I Have Met the Elephant, and It Is Me

Bernini's elephant base for the obelisk in front of the church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva in RomeHaving struggled through yesterday's post, I went to Mass today prepared to be more open to an expected pro-life message than I was last year on this Roe v. Wade anniversary weekend. I vowed to acknowledge the elephant in the pew. I just didn't think I would be the elephant.To be fair, my parish is not known for a particularly strong or explicit pro-life outreach, which is one of the reasons I felt … [Read more...]

The Elephant in the Pew

In the tangled journey home of this particular returning Catholic, this is one of the toughest times of the year. Tomorrow marks the 39th anniversary of the passage of Roe v. Wade, and everybody I know is--literally or figuratively--on the bus to Washington for the annual March for Life. Most of the Catholics I know and love are on the bus in support of the march and in passionate protest of the right to legalized abortion that Roe established. Most of the non-Catholics I know and love are on … [Read more...]

Girls in Love, Lambs to the Slaughter

It's the Eve of St. Agnes, and it's cold. Cold as the beginning of Keats' long lyric poem, set on and named for this night:St. Agnes' Eve -- Ah, bitter chill it was!The owl, for all his feathers, was a-cold;The hare limp'd trembling through the frozen grass,And silent was the flock in the wooly fold . . .If you were a young unmarried European woman on this night, in times past, you'd be preparing yourself like Keats' heroine Madeline to receive a rapturous vision of your husband-to-be. The … [Read more...]