Gone wonky

That would be the comments function. Not sure why it is acting up, not allowing longtime commenters to post, throwing randomly into spam and generally misbehaving and causing a lot of angry/hurt/worried emails to come my way. No one is being banned but I will close comments until I figure it out. Sorry for the inconvenience. … [Read more...]

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Obama Complains a Lot

I've always said his instincts were more inclined toward ruling than leading. This is not the first time he's suggested that a dictatorship might be preferable to a presidency.But for a guy who campaigned for the job, he sure does complain a lot:"I'm sympathetic to your view that this would be easier if I could do this entirely on my own. It would mean all these conversations I've had over the last three weeks, I could have been spending time with Malia and Sasha instead," President Obama … [Read more...]

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Gus: Too hot! Bring the pool inside!

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Mass Murderer with Headshots? – UPDATED

So, what are we to make of this creature who has handed Norway a horrific grief and who managed, it seems, to continue stalking and shooting his unarmed prey for over an hour?His background and beliefs will be explored extensively throughout the media, but what I can't help wondering as I look at these pictures of 32-year old Anders Behring Breivik is: were these professionally-done headshots meant for this moment? Did he have them done in anticipation of seeing them splashed all over the … [Read more...]

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When Young Faith is Tested

In his column today, Matt Emerson, who teaches at a Jesuit prep school, expresses concern over the effectiveness of our current religious education programs. Addressing the aftermath of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting, he writes of working through Psalm 46:Those classes, and that day, were sacred moments. There had been an uncovering. In the darkened room, in the mild glow of a projector screen bearing ancient words, I had been given an x-ray of my students' spiritual life. The images were … [Read more...]

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Desire and "The Booth at the End"

I had not heard of this new online series from Hulu, until I read Joseph Susanka's piece -- but what a fascinating premise!The series' premise is startlingly simple: the Man (Xander Berkeley) sits in a booth at Cadillac Jack's Driver-In and waits. People—convinced that he can "get things" for those who want them badly enough—visit his booth, and he makes a bargain with each of them: if they complete the task he assigns, they will get what they so desperately desire.But his bargains are harsh … [Read more...]

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Retreat Continues…

Well, I suppose this was a poor idea; I thought I could simply do my Patheos editing stuff and then not blog and that would give me an appropriate sort of retreat, but here it is, nearly 2PM, and I haven't even said my office yet, so busy have I been.So, at-home retreats...they don't always work; the withdrawal from this devil's own instrument must be complete or the result is less than satisfying.But I press onward. My editing for the week is done -- you'll notice on the landing page, … [Read more...]

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Retreat Day

Have designed an at-home retreat for myself that involves praying the the Hours, staying close to the oratory, edifying reading, exercise and quiet, and actually cooking supper. Not sure if it will be a day-long or a couple of days, but that's what I'm feeling called to just now.Since I won't be here to moderate, comments will be closed until I return. God's blessings to all!(Graphic thanks to reader Brian J, from last year) … [Read more...]

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Muldoon's Sex and Christianity

Tim Muldoon has begun a series in his column space, Culture at the Crossroads, on the huge subject of Christianity and Sex:From Part I:What I will propose is the idea that authentic discernment of desire means recognizing that not all kinds of freedom are very life-giving. Discernment is the careful sifting of goods from bads: so, for example, it will be important to discern how in the modern/postmodern world women can discover their vocations, while rejecting ideas that make both men and … [Read more...]

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Tumbling America and the Narrative Thrust UPDATED

America is in the process of tumbling: she has one party interested only in "remaking" America with or without the constitution's guidance; it is a party become so expert at political maneuvering that it no longer believes it actually has to lead, build consensus or compromise -- ever -- and another party that can't manage to stick a post into a hole and call it a goal. The Democrats and Republicans remind me of nothing so much as Jules and Brett in Pulp Fiction -- the Democrats alternately sly … [Read more...]

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