Aurora Victim: “I do forgive him…”

A remarkable take-back of power:Within just a few short hours of surgery on his foot Monday, Aurora, CO shooting victim, Pierce O’Farrill tells nationally-syndicated radio host, Todd Schnitt, that he wants to talk to the shooter, James Holmes.In the exclusive “Schnitt Show” interview, O’Farrill, who was shot three times, recalls the horror in vivid detail and says,“I would like to talk to him. I do forgive him.”Mr. O'Farrill is in better shape than other victims, but this reminded me … [Read more...]

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A Church Where Sheep May Safely Graze

Imagine you're pregnant, unchurched and addicted, and you want to step out of the darkness and into the light. What sort of hand will you trust to lead you out?My first child was conceived out of wedlock. I was, at the time, not only unmarried but also a crystal meth addict. I was not Catholic but some strange combination of agnostic/lapsed Protestant; my boyfriend and the father of my child was a Catholic. Obviously neither he nor I were living virtuous lives at the time, but the reality … [Read more...]

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Mercy Strewn, the Feathers Still Linger

Over at The Catholic Answer Magazine, my column dredges up the pain caused by gossip, and hints that mercy is always a good, if not-always-perfect, option.Answering the phone, I was alarmed to hear only a deep, guttural sobbing on the other end. After a moment, the caller collected herself enough to say, “I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.”“Who is this?” I asked, suspecting a wrong number.In another second I recognized the voice; it belonged to someone who, 20 years earlier, had spread a serio … [Read more...]

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The Crescat’s Brave Piece

One of the reasons I have always liked Katrina Fernandez is that she has the soul of an artist and the sharp-elbowed honesty of one who has spent some time sketching among the longshoremen: she is both elevated and earthy in her perspective. In this, she reminds me a little of Heather King, whom I have referred to as "a mystic with a bit of a mouth"Some of that, I've always thought, suggested the self-bandaging of a person who had survived serious wounding and found a way to cope. I know a … [Read more...]

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The Mercy of Adult Children

A long while ago, I wrote about -- in separate pieces -- about my birth mother and father. With the distance of time, we learn mercy, and certainly when we have children of our own -- upon whom we practice parenthood with many mistakes and lots of regrets -- we come to realize that the broken people who raised us (in my case people whose childhood was full of material and spiritual deprivation) literally did the best they could, and you find solace and understanding in that.But sometimes you … [Read more...]

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Prosecutors to seek Death Penalty for Gosnell – UPDATED

Via Lifesite News:Prosecutors in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania announced today they will seek the death penalty for abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell, who faces charged related to killing a woman in a botched abortion and killing babies infanticides." [. . .] prosecutors notified his attorney, Jack McMahon, that they will seek death by lethal injection if a jury finds Gosnell guilty of first-degree murder in the counts he faces. Gosnell faces a third-degree murder charge related to the death … [Read more...]

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