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

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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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King Abdullah II of Jordan Is A Good King. Listen To Him

King Abdullah II and Queen Rania with their children, Prince Hussein, Princess Iman, Princess Salma and Prince Hashem.  Amman, 2009 Image Courtesy of the Royal Hashemite Court Archives

King Abdullah II and Queen Rania with their children, Prince Hussein, Princess Iman, Princess Salma and Prince Hashem.
Amman, 2009
Image Courtesy of the Royal Hashemite Court Archives

Note that I didn’t say that he is a perfect king, or that he is without sin, or that he walks on water, or that he can do no wrong. No.

All of us fall short of the glory of God.  But listen to what he says in this video aired by Fox news the other day. I say “listen to what he says,” because he doesn’t exactly answer the questions the Fox correspondent asks him. Those questions serve more to assuage the Fox News base, than anything else.

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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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Blogging And The Art Of Mustang Maintenance (Or, My “Saint Joseph’s Retreat” Explained)

The first thing you need to know is that I just made up the idea of  taking a blogging break  and calling it a Saint Joseph’s Retreat. Why did I call it that? Because Jesus’s foster father wasn’t very chatty, see? The man was a worker bee who either didn’t say much, or else everything he did say was unprintable. Most prefer the former description, but no one really knows for sure.

The second thing you need to know is that my Saint Joseph’s Retreat is over. [Read more...]

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For Tips on Fatherhood from St. Benedict

—Feast of St. Benedict

First posted back in July of 2010, the post below seems appropriate to share  again on this great saint’s feast day.

As I rounded the corner and headed up the walk that leads to the entrance of the parish church, I was informed by a fellow congregant that there was a funeral going on. That snapped me out of my reverie because, sure enough, there were the hearse and the motor cycle cops, and a more than usually crowded parking lot to boot.
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To Forgive My Father…

-Feast of St. Anthony of Padua

Being a child of divorce, I’m not used to thinking warm and fuzzy thoughts about Father’s Day. My parents marriage collapsed around the time I was five years old. Now my dad will tell you that when he had the affair that led him to decide to divorce my mother, it was the biggest mistake of his life. [Read more...]

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The Holy Goalie Fearlessly Skated Across The Thin Ice Of Same-Sex Marriage In Arizona

Within the community of St. Blogs, folks have been amazed by the witness given by Bishop Thomas Paprocki on the subject of marriage. You probably have already heard the news, as these events transpired back on the last day of May, and hit the wires a few days later. [Read more...]

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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...]

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A Letter to Saint Joseph

Dear St. Joseph:

It’s your feast day in the Church today, and even if you don’t want to be bothered, because you’re a real worker bee, lots of folks are going to extol your virtues ad nauseum today. None of us are sure what those are though, so you’ve kind of become the “fill in the blank” saint for all that is true, good, and solid, if not quite beautiful. [Read more...]

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Because Christ and His Church Are the Light of the World

No longer does the Church exercise temporal powers over domains. The Papal States are back in the hands of secular powers. The saintly soldiers of the military orders have all laid down their arms. Rendering to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s, then, what is the role of the Church in the world today? [Read more...]

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