Cherry Blossom Season in Japan

Some luminous photos. Via Ratty. … [Read more...]

The Mask of Obedience

Last year I wrote this really scattershot, unsatisfying post about "The Beauty of Obedience," rescuing obedience as a positive term and a category you're allowed to care about. I recognize that that post was not the tightest thing I've ever written, and in fact, I'm still kind of flailing around trying to talk about what a positive vision of obedience might look like, but here are yet more extremely scattered thoughts.I've been thinking about that terrific phrase, "the mask of command," and … [Read more...]

“Flying Camels, Butterflies, And Twizzles”: In Which I am a Sports Correspondent

for the American Spectator: In early January, I attend my very first professional sports competition. The U.S. National Figure Skating Championships have already been going on for four days; the event sprawls over four disciplines and five age categories. I’m at Boston’s TD Garden to watch the senior men, including the two men we’ll be sending to the Winter Olympics in Sochi.Sport, like art, uses the limited body to hint at a world without limits. The ball soaring over the stands, the runne … [Read more...]

“Coming Out Catholic: The Movie”: Me at AmCon

on a truly excellent film: At the Level Ground film festival the other weekend, I got to see “Desire of the Everlasting Hills,” a truly moving and well-made documentary—and an example of the movement I described in my “Coming Out Christian” piece.“Desire” lets three gay or same-sex attracted Catholics tell their stories. It’s not confrontational or argumentative; the overall tone is tender and reflective. I saw it twice, and it evoked both laughter and sniffles from the audience.And the … [Read more...]

The Martyrs’ Rose

Given my whole thing with roses, you know I had to link you to this. … [Read more...]

Treebisons, Brickchildren

Some really striking, lovely, vivid sculpture from Ellen Jewett[image removed but it's great, trust me]more! there are rats!and Brad Spencer[likewise]more!Via Matt Jones and Wesley Hill respectively. … [Read more...]

From the Orthodox funeral service, quoted in “The Orthodox Way”

Of old thou hast created me from nothing,And honored me with thy divine image;But when I disobeyed thy commandment,Thou hast returned me to the earth whence I was taken.Lead me back again to thy likeness,Refashioning my ancient beauty. … [Read more...]


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