Blessed Pope John Paul II in the Batting Cage? Awesome!

Blessed JPII at Shea Stadium

For baseball fans, we’re still in the bleak of midwinter. But seeing this video is just what the doctor ordered to put a thaw on the freeze, and remind us that Spring Training is just around the corner (about one week after Lent begins).

While we wait, enjoy this footage of Blessed Pope John Paul II (is it really him? Dunno.) taking swings at an indoor batting cage during his 1987 visit to California. [Read more...]

Irony Alert! Today is Religious Freedom Day UPDATED

Knows the value of words over deeds

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Foremost among the rights Americans hold sacred is the freedom to worship as we choose. Today, we celebrate one of our Nation’s first laws to protect that right — the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. [Read more...]

While The President is On Vacation, Sign This Petition at the White House

A few minutes ago, a citizen named Nick left a comment with a link to a freshly minted petition he has drafted over at the White House in the post where Mike Huckabee said he intends to stand with Hobby Lobby.

I will admit to you that I signed the petition immediately. [Read more...]

Support Hobby Lobby. Here’s How. UPDATED

There’s nothing better than waking up on a Sunday, eating a breakfast of pancakes and bacon, drinking a tall cup of hot coffee, and deciding to join a doomed, quixotic, movement to fight tyranny. Yes, and doing so right before heading to Mass, no less, so intentions for its success can be offered up.

Care to join me? [Read more...]

A Batman & Robin Christmas Present for YIMCatholic Readers…

Image credit: Catholic Memes

Sorry I didn’t get your present out on Christmas Day, but it’s still Christmas, so who’s counting? Besides, what does a blogger give to the good folks who take a few minutes out of their day to stop by and see what’s cookin’ at Frank’s place? [Read more...]

Busted Halo’s “Christmasopoly”

Looks like a blast!

Go directly to Busted Halo and get your printable version.

The Fastest Monk on Skates!

I’m not sure what his name is, but here is “the Rollerbrother” in action! [Read more...]

For Thoughts on Atheism by the Father of Empiricism UPDATED

 

Remember my affection for the Harvard Classics, the Five Foot Shelf of Books? Admittedly, I haven’t looked them over much since I became a Catholic. Not because I’ve outgrown them, but because there have been far too many other books to occupy my time since the spring of 2008. Mostly stuff from authors whose names begin with “S”,  as St. Philip Neri suggested when he counseled that reading the works of the saints is profitable.

But I dipped a toe back into the HCFFSB water today and found these thoughts of Sir Francis Bacon. [Read more...]

Your Apocalyptic News Source (and Soundtrack) For Tomorrow…

Image credit: Courtney Botzford

The end is nigh! Read all about it!

Hey, here’s the soundtrack version of R.E.M.’s classic that will help to sooth your spirits. Remember…Lenny Bruce is not afraid. [Read more...]

Another Trappist Beer Coming Soon to a Bar Near You?

Image credit: Mark Lampert

Maybe. You see, my wife alerted me to this story on NPR about needy Cistercian monks exporting beer to pay for building repairs. But she quickly followed it up with, “there’s none sold in Tennessee.”

Figures.  Teri Schultz shares the story. [Read more...]


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