Welcome Fr. James Martin! – First Response

On his whirlwind tour of Catholic blogs, today Fr. James Martin, S.J. lands here to visit with Anchoress readers and discuss his book, My Life With the Saints, (you can read Chapter 7, about Lourdes and St. Bernadette Soubirous here). But you can talk about anything you want -about other books, faith-in-general, the pope's recent visit, the value of sacraments, whatever! Leave your questions or comments and I'll post his answers here (and in subsequent posts).Fr. Martin: Many thanks to the … [Read more...]

Chatting Saints & More w/ Fr. James Martin

As they say in the press release, "It’s not uncommon to find Fr. Martin on the Colbert Report, CNN, The New York Times editorial page, or advising a theater cast. Why? As Fr. Martin says, 'being a Jesuit has helped me to find God in all things and to experience Jesus as my friend. And so my vocation as a Jesuit is one of the greatest gifts I've ever received from God.'"Somehow, through my blog, I have been fortunately enough to have become friends with Fr. Martin -he even blurbed my book - w … [Read more...]

Questions & Comments from the email

From time to time I find similar questions or comments filling the email box and it seems like a cue to address them more broadly.Q: Why is your email so hard to find? A: An email asking me why my email is hard to find reminds me a little of Yogi Berra asking, "how can that guy keep striking me out, considering the stuff he's throwing?" Joking aside, the email link on the right sidebar does get more difficult to find depending on how many ads I get, and the ads help keep the site going, but I … [Read more...]

Chesterton having fun

I think Chesterton had fun every time he picked up a pen, no matter how weighty the subject, but sometimes his wordplay is so imbued with a combination of wisdom and wit that it approaches the sublime!The man who is content to say “We do not want theologians splitting hairs,” will doubtless be content to go on and say, “We do not want surgeons splitting filaments more delicate than hairs.” It is the fact that many a man would be dead today, if his doctors had not debated the fine shades about d … [Read more...]

200,000 Condoms & some comments

Write a letter, save a life! The easiest task you'll have all day!Priorities in order, the UN sends 200,000 condoms to Myanmar, which the government has accepted. Perhaps those poor people can inflate them, tie them together and float out of there on them. (Margaret Cabaniss gives helpful links to Caritas International and Catholic Relief Services.)Demilitarizing America: it's the Smart-Obama thing to do. He's sounding dumber and dumber to me, and I'm sorry but doesn't he seem almost as … [Read more...]

Martin on Lourdes

It is, of course, as I have written elsewhere, the 150th anniversary of Our Lady's appearances to Bernadette Soubirous at the grotto at Lourdes.Fr. James Martin, who writes beautifully about his experiences at Lourdes in his book, My Life With the Saints, has taken another trip there, to help out with the pilgrims and the masses and the baths, and here is what he says this time:The best part of the trip? That's easy: being with the generous Knights and Dames, the tireless volunteers and … [Read more...]

The Jane Austen Book Club: MOOFY

My husband got involved with watching The Jane Austen Book Club last night. I couldn't take more than a few minutes of it. I like chick flicks as much as anyone, I guess, but I strongly dislike soap opera, particularly witless soap opera (I am aware I may be offending some fans of the flick, and I apologize) and I couldn't watch it. I hung in for a while, but lost it when one of the gals went into screaming hysterics at her husband, because he talked to a friend of hers who had embarrassed … [Read more...]

Memories of God…

Excerpt from God and the World; A Conversation between Peter Seewald and Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger.Seewald: Is faith, in principle, always present in man?Ratzinger: So far as we can learn about the history of mankind, through excavations right back into prehistory, we can see that there has always been an idea of God. The Marxists had professed the end of religion. With the end of oppression we would no longer need the medicine of God, we were told. But even they have had to recognize … [Read more...]

Questions in the Blogosphere III

Q: Anchoress, if someone tells you that you cannot be credibly pro-life until you adopt a sick baby, and then you go out and adopt a sick baby (and then a second) and that person - who promised to become "pro-life" if you did it - never kept his end of the bargain, what does that mean?A: It means you can't form a conscience in fits and starts. You cannot become "pro-life" because of what someone else does, unless you are really willing to let their actions open up within you what you have … [Read more...]

Prudery, Virginity and Do-Me Feminism

John Hawkins is featuring an interview with Carol Platt Liebau wherein she discusses her new book, Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Damages Girls (and America, Too!)The cover-design is awful; it reminds me of one of Anne Rice's Vampire tomes, but the book itself sounds interesting. Here's an excerpt from the interview:CPL: ...in my view, there has been a strand of feminism that has been very destructive to young girls and even to women of slightly older ages and I talk about them in … [Read more...]