Sally Quinn: A tribute too far? – UPDATE

Of all the tribute written by journalists about their friend, Tim Russert, a few have been standouts; Jon Meacham's piece in Newsweek was onesuch.In her column, "On Faith" Sally Quinn writes another excellent, heartfelt tribute about the fullness of the man, Tim Russert, and how his faith, joyfully confessed throughout his being, completed that fullness. Russert was, by all accounts, a man who was not defined by his faith; rather he - by the way he lived his life - helped define the faith … [Read more...]

Benedict: The Last 20th Century Man: UPDATED

:::SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATE:::It seems almost silly to say I am bringing coverage of Benedict XVI's extraordinary sojourn in America to a close (actually, my final final thoughts are here) because the truth is I will likely be reading all of his addresses more closely and bringing them up in coming weeks, but the wall-to-wall writing will end here. I do want, though, to end with a thought that blipped through my head when Benedict was in DC, and again as he addressed the United … [Read more...]

Rosary & Divine Mercy: Those repetitive prayers

ViaSeven times a day I praise you for your just decrees. -- Psalm 119: 164Got an email from a lady I've never corresponded with before - she seems very nice - and she says she's lately more amenable than she was to the idea that Catholics really are Christians, mostly thanks to our splendid popes, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, and to some of the Catholic bloggers she's come across in her reading.She did have one serious problem with us "besides Mary, who I feel less concerned … [Read more...]

Deconstructing Christianity, Itself – UPDATED

Regular readers know I am not one of those easily offended types who get a case of the vapors at every salvo blasted at Christianity or the Christ or his Blessed Mother.I figure Christianity - if it is true, and it is - can stand up to the slings and arrows of the world, Mary has her own way of dealing with anyone stupid enough to disrespect her (hint - she hounds you with love until you give in) and Jesus has the big shoulders that are required to carry the cross or move the world, so he … [Read more...]

Obama, Psychic duality & Race

Where charity and love are, there God is. The love of Christ has gathered us into one flock. Let us exult, and in Him be joyful. Let us fear and let us love the living God. And from a sincere heart let us love each other (and Him).As a young woman working in New York City, I watched a lovely, brilliant middle-aged black woman struggle to maintain her dignity and forbearance when she was told, by a youngish white woman who seemed to love her, that she -- the white woman -- could not … [Read more...]

A prayer request & a repost, Gadzooks!

Urgent prayers are requested for a girl named Erin who has a fungal infection in her lungs that is spreading; she is very ill.As I am nursing a flu-stricken hubby today, posting will be light. Here is a repost of a column answering Sam Harris' essay championing atheism over faith, which he had called "God's Dupes."Originally Posted March 19, 2007 God's Dupes? Gadzooks!Seduxisti me, Domine, et seductus sum; fortior me fuisti et invaluisti.You duped me, Lord, and I let myself be … [Read more...]

Clintons and the Christians third party gambit – UPDATED

[Jesus] then addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. "Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, 'O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity--greedy, dishonest, adulterous--or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.' But the tax collector … [Read more...]

To sit by an open window of a quiet Autumn night…

To sit by an open window of a dark and quiet autumn night and hear in the sounds of distant traffic, the ebb and flow of the ocean (or the rushing water of a stream) is to displace oneself from all that is absolute, solid, identifiable and known, and to seek out the larger space that exists half in-reality and half in-perception. Half in heaven and half on earth.Tonight I sit by a window in a local schoolroom in a landlocked town, and I can hear the sound of the ocean...no, the … [Read more...]

You gad about shining like the sun…

"I have the immense joy of being man, a member of a race in which God Himself became incarnate. As if the sorrows and stupidities of the human condition could overwhelm me, now that I realize what we all are. And if only everybody could realize this! But it cannot be explained. There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun." -- Thomas MertonI often think about Thomas Merton and his Fourth and Walnut Epiphany - a moment when he gazed upon his fellow … [Read more...]

Mother Teresa’s decades-long “dark night”

Come be my light

"My Own Jesus, [...expresses her pain and longing...] Jesus, hear my prayer. If this pleases you, if my pain and suffering, my darkness and separation gives you a drop of consolation, my own Jesus do with me as you wish, as long as you wish, without a single glance at my feelings and pain. I am your own. Imprint on my soul and life the sufferings of your heart. Don't mind my feelings; don't mind even my pain, if my suffering separation from you brings others to you, and in their love and … [Read more...]


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