The Duck Song And Catholic Theology

We at St. Francis Men of Emmaus are expert theologians. Theological conundra (we use big words too!) that stump lesser minds are child’s play for us. With that in mind, we offer you:


As of this writing, The Duck Song has been viewed more than 100,000,000 times (no typo!). What are the profound theological implications of “The Duck Song?” Does it presage the End of the World? Or merely the End of the World As We Know It (and I feel fine)? What does it say about the Nature of God? Love? Beauty? Truth? The other sublime mysteries of our faith?

Or…. is it a consolation from an infinitely living Father hidden in a cute, catchy tune and a quick laugh to brighten a moment or two? Is it a consolation when we adults show it to our kids and grand kids and their faces break into a smile and they begin laughing in spite of themselves?

Without further ado, here is THE DUCK SONG.

Stat Crux Dum Volvitur Orbis I

“The Cross stands firm while the world turns.”

The monastic life, especially that of the Carthusians and the Capuchins, has taken hold of my imagination.  No, I don’t have a desire for the specifics of the Carthusian life.  I am a lay person — husband, father, pew-dweller.  I do desire the happiness, the peace, and the apparent fulfillment in which these men live.  I am puzzled about how I, as a layman and practicing lawyer (with phones, e-mail, deadlines, demands, all of it), reach what they seem to have.  I think the key is not the specific practices.  Instead, it is making room for God and opening oneself to God’s grace and allowing that grace to transform one’s soul.  What follows is part I of a documentary of the Carthusian life.  What can I, as a 21-st Century layman, take from a 12th-Century order?  What do you think?

A Pregnant Teen Contemplates Abortion

I picked up the following video at the National Catholic Register via another blog, Creative Minority Report.  What struck me is the different response in Texas and New Jersey.   Also, as the video noted, no men helped.  None.  What would you do? More importantly, how would you do it?  It is food for thought.

The best place to see it is here:  Pregnant Teen Contemplates Abortion.

Are You Going In Reverse? Shift Gears Now.

Does the world around you seem to be going in reverse spiritually?  How do you avoid getting dragged down? The answer is to encounter Christ —

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Catholic Boot Camp: Images of Eucharistic Adoration

Last week, Catholic Boot Camp introduced Eucharistic Adoration.  Here is a video that depicts it:

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Most adoration isn’t as striking visually as this; all adoration is as moving.


What were you made for?

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“Mother Teresa And A Cheeseburger”

This is the title of the video from telling a wonderful story about Mother Teresa. Skip to 2:06 and enjoy.


“To Be Born” Trailer

This is a trailer for a short film that will be released later in 2011.  The trailer lasts 49 seconds. . . .

The studio offered this background on the film’s website:

The film is based off a story called “A Letter from an Aborted Child,” which had been used for nearly 10 years by Father Stephen Lesniewski for use to show women in a time of indecision. He estimates that over 500 babies have been saved because of his efforts in utilizing the aforementioned piece. Upon its’ great success, Fr. Stephen decided to have a film produced with the hope that the overall message would reach an even larger audience.

The trailer and the summary are (c) Spirit Juice Studios.