St. Padre Pio relics will be displayed at St. Thomas More Church as part of national tour

A Rhode Island correspondent sends us this article from the RI Catholic:

Many of the relics showcased in the exhibition relate to Pio’s stigmata, including blood from the wounds, scabs collected from them, and the fingerless gloves which the saint used to conceal the nail-marks on his hands. Other relics on display include the saintly priest’s mantle, a lock of his hair and a handkerchief used to wipe his brow as he lay dying.

Increasingly clear to me I was born into a cult — but then again, aren’t most people?

The Catholic Church’s emphasis on suffering can be warping

but in my Catholic boyhood I saw the ways this faith gave meaning and holiness to people’s suffering and pain, and the comfort of that can’t be measured.

On the other hand:

If Jesus Christ as described in any of the Gospels, canon or no, saw this, do you think he would say anything other than SMH?

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let in those who wish to enter.

How did we end up here?

It’s enough to make me sign on for this Lutheran propaganda I saw at LACMA:

On the other hand I would go look at some famous scabs, sure.

photos: our RI correspondent

Waterless Places


He’s like an old doughnut seller

Stop, stop.  Do not speak.


A good one from Penguin.

Myself, I find stuff worth pondering in Gateless Gate:

(you can skip Mumon’s comment if you want, it’s not on the quiz)

Make up your own mind:

Today’s I Ching

In some translations springtime is rendered as Long June


the only book I’ll ever need?!

if I want to learn more about China I can pick up this month’s Westways:

Lol did somebody pitch Westways “how about a story about China?”

WESTWAYS EDITOR: what angle?

PITCHER: Everything from cities to cuisine!  All the facets!


PITCHER: Well, many facets.

EDITOR: Is there enough there?

PITCHER: I think so.  Did you know it is a 5,000 year old civilization?

EDITOR: Wow!  OK let’s also have a piece on Iceland and car racing for amateurs and I think we’re good!

A field hospital after a battle

US Air Force Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron members monitor patients during a C-17 aero-medical evacuation mission from Balad Air Base, Iraq, to Ramstein Air Base, Germany. U.S. Air Force Photo/Master Sgt. Scott Reed

Something about the health care debate got me pondering Pope Francis’ quote in a 2013 interview that the Church should be like a field hospital after a battle.

“I can clearly see that what the Church needs today is the ability to heal wounds and warm the hearts of faithful, it needs to be by their side. I see the Church as a field hospital after a battle. It’s pointless to ask a seriously injured patient whether his cholesterol or blood sugar levels are high! It’s his wounds that need to be healed. The rest we can talk about later. Now we must think about treating those wounds. And we need to start from the bottom.”

“Savage Station VA field hospital after the battle of June 27” in the Library of Congress, photographer James Gibson

There’s a lot of good writing about field hospitals after battles.  Walt Whitman and Hemingway both saw some firsthand.  Or how about

I never really watched MASH tbh and got kinda sad when it would come on instead of something more fun.




The challenge:arabic-1

How to react:



Reading some of the sayings of The Prophet, the Hadith, in Thomas Cleary’s translation:


A word of warning for PEOTUS: