October 7, 2019

It’s never easy to categorize paganism because it is, by its very nature, amorphous, subjective and lacking any central doctrinal or moral authority. Paganism in the ancient world was syncretistic and free flowing, gathering up various streams of spirituality, philosophy and devotional and ritualistic practices. It is the same today. In fact, one could observe that paganism, with its undefined borders and subjective syncretism, is the understandable form of religion for our post modern age, just as it was in… Read more

October 2, 2019

Today is the Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels, and after our recent pilgrimage to France and a visit to Mont St Michel, I’m tuned in to the angels like I haven’t been for a long time. Over at my main blog you can read my account of how I met my guardian angel at Mont St Michel when I was on retreat there many years ago. I also discuss the phenomenon of angels and the supernatural and how we… Read more

September 13, 2019

A Catholic priest friend of mine commented recently, “We’re in a sixteenth century situation.” You might remember that the sixteenth century was one of enormous upheaval, turmoil and crisis. Martin Luther was on a roll, Henry VIII was on the rampage, the political situation was tense and meanwhile the Renaissance popes fiddled while Rome burned…this was not quite literally true. The Medici Pope Clement VII didn’t fiddle while Rome was sacked and burned, but he did flee for his life… Read more

August 20, 2019

With the proliferation of casinos, state lotteries, raffles and games of chance of every sort I was pondering the philosophy of gambling versus the theology of Christianity. One offers providence. The other chance. One offers faith. The other fate. One offers hope. The other dope. One offers Our Lady. The other offers Lady Luck. Seriously, the person who walks by faith believes in God’s guiding hand. The one who is addicted to gambling trusts the roll of the dice, the… Read more

August 16, 2019

Is there any other Christian denomination or church that still holds to the Lord’s uncompromising teaching on marriage? Today’s gospel was this: Some Pharisees approached Jesus, and tested him, saying, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?” He said in reply, “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator made them male and female and said, For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his… Read more

August 14, 2019

We cannot rejoice in the death of any man, and any suicide is a tragic waste of life. However, Jeffrey Epstein’s recent downfall and fate should make us take a long, hard look at the philosophy Epstein obviously shared with many other men and women in our society. It can be called the Playboy philosophy for want of a better term. Pioneered by Hugh Hefner, and snowballing in the sexual revolution, it portrays sexual relations as no more than a… Read more

August 13, 2019

When trying to make sense of the recent mass shootings we are faced with mindless violence–an absurd, howling kind of insane violence. It seems like the devil himself is stalking the streets–seeking whom he may devour. An exorcist told me one of the most disturbing and maddening things about exorcism is that one can rarely diagnose the problem completely. “You see,” he said, “the devil is a liar and the father of lies. Once you have identified the demon you… Read more

August 9, 2019

I have refrained from commenting on the mass killings so far because I am trying, like most of us, to make some sense of it all. I do know this…the superficial causes and solutions will get us nowhere. This is not just a case of “If those boys had had a good momma and daddy and gone to a fine Christian school they wouldn’t have done this.” The problem is much, much deeper and goes to the very heart of… Read more

August 6, 2019

The Washington Post reports here that the Twinbrook Baptist Church in Rockville, Maryland is closing its doors, selling their property and giving $1m to worthy causes. The liberal congregation belongs to the Alliance of Baptists–a confederation of progressive Baptist churches. The folks at Twinbrook Baptist noted their congregation was graying not growing. In fact it was shrinking fast, so they faced the reality of their situation and decided to sell up. Interestingly, they have sold the property to a Hispanic… Read more

August 1, 2019

Over at Imaginative Conservative an article of mine surfaced from my pilgrimage to Italy in 2015 to venerate the Shroud of Turin. In the article I outline some of the well known discoveries and some of the more recent, and go on to speculate about how the Shroud of Turin is the evidence that so many atheist demand. How so? Firstly, the forensic and scientific evidence related to the shroud needs to be analyzed. I’m speaking about the weave of… Read more

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