Prayers for Critically Injured Thomas Peters – Lungs seem better

Friends, please whisper up a prayer for Thomas Peters of Catholic Vote:Thomas was involved in an accident yesterday evening and has sustained major injuries. He is awake, responsive, and in stable but critical condition. Family and friends are with him.Pray for his family, too, including his father, Edward Peters, and Thomas' wife.The first time I met Thomas was in Rome in 2011 at the Vatican/Blogger meet-up, which is pictured above. I complimented him on looking so handsome in his … [Read more...]

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Wrestling Big Questions With Civility, Smarts, Grace

Brandon Vogt -- tireless, energetic, passionately Catholic, creative Brandon Vogt -- has created something new, and he calls it Strange Notions: the Digital Aeropagus. I've been meaning to mention this for weeks, but my schedule has been atrocious. This video helps to spell it out, so I can certainly squeeze it in!Strange Notions is about asking and answering the big questions in a public forum, and most particularly in fomenting constructive engagement between Atheists and people of … [Read more...]

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Anchoress and Benedict on NPR

If any of you happen to be near a radio at about 6:55 ET, turn to NPR and you'll hear me, gassing away, (along with Fr. James Martin, among others) about the pope's new blog. Specifically, I give him a bit of joking "advice," such as: "try to get linked by Instapundit! Gets you more exposure, then you can charge more for blogads!" And, "...if I link to him, he's got to link back to me!"Fr. Martin emails that in the transcripts I got the pull-quote!"He should have some favorite YouTube … [Read more...]

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Press fact-checks everyone but Obama

If you have not been paying attention, it's time to start.As you undoubtedly know, last week's episode of Saturday Night Live began with an impression that dared to mock President Obama, which -in the minds of our betters in the media- is simply not done.Tina Fey can (incorrectly) portray Sarah Palin as saying she could "see Russia from my house," and that is considered "spot-on" by CNN (their words) but a comic cannot suggest that President Obama has actually done (or left undone) … [Read more...]

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Deacon Greg has moved!

You'll find the good deacon and his relentlessly upbeat, almost completely-politics-free posts (and his exceptional weekly homilies) hanging with the crew over at Beliefnet!I blush to say he honors me by linking here in his first not-about-his-move post.A visit to the good deacon's establishment is mandatory, every day, and always fruitful. Don't miss out; adjust your favorites page accordingly: http://blog.beliefnet.com/deaconsbench/ … [Read more...]

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Headline questions

Saddest headline in my email today: George W. Bush was the last American President.I'm in sort of a cranky mood, especially after getting this thing in my email a dozen times. Not the HA post, the vid. If you can watch it you've got a stronger stomach than I do. And if you want info on the UI behind it, Malkin has it. Ugh, and ugh.So, I'll start with this video, instead. Note the line: "These are bad Americans, and they're putting our country at risk."Okay, I have questions.Oil … [Read more...]

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You really can get anything at Amazon!

While looking at my Amazon reports this morning, I note that someone bought this, and thought, "wow, you really can get everything at Amazon!" Then I whispered up a prayer for your intention, whoever you are!I love to check out the Amazon reports, because people order things I would never have known exists. Like these adorable little bowls and this egg poacher. My egg poacher first belonged to my birth mother. It's about 60 years old and beaten up, and two of the little poachy cups are … [Read more...]

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Dragnet Obama

This was pretty well done, I'd say. Love the part when Obama smiles; it's so spot-on to the old series. H/T Instapundit, who also links to this thoughtful piece by Ed Morrissey.And also to this. Enjoy. … [Read more...]

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A "defining post"

Over at Conversion Diary, Jen is asking bloggers to tell what they think is their defining post.Impossible. I've written over 5,000 posts, most of them forgettable.Some of the posts involving Dick Meyer columns might have been good, and their stream-of-consciousness layout maybe defines my writing here. It's all what is in my head of a moment; 99% of what I write here is first-draft-rough-cut blowing off steam, confessing sins or just pondering.Like, the time I found out I was losing my … [Read more...]

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Passion, Passion, Passion – UPDATED

Our friends, the Passionist Nuns of St. Joseph Monastery in Kentucky, (whose joy-filled tribulations we followed through last winter's media-ignored ice storm) having recently clothed their postulant as a novice were rejoicing last week as they announced the upcoming reception of yet another young aspirant to their cloister.It was lovely to read of their new aspirant, but then reader Robert H passed along this very moving post from that convent-minded young lady, as she closed her blog to … [Read more...]

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