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Back when Rick and I were neighbors in Concord, N.H., I used to pack David into the backpack and we three used to go on long Saturday morning walks to the Borders for book browsing and coffee. On the way, we’d argue about theology, philosophy and pop culture, or more…

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Spirituality Online

Amazing some of the Web’s dichotomies — a system that has tremendous potential to alienate and dehumanize also provides opportunity for deephuman connection and also for spiritual edification and even practice. I recall reading and hearing several discussions lately about the pursuit of spirituality online and the working of sacred…

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Tim Powers Interview

Really enjoy what I’ve read of Tim Powers’ work (The Drawing of the Dark), and thought this interview interesting (via The View From The Foothills and Mixolydian Mode). More thoughts on this at d

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Papal Cab

This short film from director Kevin Susman is funny, sweet, and a bit corny but a clever concept. What if there were taxi cab services (in this case, confession) that allowed people to work their spiritual life into the hustle of daily business? A sort of mingling of sacred and…

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Vivat Papa!

This cocktail sounds like a good one for toasting the pope, via Disputations… In a pousse cafe glass, layer the following from bottom to top: Grenadine; red represents the martyrs’ witness to the Gospel. Blue Curacao; blue is the color of Our Lady. Whipping cream, the papal white of purity….

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Clinging To Life?

Listening to the coverage of Pope John Paul II’s deteriorating condition today, I thought one persistently used phrase felt off: "The pope is clinging to life." Every time I heard a broadcaster say this, I thought, it

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Contrasting Thompson and the Pope

Jeff Jacoby on Boston.com looks at the strange glorification of Hunter S. Thompson’s suicide and concludes:"Whata striking contrast there is between Thompson’s tawdry death and theexcruciating struggle of Pope John Paul II, whose passionate belief inthe sanctity of life remains unwavering, even as Parkinson’s diseaseslowly ravages him. The pope’s example…

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Salvifici Doloris, John Paul II, 11 February 1984

On salvific suffering…From CNN tonight: Doctors Perform Tracheotomy On Pope