MATTHEW 25:36 WATCH: ...One of the things that confirms me in my decision to keep doing this work is the reaction I get when I tell people about it. It's not that they react negatively; for the most part I find people are very supportive. Rather it's how quickly they tell me that they could never imagine doing it themselves.Prisoners may be one of the closest analogues in our society to the lepers of Jesus' time. As Jesus' contemporaries feared disease, we fear the social pathologies that … [Read more...]

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"THE HE-MAN PRAGMATIST-HATERS CLUB": This is a very good Jonah Goldberg column. This is not. This is a response to the very good Jonah Goldberg column, but it should be a rebuke to the very bad one. More soon. … [Read more...]

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LIFE IS A GREAT MYSTERY. IS EVERYBODY A DIFFERENT PERSON WHEN THEY ARE WITH SOMEBODY ELSE? OLE GOLLY HAS NEVER BEEN THIS WAY. I WONDER IF PEOPLE ACT LIKE THIS WHEN THEY GET MARRIED. HOW COULD SHE GET MARRIED? WOULD MR. WALDENSTEIN COME TO LIVE WITH US THEN? THEY COULD PUT THEIR CHILD IN MY ROOM IF THEY WANTED TO. I WOULDN'T MIND. I DON'T THINK. UNLESS IT WAS A VERY NOSY CHILD WHO TRIED TO READ MY NOTEBOOKS. THEN I WOULD SMASH IT. --Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy … [Read more...]

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FROM DAPPLED THINGS HOMILY--something I needed. What must you do to make God love you? What are the basic requirements?Or, put another way: What does it take to make God stop loving you? Mortal sin? Excommunication?Answer the question for yourself based upon what you know of the moral law.What you should have answered to both questions is, "Nothing. Nothing at all." more … [Read more...]

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IF YOU PRAY: All three of my clients tonight were moving toward marriage--or they'd just arrived there, as my last client got married today! So if you pray, could you please pray for FR, Latasha, and J and I (the newlyweds)? Thanks! … [Read more...]

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THE WAR INSIDE THE ARAB NEWSROOM. Wow. Go read that. … [Read more...]

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WHILE WE'RE ON THE SUBJECT OF WRITING: I think the best book on writing I've read may be William E. Blundell's Art and Craft of Feature Writing. It's basically the Wall Street Journal Guide to Practically Everything. It's designed for journalists, but the skills and way of looking at the world it teaches are equally applicable to fiction writers: It explores how to assess causes and consequences, how to find the important angles and plotlines in a real-world story, and where you'd be likely to … [Read more...]

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