Standing Naked Before God [Pope Francis Bookclub]

(from this fascinating article on art restoration)

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.When I read this week's chapter of Pope Francis's book, I was quickly drawn down a wikipedia rabbithole by one particular word Francis chose to use as he discussed how we speak with God in prayer: By intercession, we gain access to … [Read more...]

7QT: Tallying Rats, Robbing Houses, and Judging Barbers

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--- 1 --- I know we're all done with Halloween, but I wanted to share these delightful, historical costumes with you all.  I love the "Radio Queen" one (which reminds me of the set direction in Rocky Horror), but my favorite has to be this plane.You could plan to do a less naked one next year, if it suits your fancy!  Halloween is less than twelve months away! --- 2 --- I love clever construction, whether physical or methodological.  And, speaking of the latter category, the NYT had a … [Read more...]

Prelude to a (Platonic) Kiss

Kiss-of-Peace

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...]

I’ve Written a Book!

arriving at amen cover

I'm really pleased to announce that this coming May, I'll be publishing my first book with Ave Maria Press!It's now available to pre-order on Amazon (in print, kindle will come later) and I've built a snazzy website to answer all your questions about the book.(Including questions you may not realize you had like "Which Shakespeare plays, exactly, wind up quoted in the text of your book?  And which Pratchett?") But, back to the main substance of the book... here's how I'd … [Read more...]

$615 Raised in our Vaccination/Donation Drive!

franchise and flu

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...]

Being Tutored by the Expectation of Elders [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.When I read this week's selection from Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus, I was particularly struck by the way Pope Francis makes a connection between Simeon's age and his prophetic role.  Pope Francis writes: … [Read more...]

Here’s what I was beeminding this winter/spring

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It took a lot of time in coffeeshops to get that line filled out.And it will be my pleasure to show you what all those points added up to tomorrow morning. P.S. for those who don't know, Beeminder is a service that makes it easier to do in the short term what you want to do in the long term.  You take out a contract on yourself, promising to pay a bounty to Beeminder if you don't stick to the rate of exercising, writing, going to sleep on time that you promised.Personally, … [Read more...]


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