The Power of Names: 9-11, Nameless Children, and Deportees

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Image sourceCan a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you. See, upon the palms of my hands I have written your name. (Isaiah 49:15-16)I'm thinking about names today---the names of the dead. The tolling bells this morning, the moments of silence into which fell, one by one like stones into the rippling reflective pool of memory, the names of those who died 12 years ago today. We all have our snapshots, … [Read more...]

On Labor Day, Saying Thank You

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Are you off today for the Labor Day holiday? Don't forget to say thanks.Thank the barista who brews the latte you can relax over, the waitress at the IHOP, the grocery checker who rings up the last-minute stuff for the cookout. Thank the amusement park cast members, the movie ticket sellers, the baseball umps and peanut-tossers. Thank the lifeguards, the park rangers, the zookeepers, the museum staff. Thank the folks who refold all the clothes and rematch all the shoes during the blowout … [Read more...]

Susie Q, the Dancing Angel

Giovanni di Paolo (Italian painter, 1403–1482) Angels Dancing in the Sun

Medieval theologians---so goes the cliche---spent a lot of time arguing about how many angels could dance on the head of a pin. (As with much medieval theology, you had to be there to get why this mattered.) I know an angel who has been dancing on the points of pins, of nails, of knives all her life. And now, thanks to another angel---a podiatrist!---her amazing dance will continue with less pain.We were in high school when Susie Q was born. I remember how her twin sisters, my friends and … [Read more...]

Adios, Wretched Hive of Bile and Gluttony

Personification of Bile, with its heartbreaking bitterness, fire, lion's rage, and organ-gnawing eagle

I've been tag-teamed this month by a deadly sin and a medieval disease. I think this stuff is going around, like measles among the uninoculated. So let's consider this a health advisory.In my case, the deadly sin was gluttony. And I'm ashamed to admit it took me by surprise. You'd think a fat woman would see that one coming . . . and going. But since moving to L.A. to address my depression and hoarding, I've been pretty good---better than I can remember for a long, long time---at making … [Read more...]

“Dante-esque”: Train Crash Near Compostela on the Eve of the Fiesta

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Santiago de Compostela, patron of pilgrims and of Spain, pray for us.Please pray for those killed and injured in today's train crash outside of Compostela, and for their families. The head of the surrounding Galicia region, Alberto Nunez Feijoo, said at least 45 people were killed and round 70 injured, more than 20 of them seriously."The scene is shocking, it's Dante-esque," he said in a radio interview.The train was travelling from Madrid to Ferrol on the Galician coast when it … [Read more...]

More Kind, More Demanding: Seeking the Way to Witness on Same-Sex Marriage

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This is an apology, but not a retraction. My most recent post---confessing to mixed emotions about the Supreme Court's decisions on same-sex marriage---seems to have created as much confusion in my readers as there is in my head.Some people are concerned that I personally believe what I said I feared: that my Church sees homosexual persons not as sinners, but as sin itself. I know that's not Church teaching, far from it. But it is, in my experience and observation, all too often Church … [Read more...]

In “That Uncomfortable Silence,” Let Love Grow

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I haven't blogged since Wednesday. Struggling too much with what to say and how to say it, taking my pain to the cross. That pain, I have to be honest, does not come from the rulings the Supreme Court made on same-sex marriage, which the US leadership of my Church---to whose mysteries, including the sacramentality of marriage, I give full assent, though I have a devil of a time with the way those mysteries are proclaimed---called "tragic." It's far more personal (and therefore selfish) than … [Read more...]

“Consistent with prevailing public opinion”: The Feds and Marriage, Utah Style

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In sorting the tangled threads of response to today's Court decisions on marriage and states' rights, it occurred to me to look at a somewhat related issue from an earlier time in our nation's history.In the late 19th century, the federal government was embroiled in another battle over the definition of legal marriage. In the Utah Territory, settled almost entirely by Mormons, plural marriage (a practice accepted and even believed to be divinely ordained by mainstream Mormons at the time) … [Read more...]


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