Pope Francis’s Homily On the Last Ember Day of Autumn

It seems fitting to me, at least. Especially this part, [Read more...]

Your “Must Read” of the Day: The Pope Francis Interview in America Magazine UPDATED

It’s big. It’s bold. And it’s the first time America has ever interviewed a pope. Actually, a Jesuit priest from the Italian journal La Civiltà Cattolica did the interviewing from questions drafted by various Jesuit publications, including America.

Titled A Big Heart Open to God, it’s chock full of quotes that will make you nod your head in approval, even if some of them will catch you by surprise. Quotes like, [Read more...]

For The Good Of The Culture, More Catholic College Professors Like This, Please.

Gonzaga University

Before I wade in too deep here, just know that I am a product of a state college, not a Catholic one. All the same, there are Catholic professors in state supported schools, and in non-Catholic private colleges as well, whom I believe our culture could benefit from if they spoke up like Dr. David DeWolf did recently. [Read more...]

“There is a wide difference between Christians and the men of this world.”

You mean like this?

That’s the title of the fourth homily of Macarius. I thought of his homilies after meditating a bit on today’s Gospel reading. You know, the part that goes “strive to enter through the narrow gate…[Read more...]

Why The Seven-Headed Dragon of Lying Will Never Be Slain

And another portent appeared in heaven; behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems upon his heads. –Revelation 12:3

Because Satan!

Just look at the image above, and note that one of the creatures represents the Father of Lies while the other represents Our Mother unstained by sin. She is in heaven now.

And the beast? [Read more...]

HHS Mandate Briefing: It’s the “Pop Philosophy” of Planned Parenthood vs. the Real McCoy

“God bless you.”

And unfortunately, we aren’t bringing to bear the in-depth philosophical arguments needed to carry the day. Baylor University’s Francis Beckwith explains it all in his latest post at The Catholic Thing. Here’s a snip. [Read more...]

In Kentucky, Gethsemani Abbey And The Sisters Of Loretto Tell A Pipeline Company, “You Shall Not Pass.”

What could it hurt? *cough*

Just in time for today’s readings. But, you know what? Maybe Jim Beam, Makers Mark, and other distilleries in the area will be willing to do business with them. The monks and nuns? Not so much. [Read more...]

What Millennials Really Want From The Church

I reckon lots of Millennials are numbered here…

That is the big question du jour it seems. An answer in a piece written by Rachel Held Evans at the CNN Belief Blog sort of went viral last week. Soon after, Hemant Mehta (a blogger on the Patheos Atheist channel) also had a piece up over there, basically telling folks that atheists are HUGE on the internet, and the Jesus story is a myth so, why not throw in the towel?

Interestingly, all of the hubbub seems to be following in the wake of the Barque of Peter’s 28th edition of World Youth Day, which wrapped up celebrations in Rio de Janeiro this past Sunday. [Read more...]

“That our own government is knowingly displaying such a lack of tolerance for faithful Christians is outrageous”

Still at it, I see…

So says attorney Erin Mersino. I agree. I’d also agree if our government displayed a lack of tolerance for the teachings of  faithful Jews, Muslims, Quakers, Mormons, Hindus, et al, too.

So a couple of lawyers are throwing another log on the HHS Mandate lawsuit bonfire. Catholic News Service has the skinny, [Read more...]

Because What You Expect Holiness To Be Is Often Wrong…

Like at my house after dinner, but without the habits…

Have you ever noticed how when you haven’t experienced something before, be it a person, a place, or a thing, your idea of what that experience would be like, and how it actually turned out to be, didn’t always jive? In fact it’s probably not much of a stretch to say that usually what you expected, and what you actually experienced, were as different from each other as night is to day. [Read more...]


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