On Playing Pretend

Go read something else, I don't know if this makes any sense.I suppose admitting to playing 'dress-up' as a child is these days akin to admitting a flamboyant homosexuality. But from what I understand -- which is admittedly little -- homosexuality has become a positive thing! (No, really, I read it on a blog!) And thus, in the proper English tradition, I shall keep calm and carry on. Now ladies, you must realize that for little boys there is nothing less frivolous and more solemn than … [Read more...]

How To Convert

The common view of religious conversion seems to be this: There are many ways one can stumble towards the gentleman we call God. And on the surface, I agree. After all, rainbows and relationships have lead men to faith, as have Holocausts and heartaches. Collins converted at the sight of beauty; Walker Percy at the sight of a Jew in New York City. Dorothy Day became a Catholic by a series of small and slow steps; St. Paul by one big fall, simultaneously off and onto his ass.But it is … [Read more...]

Distraction By Cuteness

Perhaps this is a distraction unique to the solemnly-stodgy liturgical denominations, those in the odd habit of sitting in pews and looking forwards. I mean, of course, Distraction By Baby. There you are, happily staring down the liturgy, when over the shoulder in front of you rises a cherubic glitter of eyes and cheeks, some gurgle of joy or hunger - who knows which is which - and you are left with a conundrum. Baby or God?But of course, such a distraction is never really a distraction, and … [Read more...]

What’s It Like Being Catholic?

I'm often asked this question. And while I am under the blissful delusion that I can rant and rave on any subject of my choice, this one leaves me stumped. What's it like being Catholic? Well, it's like...well you see...hm...It's like sex.Wait, no, people will think I'm 18.It's like waking up in the morning, looking outside, and realizing that someone had replaced your ordinary route to work with a roller-coaster, your pen with a sword, and your friends with gods.Not really.It's like … [Read more...]

Looking Up

There are two ways to look up. The first is done while screaming.If the world has no value outside of being spewed up by Chance, we cannot aspire to anything but a fear beyond fear; terror in sight of the poker face that is the vastness of space. If the atheists are right, then we are nothing. If Earth truly is an insignificant dust mote swept into an insignificant galaxy by monumental and purposeless brooms, contained in a universe that is one of many, inexplicably and forever cycling, or … [Read more...]


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