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...]

Robert Hugh Benson Helps Explain How the Catholic Church Sees Jesus and Infallibility…

Jesus giving St. Peter the Keys

Which also helps explain why when the Catholic Church holds a teaching as being true, there will be no modification of it. I’ll discuss a few examples of this in the near future.

But first, Monsignor Benson, a convert from the Church of England, helps make it clear for Christians of all stripes how the Church interacts with the Deposit of Faith. Especially in terms of when She speaks as the voice of Christ to the world. [Read more...]

Pope Francis Mentions Pelagians in His Chrism Mass Homily…

Pelagius resembles Grumpy Cat!

And everyone runs for their history books!

Oh wait. Not really.  [Read more...]

What Living the Christian Faith is Like, In a Nutshell…

Courtesy of Rumer Goddin’s opening paragraph from This House of Brede, [Read more...]

Papal History Being Made, Right Here, Right Now UPDATED

The True, the Good, and the Beautiful

Today Pope Francis and the Pope Emeritus met at Castel Gandolfo. In terms of historically rare moments, it doesn’t get much better than this. [Read more...]

And I Have a Dedication for Hans Küng…

 

And his dreamy, utopian vision of a Church prostituted to the whims and caprices of public opinion.

Sing it, Steve. [Read more...]

As Pope Benedict Flew Away, A Song Popped Into My Head…

So long, farewell, Auf wiedersehen, goodbye!

I couldn’t help it.  So I’ll share the earworm with you too, with a little help from the Ray Conniff Singers… [Read more...]

What To Get That Special Man In Your Life For Valentines Day? I Can Guarantee He’ll Never Forget This…

As Pat Gohn shames us men into drafting epic love letters for our sweeties this year, will us men be rewarded in kind?

Here’s an idea, ladies. We’re pretty easy to please. [Read more...]

The Administration Issues Changes to HHS Mandate for Religious Institutions and Affiliates UPDATED

The press release from the Department of Health and Human Services is out. Revisions to the Mandate at this time apply to non-profit religious institutions and their affiliates.

Briefly, the changes make a provision for employees of these institutions to be offered separate coverage for “preventive services” from health insurance companies utilized by their employers, or via another insurance provider if the organization is self-insured.

Here is the press release from HHS, [Read more...]

O Oriens (Radiant Dawn)

Sorry, Mayans. No one knows the day or hour, see? So as dawn breaks we pray,

“O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come, shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.” [Read more...]


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