Month of the Blessed Trinity

The Most Precious and Beautiful Things of Their Kind

St. Margaret of Cortona

The Catholic way is to offer God the best of everything, to take the beautiful things and make them serve His glory.  Artist Daniel Mitsui writes passionately on the fascinating topic of inculturation in medieval art, on Patheos.

When the wandering is over:  A rock solid, wood burning cooker sums it all up for Hilary White in her search for Stability.

It’s just a petroleum-based food dye called Red 40, and it’s in all kinds of stuff we consume every day.  Deliciously Organic shares one mom’s frightening tale of a child with years of severely out-of-control behavior, only to find the answer not in a doctor’s office but in a cupcake.

Month of the Blessed Trinity

Cling to the Faith Which Is Eternal

St. Peter Damian

This Carraig an Aifrinn post wakens that longing within one for the Real Sacrifice, the Real Presence, the True Faith–whole and entire–that brings one to one’s knees.  It’s wonderful to be able to feature this piece from a sedevacantist blog.

Can you do the Charleston?  Now here is a Catholic restorationist story you’ll want to share:  The City of Charleston, South Carolina, is promoting the fine building trades with a college it created.  A four-year, liberal arts school that allows students to specialize in six different areas: architectural stone, carpentry, forged architectural iron, masonry, plasterwork, or timber framing, it was conceived with historical preservation in mind.

Hungary follows Jesus’ model and throws the money lenders out, according to this Silver Doctors report.  They got rid of GMOs several years ago.  Next thing you know, they’ll be restoring the Social Reign of Christ the King!

Month of the Blessed Trinity

Bring Back Metaphysics

The Crown of Thorns

All the scary science stuff comes from Modernism’s insistence on separating metaphysics from physics.   Joseph Pearce examines the topic, beginning with the definition of science, in “What is Science?” for The Imaginative Conservative.

Political Pondering:  If Tolkien were alive today, would he be a pacifist? an environmentalist? a Luddite?  In Lord of the Permanent Things, on Intercollegiate Review, Jonathon Witt and Jay W. Richards sift through Tolkien’s writings for evidence of where he stood.

Following a monastic model?  St. Luke’s University Health Network is growing tomatoes…and all sorts of other produce too, and serving it in their cafeterias and to patients.  “From Farm to Patient:  How One Medical Facility is Rethinking Hospital Food,” is the epitome of a feel-good story.  Great video too.

Month of the Blessed Trinity

The Annunciation and the Medieval Imagination

Ferial Day

Including iconography from Adam and Eve, prototypes, and Mary’s background history are some of the ways that artists have expanded the “storytelling” of the Annunciation, according to art historian Margaret Duffy.  This is her fifth article in a series on the art of the Joyful Mysteries.  It is scholarly yet easily understood by the layperson and like the others in the series, it fascinates and inspires, even if you only look at the pictures.

In this fun, yet serious piece, Matt Walsh declares that ADHD is a mythical disease and that the “symptoms” are highly sought after in many job descriptions, especially for new car salesmen.

Some mothers are being threatened with losing WIC (Women with Infant Children) benefits, which include food and breastfeeding support, if they don’t have their children vaccinated.  The Healthy Home Economist details the options available for fighting back in “WIC Threatening Unvaccinated Kids with Starvation.”

Month of the Blessed Trinity

You Are Dust

St. Bernadette

“Remembering Death”  His father’s newly-installed gravestone forces John Cuddeback to consider his own mortality in an essay for Front Porch Republic.

A freelance writer and filmmaker recommends four films to watch for Lent in this Crisis Magazine piece.  The Joan of Arc one sounds particularly compelling.

Guess what?  The FDA doesn’t notify scientific journals when a clinical trial has been found to have serious violations, including fraud.  Chris Kresser lays out the problems and frightening consequences in “Behind the Veil: Conflicts of Interest and Fraud in Medical Research.”

Month of the Blessed Trinity

From the Disordered Cause to the Natural Sufferings That Follow

The Holy Face

Don’t ignore the determinant cause of suffering, lest you overturn the natural order.  This piece for The Catholic Thing shows how this can happen, beginning with an explanation of compassion.

“Lent is the spanning of all that happened between Original Sin and Baptism.”  Mary Reed Newland puts Lent in perspective in this excerpt from her book, The Year and Our Children, on the Finer Femininity blog.

From St. Sabina at the Aventine in Rome to the Basilica of St. Mary Major:  This post on A Catholic Life explains the traditions and history of the Stational Churches of Lent and provides daily links to information on the particular churches, including a photo of each.

Month of the Blessed Trinity

Introducing Christ as the Real Hero

Eve of St. Valentine

Using the three-act play as a model, Daniel McInerny exposes secularism for what it is–a fake religion, without inspiration, without hope, in this essay for The Catholic Thing.

In this Imaginative Conservative piece, Peter A. Lawler reviews the movie, American Sniper, with a focus on the hero’s role as a protector.  Whether or not you agree with America’s wars in the Middle East, this is a fascinating topic because it strikes at the heart of how Christian patriarchy defines manhood and is therefore targeted by the destroyers of Catholic order.

OODA will be your new mantra.  “How to Develop the Situational Awareness of Jason Bourne,” on The Art of Manliness, teaches concrete steps for increasing one’s survival and protection skills.