Sunday, April 20, 2014

"Every Life Is Different Because You Passed This Way and Touched History": Easter Meditation Points

Good Friday sets the stage for Easter: to complete the bouquet of meditative pieces I gathered for you on Good Friday, here's an Easter offering from things I've read over the years, notes jotted in my journals (with a common thread of reflecting on the word "life" and its manifold meanings):

Friday, April 18, 2014

Richard Kim: Andrew Sullivan vs. Tony Kushner on Gay Rights — "Our Suffering Teaches Us Solidarity; or It Should"

Richard Kim writes in The Nation about the fundamental divergence between Andrew Sullivan's libertarian vision of what the movement for gay rights should be all about, and Tony Kushner's socialist vision: as he notes in his conclusion, if the movement for gay rights is all about rights for us and not for them, who needs it? If our suffering has been only about our suffering, what's it good for, in the last analysis?:

Thanks to Frank Strong, Letters to the Catholic Right, for Recommending My Series on Letters to Charlotte Bishop William Curlin

I'm very grateful to Frank Strong at his Letters to the Catholic Right blog site for recommending my series of postings linking the controversy at Charlotte Catholic High School to my letters to Bishop William Curlin in the 1990s. Frank has gathered my series of postings together in a series of links at his site. I appreciate his doing this, since it allows folks who want to read the set of postings as a single narrative to find them all at a glance.

"There Is No Such Thing As Foreign Suffering": Good Friday Meditation Points

Meditation points for Good Friday, all drawn from things I've read over the years, notes jotted down in my journals:

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Short Takes on Week's News: Marriage Equality and Scalia, American Men and Guns, and More Men

Short takes from this week's news on matters political:

Short Takes on Week's News: Gay Rights, Canonization of John Paul II, America Magazine and Helen Alvaré, Pope Francis and Bishop Robert Finn

Short takes from this week's news on matters Catholic (with the addition of a report on Peter LaBarbera's appearance at Sinclair Community College): 

Some Good News: My Book Fiat Flux Wins Literary Prize

A bit of good news to share with you: I've received word that my book Fiat Flux: The Writings of Wilson R. Bachelor, Nineteenth-Century Country Doctor and Philosopher (Univ. of AR Press, 2013) has won the Booker Worthen Literary Prize. Information about that prize is to be found at The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture.