Restoring the Sacred

Sunday, July 16, 2017

St. Simon Stock and the Brown Scapular

Today is the 766th anniversary of Simon Stock receiving the brown scapular in Cambridge.  From Rorate Caeli Blog today:

        And...from The National Catholic Register today:

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Bellarmine Forum: The Dolphins and The Icon

Great story today at The Bellarmine Forum Blog:

American Thinker Blog: Comey's Game

Tadas Klimas, a former FBI agent, provides expert analysis of the Comey vs Trump fiasco (still raging through our nation's capitol) in his essay today at the American Thinker Blog.

You can read the essay by clicking on the link below:

For more on Tadas Klimas, click on the below link:

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Sunday, May 28, 2017

G. K. Chesterton: It's Not Gay and It's Not Marriage : Crisis Magazine

Dale Ahlquist, to whom we are in great debt for keeping G. K. Chesterton alive, wrote this extremely quotable and profound piece at Crisis Magazine last week.  Here's the opening paragraph:
One of the pressing issues of Chesterton’s time was “birth control.” He not only objected to the idea, he objected to the very term because it meant the opposite of what it said. It meant no birth and no control. I can only imagine he would have the same objections about “gay marriage.” The idea is wrong, but so is the name. It is not gay and it is not marriage.
To read the whole essay, click on the below link:

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Sharyl Attkisson: Obama-era Surveillance Timeline

You can find many timelines that follow allegations of Russia tampering in the U.S. election and alleged involvement of Trump officials. But I couldn’t find any comprehensive timelines cross-referencing Obama-era surveillance of whistleblowers, journalists and other U.S. citizens with Russia surveillance allegations. So I built one. Please note: temporal proximity of events doesn’t necessarily imply a connection.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

From Catholic World Report: How do we teach Beauty?

A recent post on Catholic World Report by Dale Ahlquist discussed The Chesterton Academy and the priority and importance of teaching Beauty to students.  The post included the following quote from G. K. Chesterton:

Chesterton says, “Wherever men are happy, they will build beautiful things.” The modern world is ugly because we are unhappy. The modern world is ugly because we do not love the modern world.
You can access the post by clicking on the below link:

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Matt Walsh at Notre Dame: Church Militant

Matt Walsh, who writes at The Blaze, was interviewed at Church Militant prior to his speech at Notre Dame.  Click below to read the interview:

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Iditarod 2017: Wrap-Up Stories & Videos

Here are some wrap-up stories and videos from the Last Great Race on Earth 2017:

Catholic World Report: Interview of Michael O'Brien

From Catholic World Report Blog, March 13, 2017:
Michael D. O'Brien has been working as an iconographer, painter, and writer for nearly fifty years. He is the popular author of over two dozen books, including several best-selling novels such as Father Elijah, Elijah in Jerusalem, The Father's Tale, Eclipse of the Sun, Sophia House, Theophilos, and Island of the World, all published by Ignatius Press. His novels have now been published in fourteen languages and have been widely reviewed in both secular and religious media in North America and Europe.

His essays on faith and culture have appeared in international journals including Communio, Catholic Dossier, Inside the Vatican, The Chesterton Review, Catholic World Report, and others. He has worked as a professional artist since 1970 and has held more than 40 exhibits across North America. Since 1976 he has painted religious imagery exclusively, with works ranging from liturgical commissions to visual reflections on the meaning of the human person. His paintings hang in churches, monasteries, universities, community collections and private collections throughout the world.

Michael O’Brien lives near Combermere, Ontario. He and his wife Sheila have six children and ten grandchildren. He recently spoke with CWR about his work as a novelist, reflecting on the vocation of the novelist, the creative process, influences, and inspiration.
To read the interview, click on the below link:

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Mitch Seavey: Oldest Winner of the Iditarod at 57

Mitch Seavey beat son Dallas into Nome by almost three hours to become the oldest winner of the Last Great Race on Earth, setting a new record in the process.

Here are the latest current standings of the rest of the field:

Here is the story of the race, with photos, from the Anchorage Dispatch News:

Here's a link to the Iditarod Store if you'd like a souvenir of the race.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Idiatrod 2017: Race is on for 2nd Place. Mitch Seavey alone in front

Mitch Seavey left White Mountain two hours ahead of son Dallas, who left there only three minutes ahead of Nicolas Petit, so the race to Nome for 2nd place is on.

View current standings: 

Find White Mountain, Safety, and Nome:

Dallas Seavey Two Hours Behind Dad at White Mountain

With only one check point (Safety) to go before Nome, Mitch Seavey is two hours ahead of son Dallas.

Find White Mountain and Safety by clicking to enlarge the below map.

For current standings, click on the below link:

Dad is running about 1/2 mile per hour faster than his son, and is running with two more dogs at the moment.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Iditarod 2017: Dallas Seavey trailing Dad Mitch by about one hour

Mitch Seavey still leading the pack is first into Elim.  Son Dallas about one hour behind his Dad.  Find Elim on the route map:

Here are the current standings:

View musher profiles:

Matt Walsh: 5 Ways Men Should Man up and Lead Their Families

Matt Walsh, writing today at The Blaze:
In writing about the “Day Without A Woman” protest earlier, I hit on a particular theme that sparked a fair amount of blow back, even from self-professed longtime readers. I said that the husbands of these left-wing feminist women, who decided to abandon their professional and family duties for the day in order to make some vaguely defined political statement, need to show some leadership in their households. Rather than submissively cooperating with his wife’s decision to put her feminism ahead of her family, a man should offer some guidance. I think I really upset people the most when I used the phrases “be a man” and “put your foot down.”
To read the whole piece, click on the link below.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Iditarod 2017: Leaders out of Kaltag: Mitch and Dallas Seavey

Father, Mitch Seavey (left) was out of Kaltag five minutes in front of son, Dallas (right).

For current race standings, click below:

Find Kaltag on the map below:

Here's Dallas (left) and Mitch (right) at the start in Fairbanks on Monday.

Click on the photos to enlarge.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017

Iditarod 2017: Restart moved to Anchorage

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From Iditarod News today:

The Latest Iditarod News! 

The Iditarod Restart has been moved to Fairbanks. The Board of Directors of the Iditarod Trail Committee voted unanimously to move the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race restart location from Willow to Fairbanks due to the poor conditions of critical trail areas in the Alaska Range.

The ceremonial start in downtown Anchorage will take place as scheduled on Saturday, March 4, beginning at 10 a.m. The restart will now take place in Fairbanks on Monday, March 6, beginning at 10 a.m.

This marks the third time in the history of the Iditarod that the restart has been moved to Fairbanks due to poor conditions in the Alaska Range. The first was in 2003, and second in 2015.

To view the mushers registered for this year's Iditarod, click on the link:

Our pick, as usual: Aliy Zerkel (that's her on top)

Click on the below link to volunteer:

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Trump is another Truman

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Read the below review by the Washington Post Music Critic, Paul Hume, and the response of President Truman, and tell me President Trump is not the second coming of President Truman.  If only Twitter had been available to Harry Truman.

In response to Washington Post Music Critic Paul Hume's December 6, 1950, review of Margaret Truman's singing performance at Constitution Hall, stating,
"Miss Truman is a unique American phenomenon with a pleasant voice of little size and fair quality � (she) cannot sing very well � is flat a good deal of the time�more last night than at any time we have heard her in past years � has not improved in the years we have heard her � (and) still cannot sing with anything approaching professional finish."

President Truman responded with the following letter to Hume:
Dec. 6, 1950
Mr. Hume:
I've just read your lousy review of Margaret's concert. I've come to the conclusion that you are an "eight ulcer man on four ulcer pay." 
It seems to me that you are a frustrated old man who wishes he could have been successful. When you write such poppy-cock as was in the back section of the paper you work for it shows conclusively that you're off the beam and at least four of your ulcers are at work.
Some day I hope to meet you. When that happens you'll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below!
Pegler, a gutter snipe, is a gentleman alongside you. I hope you'll accept that statement as a worse insult than a reflection on your ancestry.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Fr. Rutler: The issue is ILLEGAL Immigration NOT Immigration.

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February 5, 2017
by Fr. George W. Rutler

In the margin of a public speaker’s manuscript was the notation: “Weak point. Shout.” Such is the rhetoric of those who place emotion over logic and make policy through gangs rather than parliaments. In Athens 2,400 years ago, Aristophanes described the demagogue as having “a screeching, horrible voice, a perverse, cross-grained nature and the language of the marketplace.” That marketplace today includes the biased media and the universities that have become daycare centers.

   The recent action of our government’s executive branch to protect our borders and enforce national security is based on Constitutional obligations (Art. 1 sec 10 and Art. 4 sec 4). It is a practical protection of the tranquility of order explained by Saint Augustine when he saw the tranquillitas ordinis of Roman civilization threatened. Saint Thomas Aquinas sanctioned border control (S. Th. I-II, Q. 105, Art. 3). No mobs shouted in the marketplace two years ago when the Terrorist Travel Prevention Act restricted visa waivers for Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen. The present ban continues that, and only for a stipulated ninety days, save for Syria. There is no “Muslim ban” as should be obvious from the fact that the restrictions do not apply to other countries with Muslim majorities, such as Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, Malaysia, Bangladesh and Turkey.

   These are facts ignored by demagogues who speak of tears running down the face of the Statue of Liberty. At issue is not immigration, but illegal immigration. It is certainly manipulative of reason to justify uncontrolled immigration by citing previous generations of immigrants to our shores, all of whom went through the legal process, mostly in the halls of Ellis Island. And it is close to blasphemy to invoke the Holy Family as antinomian refugees, for they went to Bethlehem in obedience to a civil decree requiring tax registration, and they violated no statutes when they sought protection in Egypt. Then there was Saint Paul, who worked within the legal system, and invoked his Roman citizenship through privileges granted to his native Tarsus in 66 B.C. (Acts 16:35-38; 22:25-29; 25:11-12) He followed ordered procedure, probably with the status of civis Romanus non optimo jure—a legal citizen, but not allowed to act as a magistrate.

   It is obvious that the indignant demonstrators against the new Executive Orders are funded in no little part by wealthy interests who would provoke agitation. These same people have not shown any concern about the neglected Christians seeking refuge from persecution in the Middle East. In 2016 there was a 675% increase in the number of Syrian refugees over the previous year, but while 10% of the Syrian population is Christian, only one-half of one percent of the Syrian Christians were granted asylum. It is thankworthy that our changed government now wants to redress that. The logic of that policy must not be shouted down by those who screech rather than reason.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Sundays are for Beauty: The First Rosary

For those who would question the repetitive nature of the "Hail Mary" while reciting the Holy Rosary.

H/T: Molly

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Friday, January 27, 2017

The March for Life: A New Day in America

Matt Walsh on The Pro-Life Man

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Matt Walsh writing at The Blaze today compared and contrasted the men at the last two marches in Washington D.C.

A pro-life man is a man who stands in awe of a woman’s capacity to bring forth life, and harbors a deep sense of appreciation and respect for his own indispensable role in that process. A man who sits back idly while children are murdered and their mothers are sent plunging into a whirlwind of regret and despair is no man at all. A man protects. A man gives. A man provides. A man fights for those who cannot fight for themselves. A man who rejects this duty, even to the point of murder, does not deserve to call himself a man. He is an embarrassment and a disgrace. A pro-life man, however, heeds the call and stays true to his own nature.

To read the whole essay, click on the link below:

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Bishop Barron on the Rise of the “Nones”

In Memoriam Lt. Robert Kelly, USMC (from an earlier post)

Lt/General (Ret) John F. Kelly was sworn in yesterday as Secretary of Homeland Security.  The following is from a post dated November 17, 2010.

In Memoriam: Lt. Robert Kelly, USMC

The following poignant E-Mail message was sent to family and friends by Lt/General John F. Kelly, USMC, (above) whose son, Lt. Robert Kelly, USMC, was killed in action on November 9, 2010, in Sangin, Afghanistan defending our freedom.

The message was forwarded here by Marine Corps friends.

From: Kelly LtGen John F
Date: November 12, 2010 10:23:20 PM EST
Subject: FW: My Boy

Family and Friends,

As I think you all know by now our Robert was killed in action protecting our country, its people, and its values from a terrible and relentless enemy, on 9 Nov, in Sangin, Afghanistan. He was leading his Grunts on a dismounted patrol when he was taken. They are shaken, but will recover quickly and already back at it. He went quickly and thank God he did not suffer. In combat that is as good as it gets, and we are thankful. We are a broken hearted - but proud family. He was a wonderful and precious boy living a meaningful life. He was in exactly the place he wanted to be, doing exactly what he wanted to do, surrounded by the best men on this earth - his Marines and Navy Doc.

The nation he served has honored us with promoting him posthumously to First Lieutenant of Marines. We will bury our son, now 1stLt Robert Michael Kelly USMC, in Arlington National Cemetery on 22 Nov. Services will commence at 1245 at Fort Myers. We will likely have a memorial receiving at a yet to be designated funeral home on 21 Nov. The coffin will be closed. Our son Captain John Kelly USMC, himself a multi-tour combat veteran and the best big brother on this earth, will escort the body from Dover Air Force Base to Arlington. From the moment he was killed he has never been alone and will remain under the protection of a Marine to his final resting place.

Many have offered prayers for us and we thank you, but his wonderful wife Heather and the rest of the clan ask that you direct the majority of your prayers to his platoon of Marines, still in contact and in "harm's way," and at greater risk without his steady leadership.

Thank you all for the many kindnesses we could not get through this without you all. Thank you all for being there for us. The pain in unimaginable, and we could not do this without you.

Semper Fidelis

John Kelly

Thank God for such men as Lt. Robert Kelly, USMC. Requiescat in Pace.

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Remnant TV: SEX & ABORTION, STUPID! (Trump Exposes Radical Left)

Matt Walsh on That Shameful Nonsense: A Women's March

On Saturday, thousands of ladies in vagina hats descended upon DC to demand more dead babies.

They demanded other things, too, like free birth control and free tampons and a free Palestine. They demanded equal rights, even though they already have equal rights. They demanded that the wage gap be closed, even though the wage gap is a fabrication. And they demanded that the government “get out of their uterus,” even though the government was never — and, really, for logistical reasons never could be — in their uterus.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Matt Walsh: Bradley Manning is still a Traitor, and he's still a man!

Matt Walsh writing today at The BlazeComplaining that a “transgender woman” wasn’t transferred to a women’s prison is like complaining that a lunatic who thinks he’s a polar bear won’t be transferred to the local zoo.

Greatest Scientific Fraud of all Time

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From today's Manhattan Contrarian:

The Sound of Abortion

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

An Open Letter to Pope Francis: CRUX

An open letter to Pope Francis ahead of the March for Life

Charlie Camosy urges Pope Francis in an open letter to focus urgency on the issue of abortion since Camosy believes that this pope has a unique opportunity to speak and be listened to by many people who might otherwise tune out the Church on this issue.

Dear Pope Francis,
I love you and what you have done for the Church.
Following popes like St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI, and especially reforming a poisonous curial culture built up over many years, were nearly impossible jobs. You are off to a wonderful start.
As a moral theologian, and especially one who focuses on bioethics, I was particularly heartened when very early on you signaled a resistance to the tendency of many Catholic thinkers (though not your predecessors) to single out abortion as separate from the rest of Catholic moral theology:
“We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion….This is not possible…it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time. We have to find a new balance; otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards.”

Contrary to the way the media covered it, this did not mean that you stopped talking about abortion. On the contrary, as I’ve mentioned here at Crux in a previous piece, the day after making these remarks you used powerful language condemning abortion in a speech to a number of OB-GYN physicians in Rome.
“Every unborn child, though unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of the Lord,” you said.

You made abortion a focus in the Year of Mercy. Abortion even showed up in Laudato Si’ connected to a broadly ecological ethic. In these and other cases, you have been at pains to contextualize abortion within your “new balance.” Indeed, when speaking out against abortion quite strongly in Evangelii gaudium, you said that the Church cannot change its teaching “precisely because” of “the internal consistency of our message about the value of the human person.”
For the better part of four years you have been very successful in trying to highlight abortion within the context of our throw-away culture. No one who pays attention to your explication of Catholic teaching could possibly dismiss your concern as “pro-birth rather than pro-life.” This was an essential course correction for our pro-life movement.

But one downside of always putting abortion in the context of other issues is that it allows everyday folks to proceed without a sense of urgency to act on behalf of the Holy Innocents slaughtered by the millions.
If abortion is just one of many issues on which to focus, then this allows the Father of Lies to keep good people-often deeply uncomfortable with abortion-from acting on behalf of prenatal children.

Though abortion is intrinsically connected to other issues, it requires a unique sense of urgency. This is not just because its nearly unimaginable evil (millions of children killed plus millions of women coerced into situations which make killing their children seem like the least bad option), but because of shifts in how Western culture especially is thinking about abortion.

Debates about abortion in our culture used to be very much like debates about issues like war and poverty. We knew that it was bad, but we disagreed about the best way to limit it and how much we will “always have with us.”
That is no longer the case. Abortion-rights extremists have gained power in many high places, including within the Democratic party of the United States. Their platform now insists abortion-rights are central to the flourishing of every woman, man, and child on the planet.

Abortion, once thought an evil to be limited, is now in many circles becoming a social good to be promoted. Indeed, big money in the United States is currently being used in a neocolonial attempt to promote abortion around the world.
Your predecessors were better able to speak to those who, for lack of a better word, were more theologically and politically “conservative.” Your approach, however, can reach people with different political views. You can be heard on abortion by those who normally shut out the pro-life movement as politically- and theologically-“other.”
This is why, Pope Francis, I beg of you to have a new sense of urgency in highlighting the mass slaughter of Holy Innocents via abortion. We are at a cultural turning point in the developed West on this question-and the conclusions we come to will continue to be imposed on other cultures.

One place to begin might be in advance of the March for Life in the United States next week. Hundreds of thousands of Americans will once again march to raise awareness of the social justice issue of our day, but media will pay little attention and even intentionally downplay our numbers.

Your standing with media and other gate-keepers of our discourse puts you in a unique position to speak up for voiceless and vulnerable prenatal children. You have offered good words for the March before, but the blood of these children cries out for all of us to do more.

May God continue to bless your ministry-particularly when pointing to the face of Christ in those our culture chooses to throw-away.

Charles C. Camosy is Associate Professor of Theological and Social Ethics at Fordham University and author of Beyond the Abortion Wars.