What’s On My Mind? Helping Out Syrian Refugees.

Doing so may be the only positive thing I can do these days, as the West seems bent on wreaking even more havoc than the Syrian people have already endured.

So what is the situation in refugee camps that folks have fled Syria for? In a word, dire. Here’s a 411 from the folks of the PBS News Hour. [Read more...]

“There is a wide difference between Christians and the men of this world.”

You mean like this?

That’s the title of the fourth homily of Macarius. I thought of his homilies after meditating a bit on today’s Gospel reading. You know, the part that goes “strive to enter through the narrow gate…[Read more...]

For Novels Like Shusaku Endo’s, “The Samurai” UPDATED

A portrait of Lord Hasekura visiting Rome. Public Domain

First things first, I’ve never read Silence by Shusaku Endo. I can at least say that I’ve heard of it, though, due to the fact that Martin Scorsese has been planning to make a movie based on it for what seems like forever. [Read more...]

WYD Flashback With Matt Maher, And His Story On How The Song Came To Be Written…

In adoration before Our Eucharistic Lord…

It’s been a week since World Youth Day wrapped up and everyone checked out of Rio and headed back from whence they came. Pilgrims from every clime and place, reinvigorated after resting awhile with their peers, their Church, and the Lord.

A lot of hoopla was made about some of the events. [Read more...]

Because What You Expect Holiness To Be Is Often Wrong…

Like at my house after dinner, but without the habits…

Have you ever noticed how when you haven’t experienced something before, be it a person, a place, or a thing, your idea of what that experience would be like, and how it actually turned out to be, didn’t always jive? In fact it’s probably not much of a stretch to say that usually what you expected, and what you actually experienced, were as different from each other as night is to day. [Read more...]

Because I’m a Contrarian

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

A while back, I mentioned that I am a contrarian. That fact, explained here in a post originally published May 14, 2010, is one of the reasons why I am Catholic.

My wife can tell you that I am wired differently than most people. I tend to go against the crowd. Webster Bull wrote a post a while back called Because I am Usually Howling with the Mob. Not me. I tend to avoid mobs, crowds, and popular opinion.
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The Martyrdom of Sir Thomas More (For All The Saints) UPDATED

 

Sir Thomas More, Hans Holbein, the Younger.

Sir Thomas More, Hans Holbein, the Younger.

Not all Christians are hypocrites all the time. The proof of that statement resides in the Church Triumphant, specifically in the witness of the martyrs for the Faith. Yes indeed, the Communion of Saints is a treasure house of role models of redeemed fallenness.

Take, for instance, St. Thomas More, patron saint of lawyers, martyr for religious freedom, whose Feast we celebrate today. [Read more...]

Archbishop Chaput: “If laypeople don’t love their Catholic faith enough…nothing the bishops do will finally matter.”

Absolutely right. To think otherwise is foolish.

It would be the same as thinking that only the Joint Chiefs of Staff  are needed to do the fighting in a war. Who needs all those officers and  enlisted folks carrying all the rifles, flying planes, and manning ships,  doing the actual work?

Sun Tzu knows that is ridiculous. [Read more...]

To Forgive My Father…

-Feast of St. Anthony of Padua

Being a child of divorce, I’m not used to thinking warm and fuzzy thoughts about Father’s Day. My parents marriage collapsed around the time I was five years old. Now my dad will tell you that when he had the affair that led him to decide to divorce my mother, it was the biggest mistake of his life. [Read more...]

The Prophet Thomas Merton On The Archdiocese of New York’s HHS Mandate Problem

 

Problem? What problem? So the Archdiocese of New York provides healthcare to unionized employees of ArchCare through SEIU 1199′s  National Benefits Fund, which provides coverage for contraceptives and abortion services. What could it hurt? [Read more...]


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