For The Divine Mercy: A Novena (Day 3, Easter Sunday)

A glorious Easter morning to you! The tomb is empty! Our Lord and Savior is alive! In the midst of this joyous celebration, Our Lord has a request for us, [Read more…]

Neil Gaiman on Lewis, Tolkien, and Chesterton…

Map of Narnia, by Pauline Bayes

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m late to the party of those who admire Neil Gaiman. I’ve only read a few of his graphic Sandman novels, and shared them with my children.

Today, though, a friend shared a post from Gaiman’s website in which he acknowledges the debt he owes to three giants of literature, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and G.K. Chesterton,  as well as to the treasures that can be unearthed in libraries. [Read more…]

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…]

For All the Saints: Perpetua and Felicitas

Perpetua, Felicitas, Revocatus, Saturninus and Secundulus (Public Domain)

Perpetua, Felicitas, Revocatus, Saturninus and Secundulus (Public Domain)

 

Today is the Feast of Sts. Perpetua and Felicitas. I drummed up a few tidbits about 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

"Franz von Sales". Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Franz_von_Sales.jpg#/media/File:Franz_von_Sales.jpg

“Franz von Sales”. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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…]