Saturday, October 31, 2009

Peggy Noonan - "We're Governed by Callous Children"

I don't want to jump on the Obama snark wagon because I think that yes, it is historic to have a black president and yes, Obama snark can all too easily fuel the racial hatred that everyone of good sense knows still seethes underneath the surface of the country. I don't wish to see it ignite. I don't want to be party to its eruption. I was happy that Obama was elected because I was tired of all the Bush hatred, but Bush hatred never alarmed me, it only severely irritated me.

But.

I very much like a recent article by Peggy Noonan. I AM alarmed by the seeming embrace of government control, regulation, and redistribution of wealth from this Administration. Noonan writes of a couple of thoughtful talks she has had with business folks. She writes about how there is a general disheartening from the business sector that bodes very poorly for the economic health of the nation. She argues that this recession, by the numbers, is not as bad as the recession of the 80's, but that what is bad is that there is a growing feeling of helplessness that nobody has a plan, nobody knows what to do to make it all right again, and government is sending out messages of optimism that are falling on deaf ears.

At the end of the article, Noonan writes:
We are governed at all levels by America's luckiest children, sons and daughters of the abundance, and they call themselves optimists but they're not optimists—they're unimaginative. They don't have faith, they've just never been foreclosed on. They are stupid and they are callous, and they don't mind it when people become disheartened. They don't even notice.
Read the article and judge for yourself.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

40 Days for Life - a culturally diverse, all-ages grassroots activity to end the civil injustice of abortion


I am rather a one-note tune these days. But as I follow 40 Days for Life day to day, I am continually impressed and made hopeful by the folks who are willing to come out and do public witness to the great civil rights issue of our times -- abortion of the unborn.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

No child left behind -40 Days for Life, Day 28

Meet Isaiah.

Isaiah was born this past Thursday in Riverside, California.

Karen in Riverside reported a baby saved within the first couple of hours on the first day of last spring’s 40 Days for Life campaign. That baby, of course, was Isaiah. The Riverside team found assistance for his mom through her pregnancy and recently held a baby shower for her.

THAT is the spirit of genuine, compassionate service that goes back generations and MUST remain alive. THAT is the story that must be told!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Pope Benedict XVI: Promoting Right to Life Requires Fighting World Hunger


Seamless garment, baby, seamless garment... Small is still beautiful. Where can I find me a decent global distributist economic theory and attempt?

Tip of the hat to Easter Al., twittering @EasterA

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Hope is always in season

Surfing around, found this quote that I liked:
Hope is a state of mind... not essentially dependent on some particular observation of the world or estimate of the situation... An orientation of the spirit, an orientation of the heart, it transcends the world immediately experienced, and is anchored somewhere beyond its horizons. ...Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.
- Vaclav Havel, former President of Czechoslovakia

Hat tip to Treasure lies where your heart belongs

Abortion -This is a Suction Abortion

Today, on Day 26 of this fall's 40 Days for Life campaign of prayer and fasting to end abortion, a video from Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life. It's not gory, just clinical. I've read Fr. Pavone's articles for years but never heard him speak. I quite like it-- and when he takes off his collar at the end, I got this little frisson of a jump into alternative realities. In this Year of the Priest, it's good to reflect on the meaning of the priesthood. What difference does it make?

I started this 40 days campaign determined to pray, fast, and read each day's report and spiritual reading. I've had my usual problems fasting. Fasting makes me cranky and sometimes crazy. And yeah, sometimes I see the daily email in my INBOX and cringe because I'm looking for something more Rae-centric, like news that I sold some more books or notice of a sale at Coldwater Creek.

But mostly I am faithful. It's like the 40 days of Lent. A cross between a root canal and a spiritual goosing.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Bishop Michael Saltarelli, requiescat in pace






From the Diocese of Wilmington's website:
Bishop Saltarelli has passed away. With sadness, the Diocese of Wilmington announces the passing into Eternal Life of the Most Rev. Michael A. Saltarelli, Bishop Emeritus of the diocese. Bishop Saltarelli shepherded the Catholic community of Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore as the Eighth Bishop of Wilmington from November 1995 until his retirement in July 2008. Click here for more information.

Funeral arrangements have been announced.
Click here.
He was a great bishop, a great priest, and a wonderful man.

Friday, October 09, 2009

40 Days for Life: Day 17

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DAY 17 INTENTION
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May all understand more deeply that the pro-life
message is rooted in the two basic truths of life:

There is a God;
He isn't me.
I love today's intention for 40 Days for Life. It kinds of rules out pro-life atheists and agnostics, of whom there are many. So I don't agree with it 100% because I think a pro-life public policy is possible, even given our pluralistic and religiously diverse society.

But I like this message anyway. It's very 12 Steps-ish.