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May 20, 2016

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St. Bartholomew’s Church, in Czermna, Poland. By Merlin (Own work), GFDL or CC BY 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

 

“And he said to me: Son of man, dost thou think these bones shall live? And I answered: O Lord God, thou knowest.”—Ezekiel xxxvii, 3

I’ll be the first to admit that I have the faith of a child. I don’t have the faith of a novelist, or of a science-fiction writer. Nor do I have the faith of a philosopher, or a poet, or one blessed with flights of imagination that lead me to probe the heavenly mysteries exhaustively.

Have I been blessed with visions of the 7th heaven?  Ridden on the wings of angels to mystical union with God, who supplies my need for specifics on how we will be when eternity arrives for me?

Nope. (more…)

May 9, 2016

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You really should follow the Carmelites’ Facebook page. You’ll be glad you did.

 

Joe Six-Pack, here. I just wanted to let you know that as a Catholic, I’m fully aware that my vocation is to be numbered among the saints. As it turns out, that’s your destiny too. I’m not going to romanticize it, though.

Don’t believe me? Love it? Leave it? Cry about it?

Please. Just come to terms with it, umkay? (more…)

May 4, 2016

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Sure, you can count this one!  Author unknown, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

You know how often you can find me scrolling the selections over at the Christian Broadcasting Network? Seriously? Recall how many unicorns you have ever seen, and you’ll be in the right ballpark.

But just because I’m not a fan of The 700 Club doesn’t mean I won’t ever venture through their doors when finding something that strikes my fancy. Like what, you say?

Like the transcript of an interview C.S. Lewis gave in 1963, that’s what. (more…)

June 10, 2015

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For a regular guy, with a blog called Why I Am Catholic, I honestly can’t think of one, single, reason. I mean aside from the obvious one.

So how about Because?  No, really. In fact, I reckon I have 445+ posts with titles that begin with the word “because.” That might just be 45,000 words worth of trying to explain it. And you know what? Every day there are more reasons that keep piling up. Oftentimes, words fail.

Need more reasons? (more…)

April 29, 2015

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“Earth to Sun – en” by LucasVB – Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

 

Punch it, Chewie! I said punch it, you big hair ball. What’s taking so long?

Wait. Let me go take a look out the stern window… (more…)

February 20, 2015

*Sigh* It’s going to be a long Lent.

It’s the Lenten season, and each of us will make a personal sacrifice of some sort. I’m not divulging what I am seriously sacrificing this time around. Maybe I’ll disclose it later, perhaps even years from now if I’m still hammering away on a keyboard.

After seven years, I’m still learning my way through Lent. I’ll probably still be learning right up until I’m receiving Last Rites, though we don’t call it that anymore. (more…)

September 30, 2014

My Eaton M112, surgically removed.
My Eaton M112, surgically removed.*

You probably think I’m off my rocker, but given how unsatisfying this month was shaping up to be, it was time for a break. A break from blogging, hand wringing, and all the other bad stuff happening in the world that I have absolutely no control over.

Did I also mention ridiculous silliness that passes for important stuff these days?

Right. (more…)

June 1, 2014

Last week was a pretty embarrassing one in the parish of St. Blogs. It was enough to make me consider if continuing to blog was a worthwhile use of my time. There are other things to do, you know. I have children to raise, a wife to love, tasks to be performed on my day job, and honey-do lists that are a mile long.

Yep, I seriously thought of throwing in the towel . (more…)

April 2, 2014

Back, before I sic the Demiurge on you!

Because it’s not enough just to not care for a movie. De gustibus non est disputandum, you say? You have no idea what kind of fire you are playing with, you innocents! Because Aronofsky’s “Noah” in like gnostic nitroglycerin, and, believe it or not, it. will. destroy. your. soul. (more…)

March 30, 2014

And the two shall become one…

Actually, Joe Six-Pack did the unthinkable and saw two (count ’em!) movies this weekend. The first was for a date night with my wife, and the second was because of all the hullabaloo about Darren Aronofsky’s latest effort.

Since you’re dying to know what the first film was, lets get it out of the way first. (more…)


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