Unexpected? Again?

They keep using this word, "unexpectedly".The number of newly-laid off workers seeking jobless benefits unexpectedly rose last week, as the economy recovers at a slow and uneven pace.Unexpectedly!Everything is "unexpected" with these people, unless the President has an R after his name, at which point, no good economic news will go unpunished, and no bad economic news will be "unexpected."Layoffs have slowed and the economy began to grow in last year's third quarter, but companies are … [Read more...]

A word from Chesterton

Lumping the wrong things together as evil blurs the lines between right and wrong and leads to chaos. -- G. K. ChestertonAs I mentioned here, I am against a hard deadline, and my obsession, since Tuesday, with Haiti (there is no word, today, from Ed) has really put me up against a wall. Blogging will be light, with an occasional chance of Chesterton quotes. … [Read more...]

Dec 21 The Challenge and The Light

"The issue is now clear. It is between light and darkness, and everyone must choose his side." -- reported last words of G. K. ChestertonWrite our Dominican friends:Today, on the shortest day of the year, the liturgy calls Christ the Dayspring, the Radiant Dawn. He truly is the Light which comes bursting into our darkness and shows us the way of holiness and peace. And while He calls Himself the light of the world, He also tells us that in him we are the light of the world. We receive this … [Read more...]

Christmas Climate: Lie down and die

SourceThe Christmas season is domestic; and for that reason most people now prepare for it by struggling in tramcars, standing in queues, rushing away in trains, crowding despairingly into teashops, and wondering when or whether they will ever get home. I do not know whether some of them disappear forever in the toy department or simply lie down and die in the tea-rooms; but by the look of them, it is quite likely. Just before the great festival of the home [Christmas], the whole population … [Read more...]

Advent: Bailey, Roarke and Us

One of the best things about this season is that, invariably, someone writes about It's A Wonderful Life, and muses on the complex, sometimes dark character of George Bailey.Portrayed so perfectly by the perpetually likable James Stewart, it is easy to miss the fact that George Bailey is not a simple and good-natured cornpone from upstate New York; he is a man whose heart and faith are essential to him, because they balance out a real bitterness that shows itself in little ways. A man who … [Read more...]

"I Love My Life"

I don't know why it is but my nightstand drawers routinely get filled and then overfilled with the weirdest, most random stuff, until finally I cannot close them anymore. This morning became "clean up" day, and aside from finding scores of broken pencils and no sharpeners, a paper I'd written for an Anthropology class 15 years ago, a worrisome number old invoices, some snarled up threads and a small tube of toothpaste, I also found a little card Buster had made for me when he was about 5 or 6 … [Read more...]

Huge Friday Linkaround

I so much wanted to do a podcast of morning prayer, but time got away from me. Will try to get a podcast up for Vespers, this afternoon. Meanwhile, this may keep you reading into tomorrow.For your linkaround, first let me talk about me, me, me; Yesterday's Daily article on the murder of George Tiller, and the musings of some Christians as to whether Bonehoeffer made a case for such a terrible killing, garnered many comments, a few of which suggested the commenter had not read the thing, a … [Read more...]

Catholic talkin' sex

There, thought that header would get your attention.Christopher West is on ABC's "Nightline" tonight at 11:35. Do check him out; he has a gift for explaining Catholic/Christian understanding of human sexuality (ala Pope John Paul II's excellent "Theology of the Body". It's all "surprising" and "unexpected" if you haven't been paying attention but...yeah, that's most of the world.Christianity, and Christian understanding, has gotten a bad rap. Some of that is our own fault; when we are … [Read more...]

Exile: The Past is Prologue

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Pope John Paul II and Ignatius Cardinal Kung Pin MeiToday at mass, our priest - by no means a reactionary sort - remarked on the Gospel reading for the day, which was Jn 10:31-42. I took notes, but still am paraphrasing a little:"I think the men who wanted to stone Jesus were offended that he would come in their era, that he would intrude on their time with his messianic talk. Because it's one thing to look for and hope for Messiah, and quite another to have to encounter Messiah - … [Read more...]

A Recovery Party? Random Chills, Thrills & Myths

Comrades, it's difficult to keep up, but the mandatory service requirement requires that you try. The oxymoronic thing passed in the Senate. It passed by a healthy margin.Yesterday a thoughtful young 24 year old whom I have known since he was about 10 or 11 sent along this piece about California regulating car colors, and I wrote back - feeling a little bit like King Arthur in the last scene of Camelot, "someday you will tell your children about the mythical land of America, where people … [Read more...]


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