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December 26, 2013

'Twas the night after Christmas, and all through the land Christians were sweeping away the remnants of gift wrappings, falling from their month-long sugar high, planning when to dispose of the dying greenery decking their halls, and dreading the credit card bills due to arrive in January. Even among the Catholics, who know (or should know) that Christmas is a season that can last through ...

July 15, 2013

We have all had fantasies of wanting to get away from it all. Sometimes we look around at the state of the world and wonder what it would be like if we could pack up everything and move to a place where we would not have to struggle to raise our families as Christians, or have to struggle to act as Christians in a Christian society, or have to worry about the possibility of Christian persecution.

Just today I found a blog post by a Catholic who purported to offer fellow Catholics...

July 2, 2013

That would be James the son of Zebedee.

He was one of Jesus’ core disciples. He—together with Peter and his own brother John—were the three privileged to witness the Transfiguration, for example (Mark 9:2), and this was not the only time Jesus singled out the these core disciples (cf. Mark 5:37, 13:3, 14:32-33).

When the names of the Twelve apostles are given, they’re always given in three blocks of four names (Matt. 10:1-4, Mark 3:13-19, Luke 6:12-16, Acts 1:13). This James,...

February 21, 2013

Since the new musical film adaptation of Les Misérables hit theaters last Christmas, there has been no shortage of praise from Catholic reviewers (and some whiny criticism from the seculars) for director Tom Hooper’s decision not only to retain the religious themes baked into the libretto but to double down on them: lovingly filling frame after frame with crosses, candles, altars, vestments, chanting nuns, and every...

February 14, 2013

I sometimes wonder what the real St. Valentine, probably a third-century Roman martyr but no one knows for certain, would think of what's become of his feast day. Not only is the tradition of celebrating romantic love tenuously connected to what is told about this saint, but the day's name is often stripped of its sanctity. We never refer to March 17 as "Patrick's Day," but somehow February 14 became...