My Minvan Burned Up Today. The Present Moment Holds Infinite Riches?

That strange phone number that called my cell phone that I didn’t see until lunch time? That was the Fire Department. See, my van caught fire in the parking garage after I parked and hopped onto the shuttle bus to get to work this morning. [Read more...]

Catholic-Affiliated Health System in Sioux Falls Bows to the HHS Mandate

Sounds like something built by Oldsmobile.

It seems like the first thing they do is remove their Catholic identity from their name. That way, see, the next step is just a business decision, or something. Mary Garrigan of the Rapid City Digest reports on Avera Health Plans move to comply with HHS mandate,

A Catholic-affiliated health care system in Sioux Falls is drawing criticism from Catholic bishops for its decision to offer contraceptive services coverage in some of its medical insurance plans in violation of church teaching. [Read more...]

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

I went to the annual used book sale fundraiser for our public library with my wife during lunch yesterday.  Some of you may recall that back in 2006, that is where I picked up the Harvard Classics Five Foot Shelf of Books. Today I picked up a few more selections too, including a 1996 Knopf hardcover copy of Kristin Lavrensdatter that my wife found for $2.00. Yay! There was no way I was going to be able to read 1047 pages as a library book.

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

For All the Saints: Perpetua and Felicitas

Today is the birthday of my youngest son. He turns twelve, and in a little while Casa del Weathers will celebrate the feast of his birth. Today is also the Feast of Sts. Perpetua and Felicitas. I drummed up a few tidbits on them from the YIMCatholic Bookshelf. [Read more...]

Your Blogger is on the Wrong Side of Public Opinion, Just Like G.K. Chesterton

Just an F.Y.I. Good news, though. The Church is on the right side of history. She always has been, and always will be. Of course, that is because the Church is like Noah’s Ark, and therefore constructed to ensure our salvation. [Read more...]

Stephen Colbert vs. Garry Wills on the Real Presence: Guess Who Carried the Day? UPDATED

Hasn’t won a Pulitzer, but he has his moments.

I caught Stephen Colbert interviewing Pulitzer prize winning author Garry Wills when the following clip was posted by Rod Dreher of The American Conservative. I found it to be amazing not just because Wills seems to be outfoxed by the court jester who can quote the Letter to the Hebrews with the best of them, but because of Wills’ assertion that St. Augustine didn’t believe in the Real Presence.

Roll clip, [Read more...]

Biography of St. Francis Xavier Shows Up In New York Public Library 55 Years Past Due

Way up on the northern side of the borough of Manhattan, in the town of Washington Heights, New York, the librarians in the Fort Washington branch of the New York Public Library received a surprise 55 years in the making. [Read more...]

Searching for Truth: Arrogant? Or Audacious?

Back in the Fall, I shared thoughts of the Dalai Lama on the efficacy of religion, and those of G.K Chesterton as a counterpoint. As a result, I had someone charge me with being  arrogant for the attempt. [Read more...]

For All the Saints: St. Francis de Sales

Courage is an enduring virtue, one that Christians of all strips have to tap into in the course of their lives. As such,  it is with great pleasure that I see that we commemorate St. Francis de Sales on this day. [Read more...]

The Death of Christendom? December 15, 1791, when the Bill of Rights was Ratified

It being the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, and Inaguration Day too, I’m taking the liberty to republish a post you may have missed the first time ’round (April 09,2012).

For those of you longing for the days of yore, when the culture was seemingly steeped in Christianity, and all acknowledged it as the one true faith, I’ve got some news for you. Though the faith is alive and well, Christendom is dead and gone. Before you fall all over yourself in consternation, fear and loathing, it’s time to have a look at that word and recall its meaning. [Read more...]


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