December 2007

Theotokos

by Jimmy Akin

in Liturgical Year, Mary

From my blog Old World Swine; Tomorrow – January 1st – is more than just the beginning of a new calendar year in the West. It is, much more significantly, the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God. The USCCB site gives the SCRIPTURE READINGS for the day. From the Council of Ephesus, 431 A.D. […]

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I have been hunting around the internets for some truly great nativity paintings. Doing any kind of internet search involving the word madonna requires an iron stomach, but I did find a few I want to share. I discovered (again) how truly difficult such paintings are to pull off. Even the masters struggled with the […]

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No “There” There

by Jimmy Akin

in Art

Tim Jones, here. From my blog, Old World Swine; The painting at left, by Italian artist Angelo Casciello is an illustration that is part of the new lectionary approved by the Italian bishops. Sandro Magister comments; The Italian bishops’ conference has entrusted the illustration of the new Lectionary to thirty contemporary artists, with their styles. […]

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Hey, Tim Jones here again. This is from my blog Old World Swine; I link THIS STORY (Reuters) – about the removal of Christmas trees due to the risk of fire – only because it reminded me of an incident that took place when I was a newly minted Catholic and Parish Council member. During […]

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The CDF, in conjunction with some other folks, has released a new and much-needed document. For years, particular currents among theologians, priests, and society in general have eroded the basis for evangelization. I’ve seen appeals from allegedly missionary societies and felt compelled to go up to the priest representing them afterwards and say, "Father, did […]

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Hello, again. Tim Jones, here, with this heartwarming Christmas story from my blog, Old World Swine – I actually began to tear-up a little at THIS STORY, sent by my sweet wifey. According to the article, religious leaders of all different stripes in the U.K. are coming to the defense of Christmas and the right […]

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Driven to Pray

by Jimmy Akin

in Miscellaneous

Hey, Tim Jones, here. From my Blog – Old World Swine; I’m not a morning person. I’m really not. Waking up for me most days is something like coming out of anesthesia after surgery. This has sometimes made me feel like a slacker when I hear others talking about how they are up at 4:00 […]

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Not Impressed

by Jimmy Akin

in Other Religions

Today Mitt Romney delivered a speech billed as his "JFK moment"–when he spoke to the American people about his religion in a way intended to clear barriers that could otherwise stand between him and the presidency. HERE’S THE TEXT OF THE SPEECH. I’d like to do a detailed response to his speech, but I don’t […]

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I read Spe Salvi the first day it came out, and I’m still digesting it. It’s longer by more than 3,000 words than its predecessor, Deus Caritas Est and takes more than two hours to read (unless you’re speed reading, of course). I’ll try to blog some about its contents, and the first thing I […]

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I just wanted to thank everyone who came by my blog, Old World Swine, to participate in may first ever "Combox Crit" (this is when I put up a piece of art for critique on my blog). The project was a rousing success. I have posted a summary of my thoughts on the painting and […]

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