Vivien Leigh as Blanch Dubois in "A Streetcar Named Desire"

Do You Enjoy Being Miserable?

Let's face it. Some people enjoy being miserable.Here's why:First of all, it could be that it is simply their personality type. When I ran a business training company before I was ordained we used a personality type program to help people improve working conditions. I soon realized that there were three personality types who gain pleasure from being miserable.The first one is what I call the Faux Martyr. They love rushing about helping people. C.S.Lewis said you could tell  this sort … [Read More...]


How Death Gave Mozart the Joy of Life

From a Letter Mozart wrote to his father shortly before his father's death....As death, when we come to consider it closely, is the true goal of our existence, I have found during the last few years much closer relations with this best and truest friend of mankind, so that his image is not only no longer terrifying to me, but is indeed very soothing and consoling. And I thank my god for graciously granting me the opportunity of learning that death is the key which unlocks the door to our t … [Read More...]

The Mystery and Meaning of Martyrdom

When faced with the new horrors confronting Christians in the world today one comes back time and again to ask "Why"?First of all we consider the enemy. Within the world there is an irrational rage that surges out into violence. One cannot enter into any kind of discussion with such violent and … [Read More...]

The Christian Holocaust Continues

The Christians captured by ISIS forces earlier in the week are now being executed according to this report from ZENITTerrorist group Islamic State (IS) has started killing hostages seized after it took Assyrian Christian villages in Syria’s Hassake governorate – with reports that around 15 are de … [Read More...]

Is Yoga Dangerous?

Television preacher Pat Robertson has warned viewers not to practice yoga because they will be unwittingly be praying to Hindu gods. What is yoga and is it incompatible with Catholicism? Fr John Hardon explains more about it in this short article Yoga is incompatible with Catholicism because the … [Read More...]

FaithWorks! for Lent

My weekly newsletter FaithWorks! is being published again for Lent.During Lent I'll be writing a series of articles on the seven precepts of the church and why they're important.The first is on our duty to  attend Mass weekly. Included in the newsletter are practical teaching points, … [Read More...]

Red for the Blood of the Martyrs

My latest article for Aleteia notices the disturbing co-incidence that the day after 20 new cardinals were created 21 new martyrs gave their lives on a Libyan beach. There was a chilling synchronicity in the religious news this last week. On Saturday, standing with twenty new cardinals, Pope … [Read More...]

ISIS Wolves Devour Christians

The AP reports here that ISIS terrorists have swept through Christian villages in Northern Syria kidnapping nearly 100 Christians.The latest assault began before dawn on Monday, when the militants swept through the villages nestled along the banks of Khabur River near the town of Tal Tamr in … [Read More...]

Paradise and Paranoia

This week's article at Imaginative Conservative looks at our need for happiness and what happens when we are disappointed.The problem is that the paradise is never achieved. There is always disappointment and a fly in the ointment. The search for pleasure ends in addiction instead of … [Read More...]

Pipteazle on Porn for Gals

In this excerpt from The Gargoyle Code Slubgrip's colleague Pipteazle instructs Dogwart on how women are tempted by a different type of porn than men.It seems appropriate during the disgusting hype over Fifty Shades of Grey.Ms. PipteazleArchsecretary Female DivisionLilith Hall, Sev … [Read More...]

Why Sado Masochism Is Going to Be Huge

I held back from writing about Fifty Shades of Grey because I hadn't read the book or seen the movie and don' t want to.I didn't want to give yet more publicity for something which decent people should hardly be aware of.This is the stuff of dark dungeons of desire, and not M&S is … [Read More...]

How Generosity Gives Back

My father used to tithe 15% of his income.Really.That was before taxes...and he had five children and a retail clothing store that was struggling to stay afloat.Once when I was in eighth grade we had to do a pie chart of our family's finances for an economics class. I can remember making … [Read More...]

The Joy of Being Wrong

Here is my article for National Catholic Register for Ash Wednesday.It celebrates being wrong, "for whenever men are right they are not young"Ash Wednesday is the day when we wear our error on our brow. The ashes declare to the world, “I’m wrong. It was me.” With the ashes, we put our hands … [Read More...]

Two Pictures Tell a Horrible Story…

Take a moment to consider these two photographs, and figure out how they are connected.A comfortable Oxford intellectual continually spouts anti-religious hate speech with impunity. Indeed, he is lauded as a leading intellectual and a darling of the chattering classes. Some people even read his … [Read More...]

What is the Unforgivable Sin?

Some time ago I had a bust up with a colleague. He walked into my office and insulted me straight up. It was real ugly. He accused me of stuff of which I was innocent.So I asked him to sit down. Although I was furious I said, "You have just insulted me very badly. You've said I am a bad priest … [Read More...]

Ten Things Every Catholic Should Know About St Peter

If you are involved in a discussion with an Evangelical Christian you can bet they will have John 3:16 memorized. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only son so that whoever believes in his will not perish but have everlasting life."Sometimes Catholics are embarrassed that Evangelicals … [Read More...]