Did We Expect Too Much From the Synod?

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So the Synod on the Family concluded recently, as you very well know if you’ve been following Catholic social media recently; and as a result, I’ve been pondering.During the past weeks I heard two major areas of concern, from two disparate groups. The first was that the Synod was rigged to change Catholic pastoral discipline in a way counter to Catholic teaching on marriage. Sufficient pixels have been spilled about this, and I’m not going to add to them. The second, which got less airtime bu … [Read more...]

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You Can’t Change Him…But He Can Grow

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My wife and I went and saw a production of Guys and Dolls this past weekend, and got to hear Miss Adelaide sing,At Wanamaker's and Saks and Klein's A lesson I've been taught You can't get alterations on a dress you haven't bought For those coming late to the story, the show concerns Miss Adelaide, a dancer at the Hot Box night club, and Miss Sarah Brown, captain of the Save A Soul Mission, who have both fallen in love with the wrong kind of guy.  Miss Adelaide has been engaged for f … [Read more...]

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Let’s Be Unfriends!

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How often have you heard statements like this on Facebook? "I unfollowed three nut cases on Twitter today.""I will unfriend anyone who posts about X on my wall.""If you post pictures of X on your wall, then I will unfriend you." (That last one is an exaggeration; you can't use italics on Facebook.)Now, there truly are some nut cases out there. When someone you don't know is  posting the crazy to your wall or messaging strangeness directly at you then unfriending or blocking might … [Read more...]

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Mercy and Long Time Horizons

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We Christians seem to spend a lot of time telling folks what not to do.  You mustn’t do this, you mustn’t do that, we say, or else you’re going to be a greasy spot on the pavement after the lightning strikes you.  At least, that’s the popular conception.  God is an angry God, and He’s just looking for the proper moment to strike you down, and we Christians are all down with that.There’s a kernel of truth to this perception—though just a kernel, or there’d be greasy spots in many surprising pl … [Read more...]

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His Bright Materials: the Saints and the Forge of God

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Recently my eldest son left home for good, so we thought, on his way to Air Force boot camp.  Physically he wasn’t a likely specimen for military service, being not at all athletic, and skinnier than a rail with it—in the weeks before he left we had to fatten him up so that he’d meet the minimum weight for basic training—but it was his own idea, something he wanted to do, and so we took him down to the airport and saw him off with many a tear.  He held it together for a month but the physical asp … [Read more...]

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Knowing is Not Enough; and the Doing is Hard

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Continuing through Cam’s comment on my post about suffering in Heaven, he asks, Your first argument seems to revolve around knowledge, yes? You're saying we won't have suffering in heaven because we will have perfect knowledge. This knowledge is somehow caused by something God is or does, and the exact mechanics of that probably won't matter for my comment….Secondly, your first argument seems to rest on an assumption often used by Christians in the service of theological issues (such as div … [Read more...]

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What He’s Researching, I’m Studying

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Commenter Cam left a long and thoughtful comment on a recent post of mine about suffering on earth vs. Joy in heaven.  There's a lot to talk about in it, but I want to start with a point about rational argument.  Cam says, …it might be worth noting a difference between some Christians and some atheists here. An atheist might approach an argument by saying: 'there may be some gaps in my argument, and these gaps may or may not be fatal'. A Christian however, who holds their belief on faith, will n … [Read more...]

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A Collection of Mindfulness-ness (Updated!)

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Recently I’ve been hearing quite a bit about mindfulness, most recently at Weight Watchers where we are encouraged to be mindful about the food we are eating.  A couple of weeks ago they gave us a “mindfulness exercise”, to wit, spending two minutes counting our breaths.  From what I've gathered, mindfulness involves quieting your thoughts and being aware and alert to your body and your environment.  As such, it’s a way of being present, of living in the moment; and apparently the goal is to star … [Read more...]

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My New Friend: A Rugged Rosary

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I've got a new friend; he lives in my car.  That's him, over there to the right.I often pray the Rosary on the way to work in the morning.  In my old car, which had an automatic transmission, I used a little teeny finger rosary that I would hang on one of the vent knobs between uses.  I had to be careful doing that, because if I dropped it, it was gone: under the seat or into a crevice or into another dimension or somewhere; at least, I very seldom found them again.  But it was fun … [Read more...]

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