Dating, “going out”, “seeing…” it’s so confusing!

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When my niece was a teenager, I couldn't tell which (or if any) of the boys in the roving gang she hung out with was a guy she was actually dating. Turned out there was one fellow who was "hers" and we had a long confusing chat about how no one "dates" anymore. People "went out", which was different from "seeing each other" but that didn't mean they were dating, which apparently was completely passe.I never could get a handle on the new language, but I remember feeling sad that she and her … [Read more...]

Of Christ, Monasticism and Radio Astronomy

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Alright, after a couple of politically-flavored posts, I'm going to have mercy on everyone and give you a gift for the weekend, and it comes to us in two parts via an excellent site within the Evangelical Portal, Good Letters, where guest contributor and writer/poet Richard Cole relates how his first-ever retreat at a Benedictine Monastery resulted in his coming to Catholicism and his second grounded him within it:From Part I, where our hero is given no assignment except to be:At … [Read more...]

Fearless Pat Gohn: “Do You Want to Pray About It?”

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About a year ago, Pat Gohn and I were chatting via skype about work-related issues, when the subject came around to our kids. I mentioned that my older son was, that very day (and after a discouraging two year search) interviewing for a job that seemed perfect for him.Although I felt strongly that the Holy Spirit was at work, and that the job was "meant" for him, I suppose my voice still betrayed some tension; Pat picked up on it and said, "would you like to pray about it right now? We can … [Read more...]

Sacred Sex: is a Doorway to the Eternal

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Tim Muldoon winds up his five-part series on the "McDonaldsization of Sex" with some splendid theology:Here's God's proposal: "if you choose to enter into a lifelong relationship with a person of the opposite sex, and choose to love that person in every moment of every day for the rest of your life, you'll come to know who I am and how I love the people I've created. It will demand all of you; it will demand sacrifice and conversion and transformation. It will demand forfeiting all your … [Read more...]

Feeling Optimistic on the Roberts Ruling on Obamacare

Well! That was an invigorating and enjoyable 24-hour news cycle, wasn't it? The hysterics; the swearing and f'bombing; the renewed exposure of "real media" as ranting and incompetent drama queens; Nancy Pelosi's predictable incoherence; the wholesale giving over of Americans to their emotions! "We won!", "We lost"; "America is over!" "America is getting a second chance!"; "It's a tax!", "It's a penalty!"; "She's my daughter and my sister!"Oops. That's Chinatown, Jake.Yesterday many in … [Read more...]

Did Roberts just give Obama the bird? – UPDATED

Just a thought that occurred to me after I'd done some reading around the internets, particularly this, this and this.Is it possible that Roberts, concerned by threats from the left that they would de-legitimize the court if it struck down Obamacare, reasoned as he did to both give the GOP a workable means of repealing the thing through legislation while also utterly defanging those threats? After all, if you look at the people screaming about the court yesterday, they’re all purring l … [Read more...]

SCOTUS Ruling: Bring on Kate Smith & Reactions UPDATED

:::Welcome Instapundit readers::: Please check out my update, which wonders whether Obama just got waved on. And thanks, Glenn Reynolds! - - - - -I am amusedly watching the reactions of the SCOTUS ruling on Obamacare -- where yesterday's "extremist activist court" is suddenly a model of humility and judicial restraint -- and remembering this piece Reason put up yesterday, and I'm thinking of Kate Smith who would sing, "what a difference a day makes...24 little hours..."If you're … [Read more...]

Nuns and Bishops and Popes, Oh My! – UPDATES

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The sisters are all Joan of Arc and the Bishops are all Don Giovanni!Allow me to clear my tabbar of these numerous links touching on the Sr. Margaret Farley story, the LCWR leadership meeting with Rome story and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad menfolk -- offering "the contorted thinking of celibate men" -- who just don't appreciate the linear and perfect thinking of the celibate women.I guess female celibacy is superior to male celibacy and therefore confers credibility on … [Read more...]

The Talking, Thinking and Wondering Will Continue

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There is a saying attributed to St. Gregory of Nyssa, that I used to keep up on my header: "Ideas lead to idols; only wonder leads to knowing."I wonder about that phrase often, and continually draw new understanding as I apply it to different subject matters. It reminds me that I am not only free to ponder, but that as a Catholic, I am (quite contra-CW) required to think. Not to give in to the soft tyranny of sentimentalism until I'm so busy feeling that thinking is dismissed; not to … [Read more...]

“I don’t have to think; Hollywood does it for me!”

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And here is what Hollywood tells me to think: Catholics who take their church seriously are foolish, hypocritical and failures in love.Normally, since there is a movie trailer involved, I'd just send you over toward the Deacon's place, to watch it, but since I have something to say, I'll post it here:By the way, we often are foolish, hypocritical and failures in love but that's part of the human condition and nothing exclusive to Catholics.Knowing nothing about this film beyond … [Read more...]


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