Justin Bieber: “I Don’t Think I’m Religious. I Am Spiritual” UPDATED

On the heels of the faith affirming appearance of Mark Walhlberg on yesterday’s CBS This Morning show, where he talked of prayer, and the New Translation of the Mass, etc., here is another celebrity Christian whose breaking-news faith story is not as satisfying. [Read more…]

Thoughts On Politics From the Bastion of Catholic Social Commentary

Ha! Made you look. Because actually, there is no such thing. If there was, see, you would be getting your recommendations on who to vote for straight from the pulpit. And we all know how well that would go over, don’t we? [Read more…]

Fresh from Iowa, the New Top Tier…Updated!

Well there you have it folks, your new and shiny “top tier.” And it was a pretty good horse race too, huh? Right down to the wire.

Remember me earlier today talking about New Advent, and keeping up with spiritual posts? Well I was pleased to find this myth-busting post by Ryan McMacken entitled, 6 Myths Catholics Tell About Libertarians. You should go check it out and see if it reminds you of any solid Catholic teaching. Solidarity, subsidiarity, and maybe even shades of distributism. Wacky, crazy, and downright un-Amurikin. [Read more…]

A Bishop Has Children Out of Wedlock…Updated!

 

So you wanted to just be a simple Catholic man. One who tries to walk the Way, as difficult as it is, and mind your own business. Mind the planks in your own eye, and ignore the mote in the eyes of others. But you like to keep up on spiritual stuff, and you appreciate the encouragement you get from others making the same solitary slog to heaven as you are.

You find many interesting posts over on New Advent, for example, that help you along in this matter. And sometimes (quarterly, it seems), splashing across the marquee, there is something weird and scandalous, like this headline: [Read more…]

Soldiers and Artist’s Should Be Friends?

Of course they should. Because oftentimes, they are the same people. My civilian brother, Max Lindenman, elaborates.

Here’s my brief take on the subject. Many Marines I have known over the years have been great artists, and I mean across the entire spectrum too. This idea that you are only “one thing,” and that thing being a stereotype of what you happen to be doing for a living, is a fallacy. In fact, since it stems from some version of the truth, it is a heresy. A heresy that doesn’t factor in the full spectrum of the human being’s experience, but instead attempts to pigeon hole folks as mere widgets.

Here’s a museum specializing in just this type of art and artist. Which is where Maurice Costello’s art (showcased above) can be found.

A Contrarian Way To Invest Like A Catholic

See what I discovered: God made man simple, but they get lost in their many thoughts.—Ecclesiastes 7:29

Just in time for the year-end wrap ups, I saw an article the other day over at Our Sunday Visitor about Investing with a Clear Conscience (and earlier this year over at Crisis Magazine was a similar one called How to Invest Like A Catholic, to which this post was initially addressed). Being a former stock broker, one who let my Series 7 License (and all the rest of my assorted licenses) lapse as soon as I left that field (1995!), Joe Six-Pack, USMC knows a little bit about investing. So reading the articles, to me it sounds more like “How to be neurotic about investing, like a Catholic.”

As if there weren’t enough things to get ulcers about. [Read more…]

A Wacky Idea for Cleaning the Sacred Sites in the Holy Land- UPDATED

Talk about things that are “ridiculously Catholic,” how about ridiculously Orthodox things like…BARFIGHT! Oh wait…CHURCHFIGHT!

I mean a fight instead of field-daying (read “cleaning”) the building is always more appealing.

Sheeeeesh. This is getting to be a routine, nay, traditional, occurrence. Call me crazy, but maybe it’s time this “responsibility” was outsourced to a neutral cleaning company, and then the costs shared five ways among the various parties involved here. That way, see, the holy places might actually get cleaned in time for Christmas, Easter, etc.

Here’s who the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs says is involved, [Read more…]

Cardinal Justin Rigali with a Christmas Message We All Need to Hear

Forgiveness is the message that is often forgotten on this day of the celebration of the Incarnation of the Creator of all that is visible and invisible. After all, the Messiah explained it to the priest Nicodemus and to us, in the third chapter of John’s gospel, [Read more…]

Because Tradition says December 25 is When Christ was Born

And that is good enough for me. Especially because smarter, more capable, and more knowledgeable folks spell it all out for me too.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Christmas, Pagan Romans, and Frodo Baggins.

Jake Tawney: The Dating of Christmas.

Alexander Pope: Messiah

And, of course, Linus reciting the passage from St. Luke.

Isn’t Govert Teunisz Flinck’s painting, Angels Announcing the Birth to the Shepherds (1639, oil on wood) beautiful?

Be of good cheer!

UPDATE: Mike Flynn’s letter to the editor.

For All the Saints: John of the Cross

“Zurbarán St. John of the Cross” by Francisco de Zurbarán  Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Today is the feast day of St. John of the Cross, Doctor of the Church. Born in 1542, he was a contemporary of St. Teresa of Avila and a practitioner of contemplative prayer. He is considered one of the foremost poets of Spain. And yet, it is said that he only wrote about 2500 lines of verse. He died on this date at the age of 49 in the year 1591. [Read more…]