Because My Brother Imran Yousef Is An American Hero

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Back when he was a freshly minted United States Marine. Photo: Courtesy of Imran Yousuf

Another kid from New York was in the nightclub that turned into a killing zone early Sunday morning. His name is Yousef, and he saved a lot of lives.

The Marine Corps Times published his story, but his New York connections are fleshed out in this article by the Times Union, out of Albany. Also, this person is related to me. Have a look, [Read more…]

“Where Do We Get Such Men?”

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That’s the last line from the Korean War film, The Bridges At Toko-Ri. Over at Christopher Closeup, Tony Rossi shares a true story about the seemingly unlikely friendship between the two Navy pilots pictured above. Tony asks, “What kind of man intentionally crashes his airplane behind enemy lines during wartime to save a friend?”

Jesse Brown would crash, see, due to ground fire he encountered while providing close air support to the Marines during their fighting retreat from Chosin Reservoir. Tom Hudner would intentionally crash land his plane in a bid to save his downed friend’s life.

Here’s the Medal of Honor citation for the man who was more willing than usual to lay down his life for his friend, [Read more…]

For Things C.S. Lewis Said Shortly Before He Passed On…

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Sure, you can count this one!  Author unknown, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

You know how often you can find me scrolling the selections over at the Christian Broadcasting Network? Seriously? Recall how many unicorns you have ever seen, and you’ll be in the right ballpark.

But just because I’m not a fan of The 700 Club doesn’t mean I won’t ever venture through their doors when finding something that strikes my fancy. Like what, you say?

Like the transcript of an interview C.S. Lewis gave in 1963, that’s what. [Read more…]

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

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“Portrait Miniature of John Henry Newman” by William Charles Ross  Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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…]

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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The Prodigal Son, The Guru, And The Long, Strange, Trip To Truth…

Webster, looking dapper in the cold of winter.

Webster, looking dapper in the cold of winter.

Webster Bull, my friend, and former blogging partner, has written a memoir about the long, strange, trip that brought him into the Catholic Church. Jesus knows his sheep, even if we have no idea how to respond to His call. And sometimes in the seeking of Him, we get shanghaied unwittingly, and turned away from our true desire.

Webster has made the story of his journey available for all to read over at his blog, Witness To Christ.

After reading my conversion memoir, The Long Walk Home, a priest friend told me, “You, Webster, are the last man who should have ended on the doorstep of the Catholic Church in the first decade of the twenty-first century.” [Read more…]

Rudy + Moonlight Graham = Reggie Ho, The Little Catholic Kicker Who Could

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Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

It’s a big football weekend coming up, what with the Conference Championships meeting up on the gridiron this Sunday. We’ll find out if it will be the Seahawks vs. the Patriots, or the Packers vs. the Colts (or the Packers vs the Patriots or the Seahawks vs the Colts) in the Superbowl.

Before you dive in the those upcoming contests, do yourself a favor and watch this little short that Kim Jeong put together for ESPN Films. [Read more…]

Everything You Need To Know About The Extraordinary Synod Process In 5 Minutes…

Forget the bloviating. Avoid the hyperventilating. Sidestep the handwringing.

That is Joe Six-Pack’s plan for surviving the synods the bishops are holding on the pastoral challenges of the family.

So what is happening and how does it work? Roll clip. [Read more…]

I’ve Been On Retreat, Climbing A Mountain With An Elevation Of 6,500 RPM…

My Eaton M112, surgically removed.

My Eaton M112, surgically removed.*

You probably think I’m off my rocker, but given how unsatisfying this month was shaping up to be, it was time for a break. A break from blogging, hand wringing, and all the other bad stuff happening in the world that I have absolutely no control over.

Did I also mention ridiculous silliness that passes for important stuff these days?

Right. [Read more…]

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…]


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