Do Not Let Others Judge You (and Don’t Judge)

My son drew this as a boy: a very good picture of judgment.

 People will judge you, of course. That is my point. Determine in your heart and mind, ahead of time, how this will affect you. Depending upon your moment in life and the circumstances in which you find yourself, others will always take liberties with opinions and conclusions about your situation, your efforts, stratagems, applied logic or whatever else. It is good if you possess the ability to thank them. It is better if, after thanking them, you think about what they have said and … [Read more...]

What You Do, Do — With a Swift Pace and Nimble Step

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Clare of Assisi died 760 years ago tomorrow (August 11, 1253). Yet she remains as much a beacon for women and men of faith today as she did in her own day. For centuries the story of Clare  has been interpreted through the life of Saint Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), the one-time playboy who was destined to become Catholicism’s most popular saint.Yet her indomitable faith complements that of her guide and truest love, St. Francis, whom I wrote about in my book A Mended and Broken Heart: The L … [Read more...]

Pity Anthony Weiner!

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Poor Anthony Weiner. He can't seem to help himself. The struggling NYC mayoral candidate has yet to surmount the recent revelations of his ongoing email exchanges and related photos (sexts) with a 22-year-old woman. This behavior proved to be vexingly persistent, even after the former congressman was forced to resign because of  sexting scandals in June 2011 and assured the public that the behavior was behind him.His most recent misstep was his unceremonious dismissal of a fellow mayoral c … [Read more...]

The Religion of Extreme Surveillance in America

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Julian Assange said in a recent interview (below) that the state of extreme surveillance has become the new religion in the U.S.Oxford Dictionary defines religion:  noun [mass noun]: the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods, such as: "ideas about the relationship between science and religion"; [as a count noun] a particular system of faith and worship: the world’s great religions; a pursuit or interest followed with great devotion, such as … [Read more...]

July Lunatic of the Month ~ Russian Subway Woman

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A young woman waiting for a subway train in Russia this month was caught on tape being robbed of her cell phone. Standing against the wall minding her own business, nose to the phone, a man entered the corridor from the stairwell near where she stood. He glanced behind him and quickly advanced cavalierly and snatched the phone right out of her hands. Whereas her response would not embody the principles of the Sermon on the Mount (read: she did not turn the other cheek), they nevertheless rise to … [Read more...]

Stones Kill Everybody

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One of the most confounding and at the same time consoling passages in the New Testament is that of Jesus' encounter with the woman caught in adultery (John 8:4 to 11). Some scholars assert that this short portion of the gospel of John was not contained in the original text  since it is missing from some of the earliest manuscripts. Others demur. Regardless the episode clearly represents and is consistent with everything Jesus did and taught in his earthly ministry. 4 "Teacher," they said to J … [Read more...]

Congratulations, Granny Di!

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The world is aflutter with the glorious news that Will and Kate have had a baby. Thank you, God! Life is blooming in a happy way for dear William, whose head hung low as young man of 15 when he and his brother buried his mother.Now, in the wake of this happy event, may the public, royal watchers, the news agencies and related entities please get this straight: Charles and Camilla are not the new baby's "grandparents." Charles is the baby's grandfather and Diana is the baby's grandmother. … [Read more...]


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