HAPPY ENDING: Or something. I've posted the entire rough draft of "What You Can Do for Your Country." You can read the whole thing in order here; or just get the last segment here. Note the big gap in time between the last segment and the previous ones.As always, your comments and (especially) criticisms are welcomed. This is a rough draft, which means that I already know I didn't nail it, so please don't hold back if you think something's wrong!Soon, maybe tomorrow, I'll start posting the … [Read more...]


And though each spring doe add to love new heate, As princes doe in times of action get New taxes, and remit them not in peace, No winter shall abate the springs encrease. --John Donne, "Loves Growth" … [Read more...]


EXISTENTIAL CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS: Motime Like the Present is a wiggy blog dealing with, um, Calvinism, antinomianism, and Silver Age Marvel comics.In other words, he's insane in a way that I deeply respect.I find Calvinism wildly awful and distressin', and I don't rightly buy much of MLTP's analyses of superhero comics. Nonetheless, he is a worthwhile theological-superheroic test-your-strength machine. Good stuff. Blogrolled tonight. … [Read more...]


RENE MAGRITTE, MASTER OF HORROR: Me and my big mouth. I was really psyched that Sean Collins decided to dedicate his October blogging to horror-related posts, and fired off an email in which I asked whether he was a Magritte fan, and, if so, whether he'd be interested in blogging about the Belgian surrealist's use of horror imagery.Like so many people to whom I shoot oblique, half-thought-out one-liners, he replied, "Hey, intriguing! Why don't you do it?"Um, because I didn't know what I was … [Read more...]


They looked like everyone elseThey forced locksThey replaced lost objects [clipped]--Paul Nouge … [Read more...]


Oompa, Loompa, doopity-doo I've got another blogwatch for you...Amy Welborn: Possible hope for Terri Schiavo. Pray for her; go here for more info.Sed Contra: Responds to my post on health insurance; Dorothy Day pickets Saint Joseph.Thrownback: Amazing post on hearing confessions, from a blogging priest.The Washington Post on the Kay Report on weapons programs in Iraq. Via Oxblog.LaserMonks. As Mark Shea said, Only in America. … [Read more...]


"True 'compassion' leads to sharing another person's pain; it does not kill the person whose suffering we cannot bear. ..."...The request which arises from the human heart in the supreme confrontation with suffering and death, especially when faced with the temptation to give up in utter desperation, is above all a request for companionship, sympathy and support in the time of trial. It is a plea for help to keep on hoping when all human hopes fail. As the Second Vatican Council reminds us: … [Read more...]