January 2009

I’d like to thank Tim J for letting people know about the recent passing of my father.  This is obviously a difficult time, but I have a great deal of peace about the situation. God allowed me to do what I needed to do to care for my father’s spiritual and physical needs, and that […]

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A number of you may be already aware, but in case you didn't know, Jimmy's father passed away Sunday. I expect he is more occupied with family and travel arrangements than blogging right now, so I wanted to ask you all for prayers on his behalf. He wrote in a personal e-mail; …I have the […]

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(from my blog Old World Swine)   Well, life is full of surprises, ain't it? Remember a while ago, when I was asking readers to send in their impressions of the local and personal effects of the recession and the stock market crash? I made my own observation at the time that I was seeing […]

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Last week I covered a story concerning a rumored document on apparitions and I pointed out that the rumor was poorly sourced, that there wasn't the kind of multi-source rumor groundswell that one would want before concluding that a Vatican rumor was likely true. And, sure enough, within a few days there were indications leaking […]

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Okay, this one is pretty good . . . The Daily Show With Jon StewartM – Th 11p / 10c Changefest '09 – Obama's Inaugural Speech Barack Obama InterviewJohn McCain Interview Sarah Palin VideoFunny Election Video CHT: Instapundit.

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The picture on the left is the planet Mars–not as it usually looks (dirty red), but as a false color image to show the presence of something very interesting on the red planet. Or rather, something very interesting above the surface of the red planet. The red and yellow patches represent zones of the martian […]

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For the last week or so, I've been following a story that has started to gain traction in the English-language press and blogosphere. The gist of the story is this: A new document is going to be released from the Holy See governing the way in which Marian and other apparitions (or private revelation in […]

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The final ten episodes of Battlestar Galactica start airing this Friday, and the producers plan to answer a bunch of questions, some of which have been around since the beginning of the show and some of which were only recently introduced: What happened to Earth? What are the Virtual "Head" beings (e.g., Head Six, Head […]

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Notice at First Things. Ratzinger Fan Club has an archive of his works (HT: Phat Catholic Apologetics). And First Things reposts an essay on death by Fr. Neuhaus. Over at Arts & Faith my friend Nick Alexander writes: When I first converted to Catholicism, my old Episcopal priest (in NYC) told me I had to […]

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A reader writes: This is regarding “looking at girls”.I am very clear that obviously pornography is a grave matter. I also am clear that deliberately engaging in lustful thoughts, lustful desires, or trying to arouse yourself (outside marriage) with full knowledge and full consent is also mortal sin.  Of course thoughts without these aspects are […]

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