How I Do Political Season

For the last four or five months, Trump has been calling me 2-3 times a day from a 646 area code. First I answered it, thinking it was my sister because it was a New York call. Then I ignored it. Then I answered and yelled into the phone, just to see if it might provoke some…

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It’s Just Not That Simple, People!

Sometimes I think you guys must get tired of me saying the same things over and over. Like this: The world isn’t black and white. I know everyone knows this, but people don’t act like they know it. I read an article yesterday called “The Rise of American Authoritarianism,” which addressed the bewilderment so many of…

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Mercy (or the lack of it) on the road to the White House

My title today probably evokes an instant reaction. Everyone is well aware of the nosedive in common courtesy—a baseline standard for treating others with mercy—shown by the candidates in this presidential election. And lest you think I’m aiming this only at one side of the Great Political Divide, let me say that I have only watched…

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Small Things, Great Love (Reblog)

The past two weeks.  It has almost been too much to bear, all the heartache.  All the hatred and the hurting and brokenness everywhere we turn.  It is too much.  I am tempted to shut it out: turn off the news, avoid the rapid-fire of social media politicking.  Sink into my own comfortable life, where…

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The Way We Talk To Each Other Matters

In the spring and early summer of 1994, I was a sophomore in college. I spent the late semester gnashing my teeth about who got which solo parts in the orchestra, and my summer working on the farm. I was aware enough of the world to know something awful was going on in a country…

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Thomas Merton on Politics

Some words of wisdom from Thomas Merton for your Wednesday. I put these quotes together from two different chapters of “New Seeds of Contemplation,” in which he is addressing “The Moral Theology of the Devil” and “The Root of War is Fear.” His context for the latter is the Cold War, but all of these…

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Some Food For Thought On Election Day

I spent several Thursday mornings this fall attending a class at our local Newman Center. The topic:  the history of Catholic social teaching, taught by a Dominican brother. It was illuminating, to say the least. I had hoped to share more of what I learned, but it hasn’t worked out that way. But this morning,…

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It’s Not Just What You Say–It’s How You Say It

“There’s a brick wall–go beat your head against it!” That’s how our pastor summed up the Old Testament reading yesterday. God was being frank–Elijah was being sent to give Israel a piece of God’s mind, and they weren’t going to take it well. It applies to us, too; if we are called to speak up…

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Are We Still the Good Guys?

“Mommy, guess what? Did you know this bracelet was MADE IN CHINA?” I turned around and saw Alex in the back seat of the van, holding up the rubber wristband that serves as admission ticket to Annheuser Busch’s Clydesdale breeding farm, which we had just left. “I didn’t know, but I’m not surprised,” I told…

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National Debt: Whose Problem? Whose Solution?

Image via Wikipedia My family loves to discuss political issues with great heat and force. For the most part, I stay out of these discussions, because I know how much I don’t know. I am not an expert in foreign policy, economics, government or anything else, so it seems presumptuous to pontificate as if I’m…

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