The Synod As Seen By A Normal Person…

Hmmmmm.

Hmmmmm.

 

Good thing the meetings last for only a few more days.

 

It's like fingernails on a chalkboard on the bridge of the USS Enterprise.

It’s like fingernails on a chalkboard on the bridge of the USS Enterprise.

Proverb time. [Read more...]

Walt Whitman’s Prayer of Columbus

Happy Columbus Day! I’ve a poem to share with you on the day on which we celebrate Christopher Columbus’ completing his voyage to the New World. And though nowadays the smart money seems to be on disparaging Christopher Columbus, I’ll be taking another path, thanks.

Ignatian spirituality tries to find God in all things. Many take issue with that premise, especially when stuck knee deep in the mire of day-to-day problems. I don’t claim to be Ignatian in my outlook (nor Franciscan, Benedictine, etc) on events or things. As a Catholic, I’m a little bit of all of those charisms, and more. But I do believe God works through the secular, just as I have faith that all things work for the good.

Here’s an example for you from the Pantheist, non-Catholic, and everything else wrong with the world, pen of Walt Whitman. [Read more...]

I’ve Been On Retreat, Climbing A Mountain With An Elevation Of 6,500 RPM…

My Eaton M112, surgically removed.

My Eaton M112, surgically removed.

You probably think I’m off my rocker, but given how unsatisfying this month was shaping up to be, it was time for a break. A break from blogging, hand wringing, and all the other bad stuff happening in the world that I have absolutely no control over.

Did I also mention ridiculous silliness that passes for important stuff these days?

Right. [Read more...]

Joe Six-Pack’s Succinct Thoughts On ISIS, Archbishop Sheen, The Whirlwind At The Archdiocese of Pravda, And MOAR

The "Caliph" and Pope Francis

Hi. Pray for me.

It’s been a weird month so far in the internet version of Catholiclandia and we’re only up to day 6.

You may have noticed that I haven’t posted a cotton-picking thing since the month began. I assure you, my lack of productivity is not on account of me not appreciating those of you who stop by these parts regularly. [Read more...]

James Foley’s Last Letter: Prayers, Family, and Love

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Throughout my Marine Corps career, I wrote many letters home to my family. I served long before the advent of social media, so the letter writing kits available at the PX were what I used to write home with. I’d write my mom and dad, let them know how I was doing, etc.

Later, after I got married, the letters were to my wife. And then to my wife and my children. [Read more...]

James Foley, Marquette ’96, Writing On The Power Of Prayer UPDATED

James_foley_marquette The reports are flooding in that journalist James Foley has been beheaded by the terrorists of the Islamic State. He had been kidnapped while on assignment in Syria several years ago. [Read more...]

Want To Hear Christian Joy? Listen To The Singing In Kirkuk Cathedral…

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The little video below comes via Natalia Trouiller’s Facebook page. She is accompanying the delegation of French bishops that is visiting Iraq right now.

Here are the people we are praying and fasting for tomorrow. Roll clip! [Read more...]

Psalm 119, The Hebrew Letter נ (Nun), And A Prayer

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As Christians around the globe adopt the Arabic letter ن‎ (nun) as their profile pictures on social media, in solidarity with our persecuted brothers and sisters in Iraq and Syria, I was led to read Psalm 119.

Truth be told, it was unintentional. I had seen somewhere that Psalm 117 was the shortest of the psalms, and went to look it up in The Catholic Youth Bible.

A blurb on the page told me that the 119th psalm was the longest, and I thought since I was in the neighborhood, I should take a look at it too. [Read more...]

Praise Report: Michael Schumacher Has Regained Consciousness

Back in January I asked folks to pray for the 7 time Formula One champion’s recovery from a skiing accident. Schumacher was put in an induced coma in order to stabilize him after the accident. When his doctors tried to ween him off the ventilators, Michael did not wake up. That he has come out of the coma now is a huge step forward in his recovery. [Read more...]

I’m Going To Go Out On A Limb Here, And Say I Prefer My Parish Priest To Be Armed Like Sheriff Andy Taylor

Role model.

Which is to say without any temporal weapons.

Unfortunately, the tragedy in the FSSP  parish in Phoenix, Arizona, took a dreadful turn when the surviving priest’s firearm was used in the slaying of young Fr. Kenneth Walker. In case you missed Deacon Greg’s post this morning, there is more information about this in The Week, [Read more...]


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