Edge Cases

4 years ago with 12 comments in Uncategorized
It didn’t seem weird to me as a kid1 that one of the things I loved to watch was Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung, the version my dad, the most accomplished music appreciator I have ever known, taped from PBS. The scene that stands out in my mind is the one between Alberich and the Rhinemaidens, recounted below — I looked up the names so I don’t sound too dumb, but the ...

Madonna House, Part I of III: Slow Burn

4 years ago with 7 comments in Uncategorized
I was…one whose negative demands were more violent than his positive, far more eager to escape pain than to achieve happiness, and feeling it something of an outrage that I had been created without my permission. — C. S. Lewis, Surprised By Joy Two days into my week at Madonna House in Combermere, Ontario, two things are continually on my mind. The first is the presence of Jesus, just ...

Maintenance

5 years ago with 17 comments in Uncategorized
On my 17th visit to my therapist, marking nearly a year with her, she asks me, What do you think has changed? I could truthfully answer: No longer frantic and empty Like a cat Tied to a stick That’s driven into Frozen winter sh★t1 But I don’t listen to Radiohead very often anymore, and that’s part of the point. The question doesn’t really have to do with the ways ...

Your Artichoke Heart

5 years ago with 5 comments in Uncategorized
I just wanted to draw your attention to this comment from a a recent post. Steve, I am so thankful to have stumbled upon your site several months ago. I am a former “pagan atheist” convert to Catholicism, and one of the biggest challenges I faced during my spiritual journey to the Church was the standpoint on gays. I was a very liberal, feministic, civil-rights-activist type when I began my ...

Four Axioms

5 years ago with 15 comments in Uncategorized
Here are four axioms for your consideration. 1. Misery is not necessarily an indication that you are not doing the will of God. Sometimes we suffer because we are doing the wrong thing and going in the wrong direction. On the other hand, sometimes suffering is a sign that the devil is displeased and wants to make you hurt: a good thing. Or sometimes suffering is a sign that God is pleased and ...