January 7, 2020

To review, the early Church was a pacifist Church.  Jesus told Peter to put up his sword and he got the message so well that his only counsel to a viciously persecuted Church under Nero–the Emperor who would crucify him–was “Be sure you die well”.  Not a word about “standing your ground” or “hitting them hard before they hit you”: Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which comes upon you to prove you, as though something strange… Read more

January 6, 2020

Here’s a little excerpt from Mary, Mother of the Son, addressing the peculiar notion that all contact between the Catholic faith and paganism can only mean that Catholic faith is “corrupted”: We Three Kings of Orient Are /Astrologers Who Traverse Afar As a young Evangelical, one of the things I routinely heard from critics of Christianity was that “everybody knows” the story of the Magi in Matthew 2 is a pious fiction invented by the Evangelist. Since Evangelicals take a very… Read more

January 4, 2020

Somebody sent me this a while back and I thought I would pass it on mostly because (even though I never heard about it till just now) this apparently happened right over my house: Read more

January 3, 2020

it is only fitting that God’s beloved poor be made sharers in the great feast of the Incarnation. I am huge fan of the work being done by Fausta Nalubega and her husband Ross Earl Hoffman for the beautiful community supported by Mercy for Life. From beautiful little James, who needed antibiotics… to these good kids getting an education… to these grinning goofballs… to sweet Maria… to a host of other people Mercy for Life serves, your dollars go an… Read more

January 2, 2020

…and I am still therefore giving myself up to revelry and jollification till Twelfth Night, I hereby present you with an interesting and educational article on the history of Christmas music from the medieval period to Sufjan Stevens.  Here’s a taste, but do click the link and read (and listen to) the rest: Whether it’s music by the Sufjan Stevens or 12th-Century composers from Paris, the music of Christmas has always brought joy, awe, and festivity. Likewise, it is in celebrating the rich… Read more

January 1, 2020

What is the song the stars sing? (And a million songs are as song of one) This is the song the stars sing: (Sweeter song’s none) One to set, and many to sing, (And a million songs are as song of one) One to stand, and many to cling, The many things, and the one Thing, The one that runs not, the many that run. The ever new weaveth the ever old, (And a million songs are as song of… Read more

December 31, 2019

Now winter downs the dying of the year, And night is all a settlement of snow; From the soft street the rooms of houses show A gathered light, a shapen atmosphere, Like frozen-over lakes whose ice is thin And still allows some stirring down within. I’ve known the wind by water banks to shake The late leaves down, which frozen where they fell And held in ice as dancers in a spell Fluttered all winter long into a lake; Graved… Read more

December 30, 2019

…was yesterday: “Waiting for the Wise Men” by Lee Kaercher pic.twitter.com/FHgfYJMh5W— Ron Joseph (@questar1959_ron) January 2, 2019 The biggest assault on Catholics taking place on US soil is not the suffering of white conservative Catholics ginned up into their yearly round of butthurt by liars shrieking about the “War on Christmas”. It is the sadistic assault on refugees by conservative (not orthodox) Christians–Protestant and Catholic–in their idolatry which declares that Trump was chosen by God but the pope was not…. Read more

December 28, 2019

You’re welcome! Read more

December 27, 2019

There are two ways to read Scripture.  One is to strap on skis and take off over the surface.  It’s a perfectly legitimate approach.  Get the story and learn what happened, because the insistence is that something did indeed happen.  God broke into history and did stuff–as a human being–in places that you can still locate with a GPS, like this well in Nazareth, which has served that town for time out of mind, and where Jesus of Nazareth had… Read more

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