Much Sinned-Against and Sinful

Over at Conversion Diary, the incredibly busy-but-still-lovely Jen Fulwiler has begun an interesting project, asking various writers to take a word from The Lord's Prayer and share some informal musings on that word.For instance, the great Heather King got "we forgive":When we stop counting the cost, the universe stops counting the cost toward us. When our hearts overflow toward others, the heart of Christ overflows toward us. The very letting go of our calculating and scheming and fear—not w … [Read more...]

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Catholics in the Comboxes

Msgr. Charles Pope has noted it:Recently however, I am getting more comments that are just plain rude, mean or unnecessarily personal. I have had to press the delete button more than I’d like. It is not just the use of profanity that is alarming (and that too is becoming more common), but it is the excoriation of one’s opponents with dismissive labels and terms which either question their orthodoxy, or their love of the poor, label them as rigid or as communists, etc.There is also the unn … [Read more...]

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Summa This, Summa That – UPDATED

I've been wanting to do this since I started managing the Catholic portal, and now it's a go: scroll down the landing page of the Catholic Portal to get a gander of the new link-blog which replaces the group-blog that never really took off, but retains it's name because, well, "Summa This, Summa That" really suits a Catholic-hosted blog that will -- rather like Insty (though not nearly as pithily clever as Glenn Reynolds) -- direct you to interesting or important reads, on a variety of subjects, … [Read more...]

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Old Comments System Restored

I've asked several times over the past few weeks whether folks preferred the Disqus comments style of the usual and via comments and emails, the majority have made it clear that they preferred the older version.So, because I am nothing if not reasonable, we have restored the old commenting system to the blog. Now, you will be able to see the number of comments by looking at the bottom of the post, but you will not be able to respond easily to another commenter.And, since we're back to the … [Read more...]

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Blogfather Ed Morrissey

I can never say enough good things about Hot Air's Ed Morrissey, whom I call "blogfather" because it was his initial blog, Captain's Quarters, that first piqued my interest in blogging. Ed managed to blog in a way that was smart, gentlemanly and fair and I thought I might be able to do that, too.Heh. Clearly I have not managed to be as smart, gentlemanly or fair as he, but I am glad I took the plunge; blogging has changed my life, very much for the better -- both personally and … [Read more...]

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Trying out a New Comments Thingy

You may notice that the comments thingy is different than it has been. Now you will be able to reply more directly to another commenter, and if you want to go tussle between yourselves you can do that without making the comments thread difficult to follow. If people don't want to watch the sparring, they needn't.Tell me what you think okay? I am not sure, yet, whether I am loving it! … [Read more...]

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Don't shut me out!It never occurs to me to push the RSS feeds, but after reading this, I realize I probably should!Then you can get me in your email box, all day long...gosh, that sounds like a threat more than a promise!Anyhow, you can subscribe to this site by putting your email address into the little box that says "Subscribe!" in the right hand sidebar.I'd miss you if you missed me! … [Read more...]

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A Geek's Analogy to Prayer

Was talking to an IT fellow about internet access-issues and the sorts of big-and-small server issues that are the everyday bane of those who make their living on the internets and he described a recent moment of angst:It is SO incredibly frustrating when you try EVERYTHING you know and most things you barely understand to fix a problem and NONE of it works. Then of course someone else looks at it and goes - "Oh there's a password in this file over here that we forgot to change yesterday, … [Read more...]

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The Setons, Bayleys and Roosevelts

Seton, Bayley and Roosevelt sounds like a Park Avenue practice; they sound like surnames of character names from an old Katharine Hepburn/Cary Grant movie. In fact, Hepburn did play a "Seton" in the 1938 film "Holiday".If the names sound much more "Episcopal" than Catholic, it's because they are.Dr. Pat McNamara, who runs a weekly column, "In Ages Past" at Patheos' Catholic portal, also blogs at McNamara's Blog, where this week I was delighted to read about a favorite saint of mine, … [Read more...]

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OSV 2010: The 8 Biggest Stories

It's a wee bit early, but Our Sunday Visitor has posted a look at the 8 biggest stories of 2010. See if you can read this excerpt from the intro and figure out who wrote it:"...let us look back at a teeter-totter of a year, where high-riding America suddenly found herself hitting the ground of reality with a thud. War is not over; the economic recovery is slow-to-stagnant and those who are not yet struggling themselves know someone, or love someone, who is.We learned a few things in 2010: … [Read more...]

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