Peter O’Toole, Requiescat In Pace

Say a prayer for the soul of a great (lapsed?) Catholic actor who had the unfortunate knack of being in great movies that came out at the same time as other great movies. As a result, see, Peter O’Toole, though nominated by the Academy eight times for Best Actor, was never awarded the Oscar for a performance.

Pity, that. [Read more...]

For Blessed John Duns Scotus’s Thoughts On The Immaculate Conception

Rubens is the official YIMCatholic painter of the Immaculate Conception

Last Christmas, I shared what I called mind blowing thoughts of Blessed Duns Scotus on the Incarnation. Yesterday, though, was the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Blessed Duns Scotus is a big reason why, roughly 550 years after his thinking on the matter, Pope Pius IX (in 1854) infallibly declared the dogma that we celebrate just as the season of Advent rounds into week #2. [Read more...]

Wall Street Journal Columnist Backs The “Advent Conspiracy”


The writer’s name is Brett Arends, and this year, thanks to Black Friday moving right into Thanksgiving Day (Thursday),  a light bulb went on in his head regarding what is wrong with the world. So he penned an article with the title, Everything Wrong With Christmas In One Column. Take a look, [Read more...]

FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) Files Lawsuit Against The Unconstitutional HHS Mandate

This just in from the Alliance Defending Freedom,

DENVER — Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Obama administration on behalf of the Colorado-based Fellowship of Catholic University Students. The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of the administration’s mandate that religious employers provide insurance coverage for abortifacients, sterilization, and contraception to employees regardless of religious or moral objections. [Read more...]

Faith In The Midst Of Devastation (Worth A Thousand Words)

Tolosa, Leyte, The Philippines. Nov. 18, 2013.
Photo Credit: Philippe Lopez, AFP/Getty Images

Head over to TIME for the rest of their picks for the Top 10 Photos of 2013.

For Thoughts and a Prayer for Advent by Thomas à Kempis

Thomas à Kempis is one of the people whose writings helped bring me into the Church. Now that Advent is upon us, I’d like to share with you his thoughts on the Advent season.

This is from his A Meditation on the Incarnation of Christ. It’s brief and to the point and a surefire way to recollect your thoughts for the next few weeks. [Read more...]

SCOTUS Will Hear Arguments On The HHS Mandate’s Impact On Hobby Lobby

As expected, Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Wood, and other businesses contesting the HHS Mandate, will have their day in the highest court in the land.

Robert Barnes of the Washington Post reports, [Read more...]

Bishop Paprocki’s Homily for Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the Sin of Same-Sex Marriage

Earlier this evening, in Springfield, Illinois, Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki followed through with his plan of prayers and the rite of exorcism in response to the Governor of Illinois signing a same-sex marriage bill into law. The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, as you can see, was not empty. [Read more...]

Our Bishops Get All Hard Core On The HHS Mandate

You expected me to blink?

Folks thought it couldn’t be done. Others may have thought that some of them would get all pastoral, and start squawking about how the HHS Mandate really didn’t matter.

But there’s a difference between bishops being pastoral, and bishops being forced to ignore the teachings of the Church. [Read more...]

To Pray For the Victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

Today we pray especially for those killed or injured in the devastating storm named Typhoon Haiyan.  Reports are that as many as 10,000 people have died, and widespread damage has occurred with thousands of homes, businesses, and buildings completely destroyed. Have a look at the before and after photographs of one city to get a sense of the destructive power of this storm. We’ve even sent some Marines in to help. [Read more...]


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