Lenten Reading Recommendations 2014

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In Chapter 48 of his Holy Rule, Saint Benedict says "During this time of Lent each [monk or nun] is to receive a book from the library, and is to read the whole of it straight through. These books are to be distributed at the beginning of Lent." The books an Abbot or Abbess might choose for the benefit of a particular monk or nun were not always religious; sometimes fiction or secular books were given, too, and so I'm including a few of those in here, too. That collection of books above … [Read more...]

As Lana Kane Would Say With Narrowed Eyes…

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1) So...in this gentleman's world, someone who will sell a person cream puffs but not a wedding cake? Totally equivalent to building concentration camps and perpetrating genocide. Hyperbole, much? 2) Fully aware of the irony inherent in what I am about to say, I'm going to say it, anyway: the next person who tells me that because Jesus drove the moneychangers from the temple, all enraged non-God-men are justified in being cruel and ugly to their also-redeemed fellow humans is going to … [Read more...]

Holder Hospitalized: “Lord, the one you Love is Sick…”

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Attorney General Eric Holder has been hospitalized with symptoms of what could be a heart attack, or a panic attack. Stress is a killer and the whole nation is under stress right now, and that's a thought I may consider and flesh out later, but for now, let's whisper up a prayer for his good. I know, it's not always easy to pray for someone toward whom you may not have warm feelings, but we are called to it, and a good way to enter into any prayer with humility is through scripture. … [Read more...]

Culture Wars: It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt

From the mind of Deacon Greg, whose comments are always closed.

So, yesterday was a most interesting day. Having worked until the wee small hours of Tuesday morning, I decided to sleep in a bit and then do an hour on my bike before getting down to serious work. As I biked, I checked email and learned that there was a twitterconflagration in effect, concerning this piece at First Things. As our culture wars progress, we're apparently supposed to stake out purist territory, declare "Here I stand, I can do no other" and then battle relentlessly; since we're … [Read more...]

Cake and Hammers: Frank Underwood Has a Word for Kirsten Powers

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Here we are, a bare week out of Lent, and the Christians are banging on one another, as we too often do, this time about whether or not Christ Jesus would bake a wedding cake for a same sex couple. It all started with Kirsten Powers, writing at USA Today, declaring that Christians wanted to go all Jim Crow against gay couples, and adding "Maybe they should just ask themselves, "What would Jesus do?" I think he'd bake the cake." Powers followed that up with another indictment, this time in … [Read more...]

Harold Ramis and the Touch of the Mensch

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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...]

Lanny Davis Speaks Out Against FCC in Newsrooms BREAKING: FCC “PULLS PLUG”

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::::UPDATE BREAKING:::: The FCC is "throwing in the towel on its plans, but...only sort of. The Federal Communications Commission has pulled the plug on its plan to conduct an intrusive probe of newsrooms as part of a “Critical Information Needs” survey of local media markets. However, a revised version of the survey could raise new concerns: that it will trade its now-kiboshed news questions for a demographic survey that might justify new race-based media ownership … [Read more...]

Charismatic: The Pope and the Pentecostals are 45 Minutes of FASCINATING – Updated!

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I had just finished watching this video, when Marcel LeJeune sent this post of his my way, calling the it "astounding." It's that and more. I will tell you this: I watched the whole thing, and was fascinated, and blown away, and -- hard as this might be to believe -- moved to copious tears. I have seen some Catholics on Facebook say they forward through the video, only watching the last 15 minutes or so, with Pope Francis. I heartily recommend that you don't do that -- that you, … [Read more...]

FCC in the Newsroom: A Look at What they Want

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Now that one-or-two members of the mainstream press are bothering to notice the FCC preparing to question their editorial processes, Ed Morrissey is helping us all get a better take on what it will look like, with this analysis at Hot Air: It’s difficult to determine any other reason for the FCC to take an interest in editorial decisions unless it wants to intervene in that process. It’s not all that outrageous to believe that the only reason a federal agency wants to conduct a study of … [Read more...]

Over FCC Plans, MSM Finally a Bit Curious re Obama Admin – UPDATED

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It's only taken seven years, but a member of the mainstream media is finally asking "what are they thinking?" That would be the formerly "respectable" Howard Kurtz, the Columbia J-school grad who wrote for the Washington Post and worked for CNN and the Daily Beast, before he fell from grace and landed at Fox News, where he writes: What on earth is the FCC thinking? The last thing we need is the government mucking around with news content. The title of this Big Brother-ish effort by the … [Read more...]

The Tenderness of Francis: No, that’s Benedict! NO WAY!

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A few weeks ago I found myself in the middle of a dust-up on social media. A supposed "fan" of Pope Benedict made a remark that, in light of what I know of the Pope Emeritus from my reading, made no sense to me. So I asked this rather cranky anonymous entity about it, and there ensued a very strange conversation; the more I quoted Benedict to this person, the angrier he or she became with me. It was the tenderness of Benedict that seemed to be throwing this person off. "Tenderness" … [Read more...]

In Fallon, Finally, a Worthy Carson Successor? – UPDATED

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Good for Jimmy Fallon for his clever and very smart debut last night as the new host of the Tonight Show. Good for him for bringing it back to New York. Good for NBC for letting him. Finally, I have a reason to check out a late-night talk show again, because finally -- while no one will ever top Johnny Carson in the gig -- a worthy successor has been found. I've always had the sense that Fallon, -- like Carson -- genuinely likes and is entertained by his guests, and he has Carson's instinct … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

Surprise! GOP Fights FCC on Behalf of MSM Freedoms – UPDATED

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It's true: if I only got my news from the Mainstream Media, and did not stop in at Instapundit's place every single day, I'd never know what was going on. My day is just too busy to read everything, even though I subscribe to many news sites. Glenn Reynold's editorial eye and pithy -- often hilarious -- commentary are invaluable to me. Take this story, for instance. I had no idea that the Obama Administration was going all "Let's Create Pravda" on news outlets. Somehow, the major networks … [Read more...]