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…]
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…]
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.
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…]
See the photograph above? There are about 10,000 Christians who live in Gaza, you know. It would appear that our Catholic brother is none too happy about something that occurred in his neighborhood.
The CIA World Factbook supplies the following information about Christians living in Palestine. [Read more…]
It’s basically the scorched earth policy of tolerance, as the Santa Monica City Council banned all holiday decorations in a decision made back in June. Jenna Chandler of the Santa Monica Patch brings us up to speed on the courts’ decision today. [Read more…]