Joe Six-Pack’s Succinct Thoughts On ISIS, Archbishop Sheen, The Whirlwind At The Archdiocese of Pravda, And MOAR

It’s been a weird month so far in the internet version of Catholiclandia and we’re only up to day 6.

You may have noticed that I haven’t posted a cotton-picking thing since the month began. I assure you, my lack of productivity is not on account of me not appreciating those of you who stop by these parts regularly. [Read more…]

James Foley’s Last Letter: Prayers, Family, and Love

 

Throughout my Marine Corps career, I wrote many letters home to my family. I served long before the advent of social media, so the letter writing kits available at the PX were what I used to write home with. I’d write my mom and dad, let them know how I was doing, etc.

Later, after I got married, the letters were to my wife. And then to my wife and my children. [Read more…]

Keep Calm, And Keep Praying. We Aren’t Abandoning The Persecuted In Iraq UPDATED

 

On Thursday, President Obama gave a brief speech that raised the hackles of folks seeking speedy solutions to the slaughter of Christians, and other religious minorities, that is occurring at the hands of the Islamist fighters of ISIS. From news website Capitol Hill Blue, Ken Dilania and Robert Burns reported the following, [Read more…]

Because of the Note Sewn In Blaise Pascal’s Coat

My eyes will follow yours. Go ahead and give it a try.

My buddy Blaise Pascal is a lot like me. That is, excepting the obvious fact that he was a mathematical genius, inventor of a calculator, etc., and though I enjoy mathematics, I am a mere admirer of genius in this and many other departments. No, I mean that just like me, he needed something to constantly remind him of why he remains a Christian. [Read more…]

To Follow The Way Of The Cross, From Death Into Life

What a deal!

There’s a reason that folks get angry when they learn that the reality of the Christian life leads straight to the cross. Remember that time the disciples were arguing amongst themselves about who would be the greatest? And then the Sons of Thunder got their mommy to ask Jesus if they could sit on his right hand and on his left?

Good times! That’s what we want, too. [Read more…]

WYD Flashback With Matt Maher, And His Story On How The Song Came To Be Written…

In adoration before Our Eucharistic Lord…

It’s been a week since World Youth Day wrapped up and everyone checked out of Rio and headed back from whence they came. Pilgrims from every clime and place, reinvigorated after resting awhile with their peers, their Church, and the Lord.

A lot of hoopla was made about some of the events. [Read more…]

An E-Mail Addressed To Me, But Which Is Really For Archbishop Myers

 

This note popped into my “in basket” this afternoon.

It’s from a reader, whose identity I’ve scrubbed, and it explains why events like what happened in the Archdiocese of Newark, after the travail for more than a decade following the Long Lent of 2002, are so damaging to the Body of Christ.

Read it and weep. [Read more…]

Because of Catholic Mysticism

  

Feast of St. Athanasius

It’s the time of year when my thoughts turn to baseball. Did you ever see the movie Field of Dreams? I ask this only because I realize that this movie hit the theaters 24 years ago. In a way, this modern classic is about mysticism. And when I was reading Algar Thorold’s essay on Catholic Mysticism, I was reminded of one of the final scenes in the movie. [Read more…]

For Your Lenten Friday Night at the Movies VI: “We Were Soldiers”

This is the rare Lent were there will be seven movies (maybe I was skipping the first Friday before?), so we kind of have a bonus one. Tonight is the bonus film. It’s the war movie that I’ve never seen, based on a book I cursorily looked over back when I was in the Marines. [Read more…]

Because of Thomas Merton, OCSO (January 31, 1915 – December 10, 1968)

This is part VII of my conversion story, tagged as 2BFrank in the Tag Cloud. I run it every year on this day to commemorate the death of Thomas Merton, who was also known as Father Louis.

Yes, I am well aware that he is not a canonized saint, but the salient point about Fr. Louis’ life is not whether he was a good Catholic, or a bad Catholic. The main thing isn’t even that his writings helped bring me into the Church. [Read more…]


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