“Pope Warns Comfortable Living Causes ‘Gentrification of the Heart’: CNS

reports: Pope Francis warned against "gentrification of the heart" as a consequence of comfortable living, and called on the faithful to "touch the flesh of Christ" by caring for the needy.The pope's words came in a homily during Mass in St. Peter's Square May 12, when he canonized the first Colombian saint, as well as a Mexican nun and some 800 Italians martyred by Ottoman Turks in the 15th century. more … [Read more...]

“Cardinal Dolan Visits Maximum-Security Prison”

NYT: As Roman Catholics worldwide commemorate Holy Week, Cardinal Dolan chose Wednesday morning to visit the Shawangunk Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in the Hudson Valley town of Wallkill. The trip was one day before a scheduled visit by Pope Francis to a youth detention center in Rome, which the pope chose instead of the traditional visit to a basilica on the afternoon of Holy Thursday.Cardinal Dolan said that the new pope’s actions had “inspired me” to become a better bi … [Read more...]

“The Case Against Government Bans on Feeding the Homeless”: Reason

mag: ...I mention Elijah’s selflessness and generosity toward me and these two men for this startling reason: While Elijah’s act of sharing food with me would be legal virtually anywhere in this country, his decision to feed the homeless men who ate with us could be illegal in many cities today. The reason for this dramatic discrepancy boils down to this fact alone: I slept with a roof over my head, but the others slept under the stars.Such illogic has led cities like New York City, Phi … [Read more...]

“Down and Out in Antarctica”

Hunter R. Slaton, great piece at The Fix: Eight years ago this month, I was mind-bendingly hungover and miserable, pushing a push broom across a dirty blue-linoleum floor in Antarctica.I was working as a “dining attendant”—aka a dishwasher—at McMurdo Station, a US scientific research facility on Antarctica’s Ross Island, site of the launch of many heroic expeditions, including Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated trek to the South Pole, and home to the world’s southernmost active volcano, … [Read more...]

“You think, ‘What do you want?’ You think, ‘Make a decision’…”

If you have confronted some serious inadequacies in your understanding of the world, and have one or a few candidates for possible alternative understandings, but feel stuck, constantly noodling with meta-questions and "But how can I know for sure?" and never actually getting to the point where you change your life... here are some things you might try.1. Ask a new question. The one I really like is, "Which of my possible beliefs and actions are kind of banal, and what would be the sublime … [Read more...]


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