Anti-Catholic Presidential Remarks of the Month: And the Award Goes To . . .

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. . . not Barack Obama---though of course there are 5 more days in June, so there's still room for him to prompt a recount. No, despite the boffo traffic engendered by various Catholic bloggers and commenters reading the President's remarks in Belfast last week as a call for The End of Catholic EducationĀ in Ireland and Possibly Everywhere, Mr Obama (who can generally be counted on to be a frontrunner in this sweepstakes) scratched at the gate. On the basis of those remarks, at least, he wasn't … [Read more...]

The Hope of Zechariah: Freedom Beyond a Fortnight

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 The longing for religious freedom is as old as religion. On this Solemnity of the Nativity of John the Baptist, falling within the US Catholic Bishops' Fortnight for Freedom, it's worth looking at what that longing and that freedom really mean---and what working to protect that freedom and fulfill that longing may require of us.The Fortnight for Freedom, you might recall, was instituted last year as a period of prayer, fasting, and action to defend religious liberty in the … [Read more...]

Saying Goodbye to Our Favorite Uncle

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My sister and I lost the last of our mother's generation this month. Uncle Fred, born in 1918, was the eldest of our mother's 5 brothers; at going-on-95, he outlived her and his younger brothers---as well as two wives---by years, even decades.His memorial service at the First Congregational Church in Eugene, OR, where he offered to God his glorious bass baritone every Sunday morning until he was too weak to stand, is going on right now. We aren't there, for reasons of expense and work and … [Read more...]

Five for Joy: June Gloom, Love Decoded, and Other Saturday Mysteries

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On the always sage advice of The Anchoress that the best way to recover from a fall off your blog is to climb right back on it with a little something every day, I'm back. Not quite George Costanza-style yet,but here I am. And because Saturday is a low readership day, I'm going to start with a collection of little bits, like the 7 Quick Takes Friday format popularized by Jen Fulwiller at Conversion Diary. I'm hoping to make this a regular Saturday thing, and taking counsel from my … [Read more...]

iDolatry? There’s an App for That!

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Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life by Elizabeth Scalia Ave Maria Press, 2013While over for dinner the other night with his parents, my going-on-4-year-old grandson was engaged in his usual sweeping of my apartment for Interesting Stuff. I'm trying to keep the acquisition of things to a rigorous minimum, but Luke can occasionally spot a new refrigerator magnet, a surprise toy, or something chocolate, so this surveillance is part of the arrival ritual.He paused at the … [Read more...]

“A Palpable Hopefulness”: A Book Response and a Wish

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The Lady of the Angels and Her City: A Marian Pilgrimage by Wendy M. Wright Liturgical Press, 2013I can't think of a better day than May 13, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, to bring to your attention Wendy Wright's new book---and to make a wish for Wendy herself. The publisher's description sums up well the author's intent, and why this lavishly illustrated volume is of interest far beyond the widespread boundaries of the largest Catholic diocese in the United States: The Lady of the … [Read more...]

Catholic and Crazy: The Asylum of Faith

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When you're locked in a rubber room, wearing paper pajamas that leave far too little to the imagination, trying to find patterns in the ceiling tiles as cracked as your brain, you wouldn't expect to find yourself conversing with the spirit of an Irish teenager 1400 years dead---murdered by her own father, the story goes, when she resisted his incestuous advances. But that's how it works when you're Catholic and crazy. The communion of saints means we're never alone, even in a psych ward.In … [Read more...]

Seven Buses: The Love That Builds Bridges

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This started to be a story about attending my 45th high school reunion last Sunday. But it's really more a story about the ways a good mother loves---which is to say, it's a story about God.Alma MaterThe first mother in this story is my alma mater, my soul-mother, Immaculate Heart High School. I've written before about the debts I owe the Women of Great Heart I encountered there---the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart who taught me and inspired me and called me out on my idolatrous … [Read more...]


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