Things that Make you Say WOW

The world is an incredible place. All around us are mysteries of science and nature, dazzling us with their magnificence. Thanks to the internet, we have the opportunity to share them with the world.

In this episode of Upon Friar Review, I share with Fr. Patrick some of the craziest things I could find on the internet, things like the scale of the universe, human hair on an atomic level, crazy powerful shrimp, disillusioning sounds, and super slow motion impacts. It’s a pretty awesome episode.

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Okay, so, only about a week behind posting this…

Luckily, I think this episode is worth the wait! Last week, Br. Tito and I looked at the popular show Unsolved Mysteries, recently rebooted by Netflix. Filled with drama and intrigue, created with Netflix money, we both agree that it is an interesting show to watch.

But it does have a dark side, and we don’t just mean the murders. While entertaining, we discuss the potential this show has to promote conspiracy theories and distrust in institutions. This may be the last thing that we need right now.

But hey, you be the judge! Let us know what you think!

Cardinal McCarrick and the Parable of the Talents

Last week was yet another difficult week for the Catholic Church. The Vatican released a report after its two-year investigation of former Cardinal McCarrick, and the findings were not great.

Everyone, it seemed, from seminarians up to John Paul II knew something of McCarrick’s abuse. Much was shrouded in mystery and disseminated through rumors, but a lot of people knew something, and the ones who spoke up were silenced.

How do we make sense of this? In this video, I look at last week’s Sunday reading in an attempt to shed some light on the situation, all in the hopes that we can learn from it and be the people Christ calls us to be.

Reacting to MrBeast

MrBeast is one of the most popular YouTubers today with 46 million subscribers. He’s also the most generous, having given away more than 2 million dollars in just two years. Not all of it is altruistic, but Fr. Patrick and I approve.

What do you think?

One of the objections I hear all the time about the Catholic Church is that it is too rich. For some, it is a hypocritical organization that preys off of the poor, demanding donations, while it hoards money for itself.

On the one hand, there’s certainly some truth to this. I’ve been to individual churches where funds were mismanaged, priests and bishops lived as kings, and the poor were neglected. To say this about some churches and its members is completely legitimate.

But to say this about the Church universal? That’s a different story. As I share in this video, the Church has some work to do if it wants to be the perfect institution founded by Christ, but selling the Vatican and all of its possessions might not be the best solution. We do much more for the poor in those buildings than we would by selling them.