The Lorica of St. Patrick Is As Timely As Ever

St. Patrick Window

The Lorica of St. Patrick Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise, Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of […]

Random Selection Favors Religion, or, What Would Darwin Do?

I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live. (Deuteronomy 30:19) An Angry God Random selection appears to have doomed its most enthusiastic promoters to extinction.      I want to be clear that I am not taking issue in this post with the theory […]

Evangelism, Free Will, and the Spiritual Works of Mercy

   We live in strange times.  Never in human history has it been possible for so many people to live lives so disconnected from reality. Former Nuncio to the United States Archbishop Carlo Vigano has just released a remarkable meditation for Lent which touches on that issue.  He starts with a prayer from the Ambrosian Missal, which says […]

Our Eternal Destiny: Armed Robbery, or A Warm Place By The Fire?

Litlle Caesar 1931

“It’s like comparing cats and dogs.”  Ever heard that expression before? Ever used it?  I did, several years ago.  I was teaching a 9th grade theology class in a (more or less) Catholic school, and same sex marriage (a hot topic at the time) came up for discussion.  I wanted to emphasize that the marital relationship between a man […]

Looking for God in All the Wrong Places

  There’s an old joke about a police officer who was walking his beat one night when he came upon a man, apparently drunk, crawling around on his hands and knees on the pavement under a streetlamp.      “What are you doing?” asked the officer.      “Looking for my keys,” came the reply.      “Where’d you lose them?” […]

Practical Apologetics: The Geometry of Faith

outside.”  Those of us who have been out and now are in (back in, for some of us) know how true it is.  And it stands to reason: as both a worldly and a spiritual entity, the Church cannot be contained within purely physical bounds.

Has Pascal’s Wager Really Been “Debunked”?

I have yet to see an argument that overcomes this stark, simple choice: what’s the worst that can happen if you gamble on God?  What’s the worst if you take the other path? Is it really that complicated?

Aborigines, Atheists, and the Authenticity of the Gospels

    A few years ago I ran across an amazing story (“Ancient Sea Rise Tale Told Accurately For 10,000 Years“) from Scientific American, detailing how aboriginal Australians have preserved, via oral tradition, accurate information about geographical features that have been underwater since the end of the last Ice Age, circa 10,000 years ago. The article is […]