February 16, 2019

I remain… unconvinced. With the exception of childhood tragedy, World War I, and his romance with Edith, Tolkien just did not live a cinematic life. He spent most of it in a room, grading stuff, or in another room, typing stuff. His actual views of things, most postmoderns would be ignorantly horrified about. He believed the internal combustion engine was the most evil invention of the modern world. He was a hard-assed Catholic who loudly made his responses in Latin… Read more

February 16, 2019

…here are some lovely shots of bubbles freezing: People who demand miracles a lot should remember that the first miracle God performed is the creation of the universe and that, in Catholic understanding, creation is still going on in every square inch and in every nanosecond of time. Here and there (and for more often than most people think), God still does what most people call miracles and Scripture calls “signs”. But he resolutely refuses (even when he was in… Read more

February 15, 2019

…here: In section 254 of Evangelii Gaudium, Francis takes up and even advances Vatican II’s teachings on other religions. Here is the full paragraph: Non-Christians, by God’s gracious initiative, when they are faithful to their own consciences, can live “justified by the grace of God,” and thus be “associated to the paschal mystery of Jesus Christ.” But due to the sacramental dimension of sanctifying grace, God’s working in them tends to produce signs and rites, sacred expressions which in turn bring others… Read more

February 14, 2019

This is an authentic expression of Catholic spirituality: Authentic Christian spirituality seeks the good of the other, even if it costs one’s own life. It is therefore fitting that St. Valentine’s Day associate the death of a martyr with the joy of lovers: Ever since Jesus died praying for mercy to his murderers, the authentic Christian way has sought life for others, if necessary, at the cost of one’s own.  Real disciples of Jesus worry more about the bodily health… Read more

February 13, 2019

She writes: I wrote this song weeping in prayer for all the mamas who have had their children separated from them at the borders of our country. A mother’s love is fierce, enduring, and never gives up. I’ve loved you for so long now You’re flesh of my flesh and bone of my bone You’re a rib from my chest. I hardly know where I end and where you begin Your heartbeat from my heartbeat Your skin on my skin…. Read more

February 12, 2019

No matter how many times you make clear you are prolife, the the phony “prolife” Cult of Trump has no interest in that fact. Every time you question, not the prolife ethic, but the methods of the prolife movement or the Cult of Trump, they again subject you to the stupid scrutiny and the suspicious accusing questions. The other day, Simcha Fisher, mother of 10 and as gung ho a pro-life Catholic as you could ask for remarked on the… Read more

February 11, 2019

From the GoFundMe that has been set up to help them: For those of you how know Shalimar, the first thing that you notice about her is her big beautiful smile.  However, behind that smile is a family that is struggling, has struggled for a long time, and continues to struggle.  She and her 11 children are in danger of losing their home because they cannot afford the mortgage.   She is trying to get back into nursing to help her… Read more

February 11, 2019

Some interesting observations on the golden opportunity for evangelization that lies at our feet if we will but think of evangelization as the Holy Father call us to do and not of drawing up the drawbridge on Fortress Katolicus as his enemies all urge: A few weeks ago I received an email from one of my students. She has been working amongst Muslim women and had just had a phone call from one of her Muslim friends. The woman was… Read more

February 9, 2019

All rhetoric that relates the unborn to other forms of human life under assault is Catholic and sane.  All rhetoric the pits the unborn against other forms of human life under assault is anti-Catholic and insane. Read more

February 8, 2019

Yet again a GOP court pulls away the football by signalling continuity in its stance on abortion, blocking a law that could leave only one provider in Louisiana. And, 38 years of history are any indication, yet again you guys will go on being the biggest suckers in all of American politics. You never learn and I fear you never will. Tell me more about how I have “blood on my hands” for not being stupid enough to think your… Read more

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