Because “It’s like in the Great Stories, Mr. Frodo…”

Back in the beginning, all of the titles for posts answered the statement of the blog title,  “Why I Am Catholic.” And so it is again for this post, because our time here on earth is like the stories of old, only with a different cast of characters. And these days, dear reader, you are no longer a spectator as when you were a child, but you are a participant, willingly or no. [Read more...]

Love Him, or Hate Him, Stephen Colbert Calls Out Tennessee “Pro-Life” Congressman

Filed under news you’d rather not have heard about, Stephen Colbert’s “Alpha Dog of the Week” is Tennessee Congressman Scott DesJarlais (R). Stephen explains why Arnold Schwarzenegger can’t hold a candle to the right, honorable, Dr. DesJarlais. [Read more...]

King David is Criticized Soundly, and Takes It Like A Man

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, many of the stories we find in the Bible rival Shakespeare’s works in terms of their sweeping grandeur and poignant messages. In fact, as others more erudite than Joe Six-Pack have argued, without the Bible, much of what we take for literature would have no foundation on which to stand. What follows is an episode that could have come right out of the Bard’s Macbeth. [Read more...]

God Gave Us the Vote So We Could Make Fools of Ourselves (While His Will Prevails) UPDATED

Which is part of the reason why I don’t spend much time worrying about the sanctity of voting.

Oh sure, I’ve explained how the First Past the Post system works here in the U.S., and I’ve said I get a healthy bit of advice from Chesterton’s Democracy of the Dead. I even said I’ll be voting for Romney, long before the polls made a victory look feasible.

But all this angst about voting, and it’s purported effect on my immortal soul, etc? Balderdash. [Read more...]

Because The Prophet Francis Didn’t Sugar Coat the Faith for Politicos

St. Francis Giving His Mantle to a Poor Man
Giotto de Bondoni, 1297-99

It’s the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. You might have noticed this, as he is one of the most popular of the fellows in the Communion of Saints. You can read better posts about Francis elsewhere, for sure. I just wanted to share a brief open letter he wrote to the powers that be.

Francis, see, was a lot like Jesus. He even had the wounds of Christ to prove this. But he also had the temerity to tell it like it is, much like John the Baptist and Jesus did. In short, Francis was a fine example of the prophet, priest, and king, as all Christians are called to be.

Here’s an example of his prophet side. [Read more...]

Drafted By God, The Story of Frater Matthew Desme

Image Credit: Rick Belcher/St. Michael’s Abbey

I said I’m gone readin’ and I am. In fact, I just read the best sports story I’ve seen in a while covered on Yahoo! Sports, and it’s so good, I have to share it with you. Naturally, as something related to God, Heaven, and our vocations as Christians, it’s wrapped up in baseball. Jeff Passen shares the story with us. Have a look, [Read more...]

For Something Old and Something New (Thoughts for Thursday)

On Thursdays I serve as lector at the parish near my office. I’ve been the Thursday reader for a couple of years now and these days, I don’t even look ahead at the readings beforehand. There are two reasons for this. A) I like to be surprised and B) I found that I was often surprised anyway, as the readings for the day are often changed by the pastor to reflect the memorials for saints that the Daily Readings I found at the USSCB weren’t picking up on.

So now, I just say a prayer that I will read well, and then I head on up and dive in. Today, I was happily surprised to read aloud the words from my favorite Old Testament book, Ecclesiastes. I hope I wasn’t grinning too much as I launched into the classic beginning of Qoheleth’s riddle of life, [Read more...]

Blessed Are They Who Mourn…

Artist: Brian Neimann

for they will be comforted.

As we recall the tragic events of this day, the road less taken of the Beatitudes always challenges us. [Read more...]

Thoughts As Summer Winds Down on a Saturday

La Grenouillere, Claude Monet, 1869

My children headed back to school twelve days back. But it still feels a bit like summer, though this year it seems as if all the seasons are running three weeks ahead of schedule.

Though the scorching of July made headlines, and has been followed up in the news with leading questions by seemingly all-knowing journalists wondering if this is because of global warming, my electric bill says otherwise. [Read more...]

The Good News in Six Minutes: The Sacrament of Reconciliation

Remember the anti-drug campaign using the photograph above? The video below is kind of like that too. It’s from out of the Richmond Diocese, and in the interest of sharing “best practices,” maybe it ought to be utilized in all the dioceses. What we have below is a different statement: This is your heart on fire,

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Any questions? :)

H/T Micah Murphy of Truth and Charity. Also, you’ll find Blessed Pope John Paul II’s “Reconciliation and Penance” right here.

 


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