Some questions from the mailbag

Q: Anchoress, I notice you're writing a lot about Advent and nothing about politics.A: Well, you're very observant! I decided after the election - actually a few weeks before the election, but by then I was in the circuit and had to see it through, so to speak - that I would write about politics only where it intersects with religion. I didn't like myself writing about politics and I frankly didn't like the tones being sounded from the right in my email. Also, Advent is just always … [Read more...]

Getcha red-hot patrons, here…

Julie at Happy Catholic reminds me that it's that time of the year again, when a generous Catholic blogger like this one will take the time to pull a patron saint for the next year, just for you.What's the point? Well, the idea is that whatever saint name gets pulled out of the hat is the saint "picking you" so to speak. It's a chance to get to know one of our buddies up in heaven, and to get comfortable with the Communion of Saints. You talk to your patron, the patron prays for you; you … [Read more...]

More distant than any star

The self is more distant than any star... -- G. K. ChestertonOver at Inside Catholic, Irene Lagan has a moving post; through conversation with a nun in Rome, she finds herself thinking of a remarkable young woman from Rwanda:Our conversation recalled an experience I had last year when I met Immaculee Ilibagiza. Immaculée is the author of Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust, an account of her survival of the Rwandan genocide...I realized that Immaculée’s message is tim … [Read more...]

"Gratitude-giving" 2008

Deacon Greg has a really excellent homily for Thanksgiving. How I envy his parishioners!Very often, in our prayer lives, we spend so much time on our knees, asking for things. Pleading. “God, help me pass this test.” “Keep me from throttling my teenager.” “Help me find a job.” “Protect my son in Iraq.”The scripture tells us to ask and we shall receive, and to knock and it will be opened. So we ask, and we knock.But what happens then?In Luke’s gospel today, 10 people are cured by Jesus of … [Read more...]

Descending into Thanksgiving

Well, it's pedal to the metal time around here. Buster is home from college and already blowing the saxophone while his brother wrestles with a computer problem. The dog is throwing up. I still have to go shopping for a few items now that I have chosen my veggie entrees from some of the suggestions made below and at Ace's - yay, my menu is finally complete! I've added an asparagus and a green-bean dish to the list, and have decided to make Pianogirl's Incredibly Delicious Pumpkin Bread … [Read more...]

Linking Around

I wanted to write a little about the joys of CAT scans today - they're not so bad, really, except for the disgusting drink - and also wanted to think a little more about the idea of Falling into Community and why Catholicism suits me, but I'm kind of wiped out, today, and so I'm hitting interesting links you may or may not have seen - and sharing emails of gift discoveries from readers:GUESS WHO SAID IT: Zoe Romanowsky tickles the brains on a topical topic:"I believe that banking … [Read more...]

Rent this movie

Reposted from October 2007.BUSH, CUBA & THE LIVES OF OTHERSJay Nordlinger's column is one of the few places I've seen extensive coverage of President Bush's little-mentioned, must read speech in which he dares to talk plainly about the much distorted realities of Cuba and communism.Says Bush:Cuba's rulers promised individual liberty. Instead they denied their citizens basic rights that the free world takes for granted. In Cuba it is illegal to change jobs, to change houses, to … [Read more...]

Bush, Obama, & Ghosts of Hate – UPDATED

“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.” Lincoln’s Second Annual Message to Congress, December 1, 1862.I would love nothing better than to be able to stop writing about "left" and "right." I wish we had a better vocabulary to describe our distinctions, because these … [Read more...]

Obama thoughts, links and reactions…UPDATED

Some must reads for today - Updated, scroll down for new:You know who you are: But I don't. Two people have generously donated to the site and left me no way to send a personal thank you. Please know I appreciate it more than I can express. You help keep the site running.H/T Lynda: NY Times suddenly discovers "nuance" in Gitmo issues that used to be all about Bushhitler. That didn't take long. Watch the double-standards begin to fly!The Daily Show makes a similar discovery: "There’s l … [Read more...]

Obama, Abortion, Life & Reason – UPDATED

I call heaven and earth today to witness against you: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the Lord, your God, heeding his voice, and holding fast to him. (Deuteronomy 30:19-20a, New American Bible)The issue of Obama and Life will likely be written about a great deal today. As I come across thoughtful posts on the issue, I'll link to them.My Blogfather Ed Morrissey, whose old Captain's Quarters … [Read more...]