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Ignorance is bliss…

“Forward, the Light Brigade!” Was there a man dismay’d? Not tho’ the soldier knew Someone had blunder’d: Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die: Into the valley of Death Rode the … Continue reading

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Protected: Pope Icarus alights…

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Beware sustained exposure to ambiguidium…

“Vatican II was a re-reading of the Gospel in light of contemporary culture…. Vatican II produced a renewal movement that simply comes from the same Gospel. Its fruits are enormous. Just recall the liturgy. The work of liturgical reform has … Continue reading

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Cult of personality?

Whatever do you mean? “People seem to have no need of us, everything we do seems pointless. Yet we learn from the Word of the Lord that this seed alone transforms the earth ever anew and opens it to true … Continue reading

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On the mysticism of ordinary words…

…and mystification by way of extraordinary verbiage. “[E]vil always takes advantage of ambiguity.” — G. K. Chesterton, Eugenics and Other Evils, Chapter 1 (1917) Speaking of painful ironies, I recently received the following tweet from a published historian of science … Continue reading

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Insolite dictu…

…or however you say “strange to report” in Latin. Recall: “And then a thing that is really important for me: community. I was always looking for a community. I did not see myself as a priest on my own. I … Continue reading

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This is why we can’t have nice things…

One can tolerate only so much comic relief. Not that most people need to have this clarified, but in the interest of transparency, let me make clear that the following is the kind of comment–especially when it caps off a … Continue reading

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“Sorry, excuse me, thank you!”

“He who who does not sin is not human. … Life without conflict is not life. … We need to caress conflicts.” — Pope Francis, 29 Nov. 2013 [Catholic Herald; full PDF] The following is mostly an “impressionist” post, in … Continue reading

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What a Christmas gift!

“29 [I]f thy right eye scandalize thee, pluck it out and cast it from thee. For it is expedient for thee that one of thy members should perish, rather than that thy whole body be cast into hell. 30 And if thy … Continue reading

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Day 7 of the Christmas Novena…

Opening Prayer: ———————- V. O God, come to my assistance. R. O Lord, make haste to help me. Glory be to the Father… Our Father… ———————- Day 7 The Presentation. O most sweet infant Jesus, presented in the temple by … Continue reading

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The axe of St. Boniface…

After praying about it for a while, triggered by a surprising amount of cajoling from various readers that I should not abstain from commenting on this papacy, I have decided that I will add my two+ cents to some of the … Continue reading

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I’m not dead yet…

…but being dead to the world is sometimes the best medicine. When not interacting with friends and family, I spent most of my time over the Thanksgiving break reading, watching comedy, exercising, and tidying up some grade reports. I didn’t … Continue reading

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“Serenderpity”…

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My money’s on the Queen…

“16 And he shall convert [ἐπιστρέψει] many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias; that he may turn [ἐπιστρέψαι] the hearts of the … Continue reading

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Awesome in its own way!

I’m going to assume that it’s a technological glitch, but if it’s not, it seems that I have been banned from commenting at Mark Shea’s Patheos blog! The irony here is colossal. Years ago, as I was becoming, or maybe … Continue reading

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