St. John of the Cross On What Ails The Catholic Blog-O-Sphere

This just seems random, but it isn’t.

Last week was a pretty embarrassing one in the parish of St. Blogs. It was enough to make me consider if continuing to blog was a worthwhile use of my time. There are other things to do, you know. I have children to raise, a wife to love, tasks to be performed on my day job, and honey-do lists that are a mile long.

Yep, I seriously thought of throwing in the towel . [Read more...]

For the Next Two Weeks I’m On Vacation…

Left Coast Bound!

And it’s an honest to goodness vacation, too. Not two weeks off to power out a book (me? write a book? LOL!). Not two weeks off for a silent retreat (I kinda just had one, as my wife and kids left two weeks ahead of me). Not two weeks off to figure out how to save ‘Murika from the forces of eevil. [Read more...]

Intermission

So I’ve been informed that Patheos is doing another behind-the-scenes makeover of the website. The upshot? I won’t be able to post anything today as the elves do their work. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite songs which you may enjoy while you wait patiently for a post. Or, you can go read something controversial. Like a post about Hell. Or perhaps a post about Lying.

Thanks for stopping by!

The Motels, Suddenly, Last Summer.
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Be Advised, Weird Stuff is Happening, Both on the Blog…

And elsewhere. To wit, something went amok with a “Popular Post” link sharing  doohickey. Patheos GHQ is aware of it, but for the time being there are enough “popular post” links to drive even the most charitable reader batty.   [Read more...]

YIMC Book Club Meeting Reminder

We must begin by a definition, although definition involves a mental effort and therefore repels.

With those words, Hillaire Belloc is getting us prepared for another journey into the history of Christianity. Are you ready to voyage into the mine-filled waters of heresy? I am, because all of this stuff was completely skipped over in my experience growing up. [Read more...]

YIMC Book Club Meeting Alert!

Mark your calendars YIMC Book Club members, because it’s time for us to take up the runner-up in the poll which C.S. Lewis won last time. What, you had forgotten? No worries, I will keep you up to date. I’m talking about The Great Heresies by Hilaire Belloc.

Now, before you all mutiny and go whining about how it’s summer-time and school is out etc.,etc., do me a favor. Save the complaining for another time. Sheesh, it’s starting to sound like my household around here with all my children reminding me that school is over!  Adult lesson #1: School may be over, but life doesn’t go on vacation.

Besides, didn’t you see my post this morning? Reading this book will help you boost your number. So mark your calendars, head to your favorite book store, beg, borrow, (but please do not steal) a copy of Belloc’s “book on the biggies.” Real cheap-skates(I’m first in that line!) can even find it for free on-line. And don’t scramble too fast because although we will still meet on Thursdays, we don’t start until next Thursday. Looking at my wrist watch, that appears to be June 3rd.

This coming Thursday, though, I intend to follow Jack Lewis’ advice and give you a short, palate-clearing reading selection. Just like we did last time. Maybe we can actually have some decent discussions now that the Skipper (ahem, Webster) is ashore on business. Just don’t tell him I said that. Capice?!

If you will be joining us, sign up in the comment box below.  In the meantime, take a look and a listen to this so you can prepare your brains’ “reading voice” for the sound of the character known as Mr. Belloc.  Enjoy!

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