Meet A Modern Day Monk Who Lives Atop A Pillar

Remember the pillar saints? Like Simon Stylites the Elder? The next time you think that absolutely nothing can get done in this world unless you get physically involved, remember Maxime the Monk is praying for you.

“When I was young I drank, sold drugs, everything. When I ended up in prison…. It was time for a change. [Read more…]

“The Kingdom of Heaven is like an investment that everyone wants to buy, but no one wants to hold.”

Whut r you doin’, Frank?

Put your Bibles down, folks, because Jesus never said that. It’s just a thought that popped into my head while I was reviewing the results of the last five years of my retirement account. The seed of the thought was probably planted by my reading the gospels as I make my way through the Bible in a year. [Read more…]

Because the “Little Flower” Enchanted the Chinese “Legal Eagle”

I introduced readers to my Catholic friend, John C.H. Wu, a long time ago. What prompted John, a distinguished jurist, and drafter of the democratic constitution of the Republic of China (back when it was mainland China),  to swim the Tiber? Truthfully, I should have said “who” prompted him, not “what.” Blame it all on Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, “the Little Flower.” It is all her fault that my new friend John became a Catholic.

Around the year 1917, when he was 18 years old, John had made the first leap towards Rome when he became a Methodist, in Shanghai mind you. [Read more…]

To Enjoy This Triumphal Feast! Christ has Risen!

 

Guest post by St. John Chrysostom

If any man be devout and loves God,
Let him enjoy this fair and radiant triumphal feast!
If any man be a wise servant,
Let him rejoicing enter into the joy of his Lord.
If any have labored long in fasting,
Let him now receive his recompense.
If any have wrought from the first hour,
Let him today receive his just reward.
If any have come at the third hour,
Let him with thankfulness keep the feast. [Read more…]

To Follow The Way Of The Cross, From Death Into Life

What a deal!

There’s a reason that folks get angry when they learn that the reality of the Christian life leads straight to the cross. Remember that time the disciples were arguing amongst themselves about who would be the greatest? And then the Sons of Thunder got their mommy to ask Jesus if they could sit on his right hand and on his left?

Good times! That’s what we want, too. [Read more…]

Truly, truly, it wouldn’t be Lent without 40 days of silliness regarding The Incarnation running rampant.

Comes the esteemed history professor from UNC-Chapel Hill wondering for 38 minutes and 37 seconds about the historical Jesus,  since he never called himself God, how did he become one?

The first thing you have to do? Forget all about that pesky Gospel of John. From the very first verse, see, John’s gospel proclaims the same truth that the Apostle Thomas stated when he stuck his fingers in Jesus’s still fresh wounds. [Read more…]

Hilaire Belloc on St. Patrick

Old Thunder

What follows is from Hilaire Belloc’s collection of essays, First and Last (<<= free on Kindle). Not bad reading on this good saint’s feast day.

Saint Patrick

If there is one thing that people who are not Catholic have gone wrong upon more than another in the intellectual things of life, it is the conception of a Personality. They are muddled about it where their own little selves are concerned, they misappreciate it when they deal with the problems of society, and they have a very weak hold of it when they consider (if they do consider) the nature of Almighty God. [Read more…]

Because St. Francis of Assisi Spent Lent Like This Once

 

In the past, I’ve shared some stories on Christian saints who survived for long periods of time on the the Eucharist alone. Below is a story on how St. Francis of Assisi spent Lent one year, eating only a small portion of his provisions. [Read more…]

The A-1, Best Thing, You Can Do For The People In Ukraine…UPDATED

Pray for them. Pray for peace, justice, a cessation of bloodshed, and that the conflagration that has erupted there ends soon. [Read more…]

Mark Your Calendars For The 33rd Annual Chesterton Conference

The 33rd Annual Chesterton Conference will be held at University of Saint Mary of the Lake (Mundelein Seminary) in Mundelein, Illinois, from July 31-August 2, 2014. Hmmm. That’s where Fr. Robert Barron and the Word on Fire gang hang their hats. [Read more…]