Category Archives: Currents

Commitment, Continuity, and Conversation

“I sing of the United States, diverse yet altogether, with roots back millennia to Israel, Rome, and Albion.” The particular spirituality of the Appalachian Riders For Our Lady is based on our three foundational principles of commitment, continuity and conversation … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1963

PROCLAMATION 3560 : THANKSGIVING DAY. NOVEMBER 5, 1963. BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION: Over three centuries ago, our forefathers in Virginia and in Massachusetts, far from home in a lonely wilderness, set aside a … Continue reading

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Solzhenitsyn and Modern Literature

From a 1990 article, on Solzhenitsyn and Modern Literature: In a narrower context, August 1914 in its new augmented form is simply a great historical novel, one of the great narratives of public and private life in the twentieth century. In … Continue reading

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The Redemption of Suffering

Over at The Roman Road in 2011, there was an excellent little series on the theology of suffering, a topic dear to my heart from years of preaching/encouraging in a devotional service at a local nursing home. It is also … Continue reading

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Evangelical Unitarians

Hutchens wrote, on Touchstone blog in 2008, about Losing God the Father: ….In the paths I travel I have heard from time to time some muted remarks about the tendency of Evangelicals to direct their worship to Jesus rather than … Continue reading

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Scandal and Reconciliation

While heresy takes various forms, I’m inclined to view all heresy as having an underlying unity: opposition to the Incarnation.  As is written in 1 John 4:2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit which confesses that … Continue reading

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How the West Really Lost God

In anticipation of the April release of Mary Eberstadt’s book ‘How the West Really Lost God’ here’s an extract from her article with the same name, from which the book grew: And therein lies a real defect with the conventional … Continue reading

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Bad Catholic

I’ve enjoyed all the books in John Zmirak’s Bad Catholic series. The latest, The Bad Catholic’s Guide to the Catechism is the best so far, I think, perhaps because the topic gives the book more structure and organization than others … Continue reading

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Lives of the Saints

List from Butler (Rev Alban Butler, 1710-1773) so the list does not include saints canonized after that time.  For a more extensive list, of over 5000 saints, see Catholic Online’s saint of the day pages. January I. The Circumcision of Our … Continue reading

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Making Room

From Pope Benedict XVI’s 2012 Christmas homily: I am also repeatedly struck by the Gospel writer’s almost casual remark that there was no room for them at the inn. Inevitably the question arises, what would happen if Mary and Joseph … Continue reading

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A Love Supreme

As Dr Esolen remarks, Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives is a short volume but for that very reason may be the ideal introduction to Pope Benedict XVI’s writings. In this Monday’s Wall Street Journal, Esolen writes:  Imagine touring the … Continue reading

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Anglican Ecclesiology

Regarding non-Catholic views of ecclesiology, the Anglican petri-dish often has useful postings. For example, over at Stand Firm, in a posting by A. S. Haley, I’d like to comment:  re 8 “What is your ecclesiology?” at far remove from the … Continue reading

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Secular Witness to the Crucifixion of Jesus

 Secular testimony to the death of Jesus Christ by crucifixion 1. Non-Jewish and non-Christian sources: 1. Tacitus, a Roman historian, in his Annals, c. AD 115, describes the Roman Emperor Nero’s actions after the great fire of Rome, c. AD … Continue reading

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Speaking of Blogrolls

Blogrolls are similar to lists of recommended books in that there is an optimum size above which their value decreases. That optimum size no doubt varies from person to person. For me, two dozen is about right.

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Book Reviews

In this upcoming year, a year of faith, I hope to write weekly book reviews on the two dozen books in my booklist (see the About page).  Most books will get multiple reviews and I intend the reviews to revolve … Continue reading

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Canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha

Canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha, in Rome this Sunday. And here in Utah, a celebration out in the Uintas — Sunday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m. at Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Mission, #1, 14 Duchesne County Road, Ft. Duchesne. Reception to follow at Saint … Continue reading

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Encyclopedia of Mormonism

A useful site for descriptive information about Mormonism is the Brigham Young University sponsored Encyclopedia of Mormonism. See, for example, the articles on Doctrine.

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Another View from the Train

Bob Dylan has been riding the rails for a long time, at least since he got pulled from a trainload of fools caught in a magnetic field and called to prophesy. The cover of the new album, Tempest, is as … Continue reading

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On Nihilism

In an article on atheism, rational and otherwise, John C. Wright (who also has written an useful article on the authority of the Church) concludes: Nihilism hence forms the default metaphysical and ontological stance of our age. Anyone of the … Continue reading

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Saving Grace

While the ‘justified by faith alone’ crowd brings out the strawman of faith versus works, as Alister McGrath points out in his extensive historical survey of the doctrine of justification, the contention is rather between salvation by grace and justification … Continue reading

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