Roundup for Noontime Reading

Busyness has made me remiss in letting you folks know about Patheos' Religion and Faith Book Club, which is currently discussing Stephen Prothero's God is Not One, with a nifty tie-in to the PBS-series, which is also looking at the book.Sadly, neither the book nor the series has crossed my path, simply because of a lack of time, but you'll want to check out the sites and reviews, I think.Speaking of reading, Halloween is coming up. Check out John C. Wright's guffaw-inducing thoughts on the … [Read more...]

Chilean Miners Give Unfiltered Witness – UPDATED

Esteban Rojas, the 18th miner rescuedOver at Deacon Greg's place:We sit here in our living rooms and offices, sipping coffee and checking e-mails, and hour after hour, another one emerges, up a long dark hole, to a shaft of daylight, and there are cheers and tears -- and then something more. Something that moves even the most hardened heart. The world is blinking back tears as we see it, again and again. One man, breathing his first fresh air in months, falls to his knees and prays. … [Read more...]

Reasoned Loyalty; the Tuesday Column

My Tuesday Column is up, wherein I wonder about whether an adult and fully-formed faith should rest upon reason or loyalty, and decide that, well...it requires both:Reasonable Catholicism is reasoned loyalty, or sometimes even loyalty with gritted teeth; it is loyalty that insists upon the application of reason lest its value be questioned. By the same token, intellectualism that is not tempered with loyalty ends up pickling itself in its own ego. Either one, by itself, is incomplete. Both … [Read more...]

Everyday Apocalypse

No, that header is not about my mood just now (bad) or about what feels like a daily barrage of news that seems overloaded with change and short on hope.It's a bit more transcendent than that, and it seems to me that a few deep breaths and a bit of transcendence is urgently called for, right about now. … [Read more...]

The Ground Zero of Our Madness

In just a few weeks we will be observing the 9th anniversary of the deadliest attack ever to take place on American shores. We will stare solemnly at the gaping hole of Ground Zero, and the hole will stare back at us, until it becomes clear that we are the hole, and the hole is us - politically paralyzed into stagnation; broken, sad and empty.The crater in Lower Manhattan has become a permanent aching void, but nature abhors a vacuum and so from its empty depths something must arise. In a … [Read more...]

"Prosper the work of our hands…"

How dare these monks try to make a living for themselves?Margaret Cabaniss has moreVia InstapunditRelated: St. Joseph's Abbey and a lovely gallery of abbey photos … [Read more...]

Desecration in Scranton

This is not good:It is believed that sometime overnight on Aug. 3 or early morning on Aug. 4 someone broke into St. Rose of Lima Church in Carbondale. The person was able to open the tabernacle, the receptacle on the side altar in which the vessels containing the Blessed Sacrament are kept.The person removed the ciborium, the vessel which contains the small consecrated Hosts used for Holy Communion. These Hosts are the Body of Jesus Christ. [Emphasis mine - admin]The Carbondale police … [Read more...]

The Elite Magic Circle – UPDATED

Check out Michael Liccione's latest on the falling of the Catholic Church from the magic circle of the elite.Whatever the ideological coloration, if any, of a magic circle might be, just being part of a magic circle is usually bad for peoples' souls. It constitutes a culture of privilege that insulates them from the worst criticisms, causes them to think themselves better than others, and makes them resistant to reforms, the need for which is obvious to many outsiders. That sort of problem … [Read more...]

Hitchens; Hairless, Hale & Hearty – UPDATED

Hitchens, July 2010 / Photo by John HubaChirstopher Hitchens, in the midsts of a poison cure which would befuddle reason and leave most of us whimpering in our safe corners, manages, still to write with great beauty, humor and power. He writes with address.The notorious stage theory of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, whereby one progresses from denial to rage through bargaining to depression and the eventual bliss of “acceptance,” hasn’t so far had much application in my case. In one way, I suppose, … [Read more...]

Rosary for Job-Seekers – UPDATED

UPDATE: I have written an expanded version of these rosary meditations for OSV; you can order pamphlets of it for your church or group, hereReading about these especially horrific numbers and the endless squeezing of the Middle Class, and watching my son--still trying to find a real, full-time job now that the temporary one has ended--brought prayer.Prayer has power. When everything is falling apart, prayer holds. Any one of us can suddenly find ourselves out of work, and looking at … [Read more...]


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