Fearless Pat Gohn: “Do You Want to Pray About It?”

About a year ago, Pat Gohn and I were chatting via skype about work-related issues, when the subject came around to our kids. I mentioned that my older son was, that very day (and after a discouraging two year search) interviewing for a job that seemed perfect for him.Although I felt strongly that the Holy Spirit was at work, and that the job was "meant" for him, I suppose my voice still betrayed some tension; Pat picked up on it and said, "would you like to pray about it right now? We can … [Read more...]

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If God wants it, nothing can stop it

So, our friends the Dominican Nuns of Summit, NJ have welcomed a new postulant to their cloisters, a former youth minister who needed to settle quite a bit of debt in order to enter.As she chronicled her journey at her blog, it was fascinating to watch how -- as her entrance date approached -- things just fell into place, with large donations seeming to come out of nowhere; suddenly, her impediments were gone.If God wants something to happen, nothing can stop it. And if he doesn't want … [Read more...]

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Trayvon and the MSM: “Who will guard the guardians?” UPDATED

It's an ironic question, given George Zimmerman's own ideas about guardianship, but it's one that needs to be asked of the mainstream press.A long time ago, in the midst of of a month-long discussion on media, I noted a piece by a journalist who bristled at the existence of alternative media. To his way of thinking, the internets lacked the scruples, ethics, and sensibilities of "the mediating intelligences" within traditional, mainstream media. I had suggested, back then, that the whole … [Read more...]

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Trayvon and Zimmerman: A “good faith” breakdown?

In the comboxes, someone wondered earlier today why I had not written anything about the killing of Trayvon Martin by a "neighborhood watch" volunteer named George Zimmerman. Since I don't watch the news or read papers anymore, I only became aware of it yesterday, and it seems the political world was slow to come to it, too.It's a dreadful story; my heart cannot help but go out to the family of Trayvon Martin, and my prayer is that this case gets a thorough and honest investigation which … [Read more...]

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Is Sentimentalism the Last Step Before Violence?

InDisorientation: How to Go to College Without Losing Your Mind (which I highly recommend), I contributed an essay on the Soft Tyranny of Sentimentalism, wherein I wrote:If 20th-century atheism rode in on the backs of totalitarian regimes, the 21st-century has delivered unto the world an anti-God, anti-Church movement that fits seamlessly into shallow, postmodern popular culture. Having no need for uprisings and the hardware of destruction, the new fog of faith has crept in on the little … [Read more...]

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Obamacare’s Gift to the Catholics – FINAL

Photo by Bob Mullen/The Catholic Photographer/NY Daily NewsIn my First Things column, today, I find the silver lining behind the cloud of this administration's assault on the constitutional right to Freedom of Religion.To be sure, this situation is cause for concern, but there are some bright spots in all of this. Although the mainstream press has reported very little about this event—a close examination might prove uncomfortable for their own worldviews—the unified public expression of … [Read more...]

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God is Not Done with You

Deacon Greg's homily for this weekend is especially good, and powerfully useful, I think:In the gospel, when the men who want to follow Jesus ask him where he is staying, he doesn’t give them a direct answer.“Come,” he says, “and you will see.”On one level, he’s inviting them to follow him.  But more importantly: he is also inviting them to see. To have their eyes opened.  The Lamb of God who will take away the sins of the world – and who will soon give sight to the blind! — is invi … [Read more...]

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Gibbs, Jarrett and Mrs. Obama: The Tussle

So, former WH press secretary Robert Gibbs apparently tussled with Obama's seeming mother-substitute Valerie Jarrett, and he was very rude to the woman, in discussing First Lady Michelle Obama.This cartoon has foul-language (you're warned) but depicts what seems to have gone down.Well, I'm not surprised that Gibbs tussled with Jarrett. Gibbs, after all, is a white Irish Catholic, and as we all know, white Irish Catholics enjoy an occasional donnybrook.Perhaps that is why … [Read more...]

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The Vanishing: Can Faith Fuel the Future?

Last year I mused over at First Things about Vienna, and how it had seemed, when I visited, to be vasishing before my eyes:A few years ago I had occasion to spend a few days in Vienna. The beautiful city of museums and music remains a favorite but a forlorn one; its charming avenues and architecture and nightly concerts could not fully distract from the sleepy sense of diminishment that hung over the city, like the acquiescence of a cancer patient who has decided to forgo the next round of … [Read more...]

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The Primacy and Constancy of Christ-as-Truth – UPDATE

Reading the always-terrific John Allen the other day, I found myself miffed at the notion that some Vatican-watchers think our hard-working Benedict XVI is not engaged enough -- is in fact, a "part-time Pope".At the end of John Paul's reign, Politi writes, the papacy was widely understood to play these unique roles:"Respected interlocutor of the religions of the world, beginning with the other two great monotheisms: Judaism and Islam." "Spokesperson for human rights, beyond … [Read more...]

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