Your Friday The 13th Horror: The Return of the Rock ‘n Roll Mass!

Boo! (Image from You Tube)

First it was a Synod on the Family. Then, there was a conference of pacifists recommending Pope Francis abandon support of the teachings on Just War (just ad bellum).  Yesterday, Pope Francis agreed to host a conference to think about women deacons. Thinking about something? That’s a slippery slooooooope, people!

What’s next?

Maybe for Friday the 13th, the Vatican will announce the return of the Rock n’ Roll Mass? Quelle horreur! [Read more…]

There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy (A Few Words for Wednesday)

The Return of the Prodigal Son, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (Public Domain)

The Return of the Prodigal Son, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (Public Domain)

Long ago, I shared a poem by Frederick Faber in this space.  This week, I share the words of a hymn he wrote. You can add music, too, and sing along if you like.

I first read these words in my favorite book about my favorite Old Testament book. Faber wrote lots of hymns, Faith of Our Fathers being one of the better known ones. The following hymn is a gift that reminds me of the passage that St. Paul writes to the Corinthians: [Read more…]

The Rolling Stones Tune “Gimme Shelter” Meets The Internet…



What if they got folks from all around the world to record a rendition of Mick & Keith’s Gimme Shelter via the web? How cool would that be?

The folks at Playing For Change thought it would be cool. Roll tape. [Read more…]

For Pascal’s Thoughts On The Mystery Of Corpus Christi

"Carl Emil Doepler Fronleichnamsprozession" by de:Carl Emil Doepler the Elder (1824 Warszawa or Schnepfenthal - 1905 Berlin) - Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons -

“Fronleichnamsprozession,” Carl Emil Doepler the Elder (1824 Warszawa or Schnepfenthal – 1905 Berlin) –  Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Back when I was toying around with the idea of actually trying to be a Christian, I personally got a nice kick in the rear from reading Blaise Pascal’s thought #224 on the Eucharist,

How I hate these follies of not believing in the Eucharist, etc.! If the Gospel be true, if Jesus Christ be God, what difficulty is there?

At the time, see, I didn’t even know what the Eucharist was.

These thoughts, though (in one big whopper of a paragraph), from a letter to a Mademoiselle De Roannez, clarify all of that, and are quite fitting for the Feast of Corpus Christi.

Take a look. [Read more…]

Yet Again, The Supreme Court Hammers Away At The HHS Mandate


SCOTUSbuilding 1st Street SE” by 350z33 (talk) – I (350z33 (talk)) created this work entirely by myself. Cropped by Pine. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikipedia.

The Beckett Fund For Religious Liberty shares the news,

Washington, D.C. – Moments ago, for the sixth time in a row, the Supreme Court took steps to protect another religious objector from the contraceptive mandate. It ordered a lower court to reconsider its ruling that denied a group of Catholic ministries in Michigan the freedom to follow their faith. [Read more…]

The Indiana Pizza Vendor’s Plans For Their $842K Windfall…

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Pass? Or Fail? The Yokohama YK580 In The Snow (A Tire Review Update)

This ain't no motorbike! ;)

This ain’t no motorbike! ;)

Back in November I shared my opinion on the Yokohama YK580 tires. I was pretty rough on them in that review because I expect a lot out of my tires, and I was underwhelmed by their performance in wet weather.

So let me tell you how they do in light snow and ice. [Read more…]

Songs About Jesus That I’ve Never Heard (Music for Mondays)

"Jesus Christ and the rich young man," Heinrich Hoffman.

“Jesus Christ and the rich young man,” Heinrich Hoffman.


Self-reflective question o’ the day: How much music have I never heard?

Answer: A number that is very large, and pretty close to being represented by this symbol:  ∞.

So I’m probably in the same boat as you are, right? So I did a little exploring, looking for songs that I haven’t heard but that I just might like. That is a number considerably smaller than infinity.
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Peter Frampton Asks A Question: “Do You Feel Like I Do About Internet Angermongers?”

The legend speaks his mind (and mine)...

The legend speaks his mind (and mine)…


From his Facebook page,

Such a drag that there’s so much hate posted everywhere on the Internet. It’s the same as road rage where you are safe behind the wheel inside your bubble. Heaven forbid the upcoming light turns red. I’ve seen people run a red light rather than have to look at the person they just gave the finger.

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For Prayers Such As These For Advent


Candle flame by Jon Sullivan

Before I became a Catholic, I had no idea what Advent meant. It was just another one of those weird, mysterious, Catholic words for a time in the year before Christmas. Nowadays, I appreciate it more because I understand that it commemorates the time when the people of Israel yearned for the Messiah. [Read more…]