For Thoughts On The Solemnity Of The Most Sacred Heart Of Jesus

Are you on vacation yet? The funny thing about vacations is that when on holiday from the world, and from the pressures of time, it’s quite easy to see all manner of things through rose colored glasses. In fact, I would go so far as to say that everything is better when one is on vacation, be it food, music, company, or conversation. Have you noticed this too? The phenomenon is what leads me to believe vacations are a foretaste of eternal life in heaven. [Read more...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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For Poems Like This For Childermas

Childermas, by Peter Paul Rubens (1609-1611)

-Feast of the Holy Innocents 

Have you ever heard of Emily Hickey? Me either, at least not until just now. Born in 1845, she is a child of the Emerald Isle, an Irish lass born in 1845 into a family fathered by a Protestant Minister of the Church of Ireland.

But somehow she decided to swim the Tiber and she was received into the Catholic Church in 1901. Prior to doing so, her literary talents were well known in her day, her poems being published in literary journals and such. [Read more...]

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For Dana Gioia’s Thoughts On The Vocation Of The Catholic Writer

Dana Gioia, formerly chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. now a professor at that other university in Los Angeles (USC)
Photograph from Wikipedia Commons

A lot of ink has been spilt these last few days since Evangelii Gaudium was published. Much of what has been said about it isn’t worth the pixels that have been wasted so far. The same old tired arguments from the usual suspects seeking to undermine any moral authority that Pope Francis is seeking to wield by his even bothering to publish it. [Read more...]

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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...]

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