Lines on Pride from Alexander Pope’s An Essay On Man

Often times cataclysmic events leave us at a loss. We have feelings and thoughts but struggle to put them into words. Some have been blessed with the gift of the poetic art. These painters of images with words serve to bring the ineffable into focus in our minds. [Read more...]

What Happens When The Dignity Of Human Beings is Lost

You just thrown their dead bodies away. And then when you are discovered, and your feet are held to the fire, you complain that it would take a “monumental effort” to do our war dead justice. Yes, our dead troops who out of one side of our mouths we act as though they are holy and sacred, while with our actions we shun, ignore, and toss them into a landfill in Virginia.

The Washington Post has the sad, unbelievable, story. [Read more...]

Because St. Ambrose Could Write Such A Hymn

Today is the Feast day commemorating Saint Ambrose, Bishop of Milan and one of the first four Doctors of the Church. The painting above depicts St. Ambrose with Emperor Theodosius of Rome. The reason they got together? The Emperor had ordered the massacre of 7,000 people in Thessalonica, and Ambrose demanded that he do public penance. [Read more...]

Because St. Barbara is the Patron Saint of Artillery

Yes, yesterday was Sunday but you know what else it was? It was the Feast of St. Barbara. As a former member of November Battery, 5th Battalion, 14th Marines, let me tell you something: This is a feast day celebrated throughout the entire US Armed Forces in the Artillery Community. Knowing that, doesn’t this prayer intention make more sense? [Read more...]

A Recording of Hilaire Belloc Singing His Poems


Or maybe he wrote them as songs in the first place? Have a listen and sing along. Lyrics of those that were published are available here: TarantellaHa’nacker Mill, The Islands (Cruise of the Nona), The Winged Horse. [Read more...]

Because Natural Law is Catholic

I’m going to have to borrow a line from U2‘s Bono and say, “Am I buggin’ you? I don’t mean to bug ya,” as the Edge’s guitar solo rises to a crescendo. I’m talking about my last few posts, which uncharacteristically have touched on politics and things political. [Read more...]

Election Mania Trivia 2012: Catholic Employees’ Favorites

So I’ve been doing a little data mining over at the Federal Election Commission’s website. Earlier today, I presented you with the military’s favorite candidate. This time, I was curious to see which candidates folks who work for organizations that have the word Catholic in them support. [Read more...]

Remember St. Paul’s Roman Citizenship? UPDATED

And how by virtue of that, he had certain rights and privileges thereunto pertaining? You know, before he was martyred anyway? This gave him time to write a few letters while in prison and such. Uncle Sam seemingly wants to streamline the process for us nowadays.

You know, skip all that pesky due process stuff, the right to counsel and all the rest of those Constitutionally guaranteed “rights,” and just get straight to the jail time. [Read more...]

Why I Can’t Find My Coffee Mug, Explained

Well, maybe. Walking through doorways robbed my memory, or so says Professor Radvansky in this piece just published in Notre Dame News.

We’ve all experienced it: The frustration of entering a room and forgetting what we were going to do. Or get. Or find. [Read more...]

The New Mass Translation? The Marines In WWII Had That.

Well, it’s pretty close, from what I can tell. And it makes a handy little pocket guide for the changes coming upon us when the New Translation kicks in this first Sunday of Advent. I didn’t have to invent the Flux Capacitor to find out about it either.

Caveat emptor: the language is more along the lines of what is found in the Douay-Rheims translation of the Bible. There are Thee’s, Thy’s, and Thou’s, rather than the more modern version that is on the handy cards you’ll probably be consulting in your parish pews. [Read more...]


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