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Genesis Notes: Jacob Meets His Brothers Again

GENESIS 42If my brothers had hated me enough to sell me to traders I am pretty sure I wouldn't have welcomed them with open arms. At first that seems to be Joseph's reaction as he pretends not to know them and questions them. But we then can see there is a reason besides hurt feelings or revenge for Joseph's methods. Show More Summary

Well Said: Carnival

Everything being a carnival, there is no carnival left. Victor Hugo

Short Forms of the Readings: Distorting the Gospel?

As chance would have it, this last Sunday (OF: 28th Sunday per annum, Year A; EF: 19th Sunday post Pentecosten) the Gospel reading was the same in both forms of the Roman Rite: the Parable of the Marriage Feast from Matthew 22:1-14.Or, in some places at least, it was nearly the same. Show More Summary

LOOP: Controversial bishop rumored for DC spot

McELROY TO DC?  A controversial bishop who called faithful Catholics “a cancer in the Church” is rumored to be in the running for archbishop of Washington, DC. HEALTH CARE  Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-TN, crafted a deal with Sen. Patty Murray, D-WA, that would restore government payments to insurers to prevent a large spike in premiums for the [...]

Liturgical Splendor and the Image of God (Part 2): Guest Article by Zachary Thomas

We continue with the second part of this essay by Mr Zachary Thomas; to read the first part, click here. The full experience of liturgy as participation in and becoming simultaneous with the whole divine Act of redemption is indispensable to an integrated Christian life. Show More Summary

Well Said: Forgiveness or Excuses?

I find that when I think I am asking God to forgive me I am often in reality (unless I watch myself very carefully) asking Him to do something quite different. I am asking Him not to forgive me but to excuse me. But there is all the difference in the world between forgiving and excusing. Show More Summary

Thank You for A History of the World in 100 Objects!

A very kind person plucked this off my Amazon wish list and it was a wonderful surprise when it appeared on my doorstep. Thank you!Here's a little about it. Just diving into the first few pages I can see this is a real treasure. More when I've had a chance to dig in deeper! The history of the Church didn't take place shrouded in the mists of time. Show More Summary

Julie and Scott are thinking about cleaning up and opening the unused back room of the Good Story Studios. ...

... It's decorated in an 80s Disco motif.And we discuss Colossal, starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis, directed by Nacho Vigalondo. A perfect monster movie for Halloween. Join us for episode 169 of A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast.

The Psalms - Unlocking David's Code for Slaying Cultural Philistines Like Me

Anyone who has read my book The Way of Beauty knows that I consider myself unliterary. I have never much enjoyed reading poetry or “great-book” fiction, and I managed to get through high school and university without doing a single literature class. Show More Summary

LOOP: Senate confirms Gingrich as Vatican ambassador

VATICAN  The Senate confirmed Callista Gingrich as U.S. ambassador to the Vatican in a 70-23 vote. Her husband is former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. RELIGIOUS LIBERTY  Cardinal Donald Wuerl announced that the...Show More Summary

Fatima Centenary Celebrations at St John Cantius

There have been celebrations at St John Cantius, Chicago on the 13th of every month since last May to celebrate the centenary of the Fatima apparitions. This Friday, October 13th, over 3000 attended the final event commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 'Miracle of the Sun'. Show More Summary

Homogeneity vs. Hierarchy: On the Treatment of Verbal Moments

Chanting the Epistle In discussions of problems with the Novus Ordo Missae, its advocates will frequently say that its opponents are always assuming the “worst practices,” that is, the panoply of liturgical abuses so prevalent that they almost constitute an unspoken set of rubrics as rigidly required as that of any Latin altar missal. Show More Summary

LOOP: Trump promotes religious liberty at Values Summit

MANUFACTURING  Under current NAFTA rules, 62.5% of the contents of a car has to come from the United States, Canada, or Mexico — or else it will be subject to a tariff. The Trump administration wants to increase that requirement to 85%. TRUMP: “PROTECT THE UNBORN”   At the Values Voters Summit in Washington, President Trump said: “We [...]

Liturgical Splendor and the Image of God (Part 1): Guest Article by Zachary Thomas

Once again, we are very grateful to Mr Zachary Thomas for another fine essay on liturgical theology. Christians believe that God created man and woman in his image, capable of knowing Him and living a transfiguring friendship with Him,...Show More Summary

Well Said: Developing from within

Our being is not constructed from without like a clay mode; it develops from within, as a tree grows and blossoms with the rising of the sap. In us, the sap is the Spirit of Christ. Prayer stimulates its rise. A. Sertillanges And just...Show More Summary

1967: Reaching the Bottom of the Slippery Slope

Here is an interesting bit of history from the post-Conciliar period, a new set of variations to the order of Mass issued in May of 1967, following those implemented in March of 1965. The imprudence of Sacrosanctum Concilium callingShow More Summary

LOOP: HHS to define human life at conception

WHEN LIFE BEGINS  The Department of Health and Human Services is going to define human life as “beginning at conception.” HHS also made it clear that their mission is to improve health care for all Americans, including those still in the womb. HEALTH CARE  President Trump to end government bailout to insurance companies — worth an estimated [...]

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