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Monthly Archive for January, 2009

Our enemies the Saints…

This week “we” celebrated Thomas Aquinas and Don Bosco…two saints with plenty of enemies and we can only hope that had we lived then we would have been their friends. No good just being indifferent. Indifference leaves the field to the enemies of the saints. If the enemies had only been outside the Church, there […]

Diary 28 Jan 09

Let’s see. I note that Harold Pinter, the great playwright, was married to Lady Antonia Fraser, writer and historian (AMATEUR historian, the professionals say…which means she writes well). Fraser is a member of a large family of writers and politicians, Catholics…the Longfords. There was an article in the Tablet about how Pinter was affected by […]

Whining wall

With all the great things happening since the inaugeration, the pressure is on to rejoice. From thanksgiving through Christmas through New Year’s through the inaugeration through Super Bowl there are high expectations. In the meantime, if you are one of the people who faced a crisis this holiday, you will feel especially adrift. Make sure […]

My Vacation Reading (I)

There is one thing we can do in old age and that is make up for the indifference of our youth. I was not old when I got to Lady Murakami’s grave in Kyoto and offered an apology for advising a Maryknoll Sister not to put Tales of the Genji on a student reading list. […]

Richard John Neuhaus RIP

Richard John Neuhaus has died. He was the editor of FIRST THINGS and for a long while a leader of the religious right. He was delightfully literate, a Lutheran pastor convert who was very active in the early civil rights movement. His column was a necessity even if the reader disagreed with much of what […]

The New Yorker for the first week of 2009 has a most appropriate article by Jonathan Harr called “Lives of the Saints.” The quaint title means something to vintage Catholics and may revive the genre for the general public.  Slate Magazine in Briefings calls attention to it and AMENS the rightness of the title. “Do […]