Because Of The Holy See’s Diplomatic Corps

Coat_of_arms_Holy_See.svg It’s been a long time since I titled a post with that starts with the word “because.” But given what is happening on the world stage these days, especially across that swath of territory in the Middle East, where an ersatz caliphate is trying to establish itself, the fact that the Catholic Church has a diplomatic corps sets her apart. [Read more...]

Tune In To “A Closer Look” Tonight As A Passel Of Catholics Talk About ISIS, Iraq, And What It All Means

I’ll be joining the panel tonight at 6 pm ET talking about Iraq, Middle East persecution of Christians (and other religious minorities), lawless bandits acting like nation states, whether neighboring countries care, etc., with Elizabeth Scalia, Tod Worner, and the golden voiced Sheila Liaugminas.

I’m going to be listening, and hoping Sheila forgets to ask me a question. Who knows? Maybe Fr. Robert Barron will show up too?

Y’all come listen!

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

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

As The World Seems To Claim That God Is Dead, He Speaks To Us Today Via The Prophet Nahum

 

Surely I’m not the first to notice how oftentimes, through the daily readings, or by way of the Liturgy of the Hours, God breaks through our thrall towards world events, and speaks to us directly. [Read more...]

ISIS: Modern Day Iconoclasts Bent On Cleansing Islam Of Idolatry

The wildflower that has sprung up in the power vacuums created in the Syrian and Iraqi deserts has a name, and it is ISIS.

Would you believe the roots of this particular group of terrorists are deeper than just being a new face of al Qaeda? Believe it, or not, their roots go all the way back to the days of the Christian iconoclasts from long ago. [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…

Celeste-Fig-2010

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...]

Psalm 119, The Hebrew Letter נ (Nun), And A Prayer

As Christians around the globe adopt the Arabic letter ن‎ (nun) as their profile pictures on social media, in solidarity with our persecuted brothers and sisters in Iraq and Syria, I was led to read Psalm 119.

Truth be told, it was unintentional. I had seen somewhere that Psalm 117 was the shortest of the psalms, and went to look it up in The Catholic Youth Bible.

A blurb on the page told me that the 119th psalm was the longest, and I thought since I was in the neighborhood, I should take a look at it too. [Read more...]

Protesters In Baghdad: “I am Christian, Sunni, Shiite, Kurd, Mandean,Yazidi, and I am Iraqi”

Artist: Oubai Elkerdi. Source.

ISIS thugs may attempt to kill and intimidate their way to power, but that will fail as long as folks defy them like these great souls are doing. The following story comes to us via Dina al-Shibeeb of  Al Arabiya News, because the Western media is turning a blind eye to genocidal tendencies occurring  in our former live-fire exercise /diplomatic playground.

Tell it, Dina.
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A Poem on St. John the Baptist’s Day

 

"St. John the Baptist Preaching Before Herod," Hans Fries, 1514.

“St. John the Baptist Preaching Before Herod,” Hans Fries, 1514.

Happy Birthday to St. John the Baptist! Here is a little poem I found written by John Keble in honor of this, the greatest of all men. [Read more...]


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