacteristically have touched on politics and things political. [Read more…]

Election Mania Trivia 2012: Catholic Employees’ Favorites

So I’ve been doing a little data mining over at the Federal Election Commission’s website. Earlier today, I presented you with the military’s favorite candidate. This time, I was curious to see which candidates folks who work for organizations that have the word Catholic in them support. [Read more…]

Election Mania 2012 Trivia: The Military’s Favorite?

Election mania trivia: which candidate received the most in contributions from members of the military? Ron Paul, that’s who. The photo above is current through the end of Q3, and the linked article here reports through Q2. [Read more…]

Remember St. Paul’s Roman Citizenship? UPDATED

And how by virtue of that, he had certain rights and privileges thereunto pertaining? You know, before he was martyred anyway? This gave him time to write a few letters while in prison and such. Uncle Sam seemingly wants to streamline the process for us nowadays.

You know, skip all that pesky due process stuff, the right to counsel and all the rest of those Constitutionally guaranteed “rights,” and just get straight to the jail time. [Read more…]

Out Of Our Heads, Looking For the Garden

Much like the world did thousands of years ago, mankind cries out for a savior. So far there is one candle lit on the Advent wreath, as we await our Redeemer. Wait a minute Frank, you say, I don’t believe in God. And yet you still yearn for something more than what you have experienced in this life so far, don’t you? [Read more…]