Hobby Lobby/ Conestoga Wood SCOTUS Arguments Recap & Transcript

Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, Jr. arguing in Hobby Lobby case (drawn by Art Lien)

Over at the SCOTUS Blog, Lyle Denniston called it “one hearing, two dramas.”

The Supreme Court, in a one-hour, twenty-eight-minute session Tuesday, staged something like a two-act play on a revolving stage: first the liberals had their chance and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy gave them some help, and then the scene shifted entirely, and the conservatives had their chance — and, again, Kennedy provided them with some support. [Read more...]

9 Things You Need To Know About Hobby Lobby’s Supreme Court Case…

Which we should be hearing about sometime tomorrow, when the oral arguments are delivered. Infographic courtesy of the hard working folks of The Becket Fund For Religious Liberty.

Say a little prayer for a just, constitutional, result.

The Next Time Someone Says “Beauty Will Save The World,” Consider This…

James Hunt gets light over a hill at the Nürburgring during the German Grand Prix, 1975.
Image by © Schlegelmilch/Corbis

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Spring must be in the air, or something, because my mind is on art that doesn’t belong in a gallery.

The image above is art that I can appreciate right about now. The science that brings about the machinery is art as well. At least to me.

Take a look at this short video of a Mark I Ford GT40. Therein, we get to see the machined beauty of the car in fine detail, before we hear the beautiful music it makes while taking laps. Roll clip, [Read more...]

For Simple, Powerful, Prayers Like This One

Often times, we outsmart ourselves. Over-think things, over-analyze, study, weigh carefully before we decide to act. These are generally accepted principles for decision making. In many cases, this process makes a lot of sense. In others, it is the treadmill to oblivion. Bear with me here.

One of the hallmarks of the Marine Corps, that strange monastic-like, military order I was affiliated with, is very simple. [Read more...]

I Have No Idea Where Pope Francis Gets These Ideas About Lent

Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty. Let us not forget that real poverty hurts: no self-denial is real without this dimension of penance. I distrust a charity that costs nothing and does not hurt.

—Pope Francis, Message of His Holiness for Lent 2014

Oh. Wait. [Read more...]

Five Songs to Usher In Lent (2014 Edition)

It has been a roller coaster of a week. Russia invited themselves into Ukraine, Pope Francis gave another interview, a bishop in Texas did what he had to do, the reverberations of which are still rippling outwards. Can you say, hurly-burly? I’m reminded of what Rumer Godden wrote in the opening lines of In This House of Brede, [Read more...]

Because St. Francis of Assisi Spent Lent Like This Once

 

In the past, I’ve shared some stories on Christian saints who survived for long periods of time on the the Eucharist alone. Below is a story on how St. Francis of Assisi spent Lent one year, eating only a small portion of his provisions. [Read more...]

Help The Eastern Rite Nuns In Ukraine. Here’s How. UPDATED

During more peaceful times a few years back.

Unless you’re living under a rock, you know about the crisis that has erupted in the Crimea region of Ukraine. Yesterday, I suggested  you pray for the people caught up in this man-made storm.

Prayer is a work of spiritual mercy, and today I offer you a more tangible way to assist: bring gifts of corporal mercy to the war torn region.

How? [Read more...]

The A-1, Best Thing, You Can Do For The People In Ukraine…UPDATED

Pray for them. Pray for peace, justice, a cessation of bloodshed, and that the conflagration that has erupted there ends soon. [Read more...]

Your Pope Francis Photograph Of The Day

The Chalice, like a Boss.

*image is from a Mass celebrated by the Holy Father in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013


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