The Neat Thing That Happens When Folks Get Excited…

about something that is larger than themselves is, they get really, selflessly, creative. For example, a reader made an Excel Spreadsheet plotting the growth of signatures on the White House petition so far. Seriously, that lands right up there in the “People are Awesome” department, don’t you think?. Then, he took the spreadsheet and made the following graph out of it, [Read more...]

A Great Idea For Cell Phone Etiquette…

One of the best I’ve heard, anyway. You know, aside from saying “could you please turn off your cell phone during dinner? Thanks.” Do tell? Here you go. From the editors at The Week,

How ‘The Phone Stack’ is Civilizing Dinners out with Friends
Tired of cell phones interrupting every meal? A clever new game poses a solution. [Read more...]

Three New Years Resolutions in Song and Truth

Good things come in threes. As if I need to buttress this argument, I present the Trinity, the Holy Family, and the three named angels in the Bible (Raphael, Michael, and Gabriel) as examples that, if not self-evident, are at least mysterious signs of the truth of this statement. So I have resolved to have only three resolutions this New Year. The great thing about keeping them down to three is that I can keep track of them on the fingers of one hand, and readily recall them to my wandering mind in a pinch. [Read more...]

Meet Wyoming Catholic College

I always liked Wyoming. During the summer between my junior and senior year of college, my wife and I traveled to Jackson Hole for a conference she was attending for work. White water rafting, Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Tetons…what’s not to like? [Read more...]

Suminagashi! Gesundheit?

No! It’s an ancient Japanese art form of painting in water and transferring the results to paper. Really. Check this out! [Read more...]

For The Road Of Joy

What follows is an excerpt from Kenelm Henry Digby’s Compitum: or, The Meeting of the Ways at the Catholic Church, published in 1869. Reading books like this is just another example of why I am Catholic. [Read more...]

Joan of Arc, Joan Jett and More

I skipped Music for Mondays yesterday. So in this holiday shortened week I’ve got some more Joan of Arc music for you, and more good girls we love. I shared the first part of this series last week. Truthfully, that is where most of the good stuff was. Today I’ve got a few more stragglers, and then I move on to other good girls that kick ass, like St. Joan. Huh? [Read more...]

Because Christ Came to Occupy and Reclaim the World

There was a brutal bear market in the Spring of the year 33 AD. Not in wheat or lamb futures, nor in cloth, or precious metals. This was a bear market of the human soul, and it was experienced acutely by the Disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ. [Read more...]

“Catholicism” Premiering on EWTN

Very good news, especially for viewers left out in the cold like me. See, the folks at the local PBS affiliate let me down in my area (“Do what? We ain’t never heard of such a show”). Well, they tried to sound more intelligent than that but they completely missed the boat on the greatest documentary mini-series to hit the small screen since Ken Burn’s The Civil War.

Thank God my cable provider carries EWTN, which will premier Catholicism on Wednesday at 9 PM, Eastern Standard time. This will be “must see TV” as Greydanus and DiCerto point out in their video review here, [Read more...]

Because the Catholic Church Maintains Hope in the World

Just a few days ago, I asked if it was arrogant or audacious to seek objective truth during our sojourn here on Planet Earth.  A few tried to paint me into a corner (that I was both, and probably idiotic, if not psychotic) for my belief to having claimed to find the elusive truth through Christ and the Catholic Church.

Yes, I’m well aware that it is all the rage to love Jesus, but not the Church. Problem is, to do the one, you have to do the other. I mean, he himself said,

And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Again Jesus mentions this word “church” when a question on conflict resolution is raised,

“If your brother sins [against you], go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won over your brother. If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, so that ‘every fact may be established on the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church. If he refuses to listen even to the church, then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector. Amen, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

so whether we like it, or not, Jesus, the God-Man, the Christ,  built the Church, and evidently he wants it to be around.

The apostles got this message, and as a result, the word, “church,”  occurs many times throughout the New Testament to describe the assembly of the faithful. In fact, St. Paul calls the Church the Body of Christ, remembering getting knocked down on the road to Damascas and having Jesus ask him, “why do you persecute me?”

For the past few days, I’ve had my nose buried in some very good books. I found a wee treasure written by a fellow named W. J. Williams that includes the names “Newman” and “Pascal” in the title, and as Blaise is one of my favorites, and Newman recently became a Blessed, I had to give it a look.

The book is entitled Newman, Pascal, Loisy and the Catholic Church. It turns out that Loisy was excommunicated in 1909, but he doesn’t figure prominently in the book so I’m mystified as to why his name is included in the title. Maybe it was for “sizzle” back when it was published. Controversy sells, right? [Read more...]


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