The Burke and Kasper Videos: Epic Fail All Around – UPDATED

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If you're not already fully repelled by everything in our world being politicized, this might do the trick.Seriously, when I watched these two CNS-produced videos -- which take a page from the political propaganda playbook -- my stomach turned. I actually had a visceral reaction to the overt manipulation at work, here. Propaganda videos, complete with dark music and heavy messaging on one side and fluffy light and goo on the other, are repellent enough in in the political arena. To see them … [Read more...]

God in the Balance; Loving Dark and Light

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Regardless of our religion -- whether we are Catholics or Evangelicals or Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist -- the spiritual life challenges us to find balance. One of the reasons I was attracted to the Rule of Saint Benedict was because in ora et labora there is a prescription for balance. In the recitation of the Divine Office, we not only sanctify our time but we also set a pace for the whole day of prayer; work; prayer; work until -- if we are good Benedictines (and I am not one) it all flows … [Read more...]

The Cross! The Flag! My Eyes! My Offended Eyes! – UPDATED: Franciscan Responds

Fond as she is of Egregious Twaddle, Joanne finds some more and she sounds a little fed up.:City officials agreed Tuesday night to change the city logo after a Madison, Wis., organization threatened legal action.Law Director S. Gary Repella announced the decision following a 15-minute closed-door meeting with City Council members. “We will be approaching Mark Nelson of Nelson Fine Art and Gifts and asking him to redesign the city logo to remove the cross and silhouette of the Christ the … [Read more...]


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