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On Being Sick

Well I’m recovering from a brief illness that put me more or less out of commission during the past week.

Lest you think I’m going for the uber-dramatic, let me come right out and say that I had the common cold. A pain, but hardly the plague.

Okay — so this gave me the opportunity to organize some “thoughts worth thinking about” with regard to sickness. One or two of these (and not the best ones) came from me, others from surer sources of wisdom.

For what it’s worth, here goes: Continue Reading »

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Lent came a little later this year, but here it is.  Today, with ashes distributed to remind us of our mortality, we begin our 40-day journey to Easter.

All negative connotations notwithstanding, Lent has an essentially life-giving function.  During these forty days, we take the time to examine our spiritual health and to step away from things that may be keeping us from opening ourselves up to God, to the life He wants to give us.

That’s one of the great mysteries of our faith: God, who is all-powerful and needs nothing outside of Himself, nevertheless loves us and yearns for our friendship.

This being the case, it may be helpful to listen to the following Queen classic, and imagine the words being addressed by God to each one of us.

Happy Ash Wednesday!

For parts two and three, click here

About time, huh?

All right — let’s see if we can wrap this up.

The temptation to equate the Yeti worldview — with it’s rule-based society, time-honored traditions, Continue Reading »

For part one, click here

Here’s where I left you:

Ok — so it appears that the Yeti worldview is fear-based, and has the effect of making the world smaller.

Before we consider any comparison between this and the Judeo-Christian “thing,” we should keep in mind that the film sets the Stonekeeper’s doctrine against a parallel (though less explored) worldview — namely, that of contemporary Western society.

I would argue that the two bear greater similarity to each other than does either to the Judeo-Christian worldview.

This is important, because there is a temptation to make the modern perspective the standard against which the “small world” of the Yetis is measured.  But if we do this, we are acting out of step with the film itself — Continue Reading »

[NOTE: Some spoilers follow.]

So look up at the sky in any kind of weather, and imagine you are looking at the hind quarters of the great Sky Yak out of whose butt your remotest ancestors fell.

That’s what’s up above.  Below, the base of your home rests upon Continue Reading »

Not an easy time to be Catholic right now.

Then again, when was it ever? (And if you answer with “the Middle Ages,” I will be happy to point out, among other things: 1) the Albigensian spiritual of the twelfth, thirteenth, and fourteenth centuries; 2) the encroachment of secular nobility on Church prerogatives; and 3) the ecclesial corruption satirized in the General Prologue to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.)

I still remember when the first wave of priestly sex abuse/coverup hit the news back in 2002.  At the time I was 17 years old Continue Reading »

Well, it’s September.

For many of us, it’s back-to-school season.  I am sure of there being more than one teacher — and perhaps an especially astute student or so as well — who can perceive a sort of sick humor in the situation of Labor Day at the beginning of the month.

It’s as if the Genius of the Calendar, not content with Continue Reading »