“There Is A God, and, I’m Not Him.” – Thoughts On God & Anxiety

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The Gathering of the Manna by James TissotHe was desperate. Clearly.He knew it. And the priest knew it. So the priest approached the anxious college student hunched in a pew in an empty, cavernous church and the dialogue between them went something like this: Father Cavanaugh: [in church] Taking your appeal to a higher authority? Rudy: I'm desperate. If I don't get in next semester, it's over. Notre Dame doesn't accept senior transfers. Father Cavanaugh: Well, you've done a hell of a … [Read more...]

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The Catholicism of Bill Murray’s “St. Vincent”

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 Warning: This piece may contain spoilers for the movie, St. Vincent. He was something out of a Flannery O'Connor novel.Disheveled, semi-drunk and shuffling around a dilapidated Brooklyn house with a broken fence and dirt yard, Vincent "Vince" MacKenna (played by Bill Murray) was no one's idea of a saint. No one's. His regular company included a pregnant Russian prostitute. His familiar haunts were the bar and the racetrack.And his least likely vocation?Saint.And ye … [Read more...]

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All of Chesterton’s Children

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 G.K. Chesterton He had always wanted children.Of course he did.And it only made sense.After all, G.K. Chesterton understood children. I mean really understood them. In the keenest of ways, he intuited them. And why was this? Because Gilbert Keith Chesterton in his singular mirthful and wondrous way never truly grew up. Quite simply, he was a winsome, but implacable boy forever bursting forth from an aging three-hundred pound body. Disheveled, disorganized and del … [Read more...]

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Planned Parenthood & Joy

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Charity by William Adolphe-Bouguereau-----------------------------------"We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution. Each of us is the result of a thought of God." - Pope Benedict XVIIt has been a dark season in the news. Very dark.If you haven't been paying attention, perhaps you missed it. But I doubt it.In the last few weeks, several videos have emerged from the self-described Center for Medical Progress in which notable Planned Parenthood … [Read more...]

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What I Saw At My Catholic Friends’ Wedding

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 They were beautiful.Of course they were.Kari, the bride, was dazzling. A good friend and the Director of Community Life for our local parish, Kari could warm you with her winsome smile, her sincere attention and her razor sharp wit. She is one of those extraordinary individuals who can innovate, organize and execute whatever she sets her mind to and yet have an unbelievably good time while doing it.Mike, the groom, was dashing. Upon first meeting Mike, one cannot escape … [Read more...]

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The Most Disturbing Meeting Imaginable

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"We must always tell what we see. Above all, and this is more difficult, we must always see what we see."  - Charles PeguyThe other day I read about a meeting.And it disturbed me.From its inception, the meeting seemed enlightened enough. Charismatic, well-coiffed people with lofty titles sat across from one another in an orderly, but engaging fashion. Against the backdrop of cutlery clinking against fine dinnerware, smiles were flashed. Humor was exchanged. Fine wine was poured. It w … [Read more...]

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