Not with a “give me” but with a “please take…”

Reposted by a reader’s request. Originally posted December 26, 2004.IT STARTS NOT WITH A “GIVE ME” BUT WITH A “PLEASE TAKE…”A very dear friend – a true “little brother in Christ” for he is a year younger than me! – is in his first year of Diaconate studies, on a journey to be ordained a Permanent Deacon in the Catholic Church. It has been for him a journey of immense joy and hard work, fear, doubt and wonder, and he seems ever-humbled as he progresses. I am in awe of him.So I was a li … [Read more...]

The Week of Re-posting: Listen

Listen... Originally posted July 8, 2005LISTEN...LISTEN...It is the first word of the Rule of St. Benedict.Listen carefully, my son, to the master's instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart.It is such an important word - such good advice - advice I have often been to slow to take, too noisy to comprehend. Chattering on and on to God about what I thought about things, it took a long time to learn to listen. I am learning, still.Over the past few months, I have … [Read more...]

The Week of repostings: Dreaming America, the Mother-hung nation

America is Wide Awake, and Dreaming Glorious Dreams Originally posted August 29, 2004A Mother-Hung Nation? Meyer, Again Originally posted June 29, 2006AMERICA IS WIDE AWAKE AND DREAMING GLORIOUS DREAMS"You are such a shy person," my husband said as we drove home from a long, pretty good concert this evening. "You stammer and get red whenever you meet a stranger. How is it you manage, time after time, to get into these loud, public brawls?"Well, alright, there is all that Irish in me, and … [Read more...]

The week of re-posting: The Mystic Children

Buster Gets Mystical Originally posted Feb 9, 2006Elder Brother Gets Into the Mystical Act Originally posted Feb 13, 2006BUSTER GETS MYSTICALBuster has, of course, been home sick all week, and it's given him a lot of time to think. Noting that he only fell under the strep bug after all of his many commitments had been met between September and January, he has been pondering the mind and the body. And the funeral of our friend Jane, last week, has clearly also been weighing on him."The … [Read more...]

The Week of Re-Posting: Mothers & Fathers; thanks in all circumstances

What do You Thank your Mother for? Originally posted May 14, 2006That Must be Disconcerting for You Originally posted October 25, 2006HAPPY MOTHERS DAY: WHAT DO YOU THANK YOUR MOTHER FOR?My birth mother and I had our rough times, and they're not worth expounding on, now. But she was an interesting person. A child of the depression (she had me kinda late in life - I've always been a surprise in one way or another), and of deaf-mute parents, she grew up an only child who was given many … [Read more...]

The week of re-postings: Sacred Sperm, Ancient Knowledge, Dangerous Prayer

Every Sperm is Sacred Originally posted August 04, 2005Modern Medicine Catches up to Ancient Knowledge Originally posted June 11, 2005The Dangerous Prayer of Blessing Originally posted May 20, 2006EVERY SPERM IS SACRED?Got an interesting email from another blogger, a fairly new Catholic, who is having a little trouble believing something. He writes:...some people on my blog suggested that every ejaculation had to hit the target, so to speak....meaning, umm, no completed oral tasks, … [Read more...]

The week of re-postings: Forced Conversions and Air Kisses

Faith and Reason and Forced Conversions Originally posted September 5, 2006Tina Brown; Our Lady of the Air Kiss Originally published April 22, 2005FAITH AND REASON AND FORCED CONVERSIONS"Was not Nagasaki the chosen victim, the lamb without blemish, slain as a whole burnt offering on an altar of sacrifice, atoning for the sins of all nations during World War II?" - Dr. Takashi Nagai 1908-1951, on Martyrdom, from All Saints by Robert EllsbergIt is the rarest of days when I disagree with my … [Read more...]

The Week of Re-posting: Adoration – rising strength, mists and veils

WEAKNESS IS SOWN; STENGTH RISES UP Originally posted, Sept. 12, 2006ADORATION AND THE MIST, THE VEIL Originally posted on July 16, 2006WEAKNESS IS SOWN; STENGTH RISES UPWent to adoration yesterday - not especially because of the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01 - simply because that's my habit of a Monday afternoon. As I had planned to, I prayed the Office for the Dead, in remembrance of...well, of so many. Of my brothers and brother-in-law, of the victims of 9/11, our … [Read more...]

The week of re-posting: American Idol, Praise, Shame and Sin

Sometimes, when one becomes exceedingly busy and obligation-suffocated, it's best to simply throw one's hands to heaven and say, "if something's gotta give, it will be the blog!"Starting in about three hours, I will be pretty much incommunicado (blogwise and email-wise) until next week, sometime.Thus begins "the week of re-posting." For the next 7 days we'll be revisting older posts that may deserve a second look (or not) and I think most of them will be of a more spiritual than political … [Read more...]

Mary and the Crucifix

Reposted from November, 2005. I stumbled on this tonight and realized that when I wrote it my friend Jane was dying and none of us knew it, not even she. And my BIL thought he would live to be 99, just like his mother and father. Things turn on a dime. Thought I'd post this again; it's good to remember that things can look very different 12 months later - that it is always good to take time to appreciate what we've got.WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER, OUTSIDE OF TIMEI have been … [Read more...]

I know I’ve been quiet…

I think when we get past my MIL's 70th birthday party on Sunday...Meanwhile, my brain is fried right now and so I'm looking at beautiful saris. As I wrote a while back, when my brain is fried, "...I go here and look at Saris.Because I can never look at beautiful fabric heart hungers for beauty. And I don't especially want to wear beautiful clothes - that's too much trouble - but I want to look at beautiful clothes and fabrics. As I've said before, I'd love to own Katharine … [Read more...]

Wrestling with myself

Sorry it's been so quiet. I've been dealing with a project which I have - miraculously - managed to mostly finish ahead of schedule, but it's been very time-consuming and I still have to type it up.It's rare that I write in longhand, but this project seemed to have stymied me a bit - it scared me, really, because it was an altogether new sort of assignment - and when I am blocked, I cannot write at the keyboard, I must get pen and paper and physically WRITE a thing out.I did manage to pin … [Read more...]

Linking around – Chastity, Berger, UFO’s and more

While I'm still nose-to-the-grindstone trying to finish by Saturday something due on Thursday...egad...thought I'd throw some interesting reading your way.Another big lie gets addressed: Dawn Eden, author of The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On published a piece in the UK on one of the big lies served up by feminism (another lie, of course, was it's not a baby, it's just tissue.) Her essay: Casual sex is a con; Women just aren't like men. A good read. … [Read more...]

Lamb & Dragon: Counter Terrorism with Love – UPDATED

I think I can count on my hands the number of times I have revisited a past post specifically to discuss a response to it, but my post on reassessing Iraq generated a great deal of email (very little of it the usual "hate" mail, which surprised me), and a few interesting blogger responses. Nate of The Lamb and Dragon blog took some issue with me, from a Catholic perspective and wondered if I have lost sight of the supernatural componants of this war:If we fail to identify our enemies in a … [Read more...]