Thoughts On Torture Occasioned By Mass At The Garden Of Gethsemane UPDATED

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The Church Of All Nations, in the Garden Of Gethsemane

My wife and I have arrived home safe and sound from our pilgrimage trip to the Holy Land. While we were away these past two weeks, I haven’t read a newspaper or watched a television. Internet access was spotty, and even when it wasn’t the spirit to blog was willing, but the body was too weak to allow writing when sleep beckoned. [Read more...]

Dispatches From A Holy Land Pilgrimage…

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Church of the Transfiguration, Mount Tabor

Let us go to the place where His feet have stood (Psalm 132:7).

That short verse (from Eusebius’s Greek translation of the psalm) sums up the entire reason for coming to the Holy Land. [Read more...]

Pope Francis Says “Don’t Treat The Church Like A Business.” This Means It Has To Be Run Better Than A Business

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Whoa, Frank. Are you putting words in Pope Francis’s mouth?

No, dear reader. I’m just telling it like it is. You know how some folks can wax eloquent about truth, goodness, and beauty, and how the Church should make better art, etc? I have no skills in the fine arts, so I generally don’t write about such things. [Read more...]

Latest News From The Church Of God Without God…UPDATED

Brad Dourif as Hazel Motes

Brad Dourif as Hazel Motes

Actually, depending how you look at it, this news is either four years old, or ever new. Over at the Atheist Channel, Rational Doubt runs an op-ed of a Rabbi of Humanistic Judaism (?) whose thoughts run to the idea that we have found the problem, and it is the Word of God. [Read more...]

Jesus, On Feeding The Homeless

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On a sabbath Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees. He said to the host who invited him, [Read more...]

The Kind Of Post TIME Magazine Never Picks Up, AKA, Hell Is Real!

Something's happening here; what it is ain't exactly clear...

Something’s happening here; what it is ain’t exactly clear…

The other day TIME Magazine picked up a Patheos post from a different channel in which the author asked us to imagine Christianity without Hell.

A Christianity without hell would be largely unevangelical, since there would be nothing to save anyone from.

A Christianity without hell would trust that God’s loving benevolence towards all people (emphasis on all) extends beyond this life and into the next.

Scrolling across my minds eye now is one of my favorite proverbs from a book that is full of wisdom, [Read more...]

The #1 Reason Why I Am Giving The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge The Cold Shoulder…

Sooooo sleepy...

Sooooo sleepy…

Because I’m a jerk. That, and because Jesus said this, [Read more...]

As The World Seems To Claim That God Is Dead, He Speaks To Us Today Via The Prophet Nahum

Isis fighters, pictured on a militant website verified by AP.

Surely I’m not the first to notice how oftentimes, through the daily readings, or by way of the Liturgy of the Hours, God breaks through our thrall towards world events, and speaks to us directly. [Read more...]

When Spring Came, I Cut My Fig Tree Down. Then, God Took Over…

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In the year of Our Lord, 2010…

A couple of years back, I shared a post here about my love of figs and how my experience with a fig tree kinda, sorta, mirrored the parable found in Luke’s gospel. Remember it? Good times.

Two seasons later, in May of this year, I had to cut it down. [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...]


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