What It Would Look Like If The Dalai Lama Went To Confession…

Am I right? Or am I right!

The above photograph was shared on His Holiness’s Facebook page yesterday. Evidently, he is in Kentucky for a conference. The caption with the photo says, [Read more...]

Because I Love Bacon…

Sure, I eat it sparingly, but I do enjoy the sounds, smells, and tastes of sizzling bacon. And if you love bacon, and aren’t a naturally annoying person, Christianity is the religion for you!

But don’t be a “boring, generic, Christian.” Life is too short for that. [Read more...]

When You Worship the Orgasm, Is Celibacy a Sin? (Tales from the MSM Catechism) UPDATED

Heresy!

Well that’s a no-brainer, citizen of the world. You betcha!

When The Orgasm is held in It’s rightful place (the center of our being), to forgo having them isn’t just weird, it’s downright sinful. [Read more...]

During the Papal Interregnum, It’s Time To Embrace the Reality of Mystery

A very long time ago (or so it seems from my end), every title of the posts in this space were ledes to an exposition upon the statement “Why I Am Catholic.” The titles themselves were basically one line answers to the statement all in themselves. I can’t promise that they will always be like that from now on. But nowadays I do find I yearn to return to this practice. It is something that I believe I am called to do. [Read more...]

Here’s a Heads Up for St. Valentine’s Day…

Learn more about St. Valentine, and how he lost his head, over at Catholic Online. And have a look at this educational little video that tours Rome and the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, where the reliquary seen above is located. [Read more...]

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...]

Searching for Truth: Arrogant? Or Audacious?

Back in the Fall, I shared thoughts of the Dalai Lama on the efficacy of religion, and those of G.K Chesterton as a counterpoint. As a result, I had someone charge me with being  arrogant for the attempt. [Read more...]

G.K. Chesterton Inspired the Lyrics for “Hold On” by “Yes?” UPDATED

Jon Anderson of Yes

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never been a fan of  Yes. Their sound sort of grated against my nerves. But I got a little more interested for at least one song when I learned that Jon Anderson was reading G.K. Chesterton around the time the group recorded Hold On in 1983. [Read more...]

For Thoughts on Atheism by the Father of Empiricism UPDATED

 

Remember my affection for the Harvard Classics, the Five Foot Shelf of Books? Admittedly, I haven’t looked them over much since I became a Catholic. Not because I’ve outgrown them, but because there have been far too many other books to occupy my time since the spring of 2008. Mostly stuff from authors whose names begin with “S”,  as St. Philip Neri suggested when he counseled that reading the works of the saints is profitable.

But I dipped a toe back into the HCFFSB water today and found these thoughts of Sir Francis Bacon. [Read more...]

Ember Days: What They Are And Where They Went

Photographer Credit: Tyler Parks

Today is the first Ember Day of autumn, the week after the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

A long time ago, in a world that seems so very far away, Christian traditions rooted in simple faith thrived among the flock. One such tradition is the celebration of what are known as Ember Days. Traditionally, the first Wednesday after Guadete Sunday is the first Ember Day of Winter.

What are these mysterious days of penance and fasting? Their name alone evokes thoughts of a glimmer of light shed upon a dark world. And yet the story of the practice of this devotion has nothing to do with embers, kindling, or ashes, though it is true that the image of glowing splinters of hot coals did appear in my mind’s eye when I first learned of them. They still do. [Read more...]


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