If The World Is Trying To Distract You, Then It’s Probably Holy Week

I’m with her (and with the Carmelites).

Oh, look at the calendar! It IS Holy Week.

So right when you’d really like to settle your gaze on Jesus, meditate over the mystery of the Incarnation, sing praises that your sins have been forgiven, and that death has been conquered for all time, the cacophony of the crowd rises to a fever pitch trying to make you forget all that “repent and believe the gospel” stuff Jesus proclaimed, and instead worry about all the stuff that is as far flung from the Good News as Pluto is from Mercury. [Read more...]

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Because Christ Came to Occupy, and Reclaim, the World

There was a brutal bear market in the Spring of the year 33 AD. Not in wheat or lamb futures, nor in cloth, or precious metals. This was a bear market of the human soul, and it was experienced acutely by the Disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ. [Read more...]

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Did Pope Francis Post A Turkey To A Bishopric In Chile? UPDATED

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It’s looking like it, if you asked me. But nobody asked me, nor would they ever. One thing is for sure, and that is that lots of local folks were unhappy with the appointment, and the installation, of Bishop Juan Barros. [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

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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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BREAKING: The Cathedral Of St. Maytag Is Stuck On Rinse Cycle UPDATED

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You know, the roof does look like an agitator from a washing machine…

Finally. We have a scandal that we can literally call “Watergate” without blinking an eye. Except it appears to be over about that quickly.

What? You missed the news that the Cathedral in San Francisco installed exterior sprinklers for the sole purpose of wrecking the nights of homeless folks trying to catch some zzz’s in the corners of the building? Good thing the Fourth Estate was on the ball, and floated the ballon on this travesty. [Read more...]

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G.K. Chesterton Splashes Into The Pages Of “The Atlantic”

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Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

 

Remember that time when Chesterton showed up in Breitbart? This is even better than that.  Even the subtitle of the piece says, “this author loves Chesterton.”

The case for canonizing G. K. Chesterton, the bombastic man of letters and paradoxical militant for God

See? More from James Parker’s article, A Most Unlikely Saint, [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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Because the Anti-Christ is Politics

I’ve been reading Giovanni Papini’s Life of Christ some more. My Chinese mentor, John C.H. Wu, introduced this book, and author, to me. You’ve probably never heard of Papini (I sure hadn’t!) but he was a well known author back in the early 20th Century. Come to think of it, that was ’round about the same time G.K. Chesterton was pumping out tons of great stuff from his pen/typewriter too. [Read more...]

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