For the Faith of St. Paul Miki, and Companions (For All the Saints)

Today is the feast day of St. Paul Miki and his companions. They were martyred in Nagasaki on February 5th in the year 1597.

The story of the martyrs has been made into a film and it’s title is 26 Martyrs. It’s an animated short that will serve as a companion piece to the docu-drama that a number of you have helped to fund: All That Remains. I think you’ll agree that it looks like a “must see” film. [Read more...]

Biography of St. Francis Xavier Shows Up In New York Public Library 55 Years Past Due

Way up on the northern side of the borough of Manhattan, in the town of Washington Heights, New York, the librarians in the Fort Washington branch of the New York Public Library received a surprise 55 years in the making. [Read more...]

A Message From Your Captain. This Is Only A Test…Do Not Be Alarmed!

I might use this at some point in the future, so please make yourselves familiar with it. Upon hearing this klaxon, all  Red Shirts report to the Transporter Room, and await further instructions. Sound General Quarters! [Read more...]

Because Saints Tell Temporal Kings “No!” When They Err


Another day, another magnificent saint for us to model our behavior after. This is one of the great things about the liturgical calendar during the Octave of Christmas. Yesterday, the Church commemorated the Holy Innocents.

For today, we have another martyr, of the type that needs not much of an introduction. You know the type, or do you? The story of St. Thomas Becket shows us that yes, people can change when they answer the call of conversion, open themselves to God, and allow the circumcision of their hearts. [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...]

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...]

Thoughts on the Sanctity of Life Triggered by Seeing the Film “Lincoln” on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

How does one believe in the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and then deny personhood when conception occurs nowadays?

That’s the thought that popped into my head when I came across the following passage in a dusty volume printed in 1913. [Read more...]

Because Alfred Hitchcock Died A Catholic

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Given that Alfred Hitchcocks’ life has been in the news of late, what with the film Hitchcock  hitting the theaters, I was happy to learn that he returned to the Catholic faith of his youth (if he strayed), and died in the resting arms of the Church.

This touching story, told by Fr. Mark Henninger, SJ, appeared in the Wall Street Journal yesterday. It’s an eye-opening eyewitness account of Alfred Hitchcock, fellow Catholic. [Read more...]

For Thoughts On Lectio Divina Prompted by An Interview With Daniel Day-Lewis


On my commute home the other day, I heard an interview on the radio that Daniel Day-Lewis gave regarding his role in the movie “Lincoln.” I was struck by the length and depth he went to, in essence, become the man whom he portrays in the film. [Read more...]

The Crowd Favorite at the Sci-Fi Air Show

I admit it. I love airshows. I snapped the photograph  below when we went to see the Blue Angels. The static displays, the tours, the corn dogs, and of course, the flight demonstrations. Love it! [Read more...]


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