Calling Flannery O’Connor

“I’m a member and preacher to that church where the blind don’t see and the lame don’t walk and what’s dead stays that way.” Flannery O’Connor, Wise Blood I have always been vastly amused by atheists who seek to ape

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Triumph of the King

(This is my regular post for Palm Sunday which I repost each year.  Have a happy and blessed Palm Sunday and Holy Week.) “9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Sion, shout for joy, O daughter of Jerusalem: BEHOLD THY KING

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Feast Day of the Angelic Doctor

  As a highly Pagan poet said to me: “The Reformation happened because people hadn’t the brains to understand Aquinas.” The Church is more immortally important than the State; but the State has its rights, for all that. This Christian

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Christ and Saint Francis

While the Vicar of Christ listened attentively to a parable told by Francis and its interpretation, he was quite amazed and recognised without a doubt that Christ had spoken in this man.  But he also confirmed a vision he had

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The Game is Ever Afoot

Time to refresh my creds as Chief Geek of the blog.  Season 2 of the series Sherlock is debuting in America on Mystery tonight on most PBS channels at 8:00 PM Central Time.  The series is a grand bringing of

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Fra Angelico and Chesterton on Palm Sunday

    When fishes flew and forests walked And figs grew upon thorn, Some moment when the moon was blood Then surely I was born; With monstrous head and sickening cry And ears like errant wings, The devil’s walking parody

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Triumph of the King

(This is my regular post for Palm Sunday which I repost each year.  Have a happy and blessed Palm Sunday and Holy Week.) “9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Sion, shout for joy, O daughter of Jerusalem: BEHOLD THY KING

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Lepanto

White founts falling in the Courts of the sun, And the Soldan of Byzantium is smiling as they run; There is laughter like the fountains in that face of all men feared, It stirs the forest darkness, the darkness of

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Ave Maria

Something for the weekend.  Schubert’s Ave Maria sung by Andrea Bocelli.  May is the month of Mary, something I always like to keep in mind during the month.

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Triumph of the King

  (This is my regular post for Palm Sunday which I repost each year.  Have a happy and blessed Palm Sunday and Holy Week.) “9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Sion, shout for joy, O daughter of Jerusalem: BEHOLD THY

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God the Servant

The feast of Christ the King is one of my favorite in the liturgical year.  It reminds me powerfully, through the confusion of daily life, that God reigns and rules.  However, there are myriad other ways of looking at God,

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The New Paganism: Climate Change

The Pagans are coming out of the woodwork, or more properly named, coming out of the ice sculpture. What is turning into an annual event in Fairbanks, Alaska, a frozen ice sculpture of Al Gore, or what the locals call

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Holy Mary, Mother of God

And he saw in a little picture, Tiny and far away, His mother sitting in Egbert’s hall, And a book she showed him, very small, Where a sapphire Mary sat in stall With a golden Christ at play. It was

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The Nativity

The thatch on the roof was as golden, Though dusty the straw was and old, The wind had a peal as of trumpets, Though blowing and barren and cold, The mother’s hair was a glory Though loosened and torn, For

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Moving Halloween to Saturday: Treat or Trick?

In recent years Halloween has gone from a primarily child-oriented holiday to an occasion of commercial importance comparable to Christmas or Easter. National retail sales figures indicate that Halloween is the 6th biggest holiday for retailers — behind Christmas, Valentine’s

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Lepanto

     White founts falling in the Courts of the sun,      And the Soldan of Byzantium is smiling as they run;      There is laughter like the fountains in that face of all men feared,      It stirs the forest

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The Angelic Doctor

Today is the feast day of one of the greatest saints of the Church, and one of the greatest intellects to ever walk this globe: Saint Thomas Aquinas.  Here is an essay on Saint Thomas written by G.K. Chesterton before

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Thought for the Day

“The act of defending any of the cardinal virtues has today all the exhilaration of a vice.” The Defendant, G.K. Chesterton

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Lest We Forget

TO THE UNKNOWN WARRIOR by G.K.Chesterton You whom the kings saluted; who refused not The one great pleasure of ignoble days, Fame without name and glory without gossip, Whom no biographer befouls with praise. Who said of you “Defeated”? In

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