The Devil as a Rhinocerous


From The Wondermark Goodsery

That sums up our relationship with the devil quite nicely.

Welcome Old Friend


It looks like he has decided to not name himself for his new blog. Let me just say that he is always a joy to read, and somebody whom I try to emulate when I write. I think his blog is what I'd like Caritate Dei to become in the future. Less topical, and more of a personal journal.

Add it to your favorites, it's going to be good.

How to Peel A Tomato


Fill a small pot with water. Set on stove to boil. Take your tomato or tomatoes of choice, and at the bottom cut a small x. When water starts to boil set tomato in water for 10 seconds. Take tomato out, and peel at the x.

Thanks RC!


It's good to be back!

Alive and Well

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and working at DELL!

Wow, I got a job with benefits! I'm going to do my best to keep it too! Pray for my success!

Pork with Cherries

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I would like to credit Erik Keilholtz with this recipe. I had asked him some time ago for any ideas on a recipe with Rainier Cherries. The reason I asked was that the first time I came across them, I was excited by their presentation possibilities.

Rainier cherries, if you don't know, are sweeter than bing cherries. They also have beautiful coloring of red and yellow. You can find this recipe on Erik's blog, but I'm going to post it here too.:

First, you will need to pit a bunch of cherries. It is tedious, and there are gadgets that make it go better, or you can use household indentured servants (children) to do the task, provided they are old enough to use a knife properly.

Rub a pork loin with salt and pepper.

Then, brown your pork loin in butter. Transfer to a plate.

Add a finely chopped onion, a couple of peeled cloves of garlic, and fry gently in the fat.

Add the cherries and a pinch of carraway seeds and fry for a minute.

Return the pork to the pan, add a splash of white dry vermouth, cover and cook over low heat until the pork is done to your liking.

Let the pork rest 10 minutes before slicing. Meanwhile, reduce the cooking liquid, remove the garlic, finish with port and softened butter.

Slice the pork, and cover with the sauce. If you want to be fancy, you can puree and strain the sauce before the butter enrichment, but I like the chunks of fruit and cooked onion in mine.

Serve with good bread, a good pinot noir, and a green salad.

RC succinctly puts the big issue that has been in the back of my mind since the whole Buffet and Gates thing was announced at Catholic Light.

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Last night, I picked up Common Sense 101: Lessons from G.K. Chesterton by Dale Ahlquist at Barnes & Noble. That, and, a Pimsleur set on Portuguese. I like learning how to pronounce new languages even if I may not understand them. But, I digress.

So far, the book is a good read. Any time I read about one of my favorite saints or inspiring persons, I am convinced that I would either be great friends with them, or they would drive me absolutely insane. With G.K., I feel the former. I finally found a man who understands what I'm thinking. Things which should be so blindingly obvious to everybody never occurs to anybody. I think, that as loving and joyful as Chesterton appears to have been, he would have been a lonely person had he not the joy of Christ in him.

The joy of Christ draws many, but the challenge that Christ gives us frightens even His followers. People are drawn to how their particular church makes them feel about themselves, which is not what religion is about. Religion is supposed challenge us to something higher than ourselves. How could anybody hope to succeed at anything when they are constantly told that they are fine just the way they are? Jesus is not some sort of vending machine that gives out salvation because you said some prayer in the back of a chick tract a few years back.

Anyway, back to Chesterton. Dale Ahlquist asks at the beginning of the book how the world could forget such a man. I think, the answer can be found in Chesterton's book on St. Thomas Aquinas.

Therefore it is the paradox of history that each generation is converted by the saint who contradicts it most.

While Chesterton drew crowds, I think he may have been forgotten because he wasn't needed as much as he is now. Back then, people must have marveled at his wit and wisdom, not being able to fully comprehend the gift they had while he was still walking this earth. This is the age in which Chesterton is needed, when his words seem so prophetic. Clarity in a world that is constantly trying to distract us with fads of all sorts. Fad news, fad clothing, fad media which serve only to distract us from our own loneliness. We are afraid of silence because it causes us to look inward and face what might be wrong. We are similarly busy trying to replace our friends with gadgets because good friends seek to make us better people. God forbid that we be told that we're not good enough just the way we are.

These are off the cuff thoughts, and I'm certain that I'll have to clarify later. This is just as well, I need an excuse to write here. As always, the two of you who do read this blog are free to comment.

Happy Birthday


to my birthday buddy, Pete Vere, JCL. God bless you with happiness and long life.

Fr. Tharp Speaks at UCO!


Fr. Shane Tharp of Catholic Ragemonkey and Apologize and Don't Be Sorry will be giving a talk on the DaVinci code at UCO Nigh University Center in the Will Rogers room at 7:50 PM on Sunday April 23, 2006

You can find a map of the campus here. It is in pdf form.