Return to Blogging? I Think So!: A Bullet List of Random Thoughts and Pictures

Thanks for you messages and well wishes. My health’s improving, and I’m hoping to get back to work slowly. What’s been happening since I’m gone? Did I miss anything important? Let’s see, what’s been going on in my life for the past few weeks… I was mostly vegetative on the couch or in bed for two [Read More…]

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In the Midst of Life, We Are In Death

Today is two years since my father died. This is what I wrote then, July 10th, 2013.  After a long final illness, my father finally passed away early this morning at the age of 90. Although he lived well and died at home, it was an emotional and physical rollercoaster at the end, and I was [Read More…]

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Is It Beautiful, or “Mean, odious, repulsive, and revolting”?

This is “Christ in the House of His Parents,” painted by John Everett Millais in 1849 and one of the landmarks of the -Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood movement. It’s a masterpiece of symbolic naturalism. Everything in it has meaning. At the  center of the action is the child Jesus. He’s cut his hand on a nail, and [Read More…]

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Sorry For the Long Silence

It’s been a rough few weeks here. I was sick, and that turned into pneumonia which I just can’t shake. Just to break things up and keep them interesting, we had a tornado, which knocked out power for days. I’m supposed to do nothing, which isn’t as easy as it should be. Thanks for your [Read More…]

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LiveTweet of #LaudatoSi: Part One

Here you go, all Storified and everything. I plan to return to the task tomorrow morning. [View the story “Live-Tweeting @LaudatoSi Part I (ThomasLMcDonald)” on Storify] [Read more…]

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#LaudatoSii: Hold Your Breath, Make a Wish, Count to Three

Tomorrow I will begin reading Laudato Sii, and I plan to tweet as I go. I’m already seeing the overheated freakouts online and it’s a sorry spectacle. Everyone needs to cut the crap, m’kay? It seems like all we do lately is replay the right’s reaction to Mater et Magistra and the left’s reaction to Humanae Vitae. [Read More…]

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Emmaus Road Publishing & St. Paul Center Merge

Scott Hahn’s St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology has a new publishing arm, and Emmaus Road Publishing has a new lease on life, thanks to their recent merger. To mark the occasion, they’re offering a free Scott Hahn book with your first order, deep discounts, and free shipping. The St. Paul Center produces Catholic Bible [Read More…]

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A Lost Papal Bust by Bernini Found

This bust of Pope Paul V by Bernini surfaced two years ago in a private collection after being lost for 100 years. Commissioned by the Pope’s nephew Cardinal Scipione Borghese in 1621, it was the first papal work of the 23-year-old artist. It remained in the Borghese family until 1893, when it was misidentified and auctioned off [Read More…]

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