Monthly Archives: September 2018

How Trump Rescued Our Economy From Obama’s ‘New Normal’

Something to pass on to friends and neighbors who are not sure about this:

It’s hard to believe that just two short years ago, our economy was limping along with no sign of a massive boom around the corner.

Beyond any shadow of a doubt, the pivotal factor in the last two years has been President Donald Trump.

Consider this. From 2009 to 2014, real median income fell overall. It did jump a few times between 2012 and 2014, but the overall trend was one of malaise. The reason? President Barack Obama’s regulations and taxes sat like a wet blanket over our economy

More more more here: How Trump Rescued Our Economy From Obama’s ‘New Normal’

Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, archangels of note

There’s a raw kind of poetry here.

Raw? Odd use, except to try to describe its power. Mystical stuff, mysterious. The world’s greatest attempt to put it on paper, still coming short.

Think about it.

via Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, archangels

Mrs. Obama cries power

She’s gotta get a new line.

This one is so hackneyed!

David Foster Wallace’s best commencement speech ever

A commencement address with opening paragraphs that would make me want to keep listening.

The opening:

There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, “Morning, boys, how’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes, “What the hell is water?”

If at this moment you’re worried that I plan to present myself here as the wise old fish explaining what water is to you younger fish, please don’t be. I am not the wise old fish. The immediate point of the fish story is that the most obvious, ubiquitous, important realities are often the ones that are the hardest to see and talk about. Stated as an English sentence, of course, this is just a banal platitude-but the fact is that, in the day-to-day trenches of adult existence, banal platitudes can have life-or-death importance. That may sound like hyperbole, or abstract nonsense. So let’s get concrete…

You too,  right? Right.

Want to see and hear at the same time? Go here.

As for the best-ever part, try this out.

Friday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time

I hate this “ordinary time” business, but Happy 25th Week anyhow, everyone.

Doesn’t mean we can’t swing to the rhythms of the oldie that is a sample of what the world owes to Holy Scripture, from Ecclesiastes 3:

There is an appointed time for everything,
and a time for every thing under the heavens.
A time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to tear down, and a time to build.
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them;
a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away.
A time to rend, and a time to sew;
a time to be silent, and a time to speak.
A time to love, and a time to hate;
a time of war, and a time of peace.
See what I mean about rhythm? Marvelous stuff.
Then the un-prosy explanation:
What advantage has the worker from his toil?
I have considered the task that God has appointed
for the sons of men to be busied about.
He has made everything appropriate to its time,
and has put the timeless into their hearts,
without man’s ever discovering,
from beginning to end, the work which God has done.

Life rarely a cabaret, but ever mysterious when you get down to it.

God has put “the timeless” into our hearts. We never do quite understand that.

via Friday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time

Does a Rainbow Flag Belong in a Catholic Church?

Rather than a flag for Courage, if there were one:

Surely by now, most everyone has heard of Courage International, a Roman Catholic Apostolate for people who experience same-sex attraction and who strive to uphold the virtue of chastity.

Surely by now, most everyone ought to know that those who have come home to the Church despite having same-sex attractions actually live the truth that the Church is not a place of hate or condemnation.

Surely by now, people have come to recognize that the Church loves all people, regardless of the journey they have taken thus far.

Not surely at all. How would most people know about this organization? Even when the late Chicago Cardinal Francis George invited or allowed Courage to meet at Mundelein seminary, except from me, there was almost no publicity about it.

It’s a touchy subject.

via Crisis Magazine

Viganò Breaks Silence

Doubles down.

Pope Francis, will you please say something?

The essence of freedom: David Foster Wallace on giving a care

From Times Literary Supplement review by Rozalind Dineen:

The artist-addict bromide is not what it once was. It’s easier to imagine a successful young artist in 2018 with a publicist than a habit.

And [writer David Foster] Wallace was, perhaps, the first artist-addict about whom one could not say “but I don’t really care” while still preserving literary credentials.

Caring is an intrinsic part of Wallace’s work and the effect he wished to have: he addresses a community – no longer the loner artist behaving as though he should be maintained through his otherness.

AA was a defining narrative for Wallace as it is for [writer Leslie] Jamison. In “This is Water” he extolled its precepts without naming them:

“The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and care about other people, and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, everyday”.

He acknowledged that the artist is held up in a net of understanding and revealed all the lines of equivalence between the addict who produces art and the one who does not.

via Story of thirst | Review: The Recovering, by Leslie Jamison

‘This is BIG’: Christine Blasey Ford’s memory is in SERIOUS need of a WaPo fact check

Holes in her argument.


Petition · Cardinal Cupich Must Resign

List is growing.

17,388 have signed. Let’s get to 25,000!

And yet I do not sign, mainly because I consider it unrealistic, almost (but not quite!) in a class with praying for “an end to violence,” which is to say we pray for the Second Coming.

However, I do endorse the bill of particulars; and if I ever sign, it would be to advance that bill, which I consider accurate and eloquent.

It is:

We, the undersigned, in virtue of the Second Vatican Council’s empowering of the laity to respectfully voice their deeply held concerns to the shepherds in matters of the Church, respectfully beg His Eminence Blase Cardinal Cupich of Chicago to tender his resignation of his archdiocese, effective immediately.

In the aftermath of the “Summer of Shame” for the Church regarding the scandal of homosexual clerical predation and the promotion of sodomy at all levels of the Church, His Eminence has demonstrated a woeful lack of pastoral concern for both laity and his own clergy.

From his massively insensitive and unpastoral remarks to a Chicago TV station, where he said there is a “bigger agenda” than dealing with priestly sex abuse, to his doubling down on those comments less than a week later to a group of seminarians, which scandalized them, to his handling of the case of Fr. Paul Kalchik, a victim of homosexual rape whom he reportedly threatened to commit to psychiatric treatment, all of this demonstrates a pattern of extreme negligence in the fulfillment of his duties as shepherd, as well as increasing intolerance and lack of respect for faithful Catholics in his charge.

His reputation for this is now spreading far and wide throughout not just the Catholic world, bringing shame and scandal on the Church, but also in the secular world, where his comments are now the source of scandal for even non-Catholics.

In the face of all this just criticism, he demonstrated an embarrassing lack of humility as well as spiritual immaturity in blaming the TV station for “unfair editing” — a charge they disproved almost immediately.

Cardinal Cupich must publicly apologize for his insensitivity, intolerance, lack of transparency, lack of willingness to dialogue and resulting sadness, sorrow and scandal to the People of God that his willful actions have inflicted on them, and he must resign his post immediately.

The People of God can no longer endure the reign of a man whose very presence worries the faithful that each new day brings with it the increasing possibility of yet another national embarrassment for the Church. The faithful can no longer endure — nor should they endure — this appointment.


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