Archive for Didymus

Gift From God Or Financial Sponge?

Does any twisting of healthy family life surprise anymore?  The attached article describes a lawsuit taking place in Italy.  Back in 2000, a couple attempted to have their baby girl aborted, but the abortion failed, leaving the mother to actually (gasp!) carry and deliver the child that she and her husband had conceived.  Now they want the hospital to pay for the entire cost of bringing up their daughter. I was particularly struck that after trying to kill their daughter and now trying to avoid financial responsibility for her existence, they actually have the nerve to call her a “gift

Read more >>>

Eternal Summer

Every year there is a week when the vegetable garden hits peak production; when the cornucopia is so vast that it seems we can’t eat it or give it away fast enough.  Oh sure, up to this point we’ve had our fair share of lettuce, spinach, cauliflower, broccoli and sugar snap peas.  But suddenly we are buried in ripe vegetables.  For the past few days lunches and dinners have consisted mainly of cucumbers, tomatoes, corn, peppers, carrots, beans….  Eat faster, there’s more to pick!  Enough!  Well, maybe a couple of more jalapeño poppers, another ear of corn and one more tomato,

Read more >>>

It’s Creepy For A Reason

Let me start with a caveat – I probably shouldn’t publish this because it has the potential to be taken wrongly, but I never did have a lick of sense.  Our daughter called us yesterday from Lake Calhoun, where she had gone to take a walk.  Now I haven’t been to Calhoun for five years or more, but having spent a fair amount of time over the years around Uptown generally, and Lake Calhoun in particular, it was always clear that there is a relatively high concentration of, well, folks who don’t hold with nature’s design for sexuality.  In fact,

Read more >>>

What’s In A Word?

After doodling around trying to write a post for this week, I eventually decided “I’ve got nothin’.”  It’s not that my mind was blank (any more so than usual), or that there is nothing to choose from, rather there is too much right now.  It is mentally paralyzing.  Lets’ see – there is an insane deal with a deadly terrorist nation, domestic mass murders, religious persecution of little old religious sisters who just want to help poor people, casual dinner conversations about murdering babies for body parts.  With apologies to Dylan and Hendrix, “There’s too much confusion, I can’t get

Read more >>>

Heroes and Fools

The Lord himself will fight for you; you have only to keep still.  Ex 14:14 I admit to a skewed, secular sense of heroism.  In a dystopian future, I want to be Mad Max, not the creepy guy in the gyrocopter with the brown teeth, or one of the mostly nameless victims too weak or scared to contest with evil.  The hero of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is Jimmy Stewart, the honest, gutsy lawyer who stands up to evil at the risk of his life.  Except he is also a 98 pound weakling who can’t use a gun.  I

Read more >>>

Doubling Down On Sin

Recently I listened to a lecture from a seminary professor who posited that the very first sin in the Garden, the one that initiated the entire historical cascade of evil, was intimately connected to marriage.  The lecture was recorded several months ago, and so not directed specifically toward the recent Clown Supreme Court ruling.  In any case, it is an interesting exegesis to understand the Enemy’s obsession with destroying marriage, which is now well advanced.  There is a great deal of background and nuance to the argument, but in a stripped down form and going from memory it runs roughly

Read more >>>

The Groin Supremacy

It was an odd week for me.  Once upon a time I took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies, foreign and domestic.  At that time we were mostly preparing to face the Red Army pouring through the Fulda Gap.  Yet the enemies of the Constitution today are domestic, and live within the institutions that it created.  I couldn’t think of anything much to celebrate about the U.S. this 4th, so I mostly just kept busy and tried not to  think about it.  Then I saw the story of the 22-year old

Read more >>>

Stranger in a Strange Land

When they were few in number, of little account, and strangers in the land”  1 Chron 16:19 I must confess that since the hellish decision from 5 lawyers last week, I have scrupulously avoided reading anything about it, except for Timshel’s excellent post a couple of days ago.  I’m not in the mood to listen to Satan speaking through his acolytes about “human rights.”  There is little of sanity left in our culture, which is why I chose instead to read from my favorite philosopher of sanity, Frank Sheed.  Below is an excerpt from his book Society and Sanity, written

Read more >>>

Iron Eyes Redux!

Early this year I wrote a post in anticipation of the Holy Father’s then-planned encyclical on the environment.  As stewards of creation, man of course has a clear responsibility to the environment, which the Church has expressed in many ways through the years.  My concern was that he not take on the role of Global Science Officer.  While I’ve only made it through twenty percent or so of the actual document, it seems that my concerns have been realized.  But it’s not just the science that bothers me, it is the seeming political and economic naivete about the problems.  Here

Read more >>>

Athlete, Hero, Woman!

America loves sports heroes, especially improbable ones.  That’s why the newest superstar on the scene of women’s sports is garnering such unprecedented accolades (except from the usual Catholic dinosaurs).  With 5 victories in her first 10 LPGA events, this previously unknown woman has rocketed to celebrity status in a matter of a few months.  But what’s more amazing, she’s done it all since declaring her womanhood only a year ago! Unlike most gender transformations, Hank Purtzel’s was a sudden one.  “It was strange,” she says.  “I went home after missing another cut on the PGA Tour, knowing that I had

Read more >>>