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

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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…]

This Thai Life Insurance Commercial “Gets” Marriage

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To have and to hold, from this day forward; for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness, and in health, to love and to cherish, to death do us part.

Tissue alert! [Read more…]

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

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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…]

My Favorite Tracks From Sam Rocha’s Album, “Late To Love”

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Long time readers of YIMCatholic know that I’ve got a thing for music. Once was, I ran posts to start the week off every Monday with selections of whatever turned my fancy. Rock & roll; classical; Jesus going mainstream; you name it.  I even built a Pandora station, or four.

The thing is? I have no idea why I like the music I do. But when I do like it, I tend to share it with you in posts either dedicated to music, or sometimes I just slip a track in on you unawares. You just never know where I might add a tune. Saavy? [Read more…]

Meriam Ibrahim Meets Pope Francis In Rome

Hallelujah!

And she receives a blessing from il Papa. Vatican Radio has the story.

Meriam Ibrahim, the woman who was sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to renounce her Christian faith, arrived Thursday in Italy and met with Pope Francis in the Casa Santa Marta. During the meeting, she was accompanied by her family: Husband Daniel Wani,  Martin (a year and a half), and Maya, born in prison two months ago. [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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Because I Can Learn A Lot From Tim Harris

If you’re ever in Albuquerque, New Mexico, put this restaurant on top of your “must visit” list. [Read more…]

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