Why don't you "hate" Obama?

That's a provocative headline, I know, but it is not meant to provoke. It's a real question, inspired by some of my emails from people taking me to task for insufficient appreciation of our current president, and for unseemly appreciation of our previous president, whom they and the world "hate."The question is also inspired by something I noticed while I was digging up articles on the good President Bush has done in Africa - that many people who wish to give Bush anything resembling even the … [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...]

Linkaround; Flowers & Weeds

It's spring; that time before summer when you get to decide what's a flower and what's a weed.Kind of like that with the news, too. Let's look around - lots of stuff I've been meaning to share with you, and you can determine the weeds from the flowers on your own!Quote of the day, week, month, etc:Isn't it fabulous how Obama has reconciled with our enemies and put fear into the hearts of Americans? Does any image illustrate so neatly the wrongheadedness of the Obama administration than … [Read more...]

Grace; The Baggage Handler*

I love this simple definition of grace from Dom Augustin Guillerand, O. Cart, a French Carthusian.This is the secret of peace, after committing a fault. What is past is past. And if we accept the consequences, while bracing our will, we can be sure that God will know how to draw glory even from our faults. Not to be downcast after committing a fault is one of the marks of true sanctity, for the saint knows how to find God in everything, in spite of human appearances. Once your will is … [Read more...]

While I was out being famous…

So, yesterday I was all-but-out of commission thanks to the server move and my own haplessness, but Thursday I was in Brooklyn taping the last two episodes of In the Arena. The show was only slated for ten episodes, but we squeezed out an eleventh; it ended with Lizzie and the priest (Fr. Kieran Harrington) gettin' loud in a passionate exchange on whether Catholicism is community-focused or deeply interior. Being Irish, we both rather enjoyed that noisy exchange. I'm not sure when that … [Read more...]