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...]

Dear Cardinal Mahony, Please Stop

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As events in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles continue to unfold, Deacon Greg Kandra brings to our attention a post by Cardinal Roger Mahony published this morning on the cardinal's personal blog. In the immediate wake of Archbishop Jose Gomez's announcement that Cardinal Mahony had been relieved of all official archdiocesan duties as a result of his mishandling of the clergy abuse scandal in Los Angeles, Cardinal Mahony's blog post has, I am saddened to say, a particularly unpleasant note of … [Read more...]

The Cat & The Cardinal: Assigning Moral Culpability When the Will Is Ill

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My cat, Carlos, died last week. To be completely honest, I killed him---even though I was 2500 miles away and had not seen him since November. I found out about his passing in the way so many of us learn about death these days: on Facebook. My former landlady, who assumed the care of Carlos along with the countless other burdens my hoarding left in its wake, posted a picture of him in happier times, with a message that said, "RIP Carlos. You deserved a better end." It was a shock, and … [Read more...]

Sewn Shut with Rusty Wire

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"Of the seven deadly sins, only envy is no fun at all." ~ Joseph Epstein Image source Envy really is just miserable. Dante punishes the envious by having their eyes sewn shut with wire, because in life they drew pleasure from watching the downfall of others. In my experience, though, envy doesn't even involve the dubious pleasures of schadenfreude. It's less about wishing ill on others than it is about feeling the ills of being "less than others" too severely. It's ingratitude on a … [Read more...]


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