The Worker is Worth his Wages. And Perhaps Retirement, Too – UPDATED

"Oh, God, no...."When I saw the title of this piece by Father Dwight, those were my groaning sentiments. I've been trying to focus on a book project all week, and as soon as I saw it, I knew...there goes another day where I won't get it done.This is one of those crappy issues I hate to comment on, because it's ridiculous and small, and also because in eight years of blogging I have made a point of not speaking of other bloggers/new media folk unless I could do so positively. I'm not … [Read more...]

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Building on what you’ve built: A GREAT Story

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...]

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Two Easy-to-Do Good Deeds

Okay, how many of us, by about ten in the morning, have already had to apologize to Jesus for our constant mouthiness -- even if it's just interior griping, sniping and sneering at others? Show of hands? I'm raising mine high.Well, here are two little things you can participate in while offering up an Act of Contrition, and you'll actually be helping out some folks, George and Harper, who could use a little support.First up, here is George -- a young man who is determined to drive … [Read more...]

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Hating on Black Friday and “The Season”

I confess, I despise "Black Friday." I hate the way consumers are urged to haul their Thanksgiving-exhausted selves out to stores -- away from family members who have often traveled some distance to come together -- so they can surrender their human dignity or assault the dignity of others in order to snag a ten-dollar sweater and a waffle-maker for $9.99.And I hate the way consumers go along with it.I hate the way the mad buying and bad behavior is attached to Christmas -- the coming … [Read more...]

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The Employment Rosary; on Currents

Last week, I had a chance to speak with Currents' Nathalia Ortiz about the idea of using the mysteries of the Rosary as a consolation and meditation for all of those who are seeking employment, or their family members who are anxiously watching them.The prayers and meditations are fleshed out in this little publication by Our Sunday Visitor, which I have written more about here.The great folks at NET-NY produce Currents (the only nightly Catholic newscast in the nation) have excerpted the … [Read more...]

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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...]

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The Celeb Names & Why We Care

Earlier I posted a picture of celebrities from the 1940s and asked you to identify them.Some of the guesses were very good, indeed. I myself was only able to recognize Loretta Young (the sitting gal with the feathered hat) but I got waylaid by the fellow in profile, who looked a little like Cary Grant, if Cary Grant had looked like that.Let's look again:The un-Cary Grant is the film director Leo McCarey. The back row is Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Jack Benny, Irene Dunne, and William … [Read more...]

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Summit says "Thank you"

Sr. Mary Catherine, OP in the renovated refectoryI know many Anchoress readers kindly made donations to the hugely necessary (and beautifully completed) renovations at the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary, in Summit, New Jersey. The updated kitchen means the cabinets are no longer falling down as the sisters cook, the ramps and renovated refectory means the community can all eat together, again, and I believe the thriving soap-and-lotion business that helps to keeps them afloat can now … [Read more...]

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Thank you…

Pitching some Mystic Monk Coffee yesterday, in order to help fill the coffers didn't result in much business for the monks, but some of you very kindly hit the paypal button, and I find myself about $372.00 richer, today. Thank you. I'm going to put it aside for Buster's textbooks in the fall. You guys are the best, and I ask God's blessings on your intentions! … [Read more...]

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Tennessee's Uncovered Disaster -UPDATED

A few days ago a reader asked me if I was going to be writing about the dramatic flooding in Nashville, and I said that I did mean to, and that it seemed to me the Nashville flooding was like the big Ice Storms that left people in some parts of Kentucky without power for nearly a month, two winters ago - a "red state" disaster that went uncovered, and had no one screaming "where are the feds; why aren't they doing something?"19 are dead; the damages will top a billion dollars.It does seem … [Read more...]

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