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The Divided States of America

2021-01-09T12:12:48-04:00January 8th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

The divisions in America reached a climax this week, and they are not going to go away. Donald Trump has now said he will assure a peaceful transition of power, but what next? He's also said, "This is just the beginning." Is this more grandstanding and bragging from the braggart in chief or is he planning [...]

Fulton Sheen’s Warning About Counterfeit Catholicism

2021-01-06T09:49:34-04:00January 6th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Locked, as he was, in the post war struggle with communism, Fulton Sheen's prophecies about the end time are somewhat dated, but his underlying vision is strong and sobering. In his Communism and the Conscience of the West  he discusses the Antichrist: The Antichrist will not be so called; otherwise he would have no followers. He will [...]

Indiana Jones and the Three Wise Men

2021-01-02T13:00:09-04:00January 2nd, 2021|Categories: Blog|

I love putting together stuff that nobody thought of putting together before, so here's the link between Indy and the Magi: You know the backdrop for the final scene in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is the famous "Treasury" at the historic site of the ancient city of Petra. It's pictured here. Well, the Treasury is not [...]

Poem for the Nativity of Our Lord

2020-12-26T14:29:16-04:00December 26th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

Here is the poem for the Nativity from my cycle of poems on the Holy Rosary: Forget your Christmas cards and little creche the cutesy donkey, sheep and shepherd boys. Put away the twinkle lights and all that trash; the candy, carols, cards and tacky toys.   For there in your safe familiar manger lies something [...]

The Cave of Our Re-Birth

2020-12-24T11:54:32-04:00December 24th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

I've been thinking a lot on the fact that Jesus was born in a cave. Here is an expanded version of an article I wrote which was published last week at The Stream website: If you have set up your nativity scene by now you probably put the figures in a quaint, wooden stable shed. With [...]

How to Get Rid of the Christmas Clutter

2020-12-23T11:21:47-04:00December 23rd, 2020|Categories: Blog|

First, what do I mean by "Christmas Clutter". I don't mean the boxes of unwanted presents, extra Christmas lights that don't work, abandoned wrapping paper, leftover food or your tree that's dropping its needles. I'm talking about all the stuff that has accumulated around the simple stories of Christmas as recorded in the gospels. Christmas is [...]

Was That the Star of Bethlehem We Saw Last Night?

2020-12-22T09:36:25-04:00December 22nd, 2020|Categories: Blog|

This is an excerpt from my book The Mystery of the Magi. The wonderful Star of Bethlehem is one of the most enduring and endearing parts of the Christmas magi story. Carols and cards and Christmas storybooks all promote the magical mystery star that moved through the night sky, leading the wise men on an arduous journey [...]

Poem for the Annunciation

2020-12-20T14:42:15-04:00December 20th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

A poem from the cycle of poems I am writing on the mysteries of the Holy Rosary. Annunciation   Here in a bright alchemy, history collides and combines with eternal things. The mundane is infused with mystery, and the dust and mud and blood have wings.   Here every moment of time is pregnant with meaning, [...]

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