To Leave the Shackles of Human History Behind

It is ironic to run a post with a title claiming that one of the reasons Why I Am Catholic is to leave history behind. Especially when I have written in the past that one of the main reasons why I am Catholic today is because of Church history. Let me explain this paradox. [Read more...]

For Blessed John Duns Scotus’s Thoughts On The Immaculate Conception

Rubens is the official YIMCatholic painter of the Immaculate Conception

Last Christmas, I shared what I called mind blowing thoughts of Blessed Duns Scotus on the Incarnation. Yesterday, though, was the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Blessed Duns Scotus is a big reason why, roughly 550 years after his thinking on the matter, Pope Pius IX (in 1854) infallibly declared the dogma that we celebrate just as the season of Advent rounds into week #2. [Read more...]

The Great Battle In Heaven, Like You’ve Never Seen It

Great Battle in Heaven, by Daniel Mitsui.

And there was made a great battle in heaven, Michael and his Angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon fought and his Angels: and they prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven. And that great dragon was cast forth, the old serpent, which is called the Devil and Satan, which seduceth the whole world: and he was cast into the earth, and his Angels were thrown down with him. —Revelation 12:7-9 [Read more...]

“The world holds us to be fools; let us hold it to be mad.”

I said that.

There’s is more where that came from, from St. Francis de Sales’s, Introduction to the Devout Life. [Read more...]

Because You Never Know When Pope Francis Might Send You An E-Mail

Didn’t know I could do that, did you?

First it was phone calls, then it was letters and interviews. And now il Papa just might e-mail you like he did Menachem Rosensaft. [Read more...]

Food For Thought From St. Maximus the Confessor

And he’s not just talking about food here, either.

Learn more about him at the YIMCatholic Bookshelf.

If A Doctor of the Church Says It, Then Why Can’t Pope Francis? UPDATED

Early on, in the midst of the preparations for the Conclave, while we all wondered who would emerge as our next pope, I made the following statement: “I’m like the grizzled noncom who doesn’t really care who the Commandant of the Marine Corps is, as long as he’s more of a Marine than I am, and you salute him properly.”

By that I meant that all I was concerned about regarding the forthcoming Pope was that [Read more...]

Thérèse of Lisieux: the Mind of Lao Tzu, with the Heart of Confucius

—Feast of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus

Today we celebrate the feast of a Doctor of the Church, the little nun who could, the Little Flower, Thérèse of Lisieux. Responsible for countless conversions to the Faith, she bowled over Thomas Merton, made a big impression on me, and sank, for all intents and purposes, John C.H. Wu’s battleship, with a direct hit amidships.

Her little way of love reminds me of what Pope Francis has been saying lately. [Read more...]

“The Quest for the True Cross.” What a Movie That Would Make!

As you may know, today is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. I found a pretty good short piece on the finding of the Holy Cross over at Magnificat. But as usual, I went looking for more. Whoa…Mr. Spielberg? I’ve found material for your next project. This would make an epic screen play! Take a look.

from The Finding of the Cross by Louis de Combes,

excerpted from Chapter IV, “The Recovery of the True Cross” [Read more...]

For the Pause That Refreshes: Thoughts of the Desert Fathers on Living In Harmony

 

Athanasius Kircher’s Diagram of the names of God

A few days ago, I shared some brief thoughts on God by St. Augustine and a lesser know Dominican named Luis de Granada. Short passages they may have been, but they were formulated from swimming in deep waters. The same can be said of the thoughts of the hermits who fled to the deserts of Egypt around the time the Church ceased to be persecuted. [Read more...]


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