A Wacky Idea for Cleaning the Sacred Sites in the Holy Land- UPDATED

Talk about things that are “ridiculously Catholic,” how about ridiculously Orthodox things like…BARFIGHT! Oh wait…CHURCHFIGHT!

I mean a fight instead of field-daying (read “cleaning”) the building is always more appealing.

Sheeeeesh. This is getting to be a routine, nay, traditional, occurrence. Call me crazy, but maybe it’s time this “responsibility” was outsourced to a neutral cleaning company, and then the costs shared five ways among the various parties involved here. That way, see, the holy places might actually get cleaned in time for Christmas, Easter, etc.

Here’s who the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs says is involved, [Read more...]

Because of the Church’s Position on Abortion

At the Battle of Mobile Bay in the American Civil War, Admiral David Glasgow Farragut gave a famous command. When one of his ships struck a mine and sank and the remaining ships in the fleet got “cold feet” and dallied, he shouted, “Damn the torpedoes! Full Speed ahead!” The remaining ships pressed on and swept the harbor of Confederate resistance. The Catholic Church’s stance on abortion strikes me as similar. [Read more...]

Cardinal Justin Rigali with a Christmas Message We All Need to Hear

Forgiveness is the message that is often forgotten on this day of the celebration of the Incarnation of the Creator of all that is visible and invisible. After all, the Messiah explained it to the priest Nicodemus and to us, in the third chapter of John’s gospel, [Read more...]

Because Tradition says December 25 is When Christ was Born

And that is good enough for me. Especially because smarter, more capable, and more knowledgeable folks spell it all out for me too.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Christmas, Pagan Romans, and Frodo Baggins.

Jake Tawney: The Dating of Christmas.

Alexander Pope: Messiah

And, of course, Linus reciting the passage from St. Luke.

Isn’t Govert Teunisz Flinck’s painting, Angels Announcing the Birth to the Shepherds (1639, oil on wood) beautiful?

Be of good cheer!

UPDATE: Mike Flynn’s letter to the editor.

Meet Wyoming Catholic College

I always liked Wyoming. During the summer between my junior and senior year of college, my wife and I traveled to Jackson Hole for a conference she was attending for work. White water rafting, Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Tetons…what’s not to like? [Read more...]

This Novel By Johnny Cash Helped Me Become Catholic


Johnny Cash and Jesus Christ share the initials “J.C.” Johnny Cash is an adopted son of my home state of Tennessee. Johnny Cash wrote a novel called Man in White, which I read as I began my journey to the Catholic Church. It is the story of the conversion of St. Paul, and it was so good that I couldn’t believe Johnny Cash wrote it. [Read more...]

Lines on Pride from Alexander Pope’s An Essay On Man

Often times cataclysmic events leave us at a loss. We have feelings and thoughts but struggle to put them into words. Some have been blessed with the gift of the poetic art. These painters of images with words serve to bring the ineffable into focus in our minds. [Read more...]

The Sacraments Are Mountains Above the Plains

The little post I shared yesterday about the Sacraments was, in my opinion, just so much straw. I’m no Thomas Aquinas, not by a long shot, but its difficult to put into words the difference that the Sacraments make in the lives of the Faithful versus not having them. [Read more...]

Because Natural Law is Catholic

I’m going to have to borrow a line from U2‘s Bono and say, “Am I buggin’ you? I don’t mean to bug ya,” as the Edge’s guitar solo rises to a crescendo. I’m talking about my last few posts, which uncharacteristically have touched on politics and things political. [Read more...]

Thoughts on How Christ Prayed Under Duress

Once when Jesus was praying in solitude…

Is it wrong for me to wonder to myself this question: What would Jesus pray? What would God, as the Son of Man, pray to God the Father?  I read a Psalm of David today that makes me believe a) perhaps this is how Our Lord prayed for strength while he was undergoing his trial, and b) David “saw” this and again prophesied events that have been fulfilled. [Read more...]


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