Friday, June 29, 2012

Another Sporting Metaphor

The Four Last Things and the Tour de France:

Austin Ruse compares the Tour de France to the journey we all make towards heaven: up- and downhill, pulling along others as others pull along us.

The Olympics Are Coming Soon

I have always enjoyed the Olympics.  Although professional athletes are involved,  it still is different because they are competing, not for money, but for glory and for country.  The games say something about hardwork, discipline and working through adversity.  All of these traits can be seen in the video clip below, when one man defeats the odds after a long race; when most would have counted him out.



This race is a microcosm of this runners life.  Billy Mills, a Lakota Sioux Indian, was born into poverty and orphaned at the age of 12.  He is the only Amercian to win this event.


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Monday, June 25, 2012

Eric Metaxas: 2012 Prayer Breakfast



Right now, I am finishing Eric Metaxas book on Bonhoeffer (one of my favorite theologians).  This year he spoke at the 2012 National Prayer breakfast. 

This speech is worth watching. 

Stand up for Freedom

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Pray for Peace in the Holy Land

Muslim Brotherhood wins in Egypt

John the Baptist's Birthday

Birthplace of John the Baptist
While in the Holy Land, Karen and I visited the birthplace of John the Baptist.  This site is a tradition (i.e. not know if it is the exact spot but certainly nearby) of the Church.


Hill Country, Judea
 The site is in the Hill Country of Judea, which is just outside Jerusalem (to the south) and is very close to the site of the Visitation.  This area must have been a place for second homes; a place to escape the heat and busyness of city life. 


It is now six months before Christmas and after the summer solstice (the longest day of the year).  Our days will now become a little shorter, reflecting the belief the Johns ministry will begin to wane,  to make way for the Christ.    

Monday, June 18, 2012

Dress Code

Taken from Taylor Marshall
Found this on the Canterbury Tales blog by Taylor Marshall.  He went on on to discuss the specifics of the dress code before entering St Peters.

The dress code forbids:

  • hats for lay men inside the basilica
  • shorts/skirts above the knees
  • sleeveless shirts
  • shirts exposing the navel
  • shirts for women that expose cleavage
  • shirts which contain profanity
  • excessive jewelry
  • The use of mobile phones is also prohibited, as is smoking.
 What is good enough for St Peters should be good enough for the local parish, no? 



A Day Late



To all of those fathers out there. 

Monday, June 11, 2012

Friday, June 8, 2012

D-Day + 2

Normandy American Cemetery
After a bicycle trip through Normandy in 2003,  I have always made a point to remember the sacrifice of those brave young men who gave the "last full measure" for their country.  Walking amongst these graves, one is struck by how many there are and how young they were. 

18-18-17-18-19-20-18-25-17-18.  

It goes on and on and on; over 9,000 in all, in just one cemetery.

The cemetery overlooks Omaha Beach where there were more than 6,500  US casualties on one day alone.

Never Forget.

Eucharistic Congress Atlanta






It begins this evening with a Mass and Healing Service.  A full day of activities tomorrow.

It is truly a wonderful event. 

You can learn more about it HERE.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Man in the Mirror

Not sure what you may have thought of Michael Jackson, but I have always had a soft spot for him in my heart.  He was about my age.

And he wrote great tunes!

Are You at RIsk for Diabetes?

 I know more and more people who are now dealing with diabetes.  I one acts in time, they may be able to avoid this difficult disease and new research has just been release into some of the warning signs. 

Are you at risk?

Take a look.

Waist size alone may predict diabetes risk  | ajc.com

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Three Temptations of the Church | Crisis Magazine

I enjoyed this article on the temptations of Christ and its analogy to the Church.  It is worth a read.


The Three Temptations of the Church | Crisis Magazine