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Puddleglum, Atheists and Thanksgiving Day

2020-11-26T11:40:13-04:00November 26th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

Is there a link between atheism, Thanksgiving Day and Puddleglum, the Marshwiggle from Narnia? I wonder on this Thanksgiving Day, therefore, what the atheist does. I admit that he may nurture a simple attitude of gratitude for the good things in his life, but does he stop to ask why he should feel grateful in the [...]

The Lakskhi Option

2020-11-25T08:39:00-04:00November 25th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Suburban Hermit|Tags: |

After a week in the priest's cabin at the Norbertine Monastery of Canonesses in California I can be excused for wishing to hunker down even more than usual. I'm one of those introverts who, when faced with pandemic lockdown, muttered, "So things are going to change?" The priest's cabin at the nun's Bethlehem Priory was one [...]

Benedict the Balanced

2020-11-24T08:52:09-04:00November 24th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

In the summer of 1987 I had three months free, and decided to make a hitch-hiking pilgrimage to Jerusalem. I had visited Benedictine monasteries in England and decided to stay in monasteries and convents all along the route. It was a glorious summer and I had an excellent adventure. One of the best parts of the [...]

Secularism or Christ the King

2020-11-22T07:54:53-04:00November 22nd, 2020|Categories: Blog|

In these troubled times ask yourself once again why the world and our nation is roiling about in so much confusion, bewilderment and fear: It is because Christ is forgotten. He has been dethroned, deposed, denied and rejected. There are many forms of this atheism, but secularism is one. Secularism is not explicitly atheistic. It is [...]

Characters of Christmas

2020-11-21T16:52:38-04:00November 21st, 2020|Categories: Blog|

I know you don't want to think about Christmas until Thanksgiving is over, but what about relaxing with an informative six week course learning about the historical background of the Christmas story. Christmas, more than any other aspect of the Christian religion, is smothered with extra fantasy aspects, myths, legends and extra trimmings. My online, real [...]

What is Truth? What I Tell You It Is.

2020-11-20T08:44:46-04:00November 20th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

It was a dictator--Pontius Pilate--who famously asked, "What is Truth?" and it was Pope Benedict XVI who famously warned about the "dictatorship of relativism." Pope Benedict was referring to a philosophical tyranny--a domination of the idea of relativism in academic circles. Relativism was oppressive, domineering, bullying and uncompromising...while all the time pretending to be open minded, [...]

What is Evangelization and do Catholics Do It?

2020-11-19T20:00:34-04:00November 19th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

Two years ago I was traveling down I-85 on a summer afternoon southbound. As I approached Charlotte NC I noticed that the northbound highway was closed to traffic. Then I noticed as I drove south that on the bridges over the highway were gathered emergency vehicles of all sorts with cars and truck and people gathered. [...]

Election Reflection

2020-11-22T16:39:26-04:00November 19th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

OK. I voted for the Republican ticket. On election day I explained why I voted for Mr Trump and why I held my nose. But now, as we see the aftermath of this election playing out I am aghast at what is being revealed. How can the world's great superpower get things so messed up? First [...]

Pope Francis: The Dogma Doesn’t Live Loudly in Him

2020-11-18T15:20:34-04:00November 18th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

Sorry to have been away from the blog for a time, but I have been on retreat with the Norbertine Canonesses in California. It was my annual retreat, but I was also giving a series of conferences for the sisters. They are fans of my book Immortal Combat so I led a Deep Dive into the book for [...]

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