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January 8, 2013

The other day, someone wrote me that the most dangerous idea they could imagine is a Christian living out their faith. They mentioned something about this being against “dependence on the spirit,” whatever that means. (more…)

January 4, 2013

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Madonna under the fir tree, Lucas Cranach the Elder.

Joe Six-Pack here. You know, I’ve said it often in this space that Catholics can dig science. And I’ve written posts highlighting scientific events from time to time with the (Because Catholics Can Dig Science) title-ender. Is there such a word phrase as “title-ender?” I don’t know.  I think I just made that up. (more…)

December 21, 2012

Folks are leaving town for the holidays, and I am now on holiday as well. And what that means for a blogger like me is that there are two things that are certain. 1) I will probably have time to write a number of posts over the next few days, and 2) most of them will go unread. This is likely one of those times. (more…)

November 7, 2012


All I’m sure of so far is that the Healthcare Flexible Spending Account level that you could set aside tax-free was slashed from $5,000 to only $2,500, effective January 2013. That’s one way taxes can be raised for everyone without income taxes rates being changed.

For the rest of the muddle, for it will be a battleground, the folks over at H&R Block have a helpful little graphic. Take a gander at it over a beer or your other favorite beverage. (more…)

October 24, 2012

Once upon a time, I wrote a letter to St. Joseph. His feast day rolled around, and I was writing him because as a father, I was feeling a bit like Sisyphus. You know, the king the gods punished by being forced to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, and to repeat this action forever.

Being a father is like that sometimes, isn’t it? In my note to St. Joseph I made an observation, (more…)

October 20, 2012

Taste of heaven available in Gatlinburg.

It’s probably the only one that would have me. Now, do the beer making friars have a Third Order? 🙂

September 30, 2012

“Oh Frank, what’s with that headline? You’re really just too much. Calm yourself down man, and have a beer or something.”

Actually, there isn’t enough room on the headline to say much more. I could have said, “Sex Viewed Through the Lens of Secularism Drives Our Political Policies.” But that might have put you to sleep. (more…)

September 13, 2012

You may not have noticed it, but it is horrific…

Image credit: the fine print at the bottom.

No access to free beer. What the hell are we thinking?!

Also, is it me, or is that Vladimir Putin? I can’t believe he didn’t manage to get his shirt off for this picture.

Stay thirsty, my friends.

 

June 1, 2012

Pick up stones and hurl them at me if you want to, but I won’t be dragging the family to the theaters this weekend to watch For Greater Glory. Nope, not even at matinee prices. I’ll just wait for it to show up on Netflix, if I bother to watch it at all.

Yeah, yeah, I know what it’s about. I know it’s about fighting for religious liberty, in Mexico, the Cristero War, etc., etc., with bullets and bloodshed and all that ruckus. But here’s the thing. (more…)

May 28, 2012

 

Two years back, I wrote a Memorial Day post titled To Remember the Fallen. I shared a personal story with you about a few of my brother Marines and asked you to share your prayers with us for those you wanted to remember as well.

Posts like that are hard to write, and I did not relish a repeat performance come the following year, nor for this year as well. Last year, see, I put it off and decided to watch a movie instead. It wasn’t a war movie, either. But, as the old saying goes, you can run, but you can’t hide. This year, as my family gets ready to honor the fallen at a local veterans cemetery this morning, I looked at what I wrote last year, and I’ve decided to serve it up again. (more…)


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