Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Pope of the Rosary: St. Pius V

When it comes to "saint of the day," the hits just keep coming.  April 29--St. Catherine of Siena.  Today, April 30, Pope St. Pius V.  As I posted on Google+, "A strong dose of St. Pius V is always good.  Refreshing & encouraging!"



The Pope of the Rosary: St. Pius V

One step at a time







From Father Michael Sliney, LC's Google+ feed.  He routinely posts these little nuggets--this one particularly spoke to some of the themes discussed on this blog.  Enjoy--and add him on Google+!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Friday, April 24, 2015

Καθολικός διάκονος: "The kids are losing their minds"

Deacon Scott Dodge has some fun on a Friday.



It is, as the lady said, a good thing. \m/



Καθολικός διάκονος: "The kids are losing their minds": With little or no explanation or commentary, our traditio for this Spring Friday is the Ramones' "Blitzkrieg Bop." I'll a...

Principium et Finis: St.Mellitus: Catching Flies With Honey

April 24--the Feast of St. Mellitus!  A great blog post with an evangelization lesson worth remembering





Principium et Finis: St.Mellitus: Catching Flies With Honey:      There's an old saying that you catch more flies with a spoonful of honey than you do with a vat of vinegar.  I couldn't help bu...

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Hunters, Gatherers, and Theologians

Guest blog post at Patheos.com discusses running, hunting, and the Theology of the Body.  Very well-played, folks. Well worth the time and read...

Of course, the Catholic Church makes claims about our bodies that are at once broader and much simpler than those made by Reebok and the makers of Fair Chase. As an avid long distance runner, I love the idea that we were made to run. But I’ll concede that maybe running isn’t the purpose of human existence. The evidence here isn’t indisputable. The Church’s claims, on the other hand, are undeniable. That is: men and women are sexually compatible, male and female reproductive organs go together, and the product of this union is children. We can say this without even having to credit a creator. Whether our bodies are a product of intelligent design or evolution, their purpose, sexually speaking, is clear. These facts are much more obvious and widely accepted than anything to do with running. Yet most in our culture would respond with outrage if you were to suggest that the fundamentals of human biology could actually speak to our purpose or that the design of reproductive organs says something about how those organs ought to be used.

Part of this disconnect arises from the exaggerated form of individualism we’ve adopted here in the West. This individualism is so extreme that we refuse to let anything, even biology, tell us how we ought to live. You can clearly see this now in a culture saturated with contraception. Despite the obvious design of our bodies, we insist loudly that sex and reproduction ought have nothing to do with each other. We even believe now that gender has nothing to do with biology. We are guided by a strange kind of secular-Gnosticism with an internal knowledge so secret it cannot be observed or understood by reason. This individualism really becomes a kind of nihilism as we are literally guided by nothing.



Principium et Finis: Mozart, Herbert, John the Baptist, and Why We Can't...

Protestantism is "all in the head."   Good post





Principium et Finis: Mozart, Herbert, John the Baptist, and Why We Can'...: All in the Head      The great composer W.A. Mozart (who, I must admit, has made more than one appearance on this blog) is reported t...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Strangeness of the Resurrection | Word on Fire

Everybody knows Father Robert Barron does great work.  He is our generation's Archbishop Fulton Sheen--a moving, intellectually-gifted communicator.  Here's his homily about the Resurrection--and don't miss the challenge to the easy piety.



The Strangeness of the Resurrection | Word on Fire

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Divine Mercy | Word on Fire

OK, like everybody else, I know Father Robert Barron does so much *great* work.  It's always nice, though, to be reminded, as this homily for this coming Sunday, Divine Mercy Sunday, did for me.  WOW--and enjoy.



Divine Mercy | Word on Fire

Καθολικός διάκονος: A historiographical note on Bonhoeffer's death

H/T--as always--to Deacon Scott Dodge for sharing this gripping post about Dietrich Bonhoeffer's martrydom, April 9, 1945--70 years ago today.  Do click through to the Perisho blog post, but be forewarned: it's tough reading.



Καθολικός διάκονος: A historiographical note on Bonhoeffer's death: In light of my post late last night on the martyrdom of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, especially given that I cited the well-known and oft-quoted tes...

Mark Shea on the Indiana crises

---because there's more than one.  Long blog post, intricate & clear argument.  Read it all here.


Harvesting The Fruits Of Contemplation: Pondering Tidbits of Truth - April 9, 2015

From Google+, where it's been a pleasure to meet and follow Michael Seagriff, a fellow upstate NY Catholic blogger!  Provocative nuggets here...



Harvesting The Fruits Of Contemplation: Pondering Tidbits of Truth - April 9, 2015: (Image source: Wikimedia Commons ) Pondering Tidbits of Truth is my simple and inadequate way of providing nuggets of spiritual w...

Monday, April 6, 2015

Καθολικός διάκονος: Divine Mercy: from competition to complementarity

Deacon Scott Dodge at blog work again and it's good...



Καθολικός διάκονος: Divine Mercy: from competition to complementarity: Just about every year during Easter week, as we approach Divine Mercy Sunday, which is the Second Sunday of Easter, there arises some tensio...

Thursday, April 2, 2015

If you thought that was crazy...

did the last post on the anti-RFRA reaction go too far?  Well, check out how unsuspecting small businesses have been dragged into the fray.  Note especially the tweeted (account now suspended) threat of bombing. 

Even a gay-marriage advocate realizes the anti-Hoosier ire is misplaced

Just like Rod Dreher said, "it'll never happen (gay marriage negatively impacting Christians and other groups who oppose marriage equality)...but when it does, they will deserve it."  Merited impossibility.  The current terms of our national debates sprawl far beyond any estimation of propriety or effectiveness.  We are meddling with powers the extent of which we cannot--and, importantly, will not--comprehend.  The all-too-avoidable-but-unfulfilling aftermath will only fuel more recrimination and pursuit of revenge.  Meanwhile, all sorts of the innocent are injured...basically for sport.  As Lent ends tonight we need to remember a little humility:


Then David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man. He said to Nathan, “As the Lord lives, the man who has done this deserves to die; he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.” Nathan said to David, “You are the man! (II Samuel 12:5-7)

amid the crowd

Indiana, the home of my beloved Wabash College and my father's ancestral land, is splitting apart right down the middle.  I know folks on both sides of the RFRA conflict--because let's face it, that's what it is--and, quite frankly, it's frightening. Since this is an Internet forum, it seems appropriate and necessary to start with the internet backlash against the legislation.  On that note, please consider:



This is the Faith & Politics Institute's 2010 Civil Rights Congressional Pilgrimage. Every March Congressman John Lewis (D, Georgia) leads the members of the US Congress to Alabama churches and museums that participated in the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.  On March 7, 2010, the 45th anniversary of the "Bloody Sunday" Selma March attack, wherein a much-younger John Lewis led a peaceful march across the Pettus bridge straight into a planned, coordinated assault by Alabama state troopers, the Faith and Politics participants marched across the same bridge.

In the middle, wearing the light grey suit and standing next to Congressman Lewis, is Mike Pence, now Indiana's governor and then the only Republican--House or Senate--to attend the pilgrimage.