On His Feast Day, A Song St. Joseph Might Like…

Last year on this day, I shared a letter I wrote to St. Joseph. Afterwards, I went to see if I could find any music that was inspired by him.

I came up with nothing. Zero. Zilch. Nada. [Read more...]

The Pope Riding the Bus Photograph…

Trying to blend in…is it working?

…is in need of a soundtrack. Someone suggested 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall. But to me, a pair of tunes instantly came to mind.

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Christian Badass or Christian Coward, Which Do We Choose?

Originally written last year on the feast of St. John the Baptist, I can’t help but note that everything I’ve seen and read about Pope Francis leads me to conclude that between the two types presented in the title above, and in the narrative below, he is the former, and not the latter.

The Holy Spirit prefers the former type too, as He always has. Thanks be to God.

The Beheading of St. John the Baptist, Caravaggio, 1608


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Music For Mondays, the Pre-Conclave, “The Waiting Is Driving Us Crazy” Edition

 

Go to an art museum, or something…

Hurry up and wait. All Marines know that phrase well. And folks hate waiting. It makes us uneasy. It makes us confront our powerlessness. It reminds us that we aren’t in charge, and we hate being reminded of that. [Read more...]

Ennio Morricone Never Won an Oscar Outright…

But he should have. Right, right, the Academy recognized him with an honorary Oscar in 2007 for “his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music.”

But seriously? [Read more...]

For Your Lenten Friday Night at the Movies II: The Mission

Jeremy Irons as Father Gabriel, SJ

Last week, Ben Hur was epic, but it had its saccharine sweet, melodramatic moments. Whenever Judah Ben-Hur encountered the Christ, his world stopped, and started.

This week, the world gets tangled, troubled, and we’re left wondering about how the will of God works through our fallenness in this world. [Read more...]

Dear Politicians, Media Elites, Etc., The Catechism Has Got Your Number

 

There’s a big green book that’s the size of a dictionary that I’ve been reading this year. It’s the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and if it weren’t for Matthew Warner and his Read the Catechism in a Year program, I’d be a lot more ignorant about things that are happening in the news that relate to my faith. [Read more...]

If You Love Pope Benedict XVI, Set Him Free

And so we woke up this morning to the news that Pope Benedict XVI is resigning his post as Captain of the Barque of Saint Peter. The best reaction I’ve seen so far comes from Fr. James Martin, SJ, [Read more...]

In the Name of Love (Music for Mondays)

It’s Monday and I realize that I haven’t done a music post in a while. I was all caught up in the Christmas Season, see, and many of those posts included music.

But now it’s Ordinary Time, and I’m putting my VJ hat back on. Pretend that I’m driving this van around today, playing the following songs on a non-stop loop, with no particular place to go. [Read more...]

Really. This is Why God Invented YouTube…

So talented people like DJ Shamrock could make a video remix like this. Need a lift? Four and 1/2 minutes of LOL ought to help. Almost 7 1/2 millions views, and climbing, and I almost missed it? Figures. [Read more...]


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