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To the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost-blind you draw large startling figures.
~Flannery O’Connor.

The Exorcistic Power of Latin in the Latin Church

By |2018-09-02T22:41:56+00:00September 2nd, 2018|

A thousand causative factors have led to the present clerical abuse crisis in the Church. But I believe there is one contributing spiritual factor that holds a critical place in the rise of the clerical problem: the absence of Latin in the Latin Church. This spiritual factor is causative in a way that all spiritual [...]

Hollywood and the Beasts of Revelation

By |2017-11-17T22:16:19+00:00November 17th, 2017|

Hollywood has dished up some horrific monsters in the past hundred years. You can name them as easily as I can: Godzilla, Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Alien, Frankenstein, Harvey Weinstein, etc. All but the latter were creations of someone’s fertile imagination. Hollywood’s fictitious monsters may be occasions of entertainment or catharsis for us, [...]

A Dozen Simons, One Peter

By |2017-10-30T20:14:06+00:00October 30th, 2017|

Some years ago I walked into a Christian bookstore and a fascinating poster caught my eye. From a distance, it looked like an image of the holy face of Jesus, but as I drew closer I could see that the face was actually a composite of tiny faces that made up the contours and complexion [...]

Wonder Woman: Anti-Feminist Superhero

By |2017-06-20T22:28:12+00:00June 20th, 2017|

  Please. No one tell Betty Friedan that a Greek goddess just smashed her feminist mystique. The Greek goddess in question is Diana, Princess of Themyscira, Daughter of Hyppolita, otherwise known as Wonder Woman. Technically Diana is a demigoddess, but this article isn’t about technicalities, it’s about a marvelous story that turns modern feminist doctrine [...]

Five Antidotes for Presumption

By |2015-03-14T00:00:28+00:00March 14th, 2015|

One of the most withering indictments our Lord meted out to the religious leaders of His day was a simple phrase that dismantled their exalted self-image. When presented with a legalistic challenge concerning the hypothetical case of a woman who had married seven husbands, He took those perversely proud men down a peg by telling [...]

Don’t Waste Lent

By |2015-02-11T00:53:31+00:00February 11th, 2015|

Soon it will be Ash Wednesday – it’s hard to believe that Lent is here already! In order to derive the maximum spiritual benefit out of this season of preparation, we need a firm intention to live it fruitfully. But we also need to be smart about it. Here are a few tricks of the [...]