Til we’ve all of us been burned a bit, and burnished by the Son [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.At the beginning of this week's chapter, Pope Francis refers to a theologian who argues that prayer exists because we are imperfect and separated from God.  If we weren't sundered by sin, there would be no need to ask for objects or … [Read more...]

Friendzones and Fairness

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When people talk about Nice Guy problems and friendzone problems (both on the internet and in my immediate environment), the conversations sometimes sound really similar to the kinds of things I would have heard on College Confidential or in a set of job interviewing tips.People are talking in terms of tricks they've learned from others, discussing what actually goes on inside the decision-making black box, and laying out a sequence of moves that are likely to succeed.  The unspoken … [Read more...]

Enclosing Ourselves in False Infinities [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 chapter, Pope Francis contrasts Abraham with Lot, the latter too willing to cling to his present place and moment to follow the Lord where he leads.  In the course of his exegesis, he draws this distinction: Those who set … [Read more...]

Enemies of the Sacred Heart

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I've never encountered Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque before her name came up for me today on Jen Fulwiler's Saint Generator.  It looks like she is best known for her devotion to Christ's Sacred Heart (and for pioneering that devotion before it was general Catholic practice).  But, when I looked over her saint's page, I was most struck by this line: Received a revelation from Our Lord in 1675, which included 12 promises to her and to those who practiced a true to devotion to His Sacred Heart, whos … [Read more...]

On Writing (and thus on Wizardry)

Sam Rocha

Sam Rocha (pictured above, and the author of A Primer for Philosophy and Education and creator of Late to Love, an album inspired by Augustine) has been interviewing the bloggers in Patheos's Catholic channel about the method and madness of their writing, and, this week, it was my turn.  If you head over chez lui, you can check out our conversation, which includes references to So You Want to be a Wizard and the Logical Journey of the Zoombinis.Here's a teaser … [Read more...]

Solving a Problem vs Being with a Person [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 chapter, Pope Francis uses the parable of the Good Samaritan to shed light on exactly what criteria Christ will use to sift the weeds from the wheat: In the end, we will all be judged on whether we have "become neighb … [Read more...]

Fighting Bad Habits and Biases like Boggarts

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One of the most reliably bad decisions I've made on a regular basis is the choice to stay awake (well, "awake") and on the internet past the point where I can get work done, or even have much fun.  I went through a spell where I even fell asleep on the couch more nights than not, unable to muster the will or judgement to get up and go downstairs to bed.I could remember (even sometimes in the moment) that this was a bad pattern, but, the more tired I was, the more tempting it was to think … [Read more...]


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