The Parable of the Papal Interview

Vincent van Gogh, Sower with the Setting Sun

Hear this! A pope went out to give an interview.¬†And as he talked, some of his words fell to the media, and those birds gobbled them up before they could even be heard. Others of his words fell to those who didn't understand his context. They received his message with joy, but the first time it occurred to them how difficult it would be to live by those words, their enthusiasm withered like seedlings in a drought. Some of his words fell among cranky people who believed those words … [Read more...]

Hey, Who You Callin’ Egregious?: More on a Blog Name

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In which Pope Francis gives me an inadvertent shout-out, and I get schooled in the etymology of egregiousness. The news service Zenit has released its English translation of Pope Francis's recent open letter to the founding editor of Italy's La Repubblica, a secular newspaper known for posing challenging questions to the Church's role in Italian life and world politics. In the letter, the pontiff addresses some of these questions directly and personally, as a conversation with Eugenio … [Read more...]

Quick, Martha, Your Girdle! Slaying the Beast of Internet Ordure

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What with so many heads 'splodin' in so many directions this morning---see this wise, sane, unexploded post from The Anchoress Elizabeth Scalia if you've somehow escaped getting brain matter on you thus far---I am in grave need of the intercession of a holy buttkicker. As the grace of the Catholic calendar would have it, today is the Feast of St Martha. Couldn't be a better cavalry to call in. Wait, you say, St Martha of Martha, Martha, you worry too much? St Martha who appeared to get her … [Read more...]