For Your Good Friday Night at the Movies

It’s Good Friday, and again I am presenting a film that I’ve only recently discovered. In truth, it is a television show, dating from back in the 1970’s. But as the main character is G.K. Chesterton’s beloved character named Father Brown, I gave it a look and enjoyed this episode immensely. I think you may enjoy it too. [Read more…]

G.K. Chesterton on “The Penance of Boredom”

Last year on this day, I shared an off-the-wall poem about Palm Sunday penned by G.K. Chesterton. This time around, I’d like to share the prologue to his collection of four novellas that were published and entitled as, “The Four Faultless Felons.” Tying it all together is a prologue and epilogue on a model of virtue know as Count Raoul de Marillac.

As always, GKC has a way of turning matters on their head, and looking at them upside down in a way that is uniquely Catholic. The Prologue of the Pressman does just that. Reading it, I can’t help but think he was on to something here, with asceticism turned on its head as “the penance of boredom.” Don’t judge a book by its cover… [Read more…]

Behold! The Holy Week Treasure Map

I’m not saying it’s perfect, but it is worth sharing.

It would be neat, for example, if the Holy Thursday description noted that the Messiah, the new Moses, institutes the New Passover Feast, the Eucharist, so we can be led out of bondage (this world) by him into the new promised land (the new heaven and earth), but who am I to criticize? Besides, there’s no space for all of that.

I only wish I knew who came up with this, so I could tell them “Bravo Zulu.”

A Painting For Spring By My Favorite Jesuit

Sure, it’s a day early, but Spring was about three weeks early where I live this year. What’s been your experience? So I’m in the mood to share a painting for the season, created by the fellow who has become my favorite Jesuit priest. Remember Wu Li, SJ?

Spring Comes To The Lake by Wu Li

Makes you want to hang up a “gone fishin'” sign and leave, doesn’t it?

Another $1,000 Donation Received for “All That Remains”, And North Korea Is Giving Up Her NUKES?

Both events happened yesterday. Are they related? Honestly, I have no idea. But in the midst of Presidential Campaign sabre rattling fervor directed towards the sovereign state of Iran, I was heartened to learn that the less sexy alternative, diplomacy, made some serious headway in North Korea. [Read more…]

Because the YOUCAT Helps My Children and Me

You may have missed the fracus a few years back when I killed Santa Claus, but his memory still lives on. In our house now, “Santa” means “unexpected gifts from Mom and Dad.” This past Christmas, see, Santa gave each of my children a copy of the new Youth Cathechism, also known as the YOUCAT. [Read more…]

Soldiers and Artist’s Should Be Friends?

Of course they should. Because oftentimes, they are the same people. My civilian brother, Max Lindenman, elaborates.

Here’s my brief take on the subject. Many Marines I have known over the years have been great artists, and I mean across the entire spectrum too. This idea that you are only “one thing,” and that thing being a stereotype of what you happen to be doing for a living, is a fallacy. In fact, since it stems from some version of the truth, it is a heresy. A heresy that doesn’t factor in the full spectrum of the human being’s experience, but instead attempts to pigeon hole folks as mere widgets.

Here’s a museum specializing in just this type of art and artist. Which is where Maurice Costello’s art (showcased above) can be found.

Because Tradition says December 25 is When Christ was Born

And that is good enough for me. Especially because smarter, more capable, and more knowledgeable folks spell it all out for me too.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Christmas, Pagan Romans, and Frodo Baggins.

Jake Tawney: The Dating of Christmas.

Alexander Pope: Messiah

And, of course, Linus reciting the passage from St. Luke.

Isn’t Govert Teunisz Flinck’s painting, Angels Announcing the Birth to the Shepherds (1639, oil on wood) beautiful?

Be of good cheer!

UPDATE: Mike Flynn’s letter to the editor.

I’ll See Mark Shea’s Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Moment…

And raise it. Sing it, Remy!

That is truth and genius, all wrapped up in a seven-layer dip of Awesome.

H/T to Blessed is the Kingdom and The Independent Institute.

To Cultivate the Desert in this Jungle of Words

Words can be tricky things. Words spoken. Words written. Words thought of. Words acted upon. Words seemingly written in clarity. Words being read in a fog of misunderstanding. Words with only one meaning. Words with many meanings. A writer’s or blogger’s stock-in-trade is words. And words are the ultimate double-edged swords. [Read more…]