Because Even Superman Needs To Pray

Hi. It’s just me.

Have you seen the quiz that’s going around the interwebs? The one where you answer 10 questions and presto, the literary character your answers best line up with is produced?

I usually avoid these sorts of things, but a friend of mine took it and posted his results on his Facebook wall (Samwise Gamgee), and then another friend did (Sherlock Holmes), and another (Romeo), and so on (Hermione), and so on (Achilles). [Read more...]

Because of the Disenchantment of Miley Cyrus UPDATED

The Smiths, disenchanted.

The other day I lamented losing an hour to reading Joseph Bottum’s personal essay about his ideas on how the Church should handle the Same Sex Marriage situation.

I would trade that experience in a heartbeat in order to get back the 8 minutes I lost in seeing the depths our culture has sunk to as Miley Cyrus performed at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards. [Read more...]

Because I’m a Contrarian

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

A while back, I mentioned that I am a contrarian. That fact, explained here in a post originally published May 14, 2010, is one of the reasons why I am Catholic.

My wife can tell you that I am wired differently than most people. I tend to go against the crowd. Webster Bull wrote a post a while back called Because I am Usually Howling with the Mob. Not me. I tend to avoid mobs, crowds, and popular opinion.
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Because of Catholic Mysticism

  

Feast of St. Athanasius

It’s the time of year when my thoughts turn to baseball. Did you ever see the movie Field of Dreams? I ask this only because I realize that this movie hit the theaters 24 years ago. In a way, this modern classic is about mysticism. And when I was reading Algar Thorold’s essay on Catholic Mysticism, I was reminded of one of the final scenes in the movie. [Read more...]

Joe Six-Packs’ Public Comment on the HHS Mandate, Part Deux

 

It’s like déjà vu, all over again. Another year, another Joe Six-Pack penned public comment to the flagrantly unconstitutional HHS Mandate. You can comment too, and every little bit helps, dear reader. [Read more...]

For The Divine Mercy: A Novena (Day 3, Easter Sunday)

A glorious Easter morning to you! The tomb is empty! Our Lord and Savior is alive! In the midst of this joyous celebration, Our Lord has a request for us, [Read more...]

Why I Am Catholic? Because There Is So Much I Don’t Know, But the Church Does…

Salvador Dali’s Christ of St. John of the Cross

For instance, on Good Friday, there is beautiful work of art called the Remonstrances that is sung. At least, it was sung. Perhaps we should sing them again. [Read more...]

Losing Our Religion? Or Have We Forgotten It? Thoughts on an NPR Series from the Crucifixion of Our Lord UPDATED

I don’t know if you listen to NPR but they’ve been doing a little series this week called “Losing Our Religion.” It is about the group of folks who when asked what their religion is, they state “none.” Noting that many people turn towards religion when they encounter difficulties and tragedies, this series has been about people who have often times done the exact opposite.

They’ve left their religions, but not necessarily their belief in God (though some have), for various reasons. [Read more...]

For Our Lady, “The Terror of Hell”

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception*

—Solemnity, Mary, Mother of God

For most of us, today is a Holy Day of Obligation. It’s the day where we recognize the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as the Mother of God. In this post, we’ll look at something one of my friends from the group I call the Dead Jesuits wrote, exploring another dimension of Our Lady’s role as the Theotokos. [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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