Bagels from Heaven, very imperfect contrition, and conversations with the dead

These are all topics we discussed yesterday during Mark Shea's radio show, Connecting the Dots, where I am a co-host every Monday. I keep forgetting to remind people about this show, but it's lots of fun! Here is a podcast of yesterday's show, where we answered reader's questions, including "Should we pray for the conversion of Satan?" … [Read more...]

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Rogue Laughter in a Flippant Society

Whether you call it a defect in our understanding of tragedy, or a defect in our understanding of comedy, it amounts to the same thing, because a society that avoids tragedy is a society that does not understand comedy -- and so it has no idea when to laugh and when to cry.Read the rest at the Register. ***image via Pixabay … [Read more...]

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Pro-life Even at the End of Life: What the Catholic Church Teaches about Care for the Dying

The Catholic Church has a consistent, compassionate approach to end-of-life issues, but many Catholics don't know what the Church actually teaches. As a result, doctors, hospice care workers, and the guardians of patients in distress are branded "murderers" even when they're doing their best to care for the sick and dying in a loving, responsible, and ethical way.  I wrote this article for Catholic Digest in 2013.  I'm reprinting it today in light of recent conversationg surrounding Baby Jake an … [Read more...]

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In which I nag you to buy life insurance

I really hate it when people say, “You have no business having children if you don’t have life insurance!” or “How can you claim you love your family if you don’t have life insurance?” Hey, things happen. Life doesn’t always work out in a sensible order. Lots of non-horrible people don’t have life insurance. Just consider this your reminder, you loving parents, to take a look at your budget and see what you can do. Read the rest at the Register.  And by the way, my agent is Daniel Finn with New … [Read more...]

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Gee, your corpse smells terrific!

Not only does the Catholic Church "do science," but she allows us a heck of a lot of latitude in our personal devotions. Myself, I have steered clear of incorruptibles as any proof of anything besides the fact that the world is weird, history is messy, and lots of people are different from me. Read the rest at the Register. photo via Wikimedia Commons … [Read more...]

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Happy New Year! You’re Going to Die.

 Anonymous painting courtesy of Wikimedia Commons I'm telling my daughter the brightest version of something that is true, and something that we all need to remember: that the best way to deal with death and the afterlife is to remember, always, that it's our behavior right now that decides which path we're on. It's a good thing to spend some time thinking about death, not to terrify ourselves or to revel in dark things, but to shed some light on our present choices.Read the rest … [Read more...]

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What About Behavioral and Spiritual Arguments Against Vaccines?

 PIC vaccineAs we can see from Tuesday's post and the response to it, it's not necessarily clear what we mean when we say "science" or "medicine." So let's put science and medicine aside entirely for a moment, and let's focus on two arguments against vaccines that I keep hearing -- arguments which don't appeal to science at all, but which are spiritual and behavioral.Read the rest at the Register.   Note: any snark, condescension, lack of charity, arrogance, self-pity, logical fa … [Read more...]

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