The “Harrowingly Wonderful” Award…

4 years ago with 2 comments in Uncategorized
…goes to Simcha Fisher’s post this morning on choice and suffering. Excerpt: She has had her face pushed against the wall of horror which is mortality. She does not like the choices presented to her: either suffer this way, or suffer that way. What is her answer? “There ought to be another choice.” Choice after choice after choice. The modern person confronts pain and slices it ...

What Prayer Is Like

4 years ago with 7 comments in Uncategorized
It’s like Jesus is coming to dinner and you want to make him something delicious to eat, something that will really wow him, so you get to work putting it together. And you think you’re concentrating pretty hard on the meal until you look into the mixing bowl and it turns out to be a kind of porridge of yogurt and scrambled eggs and wilted lettuce and coffee grounds. Or it’s ...

Balance

4 years ago with 10 comments in Uncategorized
Lent really snuck up on me this year, the way Christmas never does. Of course there’s no real reason for the culture at large to get all geared up for Lent, since Lent usually means people buying less, not more. I doubt most people notice Lent at all, except for wondering about the black smudges. Still, that’s not a very good excuse for (1) eating a triple-size meal for Ash ...

Heroes

5 years ago with 11 comments in Uncategorized
So I am stretching before class and listening to my classmates talk about Jedis and The Force and Padawans and the Dark Side and even about how Jedis have to be celibate (although I hear the Council has come under fire for this lately) and all of this stuff and thinking, If only they knew that all this stuff was real, and called, more or less, Catholicism. I was thinking about writing a post ...

Antimirage

5 years ago with 16 comments in Uncategorized
Can you guess the reason that I’ve got a keyboard gathering dust in my parents’ attic, a drum set doing the same in their spare room, a fiddle languishing in my closet, and a duduk slowly drying in my dresser? I’ll give you a hint — it’s the same reason I can read the Cyrillic alphabet but can’t speak a word of Russian, can pronounce German passably but ...

Catholic Exchange

5 years ago with 36 comments in Uncategorized
Woohoo! My post is up over at Catholic Exchange, under the title The Truth About Same Sex Attraction. The truth, imagine! I’m grateful to have been given the chance to extend my audience a little bit — and for everyone who came over here from over there, welcome! Glad to have you and I hope you’ll stick around. Still, a small disclaimer: the dude in the picture over at CE is ...

Fix Me

5 years ago with 17 comments in Uncategorized
This from Father Peter West of Human Life International. I stole it off his [public] facebook page, so there’s no link. A woman visited her doctor. “Doctor,” she said, “I have a perfectly functioning circulatory system.” “That’s good,” the doctor replied. “Well,” she said, “I was wondering if you could give me a drug to make it stop functioning the way that it is supposed to.” “That’s ...

The Look

5 years ago with 34 comments in Uncategorized
Is there anything more beautiful than the human face? Beautiful because it manifests the mystery of incarnation: meat made more than meat, flesh quickened by spirit, the breath of God made visible; the way the wind is made visible when it moves the trees. Faces show love, show what it looks like, a visible image of the invisible. Think of Jesus’ face in Mark 10:21: “Jesus looked ...

Search Term Poetry: Doursonofagun

5 years ago with 9 comments in Uncategorized
I just wanna say how I feeling — Things about not have sex, or something like that. Is Wes Welker a Jew? Am I gay if I like Patsy Cline? Celibacy is just not my thing; I want to masturbate, but…Catholic. I want to know about Leon Bloy. Black Plague soup, Chicken soup of the death, Oriented, scented bath oil, Gay apes, fury bananas… Who is Steve Gershom? Doursonofagun — ...

Pizza Style

5 years ago with 17 comments in Uncategorized
Poor commenters: they leave a few perfectly innocent(ish) remarks buried deep in the combox, and I resurrect them for A WHOLE POST. Sorry. But not very. Commenter 1 says: This does not mean that every time a person has sex he has to intend to make babies and nothing else. He may just think his wife looks ravishing that Thursday night. It Does mean that when he does have sex, though, he has to ...