The Only Ones Not Clapping at Pope Benedict XVI’s Last Mass…UPDATED

Swiss Guards Don’t Clap. Ever.

But the rest of us sure were! And we even got a Papal grin in acknowledgement. +:-) [Read more...]

Scott Hahn on Il Papa’s Decision, and Other Thoughts on the Papacy, Hiding in Plain Sight

The burden of the valley of vision.

These seven words strung together, in a nice, taut sentence, is how the 22nd chapter of the book of the prophet Isaiah starts off. Isaiah was given the gift of prophecy, and what a double-edged sword that gift must be. Truly, a heavy burden, to be gifted with such visions as God inspired him with and then commanded him to share them with His people.

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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...]

Before We See “il Papa’s” First Tweet…

here’s a tweet-sized shot of vitamin B-XVI, circa 2010. Maybe it’s a taste of  tweetable tidbits  to come?

 

Don’t forget to check in on @pontifex tomorrow.

The Pope Gets a Twitter Account…

and roughly 264,000+ people(and climbing) join TMIMITW and say, “I will follow.”

Sing it fellas! [Read more...]

A Couple of (Thousand) Christians Show Up For Mass With the Pope in Beirut, Lebanon

I heard 12 baskets were left over

You really should read his Apostolic Exhortation, On the Church in the Middle East: Communion and Witness. You’ll be glad you did.

The Real Culprit Behind the Attacks Across the Islamic World UPDATED

The Colors flying at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo Egypt, at half-mast. September 13, 2012

I’ve been thinking about the attacks to our embassies all across the Islamic world. Like the rogue character Gaston in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, me thinking is a frightening prospect, I know. But I cannot help but do it, as I served in Cairo, Egypt and Kuala Lumpur Malaysia as a Marine Security Guard (MSG) at our embassies located in those two capital cities of predominantly Muslim countries.

I spent 15 months or so in both of these countries fairly soon after a barracks of Marines was blown up in Lebanon (1983), and the U.S. Embassy in Beirut was blown to kingdom come (1984). [Read more...]

Have You Ever Had a Catholic Dream?

 

I had my first Catholic dream last night. It’s been a while since I remember having a dream after waking up at all, actually. But I’ve definitely never had a dream that I could label as “Catholic” before. At least not since I entered the Church at the Easter Vigil four years ago. That is, until the dream I dreamt last night. [Read more...]

Why We Must Fight For Our Right of Religious Freedom UPDATED

Should Catholics fight the HHS Mandate, and the other moves by the Administration that seek to remove Catholics from the public square? Absolutely. Should we do so only because this issue is a matter of principle? Well, not just for any principles, but for first principles. For God-given principles, and God-given freedoms. [Read more...]

Because the YOUCAT Helps My Children and Me

You may have missed the fracus a few years back when I killed Santa Claus, but his memory still lives on. In our house now, “Santa” means “unexpected gifts from Mom and Dad.” This past Christmas, see, Santa gave each of my children a copy of the new Youth Cathechism, also known as the YOUCAT. [Read more...]


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