There has been a lot of fur flying around lately regarding prodigal groups (possibly) coming back into the fold, while others get a solid scolding, etc. Since the season of Advent, Catholics have endured changes to the Liturgy and a new version of the Missal, and we’ve had to relearn lines we had memorized since forever. And lately the HHS Mandate has been seen as a galvanizing moment by many, me among them, and only as a distraction by others. In the immortal words of Rodney King, “can’t we all just get along?” [Read more…]
I learned a few minutes ago that Mike Wallace has passed into eternity. I met him once when I was an intern at the CBS News bureau in Los Angeles. That was 20 years ago, which means he was 73 years old at that time. [Read more…]
Grief causes many reactions. Sometimes violence, usually denial, and when something takes the wind out of your sails, sometimes, nay, oftentimes, a sense of humor saves the day. In fact, it’s been proven that laughter often performs miracles, pulling folks out of depressions, helping them find hope, even stimulating physical recovery from injuries. [Read more…]
Of course they should. Because oftentimes, they are the same people. My civilian brother, Max Lindenman, elaborates.
Here’s my brief take on the subject. Many Marines I have known over the years have been great artists, and I mean across the entire spectrum too. This idea that you are only “one thing,” and that thing being a stereotype of what you happen to be doing for a living, is a fallacy. In fact, since it stems from some version of the truth, it is a heresy. A heresy that doesn’t factor in the full spectrum of the human being’s experience, but instead attempts to pigeon hole folks as mere widgets.
Here’s a museum specializing in just this type of art and artist. Which is where Maurice Costello’s art (showcased above) can be found.
See what I discovered: God made man simple, but they get lost in their many thoughts.—Ecclesiastes 7:29
Just in time for the year-end wrap ups, I saw an article the other day over at Our Sunday Visitor about Investing with a Clear Conscience (and earlier this year over at Crisis Magazine was a similar one called How to Invest Like A Catholic, to which this post was initially addressed). Being a former stock broker, one who let my Series 7 License (and all the rest of my assorted licenses) lapse as soon as I left that field (1995!), Joe Six-Pack, USMC knows a little bit about investing. So reading the articles, to me it sounds more like “How to be neurotic about investing, like a Catholic.”
As if there weren’t enough things to get ulcers about. [Read more…]