For Greater Glory Film Review →
For Greater Glory, the film covering the Cristero War in Mexico opens tomorrow. Steve Greydanus has a film review. It seems to be promising to say the least. I plan on seeing it soon.
10 Catholic Women who changed the world →
Please everyone say a prayer for my dad! Thanks!
Happy Memorial Day, treat yourself to a free... →
Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy ! Act in...– Prayer by Saint Augustine of Hippo for the Holy Spirit (via msbubbles)
The Proper Name of the Holy Spirit →
In preparation for Pentecost, Taylor Marshall, of Canterbury Tales blog, has a post about a name for the Holy Spirit. He quotes from Saints Augustine and Thomas Aquinas. Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful, and enkindle them in the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit, and they will be created, and you will renew the face of the earth!
His love is inexhaustible, it truly goes to the very end.– Pope Benedict XVi (via invisibleforeigner)
What is contemplative prayer? →
Carmelite Sister Laus Gloriae has a nice piece explaining contemplative prayer today over at Integrated Catholic Life over here.a> So if your curious, I would recommend giving it a read. Usually people link contemplative prayer to meditation, and they are different. Referrencing St. John of the Cross, she discusses the ways that God may be leading us to contemplation. Basically, if the rosary...
the same sex marriage debate: is there a third... →
A brilliantly crafted and provocative piece, which has really got me thinking.
I pray now that my soul may cling to you, for it was you who released it from...– St. Augustine (Confessions 6,6)
Happy St Rita Day!
The new roman missal translation now includes propers, we wanted to share our great Augustinian saint with everyone!
My scant blogging, my current status.
I have finished all of my school work this semester, as of Thursday. I am waiting around in Chicago until my students are confirmed, before I return home to SoCal for the summer. As a result of finishing my course work, I have had the opportunity to put on a lot of the finishing touches on my album. I recorded my remaining verses, as well as touching up the audio on a few of the tracks, and am...
Stupid Things you do on Facebook. →
Lifehacker put together a list of 7 stupid things people do on Facebook, and how to go about fixing them. I must admit, I typically go out of my way to ensure none of this happens to me. Maybe I have a tech savvy advantage over many other casual facebook users, some who only browse through their smartphone (where it is more difficult to access some of these settings. The list is as follows, with...
The New Priests of 2012 →
The USCCB has given us a glimpse of this years ordinands here. I must admit, several things describe me. You can compare and contrast, I thought I would just say some of the facts that agree and some that disagree. Current Age - The survey indicates an average age of 31, ordinands being between 25 and 34. I should be 29 about the time I am eligible for ordination. So at least this is very close. ...
youallareloved asked: Hi Brother Mark, my name's Brittany :) so your habit in the picture looks like a Franciscan TOR habit and I thought you were a TOR haha but you're Augustinian. When do you make your final vows to become a priest?
Finally done with this semester! Now to the next piece of work!
Our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven; let our hearts ascend with...– St. Augustine (via sermoveritas)
No half-heartedness and no worldly fear must turn us aside from following the...– J.R.R. Tolkien (via a-ladder-to-the-stars)
Celebrity lookalikes in history
First Nicholas Cage, then Jack Black, and now Sylvester Stallone. Apparently some dude in a 16th century painting of Pope Gregory IX looks just like Stallone.
Saint (and soon to be Doctor) Hildegard of Bingen
On tuesday, Pope Benedict “extended the cult of Hildegard of Bingen to the universal Church.” Without having a formal Canonization Process, She is now a Saint for the whole Church. You can start up reading on her here. Also, Pope Benedict gave two public addresses that can be read here and here. There has been an amazing revival of studies of her writings and career, thanks to many...
“Aren’t You Supposed to Hate Me?”: Calvinism and... →
crusadermaximus: Fascinating blog post on the poisoned nature of American political discourse, and its roots in our nation’s Calvinistic roots. An excerpt: We Americans are hardly ever more Calvinistic and puritanical than when we are at politics. I observe this not about any particular political ideology or party, but about them all. It is no wonder, of course. America was founded by such...
Hospitality to Mormons
For the past week we have had a Mormon couple, and for a brief time their daughter as our guests. It was kind of funny that it would even happen, it is not what any of us had expected. Many people assume that the only people that we could host as guests (or ought to) is young men discerning. Other people might easily accept that family members of one of the friars is acceptable. Tied to this, is...
Free and preserve me from detestable impurities to receive the water of your...– St. Augustine (Confessions 5,8)
How sweet it was for me to rid myself of those fruitless pleasures that I once...– Saint Augustine (via breanna-lynn)
'Do you Catholics worship children?' A Thought...
It’s First Communion Season. Some Catholics don’t like First Communion, with all the amateur photographers, it can suddenly turn into a circus. Aside from the wonderful blessing that children, who are also usually the best behaved, receive the incredibly blessing of Communion. But I have often wondered, as an outsider, oblivious to Catholicism, to Western Culture, and everything would...
Adoration. is. Awesome. →
An experience of Adoration from a young woman summed up on the Medical Matins blog: As I drove home I passed a college students headed to the bars and I thought: want a really crazy experience? Really relaxing, filling, human, divine? Try Adoration. Read the rest here. No Joke, Friday nights, I go on dates with Jesus. There is no other way to say it. That’s usually what a date with Jesus...
The Keys to Spiritual Growth of Saint Basil →
Saint Basil had something of a 12 step program on the growth to holiness. 01. Recognize the presence of God 02. Accept the will of God 03. Accept spiritual direction 04. Persevere 05. Acknowledge faults 06. Live simply 07. Be honest about yourself 08. Be willing to learn from others 09. Listen to people 10. Speak kindly to others 11. Accept others the way they are 12. Be Centered and...
The Inconsistently Obedient →
I found this funny today. I read Obedience on the Catholic Thing, an article by Fr. Bramwell OMI, highlighting the inconsistency of our obedience, and how we got there. This quote captures it all thought: Interestingly, people who have trouble with obedience to the Church will still obey their boss and the weatherman or the cop on the beat and not note the inconsistency. Can anything else really...
The Jesus Revolution: What no religion or... →
Before Jesus, most religion or spirituality was about teachings, wisdom, principles, etc. You see that a lot nowadays, whether it is Catholics who are more concerned with duties and formalities, or particularly with trendy spiritualities, which become more about steps and principles. In the case of our society, we have become so radically legalistic. We sue and litigate here. We appeal to the...
Happy Star Wars Day! Or Happy Avengers Day!
May the 4th be with you. So is it Nick Windu or Mace Fury!!! you won’t believe who shows up after the credits!
RIP Adam Yauch, MCA of the Beastie Boys →
Beastie Boy, MCA, Adam Yauch passed away. Get the full story here. The pioneer when I was a baby wanting to be a white rapper.
In solidarity with martyrs around the world →
John Allen, at the National Catholic Reporter, makes a case for the expedient and rapid beatification of Shahbaz Bhatti. For those who do not know, he was a devout Catholic, who was the only Catholic public politician in Pakistan, and strong advocate for religious freedom. He was assassinated, probably by Islamist radicals. Considering the incredible exodus of Christians from cities that they have...
I wish there was an app to unhear that →
Chensanity! Jon Steward deals with the Obama administrations rejection of Chinese activitist, Chen’s, appeal for freedom. Check out the Daily Show clip. China had this pro-life activist under house arrest and constant surveilance. The US just internationally rejected any appeal of his, to make the US China relationship look good. Perhaps it is because Obama is not interested in appearing to...