Posts in category "Religion"

National Hot Dog Day Stirs Up Some Memories

  Today is National Hot Dog Day.   Of  this,  Peter Bella, the Cooking Cop, reminds us on the ChicagoNow circuit.  Peter reverentially says he’s going to celebrate the occasion by….drum roll please….eating a hot dog. I imagine somewhere on this day there will be or has already been  a joyous  Hot Dog Parade.   With... Read more »

On Pope Francis and the Baptism of Martians

  Was Pope Francis pulling our legs last Monday when he said he would baptize a Martian? It is a hypothetical, of course.  His point was that the Church is inclusive and will not turn away any who sincerely seek redemption.  A very kind, noble,  and compassionate gesture, to be sure. And consistent with the... Read more »

How Should a Catholic Evangelize? Let Me Tell Ya.

  How do you evangelize? asks one ChicagoNow blogger, a convert to Catholicism.  Should you talk doctrine and  cite  Biblical passages? She thinks not. The best way, she says, (if I understand her) of delivering the Good News is to model it.  I couldn’t agree more. I was born and raised a Roman Catholic.  And... Read more »

Are Boehner and Ryan Catholics in Name Only?

  John Boehner and Paul Ryan are both baptized Roman Catholics. They sure don’t act like it.  The template of virtue for Catholics, as for all Christians,  has always been the teachings of Jesus.  And Jesus, if nothing else, was an advocate for the poor.  I don’t know of  any place in the New Testament... Read more »

Johann Sebastian Bach: "He Lived But To Worship God and To Write Music."

Today’s the birthday of J.S. Bach Who wrote sacred music for a Lutheran flock. Among the Baroque there wasn’t one savvier. His most famous work is the “Well-Tempered Clavier”. “In writing his monumental ‘Well-Tempered Clavier’ Bach once again wanted to create music that would help his wife and children learn to play the keyboard instruments.... Read more »

Michelangelo Buonarroti: "The Divine One"

Today’s birthday is Michelangelo’s. In art nonpareil every connoisseur knows. Aren’t we fortunate Julius had ‘im Paint the primeval creation of Adam? “Michelangelo had a particular love and reverence for the naked male body, and saw it as God’s finest creation—something purely splendid in itself and yet inadequate and incomplete without being matched by an... Read more »

George Frideric Handel: Hallelujah! It's His 329th Birthday!

Today’s the birthday of George Handel. Music lovers in England’ll Absolutely tell you  why a Person should  know his “Messiah”. [The Great Handel Festival of 1857 at the Crystal Palace in London's Hyde Park. It had a choir of 2000 and and orchestra of 500.] “Handel is often regarded as being a British composer. Although... Read more »

Isaac Asimov: I, Renaissance Man

Born today was Isaac Asimov. To his memory I bid a fond mazel tov. Prolific author of fiction and non- Somewhere, I wonder, if he’s writing on. I won’t pretend to be objective about Isaac Asimov. I may have read more of his books than any other author’s.  He wrote more than 500 of them. ... Read more »

Joseph Smith: The American Moses

Born today was Joseph Smith He received from God a Revelation Which his disciples carry with Them proselytizing  every nation. Merry Christmas to all in the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints!      

Pope Francis: He Already Has Met the Test of Time

This is the birthday of Pope Francis. The College of Cardinals really took chances By electing a pontiff who’s earnestly busy Imitating the life of the Saint from Assisi.