April 3, 2020

Lent is a good time for facing hard things and Fasting Fridays seem to me to be especially good days for that. When Jesus went into the desert to fast and pray, he spent his time there facing the realities of sin, hell, and death, not twirling buttercups. He did so for the same reason a doctor spends years watching people die from cancer, suffering anguish, and grapple with despair: because that’s what he is there to cure and you… Read more

April 1, 2020

The common mother of art, philosophy, science, and religion is Wonder. The world pours out torrents of wonders upon us and it is the most human thing in the world to ask, “Why?”  In antiquity, nobody had set up walls between these four different ways of exploring the wonders of the world.  Consequently, Solomon could write Proverbs and meditate on the ways of God and see no conflict between doing that and learning about plants, birds, and bugs. Likewise, Pythagoras… Read more

March 30, 2020

I’m a huge fan of Mercy for Life, a delightful little apostolate in Uganda run by my friends Fausta Nalubega and her husband Ross Earl Hoffman.  It’s a beautiful little Catholic community that takes care of the widow, the orphan, the stranger, the sick, the unborn, and the elderly.  They praise God, run a school, help get people medical care and do all kinds of good things for all kinds of people. Click the link above and invest in the… Read more

March 28, 2020

Do you know what John Wayne’s last film was? Wrong! It was Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope: John Wayne (May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979) was an American actor. He provided the voice of Imperial spy Garindan in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope via stock audio, making this his last role in a film before his death. Wayne’s voice was processed greatly for the movie. His voice for Garindan would be recycled in LEGO Star… Read more

March 27, 2020

John Zmirak recently delivered himself of this ipse dixit to any potential convert to the faith who does not meet his stringent criteria for Truly True Catholicism: Note the “ethnic” part of that, for thereby hangs a tale. When the Cult says “George Soros” they mean “International Jewish Banker”. He is the Authoritarian Right’s (and the Reactionary Catholic’s) Jewish bogeyman for this generation, mysteriously funding stuff like this: (Funny thing:  The Legend of the Soros-funded Protester is an Established Fact… Read more

March 25, 2020

Joseph Pearce reflects on Tolkien’s destruction of the One Ring on March 25, which one important tradition identified both as the date of the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary and as the date of the Crucifixion.  Indeed, as I have noted in Mary, Mother of the Son, the data we actually have points, not to the winter solstice, but to a Jewish theory of “integral age” as driving the Church’s dating of both the crucifixion and Christmas.  The idea… Read more

March 23, 2020

A reader sends along this piece from the Grey Lady, remarking: This is horrifying. A long but necessary read. The United States descends toward Third World status because of unchecked capitalism and really bad policy choices; and we can’t/won’t do anything about because people cry “SOCIALISM!” “They were bright, rambunctious, upwardly mobile youngsters whose father had a good job installing pipes. … Yet today about one-quarter of the children on that No. 6 bus are dead, mostly from drugs, suicide,… Read more

March 21, 2020

It’s not perfect, but its still pretty amazing.  And the guy is really good impressionist: This, like all technology, has the potential for great good–and great evil: In a world where some of the cleverest people are pumping out lies constantly and the dumbest people are chanting “FAKE NEWS” about real news while swallowing lies hook, line, and sinker from the biggest liar to ever occupy the White House, there is no doubt that deepfake tech will flood the zone… Read more

March 20, 2020

Pedro Gabriel (who is, by the way, a Portuguese doctor who knows whereof he speaks concerning COVID-19) responds to the repulsive, unbiblical, anti-Catholic and evil logic of Taylor Marshall concerning the Pandemic and the Church’s extremely wise decisions to ban public Masses: “Apocalyptic thought: This may be the Judgment of God. Pachamama leads to suspension of all true worship of the Blessed Triune God. In the Major and Minor Prophets of OT, God revokes true worship when His people drift… Read more

March 20, 2020

The rules for fasting and abstinence in the United States are: Every person 14 years or older must abstain from meat (and items made with meat) on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent. Every person between the age of 18 and 59 (beginning of 60th year) must fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Them’s the rules.  But of course whenever the Church has to start talking about rules, what we are always looking at is the way a parent talks to a… Read more

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