Mobile Catena

I’ve written before about the Catena Aurea, but I wanted to highlight a new phone app which I came across recently. The (admittedly rather unimaginatively titled) “Catena” app allows you to access Biblical commentary from the Apostolic Fathers.

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There are a few bits of the interface which I find a bit clunky, but it’s a small gripe when compared to having Patristic commentary in your pocket for not just the Gospels, but for the entirety of the New Testament!

Hail our life, our sweetness and our New Hope*


* I couldn’t think of a Return of the Jedi pun

Fr. Michael’s Preaching

As many of you know, I spent about a year and a half living in Seattle. During that time, I attended the Byzantine parish of St. John Crysostom.

There were many things I loved about that parish, but one of my favourites was the preaching of the pastor, Fr. Michael Mandelas. It is no surprise, therefore, that I was delighted to discover that some of Fr. Michael’s homilies are being recorded and uploaded to Soundcloud:

While this is great, personally I consume most of my audio through the Podcast app on my iPhone. Fortunately, Soundcloud exposes the RSS feed for their channels:

Happy listening 🙂

Wise Words on Wednesday: When the world knows we’re frauds


The incongruity between what we claim to believe and the lives we live says everything the world needs to know. Any honest outsider can tell that we can’t possibly believe what we say we believe. Not only is our religion a fraud, but so are we Christians. At least, that’s what our actions often communicate to the world

– Messy & Foolish, Matthew Warner

Science vs “The Science Guy”

I’ve been following How To Be Christian for quite some time now and really liked the alternative approach they take to apologetics. Today I would like to share a video they did concerning a media personality who has become increasingly vocal over the last couple of years, Bill Nye “The Science Guy”…

Music Monday: You Love Me Anyway

Today’s song is from Sidewalk Prophets, “You love me anyway”:

The question was raised as my conscience fell, a silly little lie.
It didn’t mean much but it lingers still in the corners of my mind

Still you call me to walk on the edge of this world to spread my dreams and fly
But the future’s so far, my heart is so frail, I think I’d rather stay inside

But You love me anyway, it’s like nothing in life that I’ve ever known
Yes You love me anyway, oh Lord, how You love me, how you love me

It took more than my strength to simply be still, to seek but never find
The reasons we change, the reasons I doubt and why do loved ones have to die?

I am the thorn in your crown, but You love me anyway
I am the sweat from Your brow, but You love me anyway
I am the nail in Your wrist, but You love me anyway
I am Judas’ kiss, but You love me anyway

See now I am the man who yelled out from the crowd
For Your blood to be spilled on this earth shaking ground
Yes and I turned away with a smile on my face
With this sin in my heart, tried to bury Your grace
And then alone in the night I still call out for You
So ashamed of my life, my life, my life

Is a pro-lifer in charge of Planned Parenthood marketing?

Over the past week, I’ve shared several short posts pointing out that Planned Parenthood doesn’t seem to understand irony (Post 1 | Post 2). I’m now starting to think that there’s some kind of conspiracy theory! Has Planned Parenthood has accidentally hired someone who is pro-life to head up their marketing department?

The latest advertising campaign from the abortion provider begins with the words “Watch. Share. Slay:

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What an unfortunate choice of words! The introductory paragraph attempts to explain this rather questionable title:

If there’s anything we’ve learned from Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, The Avengers) over the years, it’s this – every single one of us has a hero inside ; and its our responsibility to use our superpowers to slay.

Erm, Planned Parenthood, this isn’t sounding any better… What exactly is being slain here? In Joss Whedon’s TV show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it is evil beings which are slain: vampires, demons etc. Tell me, what exactly gets slain at Planned Parenthood?

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