Because Pious Nonsense Is Not the Good News

“Sure, I said that. But do you know what I really meant by that?”

Yesterday, I was taking my afternoon break from work. I wandered through the little park near my office, and on to a little bench that had WiFi reception from one of the little restaurants in the square. I was checking in with the world, see, and wanted to send a picture of some flowers to my wife.

That’s when Caleb showed up with his heavily highlighted Bible, and asked me if I had a few minutes to talk about Jesus.

I reckon the other folks around weren’t as engrossed in their smartphones as I was, so I was the better target? Maybe. I said, “sure,” interested in where this encounter was going to go. [Read more…]

For What Happens To Our Bodies When We Die, And Rise Again…

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St. Bartholomew’s Church, in Czermna, Poland. By Merlin (Own work), GFDL or CC BY 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

 

“And he said to me: Son of man, dost thou think these bones shall live? And I answered: O Lord God, thou knowest.”—Ezekiel xxxvii, 3

I’ll be the first to admit that I have the faith of a child. I don’t have the faith of a novelist, or of a science-fiction writer. Nor do I have the faith of a philosopher, or a poet, or one blessed with flights of imagination that lead me to probe the heavenly mysteries exhaustively.

Have I been blessed with visions of the 7th heaven?  Ridden on the wings of angels to mystical union with God, who supplies my need for specifics on how we will be when eternity arrives for me?

Nope. [Read more…]

Proof-Texting Jesus, Post Catholic Sex-Abuse Scandal Style

Never underestimate how something so obvious can be overlooked.

Never underestimate how something so obvious can be (purposefully) overlooked.

I was saddened today to learn that a priest who had been removed from his parish duties in 2009, because of allegations that he had abused a female teen earlier in his career, now works in a teen crisis pregnancy center that he co-founded in 2015.

Did I mention that the CPC is housed in a former convent, right next door to a Catholic parish? Sigh. [Read more…]

The Only Race I’m Interested In This Year Isn’t Decided In November

By Ford Motor Company [CC BY 3.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons.

The Ford GT, GTLM Class, race car. Photograph by Ford Motor Company [CC BY 3.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons.


And I’m not sorry to say that. Far from it. The horse I’m backing is pictured above, and the race I’m referring to is held in LeMans, France, in June.

But Frank! What about the race for POTUS? How do you not lay awake at night in fear of what is at stake? The country, man. OMG! [Read more…]

Because The Church Is Our Pillar Of Fire

Benjamin West - Joshua passing the River Jordan with the Ark of the Covenant

“Benjamin West – Joshua passing the River Jordan with the Ark of the Covenant – Google Art Project” Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

For Christmas, we were given one of those little inspirational calendars. You know the kind. Every day you flip a page over and meet a new quote to great the day with. The person who bought ours got it from a nondenominational Christian community called Kenilworth Union Church. They call the calendar Day by Day, 2015.  [Read more…]

Because Jesus Said Plenty About Marriage, and Other Inconvenient Stuff Too…UPDATED

"Jesus Christ and the rich young man," Heinrich Hoffman.

“Marriage? Funny you should ask about that, young man…”*

Hey y’all. Didn’t you know that Jesus didn’t say nothin about homosexuality in the Bible? True story. You ain’t gonna find Our Lord say that particular word nowheres in the Scriptures. It’s like he never heard of that situation. Heck, everbody knows that if Jesus didn’t say it, it don’t exist. Right?

Of course, Jesus said plenty about marriage, and I’m here to tell y’all, it’s damned inconvenient to the spirit of the age nowadays. [Read more…]

Here Is What A Near Occasion Of Sin Looks Like…

Here is an example illustrated with a photograph from Joe Six-Pack’s Gearhead Catechism™.

Very, very, close to unleashing the Incredible Hulk.

The late Fr. John Hardon, SJ, explains it well in his Modern Catholic Dictionary, [Read more…]

In The Vastness Of Space, The Speed Of Light Is Kinda Slow…

"Earth to Sun - en" by LucasVB - Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Earth_to_Sun_-_en.png#/media/File:Earth_to_Sun_-_en.png

“Earth to Sun – en” by LucasVB – Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

 

Punch it, Chewie! I said punch it, you big hair ball. What’s taking so long?

Wait. Let me go take a look out the stern window… [Read more…]

A Landslide Of Biblical Proportions…

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Colima, El Salvador. Source

 

The incident of liquefaction below was captured on tape back in February, 2010. It reminds me of verse from the Bible I’ve read before, [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 while back, 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…]