For All the Saints: St. Francis de Sales

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“Franz von Sales”. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Courage is an enduring virtue, one that Christians of all strips have to tap into in the course of their lives. As such,  it is with great pleasure that I see that we commemorate St. Francis de Sales on this day. [Read more…]

Blessed Pope John Paul II in the Batting Cage? Awesome!

Blessed JPII at Shea Stadium

For baseball fans, we’re still in the bleak of midwinter. But seeing this video is just what the doctor ordered to put a thaw on the freeze, and remind us that Spring Training is just around the corner (about one week after Lent begins).

While we wait, enjoy this footage of Blessed Pope John Paul II (is it really him? Dunno.) taking swings at an indoor batting cage during his 1987 visit to California. [Read more…]

Ignoring the Teachings of the Church is like Flying by the Seat of Your Pants Directly Toward the Ground

Remember “Wrong Way” Feldman?

Or to a deserted island, like the fellow who paid a visit to Gilligan’s. Oh my. There goes Frank, again. Got any other metaphors for us?

Sure I do. [Read more…]

Being Conan the Barbarian vs. Being Civil (The Lost Art of Persuasion) UPDATED

I’ve been not publishing a number of comments these past few days, as they violate the little rule I keep here at the blog. It’s a simple rule based on a passage from St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians,

No foul language should come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for needed edification, that it may impart grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the holy Spirit of God, with which you were sealed for the day of redemption. All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling must be removed from you, along with all malice. And be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.

Just because it’s simple, doesn’t mean it isn’t hard to follow. [Read more…]

Scientific Proof that The Blessed Virgin Mary is “Blessed for All Generations” UPDATED

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Madonna under the fir tree, Lucas Cranach the Elder.

Joe Six-Pack here. You know, I’ve said it often in this space that Catholics can dig science. And I’ve written posts highlighting scientific events from time to time with the (Because Catholics Can Dig Science) title-ender. Is there such a word phrase as “title-ender?” I don’t know.  I think I just made that up. [Read more…]

Because We Could Be ONE. Maybe the Time is Right…

To break through. To be a part of the Light.

It’s like St. Hildegard of Bingen, our newest Doctor of the Church, says, [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…]

Because Saints Tell Temporal Kings “No!” When They Err

Another day, another magnificent saint for us to model our behavior after. This is one of the great things about the liturgical calendar during the Octave of Christmas. Yesterday, the Church commemorated the Holy Innocents.

For today, we have another martyr, of the type that needs not much of an introduction. You know the type, or do you? The story of St. Thomas Becket shows us that yes, people can change when they answer the call of conversion, open themselves to God, and allow the circumcision of their hearts. [Read more…]

For All the Saints: John, Apostle and Evangelist UPDATED

John the Evangelist, El Greco (Public Domain).

Today is the feast day of St. John, the “disciple whom Jesus loved.” Jesus called him and his brother James the “sons of thunder,” so they must have been quite a lively pair. This is a portrait of the young John painted by El Greco.

What follows is the citation on John from Jesuit Father Francis Xavier Weninger’s book, Lives of the Saints. [Read more…]

Christmas Delights, Thanks to the Catechism and Romanus the Melodist

St. Romanus the Melodist

Back in October, I signed up to read the Catechism in a year. I thought it would be a daunting, thankless, task. Instead, it has been light, easy and delightful.

In fact, I’ve been amazed at how the daily selections have been dovetailing with the liturgical calendar. Whether that is by design or not, I do not know. [Read more…]