The Definition Of A Gentlemen (A Few Words For Wednesday)

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“Portrait Miniature of John Henry Newman” by William Charles Ross  Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

While I was on vacation, I started thumbing through a book my wife picked up for me at our public library’s used book sale. Edited by a Fr. Raphael H. Gross, of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, the somewhat uninspiring title of the tome is, A Century of the Catholic Essay.

I have no idea how pastoral Fr. Raphael was, or how good his homilies were, etc., but as an editor, well, let’s just say that I haven’t been able to put the book down yet.

Out of copyright, and out of print, I intend to share a number of his selections from the collection in this space. Let’s start with a succinct essay from Catholic convert, and recently canonized saint, John Henry Newman. [Read more...]

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For Pascal’s Thoughts On The Mystery Of Corpus Christi

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“Fronleichnamsprozession,” Carl Emil Doepler the Elder (1824 Warszawa or Schnepfenthal – 1905 Berlin) –  Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Back when I was toying around with the idea of actually trying to be a Christian, I personally got a nice kick in the rear from reading Blaise Pascal’s thought #224 on the Eucharist,

How I hate these follies of not believing in the Eucharist, etc.! If the Gospel be true, if Jesus Christ be God, what difficulty is there?

At the time, see, I didn’t even know what the Eucharist was.

These thoughts, though (in one big whopper of a paragraph), from a letter to a Mademoiselle De Roannez, clarify all of that, and are quite fitting for the Feast of Corpus Christi.

Take a look. [Read more...]

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The Charlie Charlie Phenomenon: Were We Played For Fools By Hollywood?

From outta nowhere, and back.

From outta nowhere, and back.

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Probably. So reports Jennifer Mullins of E! Online, [Read more...]

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In The Vastness Of Space, The Speed Of Light Is Kinda Slow…

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Punch it, Chewie! I said punch it, you big hair ball. What’s taking so long?

Wait. Let me go take a look out the stern window… [Read more...]

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A Landslide Of Biblical Proportions…

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Colima, El Salvador. Source

 

The incident of liquefaction below was captured on tape back in February, 2010. It reminds me of verse from the Bible I’ve read before, [Read more...]

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Archbishop Kurtz: “Marriage is and always will be the union between one man and one woman.”

Today was the day oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges came before the Supreme Court of the United States. The opening statement by Mary Bonauto made it 39 seconds before the questioning by the justices began. [Read more...]

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Dumb Things Americans Do At Home, Drives Recruitment Of Extremists Abroad

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Here is an excerpt of the dumb thing I’m referring to in particular,

A United States federal judge has ordered New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to display on its buses a controversial ad that refers to Muslims killing Jews, rejecting the argument that the ad could incite “terrorism” or imminent violence. [Read more...]

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Catholic University In Indiana Affirms The Revised RFRA Signed Into Law Earlier Today

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All are welcome!

You might have missed the news if you were at Mass for Holy Thursday, but the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana was revised, and signed into law, a few hours ago with the following revision, [Read more...]

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Indiana Bishops Release Statement On Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act

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Six days after Governor Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act heard ’round the world into law, the bishops of Indianapolis respond with a statement. Would you believe on April Fools’ Day? [Read more...]

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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, and author, 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...]

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