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 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...]

My Inner Southerner Git’s A Holt of the Laptop. Look Out!


Warning: What you are about to read should be done so with your mind’s best approximation of a Southern, Hillbilly from Tennessee (read, “Tannersee“) accent. Don’t say you weren’t warned. :)

Didja heer that Stephen Colbert might run fur Prezident? I might jess vote fur ‘em too. ‘Cause you doan have to be a pacificist, like Dorothy Day for instance, to know that

sayin’ stuff like what you’ll heer below is jess plain wrong. You jess have to be a Catholic who has read even just a small fracshun o’ the Catechism to node that what you’ll heer below is miles, and miles, off coarse.

Three Cheers for the Separation of Powers! UPDATED

SCOTUS Unanimous for Religious Freedom!

Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!

In honor of this decision, I share with you good people Federalist Paper # 51. This was written by James Madison, and published on a cold Wednesday nearly 224 years ago. Writing anonymously as  “Publius,”  he explains this concept, dare I say it, grounded in the natural law, and why it was deemed necessary for the success of the Republic if it was to be one of laws, and not one of men. To be one of Liberty, and not of Tyranny. [Read more...]

A Message From A Renowned War Hawk To the “War Parties” of Today: Peace Out!

Unlike that eevil librul Stephen Colbert, I like books. And I especially like history books. Even better are personal memoirs and biographies. Google Books is one of my favorite tools, and that is where the volumes which comprise the the YIMCatholic Bookshelf (see link under the banner above) came from and are stored.

I shared a few weeks back that I’ve been reading about politics viewed from the perspective of Catholic thought. Last night, I came across a quote in John Courtney Murray, SJ’s We Hold These Truths: Catholic Reflections on the American Proposition, attributed to John C. Calhoun. [Read more...]

Happy Birthday to St. Joan of Arc

600 hundred years ago, the Maid of Orleans was born. True, her Feast Day is on May 30th, but today is her birthday all the same. Happy Birthday Joan…I’m glad you were on the planet!

Many of us can’t get behind “crazy” people who hear voices and form impromptu armies and such, can we? But that is what Joan did. She must have been at the right place and at the right time, God willing, because folks listened to her and followed her into battle. [Read more...]

The Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus

Before I was a Catholic, I didn’t put much stock in the name of Jesus.  Sure, I knew that Mary had been told to name her son this by the angel Gabriel. I kind of knew that Isaiah had mentioned a name, and that it was Immanuel which, according to the Matthew, meant “God with us.” [Read more...]

The Problem With the “Status Quo” in the Holy Places

Is summed up nicely by St. John in his first letter.

Beloved: The way we may be sure that we know Jesus is to keep his commandments. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps his word, the love of God is truly perfected in him. This is the way we may know that we are in union with him: whoever claims to abide in him ought to walk just as he walked. [Read more...]

Gone Readin’ About the History of the “Holy Places”

I have to admit to you, dear reader, that I am ignorant about much regarding the way “things” are. The world is a very complex place, and this is mostly through our own, dare I say it, grievous faults. And I also need to let you know that the semi-annual fracus in the Holy Places, like the one I shared with you yesterday, both sadden me and excite my interest in learning how they came about. [Read more...]

Fifty One Weeks From Now…

Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be in the theaters. Here’s the first trailer, courtesy of the folks at Collider.com. [Read more...]

Because Of “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

A reflection for December 9, 2009 from The Little Blue Book: Advent & Christmas Seasons 2009-2010. I have no idea who wrote it, but after yesterday’s Gospel reading,  it hits the mark.

“I said if I were going to do a Christmas show, we have to use the passage from St. Luke (about the birth of Christ).”—Charles Schultz, creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip

On this day (December 9) in 1965 (I was two years old!) the classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas” premiered on TV. It was based on the infancy narrative of St. Luke. In the plot, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas. Linus recounts the story of the birth of Jesus.

The program won an Emmy and a Peabody Award, and led to more than thirty additional Peanuts TV specials. [Read more...]


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