“I guess Morality just loves me, or something…” UPDATED

You guys remember Leah Libresco, right? The favorite Philosopher Atheist of many of us, here in the Catholic portal? The adorable, ubersmart Yalie grad whom I introduced a while back, as "a smart young cookie and a life-long atheist" and whose blog began as a geeky atheist picking fights with her Catholic boyfriend?Yeah, her, the girl whose banner has been flying at the atheist's corner:Well, today she makes an announcement that will startle many:I tried to keep my eyes open … [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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“No one hates men! But…damn these men!” – UPDATED

On Facebook, Diane of Te-Deum blog embedded this interview between Christiane Amanpour and Sister Joan Chittister, OSB, whom Amanpour calls "a practicing nun."Because she's a class-A journalist, is the haughty Christiane. She's like the Anna Wintour of elite broadcasters, but even less interesting.Full disclosure: as a Benedictine Oblate, I've read and gleaned much wisdom from Sister Joan's books on Monasticism; she has a lot of good and instructive things to say about the psalms and … [Read more...]

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Afflicted by Boredom…”Say something new!”

My piece at First Things, today:With something like horror I realized that I—the news junkie whose earliest memories involve sitting on the floor, transfixed as Nancy Dickerson read the afternoon headlines and the iconic black and white images burned themselves into my imagination; the girl who had devoured political and religious stories and had made a happy career out of the chomping; the woman whose greatest joy after family was the perpetual wellspring of the internet where one c … [Read more...]

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The Timely Reissue of Sigrid Undset’s Bios

I mentioned this book briefly in this round-up of great reads from last month, but today's column at First Things tells you why Ave Maria Press' reissue of Sigrid Undset's Stages on the Road is so very relevant, and why Undset can speak effectively to our age:Raised by progressively-minded atheists, Undset realized while still a teenager that ideologies and their accompanying “isms” gave inadequate measures of the world and humanity, always narrowing truth precisely at the point where what i … [Read more...]

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Maurice Sendak Departs

"And now," cried Max, "let the wild rumpus start!"[But] Max, the king of all wild things, was lonely and wanted to be where someone loved him best of all.[He] stepped into his private boat and waved goodbye, and sailed back over a year, and in and out of weeks, and through a day and into the night of his very own room, where he found his supper waiting for him.And it was still hot.For all of those hours of singular pleasure spent with entranced sleepyheads, … [Read more...]

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Feeding my Fabric Fixation

From time to time, my synapses get fried and -- as I have mentioned here, before -- I must retreat from the world and look at beautiful fabric and glorious dresses.I wear rags, myself, mostly, but sometimes my heart just aches for beauty. Thanks to an unknown reader who ordered this book from Amazon, through this site I now have my first "stash". A book of 100 dresses and belonging to a Met collection, but rarely seen. My blog can't do justice to the glorious photos.Mother's Day is … [Read more...]

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Bible Basics for Catholics: A New Picture! – UPDATED

Got three new books in the mail yesterday, and I'm going to share all of them with you. I actually have about 25 books that arrived while I was sick last month and I never did get a chance to catch up on them, so perhaps this week I will slip them into the blog and let you make up your own minds about whether they might be of interest to you, but this book, Bible Basics for Catholics: A New PIcture of Salvation HistoryI know I can highly recommend, because I read the galleys and loved it so much … [Read more...]

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Douthat talks with Moyers on Bad Religion – UPDATED

I've been recommending Ross Douthat's book, Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics, both here and elsewhere. Here he sits with Bill Moyers and they get right into it, with Douthat quickly making an argument for robust institutional religion participation in the national dialogue -- a religion that is "not separate from politics, that's involved in politics, deeply influences politics but isn't captive to a partisan cause of the left or right."An excellent discussion -- check it … [Read more...]

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Style, Sex, Substance:Frank Talk from Catholic Women – UPDATED

The first time I head the title of Hallie Lord's new book, I was intrigued:Then I saw the list of formidable female writers Hallie had assembled to write ten frank, strong, funny, thoughtful and wrenching essays on the challenges of living an authentically Catholic life in a world where women are expected to take their cues from Kim Kardashian and Reality Wives (no thinking required) or Hillarys-Clinton-or-Rosen (the thinking is settled). I was hooked.What writers? Besides Hallie … [Read more...]

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