Category Archives: Catholicism

Relating to my faith, both personal and societal.

Relentless Pursuit

Unlike the fall 2012 reading list, Perspectives from the Edge, my spring 2013 reading list concentrates on two groups I find generally positive: Teach For America and Knowledge is Power Program. I think they practice social justice. As those two … Continue reading

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The Problem of Founders’ Intent

Bellarmine has an Easter Break, which allows me a little time to post reviews of books I’ve read this winter. The first is What Paul Meant, by Garry Wills. Dr. Wills doesn’t appear to have a Web page, because he’s … Continue reading

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Pro-life, Death Penalty, and Torture

Given my belief that humans have souls, and that those souls exist from the time of their conception, it is not surprising that I oppose abortion. The ultimately acceptable number of abortions is zero. I differ from many “Pro-Life” groups … Continue reading

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The Violence of Love

From time to time, I am violent. I do not mean physically violent, gunplay and beatings. The only Love associated with physical violence should be Leave Out Violence, a Canadian group. And by the title, I definitely don’t mean violence … Continue reading

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The Loss of the Song

Let him kiss me with kisses of his mouth! Ah, you are beautiful, my beloved, ah, you are beautiful! Your eyes are doves behind your veil. I have come to my garden, my sister, my bride; I gather my myrrh … Continue reading

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Suffering and a nation of kings

During the past month or so, two different people have made a statement so shocking that it caused me to doubt their sanity. It arose during discussions on Catholic instutional issues, including the papal conclave. They felt that American and … Continue reading

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Salvifici Doloris

Suffering is an extremely difficult concept. From the dictionary, I get a couple definitions – distress; agony; a state of acute pain. One source even called suffering and pain virtual equals. In the last piece, I described suffering as the … Continue reading

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Mortification is for Wimps

In the Four Failures, I mentioned this group Opus Dei, “The Work of God”, and I called them the shining favored example of Catholicism as Obedience. Recently, the group has accelerated its quiet recruiting at Calvert House and on the … Continue reading

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Hope

The following reflection ran in the Calvert bulletin on 27 February. It’s very appropriate to the situation. In reality, I had written almost all of this in late January, anticipating March 1 and the next topic. It’s based on the … Continue reading

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There’s Something About Mary

Catholicism in the public sphere has had a busy couple of months. Senator Kerry, homosexual advocates, various bishops, Iraq, abortion, and sexual abuse fallout have combined into a giant mess. There’s no good solution remaining; all options will be painful … Continue reading

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