Bart’s problem

The mansion of the new atheism has many rooms. The top floor is reserved for scientific types like Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett. These are


A guy in the gas-chamber business and some of his clients

States once executed criminals in the center of the town at high noon. Today, they do it in secret, at midnight, behind brick walls fortified


Notes from the alternative nation

The crowd in the war-memorial coliseum was a slung hash of the premillennial middle-class — gaunt-looking slackers in Doc Martens and consignment-store flannel shirts; black,

James Mallord William Turner “Sun Setting Over a Lake” (1840)

Watt’s up!?

Into this season of rolling blackouts and energy crunches comes an enlightening reminder that electricity has only been something we could demand for about 100

Christ's Head Unknown Flemish Master, 16th c. (The Cathedral of Our Lady, Antwerp)

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

To Belong to Christ Readings Numbers 11:25–29  Psalm 19:8,10,12–14 James 5:1–6   Mark 9:38–48 Chants   Today’s Gospel begins with a scene that recalls a similar

Marriage at Cana, Michael Pacher St. Wolfgang Altarpiece, 1481

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

What God Has Joined Readings Genesis 2:18-24 Psalm 128:1-6 Hebrews 2:9-11 Mark 10:2-16 Chants   In today’s Gospel, the Pharisees try to trap Jesus with

Consanguinity in Christ (Chart) from the Etymologies by Isidore of Seville Prüfening, Germany, 1165*

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

One flock Readings Jeremiah 23:1-6 Psalms 23:1-6 Ephesians 2:13-18 Mark 6:30-34 Chants As the Twelve return from their first missionary journey in today’s Gospel, our

Christ in Majesty with his Apostles, Unknown Spanish Master, 1200

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

The Church’s mission Readings Amos 7:12-15 Psalms 85:9-14 Ephesians 1:3-14 Mark 6:7-13 Chants In commissioning the apostles in today’s Gospel, Jesus gives them, and us,

Christ in the Carpenter's Shop, Georges de la Tour, 1645

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

Son of the carpenter Readings Ezekiel 2:2-5 Psalm 123:1-4 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 Mark 6:1-6 Chants As we’ve walked with the apostles in the Gospels in

Palencia, Italy, c. 1150
(Metropolitan Museum, New York)

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Liturgical Year C)

Readings:  Wisdom 11:22-12 Psalm 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14 2 Thessalonians 1:11-2:2 Luke 19:1-10 Chants    Our Lord is a lover of souls, the Liturgy shows us

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