Mr. Coffee Cafe Latte, You’re my Hero…

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A reader bought this through the Amazon portal (which is the link to my book) and I was so intrigued that I asked for it, for Christmas.What intrigued me? Two things -- cost and froth.A) COST: I'm way too middle class to spend a lot on a coffee maker; it wouldn't make me feel good about myself. Spending a lot for a latte would, in fact, make me feel bad about myself. While this unit sells at higher prices in stores, it goes for under $55 at Amazon, which is really my limit for a latte … [Read more...]

Christie and Bridgegate; He Has the Wrong Pass


The "Bridge-gate" story currently haunting Chris Christie is not funny. Bridge tie-ups, aside from being inconvenient and schedule-mauling, are dangerous and sometimes life-threatening. It is possible that one elderly woman died because of the traffic snarls that apparently originated with administration staffers. It is absolutely fair and appropriate that the mainstream press inquire and investigate into what NJ Governor Christie know, and when he knew it, re the whole affair.If Christie … [Read more...]

Garlic? Honey, I’m like buttah. Like BUTTAH!

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You know...all fat and salty!Anyhow, back in September I did an interview with Jonathan Merritt at the Religion News Service, talking about idols and the pope and whatnot, and today the piece has dropped:Pope Francis craze may be idolatry, says Catholic writer Elizabeth ScaliaElizabeth Scalia claims to be a shy person, happy to hang in the background. But the popular Catholic Portal editor at Patheos, writing as “The Anchoress”, doesn’t shy away from offering opinions as strong as ga … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas to You and Yours!

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Newhart, Bullies, Shunning, and Cliques: The High-Schoolization of America

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I was really disappointed to read that 85 year-old comedian, Bob Newhart -- a man who managed to have not one, but two highly successful television sitcoms and end both of them on brilliant, darn near iconic notes -- recently cancelled a speaking engagement rather than have to deal with being hassled.He was to speak before a gathering of Legatus members -- a group of Catholic businessfolk who try to conform both their personal and business lives to Catholic teaching.Many of the Legatus … [Read more...]

Be Quiet and Look Up! Well done, Catholic Vote. Well done.

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Today Pope Francis urged a little silence on us:Only silence guards the mystery of the journey that a person walks with God, said Pope Francis in his homily at Mass on Friday morning at the Casa Santa Marta. May the Lord, the Pope added, give us “the grace to love the silence”, which needs to be guarded from all publicity.In the history of salvation, neither in the clamour nor in the blatant, but the shadows and the silence are the places in which God chose to reveal himself to hum … [Read more...]

Christmas Music Recommends; Last Minute, but Still Time!


Over at Lisa Hendey's place, she is recommending some beautiful music.This reminds me that I need to do that, too -- that I'd promised a bunch of music recommendations for Christmas before utterly running out of steam after recommending gifts and then books and dvds!Lisa's recommendations are excellent -- you can't go wrong with Benedictine Nuns or Dominican sisters chanting!But let us give a little attention to some of the menfolk. I love female voices in chant, but I must confess … [Read more...]

Annual Christmas Gift Ideas Post, PART I


Yes, it's time (past time, in fact) for my annual "Gift Ideas" post. Believe it or not, people actually ask for this post -- for the last three weeks I've gotten emails and private messages asking when it would be posted.The truth is, I haven't been in the mood to do it; these things are really time-consuming (and my schedule lately is stupid) but more than that, I have been feeling altogether un-consumer-y this year, and was feeling that way even before the release of Evangelii Guaduium, … [Read more...]

A Global Wave of Prayer, A Year-Long Campaign

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The last time the Pope called for a day of prayer, we were on the verge of military action against Syria that would have lead God only knows where. Here's another global prayer moment! And a year-long campaign!Join in!Lord God, from the abundance of your mercies You stretch out your hand to defend the poor. You satisfy the thirsty soul, And the hungry you fill with good things. You give your people their daily bread, And feed your children with finest wheat. Inspire us by the … [Read more...]

Two images and the opening of Evangelii Guadium – UPDATED


"The great danger in today's world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted conscience. Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God’s v … [Read more...]