Unpacking Pope Francis’s Interview (Part II) UPDATED

Do you know what the secret of life is? One thing…

I’m back to unpacking Pope Francis’s interview, though the world seems to have moved on. Last time we left off with thoughts on aligning our minds with the mind of the Church, and I’ll will pick up from there. [Read more...]

Remember the Parable of the Barren Fig Tree? True Story.

First fruits of 2012

Our fig tree has a bumper crop in  store for us this year. The first fruits of the harvest are in and they are very tasty. It’s time to buy some prosciutto and blue cheese, make more jam, etc. While I look forward to that, here is the post from last year (7/23/2012) about my fig tree and the parable whose story it closely resembles.

Remember the parable of the barren fig tree? Honestly, I’ve lived it. [Read more...]

My Lower Air Conditioning Bills Explained: HOLE IN THE SUN!!!

If this was a Star Trek episode, we’d actually think it was incumbent upon us to do something about this “gigantic coronal hole.”

While looking at his instrument panel, Spock would say, [Read more...]

Just Like The Prophet Chesterton Said, When It’s All About Nature, It’s All About Sex…

Not what I’m reading currently, honest.

And pretty soon, this obsession of ours becomes a tyrant. Got your attention yet? Thought so. [Read more...]

Liberation Theology Gets the CDF Seal of Approval, and the Rich Act Different…Who Knew? UPDATED

Says who? Says Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, that’s who.

Now before you go off all half-cocked, like a lot of folks did when President Obama made remarks about segregationist tendencies in Northern Ireland (see Bill Donohue’s remarks, please), perhaps it would be prudent to consider some of Pope Francis’s remarks on one of our cultures’ favorite idols: Mammon. [Read more...]

Jessica Rey On Bathing Suits: “Who Says It Has To Be Itsy Bitsy?” UPDATED

Better, longer, and more involved posts on modesty, swim suits, and debates surrounding the same can be found at other blogs. Try Marc Barnes, the Holy Fool, Lifeteen,  etc., for the dos, don’ts, whys, and wherefores of the perennial bikini controversy. [Read more...]

Do We Have the Will To Remove The Infrastructure of Tyranny We Have Erected?

Think, think, think…

I’m not going to waste a lot of your time recapping what you are already being bombarded with in the news these past few days. The IRS Scandal, everyone is fair game to be spied on, etc.

Justice Antonin Scalia put it well when he wrote the dissent (which was supported also by Justices Kagen, Sotomayor, and Ginsberg) recently in the Supreme Court decision for allowing DNA swabs to be conducted on anyone who is arrested. [Read more...]

For Thoughts on the Trinity By Way of China, Circa 1700…

…with a little help from a few other sources.

Today is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. I have no doubt that my friend Wu Li, SJ was exposed to the Athanasian Creed. Why? Because Wu could not have written the orthodox poems below without having believed in the Mystery of the Triune God. Wu wasn’t just parroting something he had heard from his Jesuit catechists either, you see. It is obvious that he pondered this mystery in his heart.

Like all great poets, Wu parsed the words of the creed and reduced them down in a manner that leaves us better able to have faith in the mystery of God in three Persons.  [Read more...]

Thanks to Our Mothers: Past, Present, and Future

This Sunday in the United States is when we celebrate our mothers. Though it’s a secular holiday, it’s one of the best ones on the calendar. I want to wish a Happy Mothers Day to all of the mothers out there. Mom…we couldn’t have done anything without you!

The portrait above is by Mary Cassatt and is entitled Breakfast in Bed. I have very fond memories of being cuddled by my mother and of seeing my wife cuddle my children like this (before they grew into bean stalks!) as well. To help celebrate this life giving vocation, I found these thoughts on the importance of motherhood from one of my favorite Catholic authors to share with you as well. Once again, G.K. Chesterton, the Apostle of Common Sense, hits the nail right on the head. [Read more...]

We Live On An Unusual Planet In An Unusual Solar System. That’s Two “Unusuals.”

Or so we thought…
Image Credit: Robert Krulwich/NPR

Yesterday, I was going on about the Sun. Today, Robert Krulwich, of NPR’s science desk, has a very interesting piece up today on a blog that is written and illustrated by him.

It’s called, Our Very Normal Solar System Isn’t Normal Anymore. [Read more...]


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