Modern Art Ain’t All Bad

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Got an email tonight asking about the artwork I use for one of the sliders on my home page. The white one for “Teaching” is Marc Chagall‘s White Crucifixion, while the one for “CV” is Chagall’s Sacrifice of Isaac (the featured image for this post). Chagall also has another crucifxion, the Yellow Crucifixion. I’m a big fan of Chagall. Having … Read More

Flannery: Not a Fan of Rand (Updated)

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The end of Objectivism

Flannery O’Connor, God rest her acerbic soul, said this about Ayn Rand: I hope you don’t have friends who recommend Ayn Rand to you. The fiction of Ayn Rand is as low as you can get re: fiction. I hope you picked it up off the floor of the subway and threw it in the nearest garbage pail. She makes … Read More

I’m A Hero!

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Or not. I got a card in the mail for some organization I support proclaiming me a “hero” for what are really my minor efforts. This term is really overused, isn’t it? We should save it for people who have done things truly heroic. But I suppose its overuse is the fruit of an age of personal inflation and lowered … Read More

Dolan Deftly Defends Dangerous Dinner Decision

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God save me, I love alliteration, so forgive me the title. May we muster the mettle to masticate mightily upon the meat of the matter before the morning melts upon me? Sorry. It’s late, and I have metaphorical miles to go before I sleep. If I sleep. Anyway: Cardinal Dolan has taken significant heat for inviting Obama to the Al … Read More

St. Maximilian Kolbe: Greater Love Hath No Man

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Today is the feast of St. Maximilan Kolbe, who died 14 August 1941 in Auschwitz, volunteering to undergo the most extreme torture and death in place of another prisoner with a family. His story: A second son was born on January 17, 1894 to Julius Kolbe and Mary Dabrowska at Zdunska-Wola in Poland. He was baptized Raymond. His parents worked … Read More

Paul Ryan, Randian?

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Great graphic making the rounds, reminds one of a lawyer joke. “What’s the difference between a lawyer and a catfish? One’s a scum-sucking bottom-dweller, and the other’s a fish.” Be that as it may, a lot of thoughtful people are thinking wrongly that Paul Ryan is an avowed disciple of Ayn Rand. Whatever one’s politics, it’s best to deal in … Read More

Training Like Doctors

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[SCRUBS] remains one of my favorite shows. Never as big as Friends or Seinfeld, the quirky single-camera comedy maintained a loyal base of fans throughout its run. It’s one of the few series or movies I’ve bothered to buy, and when I need entertainment, it’s the first thing to which I turn. There’s reasons for that. I appreciate the goofy … Read More

Two Quotes

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I keep a running log of quotes on Christ, church and culture I find here and there at a tumblog called Contra Mvndvm. I don’t update it very much, but added a couple today. The first is a famous one from Teddy Roosevelt. Not new, of course, but thought it needed adding: It is not the critic who counts; not … Read More

Old School Catechetics

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Since the 60s, whether in the Catholic or Protestant or evangelical worlds, old school catechetics have fallen out of favor. There’s reasons for that, of course: First, the Q-&-A catechisms with which many of us are familiar (Westminster Shorter, Baltimore, Luther’s Small Catechism, etc.) were forged in the fires of the crisis of the fracturing of Western Christianity. Various confessional … Read More

Feast of St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr

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One of my favorite martyr stories is that of St. Lawrence, whose feast day is today. Indeed, I think he was the first saint whose story was ever told to me, back early in college. In any event, as Catholics have this weird but cheeky custom of celebrating martyrs by doing something reminiscent of their deaths, I think I’ll have … Read More