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...]

Thoughts On Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” Brought On By Today’s Readings

This Moses leads from the front.

On Thursdays, I usually lector at the parish within walking distance of my office. What with Noah in theaters now, and more biblical films to come, it shouldn’t surprise you that I thought about the Ridley Scott film on Exodus that is due to hit theaters on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Friday December 12, 2014) .

See, I’m interested in the way that Scott will portray the scene I read to the faithful today. It’s when Moses (Christian Bale) is receiving the law from God, and God tells Moses that the people have made a golden calf. [Read more...]

I Watched “Noah,” And Didn’t Lose My Faith

Actually, Joe Six-Pack did the unthinkable and saw two (count ‘em!) movies this weekend. The first was for a date night with my wife, and the second was because of all the hullabaloo about Darren Aronofsky’s latest effort.

Since you’re dying to know what the first film was, lets get it out of the way first. [Read more...]

The Road To The Kingdom of Heaven Is Like This Road In The Himalayas…

No way, no how? Au contraire…

I saw this video yesterday on Facebook, watched it, and got queasy. Then, I realized it was why I am Catholic.

Got Dramamine? Roll clip. [Read more...]

UK Health Minister Orders End To The Use Of Aborted Fetus Remains As Fuel For Hospital Waste To Energy Plants

File photo, October 30, 2012.

What an awful headline. It’s like something that Charlton Heston was screaming in Soylent Green.

It sounds like something from a classic English fairy tale meant to terrify children to bed. A pair of British hospitals this month acknowledged burning the remains of aborted babies for energy to heat the building in a practice aping Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal, by which the 18th century children of the Irish poor would be sold for food to the rich. [Read more...]

Is Bill Gates Tip-toeing His Way Towards Catholicism? Is Westboro Baptist’s Fred Phelps?

This photo was taken by Kjetil Ree.

I don’t know the answer to either question, actually. Only they, and God, know. I mention it only because in a recent interview in Rolling Stone, Gates mentioned that he attends a Catholic Church with his wife Melinda, and that they have raised their children in the Church. As for Westboro Baptist’s founder, I learned that he is on his deathbed AND has been “excommunicated” from the church he started.

Let’s look at what the founder of Microsoft said first. [Read more...]

I Have No Idea Where Pope Francis Gets These Ideas About Lent

Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty. Let us not forget that real poverty hurts: no self-denial is real without this dimension of penance. I distrust a charity that costs nothing and does not hurt.

—Pope Francis, Message of His Holiness for Lent 2014

Oh. Wait. [Read more...]

Does God Hate Flags? An Answer On The 69th Anniversary Of The Flag Raising On Iwo Jima

69 years ago today…

I saw a blog post with this title recently: God Hates Flags: The Public Nature of Theology. It’s a pretty good piece written by Artur Rosman regarding the events going down in Ukraine.

I respect Rosman’s viewpoints regarding events in Eastern Europe, as he is from Poland. But I’ve been reading the Bible a little, and from this passage in Numbers it appears that no, God does not hate flags. [Read more...]

Pope Francis And The Pentecostals: “We must cry together, like Joseph did. These tears will unite us. These tears of love.” UPDATED

I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.
—Jesus, the Christ (John 17:20-21)

This grainy video of Papa Francesco addressing a conference of Penetecostals here in the U.S. is making the rounds. Take a look. [Read more...]

My Favorite Psalm

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King David and Joe Six-Pack have something in common. A number of things, actually. He was a soldier, while I was a Marine. He was a repentant sinner, and I am one still. He was a bit of an extrovert, and according to Myers-Briggs (all characters in the Bible took the test. No, really.), he and I share the same personality type. He wrote poems with verve, which are the kind of poems I like to read.

But the real reason I know we have a lot in common? That’s easy. Just take a look at Psalm 131. [Read more...]