Introduction

The Divine Comedy, Paradise Lost, and Don Quixote have many differences. They are about different topics. These topics range from knights, to biblical stories, to infernal and celestial travels. The Divine Comedy, Paradise Lost, and Don Quixote are written in different ways, using prose or poetic verse. Nevertheless, I will try to focus on the similarities of these works. In this essay, I will compare The Divine Comedy, Paradise Lost, and Don Quixote. In other words, I will attempt to find similarities between these works despite their numerous differences.

I am not trying to fully meld these works together…


“For the liturgy, … most of all in the divine sacrifice of the Eucharist, is the outstanding means whereby the faithful may express in their lives, and manifest to others, the mystery of Christ and the real nature of the true Church”

Sacrosanctum Concilium 2, emphasis added.

I am seated outside my parish doors as my daughter makes her first confession. This is notable because its significance has flooded my thinking now which may not have been present to me yesterday when I posted a Tweet that read: “Liturgy is a means not an end. Christ alone is the alpha…


“[An] identification of the oppressor with the oppressed, the openness to interpreting the world from the underside, from the perspective of the victim. This, I would submit, is the Biblical difference…”

— Bishop Robert Barron, Seeds of the Word: Finding God in the Culture

“I’m not ‘dismissing’ CRT arbitrarily. I’ve made a series of arguments against it. Engage those.”

— Bishop Robert Barron on Facebook, June 22, 2021

In a series of three consecutive articles published at Word on Fire — dated February 18 and March 2 and 16, 2021 — Bishop Robert Barron addressed “woke” activism and “beige” Catholics


All Soul’s Day, 1888

In my previous post, I attempted to clarify the motivations that animate my recent — and hopefully measured — criticism of Bishop Barron. I tried to make it clear that, while I take issue with his claims and arguments, my concern is not only academic in scope. I am more concerned with the effect his now persistent rhetoric against what he calls “wokeness” has upon Catholics of color in the United States, especially Black Catholics. …


Flaming June, by Frederic Lord Leighton (1830–1896)

It is well known that Bishop Barron doesn’t like something he refers to as “wokeness” or “CRT” or a variety of other names that describe the same thing, however unclearly. I believe his admonitions demand concrete examples and better arguments to clarify. I think he ought to submit to scrutiny and dialogue with those who disagree with him to a degree that might discomfort him. But these demands are in many ways routine and not enough. My concerns are not limited to pedantic fact-checking.

Over the years, I have expressed similar concerns and criticism about the influence of other popular…


Timothy Gordon at a Stop the Steal rally in Louisiana.

In early January, I noted that Ali “Alexander” Akbar, a twice-convicted felon and leader of the now-infamous “Stop the Steal” seditious insurrection, was preparing his next move in advance of the sure-to-fail rally on January 6th by announcing his desire to convert to Catholicism. My note on Twitter sparked outrage by conservative Catholics in the USA who called Mr. Akbar a modern-day St. Paul. (They have all now gone totally silent about this.) Amongst the outraged was Timothy Gordon, who himself attended a prior Stop the Steal rally (pictured above) and fomented ideas of civil war, “color revolution,” and other…


Introduction

The Old Man and the Sea is a tale of fishing, the ocean, a marlin, an old man, and a boy written by Ernest Hemingway in 1951. It is known for being a concisely written story. In this essay, I will present my thoughts on The Old Man and the Sea. I will summarize it and then present a commentary where I will go through the book again, chronologically providing reflections from my reading of this book. …


“In this statement, we bishops do not intend to tell Catholics for whom or against whom to vote.”

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States (emphasis added)

“A Catholic organization may not directly or indirectly make any statement, in any medium, to endorse, support, or oppose any candidate for public office, political party or PAC.”

Political Activity & Lobbying Guidelines for Catholic Organizations — USCCB Office of General Counsel

Fr. Edward Meeks, Pastor of Christ the King parish in Towson, MD.

On October 11th, Fr. Edward Meeks delivered a 26-minute homily at Christ the King…


“In this statement, we bishops do not intend to tell Catholics for whom or against whom to vote.”

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States (emphasis added)

“A Catholic organization may not directly or indirectly make any statement, in any medium, to endorse, support, or oppose any candidate for public office, political party or PAC.”

Political Activity & Lobbying Guidelines for Catholic Organizations — USCCB Office of General Counsel

Fr. Edward Meeks, Pastor of Christ the King parish in Towson, MD.

On October 11th, Fr. Edward Meeks delivered a 26-minute homily at Christ the King…


“In this statement, we bishops do not intend to tell Catholics for whom or against whom to vote.”

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States (emphasis added)

“A Catholic organization may not directly or indirectly make any statement, in any medium, to endorse, support, or oppose any candidate for public office, political party or PAC.”

Political Activity & Lobbying Guidelines for Catholic Organizations — USCCB Office of General Counsel

Fr. Edward Meeks, Pastor of Christ the King parish in Towson, MD.

On October 11th, Fr. Edward Meeks delivered a 26-minute homily at Christ the King…

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