Sunday, December 31, 2017

New Post: "New Year's Resolution #1--Pray for My Enemies"

Hello all.   A new post on The American Catholic: "New Year's Resolution #1--Pray for My Enemies."   A light-hearted attempt to follow our Lord's injunction.

And a blessed and happy 2018 to each of you!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

New Post: "Christmas--A Bad Time for Addicts and Alcoholics? Faith is the answer"

Hello all.   A new post on The American Catholic: "Christmas--A Bad Time for Addicts and Alcoholics?  Faith is the answer."   It's a please to use Catholic parish volunteer work to inject faith into recovery efforts for addicts, alcoholics and their families.

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Post: "St. Augustine, Day by Day--'It is Christ's Birthday' "

Hello all.   A new post on The American Catholic: "St. Augustine Day-by-Day: 'It is Christ's Birthday'"/
And a happy and blessed Christmas to you all!

Monday, December 18, 2017

New Post: "The way it was: 'The Mass in Slow Motion' by Msgr. Ronald Knox"

Hello all.  A new post on The American Catholic: "The way it was: 'The Mass in Slow Motion' by Msgr. Ronald Knox."   It's all about an English Catholic priest's (convert, author, BBC raconteur) reaction to the Tridentine Mass (in 1944).   Beautifully, elegantly written in a familiar style--enjoy!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

New Post: "The Wexford Carol"

Hello all.   Here's another new post (very short) on "The American Catholic":  "The Wexford Carol";  there's a video of Alison Krauss (singing) and Yo-Yo Ma (cello) performing this beautiful old English carol.   Enjoy!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

New Post: "Riding to Faith on the Wheels of Music"

Hello all!   A new post on "The New Evangelizer": "Riding to Faith on the Wheels of Music."    Enjoy (and please add your own favorites in the Comments).

Sunday, December 3, 2017

New Post: "Why this Catholic Convert Says 'Bah! Humbug!' to Christmas Celebration"

The Nativity, Lorenzo Costa; from Wikimedia Commons
Hello all, a new post on Aleteia: "Why this Catholic Convert Says 'Bah! Humbug' to Christmas Celebrations"  (the original title was "The Third Joyful Mystery")
And a Happy, Joyous and non-material Christmas to all of you!

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Retired, cranky, old physicist.   Convert to Catholicism in 1995.   Trying to show that there is no contradiction between what science tells us about the world and our Catholic faith.   Intermittent blogs and adult education classes to achieve this end (see   and

Extraordinary Minister of Communion volunteer to federal prison and hospital; lector, EOMC.
Sometime player of bass clarinet, alto clarinet, clarinet, bass, tenor bowed psaltery for parish instrumental group and local folk group.

And, finally, my motivation:
“It is also necessary—may God grant it!—that in providing others with books to read I myself should make progress, and that in trying to answer their questions I myself should find what I am seeking.
Therefore at the command of God our Lord and with his help, I have undertaken not so much to discourse with authority on matters known to me as to know them better by discoursing devoutly of them.”
St. Augustine of Hippo, The Trinity I,8.