6 Keys to Catholic Culture from the Age of Faith

I have a small ambition: I really want to change the world. I want to save it–or at least, the souls in it. I want to help rebuild and restore Christian culture. Are you with me? Of course, it’s an immense undertaking that will likely take millions of people, generations of effort, and a constant outpouring of God’s abundant…

An Irish Poem for Our Times

It has been a while since we had any poetry around here. At the library last week, I found a book of Irish religious poetry, and on a whim took it home. Religious poetry is a somewhat rare sub-genre, I would think: that’s why I had to check out the book. One of the poems…

Book Review: Those Terrible Middle Ages

The Middle Ages is privileged material: one can say what one wants about it with the quasi-certitude of never being contradicted. –Régine Pernoud Now the center of my studies on Catholic liturgical tradition, under my magnifying glass to determine what the phrase “Christian Culture” really means, the Age of Faith (a.k.a. Middle Ages) has become my obsession and object…

5 Ways Church History Can Help You Evangelize

Have you ever heard of the local Catholic evangelization groups springing up in cities and towns all over the U.S. (and beyond!), each of them a part of the wonderful St. Paul Street Evangelization effort? Literally standing on street corners with signs offering their prayers, answers to questions, and help finding the true joy, teams all over the country have…

Guest Post: Ember Days

(Today’s post comes from the pen/keyboard of reader and commenter Rannygazoo.) — † — I bought a lovely Catholic planner this year instead of an ordinary secular one. Usefully, it has both the traditional calendar of the Roman Rite and the current calendar that has been in use since 1969. I have greatly enjoyed having saints’ memorials and holy days…