For Novels Like Shusaku Endo’s, “The Samurai” UPDATED

A portrait of Lord Hasekura visiting Rome.

First things first, I’ve never read Silence by Shusaku Endo. I can at least say that I’ve heard of it, though, due to the fact that Martin Scorsese has been planning to make a movie based on it for what seems like forever. [Read more...]

The Chinese Chesterton’s Thoughts on the Influence of Christianity on Common Law

It’s been a long time since I shared thoughts here from my faithful departed friend named John C.H. Wu.

I won’t bore you to death with the details of his life, as I’ve already done that in numerous posts before. Remember when he likened Saint Thérèse of Lisieux as having the mind of Lao Tzu, with the heart of Confucius? He’s written some amazing stuff. [Read more...]

Just Like The Prophet Chesterton Said, When It’s All About Nature, It’s All About Sex…

Not what I’m reading currently, honest.

And pretty soon, this obsession of ours becomes a tyrant. Got your attention yet? Thought so. [Read more...]

St. Francis, Poverty, and the Saving Madness of the Gospel…

Months and months ago, long before there was an inkling that Pope Benedict XVI would step aside, I came across this little book, titled simply I, Francis, in a used book store in my town. As I recall, it was a buck (or two) so I picked it up figuring it was a biography of the saint who turned the world on its head. To be quite honest, it sat under a stack of other books for a long time, and I didn’t even flip through it until recently.

Of course, we now have a Pope who for the first time has taken the name of St. Francis of Assisi, so I figured I should start boning up on this saint from Umbria. Very quickly I realized that Carlo Carretto wasn’t just putting a normal biography down on paper when his mind and heart were called to share Francis’s story. Instead, Caretto was called to bring Francis to life for us in way that is fictional, truthful (based on the facts of the saints life), and beautiful.

He does so by becoming Francis himself. [Read more...]

Because I’m a Contrarian

A while back, I mentioned that I am a contrarian. That fact, explained here in a post originally published May 14, 2010, is one of the reasons why I am Catholic.

My wife can tell you that I am wired differently than most people. I tend to go against the crowd. Webster Bull wrote a post a while back called Because I am Usually Howling with the Mob. Not me. I tend to avoid mobs, crowds, and popular opinion. [Read more...]

Brandon Vogt’s Least Read Blog Post? That Would Be This One…

Originally posted on July 15, 2010, almost one year before The Church and New Media burst onto the scene.

Another week, another pithy review of European History. I have to think that when Belloc wrote this book in 1936, he was at the height of his literary abilities. [Read more...]

Did You Know St. Thomas Aquinas Preached A Sermon on Lying?

I didn’t either, until earlier this year when I picked up a copy of The Aquinas Catechism, published by Sophia Institute Press.

Alert! This is a very long post. Just FYI. [Read more...]

Francisco De Osuna’s Little Guide On The Dangers of Gossiping

A few days ago, Pope Francis gave a homily in which he warns folks against gossiping, and instead calls us to focus on following Jesus. It’s another of his wonderful string of homilies delivered in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta where he resides. Perhaps one day, these gems will  be known as the Little Way of Pope Francis.

As il Papa notes, gossiping is something that we love to do. [Read more...]

The Conversion of Takashi Nagai, And His Vocation of Love

All the buzz a few months back was the cause for the sainthood of Dorothy Day. The New York Times even weighed in on her cause, though they don’t quite know what to make of her, and of Catholics who admire her for being, how can I put this…Catholic. I daresay that they would probably have the same problem figuring out any of the saints, come to think of it. [Read more...]

Rod Bennett Is On the Mission of Forming Intentional Disciples with the Smoky Mountain Scripture Study

And he’s asked me to help him out too, which means I’m inviting you to support this endeavor as well. [Read more...]


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