Walt Whitman’s Prayer of Columbus

Happy Columbus Day! I’ve a poem to share with you on the day on which we celebrate Christopher Columbus’ completing his voyage to the New World. And though nowadays the smart money seems to be on disparaging Christopher Columbus, I’ll be taking another path, thanks.

Ignatian spirituality tries to find God in all things. Many take issue with that premise, especially when stuck knee deep in the mire of day-to-day problems. I don’t claim to be Ignatian in my outlook (nor Franciscan, Benedictine, etc) on events or things. As a Catholic, I’m a little bit of all of those charisms, and more. But I do believe God works through the secular, just as I have faith that all things work for the good.

Here’s an example for you from the Pantheist, non-Catholic, and everything else wrong with the world, pen of Walt Whitman. [Read more…]

This Is My Dog. Your Argument Is Invalid


This photograph, like the dog, belongs to the author.


What argument, you say?

All of ’em.

God Made The Little Spider, That In Turn Made This Amazing Web…

Unfortunately, most of it has broken and what is left can barely be seen.

But if you look closely, you see can how the spider triangulated the moorings of the web, from the little bowed end of the hemlock branch below, to the two others.

Do you see? [Read more…]

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


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…]

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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Pope Francis With The Quote of the Week

“Dear brothers, dear friends, from this holy place I make a heartfelt plea to all people and to all communities who look to Abraham:  may we respect and love one another as brothers and sisters! May we learn to understand the sufferings of others!  May no one abuse the name of God through violence! May we work together for justice and peace! Salaam!”

Pope Francis, Visit to the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, May 26, 2014

For Your Flannery O’Connor Quote Of The Year


To find out about faith, you have to go to the people who have it and you have to go to the most intelligent ones if you are going to stand up intellectually to agnostics and the general run of pagans that you are going to find in the majority of people around you.

– Flannery O’Connor, writing to college freshman, Alfred Corn

Read the entire letter at A Catholic Thinker.

Because You Never Know When Andrea Boccelli Will Show Up And Sing At Mass

“For Christmas, I want absolutely to have a mass, and for this occasion, if they ask me to sing, I sing, I’m happy about it.”

You know, to kick off the Octave of Christmas. That’s the case if you went to Mass at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Miami, yesterday.
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Pretty neat, eh? Read all about it.

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…]

“There is a wide difference between Christians and the men of this world.”

You mean like this?

That’s the title of the fourth homily of Macarius. I thought of his homilies after meditating a bit on today’s Gospel reading. You know, the part that goes “strive to enter through the narrow gate…[Read more…]