Spiritual AND Religious—Surprise!: A Book Review

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Catholic Spiritual Practices: A Treasury of Old & New Edited by Colleen M. Griffith & Thomas H. Groome Paraclete Press, 2012This time of year, our thoughts often turn to the good things that come in small packages, the gifts that have the power to surprise us, to contain more than they might promise at first glance. Catholic Spiritual Practices, a slim volume published by Paraclete Press for Boston College's Church in the 21st Century Center, is just such surprise package.At … [Read more...]

10 Things I’ll Miss Most About Catholic Ohio

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I haven't been Catholic in Ohio all that long---only two out of the 16 years I lived here. And my Catholic experience is limited geographically to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. But now that the trajectory of my life is flinging me precipitously (though blessedly, blessedly!) west to Los Angeles again, I want to name some of the things I'll miss most about being Catholic here. If you live in the archdiocese, cherish these. If you're passing through, make their acquaintance.In no particular … [Read more...]

Home for Advent, Christmas, and Ever After

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Really, I tell you, never, never, never count God out.Yesterday, while I was bewailing the uncertainty of my future and being lectured by Dr Phil in the Sky, the band of angels who are my family and friends were tying up the last loose ends of a conspiracy to get me not only a home, but Home. Next Friday I will wing my way out of Ur . . . or Egypt . . . or Dayton, Ohio, and head back to the City of the Angels. Waiting for me will be a small, manageable, even affordable by LA standards … [Read more...]

Homeless in Advent, Thank God

Pieter Brueghel the Elder, The Census at Bethlehem

I've been dreading this Advent, usually my favorite season. In a time ripe with promise, all I could see was loss. But then God answered my prayer---with a big fat stupid No.Over at the Patheos Atheist Channel (a concept that still makes me giggle), blogger Bob Seidensticker has been engaged in a long and, to him, frustrating attempt to convince believers in general (and Christians in particular) that they are deluded, because prayer doesn't work and miracles can't be proved. The frustrating … [Read more...]

Thank You, and Please Pass the Faith

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Responding (belatedly) to a Patheos roundtable on giving thanks for those who nurtured our faith, I am---as usual---overwhelmed by the possibilities. In my 62-year dance of reversion, just about every person I've encountered has given me reason to believe. Like J. D. Salinger's Seymour, I have been blessed by those who've touched my life: “If or when I do start going to an analyst, I hope to God he has the foresight to let a dermatologist sit in on the consultation. A hand specialist. I have s … [Read more...]

Dear Lord, Baby Jesus: Black Friday and the New Evangelization

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Could Black Friday become a feast day of the New Evangelization? In this post from December 2010, I may have been on to something._____Tis the season when Christians collectively bemoan the commercialization of the holy day, reminding ourselves of the importance of turning away from the retail rat race and putting Christ back into Christmas. Yesterday, though, while tuning one ear to the Christmas muzak playing in one of my favorite coffee establishments (as it has been playing … [Read more...]

‘VAGINAS WIN! VAGINAS WIN!’: Reductio ad Lady Parts

Barack Obama, Cecile Richards

My lady parts, what's left of 'em, are feeling mighty marginalized this morning, after waking up to the news that they did not get invited to the Grrrrrl Power party that reelected President Obama. Being respectable card-carrying feminist lady parts, activated in the 1960s, they are astonished to learn how far the mighty have fallen. "WTF?" they are asking. "Didn't we already fight this battle? Didn't they hear us roar in numbers too big to ignore that women are more than the sum of their lady … [Read more...]

Your Assigned Reading for Election Day–UPDATED

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It's all over but the shouting, which I imagine will go on for oh, another four years.I voted so early this year (on my birthday in October, in a one-stop-shopping visit to the Montgomery County Building to renew my car tags), and so reluctantly (see here and here for why), that this Election Day arrives not with a bang but a whimper. A political junkie in withdrawal, I anticipate a couple of bouts of the shakes tonight as I try not to spin through the spin of the "news" channels or unglue … [Read more...]


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