Bl. John Paul II, Pray For Us!

May 1, 2011

What a happy day in Christendom! But let us remember a beatification isn’t about the man, but about what God perfected in the man.


Repost: Holy Thursday at FSSP In Urbe

April 21, 2011

Inquietum Est Cor Meum Donec Requiescat In Te

April 20, 2011
“Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would have not been at all. You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned for your peace.”–St Augustine, Confessions X.xxvii     


All Good Things…

July 1, 2010

Dear readers,

I have been taking the past number of weeks away from the blog to look at things from a different perspective. I once heard it said “If you give the Church your youth, she will never return it.” My own experience of this has lead to some great personal problems. Since leaving seminary life I have found that my identity for the past five years following my conversion was completely summarized in my desire to become a priest. My own conversion is what lead me straight to the seminary after college. When my plans toward the priesthood were dissolved, so was my personal identity. And now over a year later, I am a different person than I was when I first started this blog. I have rebuilt my life from scratch.

Perhaps only ex-seminarians will understand what I’m saying. Perhaps their experience is similar to this—that we, who hoped to devote our entire lives to that great mystery which is the priesthood, were offered a foretaste of so great a promise. And when we took on that identity of “seminarian”, it was as if a veil had been lifted that separated us from the glory of the Altar—not completely unveiled but revealed to us in such a way that we could witness the joy of priesthood with greater clarity than before. And suddenly, when our hearts were full for God and our souls were so readily moved to His service, we were thrown, forcibly, from clarity back into the din and the veil between us and the Priest pulled back again. Only this time: what misery to have had a vision of this mysterious and necessary life of the Priest, only to be made painfully aware of what was lost whenever we should attend the Sacred Mystery!

That is my constant burden now, and that is why this blog must end. While Catholic Eye Candy helped preserve my faith at the trials I suffered at the time of my departure, now it only serves as a bitter reminder that my heart’s one desire was not in union with the judgment of Holy Mother Church. We ought to accept her discernment in all things. She has been good to me, and always shall.

God save you.


Submit Your Votes!

May 13, 2010

Remember to vote for Catholic Eye Candy under the “Best Visual Treat” category over at the Crescat contest. There is one day left and I’m hoping you’ll all keep voting!

Cult Pervades Culture

May 10, 2010

I was thinking of all of you today when I was watching a favorite film of mine, “Les Folies des Grandeurs”. This scene came up and I thought of how much you all enjoyed being shocked by the Nazarenos. The plot is a comedy of errors that takes place in 17th century Spain, with a hilarious script written in fast-paced French with quick blurbs and jumbles of almost Macaronic Spanish and German.

I’m Giving You A Mission…

May 10, 2010

Vote for me, every day, at the Cannonball Catholic Blog Awards. “Catholic Eye Candy” under Best Visual Treat. I need your help! Remember you can vote every day.

Here’s the promo video, some of my pics made it by way of Google search, haha!

To My Mother

May 9, 2010

Today is Mothers’ Day in the US. I wish you would all take some time this day to remember and spend time with our spiritual mother, the Mother of God, Mary Most Holy.

The Golden Madonna of Essen.

Photos from the DC Pontifical Mass

May 1, 2010

Is it just me or are photos of the event hard to come by?

Many MANY thanks to Peggy S. for the photos from her attendance.

Anatomical Reliquaries

May 1, 2010

This may have been one of the reasons old Martin Luther blew a gasket in his day. Any Protestants out there (peace be to you) reading this should know: we don’t worship our saints. Although the meaning of the word “worship” is a sort of portmanteau of “worth-ship”, to declare the worth of something or someone–in that sense we worship anyone when we attribute a value to them. But I digress, precious anatomical reliquaries are a beautiful Catholic tradition dating back at least 12oo years.

Can you guess which body part each of these reliquaries contains?: