"Gratitude-giving" 2008

Deacon Greg has a really excellent homily for Thanksgiving. How I envy his parishioners!Very often, in our prayer lives, we spend so much time on our knees, asking for things. Pleading. “God, help me pass this test.” “Keep me from throttling my teenager.” “Help me find a job.” “Protect my son in Iraq.”The scripture tells us to ask and we shall receive, and to knock and it will be opened. So we ask, and we knock.But what happens then?In Luke’s gospel today, 10 people are cured by Jesus of … [Read more...]

Proposition 8 and Believers

As I leave for retreat, I note it's getting pretty hot in California and elsewhere regarding Proposition 8. Almost sad to be incommunicado as the debate rages. Does seem to me, though - from a strictly legislative point of view, anyhow - that the "will of the people," is supposed to mean something. Had gay marriage been approved, that would certainly (and justly) be the case, wouldn't it?As my Li'l Bro Thom said to a co-worker at his job (about a different but similar issue)"...this is a … [Read more...]

Prom Queen of Love

Three beauties photographed by Carolyn PassGot this great story from reader Frank, who found it here.Never has the selection of a homecoming queen sent so many tears falling so freely.Kristin Pass, an 18-year-old senior with Down syndrome, became Aledo High School's homecoming queen Friday to a joyous standing ovation and the flutter of a thousand tissues on a remarkable night for an amazing young woman.Her grandfather, Dr. David Campbell of Corsicana, escorted her onto the field and … [Read more...]

Casting out into the deep

I love this story, which I originally learned about through reading her biography, and am happy to see Deacon Greg linking: Something Fishy About Mother Angelica. Cute.Also, see this fellow for the rest of the story. It's funny to contemplate - a cloistered nun honored by Sports Illustrated Magazine for "special contributions to the sport" of fishing.It never ceases to amaze me that when the mainstream media celebrates America's "Most Influential Women," they never think about Mother … [Read more...]

The DC Nuke & the Saving Monks

Random Thoughts is writing about what is happening to her finances.No one has defended President Bush more than I have during his time in office. No one.But his signing the "bailout bill" that Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the rest of them were giddy over this afternoon - it has stunned me. I know he had to do it. I know there were no choices, here. But I am still stunned.When I heard Joe Biden talk about giving courts the power to reset mortgage principles I thought he'd simply … [Read more...]

McCain right. Me wrong.

Okay, I really need to hold to a hard-and-fast rule that I sometimes forget, which is to not write while I'm emoting; to get away from the desk and go think for a while before writing. I wrote a lot yesterday; much too much. Lesson learned.On the bailout itself? I'm undecided and a little concerned.Yesterday I wrote that McCain's suspending the campaign was a dumb move, that it might be noble, but it was politically stupid.The danger of focusing too much on politics, of course, is that … [Read more...]

Denver: Love! Peace! Justice!

Oh, and Kill Michelle Malkin!.[Update: Gateway Pundit has a much better (and funner) video here!]When I was ten, I wondered about the people who ran around in blue jeans and bare feet, preaching "peace and love" while calling cops "pigs", calling their parents "bourgeouis" and labeling anyone who disagreed with their style as "clydes," or "fags" (back then - at least in my neighborhood - you didn't have to be gay to be called a "fag;" a "fag" was simply an uncool person. When I was ten, I … [Read more...]

Ritual Washing and Judging

This is just a wonderful blog post - a Jewish man attending a "Jewish bloggers" conference in the Holy Land goes to wash his hands, and learns a moral lesson that will speak to all of us.It's hard to excerpt and do it justice. Just go, read.Thanks, Shana.Still on the road - comments in moderation will be released on Monday! … [Read more...]

Retreat and Lectio

I am not sure what effect, if any, our online retreat from last week had on anyone else, but it frankly has had rather a powerful effect on me, most particularly the "3 PM Wonder Hours" of which Gerard Vanderleun's "Frame Up" was the clear highlight, and if you missed it I urge you to read it. For me it brought the whole retreat together and helped me to understand that perfection is a natural state, and that we so often skew the trajectories of our lives by fighting the landing. On some level … [Read more...]

The Power of One

Deacon Greg has a homily up for this Sunday that is a cut-and-a-half above his usual superb offering: This week, in the Boston Globe, I read the story of an elderly couple named Sol and Rita Rogers. They’ve been married 61 years. They’ve raised a family and lived a long and happy life together. A few years ago, that began to change. Rita developed Alzheimer’s. And she is slipping deeper and deeper into dementia.Several weeks ago, she was taken to a health care center, where she now has to live. … [Read more...]