An Open Letter from the Unwashed Masses to the Intellectual Elite, Regarding Ebola

Dear Intellectual Elite, When I read the news these days, I am afraid. Not so much of Ebola exactly, but of the way our country is drawing lines in the sand so carelessly — lines that are becoming fault lines, fracturing and splitting apart any sense of fealty we might have had left. It’s true [Read More...]

Exclusivity and Isolation in Parish Ministries

Leah Libresco is hosting a symposium on the ways that parishes can be more welcoming to their many and varied parishioners. The symposium is a kind of collective response to Kat’s post on being ignored as a single parent during the Synod for the Family. It’s so unbelievably isolating being a single parent in the [Read More...]

We Can – and Should – Use Madonna Songs to Transform the Culture

I’ll be on Drew Mariani’s show this afternoon to discuss Sr. Cristina’s cover of “Like a Virgin.” In an effort to make sure I don’t sound like blubbering moron, I spent the weekend thinking long and hard about the song and its cultural implications. Catholics were generally favorable toward Sr. Cristina’s appearance on The Voice [Read More...]

Like an (Actual) Virgin

I love Sister Cristina. The clip of her reducing J-Ax to tears on The Voice is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. That being said, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this: I wanted to like it really, really badly. When I saw the post from Deacon Greg, I was [Read More...]

This is Everything

It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but the Toast has already provided me with the #1 reason I’m grateful for the internet this year. Seriously, THIS. I love you = we are both on the Internet, and we agree about something shut it all down = I’m going to stay right here and not leave the [Read More...]

Tank vs. the Chore Chart

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Dallas Nurse with Ebola is a Devoted Catholic

I meant to post this yesterday but didn’t have a chance. The first nurse to contract Ebola in the US is a TCU graduate, whose family attends Our Lady of Fatima in Ft. Worth. She went to Nolan High School, which was in the same district as my high school. Tony Rossi wrote more about [Read More...]

Where Duty Turns to Blessing

Elizabeth Duffy writes the best thing I’ve read in a long time — also the thing I most needed to hear, today and every day. My friend Karen noted that if the Synod does lead to a change in the Church’s approach to divorced and remarried Catholics, expediting the annulment process and their return to [Read More...]

#Synod14 — See How They Hate Each Other!

There has been lots of thoughtful commentary about the Relatio. Sadly, it’s mostly been drowned out by this: and this It seems to me that many on both sides have quickly forgotten the substance of the Relatio (not to mention its context) in favor of finding the best ways to dismiss the other — at [Read More...]

Suffer the Sinners: On Gradualism

Gradualism is the new hotness at the Synod, according to John L. Allen, Jr., who reports that gradualism, “which not so long ago seemed on the verge of being stricken from the official lexicon, is back with a vengeance.” Predictably, hysteria has ensued and the blogosphere has once again lost its ever-loving mind. From equating [Read More...]

It’s My Blog and I’ll Panic if I Want To

If I had a penny for every time someone asked me to stop blogging about something, I would be able to build a life-sized replica of the Statue of Liberty out of them. That may be a slight exaggeration, but it’s really only a slight one. The amount that people either ask or order bloggers [Read More...]

#Synod14 — The Entmoot

The Extraordinary Synod on the Family is in full swing this week, and in my imagination, this is what’s going down behind Vatican walls: The Patheosi have been busy little hobbits over the summer, writing all kinds of pieces in anticipation of the Synod. I stuck with the subjects I know something about, since narrative, [Read More...]

Making the Virtual Real

My mom is visiting this week (yay!!!!) so I don’t have much time for thoughtful blogging, but the Ogre showed this to me this morning and I’m both disturbed and intrigued by it. I can’t see this helping much with that whole “kids getting sucked into video games and not eating or sleeping” thing. But [Read More...]

Today’s Writing Lesson, Courtesy of Ebola

The cover of this week’s Dallas Weekly magazine quite simply overflows with irony. Irony, according to the OED, is “a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what was or might be expected; an outcome cruelly, humorously, or strangely at odds with assumptions or expectations.” Dallas Weekly’s cover has some comic [Read More...]

The Child’s Cry Out of a Nightmare

  Last night I wanted to read the Psalms before bed, but when my Bible fell open in Jeremiah, I started reading. I don’t know why I did that; I knew better. My subconscious must have absorbed the way I’ve been reading the news for the past few days and programmed itself to follow the [Read More...]