Anatomy of the Scene

I've long considered Jim Butcher to be one of the Master novelists living today. His books are consistently exciting and thoroughly enjoyable. Oddly enough I've never thought to seek out his wigwam on the worldwide web until just the other day. Having done so at last, I found nothing less than the secret to his … Continue reading Anatomy of the Scene

Star Trek and The Mass

The blog  Nimisi Dominus  uses a Next Generation Star Trek episode to make a serious point about the Mass in general and ad orientem in particular. We got a new priest in our parish a couple of years back and one of the first things he did was resort to ad orientum posture for the Confiteor, … Continue reading Star Trek and The Mass

Leiningen Versus the Ants – My Tale of Gold!

Sci-fi Grand Master  John C. Wright  has put forth a wonderful notion he names the  BOOK OF GOLD, a novel that comes to a young reader when they need it most. Breaking through whatever gloom enshrouds them, said golden book beats back the darkness with the pure sunshine of wonder. Even if the precious reprieve from … Continue reading Leiningen Versus the Ants – My Tale of Gold!

The Quest for Saint Aquin – A Short Story

I always have an eye out for sci fi stories and novels that feature Catholicism in some way or another, for good or for ill. Recently, I came across The Quest for Saint Aquin, an oldie pulpy written by  Anthony Boucher. The story, first published in 1951 in New Tales of Space and Time eventually won inclusion … Continue reading The Quest for Saint Aquin – A Short Story

Masculinity and the MCU

Catholic Philosopher Edward Feser offers up a post on masculinity and the Marvel Cinematic Universe which I found to be as entertaining as it is enlightening. "Imagination, as Haldane uses the term, is a way of exploring aspects of reality and possibilities that are grounded in reality, even though it makes use of scenarios that … Continue reading Masculinity and the MCU

THE CIGAR FACTORY – A Book Recommendation

I love Charleston, S.C. It is a beautiful city with some of the best food in the country and I say that as someone who enjoyed the picturesque and tasty treats of New Orleans for fifteen years. Regrettably, even though I live only an hour from Charleston, I don't get to visit the Holy City … Continue reading THE CIGAR FACTORY – A Book Recommendation

Saint John Henry Cardinal Newman

via Today we sing Cardinal Newman’s hymn, “Lead, Kindly Light,” which his own life embodied and faith made bold: “I do not ask to see the distant scene, one step enough for me.” John Henry Newman was many things. The article above will give those unfamiliar with the Church's newest Saint a succinct summary of … Continue reading Saint John Henry Cardinal Newman

Talking Dying Franchises at ‘The Federalist’

"The imaginative power of Star Wars’s IP has been systematically stripped away into a confused and contradictory mess loaded down with contemporary politics. The simple, yet rich story of the originals (and even of the prequels, for all their faults) now suffers from a soulless and pointless tumor that grinds the rich characters of the … Continue reading Talking Dying Franchises at ‘The Federalist’