For All the Saints: The Martyrs of Douai College

 

A few days back, we learned about the Bond family and their recusant Catholic past. Also a few days ago, CARA released survey results saying Catholics really want to learn more about the saints, and such. So let’s put it to the test with this post, shall we? Because this post has got it all, from daring do, to fidelity to the faith. Sainthood and martyrdom.

It’s dangerous business being a Catholic.  Dangerous, that is, if your idea of being thought well of is to be looked upon with favor by such worldly paragons as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle. If by becoming a Catholic you hope to curry favor with the world, here is a little news flash: that ain’t a gonna happen. It never has, and never will.

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Speaking of Secret Agents, Here is Your Mission for Today

If you choose to accept it. [Read more...]

For His Majesty’s Secret Service: Agent Henry Morse, SJ


About a week ago, I reported that the world thought the Vatican got all starry-eyed about the latest James Bond film. Did you know that the Bond family were a line of recusant CatholicsOrbis non sufficit.

Perhaps that is part of the reason why L’Osservatore Romano loved the film.

Idea! How about a look at a nonfictional story of recusant Catholics? [Read more...]

On the Commemoration of Veteran’s Day…


Back to back secular feast days Frank? What gives? Not what, but who.

I’ve been reading the Catechism, see, and this is what the Church says, [Read more...]

Happy 237th Birthday, Leathernecks!

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Here’s a quote for the feast day, from an unlikely source. [Read more...]

Wisdom from Thomas Merton’s Letter to a Young Activist

Now that the presidential election is over, some of you may be feeling listless after the loss in the “biggest election of all time.” My advice? Don’t be.

Depending on where you stand politically, think about how you reacted to last nights election news.

Did you get caught up in the election cycle so much that you lost sight of the Kingdom of Heaven? A slippery slope lies between being a concerned citizen and morphing into a partisan political hack who sees everything through the lens of party and not through the lens of faith. [Read more...]

The Tax Man Cometh? You Betcha!


All I’m sure of so far is that the Healthcare Flexible Spending Account level that you could set aside tax-free was slashed from $5,000 to only $2,500, effective January 2013. That’s one way taxes can be raised for everyone without income taxes rates being changed.

For the rest of the muddle, for it will be a battleground, the folks over at H&R Block have a helpful little graphic. Take a gander at it over a beer or your other favorite beverage. [Read more...]

After the Election, What Really Matters…UPDATED

There will be much post-election chatter to keep us occupied for days, if not weeks. In the coming hours, much ink will be spilled on the subject and your humble blogger may even indulge in adding to the straw pile of “what it all means” recaps of the election.

But not right now.  [Read more...]

Help Homeless Youth in Alaska

Alison Kear, from out of Anchorage, Alaska way, sent me a note about an opportunity for a corporal work of mercy.

You all know I have been passionate about Covenant House, Alaska (CHA) for many years. Kids need to feel valued, the need for our services is real, and I am passionate about what we represent to kids who are cold, alone and feel no one cares. I am humbled to represent to them that people do care. I can do this because I have been cared for and about all my life. [Read more...]

Archbishop Chaput on the Politics of Secularism

In the combox this morning on the post on the new educational website launched by the USSCB, a reader notes that religious freedom is a two way street.

The concern here is America not only as a place of freedom OF religion, but also freedom FROM religion. Both must be honored in a true democracy.

I replied with a few thoughts, noting that yes it is a two-way street, and let’s make sure it isn’t a one way street to the gulag for believers.

Providentially, as no one tips me off to stuff going on within the halls of the chanceries throughout the country, Archbishop Charles Chaput launched a little YouTube video* to help answer the concerns of secularists like the reader above. [Read more...]


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