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.


The Wrestling God’s Blessing

Zenit is a wonderful news service focused on the activities of the Holy Father and other Roman officials. Sometimes, though, their headline writing is just a little off.  The latest example:

Benedict XVI Speaks of Wrestling God’s Blessing

Before this headline, I didn’t even know there was a Wrestling God or that he gave blessings!  Could this be him?


In any event, if you want to read a nice reflection on Jacob’s wrestling with God, read Zenit’s article.

Church Squirrels

A Church Guy found this over at CGrandly’s Blog Job 8:21 came quickly to mind:

There were five houses of religion in a small town in Maryland:
The Presbyterian Church,
The   Baptist Church,
The  Methodist Church,
The Catholic Church, and
The Jewish Synagogue.

Each church and Synagogue was overrun with pesky squirrels.

One day, The Presbyterian Church
called a meeting to decide what to do about the squirrels.  After much prayer and consideration they determined that the squirrels were predestined to be there and they shouldn’t interfere with God’s divine will.

In The  BAPTIST CHURCH the squirrels had taken up habitation in the baptistery. The deacons met and decided to put a cover on the baptistery and drown the squirrels in it. The squirrels escaped somehow and there were twice as many there the next week

The  Methodist Church got together and decided that they were not in a position to harm any of God’s creation. So, they humanely trapped the Squirrels and set them free a few miles outside of town. Three days later, the squirrels were back.

But — The Catholic Church
came up with the best and most effective solution.  They baptized the squirrels and registered them as members of the Church.
Now they only see them on Christmas , Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, and Easter.

Not much was heard about the Jewish Synagogue,
but they took one squirrel and had a short service with him called circumcision and they haven’t seen a squirrel on the property since.

Photo Caption Contest III (UPDATED) !

After a long wait, it is now time for another Men of Emmaus photo caption contest. As before, the goal is to write the best caption for this photo:

The caption should be one sentence, respectful, but fun. The contest begins today at 7:40 P.M. and will end August 3rd at 11:59 P.M. The just judge of my household (that would be my better half!) will decide the winner. As before, the winner will take home a hand-made Rosary suitable for unceasing prayer!

The first entry:

(1) “It was a dark and stormy night….”

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