The Busy Servants of Moloch – UPDATED

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When the "learning opportunity" of the Susan G. Komen/Planned Parenthood debacle was taking place, I wrote:[the past day's high drama had given] me a mental image of Moloch, enraged and stomping and roaring because there was a threat of less meat coming to his fire.Today, Moloch is appeased; the media‚Äôs heartbeat and respiration are returning to normal. They and their pals in DC can take a nice, deep cleansing breath and sit back and smile, understanding what they have just demonstrated … [Read more...]

Illumination: Feast of the Presentation

And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is destined to be the rise and the fall of many in Israel, and a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed." The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 2It is odd that this feastday -The Feast of the Presentation of Christ- (which as Deacon Greg explains, is also called … [Read more...]

Rita Cosby and the Secrets of her Father

Over at Christopher Closeup, Tony Rossi debuts his first podcast since coming to Patheos, and it's a stunner! Journalist Rita Cosby, talks to Tony about her father, whose mysterious past had colored her world from an early age; it is one gripping interview!It was Christmas Eve, 1983, when the future Emmy Award-winning journalist and best-selling author heard her mother, Adda, and father, Richard, having an argument. Richard told them he was unhappy and was leaving the family.The … [Read more...]

Falling in Love with Love

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"One has never achieved complete faith. Faith has to be lived again and again in life and in suffering, as well as in the great joys that God sends us. It is never something that I can put in my pocket like a coin . . . The essence of faith is that I do not meet with something that has been thought up, but that here something meets me that is greater than anything we can think of for ourselves . . . The Christian faith brings us consolation, that God is so great that he can become small. And … [Read more...]

Dorothy Day on the True Anarchist – UPDATE

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You only love God as much as you love the person you love the least. -- Servant of God, Dorothy DayIt is an awful indictment, but it's true.Dorothy Day ("I am an obedient daughter of the church") died 31 years ago, today. The more confused our world becomes, the more her voice speaks plainly and with clarity. Right now I am reading her diaries, The Duty of Delight (it's diary entries; I can read a little each night, and that's all the reading I am managing, lately).I like this … [Read more...]

Say hello to Elizabeth Duffy!

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A couple of weeks ago, Elizabeth Duffy, the proprietess of BettyDuffy.com, shared her Examination of Conscience in Real Time with us, here at Patheos, and her voice was so fresh and singular, we asked her if she'd like to join our ever-growing gang of columnists and bloggers in the Catholic portal.And were we ever happy when she said, "why, yes!"So, say hello to Elizabeth Duffy and her new, twice-monthly column, The Constant Convert, which she launches this week with New Love, New … [Read more...]

Steve Jobs, Death Penalty and St. Therese

I'm totally tied up this weekend, but do check out these couple of things.Deacon Greg: Did you know Steve Jobs was adopted?. A homily for Respect Life Sunday. It's one of his best, so don't miss it.And think about the question: "what has happened to us?"Catholic Moral Theologians: seek to abolish the death penalty. The Church's position is ever-evolvingA couple of St. Therese links on her Feastday: St. Therese Getting Scientific; Being Little; and moreThat's Catholicism! A world wide … [Read more...]

"One More Innocent…"

When my son Buster was a small toddler he would make up these epic, anthemic songs that made sense only to him. One of them, as I recall, had a refrain that went, "bear's not, bear's not, bear's not dead..."Sing it to Amy Grant's "Every Heartbeat." Somehow it works.Another of his songs -- and it was the show-stopper, full of emotion and broad, dramatic arm gestures -- included the interesting sentiment that there was "one more innocent to go..."He was like, three years old. So I have to … [Read more...]

Baseball and Life: Living Within the Clutch

When I first began this blog, its header read, "Religion, Politics, Baseball; the Important Stuff!"(Photosource)I haven't written about baseball much these past few years. My new favorite Yankee is Curtis Granderson, and I am fond of Nick Swisher, but otherwise I haven't had much to say about the game since arguing against instant replay in baseball after the Galarraga-Joyce incident.But my column at First Things, today, is about baseball, and how love can sometimes lead us into … [Read more...]

Exquisite and Excruciating

There is a great scene in A League of Their Own: Tom Hanks is railing at Geena Davis for quitting the Women's Baseball League just when they need her the most."It got too hard," Davis says."Of course it's hard; that's what makes it great!" Hanks responds.For most writers, opening up a wound and pouring it out for a reader is a very difficult thing. It's easy to opine, and it is easy to instruct when the opinions and the instructions are culled from our brains and our passions, and cost us … [Read more...]


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