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Poem for Pentecost

2021-05-21T20:50:29-04:00May 21st, 2021|Categories: Blog|

I have been working on a cycle of poems on the mysteries of the Holy Rosary. Here is the poem for Pentecost.   Pentecost He was an unpredictable prophet, but prophets are like that—first thundering then all tender and kind. They kept wondering about the contradictions: a king yet a criminal, a wise man but a [...]

To an Inquirer: Why I am a Catholic

2021-05-21T12:06:19-04:00May 21st, 2021|Categories: Blog|

I had a request yesterday to be interviewed by some folks for a podcast they do discussing big questions. She said she was an Evangelical Protestant. The other two interviewers were to be a "religious agnostic" and an atheist. They wanted to ask why I am Catholic. The best answer if that the Catholic Church is [...]

What is a UFO?

2021-05-19T10:03:55-04:00May 19th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Have you ever seen a UFO? I did when I was a boy and this podcast of mine tells the story of how my sister and her husband saw one. Recently there has been a new rash of UFO sightings and with them the usual speculation about aliens and life forms from other planets. The mistake [...]

New Online Course on the Spiritual Battle

2021-05-19T08:15:33-04:00May 19th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

"Great and Main" is an exciting new provider of Catholic content. They have asked me to teach an onlinr course during June on the spiritual battle. This will cover some of the content in my book Immortal Combat and introduce folks to the content of my new book, Beheading Hydra. One of the silver linings of the COVID [...]

On Becoming a Phobiaphobe

2021-05-17T14:34:07-04:00May 17th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

I saw something on social media the other day attacking "homophobes, biphobes, transphobes and interphobes" I can only assume this refers to people who are afraid of homosexuality, bi-sexuality, transgenderism and I'm not sure what and "inter" might be. Intersex? I don't know, but I do know that I am afraid. I'm not afraid of homosexual [...]

Is Schism Imminent?

2021-05-17T14:31:03-04:00May 15th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

With the open rebellion of the German Catholics over the issue of blessing same sex unions, and plenty of other Catholics who sympathize, is the Catholic Church on the verge of formal schism? I don't think so--and here's why: For a formal schism to take place the dissenters have to have enough guts to declare the [...]

Stronger Than Steel

2021-05-30T13:21:19-04:00May 15th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

I have worked with the good folks at Angelico Press to bring to an English speaking audience a most remarkable book. Stronger Than Steel  is a collection of letters from (mostly) French soldiers fighting in World War I. They were sent to the Mother Superior of the Carmelite convent in Lisieux and recount the marvels and [...]

Tattoos and Tribalism

2021-05-14T12:12:18-04:00May 14th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

I've pondered for some time on the psychology of tattoos. Why do people feel they must go through a certain amount of real pain to make permanent changes to their bodies? What is it with tattoos? I'm not sure I know the answer, but I think it is not disconnected with the current phenomenon of gender [...]

The Problem with Progressivism

2021-05-01T10:50:20-04:00May 1st, 2021|Categories: Blog|

When I lived in England I discovered that one of the differences between US and UK was the approach to advertising. In America if they want to sell you something they re-brand and slap the word "New" on their product. They don't even have to say "New and Improved" because if it's new it must have been improved [...]

Antinomianism: The Woke Heresy

2021-04-29T08:13:22-04:00April 29th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

A friend recently made a short comment, "Antinomianism is the fashionable heresy today." I hadn't seen it before, but he's right. Antinomianism has been around since the early church battled with the gnostics, but it gained its name in the wake of the rise of Lutheranism. Antinomianism is the heresy that once you are saved you [...]

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