Your Pope Francis Photograph Of The Day

The Chalice, like a Boss.

*image is from a Mass celebrated by the Holy Father in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013

My Family And I Spent The Weekend With Jesus, And 5,000 of His Friends…

The occasion was the first Eucharistic Congress ever held in the Diocese of Knoxville. Why now? It was the Jubilee celebration of the diocese’s 25th Anniversary. The theme? His Presence + Our Faith + Families Together In Christ.

Some of Jesus’s friends showed up too. [Read more...]

To Join Pope Francis In Adoration Of Our Eucharistic Lord…UPDATED

Right here. Right now. [Read more...]

You Never Know When the Pope Will Show Up and Say Mass…UPDATED

..if you are anywhere near Saint Martha’s House (Domus Sanctæ Marthæ), that is. This is one of those cases where the photographs arrive before the backstory*.

He didn’t just sneak in and worship in the back row, though. He celebrated the Mass too… [Read more...]

Was This the First Time In History That the Bishop of Constantinople Attended the Installation of the Bishop of Rome? UPDATED

A Sign of Peace for the record books! H/T Joseph Susanka

You’ve heard reports about the fact that the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s attendance at the installation of Pope Francis was big news. It would be the first time it had happened in close to a thousand years, we were told. But what if it was the first time ever? [Read more...]

When it Comes to the World, Be Like a Mouse to the Cheese

The Eucharist: the source and summit of the Christian life. Read all about it. :)

Because On this Ship, I Don’t Have to Decide Everything UPDATED

There has been a lot of fur flying around lately regarding prodigal groups (possibly) coming back into the fold, while others get a solid scolding, etc. Since the season of Advent, Catholics have endured changes to the Liturgy and a new version of the Missal, and we’ve had to relearn lines we had memorized since forever. And lately the HHS Mandate has been seen as a galvanizing moment by many, me among them, and only as a distraction by others. In the immortal words of  Rodney King, “can’t we all just get along?” [Read more...]

How to Approach Christ in the Eucharist (A Few Words for Wednesday)

The Eucharist has been on my mind lately. This evening at our parish, my wife and I finished a six week long reading and discussion of Brant Pitre’s, Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist. What a delight and a treasure trove of knowledge that book is. I’ll share more on what I learned soon, as the thoughts that Dr. Pitre shared from the history of the Exodus to the Last Supper needs to be known by all Christians.

But it’s Wednesday, and late, and I’ve been too busy to post lately. As such, I’ll share a quick post on how to approach Christ in the Eucharist, courtesy of my friend Thomas à Kempis. He’s one of the fellows that helped bring me into the Church. Prior to my call to conversion, I had never even heard of the word until I met my wife. When I learned of its meaning, and who it is (or who Catholics thought it was) I was incredulous. Eighteen years later I woke up, thanks to Blaise Pascal and à Kempis. [Read more...]


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