What Happened to the Virgin Mary After Pentecost? (Part 1)

What do we really know about the life of Mary beyond what the Bible tells us? Scripture gives us only glimpses of the Blessed Mother before she vanishes from history, only to reappear in the Book of Revelation as the “woman clothed in the sun” (Revelation 12:1-6). We have the last words she speaks, resonating…

The Patron Saint of Gamers?

A Brief Catechesis on Saints “Who is the patron saint of gamers?” was a search query that brought people to my blogs over the years. For those finding this page cold, it’s important to clarify just what “saint” means to the Catholic and Orthodox churches. Let’s break it down into two words: “saint” (small ‘s’) and…

Was a Famous Catholic Poet Jack the Ripper?

Francis Thompson’s “The Hound of Heaven” is one of the most beloved poems about faith ever written. There was a time when Catholic schoolchildren learned it by heart Thompson was admired by J.R.R. Tolkien, whose early poem “Wood-sunshine” was influenced by Thompson. In his paper to the Stapeldon Society, Tolkien would later compare Thompson to his character…

The Bishop’s Dice Game

  In the 10th century, Wibold, Bishop of Cambrai, invented a dice game to be played with three dice for the amusement and edification of the clergy.. When the dice are rolled, there is a potential for 56 different outcomes. Each outcome was associated with a virtue, and assigned a point value from 3 to…