“Yes we will use a Consecrated Host” at Harvard “Black Mass”

Following up on this post, I have made a couple of phone calls to the The Cambridge Queen’s Head where Madelyn, an events manager, first promised to "research this", saying that her computers were down. During a subsequent conversation, sounding very flustered, she and told me she had no comment to offer at the moment. Confirming that she is the Events manager, she promised a response later today.She did confirm to another caller that the Harvard Cultural Exchange is having an event there, … [Read more...]

No Confirmation Yet on Harvard Black Mass Story

I saw this last night at the Women of Grace site, and was skeptical. I remain so today:The Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club is hosting a black mass on May 12 to be staged by The Satanic Temple and which will include a consecrated host.According to a press release from The Satanic Temple, they plan on presenting the black mass at the Queens Head Pub in Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA along with “an academic narration that explores the ritual’s unique history and pra … [Read more...]

Belying Emily Letts’ “good abortion” Words: Her Face UPDATE

Emily Letts

Kathy Schiffer calls a video of Emily Letts getting an abortion "weird", and if all you take into account is this young woman's words, they are weird; they make almost no sense.“I know that sounds weird, but to me, this was as birth-like as it could be. It will always be a special memory for me. I still have my sonogram, and if my apartment were to catch fire, it would be the first thing I’d grab.”If you let yourself become distracted by what is coming from her mouth, you miss all that is … [Read more...]

The Nun and the Rapper: “It’s All Good” Despite Naysayers

Yesterday's piece at First Things discussed how an ingrained lack of gratitude can skew all of our reactions away from both generosity and joy. How we receive a good has a great deal to do with whether we receive more good.In truth, within the continual embrace of the Creator, we are on the receiving end of constant-good. As the saying goes, "it's all good," except as our limited human perceptions may perceive.It is precisely because our perceptions are so narrow, so unable to know what … [Read more...]

Grief, a Joyful Nun, Misery-lovers & the Annunciation

My column at First Things looks at two stories from last week -- one grievous, and one glad -- and how, amid the mysteries contained within each, some people could only be miserable:The immediate responses seemed like reasonable ones: The plight of a family facing a wound of such depth would naturally evoke empathetic sadness in others, and our human need to feel empowered in dreadful circumstances fueled an impressively-answered fundraiser meant to defray the costs of emergency airlifts, … [Read more...]

“Let it Go” Sung by Capt. Barbosa, Jack Sparrow, Winnie the Pooh and More…

Well, this young man, Brian Hull, is very gifted! I hope he gets some great work out of this:Having creative kids, myself, I really appreciate the work that goes into honing his craft. And I love the obvious joy he is taking in it.And what an age we live in! One video can make a career! … [Read more...]

Harold Ramis and the Touch of the Mensch

Peter Venkman and Ray Stantz might have been the glamor boys of the Ghostbusters, but Egon Spengler was always my favorite. I loved Harold Ramis' dry, geeky delivery, and admired the genius evident in so many of his films. So sorry to read that Ramis has died at age 69, after a long illness.There was a sweetness to Ramis' stuff; his work was smart, insightful and if it could bite, there was an under-note of kindness to it. I've often wondered if Bill Murray (from whom he was estranged) could … [Read more...]

Make an In-Depth Visit to the Holy Land for Free!

Faithfultraveler

It's one of those happy synchronicities that we call a "co-incidence", but always strikes me as being so much more. My husband and I were reminiscing about our favorite vacations -- Rome, Ireland, Virginia Beach -- and he suddenly piped up that he would love to visit the Holy Land. It seems the taste for such a trip had been whetted during a visit to the beautiful Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America, which offers detailed replicas of Holy Land sites, and which we had both found … [Read more...]

Fierce Lilliputians in the Snow!

Gullivers snowy travels

Some brilliantly creative snowmen and monsters being featured here. I love the Gulliver -- the attention to carrot noses makes it, for me -- but the Shaun of the Dead stuff is great, too!And yes, it's all very Calvin and Hobbesian … [Read more...]

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Looking for a little "token"? these earrings are so pretty!

I know, it's Wednesday, so this really is "last minute", although if you have Amazon Prime and the weather holds you might be able to do some of this online, if not, you may well be able to find some of these things in your local drugstore -- you have to go there to get the candy, anyway -- or a local bookstore. The earrings above are inexpensive and pretty (I have them, and love them) and none of these ideas are costly. My husband and I don't "celebrate" the day, but sometimes a small little … [Read more...]


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