What Sarah Palin and Starbucks CEO Schultz Have in Common

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Are you, like me, just sick of it, yet?I am so blastedly sick of the mindset that says, "because this person doesn't agree with my thoughts on this issue and that issue, absolutely nothing he/she has to say can possibly be worth hearing; nothing this person says could possibly be credible, legitimate or valuable, or speak to any part of my world, or the world of any reasonable person."That's the sort of reaction I am seeing in social media, in response to this statement by Starbucks … [Read more...]

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Our Death Can Happen Many Times

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Found this scrawled, uncharacteristically for me, in the back of a book* --When we meet God face-to-face, it is always a moment of grace, but too it is a moment of judgment for us. Judgment day, then, can be any day, any time, any particular moment of an hour. And so our death can happen many times, a process of conversion, a process of turning to. We die to ourselves, die to a particular sin or attachment, and begin again, turning toward. We no sooner die to one thing that we … [Read more...]

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“The Pope is Not an American Politician”

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That's what I told Konrad Aderer when he interviewed me via Skype for Currents NY Nightly News program, which is part of the extensive programming via the Diocese of Brooklyn.The taping was a little early for me; with only one cup of coffee in me, I had some trouble finding the word "ideologies". Also proselytizing. I have to remember to keep to one-syllable words when it's in the A.M.Anyway, you can watch the rest here: … [Read more...]

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MSM to Hillary: Madam, Stand Down! This is Just Business.

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A couple of weeks ago I was talking about Donald Trump with some friends in a private Facebook page, and I said his staying-power in the face of bizarre Trumpisms gives the Democrats a tremendous opportunity to correct their course:There is ONE thing that Trump does that not everyone has realized, yet: he brings in the idea that a non-professional-pol can be a player. What the Dems need is not a Biden run, not Sanders; they need a businessman (or woman) who can talk to the nation about … [Read more...]

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The Horror of PP vs an Invitation to Absolute Beauty & Healing

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In just a few hours, you and I -- from wherever we are, on the planet -- have the opportunity to meet each other in the Holy Eucharist, and to together plead before the most Merciful Christ Jesus, for all of those who have been touched by the Culture of Death, throughout the world.This is a privilege of spirit and mystery. In her capacity as a member of the cardinal's pro-life commission, Kathryn Jean Lopez has managed to very quickly organize a special Holy Hour of Reparation, Healing and … [Read more...]

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The Early Loneliness by which a Martha is Formed

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My Mother in Law -- bless her, she's a living saint -- is a Martha. She can't sit still; she's happier when she is bustling about, cooking, cleaning, sending food to a neighbor who is feeling unwell, putting out "coffee and a little something."Me? I'm a Mary; I'm happy to be hospitable, but while my MIL's kitchen and household run like clockwork mine is, we might say, a bit more laid back. I'm okay, for instance, with letting the dishes sit while we chat a while between a meal and the … [Read more...]

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“Masques Off! Masques Off!” Cried America

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Honestly, it's beginning to feel like "The Masque of the Red Death", around here.Here is Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit, a man who can recognize a Potemkin village, when he sees one:A DEMOCRATIC OPERATIVE, MASQUERADING AS A COMEDIAN: Jon Stewart’s secret White House visits.UPDATE: Jon Stewart Secretly Met with Obama, Worked ‘In Concert’ with White House. Potemkin Village? We’ve got a whole freakin’ Potemkin Culture.Indeed. This line popped out at me, in the Mediaite report: Accor … [Read more...]

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Barron on “Death of God & Loss of Human Dignity”

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[This piece was written before today's release of a third, very graphic video - Admin]by Bishop-elect Robert BarronI am sure by now that many of you have seen the appalling hidden-camera videos of two Planned Parenthood physicians bantering cheerfully with interlocutors posing as prospective buyers of the body parts of aborted infants. While they slurp wine in elegant restaurants, the good doctors -- both women -- blandly talk about what price they would expect for providing … [Read more...]

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Of Christ, Monasticism and Radio Astronomy

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[I stumbled upon this post in my archives, and upon re-reading it, realized that there is more to say, and that -- if my email is any indicator -- reposting this might be helpful for many. Originally from July 13, 2012 - ES]Alright, after a couple of politically-flavored posts, I'm going to have mercy on everyone and give you a gift for the weekend, and it comes to us in two parts via an excellent site within the Evangelical Portal, Good Letters, where guest contributor and writer/poet … [Read more...]

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The Crescat Needs Your Urgent Prayers – UPDATE

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UPDATE: Katrina is home after receiving her stent, and while she is not yet set to blog, she sounds like she is getting back into form, as she declares on Facebook that casseroles are welcome. Thanks be to God. Please pray for her swift recovery!Our talented Crescat, Katrina R. Fernandez, has been hospitalized after suffering what she described as "crushing chest pains." After evaluation, she is being moved to another hospital where she will be outfitted with a stent to treat a blockage and … [Read more...]

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