The Ahistorical Pharisee [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.The most striking line I found in this week's meditation from Pope Francis came as he discussed the righteous Pharisee (the one from Luke 18:9-14). Prayer is born out of history and life.  To pray is to reread in the light of faith … [Read more...]

Update on Vaccination/Fundraising Drive!

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Yowza, you guys!  One week ago I asked you to let me know if you'd gotten a flu shot and, in return, I promised to make a donation for every needle jab and mist poof that you guys had gone through in the name of herd immunity.I promised you that I'd donate $5 per vaccination to the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (one of GiveWell's top-rated medical charities).That way, the local good we're doing, by building up herd immunity in our local communities, gets to trigger good works for … [Read more...]

I’ll Match Your Flu Shot with a Donation

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Happy flu season, everyone!This year, when you get your flu shot, there's an added bonus to the usual benefits ofBeing much less likely to get the flu Virtuously protecting the elderly, the babies, and the immunocompromised through herd immunityBecause flu symptoms (fever, achiness, etc) are similar to the initial symptoms of ebola, you're also forstalling any anxiety you, or people around you, may experience as the result of the onset of your flu symptoms.  The news media has … [Read more...]

Luxuriating in Kvetching [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 discusses what we do with untransfigured pain and suffering: Our limitation and our weakness can be transformed by prayer into a cross.... The problem is that when we concentrate only on extern … [Read more...]

But Who Will I Take Care Of? [Desire of the Everlasting Hills]

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Last week, I had the pleasure of seeing Desire of the Everlasting Hills at a screening hosted by the Catholic Information Center.  The movie, which is available for streaming, is a documentary about three celibate, gay Catholics.  Eve Tushnet reviewed the movie for The American Conservative and wrote: There are some fascinating theological contrasts: Paul’s most direct experiences of God come when he is being rescued or spared something he expected to be unbearably painful—the most intense examp … [Read more...]

I’m Speaking in Maryland (and possibly Austin, Memphis, and New Orleans)

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On October 15th, I'll be heading out to Maryland to speak at a Theology on Tap in St. Mary's County.  Pax Catholic has been running a series of talks on conversion, and I'll be chiming in with a talk titled: "Backed into Belief: A Journey from Atheism to Catholicism."The full logistical details are available at the facebook event page at the link.  If you're in the area, I'd love to see you there!It also so happens that, as part of my current job, I'll be travelling a couple times t … [Read more...]

As We Have Also Forgiven Our Debtors…

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This year's Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of a shmita year for Jews; the time, once every seven years, when the land is supposed to be left fallow, the poor are allowed to eat what does grow, and debts are forgiven.  The New York Times had an interesting piece this week on how rabbinical authorities have translated the tradition in the modern age, when few people (Jewish or otherwise) work on farms: Yossi Tsuria, a founder of NDS, a video-software company now part of Cisco Systems, has been … [Read more...]


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