We Live On An Unusual Planet In An Unusual Solar System. That’s Two “Unusuals.”

Or so we thought…
Image Credit: Robert Krulwich/NPR

Yesterday, I was going on about the Sun. Today, Robert Krulwich, of NPR’s science desk, has a very interesting piece up today on a blog that is written and illustrated by him.

It’s called, Our Very Normal Solar System Isn’t Normal Anymore. [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…]

The Big Ball of Flame Up in the Sky Throws a Beautiful Fit

Here’s another post by your Sun crazy blogger. There was a little black spot on the Sun a few days ago, about the size of the Earth. Then it exploded. Take a look. [Read more…]

Papal History Being Made, Right Here, Right Now UPDATED

The True, the Good, and the Beautiful

Today Pope Francis and the Pope Emeritus met at Castel Gandolfo. In terms of historically rare moments, it doesn’t get much better than this. [Read more…]

You Never Know When the Pope Will Show Up and Say Mass…UPDATED

..if you are anywhere near Saint Martha’s House (Domus Sanctæ Marthæ), that is. This is one of those cases where the photographs arrive before the backstory*.

He didn’t just sneak in and worship in the back row, though. He celebrated the Mass too… [Read more…]

“The Temptation by the Devil” by Gustave Doré

In today’s gospel reading, our Lord reminds us that no one is free from temptation. Spiritual battles are real, and the prince of this world is keen for us to make him, and the kingdoms that have been handed over to him, our center, instead of God.

But I’m not going to rehash the homily you heard today. [Read more…]

Christmas Delights, Thanks to the Catechism and Romanus the Melodist

St. Romanus the Melodist

Back in October, I signed up to read the Catechism in a year. I thought it would be a daunting, thankless, task. Instead, it has been light, easy and delightful.

In fact, I’ve been amazed at how the daily selections have been dovetailing with the liturgical calendar. Whether that is by design or not, I do not know. [Read more…]

In a Cave Underground…

a King was born.

And on December 25. Sing it Neil, [Read more…]

O Adonai (LORD)

O Adonai: “O sacred Lord of ancient Israel, who showed yourself to Moses in the burning bush, who gave him the holy law on Sinai mountain: come, stretch out your mighty hand to set us free.” [Read more…]

An Advent Prayer

By Fr. Henri J. M. Nouwen

Lord Jesus,
Master of both the light and the darkness,
send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.
We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day.
We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us.
We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom.
We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence.
We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light.
To you we say, “Come Lord Jesus!”

Amen.