DEAR MR. DEAR: Pro-Lifers Don’t Kill People. You Don’t Speak for Us.

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Robert L. Dear Jr., the shooter who burst into a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic and fired a semiautomatic rifle, shooting twelve people and killing three of them, now claims he "did it for the babies."The impassioned and unshaven killer, cuffed at the arms and legs, appeared in court today for the first time since the November 27 shooting. "I'm guilty!" he admitted to Judge Gilbert A. Martinez. "There's no trial. I'm a warrior for the babies!"So at the offset, before the … [Read more...]

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Wear the Veil Day: Catholic Young Women Veil in Devotion to the Real Presence

Blogger wearing the infinity veil I won from Veils by Lily, in their recent essay contest on the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist

On December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, many young Catholic women across America will be wearing a veil to Mass. I grew up in the pre-Vatican II days when chapel veils or mantillas were de rigueur. All women wore hats or veils to Mass as a sign of reverence. In grade school I wore a round white chapel veil, pinned to my pony tail with a hairpin. Later, Jackie Kennedy popularized the Spanish mantilla; and older girls favored the elegant lace headcovering that dropped to the sh … [Read more...]

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The Christmas Plains: A Sentimental Classic from Joseph Bottum

The Christmas Plains

Joseph Bottum is the kind of storyteller who captures your attention with a straightforward phrase, a wordsmith who tickles the imagination with his own brand of plainspeak, elucidating what you knew all the time but couldn't quite put your finger on. He writes as Everyman describing the human condition, and as a prophet with an eye toward eternity.That the Black Hills of South Dakota should have won him back, home from a successful career in Washington DC and New York, is a major coup for th … [Read more...]

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