Month: March 2020

  • ‘What we set our eyes on’

    ‘What we set our eyes on’

    It’s spring in Washington and flowers are starting to bloom. Though few are out to enjoy them in this season of quarantine. Karen Swallow Prior and Jen Pollock Michel dialogue on autonomy and true freedom in an eight minute conversation on “why freedom needs boundaries”. Worth watching/listening: Karen Swallow Prior begins the conversation by reminding […]

  • ‘Within easy walking distance’

    ‘Within easy walking distance’

    Alan Watts writes in his book, “In My Own Way: An Autobiography:” Two things amaze me. One is that American bureaucracies cannot tolerate those minor pockets of irregularity that are essential to a free people—little areas where building codes and bluenose laws do not apply, and where adventurous young men and women can try to…

  • ‘Whatever the place of death in you is’

    In the Gospel today we hear of Jesus raising the dead man, Lazarus. Since churches remain closed due to the virus, this Mass was spiritual communion today: Bishop Barron’s homily is beautiful today, I think one of the best I’ve heard from him. It speaks of Christ’s power over death and the divisiveness of the…

  • Imagining a Spanish Flu-level pandemic

    Catherine Glenn Foster, President & CEO of Americans United for Life, wrote yesterday on the need for a more proactive White House pandemic response: America has the best health-care system in the world, but as we brace for COVID-19’s ongoing effects, we’re faced with the stark reality that we almost certainly will need even more…

  • Pope Francis’s Urbi et Orbi blessing

    Pope Francis’s Urbi et Orbi blessing

    Today at 1pm Eastern I watched Pope Francis’s incredible Urbi et Orbi blessing, his public blessing of the whole world in this time of pandemic, suffering, and death. A few scenes below, along with Vatican Media’s YouTube stream. Here are Pope Francis’s blessing and remarks. And here is an excerpt from Pope Francis: Why are…