In the spotlight, finding her religion

Via Amy Welborn comes this OUTSTANDING interview with Mary Karr, author of The Liar's Club on her conversion to Catholicism.Some very wise stuff here, particularly when she talks specifically about prayer and grace, and her initial experiences of prayer, well before she found a church that fit. I like this part, especially, wherein her AA sponsor urges her to move beyond the simple prayer of "please help..."And then my friend said, "I want you to develop your relationship with this higher … [Read more...]

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Abdul Rahman Vanishes – Deathfans and Fascists afoot

This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live. - Deut 30:19This doesn't feel too good to my gut.An Afghan man who had faced the death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity quickly vanished Tuesday after he was released from prison, apparently out of fear for his life with Muslim clerics still demanding his death. [...] "We released him last night … [Read more...]

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Evangelical Teens “disgusting” to SF pol

Sez the Catholic Report, "First Catholics, Now Evangelical Youth Attacked By Powers That Be In San Francisco. Evangelical Youth Attending A Conference On Family Values Were Met By Protestors Calling Their Event A "Fascist Mega Pep Rally." A California Assemblyman Called Them "Disgusting" And Said "They Should Leave."I don't recall hearing about the Catholic kids enduring it, but clearly the Evangelical kids were not met with the usual enthusiasm "tolerant" San Francisco usually displays for … [Read more...]

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Hating Islam

I have been meaning to link to this piece by Siggy - in fact I did link to it, somewhere - but it deserves notice on its own, apart from a roundup of posts.Siggy hates Islam and explains why:I have more than a passing knowledge of Arab Muslim history and culture and I am familiar with current Arab politics. I have visited the region a number of times and consider myself well read and au courrant when discussing Arab affairs. [...]My hatred for all things Islamic stems from the truth that … [Read more...]

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How is your Lent going?

I'm getting lots of emails from people looking for more Lenten reading than I've suggested in The Bookshelf. "I'm having trouble focusing," is what I'm getting a lot of, along with a few, "I started out strong, but I've kind of lost track of Lent..."My own Lent is kind of a weird one. I mentioned that a family member has been diagnosed with abdominal mesothelioma, and the poor guy seems to be doing a fast fade on us - and it is a terrible one; he is suffering.It's terrible to feel so … [Read more...]

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The Lonely Booming Economy – UPDATED

It sounds like a Grimms Brother's Tale, doesn't it?Willisms takes it on. 5 million jobs in 30 months, and it's still a "Rodney Dangerfield Economy" that can't get no respect. No one wants to be its friend. Half the country denies it exists, even as they drive their shiny new cars to the restaurant to drink $8.00 cocktails after drinking the $4.00 coffees all day at work. After buying the latest CD, after seeing the latest play, after picking out their spring wardrobe, after planning this … [Read more...]

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You think I’m tough on the press?

I ain't nuthin' compared to Dr. Sanity when she gets going.And I have to say, her rage is pretty righteous.Stop the ACLU also points to a problem with the press. Unreal. … [Read more...]

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The press gets another one wrong

Or, as Siggy says, so much for the torture flights.There is no evidence the US has used UK airspace for flights transferring terror suspects to countries where they could be tortured, the government says.Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram said it would be a diplomatic error for UK officials to board jets to investigate.That would involve an "assumption" the US was not "being honest with us".Speaking to the joint parliamentary committee on human rights, he said: "Why should we operate on … [Read more...]

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Notre Dame honors Dave Brubeck

I didn't know he'd written so much religious music - even a Mass? Who knew!Brubeck has said in interviews that he joined the Roman Catholic Church after writing the Mass “To Hope! A Celebration” in 1979. A priest who heard it asked him why he left out “Our Father.” Brubeck said he wasn’t told to include it, so he didn’t add the prayer to the piece.But he went on vacation with his family and on the second night he dreamed the “Our Father” prayer, and decided to add it to the Mass. After that, … [Read more...]

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Sanctuary for Abdul Rahman! UPDATED

As predicted by many, the saga of Abdul Rahman, a Muslim who dared to convert to Christianity is ongoing.Michelle Malkin has the very distressing news (with rather intimidating photo) that some Muslims are already congregating to insure his death for being an apostate infidel.I wrote the other day whether this situation was not a cosmic gauntlet being thrown, meant to stir complacent Christians of every stripe - and specifically the churches - into action. It is not politically correct … [Read more...]

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God forbid we should feel a little bad…

Miss Kelly is distressed to find that some hymnals (including - sigh - the one in my church) features a change in the words to Amazing Grace."Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me..." Has been changed to reflect both the freedom that comes with salvation - which is very nice - and also the decree from some publishing house on high that we never, ever sing a lyric that might suggest a negative. "Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved and set me free..."Never … [Read more...]

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In this morning’s mail…

My poor, much put-upon husband. He's always after me to do something about all the books all over the house. When he sees the mailbox full of review copies of books he just shakes his head and mutters, "at least they're free..."These all look interesting. Don't Waste Your Sorrows discusses the role of suffering in the Christian life, something this blog has explored a couple-dozen times. This is apparently a re-issue of a book that has been around for a while. I know there is a lot of … [Read more...]

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A musical occasion of sin…UPDATED

While I would never claim to have the pristine mouth of an angel (I worked around stockbrokers too long for that...) I do not, no matter how provoked I might feel, take the Name of the Lord in vain - never. Buster will tell you this because one of the few times I ever reached out and whacked him upside the head like an Italian mother was when he did it.Which means that I - a New Yorker - routinely use such "Southern" sounding expressions as "Gol-darnit," and "Dagnabbit."Well, I can't say … [Read more...]

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Changing ‘Amazing Grace’, to Feel Better About Ourselves?

Miss Kelly is distressed to find that some hymnals (including the one in my church) feature a change in the words to Amazing Grace.“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me...” Has been changed to reflect both the freedom that comes with salvation -- which is very nice -- and also the decree from some publishing house on high that we never, ever sing a lyric that might suggest a negative.“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved and set me free...”Never mi … [Read more...]

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