Kid President Innocently Echos Benedict XVI

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This is just unbelievably adorable, but it's also so very wise:"We're really glad you're here." It reminds me so much of Pope Benedict's exhortation that people need to hear "it is good that you exist!"It's an enthusiastic message of love, mercy, forgiveness. It's just great. And I love how self-possessed this kid is. And corndogs rule!“Just treat everybody like it’s their birthday. Even if they don’t deserve it sometimes. Because we all mess up sometimes. The biggest mess up? N … [Read more...]

The 19 Hard Things You Have to Do to Succeed

Wow, I love this list, because it really speaks the truth -- at least what I have learned, particularly over the last few years. Note the stuff about generosity. It's for real.You have to do the hard things.You have to make the call you’re afraid to make. You have to get up earlier than you want to get up. You have to give more than you get in return right away. You have to care more about others than they care about you. You have to fight when you are already i … [Read more...]

Among the Merciless and Perpetually Outraged, Mind Your Soul – UPDATED

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With Meanwhile, Back in America Peggy Noonan wrote a truly excellent column this week, one so full of grieving truth that only the hackiest of partisan hacks could deny it. Those for whom Noonan has beautifully articulated the here-and-now of their concerns could not help but make note of it, but they couldn't acknowledge it with an equal measure of beauty. It was more important to them to thank her while mashing a grapefruit in her face, as Sarah Palin -- who used to have leadership skills that … [Read more...]

The Post Takes a Page at Patheos

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That would be The Jesuit Post, the rambunctious, thoughtful, fun and enlightening site staffed by about 50 young Jesuits, three of whom I am very pleased to announce, have taken up residence here at Patheos.Some of you may be asking why a growing, jumping site like TJP would offshoot over here, or why Patheos would take them on -- it seems to fly in the face of the notion of competitive markets, doesn't it?Well, that's kind of the point. If the goal of Catholic blogging is to serve … [Read more...]

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!

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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...]


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