April 8, 2020

“Who do you say I am?” – Jesus of Nazareth “What will you give me to betray him?” – Judas Iscariot Both are diagnostics of our deepest hearts.  Both should make us tremble.  They open up to us the reality that the universe is not a hobbit hole, but that every road leads, sooner or later, to heaven or hell. Read more

April 7, 2020

Forgiveness, Lord’s a morsel dipped in wine and handed, sopping, to he who betrays you, who can’t see the gift of you that’s placed in hands that many times have compassed yours and shared your work and those of whom, though near you now, too soon will run when garden depths of olive peace are broken by the tramp of feet and fire brands and weapons’ clash that — angry turn-coats — heal no harms, or one who in his… Read more

April 6, 2020

You came into our life on feet like dusty heartbeats, beating bare, your human heart out-pouring love and life for one whom even death itself could not keep back from you. And I have nothing worth your gift; incomp’rable, to place into your hands but my most costly thing; a poor excuse compared with All. This earthen vessel, feminine, I break before your dusty feet and pour its oil, perfumed and rich, to cleanse the dust from calloused toes and… Read more

April 4, 2020

When she died in 2013 at the age of 20, she was what she had been for the previous 18 years: a toddler in mind and body.  And nobody really knows why.  Say a prayer for her little soul.  May she know eternal rest in the arms of the God of Abraham: Read more

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

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