Hi folks! I hope you’re making Lisa feel welcome (I have no doubt of that) and can’t wait to see what she does while aboard. I may pop in and out, today, myself — or I may not — but wanted to quickly express my thanks for all of your kind prayers for Kitty. She is still spiking fevers, her heart rate is still accelerated today some draining of the abscess is going to happen; the doctors say she will not be released from hospital until at least Wednesday, so as you keep her in your thoughts, please know we are most appreciative!
And thanks to Lisa Hendey — wife, mother, author, blogger and entrepreneur of staggering energy — for minding the helm today. While planned over a week ago, her take-over has ended up being providential in several different ways; it turns out I am insanely busy today and so her presence here is a true boon. Traveling this weekend I had her book A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms and as a mother, I am loving it; I’m thinking this is an excellent Christmas gift for any Catholic mother you know (hello, my neighbor! Hello my young niece, mother of three rambunctious girls!), so perhaps your Christmas shopping begins today.
Finally, a quick head-up — I’ll be showing up tonight on Currents (the nation’s only daily Catholic news broadcast) out of NET-NY in Brooklyn, where I’ll be talking about the student loan bubble and Occupy Wall Street . We may touch on the just-released note on financial reform released by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, if I get a chance to read it, but even before I take a glance at it, I am reminded of what our Holy Father said in October of 2008, when the world economy first hit the earth with such a bang:
At the end of the Sermon on the Mount the Lord speaks to us about the two possible foundations for building the house of one’s life: sand and rock. The one who builds on sand builds only on visible and tangible things, on success, on career, on money. Apparently these are the true realities. But all this one day will pass away. We can see this now with the fall of large banks: this money disappears, it is nothing. And thus all things, which seem to be the true realities we can count on, are only realities of a secondary order. The one who builds his life on these realities, on matter, on success, on appearances, builds upon sand. Only the Word of God is the foundation of all reality, it is as stable as the heavens and more than the heavens, it is reality. Therefore, we must change our concept of realism. The realist is the one who recognizes the Word of God, in this apparently weak reality, as the foundation of all things.
Welcome, Lisa — you have the con. I think that’s from Star Trek.
UPDATE: Thomas Peters on Why Benedict has not called for a “Central World Bank”