From the Treasure Chest: “The Little Guide for Lent,” circa 1808

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Christ Carrying the Cross, Albrecht Dürer

What? You weren’t up for an early Lent this year? Too bad. We can’t even blame this on Punxsutawney Phil, either, as whether a groundhog sees his shadow (or not) has no bearing on the liturgical calendar.

So what have I been doing during these dark, snow filled (and now ice filled) days leading up to Lent? Reading, naturally. Folks started yakking about the Crusades, and I thought to myself, “you know what? I don’t really no much about the Crusades.” So I picked up a few volumes about that 500 year long epoch in order to educate myself. I’ll probably be turning to the Inquisition next for the same reason.

But I wasn’t able to find the book at the library that I’m writing about now. [Read more...]

Because Of The Sacraments (A Few Words for Wednesday)

Seven Sacraments Altar Piece (1445-1450),  Rogier van der Weyden.

Seven Sacraments Altar Piece (1445-1450), Rogier van der Weyden.

I just ran across these thoughts by Reverend Jesse Brett over at my favorite electronic library. Oftentimes on Wednesdays  I like to feature a poem. But after reading these few paragraphs on the Sacraments, I realized that I should share them with you.

Brett is a bit of a mystery too, though I found out that he was the chaplain at All Saints Hospital in Eastbourne in the U.K. (in the 1920′s), I haven’t been able to uncover anymore information about him. How was he to know that almost 100 years after he wrote his book, I could share it with you via the interwebs? [Read more...]

The Prodigal Son, The Guru, And The Long, Strange, Trip To Truth…

Webster, looking dapper in the cold of winter.

Webster, looking dapper in the cold of winter.

Webster Bull, my friend, and former blogging partner, has written a memoir about the long, strange, trip that brought him into the Catholic Church. Jesus knows his sheep, even if we have no idea how to respond to His call. And sometimes in the seeking of Him, we get shanghaied unwittingly, and turned away from our true desire.

Webster has made the story of his journey available for all to read over at his blog, Witness To Christ.

After reading my conversion memoir, The Long Walk Home, a priest friend told me, “You, Webster, are the last man who should have ended on the doorstep of the Catholic Church in the first decade of the twenty-first century.” [Read more...]

For Evelyn Waugh’s Prayer of a Convert

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Psst…I finished reading Evelyn Waugh’s novel Helena . I think it is fantastic and I enjoyed it immensely. Reading it makes we want to head with my family to the Holy Land on pilgrimage, bankrupting us in the process (oops, too late!). St. Helena, as the empress dowager, never faced that particular financial aspect of her own journey to Palestine.

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The Right Way To Interrogate Enemy Prisoners Of War, Courtesy Of A Marine Who Was A Missionary UPDATED

This is the last time I’ll be posting about this subject. Yesterday I shared a few thoughts about the torture report released recently, and today I’ll simply point to a few resources that bolster the argument that resorting to torture is a complete waste of time. That it is morally wrong for Catholics to even consider torture as an option is important as well, though seemingly neglected in some corners.

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For Prayers Such As These For Advent

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Candle flame by Jon Sullivan

Before I became a Catholic, I had no idea what Advent meant. It was just another one of those weird, mysterious, Catholic words for a time in the year before Christmas. Nowadays, I appreciate it more because I understand that it commemorates the time when the people of Israel yearned for the Messiah. [Read more...]

Oftentimes, The Best Blog Post Is The One With The Fewest Words…

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Grasshopper recommends Counsels of Light and Love of St. John of the Cross for more thoughts like the one above.

Latest News From The Church Of God Without God…UPDATED

Actually, depending how you look at it, this news is either four years old, or ever new. Over at the Atheist Channel, Rational Doubt runs an op-ed of a Rabbi of Humanistic Judaism (?) whose thoughts run to the idea that we have found the problem, and it is the Word of God. [Read more...]

Still Happy About What You Accomplished At The Polls? The Judiciary Is Amused…

 

 

Relish  your victories well, fellow citizen. Savor them. Bubble over with enthusiasm for the new day dawning like it’s Morning In America. Remember? [Read more...]

The Kind Of Post TIME Magazine Never Picks Up, AKA, Hell Is Real!

The other day TIME Magazine picked up a Patheos post from a different channel in which the author asked us to imagine Christianity without Hell.

A Christianity without hell would be largely unevangelical, since there would be nothing to save anyone from.

A Christianity without hell would trust that God’s loving benevolence towards all people (emphasis on all) extends beyond this life and into the next.

Scrolling across my minds eye now is one of my favorite proverbs from a book that is full of wisdom, [Read more...]


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