Monthly Archives: December 2018


The tradition of nativity scenes was started by St Francis who organized a live nativity in a cave in Greccio where today there is a Franciscan monastery. Someone once pointed out to me that he had seen nativities set up in nations all over the world, each with their own local style. The one thing […]

What did Jesus actually bring?

What did Jesus actually bring, if not world peace, universal prosperity, and a better world? What has he brought? The answer is very simple: God…. He has brought God, and now we know his face, now we can call upon him. Now we know the path that we human beings have to take in this […]

O Magnum Mysterium

Merry Christmas! Here is a choral version of a Christmas morning prayer from Morten Lauridsen: My English translation: O great mystery And wondrous sign That beasts should witness the newborn Lord Lying in a manger! O blest the virgin whose womb was worthy To carry Christ the Lord. Alleluia. I’ve heard Tomas Luis de la […]

Jeanette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc

IN 2017 director Bruno Dumont decided to adapt Charles Peguy’s poetic plays about Joan of Arc as a rock opera. He also thought it would be a good idea to not use professional actors, singers, or dancers. Ummm…. Yeah… OK. What can I say, it works, even if it does drag a bit in the […]

My plot for Star Wars

A lot of people hate the new Star Wars movies because they render everything the heroes accomplished in the original trilogy a waste of time, and repeat plot points that are tired by now. Today I had an epiphany: it would have been possible to write a good simple story in the Star Wars universe that respected the […]

RIP Penny Marshall

A repost from a couple of years ago: Who did it better? Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall:   Or Mike Myers and Dana Carvey? Hard call. I had a crush on Cindy Williams (Shirley) as a little boy, but Garth is pretty cute too. Meanwhile, did you know that Lenny and Squiggy had a band? […]

Blessed Assurance

When her hostile inquisitors asked Joan of Arc whether she was in God’s good graces, she famously answered: If I am not, may God put me there; if I am, may he so keep me. They had posed a trap for her: if she is confident of being in good standing with God, isn’t she […]