For Thoughts and a Prayer for Advent by Thomas à Kempis

Thomas à Kempis is one of the people whose writings helped bring me into the Church. Now that Advent is upon us, I’d like to share with you his thoughts on the Advent season.

This is from his A Meditation on the Incarnation of Christ. It’s brief and to the point and a surefire way to recollect your thoughts for the next few weeks. [Read more...]

Got Questions About Vatican II, Salvation, and the Unsaved?

Who doesn’t? We’re in luck, though, because Catholic World Report has an eight post symposium up on these very subjects.

Six theologians answer the following eight questions, [Read more...]

Is This Where Some Pope Francis Fans Exit The Bus?

See, he gave a little homily today, like he usually does. The first reading was from good ole 1 Maccabees, which is a book that I didn’t even know existed for the longest time. Lots of important history in 1 and 2 Maccabees. Did I mention how Judas Maccabeus reminds me of Lee Van Cleef? [Read more...]

“The world holds us to be fools; let us hold it to be mad.”

I said that.

There’s is more where that came from, from St. Francis de Sales’s, Introduction to the Devout Life. [Read more...]

Pope Francis Cancels Vatican Halloween Celebrations?!

Strike that. There are no Vatican Halloween celebrations. You’ve been tricked.

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Neil Gaiman: “I want to talk about what reading does. What it’s good for.”

Here’s a snippet of a great piece Neil Gaiman writes in The Guardian about reading, imagination, the future, and libraries. Heck, you could even call it a guest post by Neil. Take a look. [Read more...]

If A Doctor of the Church Says It, Then Why Can’t Pope Francis? UPDATED

Early on, in the midst of the preparations for the Conclave, while we all wondered who would emerge as our next pope, I made the following statement: “I’m like the grizzled noncom who doesn’t really care who the Commandant of the Marine Corps is, as long as he’s more of a Marine than I am, and you salute him properly.”

By that I meant that all I was concerned about regarding the forthcoming Pope was that [Read more...]

Unpacking Pope Francis’s Interview (Part III, the Conclusion)

Pope Francis is leading us by example

Thus the Holy Spirit can use the humblest to enlighten the learned and those in the highest positions.

That was the last line from the Catechism that I shared yesterday. It probably got lost in the shuffle so it’s worth reading and re-reading again. [Read more...]

Because Even Superman Needs To Pray

Hi. It’s just me.

Have you seen the quiz that’s going around the interwebs? The one where you answer 10 questions and presto, the literary character your answers best line up with is produced?

I usually avoid these sorts of things, but a friend of mine took it and posted his results on his Facebook wall (Samwise Gamgee), and then another friend did (Sherlock Holmes), and another (Romeo), and so on (Hermione), and so on (Achilles). [Read more...]

“The Quest for the True Cross.” What a Movie That Would Make!

As you may know, today is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. I found a pretty good short piece on the finding of the Holy Cross over at Magnificat. But as usual, I went looking for more. Whoa…Mr. Spielberg? I’ve found material for your next project. This would make an epic screen play! Take a look.

from The Finding of the Cross by Louis de Combes,

excerpted from Chapter IV, “The Recovery of the True Cross” [Read more...]


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