A Rosary App from One of Our Regulars

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Following right on the heels of my guest post for Beeminder (on using that website's commitment contracts in spiritual life), Pedro Paulo Oliveira Jr., a frequent commenter here has taken a turn guest posting there, too.  He's outlining a Rosary app he's built, and the way he integrated it with Beeminder, so it can update your tally of prayers automatically, to keep you on the straight and narrow.  Here's how his project got started: Our popular Electronic Rosary app helps people to pray the … [Read more...]

The Last 5 Years is totally our next Symposium topic

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Eeeeee!  EEEEEEEE! Eeeeee!For folks who aren't familiar with Jason Robert Brown's The Last 5 Years, it's a musical that covers the five year relationship between Cathy and Jamie, from the moment they meet, through their engagement and marriage, till the morning after Jamie leaves.The two leads alternate numbers, which respectively tell the story of their relationship in opposite directions.  That means Cathy's first song (also the first song of the trailer) is the one she sings when s … [Read more...]

Is Your Christianity Ever Mistaken for Criminality? [Pope Francis Bookclub]

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In 2014, I’m reading and blogging through Pope Francis/Cardinal Bergoglio’s Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus.  Every Monday, I’ll be writing about the next meditation in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along.In this week's reading, Pope Francis points out that Christ was stripped of more than his clothes when he was executed on the cross: Jesus does not die in Jerusalem, nor is he stoned to death.  He dies as one accursed, "hung on a tr … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’s Judith Leaves Me A Little Lost

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In 2014, I’m reading and blogging through Pope Francis/Cardinal Bergoglio’s Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus.  Every Monday, I’ll be writing about the next meditation in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along.This week's chapter is only three and a half pages long, and I feel like it sorely needed to be expanded.  As Pope Francis discusses Judith's beheading of Holofernes, he emphasizes the way that her faith is guided by her "memory-soak … [Read more...]

When Should “Effective Altruism Day” Occur?

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Ozy recently asked a fun question -- how can people interested in effective altruism bring up the topic in a natural and inviting way.  Other ethical choices (like vegetarianism) call attention to themselves in the course of an ordinary day, but deliberations over donations happen privately and calling attention to them publicly is usually regarded as gauche at best, jerky at worst.Ozy suggests trying to popularize some kind of holiday that would make it easy to bring up the topic, in the … [Read more...]

Prelude to a (Platonic) Kiss

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Eve Tushnet (whose book is now out, and you don't need to stand on ceremony waiting for me to formally review it next week to buy it for yourself) has a great point to make about the significance of the Kiss of Peace in an essay for On Level Ground: Words are great, don’t get me wrong, I pray words a lot. But we worship with our whole bodies. We kneel, prostrate, open our mouths or lift our hands to receive the Body and Blood of Christ. And so I wonder if one other thing the nascent celibate g … [Read more...]

$615 Raised in our Vaccination/Donation Drive!

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I went and got my own flu shot yesterday, and then came home to do the final tally of how many flu shots you, and your children, and your chief whips all got as part of our donations-for-vaccinations drive.In the final analysis, one hundred twenty three of you went out to get your shot or nasal mist, to foil the spread of the flu virus!Building up herd immunity (and avoiding getting sick yourself) is really its own reward, but since you all logged your shots as part of a donation d … [Read more...]


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