A Creche, B-16 & Your Opinion, Please

I tease you with a splendid picture (they get a little fuzzy with cropping/shrinking) from Rome in order to entice you into answering a question for me.What you see there is perhaps the most exquisite little chapel in Rome, in the great, mostly-5th century Santa Maria Maggiore (St. Mary Major). The whole church is breathtaking (I am going to someday pattern my floors on the swirly designs therein), but this particular picture is of the Nativity chapel, designed by Arnolfo di Cambio. The … [Read more...]

Return to Bliss

Isn't this a great picture? Flowers in the Utah desert, after a rain.Even what is hard and barren may be cracked open, to reveal an inner beauty hardly guessed at.Bliss.Let's revisit a little bliss:. . . we are His raiment, and whether we consent to it or not, we will eventually be worn out and put away, and He will go on, living in others, arrayed in whatever garment they offer. Whether we are thin, fat, old, young, fit or paralyzed, or even "born with half a brain," God suits up … [Read more...]

Everyday Apocalypse

No, that header is not about my mood just now (bad) or about what feels like a daily barrage of news that seems overloaded with change and short on hope.It's a bit more transcendent than that, and it seems to me that a few deep breaths and a bit of transcendence is urgently called for, right about now. … [Read more...]

Do you remember "Password?"

Joan Crawford on Password. "The password is 'fun'!"During my elementary-school years, rainy afternoons had their own comfortable routine: if one had to stay indoors, well, at least there were a few game shows and a 4 o' clock movie to distract from homework and chores.My favorite gameshow was Password; celebrities would partner with contestants to guess a "password" by means of the fewest clues. When I was very young, I enjoyed the mysterious out-of-nowhere voice that would stage-whisper … [Read more...]

2 Quick Notes

Today is the Feast of St. Lawrence, Patron of Deacons, and I urge you to go check out Deacon Greg's blog. He has good info, and a prayer, and...the He-Maniest Icon I have ever seen, on display!Also, over at Patheos, I have begun a Catholic Word of the Day feature. Check it out. And if you have suggestions for words I may use in the future, send them along. It's surprisingly difficult to think of a word, some days!Ah, and while you're there, check out my journal entry from 2007 … [Read more...]

Good-natured Resistance

Really, since Patheos is in the midst of an absolutely huge Future of Evangelicalism week, I must put up a little good-natured resistance. … [Read more...]

Helllloooooo Evangelicals!

You put up with the Catholics and with the Mainline Protestants, but now, helllooooooo Evangelicals: It's the week you've been waiting for over at Patheos, where Tim Dalrymple and others have compiled one huge forum on the Future of Evangelicalism!It's what Katie Couric would call gi-normous!. You've got a month's worth of reading there, or more! Dig in, have fun! Don't forget to find your way back here! … [Read more...]

"Save the Boomers" Director's Cut

In discussing the Future of Catholicism at Patheos, one essay in particular, Barbara Nicolosi's vent-acular rant on the influence of the Baby Boomers on art and culture, stood out; Save the Boomers, Save the World was the most-read piece of the week.In truth, "Save the Boomers" is a highly-edited version of a much longer piece, which Nicolosi had entitled, "Turn, Turn, Turn," and that piece may now be read in its entirety. … [Read more...]

Crucifix to Cross; Hello Protestants!

As the Future of Catholicism Week wanes, and Patheos gets set to welcome a look at The Future of Mainline Protestantism, the Catholic side closes with two very different but passionate pieces:No discussion of the Future Church can be complete without a look at Catholic music, and award-winning composer Frank LaRocca (a friend of this blog; you have read about him here) does the honors, with Lex orandi, lex credendi, lex vivendi likewise, a discussion of the future that misses the voice of the … [Read more...]

Echoing Love in Eternity

This morning I dreamed my dog was being sick in my bedroom--she sleeps by my bed--turns out, my husband had said, "she's throwing up, again" it and the words invaded my dreams before they entered my consciousness. I awoke to find him taking the first turn at what became a bad morning/afternoon of cleaning up after Alle, who seems to be a little more settled now, and is able to take some hydration.The vet says tomorrow, we'll know more. Meanwhile, I think my husband is bringing home a … [Read more...]