Should “New Homophiles” Be Allowed their Stories?

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I love this about Saint Thomas Aquinas, the great teacher, whose story reminds us that we do not know as much as we think we do:[In 1273, on the feast of Saint Nicholas, Aquinas was celebrating Mass] when "he received a revelation that so affected him that he wrote and dictated no more, leaving his great work the Summa Theologiae unfinished. To Brother Reginald’s (his secretary and friend) expostulations he replied, "The end of my labors has come. All that I have written appears to be as so m … [Read more...]

O King Solomon! Pray for us Squabbling Catholics!

Yes, I know this is an Orthodox baptism, but I couldn't resist.

Okay, so, via Deacon Greg ala the Italian press (which is you know...the Italian press), here is the latest story that has some Catholics screaming at each other in social media.The pope baptized a baby. According to "Il Tirreno" the couple requesting baptism for their daughter Guilia may not be sacramentally married. We don't even know if that report is accurate, or if so what circumstances may be behind the couple being only civilly wed. But that's enough for battle amongst Catholics. … [Read more...]

In 2014, Relaunching the Barbaric Yawping Vagina of Fury!

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Having spent half a day -- far too much time -- perusing the headlines and growing more and more disturbed by them, I find I am in a mood.Such a mood, I am in.It's not a mood I get into often, and my brother, may he rest in peace, used to warn me about it; he said it was a mood of fury that only gay men were truly permitted to unleash and dally with, because only they could wield it with enough diplomatic style to keep people both informed and entertained; only they could inflict the … [Read more...]

The Dark Joy of Hating Rebecca Black

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While I am not remotely interested in Rebecca Black or her new song, "Saturday", I find it fascinating that merely two days after her video was published on YouTube, it boasts over 9 million hits.Think about that for a second, because it says almost nothing about Rebecca Black and a great deal about our society. Throughout social media Black is talked about and roundly mocked, and all of these people who supposedly don't like her product made haste to view her video, why?So they could … [Read more...]

“Jesu! Jesu!” Thrilling a Crowd at Air and Space Museum

Around here, Deacon Greg Kandra is usually a sucker for flash mob videos -- I've been over them for a while, because I have a very short attention span; this one, however, got to me.It happened two days ago, at the National Air and Space Museum, where 120 members of the US Air Force Band, under the baton of Col. Larry H. Lang, flash-mobbed a mesmerized crowd:I love this because amid moonrocks and spaceships and the Spirit of St. Louis, 21st Century people of various ages, interests, … [Read more...]

Annulment Reform: “Amnesty” or Necessary Mercy? UPDATED

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During the Great Big Illegal Immigration Brouhaha of 2006—a drama of conservative hyperventilation and La Raza flag-waving parades that has since been repeated each May preceding a mid-term election—about two thousand of my blog readers left, never to return. They left because I had argued for the reform of a bogged-down and inefficient National Immigration Service, and the creation of a reasonable path to citizenship for peaceful people who had often been living in America for yea … [Read more...]

Holy Advent; Holy Hope in Light

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Welcome! Welcome! I shed tears of gratitude and joy that you have come round again, O Advent, to shake us from our torpor as early night comes, and the match is struck, and the message is brought home once more; that we are forever in the absence of light; it is beyond us and exterior until we make it welcome and bring it, like a lover, within. Welcome into our deepest void, welcome into the parts of us touched by human frost and stunted. Welcome, O Light, beaming glorious, into remotest … [Read more...]

Crouched Behind our Ideologies; Blocked from Salvation – UPDATED

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Almost a year ago, I announced that I was going to make a full-hearted effort to pull back from the temptation to ideological excess, and I completely meant it. I was tired of being angry, more than a little convinced that my anger suited the purposes of others, beyond my ken, and fed up with consenting to being bitter -- which was not only exhausting but took me nowhere I wanted to go.Here's what I've learned, so far: It's not always easy. Absent a grace-filled miracle, one can't can't … [Read more...]

Evangelii Gaudium and My Joyful Grouse Rome-ward

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Well, the little I've managed to read of it today, I've loved, and you will likely love it, too, because in my skimming, I'm finding it gorgeous.In my skimming, my eyes landed on this bit, which is rather glorious, and a true challenge to all of us. It more or less explains what Pope Francis meant when he called proselytism "solemn nonsense":Loving others is a spiritual force drawing us to union with God; indeed, one who does not love others “walks in the darkness” (1 Jn 2:11), “remains … [Read more...]

Will Leaving a Cash Tip Open Us Up to This Kind of Fraud? -UPDATED

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Because my mother was a waitress who worked for mainly for tips, when my husband and I dine out we will very often strike a line through the "tips" portion of the bill, and leave our gratuity in cash. We do this for a couple of reasons -- because often food-servers need the cash to pay the babysitter when they get home; because keeping track of what tips should show up on a paycheck is difficult; because why not let people access their tips immediately?Well, we may decide to stop leaving … [Read more...]


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