Category Archives: Culture

For All the Saints: Catherine of Siena

Fearless. Bold. Doctor of the Church. Poet. Mystic. Stigmatic. Correspondent of Popes and Royalty. Correspondent to the Faithful. Action-oriented contemplative. Saint Catherine of Siena was all these and more.

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A Gifted Guitarist You Might Have Missed (Music for Mondays)

First published on Aug 1, 2011, I am saddened to learn that today, at the age of 57, Prince Rogers Nelson has left this mortal coil. While saying a prayer for his soul, step back with me and remember his … Continue reading

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I’ve Never Read René Girard, But I Will Now

So many books, and so little time. That’s my excuse, anyway. In light of René Girard’s passing, I read this article by Grant Kaplan today and learned that the final book he wrote had to do with Carl von Clausewitz.

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For Shakespeare’s St. Crispin’s Day Speech

It’s St. Crispin’s Day! Which means it’s time for my favorite speech penned by William Shakespeare. See, the Battle of Agincourt occurred on the Feast of Sts. Crispin and Crispinian, which back before I was Catholic I would only have … Continue reading

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Heading To Philly For The World Meeting Of Families? Watch These Videos…

My pal, Diana von Glahn, aka The Faithful Traveler,  lives in Philadelphia. Lucky her! She’ll be seeing Pope Francis, and a couple of million people inflating the population of the city, come the World Meeting Of Families in September. Even … Continue reading

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The Rolling Stones Tune “Gimme Shelter” Meets The Internet…

  What if they got folks from all around the world to record a rendition of Mick & Keith’s Gimme Shelter via the web? How cool would that be? The folks at Playing For Change thought it would be cool. … Continue reading

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Confused About The HHS Mandate And Bullying The Little Sisters Of The Poor?

  Join the club.Evidently there isn’t enough important stuff happening in the world these days, so the Obama Administration plays a game of chicken with the Little Sisters of the Poor. Go figure. Perhaps doing so makes the Administration feel … Continue reading

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The #1 Reason the Catholic Church Won’t Support Same-Sex Marriage…

It’s quite simple, actually. Oh, you won’t see the reason talked about by folks using rational thinking towards an irrational people.

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Because Jesus Said Plenty About Marriage, and Other Inconvenient Stuff Too…UPDATED

Hey y’all. Didn’t you know that Jesus didn’t say nothin about homosexuality in the Bible? True story. You ain’t gonna find Our Lord say that particular word nowheres in the Scriptures. It’s like he never heard of that situation. Heck, … Continue reading

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Thoughts On The Gay Marriage Decision From My Bishop…UPDATED

And from the Supreme Court justices themselves. First up is the initial, and wise, reaction of my bishop, Richard F. Stika, “Sad moment in the history of our nation. But we move on. No same sex marriages will be celebrated … Continue reading

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