Feast (Pun Intended) of the Holy Innocents

On this *Feast* of the Holy Innocents, check out my new novel!  In a small Louisiana town, an Aztec demon hungers for the unborn ...  The First-Ever Pro-Life Horror Novel available on Amazon & Kindle Read More December 28, 2016

Why No Room at the Inn? The New Ark in the Stable

There is an often overlooked detail in the Christmas Story. Why was there no room at the inn in Bethlehem for Mary and Joseph? It was foretold in the Old Testament that there would be no room for Mary and Joseph at the inns of Bethlehem.  The readings from the Christmas liturgy give us a special insight into the Nativity Story. The First Reading from Morning Mass on December 24 (Cycle A) comes from 2 Samuel 7 :  When King David was settled in his palace, and the LORD had given him rest from his enemies on every side, he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God dwells in a tent!” Nathan answered the king,“Go, do whatever you have in mind, for the LORD is with you.” But that night the LORD spoke to Nathan and said: “Go, tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD: Should you build me a house to dwell in? King David returns home from his victories on the battlefield. These victories were won because David's armies carried the Read More December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas Card & Comic from The Scott Smith Blog

Here's a little comic I drew up to wish everybody a Merry Christmas! I call it "The Catholic House on the Street" ... wait for it ...  Read More December 21, 2016

The Angels are Coming ...

The Angels are coming ... The Archangel Gabriel appears to Zechariah to announce the birth of his son, John the Baptist (Luke 1:11-19). Gabriel next appears in Galilee to the Virgin Mary, saying, "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!" The angel announced the conception of her Son and the coming of the Messiah.  Next, the angels appear to some of the poorest and most marginalized classes of people in First Century Israel: the Shepherds (Luke 2:9-15). The angels do not present themselves before the thrones and dominions, before Herod and the Roman officials, but to the poor sheep herders.  To these, the herald angels sing in chorus, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men" (Luke 2:14).  Soon, we, too, will be singing the Gloria at the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord.  The Angels are coming ... Read More December 20, 2016

Lord of the Rings Symbolism: Gandalf & The Resurrection

Have you ever noticed how similar Gandalf’s death and resurrection are to Christ’s? Let’s take a moment to walk through the events immediately preceding Gandalf the Grey’s resurrection as Gandalf the White. Who is Gandalf? He is one of the five Istari (Wizards) sent to Middle-earth by the Valar in the Third Age. He's the wisest of the Maiar, who are minor Ainu. The Ainu, which means "Holy Ones," were the first of the creations of Eru Ilúvatar. The Maiar were born of his thought. This is very much like the Word of God, which is made flesh. The wizards – Gandalf, Saruman, Radagast, et al. – were each a Maiar, and existed before Elves, Men, and Dwarves. So, how old is this guy? Gandalf states that “300 lives of men, I have walked this earth.”Taking the average life expectancy of man, conservatively, at 50, that would put Gandalf at the ripe old age of 15,000. That’s fifteen thousand years old!  After 15,000 long years, Gandalf is about to die … Read More December 16, 2016

Fathers Determine Their Children's Faith, Study Shows

A recent Swiss study revealed the following: “It is the religious practice of the father of the family that, above all, determines the future attendance at or absence from church of the children.”  I am certainly not denying the pivotal role of the mother in the spiritual upbringing of their children. However, it is the example of the Father, sine qua non, that determines whether the children will be members of the Body of Christ. This is because, as I've argued elsewhere, of the natural priesthood of the father -- the father is the priest of the domestic church.  The study was conducted by the Swiss government in conjunction with other European nations to study demographic changes. Its discoveries involving religion were just a by-product of the research. The study is entitled  “The Demographic Characteristics of the Linguistic and Religious Groups in Switzerland” by Werner Haug and Phillipe Warner of the Federal Statistical Office, Neuchatel (1). Sounds like pretty hot stu Read More December 07, 2016

Happy Feast of St. Nick! TOP 10 MEMES

On this, the feast of St. Nicholas of Myrna , we honor the good Saint for all his good Christian deeds ... especially punching the heretic, Arius, in the face. So how did St. Nick become the patron saint of the left hook? Arius , a priest from Alexandria, taught that the Second Person of the Trinity, the Son, was a creation of God the Father, not co-eternal with Him. Arius' teaching is summarized in his quote: "There was a time when the Son was not."  In short, Arius denied the divinity of Christ.  Nevertheless,  Arianism was the orthodox position in the Church until the Council of Nicaea in 325AD. Even after Arianism was rejected by the Church, however, it remained the majority position for some time. This was in part due t o  Roman emperors, including  Constantius II  and  Valens , and many of the  ruling elite adopting the position.  Actual footage of Jesus watching events unfold at the Council of Nicaea Arianism would prove to be a tough nut to crack, so Read More December 06, 2016

Pope Francis Quote: Advent

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Which Saint Are You? Personality Test

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Since Eucharist is  the Greek word for "Thanksgiving," it's no wonder why many families go to Mass on Thanksgiving, even though it's not a Holy Day of Obligation. It's a good way to give the holiday its proper Christian context.  It is good to be reminded of all the blessings in our lives, but none more so than the ultimate gift of Christ, Himself.  Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!    Read More November 23, 2016

Did you know? St. Jude

Did you know these awesome things about St. Jude Thaddeus and our devotion to him? 1. Aaron Neville's earring is a St. Jude medal . Neville, the famous New Orleans R&B singer, has been devoted to St. Jude throughout his career.  Neville credits St. Jude with his success and survival, even through Hurricane Katrina.  2. Speaking of earrings, what is that righteous bling St. Jude is wearing? As in the image below, artists typically depict St. Jude as wearing a large coin around his neck: It's the Image of Edessa . Like Veronica's Veil or the Shroud of Turn, the Image of Edessa is a cloth which bears the image of Christ's face. According to tradition, King Abgar of Edessa wrote a letter to our Lord Jesus Christ, asking Christ to cure him. King Abgar received an letter in reply from Jesus declining the invitation, but promising a future visit by one of his Apostles. That Apostle turned out to be Saint Jude Thaddeus. Catholic author Taylor Marshall has Read More November 21, 2016