My Lower Air Conditioning Bills Explained: HOLE IN THE SUN!!!

If this was a Star Trek episode, we’d actually think it was incumbent upon us to do something about this “gigantic coronal hole.”

While looking at his instrument panel, Spock would say, [Read more...]

Leonard Nimoy Explains The Origin Of The Vulcan Salute…

It has something to do with one of my favorite Hebrew letters, ש, and a memorable event from his childhood.

Roll clip! [Read more...]

The Martyrdom of Sir Thomas More (For All The Saints) UPDATED

Not all Christians are hypocrites all the time. The proof of that statement resides in the Church Triumphant, specifically in the witness of the martyrs for the Faith. Yes indeed, the Communion of Saints is a treasure house of role models of redeemed fallenness.

Take, for instance, St. Thomas More, patron saint of lawyers, martyr for religious freedom, whose Feast we celebrate today. [Read more...]

Did You See the 60 Minutes Piece on Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia?

Photo © Rainer Walter Schmied/iStockPhoto.com

Check it out right here. The segment is called God’s Architect, and it is quite fascinating. [Read more...]

A Bible Verse For All Fathers Of Teenagers To Memorize…

You know, for when your kids roll their eyes when it’s time for you to hone them. [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...]

Because the Church is the Port in the Storm

I remember well how it felt when I first came across these words written by Blaise Pascal. It was like reading the story of my life. It was as if I was the character Neo in movie The Matrix and I had unwittingly taken the red pill that Morpheus promised would lift the veil. [Read more...]

Because of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Day In, and Day Out

Recently a friend I met on Facebook asked folks about spiritual music. You know, something along the lines of  “what is your favorite piece of sacred music, hymn, poem, etc. ?”

The first thing that popped into my head? [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...]

For Your Lenten Friday Night at the Movies V: Pope Francis’s Favorite Film…

Truth be told, I almost featured this last week. But what with the conclave and all, I chose The Shoes of the Fisherman instead. I’m glad I did, too, as the inner workings of the voting, the making of smoke signals, and the naming of an unlikely Pope all kind of set the stage for the real thing that happened on Wednesday. [Read more...]


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