A bit more on gratitude “The test of all happiness is gratitude; and I felt grateful, though I hardly knew to whom. Children are grateful when Santa Claus puts in their stockings gifts of toys or sweets. Could I not be grateful to Santa Claus when he put in my stockings the gift of two [Read More...]


Gratitude No metaphysician ever felt the deficiency of language so much as the grateful. -Charles Caleb Colton, author and clergyman (1780-1832) [Read more...]


Tales of the Semi-Explained A reader sez: A little over 20 years ago I was about 3 months pregnant with my first child. My husband was asleep in the car, and I was driving the 200 miles home from a visit to family. Some time around midnight, on a very quiet country highway, I decided [Read More...]


Surprise! I pretty much agree with locdog’s take on the Catholic Faith Quickly going point by point: 1. Agreed. 2. Again, agreed. Catholics don’t buy the Once Saved, Always Saved scenario. 3. Again, agreed. The Church does not teach that only those in visible communion with the Catholic Church will be saved. Indeed, there are [Read More...]


Tales of the Unexplained, Part 5 A friend of mine (Dan O’Neill, president of Mercy Corps) once had lunch with a miracle. Or rather the recipient of a miracle. Round about 1920, this guy had been an infant in the care of nuns working at one of St. Frances Cabrini’s hospitals. He had an eye [Read More...]


Tales of the Unexplained, Part 4 In the spring following my dad’s death (Spring 1984), I had a very strange and moving conversation with my mother, who began by nervously telling me she had decided to let the funeral parlor that had cremated my father’s body dispose of his ashes. She was, she said, very [Read More...]


Just a note of thanks to y’all All you readers, commenters, emailers, critics, huzzah-ers and everybody in between sure make this blog an interesting adventure. Thanks to y’all for tuning in. I’m mighty beholden to you. [Read more...]


Picking the brain of Fr. Neuhaus (Warning: Long!) Figuring it couldn’t hurt to try, and not being in a position to write the Pope, I figured I’d try asking Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, editor of First Things, if he could give me some clues on what the rhyme and reason is to getting rid of [Read More...]


Oops! Eric Svendsen, graduate of Wilbur Weed Boxtop Diploma Mill for Those Who Want to Play Ph.D’s on the Internet, erstwhile anti-Catholic professional, and chief cook and bottle washer for Not Roman.org (www.ntrmin.org), might have spoken too soon. Seizing on the somewhat dubious “James ossuary” news last week, he gleefully announced that this was proof [Read More...]


How they eschew extremism in Saudi Arabia “Among the participants was one of the leaders of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, who was hugged and kissed by hundreds of participants.” [Read more...]


Others chip in with their own Tales of the Unexplained Here and here. [Read more...]


Amy Weighs in on the Shea/Dreher Debate I agree. I do wish it were possible to just… ask, “Why are you pursuing this policy?” It would make all this argument between us ignorant people much less necessary. By the way, Amy: Haloscan seems to work pretty good. [Read more...]


Tales of the Unexplained, Commentary By the way, several things should be noted. First, you’ll note that while I think such things are happening all over the world, I don’t think it is typical for them to happen to everybody everyday. Certain people do have charisms of miracles and healing (see, f’rinstance St. Padre Pio, [Read More...]


Tales of the Unexplained, Number 3 About 20 years ago, I was on a retreat out in Eastern Washington. I had a friend whom I had not seen or talked to in several years, about whom I was not thinking and had not thought in months, and who was, at that point, the farthest thing [Read More...]


An example of desperate naturalistic dogmatism Fr. Benedict Groeschel is fond of recounting tales of Mrs. Whosit, the little Jewish lady that lived next door to him in Brooklyn when he was growing up. Her son went off to college and came back explaining that the Israelites had crossed the Red Sea at low tide. [Read More...]


Pete Vere Weighs in on the Shea/Dreher Debate By the way, after you’ve read this, scroll down and check out “Sister Nouveau Mary Rides Again!” [Read more...]


Tales of the Unexplained, Number 2 In December 1987, just as I was entering the Church, a friend of mine (a very close friend) was working in the burn unit of Harborview in Seattle. Harborview has the finest burn ward in the Northwest and gets patients from the four surrounding states. They had brought in [Read More...]


Tales of the Unexplained, Number 1 A woman I worked with about 15 years ago told me about a curious incident which had happened to her a few years earlier. She was, she said, diagnosed with diabetes when she went into diabetic shock and had to be hospitalized at Ballard Hospital in Seattle. They got [Read More...]


Unleash the Power of the Blog! Chesterton once observed that it was always perilous to talk politics with women because of the imminent danger that they would want to do something about it and not just go on jawing as men do. Julianne Wiley proves this again by writing: Attention, Cyber-Sleuths! In my judgment “somebody” [Read More...]


Okay. I’ve switched to Haloscan. Seems to work. Apologies to everybody whose comments vanished. I couldn’t stand YACCS crummy software anymore. [Read more...]


He woke one morning and found, to his surprise, that he had come to hate the YACCS comments boxes It was a long time in building, this passionate hatred. Was it the 50/50 chance of actually seeing the comments or getting the software to accept a posting that bothered him the most? It was hard [Read More...]