"I Love My Life"

I don't know why it is but my nightstand drawers routinely get filled and then overfilled with the weirdest, most random stuff, until finally I cannot close them anymore. This morning became "clean up" day, and aside from finding scores of broken pencils and no sharpeners, a paper I'd written for an Anthropology class 15 years ago, a worrisome number old invoices, some snarled up threads and a small tube of toothpaste, I also found a little card Buster had made for me when he was about 5 or 6 … [Read more...]

Genesis, Evolution the Sistine Chapel

White Dwarf Lost in Planetary Nebula "There are two forms of excess; to exclude reason and to admit nothing but reason." - Blaise Pascal "I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "Plans of fullness, not of harm. To give you a future, and a hope." - Jeremiah 29:11 "Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." - Matthew 6:34 A couple of years ago, in pondering the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, I wrote: If one goes back to the first lines of Genesis and to the first lines … [Read more...]

Dreaming strange dreams

In 8 years of Bill Clinton's presidency, I dreamed about the man once, and it don't remember feeling good or bad about it. In 8 years of Bush's presidency, I may have dreamed of him once. I think I did, but don't really remember. I know it is not unusual for people to dream of prominent folks in the news, particularly if they are being barraged with images, soundbites, headlines. For instance, back when he was (and not the AMA) was this administrations "evil dude/organization of the month" I … [Read more...]

Podcast; Office for the Dead (for Iran)

As I explain in the podcast, after turning alternative media for lack of MSM coverage, and reading tons of material on Iran, and listening to the president's remarks, and reading Twittered Tweets from people in Iran trying to get information and images out of that country, I was already inclined to pray for the people of Iran. Then, after seeing a few horrific videos, and one awful picture (very graphic, you are warned), I have decided to pray the Office for the Dead, for those losing their … [Read more...]

Morning Prayer, War & Death

Isaiah 2:2-5 In days to come, the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established as the highest mountain and raise above the hills. All nations shall stream toward it; many peoples shall come and say: "Come, let us climb the Lord's mountain, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may instruct us in his ways, and we may walk in his paths." For from Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. She shall judge between the nations, and impose terms on many … [Read more...]

Best Homily on Feast of Corpus Christi – Evah!

I'm not being at all glib when I say that this passionate homily by Deacon Greg gave me chills. It is spot on, and difficult to excerpt, but here's a taste: Back in the 1970s, when there was a lot of liturgical innovation going on, Dorothy Day invited a young priest to celebrate mass at the Catholic Worker. He decided to do something that he thought was relevant and hip. He asked Dorothy if she had a coffee cup he could borrow. She found one in the kitchen and brought it to him. And, he took … [Read more...]

Miranda Rights for Terrorists & President Opposite

Over breakfast, my husband and I were discussing President Obama's Cairo speech, wherein he lectured the West about the freedom of Muslim women to wear the hijab (Obama called it a hajib; is either correct?), but said nothing about Muslim nations giving them the freedom to not wear the covering, if they choose. "He speaks here about nations not having the right to tell other nations what to do," my husband mused, "but does precisely the opposite with regards to Israel; he's always telling … [Read more...]

Hip-Hop Morning Prayer

Jerusalem, if I forget you, fire not gonna come from me tongue. Jerusalem, if I forget you, let my right hand forget what it's supposed to do. Something a little different: Hasidic rapper, Matisyahu taking apart Psalm 137 and dropping a little "break my stride" into it. Yes, I know it's been out for a few years, but it takes a while for pop-culture to reach me. In the ancient days, we will return with no delay Picking up the bounty and the spoils on our way We've been traveling from state … [Read more...]

Gentle Ben in the Holy Land

My latest piece for Pajamas Media is up this morning, entitled Pope Brings his Gentle Touch to the Holy Land. An excerpt: Israel’s unending struggle is written into her very name, Isra-El: “struggles with God.” Since its formation in 1948, the world has watched the tumult of the modern state of Israel and one thing remains unclear: is the “struggle” between Israel herself and God, or between Israel and the world, with God beside her? Either way, that Israel will always struggle … [Read more...]

What is your favorite psalm?

I actually meant to talk about psalms yesterday, but somehow that post, almost from the first word, was taken out of my hands and morphed into this piece on Oblates and Tertiaries, and I've gotten to the point where I just don't fight that sort of stuff anymore. Those who check in from time to time to pray Morning Prayer or Vespers with me in the podcasts know that I consider psalmody a spiritual wellspring for our eternal thirst, and a most perfect reflection of the human condition in all of … [Read more...]