March 18, 2015

… Meet Christine. The vehicle that changed my mind about driving. I always said that if I ever won the lottery the first thing I would do was hire a chauffeur and never drive again for the rest of my life. That was how much I hated driving. Turns out, it’s not driving I really hate. I was just driving the wrong vehicle. Enter Christine, the TARDIS blue Jeep Patriot who replaced my crawling at death’s door Honda last week…. Read more

March 17, 2015

… So a couple of famous homosexuals made a stink this week by declaring they were against gay marriage and for the traditional model of the family. And suddenly all the right was in love with them, and they were embraced by Catholic media. But… Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, founders of the eponymous fashion house, have come out strongly against gay marriage, the notion of gay families, and the use of surrogacy to procreate. The billionaire pair, who used… Read more

March 13, 2015

… Let me take a moment to respond. My previous post about being refused reception of the Eucharist on the tongue during my grandmother’s funeral has received quite a bit of attention and with over 570 comments and an inbox overflowing with emails I have found it impossible to respond to each one individually. For the sake of efficiency I decided to break down the responses by category and respond here. Before I do, this must be said. I received… Read more

March 11, 2015

***Please see update posted 3/13/15*** … I just had the absolute worst experience ever during mass, at my Abuela’s funeral no less. I wasn’t going to post about here but I feel I have a duty to warn you all. If you ever happen to find yourself visiting the Tidewater area of Virginia and need to go to mass… just drive right by St. Therese in Chesapeake. Simply make the sign of the cross and keep on driving. Don’t look… Read more

March 6, 2015

… Aw, shucks. You guys. I just wanted to give a big, fat “thank you” to everyone who donated and helped spread the word through your tweets, facebook shares, and blog posts. I wasn’t expecting anywhere near this much support. The extra donations are really going to help since I found out last night my car has absolutely no trade-in value – it was in a previous accident and I hold a total loss title on it. I can use… Read more

March 4, 2015

… In other news. I’m poor. Depressingly so. In your charity please see the go fund me page I set up to help me replace the gorilla glued, rust bucket I’ve been driving around. If you were looking for charitable causes this Lent; charitable cause right here. Yeah it sucks. It’s tacky and I feel like as ass for having to do this but if you’re poor, living paycheck to paycheck, you understand the idea of having a savings is… Read more

March 4, 2015

… I got a special little place in my heart for Belmont Abbey. Reading this article reminded me I’ve been away too long. It’s also nice to see they’ve lowered the tuition by 1/3. I’ve always thought how cruelly unfair it is that Catholic education is often too expensive for most Catholic families. But I digress. Our State Magazine has a very nice, reflective piece about the Abbey in this month’s edition. Pop over there and check it out, and… Read more

February 27, 2015

… Joseph Susanka, over at Summa This Summa That, has a really great series of Lenten music. It’s like taking a mini internet retreat. Take a moment to let your soul get stirred. The Poor Rebec Player, by José Rodrigues c.1855 (public domain) Other good stuff on the internet, Read the Summa in a year… for free. See, the interwebs isn’t all evil. Read more

February 26, 2015

… Willy Herteleer went to mass every day for twenty five years straight. He was well know among local clergy and the Swiss Guard. He was regarded as happy and friendly, a man of rich faith who enjoyed chatting with pilgrims about confession and the Eucharist, which he called his “medicine.” When he died he was given a funeral mass and buried in the Vatican cemetery established for Flemish and German nobility. Willy Herteleer was not nobility. Not in the… Read more

February 26, 2015

… I like stories like this. Stories of beauty and churches made to look the way they are supposed to. If it’s a story about iconography, even better. ‘It’s not like Rembrandt. It’s other worldly,’ Father Leoniet Charlancow, a Rasifer monk at the Holy Trinity Monastery Icon Studio in central New York, said of the traditional style. ‘It’s supposed to transport you to another dimension, Heaven.’ When you step into a church, a holy place, it’s supposed to represent something… Read more

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