Baptism: The Portal of Grace; the First Ephphetha! – UPDATED

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A couple days ago, I wrote about a Catholic squabble taking place on social media and opined:I’m not going to tell the pope (or any priest or deacon) that they shouldn’t baptize a baby whose parents haven’t checked off all the boxes. I’d rather see the baby claimed for Christ, the portal of grace created within the child, and hope that the parents who sought this baptism are also brought into conformity through that act of faith, however confused.No, "portal of grace" doesn't appear in t … [Read more...]

All Saints Day: A Day of Great Hope and Hope we Need!

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"There is no saint without a past. There is no sinner without a future." St AugustineI love All Saints Day. I love exiting from Mass and watching the traffic pass by. I always think, "it's so cool that while the rest of the world is scurrying about its worldly business, we take time to remember our spiritual ancestors" -- to connect to that Cloud of Witnesses within the Communion of Saints; to ask them to pray for us; to use their lives as an example of hope to keep us going as we fail, and … [Read more...]

Building on what you’ve built: A GREAT Story

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My Patheos colleague Tim Dalrymple has a story and video that really should make everyone stop in their tracks and think about what we all mean when we say (or sneer) at each other: "success", "capitalism", "share", "evil corporations", "collectivism" and "church."We get caught up in words like those -- particularly in an election year where, suddenly, words like "hard work", "build", "success", "welfare", "human dignity", "profit", "business", "hand-outs", "hand-ups" and "community" are … [Read more...]

Matt Damon gives Props to George W. Bush?

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Well that is a surprising headline. Here's an even more surprising one: Matt Damon wants to kiss George Bush on the mouth:Matt Damon, known for his liberal politics, gave credit where credit was due to former President George W. Bush.And he said he’d do it with more than just thanks.“I would kiss George W. Bush on the mouth for what he did on PEPFAR,” he told The Atlantic in an extensive interview about his charity work.From that piece:MD: I would kiss George W. Bush on the … [Read more...]

"Goodnight, Chesty"

I had never heard of "Chesty Puller" until reading this piece just now, but it sounds like a film needs to be made, here:Enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1918 he would serve until 1955, rising in rank from private to lieutenant general. Throughout his career he led from the front, never asking his men to go where he would not go. For his courage he was five times awarded the navy cross, a silver star, a distinguished service cross, and a bronze star with a v for valor, along with … [Read more...]

Catholic Blogs & Charity – UPDATED

My Tuesday Column is up; today I pick up on the discussions begun yesterday, at Deacon's Bench, America Magazine, Inside Catholic and elsewhere over Rachel Zoll's AP piece on the "purge" mentality exhibited on some (in my view extreme) Catholic blogs.Having blogged about religion and politics for nearly 6 years, I acknowledge that one can occasionally "write mad" and deliver a bit more zing than one has meant to, although I personally have never gone after other bloggers pronouncing who should … [Read more...]

Norbertine Christmas Wreaths!

Just got the order form for the Norbertine Nuns Christmas Wreaths in my email. I do love these nuns, but I wish they'd embrace technology just a little and set up a website for their wreaths, which are spectacularly fresh and fragrant and last beautifully throughout the season!I mean, this is kind of cute:Call or e-mail us to inquire about (or to place an early order for) a Christmas wreath made by the Norbertine Sisters! (661) 823-1066 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (661) 823- … [Read more...]

Pryor, Bruce, VH-1, & Coarsened Culture

I've said more often than I care to remember that our culture and our media are being controlled by perpetual adolescents who act and think like eternal 14 year olds, but after reading David Mills' essay on the home page today, I'm thinking I have to adjust the age downward. Watching a VH-1 roast, Mills observes:It is hard to exaggerate the crudity of the performance: not so much the crudity of the language and subjects, but its intellectual crudity. Every single remark was the foul-mouthed … [Read more...]

Arrogant, Self-Absorbed Capitalists

Over at Instapundit: Glenn Reynolds notes the sentiments of Netflix CEO Reed Hastings: "Americans are self-absorbed."Reynolds puckishly concurs, and suggests that Americans stop sitting at home watching their Netflix videos and go out to join a tea party. Get some fresh air.Laura Curtis at the Washington Examiner does a good job of putting Hastings quote into context and them hammering him for it in a must-read piece:In a recent interview, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings responded to a question … [Read more...]


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