“Survival, Resilience, Redemption”: Heroes of 2014

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(Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Heroes of 2014. Read other perspectives at the page beginning today.)If you ask a well-established charity whether they'd rather have a large dramatic donation a few times a year or a steady income from small, dependable donors, they'll tell you they want, need and appreciate "both", but that if they had to choose, they'd take the everyday small donors, who manage to remain faithful in lush times and in lean; they are the o … [Read more...]

The Beautiful Doubled-Edged Sword of Hospice – UPDATED

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Carl McColman has lost his beloved daughter, Rhiannon:Many well-meaning friends and loved ones say things like “At least she’s in a better place now” or “She’s no longer stuck in a wheelchair” or “Well, her suffering is over.” That’s all true and I believe it — thank heaven for my faith, or I think my sense of being plunged into an abyss would be far more engulfing than it is. And I don’t mean to criticize the genuine love and concern from the many people who care. But every time I hear a com … [Read more...]

Sisters Rescuing Women from Sex Trades

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They are the Mary Queen of Heaven Missionaries, and who looking at them could imagine that they have taken upon themselves -- as have so many great missionary sisters before them -- such difficult work, serving populations invisible to so many?Nuns reach out to sex workers in fight against prostitution in the Philippines:In a red-light district in Cebu, central Philippines, the taxi stopped when its passenger called out, “There, that girl,” pointing to one of the women standing in the … [Read more...]

“Hey, KILL your autistic kid, because he’s ANNOYING ME!!!!!! And my NORMAL kids!!!!!”

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Well, we've reached a new nadir;Click to enlarge. That's a letter left for the family of boy with autism. By someone who is raising "normal" children.The "pissed off mother!!!!!" who wrote this awful, sick, miserable diatribe has broken one of Elmore Leonards rules or writing:5. Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose.More importantly, in demonstrating her terrifyingly utilitarian outlook that … [Read more...]

“Hail Satan?” The Scud Missile that is “Amazing Grace” – UPDATED

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Saw a lot of fluttery twitter reaction to this last night (twitter is a bastion for fluttery reaction, as fits tweets and bird logos) with people freaking out. Facebook is more staid, marginally.Deacon Greg calls it a must see. Is it? Like Ed Morrissey at Hot Air, I was first skeptical.When people assured me it was true, I didn't have to see it last night to go to bed understanding why I had felt compelled to write this, before turning in.That Strange God -- the idol that is the … [Read more...]

“Only Bad Guys Hate Babies”

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And with that, Simcha Fisher speaks truth:I've had a woman hold a door for my double stroller and hiss, "You have too many children." My friends have been lectured in their church parking lots about their irresponsible breeding behavior. They've been glared at for the high crime of bringing children into a supermarket. People get up and change seats with a groan of disgust when we come into a waiting room, as if the pretty little toddler in sandals and a sundress is covered in oozing … [Read more...]

Hated the Red Shoes, but Pink Sneakers are to Die For!

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When Pope Benedict XVI abdicated his papacy and was succeeded by Pope Francis, one particular fact seemed to delight the press -- and Benedict-haters -- more than any other: Francis was not wearing the red shoes!Google his red shoes (once incorrectly reported and forever incorrectly misunderstood to be Prada-made) and it feels like more was written about them than Benedict's encyclicals, his books, his travel, his kissed babies. Those red shoes drove secularists, and some Catholics crazy, … [Read more...]

“A Very Safe Place” in a world so thin of them…

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The value of a musical education begun during the early years of childhood has been well-documented; students who are exposed to musical instruction while young tend to do better in math and language arts and -- more importantly -- they develop a musicality that will remain with them for as long as they choose to use it, and can always be re-gained. At a recent family event our sons brought out a guitar, a uke, a mandolin and (and a fiddle for a guest) and it was kind of delightful to have a … [Read more...]

Shall we Embrace Human Wholeness in Church and in Government?

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Deacon Greg features this with thoughts on the importance of second chances, and that's certainly part of this bit with Governor Christie and Former Governor McGreevey, both in context and subtext. But I'm seeing something else.I see an increasingly recurrent theme being given expression here, but it's one coming from various corners, and with a little room, and a little attention, it could possibly restore both our national equilibrium and our church-wide, spiritual balance, as well. What … [Read more...]

Writing on Gosnell Media Blackout in 2011 -UPDATED

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On twitter yesterday, it was mildly irking to see a few tweets in my timeline from people like Kevin Drum and I forget who else, basically saying, (essentially) "oh, yeah? Well, if the Gosnell story was such a big deal, why weren't any of you people writing about it in 2011, huh? Answer that! Burn!".It was pretty easy to do a quick search and send him links of this blog and Hot Air and Michelle Malkin and others, writing multiple times of Gosnell in 2011, and even 2012. But here's a piece … [Read more...]


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