Benjamin Franklin, We Need You!

Over the years, Franklin had been developing a social outlook that, in its mixture of liberal, populist and conservative ideas, would become one archetype of American middle-class philosophy. He exalted hard work, individual enterprise, frugality and self-reliance. On the other hand, he also pushed for civic cooperation, social compassion, and voluntary community improvement schemes. He was equally distrustful of the elite and the rabble, of ceding power to the well-born establishment or to … [Read more...]

Best Homily on Feast of Corpus Christi – Evah!

I'm not being at all glib when I say that this passionate homily by Deacon Greg gave me chills. It is spot on, and difficult to excerpt, but here's a taste:Back in the 1970s, when there was a lot of liturgical innovation going on, Dorothy Day invited a young priest to celebrate mass at the Catholic Worker. He decided to do something that he thought was relevant and hip. He asked Dorothy if she had a coffee cup he could borrow. She found one in the kitchen and brought it to him. And, he took … [Read more...]

Hobbit Houses, Worship, Misogynists & more

I'm finding it very difficult to concentrate with a houseful today, so here are some quick-and-unrelated things you may have missed - stick with it, I know there are some things below which will inspire you:"Prime Minister, how much more clearly do we have to speak, before you understand us?"Wait for the reading of Dr. Seuss at the end.What we're seeing in England is that huge government spending, high taxation and socialist policies don't work. Why are we bringing them here?Could … [Read more...]

Hip-Hop Morning Prayer

Jerusalem, if I forget you, fire not gonna come from me tongue. Jerusalem, if I forget you, let my right hand forget what it's supposed to do.Something a little different: Hasidic rapper, Matisyahu taking apart Psalm 137 and dropping a little "break my stride" into it.Yes, I know it's been out for a few years, but it takes a while for pop-culture to reach me.In the ancient days, we will return with no delay Picking up the bounty and the spoils on our way We've been traveling from state … [Read more...]

Lolcat Obama & Mustache: Hussein-alicious!

Barack Obama; Dreams of his MustacheBarack Obama continues to slowly reveal himself to the people he has been elected to serve.He told us something about himself when he put the murder of an abortionist over the murder of one of his soldiers. The death of the abortionist was immediately condemned with a security deployment ordered. It took days upon days for the death of his soldier, at the hands of a convert-to-Islam intent on mayhem, to be acknowledged with the release of a woefully … [Read more...]

How about some good news?

Too much negativity; I could rant for hours about the messy headlines, (how does the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces not mention the murder of one of his soldiers?) but not now. Here's some good news:This is very cool: Our friend, Michael DC Bowen makes a surprising announcement:If the notion in my mind finds footing it will be that my primary place of online interaction will be at First Things as I slowly put this blog to rest. I think I will find it necessary at times to expand on … [Read more...]

Is Obama trying to Lead or to Rule?

So, to no one's surprise, it looks like the US Government is going into the car business, something our founders certainly never intended.I keep watching Obama and wondering if he is trying to lead America to further greatness, or to simply bring her to heel?There is an absolute disconnect between what Obama says, and what he does. In his first 100 days he said he had "no interest" in running the banking and auto industries in this country, even as his hand crept out and snatched both under … [Read more...]

Oblates, Tertiaries, Professed Laypeople

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I was corresponding with a Dominican nun the other day and I joked with her that, although I am a Benedictine Oblate, I am lately finding myself very drawn to Dominican spirituality, likely due to my friendship with her and also because of those those two charismatic and intrepid Dominican nags I have mentioned with some frequency, lately, St. Catherine of Siena and Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati, both of whom were laypeople, not vowed religious."If you become a Dominican Tertiary, your chances … [Read more...]

Prejean; cautionary tale for Christians – UPDATED

Good for her. In America, we should not be watching a person endure character assassination and the possible loss of livelihood because she has committed the sin of daring to hold a "politically incorrect" position. Carrie Prejean was asked a question and she answered it. In America, once upon a time, the people who referred to themselves as "liberal" believed that one was entitled to one's opinion and to full respect for it. Currently in America, every diversity is celebrated except the … [Read more...]

An Exceedingly Interesting Round-up

You will like this round-up of links. No, seriously, you will; it is full of chewy, satisfying round-uppy goodness, and contains no artificial sweeteners, and I will fully resist the urge to fall into my cowgirl lingo of yore. Some religion, some politics, some gossipy stuff.Bookworm: is wondering if Obama is an atheist:Obama’s White Houses instinctively uses the same wishy-washy language atheists use: “My heart is with you.” “My thoughts are with you.” “I send you my wishes.” No prayer … [Read more...]


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