Conversation 2: This Body of Death

Conversation 2: This Body of Death

7 month ago with 10 comments in Uncategorized
All right, I’m back. Good. The last things you said were not exactly reassuring. I’m even more worried now. Oh, the stuff about St. John of the Cross being homoerotic? That. Are you doing the queer revisionism thing? Where it turns out everyone was gay? St. Joan of Arc, Cardinal Newman, David and Jonathan, Jesus and John? Nope. Was just telling a story. But do you think there are ...

What To Say In Confession?

5 years ago with 19 comments in Uncategorized
No, not what should the penitent say — although a lot of people do google “how to confess masturbation.” I get it, it’s an embarrassing word. You don’t have to say it if you don’t want to. You can say “I committed an impure act, by myself” and the priest will totally know what you mean. On the other hand, you may find that, as with Lord ...

Exodus Part 1: Sex and Sexuality

5 years ago with 5 comments in Uncategorized
I haven’t had any time to write a short piece on the Exodus kerfuffle, so I will have to settle for a long one. I’m honestly sorry, because I’m from the Strunk & White school of writing: the fewer words, the bigger the punch. But there’s just too much here I’ve been wanting to say. ★ The fact that Exodus is closing its doors doesn’t affect me ...

The Dark Plant

6 years ago with 20 comments in Uncategorized
Imagine somebody trying to overcome a habit of gluttony who spends his free time watching cooking shows, and who, every time he passes a bakery, stops to breathe the smells in deeply for a full minute. It’s not going to work. The temptation to overeat doesn’t occur in isolation: it’s a symptom of a broader mindset. We notice the overeating because it’s obvious, and ...

Wolves

7 years ago with 29 comments in Uncategorized
Eww: immediate family, read on at your own risk. I mean, I don’t mind, but consider yourself warned is all. It’s been — let me check my little Chaste-o-Meter app — a little over 100 days since the last Porn Incident, and a little over 40 since the last Other Thing. Again, not to toot my own horn;1 just to say, hey, look what is possible! And to give some reasons why. ...

Light of Hope

7 years ago with 31 comments in Uncategorized
“It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds: in reality our best work is done by keeping things out.”1 To be a Christian is to know that the phrase “too good to be true” is nonsense. A thing is true insofar as it is good, and good insofar as it is true. The best thing imaginable is the truest thing imaginable. But the imagination is ...