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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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Is Socialism incompatible with Religion, Monasticism?

A while back I wrote:The thing is, communism works in very small enclaves, in monasteries, for example, where everyone involved is entering willingly, is voluntarily looking to be denuded, is eager to “give stuff up” in an effort to attain something quite different from worldy “stuff.” Communism does not work, though, in a large-scale national situation whereby people are expected to sublimate themselves, their instincts and their ambitions for the good of the party. Socialism does not wor … [Read more...]

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Hillary’s right; we ARE all in this together…

Hillary Clinton says she doesn't like all of this individualism stuff - the rugged individuality which is the very definition of America does not appeal to her very much. She prefers the socialist collective. Resistance is futile. "I prefer a 'we're all in it together' society," she said. "I believe our government can once again work for all Americans. It can promote the great American tradition of opportunity for all and special privileges for none." [...] That means pairing growth with … [Read more...]

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Feast of the Immaculate Conception – 2006

Core of Galaxy as seen by HubbelI was going to write about today's excellent feastday when I realized that, I kinda did write about it yesterday, when, in discussing CBS' Dick Meyer's most recent, thought-provoking column, I wrote this:We are the “nothing” of stardust - a compilation of vapors and base minerals. Within us resides all of Creation, and the Creator as well. But deep, so very deep, within.A sculptor will tell you that he cannot add anything to a stone that is not alr … [Read more...]

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