GUILT VS. SHAME: Via Mark Shea I found this speech by Ron Belgau of Courage, on same-sex attraction and Christian discipleship. I was most struck by this description of the difference between guilt and shame, which really resonated with me: "Guilt recognizes that I, God's child, have done something inconsistent with my new Identity in Christ. It leads to repentance and a renewed commitment to live in Christ. Shame, on the other hand, 'is the feeling that I am no good, I am worthless, and I … [Read more...]

"GETTING FIRED": TIME TO MEET MR. PEELER. Part two of my current short story is finally up. Sorry for the delay! Start at the beginning here (recommended) or just get the latest chunk here. In this installment, our hero applies for a job, sees some bizarre sunglasses, and continues to have a very, very bad day. … [Read more...]

THE STRAIGHT DOPE ON THE U.S. PRISON RATE: Good column, though it gets weird at the end."The U.S. certainly doesn't have the highest incarceration rate in world history, and depending on whose figures you believe may not even have the highest rate now. However, to be honest, we're more competitive than you might care to hear." … [Read more...]

CATHOLICS IN DC: Looking for something to do for God? I find in my church bulletin this week a notice about a day of retreat to discern whether you are called to prison ministry, mentoring prisoners re-entering society and their families, or ministry to crime victims."Prison Ministry Through Restorative Justice" will be held in the West Conference Room of St. Matthew's Cathedral, 17th and Rhode Island Ave. NW (Farragut North or Dupont Circle metro), on Saturday, February 21, from 9:30 AM to 3 … [Read more...]

IRAN BOTH NIGHT AND DAY: Roundup from Winds of Change (via Oxblog). Includes the uncensored, with-stuff-not-shown-in-the-US "Forbidden Iran" documentary; the regime's attacks on workers; sex slavery; blogging Parliamentarians; and much more. And this:"FYI: The Islamic Regime's Ambassador to the UN, who met with Senator Specter and others last week, is Mr. Javad Zarif, who just so happens to be a member of the student gang who in 1979 took American diplomats hostage for 444 days. (Just some … [Read more...]

"It's a family joke that when I was a tiny child I turned from the window out of which I was watching a snowstorm, and hopefully asked, 'Momma, do we believe in winter?' Do you get what I'm saying?" --Portnoy's Complaint … [Read more...]

CAPITOL HILL PREGNANCY CENTER is holding volunteer training sessions in March! Call (202) 546-1018 for more information. You know you want to! … [Read more...]