For Pascal’s Thoughts On The Mystery Of Corpus Christi

"Carl Emil Doepler Fronleichnamsprozession" by de:Carl Emil Doepler the Elder (1824 Warszawa or Schnepfenthal - 1905 Berlin) - http://www.zeller.de/. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Carl_Emil_Doepler_Fronleichnamsprozession.jpg#/media/File:Carl_Emil_Doepler_Fronleichnamsprozession.jpg

“Fronleichnamsprozession,” Carl Emil Doepler the Elder (1824 Warszawa or Schnepfenthal – 1905 Berlin) –  Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Back when I was toying around with the idea of actually trying to be a Christian, I personally got a nice kick in the rear from reading Blaise Pascal’s thought #224 on the Eucharist,

How I hate these follies of not believing in the Eucharist, etc.! If the Gospel be true, if Jesus Christ be God, what difficulty is there?

At the time, see, I didn’t even know what the Eucharist was.

These thoughts, though (in one big whopper of a paragraph), from a letter to a Mademoiselle De Roannez, clarify all of that, and are quite fitting for the Feast of Corpus Christi.

Take a look. [Read more...]

BEHOLD! The YIMCatholic Swimsuit Edition…

Joe Six-Pack, here, reminding folks about the great swimsuits available for ladies over at Rey Swimwear. Two-piece, one-piece, accessories, suits for kids, etc. They’ve got it all, and they haven’t sold-out all of their inventory yet. Oops. Looks like the hats are gone. Sorry. [Read more...]

Coming To A Post Office Near You: The Flannery O’Connor Postage Stamp

Photograph courtesy of  the U.S. Post Office.

Photograph courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service.

There it is, with peacock feathers, and everthang. It’s supposed to be available come June 5th, or so. More information can be found out about the stamp, and about Ms. O’Connor, right cheer.

I’m kinda bummed that it’s the 3 ounce, $.93 variety. Oh well, we’ll buy a few anyway, just for the wonder of it. I kinda miss her horn rimmed glasses, though.

Speaking of wonders, you know what’s hilarious? Outfits like Jezebel waxing enthusiastic about a stamp commemorating Flannery. Because if anyone has anything in common with the author of Wise Blood, and A Good Man Is Hard To Find, it’s the average Jezebel reader.

Am I right?

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Will The Vatican Let Teilhard de Chardin Help Save The Church?

Henry Fuseli’s painting of Odysseus facing the choice between Scylla and Charybdis. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons .

Does the name Teilhard de Chardin give you the willies? When you saw it in the title, did you immediately think that heterodox thoughts were about to be served up?

No? Perhaps, like me up until a few years ago, you’ve never even heard of the guy. [Read more...]

The 5 Ways Of Worshiping God (Listicles By The Saints)

St. John of Damacus

St. John of Damacus, Public Domain

I’ve been reading some of the selections on the YIMCatholic Bookshelf. As it turns out, a good number of the books in that collection are written by authors whose names begin with the letter S. Saint this, or Saint that, for example.

Sometimes these folks have brief passages in their works that are both short and helpful. In fact, some of them are like the listicles that the interwebs have come to know and love. Like the one below, which was written by St. John Damascene. [Read more...]

Because the Anti-Christ is Politics

I’ve been reading Giovanni Papini’s Life of Christ some more. My Chinese mentor, John C.H. Wu, introduced this book, and author, to me. You’ve probably never heard of Papini (I sure hadn’t!) but he was a well known author back in the early 20th Century. Come to think of it, that was ’round about the same time G.K. Chesterton was pumping out tons of great stuff from his pen/typewriter too. [Read more...]

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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