Marching Along

Something for the weekend.  Marching Along by William B. Bradbury.  Bradbury was a human song writing machine of the 19th century.  Of all the songs he wrote, doubtless the best known is the tune for Yes, Jesus Loves Me which I

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PopeWatch: Ouch!

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber: VATICAN–Vatican sources are confirming that Pope Francis has nearly completed his new Encyclical Letter, and is awaiting the final approval of Reginald Edwards, an internet

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Joan of Arc: Saint of Courage

  Joan was a being so uplifted from the ordinary run of mankind that she finds no equal in a thousand years. She embodied the natural goodness and valour of the human race in unexampled perfection. Unconquerable courage, infinite compassion,

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Adultery Remains Adultery

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5:20 One of the shabbiest, and bleakly hilarious, features of our time

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PopeWatch: Retirement

    In flying back from the Middle East, Pope Francis made a response to a question that has not received much attention: After a grueling but ultimately successful three-day visit to one of the most complicated regions on the planet,

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Killing the Messenger

  Paul in his post, go here to read it, takes to task Catholic bloggers upset by this story by Hilary White:   ROME, May 23, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pope Francis raised eyebrows earlier this month by concelebrating Mass with

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Get the Knives Out

Last week Hilary White wrote an article for Lifesite News in which she reported on the fact that Pope Francis concelebrated Mass with and then later kissed the hands of an activist priest, Fr. Don Michele de Paolis, who has publicly spoken

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Triggers for the Bard

 “Don’t step on the toes of the dog lovers, the cat lovers, doctors, lawyers, merchants, chiefs, Mormons, Baptists, Unitarians, second-generation Chinese, Swedes, Italians, Germans, Texans, Brooklynites, Irishmen, people from Oregon or Mexico. The people in this book, this play, this

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PopeWatch: Pius XII

  Although it seems that it is almost impossible for a modern pope to escape canonization, Pope Francis does appear to make one exception:  Pius XII. Without a miracle on his record, the beatification of Second World War-era pontiff Pius

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May 30, 1864: Battle of Totopotomoy Creek

Lee realized that he was reaching a limit to how he could respond to Grant’s continual movement to the southeast.  Protecting Richmond was nailing his army in place, depriving it of the ability to maneuver as Grant used his superior

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PopeWatch: Not Another Interview

Well, Pope Francis gave another interview on his flight back from the Middle East.  Father Z gives us the details and his comments:   You may have heard that Pope Francis visited the Holy Land.  On the flight back to

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May 26-28, 1864: Movement From the North Anna

Grant, after the fruitless skirmishing on the North Anna, decided to resume his drive by once again heading east and south, around Lee’s left, the same type of movement he had been making since the outset of this campaign.  However, he had

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Converts

      One of the sources of ever renewing strength to Catholicism has ever been our converts.  My bride is an example of this.  A United Methodist when we married, she converted to the Faith after two years.  Her

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A Paean to Doubt

  Kyle Cupp at The Week has an interesting post in which he celebrates Pope Francis for bringing uncertainty about God to Catholicism: In fact, Pope Francis has explicitly endorsed doubt in the life of faith. In a 2013 interview

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Pope Francis: A “political genius”?

  The subtitle of the January 17, 2014, Politico article concerning Pope Francis was eye-catching: “This guy could teach President Obama a thing or two.” The article’s author, Candida Moss—a professor of New Testament and early Christianity at the University

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PopeWatch: Francis Diplomacy

    Pope Francis was full of surprises yesterday during his visit to the Middle East.  John Allen of The Boston Globe mentions the major one:     In a surprise announcement at the conclusion of his Mass in Bethlehem,

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May 27, 1864: Battle of Pickett’s Mill

  After the battle of Resaca, go here to read about it, Johnston retreated to the Allatoona Pass, fighting the battle of Adairsville on May 17 during his retreat.  Sherman viewed Johnston’s  Allatoona Pass position as too strong to assault. 

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Joyce Kilmer and the Fighting 69th

I THINK that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree. A tree whose hungry mouth is prest Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast; A tree that looks at God all day, And lifts her leafy arms to

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Martin Treptow’s Pledge

Martin August Treptow was a barber from Cherokee, Iowa.  Enlisting in the National Guard, during World War I his unit was called up and Treptow found himself in the 168th Infantry, part of the 42nd Division, called the Rainbow Division

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Memorial Day Pledge

When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say, For Your Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today Inscription on the memorial to the dead of the British 2nd Infantry Division at Kohima.     On this Memorial Day I thought

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Have We Always Been This Crazy?

You’re on the Internet, reading a politically-themed religious blog. You’ve heard about the shooting in Santa Barbara. I almost feel as if I’d be wasting my time and insulting your intelligence by providing a link. Long story short: a rich

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Father Turgis: Preacher By Deeds, Not Words

“God give me strength for I am not a good preacher.”  Born in Marigny, France on April 12, 1813, Isidore Francois Turgis loved the classics and the Church.  He was ordained on May 31, 1846.  During the Crimean War he

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PopeWatch: Smile When You Say Shalom or Salaam

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber: JERUSALEM–Fifty years after the historic embrace between the heads of the Catholic and Christian Orthodox Churches, Pope Francis will become the fourth Pope to visit

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Hymn to the Fallen

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived. General George S. Patton   Something for a Memorial Day weekend.  Hymn to the Fallen by John Williams.

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In Memory of Baby

His Apologies MASTER, this is Thy Servant. He is rising eight weeks old. He is mainly Head and Tummy. His legs are uncontrolled. But Thou hast forgiven his ugliness, and settled him on Thy knee . . . Art Thou content with

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PopeWatch: Fool’s Gold

  The official reason for the trip to the mid-East is that eternal chimera of popes:  union with the Orthodox: But the official purpose of the visit is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a historic rapprochement between Catholics and

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Sisters of the Immaculate Placed Under Visitation

    Well, I guess the ongoing persecution of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate was not sufficient for the powers that be at the Vatican.  Rorate Caeli gives us the disheartening details:     There can be no further doubts

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World War II Day by Day

An interesting look at World War II on a global scale day by day.  Amazing to recall how seventy years ago battles were being fought that set the course of our world, and greatly impacted the lives of us all

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PopeWatch: Media Meme

    PopeWatch was amused by this opening breathless paragraph at the leftist website Think Progress: Pope Francis made the religious case for tackling climate change on Wednesday, calling on his fellow Christians to become “Custodians of Creation” and issuing a dire

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Au revoir and good riddance, Secretary Sebelius…

  Over at The Catholic Thing, Dr. Paul Kengor—a professor of political science at Grove City College—comments about the transition now taking place at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The outgoing Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, confronts the specter of the

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PopeWatch: Foolishness

During his planned trip to Israel on May 24-26 the Pope has refused to ride in a bullet proof car. Pope Francis is shunning bulletproof vehicles during his trip to the Middle East this month, insisting that he use a normal car

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