Pope Francis: ISIS Onslaught “offends God and offends humanity.”

Listen to our brothers and sisters. Listen to our shepherd. [Read more…]

“Brothers, I call upon you in the name of humanity, rescue us!”

Yesterday, the Catholic Church as a whole set aside a day of prayer for the beleaguered parts of the body of Christ that are being assaulted by ISIS. If you’ve been paying any attention to the posts of The Anchoress, you’re well aware of what is going on.

Praying for a change of heart of those who twist Islam to their own ends is a worthy use of your time. Demanding action by the international community is another. [Read more…]

When Spring Came, I Cut My Fig Tree Down. Then, God Took Over…

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In the year of Our Lord, 2010…

A couple of years back, I shared a post here about my love of figs and how my experience with a fig tree kinda, sorta, mirrored the parable found in Luke’s gospel. Remember it? Good times.

Two seasons later, in May of this year, I had to cut it down. [Read more…]

Because I Don’t Deserve The Graces That Have Been Bestowed Upon Me, Including Folks Reading This Blog

Smith Corona Typewriter!

You’ll probably want to stop checking in on my blog now, seeing as I don’t have any deep thoughts to offer on whatever the various concerns of the day might be. Yes, you would be justified in removing my blog from your RSS feed, your blogroll, etc.

I really don’t deserve to have folks reading my thoughts at all, when you get right down to it. Joe Six-Pack? Who aspires to such a pedestrian title? [Read more…]

The Truth About S. 2578 From A Career Politician, With An Assist From Malcolm Muggeridge and James Madison

It didn’t fail. Rebecca Hamilton, my blog neighbor, and soon to be retired Democrat pol, explains it simply, and succinctly. [Read more…]

The Bishops Respond To The Fear Mongering Of The Administration Over Religious Liberty

 

From the USCCB Blog, Archbishops Salvatore J. Cordileone , William Lori, Thomas Wenski, and Bishop Richard J. Malone have a joint response below. Crystal couldn’t be any clearer. [Read more…]

The Senate Is Discussing The End Around SCOTUS’s Hobby Lobby Decision…UPDATED

Here, Senator Ted Cruz questions the Administration, and its allies, who are sponsoring legislation with the goal of making abortion common, unlimited, and paid for by all of us.

Roll clip, [Read more…]

Because I Can Learn A Lot From Tim Harris

If you’re ever in Albuquerque, New Mexico, put this restaurant on top of your “must visit” list. [Read more…]

Because of the Note Sewn In Blaise Pascal’s Coat

My eyes will follow yours. Go ahead and give it a try.

My buddy Blaise Pascal is a lot like me. That is, excepting the obvious fact that he was a mathematical genius, inventor of a calculator, etc., and though I enjoy mathematics, I am a mere admirer of genius in this and many other departments. No, I mean that just like me, he needed something to constantly remind him of why he remains a Christian. [Read more…]

EWTN Wins Relief From The 11th Circuit Court Of Appeals One Day Before The Deadline…

She who laughs last, laughs loudest.

The White House might probably feels like their security blanket just got taken away. First there was the Hobby Lobby win, and now there’s another for EWTN. It’s been a busy day for the federal courts. The Beckett Fund shares the good news.

Washington, D.C. – In a resounding victory for religious freedom, today Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), founded by a cloistered nun and dedicated to spreading the teachings of the Catholic Church, was granted last minute relief from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, one day before the world’s largest religious media network would be forced to violate its deeply help religious convictions or pay crippling fines to the IRS on July 1 (see video). [Read more…]