Passion, Passion, Passion – UPDATED

Our friends, the Passionist Nuns of St. Joseph Monastery in Kentucky, (whose joy-filled tribulations we followed through last winter's media-ignored ice storm) having recently clothed their postulant as a novice were rejoicing last week as they announced the upcoming reception of yet another young aspirant to their cloister.It was lovely to read of their new aspirant, but then reader Robert H passed along this very moving post from that convent-minded young lady, as she closed her blog to … [Read more...]

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Ellen Degeneres at Tulane – UPDATED

UPDATE: I initially posted this video without comment because I didn't want to influence anyone's thinking on it.A pal of mine watched and wrote back, "Why do I feel emotional pain after watching that?"I don't know if she meant it as a good, salutary sort of pain, or a bad one, but I had found the video moving, also, and I think it's because Degeneres is nakedly honest there, about her whole life and her self; I don't know if we see that sort of honesty anymore, from too many people. She's … [Read more...]

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"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...]

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Genesis, Evolution the Sistine Chapel

"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 6:34A 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 of John’s Gospel we see t … [Read more...]

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Jackson was an IDOL, not an ICON – UPDATE

I have to tell you, I was already sick of hearing Michael Jackson referred to, endlessly, by the pop-culture-infatuated press as "an Icon!"Now, the White House is doing it, too.At today's White House briefing, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said he and President Obama talked this morning about Michael Jackson's death."He said to me that obviously Michael Jackson was a spectacular performer and a music icon and I think everybody remembers hearing his songs and watching him … [Read more...]

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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...]

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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...]

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Morning Prayer, War & Death

Isaiah 2:2-5In 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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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