Author Archives: Joshua Michael

About Joshua Michael

Writer. Catholic. Fan of John Henry Newman and the Inklings.

On Loves Ordered & Disordered

There has been a lot of commentary — probably too much — about the recent Supreme Court decision extending the legal definition of marriage to include homosexual couples. But the thing that struck me wasn’t the decision, or even the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Catholic Requirement to Rest on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation

It has recently come to my attention that some otherwise well-educated Catholics are unaware of the Church’s teaching requiring rest on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation (hereafter simply Holy Days). This post is to help clarify the nature of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hymn to the Virgin – Benjamin Britten

At Mass today (the Feast of Mary, the Mother of God) the choir sang this beautiful piece by Britten. Of one that is so fair and bright, velut maris stella, (as the star of the sea) Brighter than the day is … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Praying to the Saints IS Praying to Christ

Objections to the practice of praying to the saints come in a few different forms, from the extreme of calling it idolatry to a mild discomfort that one is not “going directly to Christ.” But what all of them seem … Continue reading

Posted in catholic, ecclesiology | Leave a comment

Concerns about “Authentic Masculinity”

Over the past decade or so, there has been an explosion of books, sermons, classes and other materials dedicated to teaching “Authentic Masculinity.” Exactly what this means is hard to say, but the common element is a desire to reintroduce … Continue reading

Posted in christian | Tagged | 1 Comment

NFP Misconception #1: Letting God Decide

Proponents of NFP often speak as if the reason that NFP is okay (and contraception is not) is that “NFP lets God decide when we have children.” That’s a bit silly, though. Not only can God decide to do whatever … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Do Protestants Believe in the Infallibility of the Church?

Here is something I’ve been thinking about lately. Do Protestants view a “great apostasy” a la Mormonism as a possibility for Christ’s Church? If not, then it seems that there is at least some sense in which Protestants believe Christ’s … Continue reading

Posted in catholic, ecclesiology | 10 Comments