badtvblog: Don’t watch this if you’re soaked in gasoline because it will warm your heart and you will burn to death and die.
Go to your mom, give her a hug, and tell her...
Truth and Charity: 5 Ways Christians Should... →
1. Being self sufficient: Because so many Christians are pro-life and have big families, money is not necessarily in abundance. Just as well, however, what better way to spend one’s money then on more disciples for Christ? So, many turn to growing their own vegetables, making their own laundry detergent, and even having their own pet chickens to lay eggs. The food is even organic!! Worthwhile...
Bad Catholic: "Catholic. nuff said." →
Marc Barnes at Bad Catholic shuns the prefixes we use to limit or Catholicism. Most specifically, conservative, liberal, traditional or charismatic. His first commenter aptly points out that he better change the name of his blog. Anyways, I agree, the one that bugs me the most is perhaps “Real Catholic.” Not just because its judgmental or self righteous, but for some of the same...
Bad Shepherds my blog...
Been planning on deleting my hip hop album reviews section, as well as exporting several long text posts over to a new blog host. I discovered several Cardinal Mahoney posts. Some of them were links to posts on his blog about immigration, others were about amicable encounters that I’ve had with him. I honestly felt kind of dirty seeing that his name was on my site. I honestly don’t...
New Evangelizers: Mary, old Devotions & New... →
A little something I wrote in the month of May for New Evangelizers.
Fr Claude Burns, Fr Pontifex, has a Kickstarter... →
For those unfamiliar with this rapping priest, be sure to look up his hip hop album Ordained, or his various Spoken Word Videos. From his Kickstarter site: “The Symphony and The Static” marks the next phase in artistic expression musically and visually for Fr. Pontifex. Your participation in the unfolding of this amazing story is vital to making it happen. There are many elements...
There’s this tumblr user that likes almost every post on my other tumblr account. I followed them, I wonder if they’ll figure it out. Lol!
Homeless L.A. man collects $250, donates it to... →
Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish, an Augustinian Parish in Los Angeles, has a Vincent de Paul organization. Their current organizer, Claire Padama is an Augustinian affiliate (honoray Augustinian). It has made the news: An elderly homeless man who has relied on the kindness of strangers to survive recently paid it forward. Ed Denst, 77, donated $250, all in $1 bills, to the Catholic charity the...
No more Sunday homilies until the presbyteral...
So today, I delivered my last Sunday homily as a deacon. My next Sunday homily will be as a priest in more than a month. I literally said a few words because there was to be an appeal from a Sister with the Sisters of the Poor at that Mass. So I didn’t bother writing a homily. It will probably not be until my Mass of Thanksgiving in mid June that I will post another homily. Between now and...
Thank you everyone!
Thank you, anyone who has been praying, or whoever even prayed a little. I have been officially approved officially to receive the Presbyteral Ordination. To those who missed my post last night, it will be in Los Angeles on June 15. Smile Jesus loves you!
I have officially been approved by all my...
June 15 Los Angeles we’re burning this city to the ground!
Scientific PROOF that Beards are All-Around... →
Beards! Yes, Science is on the side of the Beard! Read Article Here. Here’s a few words from the article. Gentlemen, they’re not just for hipsters and the homeless any more. While both dead sexy and totally awesome, beards are also a boon to your overall health. Researchers discovered that men with beards and moustaches actually enjoy numerous benefits including, but not limited to, instant...
What is Speaking the Truth With Love?
We try to tell them the Gospel Truth. They tell us love. We tell them it is LOVE to speak the Truth. I don’t disagree with that. However, sometimes, we figuratively tell them it is LOVE to smack them upside the head and superimpose an obligation upon them. Truth! It is obvious, at the outset, that non-Christians demand a Love that is more like absolute encouragement. For them, it is not...
No private answers for Anonymous tumblrs or...
…? Also, can you keep this answered privately. It’s not a question I want seen on tumblr. - Anonymous Dear Anonymous, as for your question, which, as you request, I have not published. I have been away on a retreat and electronic fast, and have been away from tumblr. I don’t believe you should be embarrassed of your question, I find it more strange that your request a private...
New Evangelizers: Augustine & Conversion →
My latest post for New Evangelizers is up. In this one I connect it to tomorrow’s Feast: The Conversion of Augustine.
You Have a Future - A Homily for Good Shepherd...
The following homily was delivered from the readings of today. Acts 13:14,43-52; Ps 100:1-2,3,5; Rev.7:9,14b-17; Jn 10:27-30. Things would not be this way if he was still in charge. Were our leader, or were our grandmother, or were our hero still here, things would not have been so bad. Often, this is the state of our life, we recall good times. We remember the past for what good it had for...
It's World Day of Prayer for Vocations
and a couple celebrating their 55th anniversary of marriage asked for a blessing after Mass. How beautiful. So I prayed with them. Their granddaughter looked like Katniss BTW.
I'm spending 4/20 with the Most High.
Spark it up! Spark up that incense!
Four warning signs of a cult, or cult like... →
Fr Dwight Longenecker writes about four ways, behaviors, that identify cult like groups, even among Catholic groups. The implications are far reaching.
Anonymous asked: I've done a little research on this. White writing on a black background is very offputting for many people - in this case me. I simply won't read it. It has nothing to do with what you may be writing about. It's physiology. Please think about changing it.
Anonymous asked: Hi, I saw your post on the 10 Catholic clichés, and laughed at some of it, and enjoyed most of it. I'm not sure about what you said about Theology of the Body. Have you actually read it? There's a new translation. Have you read Christopher West's Theology of the Body explained? Maybe you might rethink TOB. God Bless!
Anonymous asked: Dear Brother Mark, I recently read your "Top Ten Cliches for Young Catholics" post and wanted to know, concerning the pathologies of the pre-Vatican II Church, where I could go to learn more. I mean, are there primary source documents? Commentary by modern, orthodox historians (those without an axe to grind) or something else?
Update & greetings to today's visitors.
I wanted to write a brief update today, and something remarkable happened. I had a post a week ago 10 Catholic clichés, and it blew up on tumblr. So, I thought I would share it with Mark Shea, since he covers many similar issues, sort of an attempted affirmation of many of the insights that I have found on his blog over the past few years. Well, he linked it today. My site blew up again. I was...
The FACTS About Hip Hop and Prison for Profit by... →
azteclion: GoldenUndergroundTV recently released an interview I did with them late last year. I got a bit animated at the end. Only so many interviews in a row I could handle being asked about Chief Keef. I have gone on similar tirades, about the marketing of criminality in hip hop music, and how it is a deliberate attempt to profit the imprisonment of black youth, just never had the...
Preparing a Homily for the Wrong Readings
So instead of posting the homily I prepared on the wrong readings, you get this. I started preparing while I was sick, and was perhaps delusional. I briefly panicked during Mass, as I heard the correct readings for today. The Spirit touched my heart when I heard the Responsorial Psalm, so I let the Spirit move me from there when I started my homily. Were I to have a printed copy instead of...
The Novice Master stayed overnight here for a meeting, and I noticed he had shaved his beard, “for spring,” he’s says. I said “it looks like you revoked your beard club membership.” BTW, I don’t have many pics, but I’m a proud beard carrying member.
New Evangelizers: My latest post on faith. →
I wore my habit to a wedding and this is the result, some man approaches me in the men’s room and wants to talk to me about faith.
iamgeorgianadarcy: I am convinced that priests are the coolest people alive Awwww shucks
Thomas, put your finger here and see my hands, and...
Do you have any doubting-Thomas friends? Do you have friends that want more proof of all this God stuff, and all this Church stuff? I know I heard my peers and classmates say all these things when I started going back to Church my senior year. “Yeah, I won’t believe… Yeah, I can’t believe… unless I see something with my own two eyes.” One may even argue that...