In your light we see light

“No destructive action…can ever corrode the substance of Creation . . . there is a divinely guaranteed Goodness of being which no amount of mischief can undermine.” -- Josef Pieper, In Tune With the WorldI saw as in letters of gold this word Goodness, which I repeated for a long while with an indescribable sweetness. I saw it, I say, written on all creatures, animate and inanimate, rational or not, all bore this name of goodness. I saw it even on the chair I was using as a kneeler. I under … [Read more...]

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The Male, the Female, the People, the God

An aggrieved party writes that he is offended by what he perceives to be my subtle attack on gay marriage. Because that's what Catholics obsess on all day, obviously. Once again, projection, much?The piece in question is actually about the blood covenant that exists between God and humanity and the way it is reflected and given fruitfulness in the shedding of our foreskins and hymens.I know, I know, just saying the words makes people feel all ughy. But I think it's well past time we … [Read more...]

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The Hate that Feels like Love

My Tuesday column this week was inspired by Fox News' Mike Tobin's thoughts on hate as he has covered the demonstrations in Wisconsin:One thing I think should make clear – the people coming after us from every live shot here, these people hate,” Tobin said. “These are people who don’t respect diverse viewpoints . . .Now, I am not saying that’s all of the people. Those are the people that come here and heckle and try to disrupt things. I look in their eyes – there is hate in their eyes. They d … [Read more...]

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"Racism is a God-damned thing!"

If you are not reading historian Pat McNamara's weekly column In Ages Past, you're missing great profiles, of American Catholics who impacted this nation in dramatic and often downright exhausting ways.This week, say hello to Father John Markoe, S.J. - football star, soldier, alcoholic, priest, and a civil rights activist a few decades ahead of the rest:Born in 1890 to a blueblood family whose ancestors included Benjamin Franklin, John Prince Markoe was the son of a prominent Minnesota … [Read more...]

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No, Virtue is not impossible

Call it Virtue. Call it Chastity. Call it Continence.Whatever you want to call it, our society loves to tell us that it can't be lived, is weird to try, and an attraction to it probably means that you're all neurotic and hung-up, provincial and you know, like, so lame.In an era where city governments are celebrating the creation of iphone apps that can take you to your leader nearest free condom (because when sex is just a bodily function, free condoms are the answer to many questions) … [Read more...]

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Red Hot Catholic Love

Happy February 1st! For the month of St. Valentine, let's talk about love, love, love! Red Hot Catholic Love - as per Tim Muldoon:Some twenty years ago my girlfriend and I made a daring wager: what if we did exactly what the Church recommended when it came to sex?At least in this first twenty-year span, the answer is this: experience joy.We dated. We talked about sex. Of course we wanted it. But we waited.Ours was a transcontinental romance nourished by letter-writing (which I … [Read more...]

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American Idol and Human Dignity – UPDATED

Who would have thought it?I've been a vocal critic of the way American Idol so often showcases people at their undignified worst (admittedly with their permission) during the auditioning process. Paradoxically, that winnowing-the-worst process eventually permits the audience to witness others at their artistic best, because art can be transcendent. It invites the God-spark.This season, however, American Idol seems to be collecting an unusual number of contestants with personal stories that … [Read more...]

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