Ferraro's Funeral – UPDATES!

I've had a few emails asking me why I haven't yet commented about the death of Geraldine Ferraro and fact that she will be laid to rest this Thursday after a funeral Mass. Frankly, I haven't thought much about it. She battled blood cancer for over a decade, and it seems to me she bore that cross with a good deal of grace and discretion; many people did not even know she was struggling, and she did not seem to seek out sympathy. That's an instructive thing to ponder in Lent, at least I think it … [Read more...]

The Bullying Mob; Everything Tea Partiers Were Not

________-------_______ It's a long video, but keep watching, and if you can't abide hearing the "F-word" then cover your ears toward the 2:40 mark, when these overgrown adolescents resort to their magic word of power -- the word they spelled out en masse at Woodstock, because it was so cool, man, and such a daringly articulate denunciation of like...the establishment and the bourgeois, two-car, vacation-taking middle class, and like...hardhats and unions and stuff...man. Watch the … [Read more...]

Perpetual Adolescents in the Widening Gyre -UPDATED

I give you two rather different pieces, both sharing a common thread: the full-rein head we have given to all of our adolescent leanings. If the society has been dumbed-down -- and it has been -- it has also developed a case of arrested development, and both issues appear to stem from a generational and cultural mindset that has embraced the sensibilities and reason of 14 year-olds. Think about being 14, for a moment. When you are 14, you know everything, and you resent anyone saying you … [Read more...]

"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...]

Stars and the Excess of Clarity

Spent some time stargazing a while back, when I couldn’t sleep. No telescope, just the naked eye, a dark neighborhood and a willingness to wonder. I was digesting a bit of Thomas Merton's The Seven Storey Mountain, and it had stayed with me through evening's pass – the sight of the stars, the early, wise writings of a monk. Does the fact that we can no longer see the stars have anything to do with our loss of wonder? These things, the stars, and all creation - they are more splendid, … [Read more...]

Ultrasound Abortions; What No One Sees

Have you ever looked back on a moment of your life, and discovered that as you're pondering, you are shaking your head in regret for your actions? Abby Johnson, writing about the abortion that changed her life, is doing more than shaking her head. She is using her contrition to educate women about the reality of the genuine violence they permit to occur, within their wombs--within the core of their own bodies--during an abortion. “Thirteen weeks,” I heard the nurse say after taking … [Read more...]


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