Remembering, With Gratitude, The D-Day Sacrifices Of The Fallen

Destroyed town in northwest France, summer 1944
Frank Scherschel—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

Pope Francis remembers, and is grateful.

Francis praised “the numerous soldiers who left their country to land on the beaches of Normandy to fight against Nazi barbarism and free occupied France”.

The Vatican said Francis “also does not forget the German soldiers dragged into this drama, like all victims of war”.

Though written long before the invasion of Normandy, G.K. Chesterton’s thoughts from his book, Orthodoxy (1908), captures the paradox faced by the soldier, and why gratitude for their courageous efforts (when exercised justly) is something not to be taken for granted by us, but to be lauded and praised.

“Take the case of courage. [Read more...]

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The Monk’s Life, In One Paragraph (A Few Thoughts For Thursday)

What follows is from Thomas Merton’s translation of sayings from the Desert Fathers, The Wisdom of the Desert .

An elder said: Here is the monk’s life work. Obedience, meditation, not judging others, not reviling, not complaining. For it is written: You who love the Lord, hate evil. So this is the monk’s life – not to walk in agreement with an unjust man, nor to look with his eyes upon evil, nor to go about being curious, and neither to examine nor to listen to the business of others. Not to take anything with his hands, but rather to give to others. Not to be proud in his heart, nor to malign others in his thoughts. Not to fill his stomach but in all things to behave with discretion. Behold, in all this you have the monk.

Hmmmmm. Food for thought.

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On Hamlet, Our Sins, And The Man In The Mirror UPDATED

I was going to write a long and involved post on the little news item that we would surely love to sweep under the carpet. The news out of Ireland about our failure to uphold Jesus’s new commandment. The commandment that, if we follow it, will prove to the world our name and heritage.

But the French guy, Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, aka “PEG”, wrote, “Look At Your Sin” in my stead. Read it, post haste. [Read more...]

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St. John of the Cross On What Ails The Catholic Blog-O-Sphere

Last week was a pretty embarrassing one in the parish of St. Blogs. It was enough to make me consider if continuing to blog was a worthwhile use of my time. There are other things to do, you know. I have children to raise, a wife to love, tasks to be performed on my day job, and honey-do lists that are a mile long.

Yep, I seriously thought of throwing in the towel . [Read more...]

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Pope Francis With The Quote of the Week

“Dear brothers, dear friends, from this holy place I make a heartfelt plea to all people and to all communities who look to Abraham:  may we respect and love one another as brothers and sisters! May we learn to understand the sufferings of others!  May no one abuse the name of God through violence! May we work together for justice and peace! Salaam!”

- Pope Francis, Visit to the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, May 26, 2014

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For Your Saintly Quote of the Week

 

“The times are never so bad that a good man cannot live in them.”

—St. Thomas More

 

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Meet A Modern Day Monk Who Lives Atop A Pillar

Remember the pillar saints? Like Simon Stylites the Elder? The next time you think that absolutely nothing can get done in this world unless you get physically involved, remember Maxime the Monk is praying for you.

“When I was young I drank, sold drugs, everything. When I ended up in prison…. It was time for a change. [Read more...]

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Thoughts About The Minor Miracle That Occurred At Harvard University Yesterday

“Hell at last, Yawning, received them whole,” Gustave Dore.

Consider this post a wee after action report by your favorite strategic corporal,  Joe Six-Pack, USMC.

You may be thinking, “Where do you get off declaring what happened at Harvard as being a miracle, Frank?” I’ll tell you where. Because nobody saw the result that was coming.

The conventional wisdom? It was as wrong as it usually is. All of the wise and learned among us knew without a doubt that the planned black mass would take place unmolested, and unimpeded, because Harvard (or Hellward, as I saw someone call it)! [Read more...]

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To Follow The Way Of The Cross, From Death Into Life

What a deal!

There’s a reason that folks get angry when they learn that the reality of the Christian life leads straight to the cross. Remember that time the disciples were arguing amongst themselves about who would be the greatest? And then the Sons of Thunder got their mommy to ask Jesus if they could sit on his right hand and on his left?

Good times! That’s what we want, too. [Read more...]

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Because St. Francis of Assisi Spent Lent Like This Once

 

In the past, I’ve shared some stories on Christian saints who survived for long periods of time on the the Eucharist alone. Below is a story on how St. Francis of Assisi spent Lent one year, eating only a small portion of his provisions. [Read more...]

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