Joe Six-Pack’s Year Of Mercy Art Suggestions (Not That I Was Consulted)

It’s probably too late, because what’s done is done. But if there is one thing that Catholics have in common with Marines it’s this: we aren’t happy unless we’re bitching about something.

So yeah, that playing card inspired logo for the Year of Mercy?

Needs words to explain it, evidently.

Needs words to explain it, evidently.

Lord, have mercy! [Read more...]

I Forgot To Finish The Story About Sleeping In For Easter In Amman. Here’s What We Discovered…

…a beautiful Greek Orthodox parish church with the mouthful name of The Church  of Jesus Christ’s Entry Into The Temple.

I took a couple of photographs with my camera before the battery died. Feast your eyes upon this beautiful sanctuary.

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Wait until you see the walls.

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For The Prayers Of St. Gregory Of Narek (A Few Words For Wednesday) UPDATED

Grigor Narekatsi, Ms. 1568 (1173), Matenadaran, Yerevan, Armenia. Public Domain.

Grigor Narekatsi, Ms. 1568 (1173), Matenadaran, Yerevan, Armenia. Public Domain.

A few days ago, Pope Francis declared St. Gregory of Narek our newest Doctor of the Church. It appears that Grigor Narekatsi is a man of many talents. The hastily compiled list of his accomplishments on Wikipedia includes,

“monk, poet, mystical philosopher, theologian and saint of the Armenian Apostolic Church, born into a family of writers.”

From what I gather, he composed some very beautiful prayers that I look forward to pondering as a part of the Lenten triumvirate of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. [Read more...]

The Thanksgiving Holiday Isn’t Catholic, But It’s Looking Like William Shakespeare Was

So be thankful for that! Guess what else? There is a Jesuit angle that may unlock the mystery of genius’s religious background.

Writing for the Washington Post, Terence McCoy shares what was found when a First Folio of the Bard’s work was discovered in a French library.  Long ago, the metadata it had been catalogued under was in error as to its age, see? [Read more...]

Top Artists: Beyoncé, Al Green, Sam Rocha…Wait. Who?

Screen Shot 2014-08-30 at 4.00.25 PM A few days back, on the Feast of St. Augustine, Sam Rocha’s album was released. It’s been climbing the charts ever since. I told you guys it was good, didn’t I?

But what about other reviewers, you say? [Read more...]

I Watched “Noah,” And Didn’t Lose My Faith

Actually, Joe Six-Pack did the unthinkable and saw two (count ‘em!) movies this weekend. The first was for a date night with my wife, and the second was because of all the hullabaloo about Darren Aronofsky’s latest effort.

Since you’re dying to know what the first film was, lets get it out of the way first. [Read more...]

Why I Am Catholic? Because There Is So Much I Don’t Know, But the Church Does…

Salvador Dali’s Christ of St. John of the Cross

For instance, on Good Friday, there is beautiful work of art called the Remonstrances that is sung. At least, it was sung. Perhaps we should sing them again. [Read more...]

From T. S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets” (A Few Words for Wednesday)

 

1962 Oil Painting by Sir Gerald Kelly.
National Portrait Gallery. Smithsonian Institution,
Washington D.C.

T.S. Eliot has been lauded in this space before. You see, he moved on from the Wasteland and the Hollow Men, and  found succor and refreshment in the fields of the Lord. Even when the world he knew was ramping up for, and rent in two by, war, as was the case when he composed the Nobel Prize winning Four Quartets (1936-1942).

Such was the backdrop of the selection I share with you today. [Read more...]

Because Catholics Say Stuff Like This…And Mean It

You know, like soon after their city has been devastated by a nuclear bomb. Catholics, being fallen human beings, say other stuff that is less encouraging too. But thoughts like the ones above are timeless, beautiful, and true.

I have faith that I will meet Takashi Nagai in person one day.

Which reminds me! My friends Ian and Dominic Higgins are busting their buns trying to squeeze the film version of Nagai’s life into the can before the next anniversary of the Nagasaki bombing rolls around (August 9). I’m talking about All That Remains. [Read more...]

Because Tolkien and Lewis Took A Walk After Dinner

 

I had someone leave a comment on a post who lamented questioningly,

“After all, do Christians proselytize to others as they wish others would proselytize to them? The very notion is ridiculous.”

Below is a great video clip, courtesy of Kevin O’Brien’s Theater of the Word, Incorporated, that puts that statement to the test. Because we are called to spread the Good News in ways that appeal to all people. [Read more...]


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