This Shall Not Stand


ninme, knowing that I left twitter months ago, sent me news of the final twitter indignity.  Barbarians are seizing "potpourri of popery" as if I hadn't put the lock on that phrase with ten years of updates. Fie! 

Epiphany, 2021


Image credit: Adoration of the Magi, Quentin Matsys, shamelessly pinched from here

From David Warren: Halcyon Days

Happily, this was also the logic of our Christian pioneers. Whatsoever was good, true, beautiful, could be Christianized with ease, and by the convert instinct, nothing would be lost. We are, or at least we were, not an iconoclastic cult, not “puritans.” Our religion was not announced by a “cancel culture.”

I’d like to dwell on this a moment because I think that it is very, very important. The Catholic impulse is not censorious. It is to assimilate and to save. When things are purified, they are not erased. Rather they are transformed into the best of themselves.

Nor do we fear contact with uncomfortable facts. (Biological death might be an example, or grievous illness, or debilitating pain.) This is part of life, and thus of immortal life, in the Christian conception of reality, and Salvation.

Some things in this world are inarguably unpleasant; I have actually participated in a few. It is our “human condition” for the duration of our stay on earth, if not longer. The Catholic cognizance of Purgatory is – to my mind, as ever – a guarantee of our commitment to the highest realism.

Merry Christmas, Day 12!


Image Credit: Andrea & Luca della Robbia, Nativity, from Santa Maria degli Angeli
shamelessly pinched from Mongolo1984

Hope Against Hope: For the 2nd time this season, Bob Royal captures the mood and the message right.

Nice piece in the NC Register about the death of Bl. Charles de Foucauld.

Merry Christmas, Day 11!


 Image credit:  Raphael, Holy Family with a Lamb, shamelessly pinched from here

Merry Christmas, Day 10!


Image credit:  Nativity by Le Pho, 1941, shamelessly pinched from here. 


Merry Christmas, Day 9


Image credit: can't read the signature here to look it up, but shamelessly pinched from here. 

Books Read, 2020

Just for my own record-keeping purposes.

Gaudete et exsultate

Professional & Devotional
Chrysostom's Homilies on Acts of the Apostles
Deep Conversion, Deep Prayer
an intellectual history of Harry Jaffa (forthcoming)
Wanting (forthcoming) 

Book Clubs
Aunts Aren't Gentlemen 
The Brothers K

Merry Wives of Windsor 

With the kid who still lives with us 
War and Peace (didn't finish yet, but made a noble start) 

Happy New Year! ~ Merry Christmas, Day 8


Image Credit: All Creation Rejoices, mosaic by Fr. Marko Rupnik for JP II Shrine in Washington, DC,

shamelessly pinched from Flickr page of Lawrence OP

To read:  A piece on acedia, to help with New Year's resolutions. 

Part 1 of Msgr. Pope's assessment of last year's lessons

Cardinal Newman on Theotokos

St. Augustine suggests if you want to heal corrupt times, you might try concentrating a bit more locally: 

Bad times! Troublesome times! This men are saying. Let our lives be good; and the times are good. We make our times; such as we are, such are the times.