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This woman suffers from the genetic disorder Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

I’d like to help her more, but my only “connection” is to local media sources.  I have a wider connection via Into the Dance, so here it is.  Any ideas as to how we can help her cause?

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Well it’s Thanksgiving Week, a time for gratitude.  So my thoughts on Peter Berg’s recent film Deepwater Horizon seem timely.

I guess my only real gripe about the film is that Mark Wahlberg, as well as he does overall, can’t quite pull off playing a Texan.

Other than that, loved it.  Among its qualities are: (more…)

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I got a lot of enjoyment out of Terry Brooks’ novels in high school and college.  His philosophy of fantasy closely resembles (more…)

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Young red-haired boy facing away from camera, stacking a seventh can atop a column of six food cans on the kitchen floor. An open pantry contains many more cans.

So we’re right in the middle of Autism Awareness Month, and a friend of mine recently shared with me a wonderful video documenting the struggles and triumph of Carly Fleischmann, a nonverbal autistic teenager.

But before we get to the video (and I do encourage you to watch it; it’s less than 10 minutes long), I should spend a moment on how it fits into the overall purpose of Into the Dance — specifically, how I see it in relation to the Catholic worldview I hold dear.

What it comes down to is the inviolable dignity of the human person.  This dignity is much greater than we think — so great that it cannot be expressed in the trappings of fame, power, prestige, accomplishment, or even ability.  On the contrary, it is at its height in hiddenness.

Thomas Howard puts it this way:

[Speaking of a wheelchair-bound child]: Who knows what glory inhabits that enfeebled frame?  What honor is incubating there, quite hidden from worldly eyes?  Or what of the Down’s syndrome child?  What exquisite fruit is adumbrated in the sweetness and vulnerability that gild this child’s limitations?  The answer to such questions lies hidden among the secrets laid up by the Divine Mercy. (pg. 219-20)

Lest we doubt this, let us see how this can become clear in the natural course of things:

Reference

  1. The original uploader was Andwhatsnext at English Wikipedia The original uploader was Andwhatsnext at English Wikipedia – Originally from en.wikipedia; description page is/was here., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5118849
  2. Howard, Thomas.  On Being Catholic.  San Francisco: Ignatius, 1997.

 

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Well yesterday was a sad and blessed day — sad, because Mother Angelica, foundress and former CEO of EWTN, passed away; blessed, because after much suffering she has passed on to her eternal reward.

Here is a short video containing one of Mother’s many bits of witty wisdom.  In this one, she talks about the importance of “living in the present moment”:

R.I.P., Mother — we love you!

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As many of you know, Blesséd Teresa of Calcutta — more commonly known as Mother Teresa — is set to be declared a saint this coming Fall.

Take a couple minutes to watch the following interview (really, it’s only about 2 minutes long; this video features the same interview three times in a row, for some reason), in which the great saint shares her beautiful philosophy of life.  And have a few tissues ready, just in case 🙂

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…because I’m going to explain myself (or at least make the effort).

It’s been a whole 19 days since my last post.  As you might guess, I did not plan on this.  But I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I am working on building a for-profit blog, and you’d be surprised how much time, care, and work this requires.

Add to this the typical laundry list items like work, sleep, chores, interpersonal commitments, and small leisures (believe it or not, these are necessary in small doses to maintain one’s sanity), and you can understand why I haven’t been cranking out posts the way I used to.

But I do have a small number of regular readers whose disappointment I’d like to avoid.  So I’m going to make a small commitment that I think will be both manageable for me and reasonable to my readership.

Until otherwise noted, I will commit to a minimum of one post per month.  It’s not a lot, but enough to keep me active and you from drifting away.  Of course, I do like to post the occasional video or meme.  These will be “bonuses;” hence, you will want to keep your eye out even if I have already posted for a given month (not to mention that I always could put something else out there).

My next post — whenever it appears — will be a commentary on the Woody Harrelson character on season one of HBO’s True Detective.  So stay tuned for that — and if you’re not familiar with True Detective, maybe tell a friend? (Not that I’m begging or anything…)

In the meantime, I’ve missed several “Film Clip Fridays,” so on this Saturday evening I’ll leave you with a disturbing but engaging scene from Whiplash:

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