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O Lord, Give Me

Found myself uttering a prayer the other day — inspired by Carolyn Browender’s Lenten prayer initiative no doubt! O Lord, give me the strength to lift a thousand million Pintos * In the aural traditions of my people, there exists a tale of a mother who singlehandedly hoisted a flaming Ford Pinto off of her…

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The Very Tan Lint Van

What is Lint all about? It’s hard to explain, but this photo (taken on the Second Sunday of Lint) might provide some illumination. I photographed this van because it was a very tan van. When I looked at the photo later, I realized the van was a portal to other (possibly simultaneous) realities. There appears…

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The Praying Habit: Week 1

Well, this is embarrassing. I forgot to pray on Ash Wednesday. I went to mass with two coworkers (the cathedral near our office had a service at a more convenient time than any of the Protestant churches near me), but completely forgot to offer personal prayers once I got home. I realized my mistake as…

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The Praying Habit: Lent

I have a spotty relationship with Lenten disciplines. The season was commemorated at the Lutheran church I grew up attending with Wednesday soup dinners and Tenebrae services following them in addition to the regular Sunday church services, the sanctuary decorated in the liturgically appropriate purple. I recall some of my Sunday school classmates giving something…

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Lint is a time when we celebrate the generative power of our twin suns and Great Crater, from whence all water flows. It’s a fun time to take pictures, draw and listen to music. Here’s a photo I recently took in a church kitchen. Thanking people for not doing things they aren’t doing: that’s the…

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Seattle Suds Sampling

Upon first glance, Pike’s Pub looks like a typical brewpub situated in the touristy part of Seattle. But step inside their beer museum and soon one uncovers the little-known of history of hops and holiness. Herewith, my findings:


SNL is On It

There’s a bit of uproar about a Saturday Night Live sketch about a Bible that depicts all the characters as birds. I would suggest to those who are offended or are about to get offended? Just let it go. It’s SNL: no one really cares. Or maybe some people do, but this lady could murmur…

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Before Rick Springfield publicly coveted his friend Jessie’s girl, he turned his attention upward. To the sky, but he wasn’t talking to the air. He was talking to the Lord. Then the world looked better! Speak to the Sky is a Linten classic — enjoy! His gentle God-rock reaches through time and space  


Fuzz Wednesday!

Did you know? Today marks the first day of Lint, an alternate-reality version of Lent. Fuzz Wednesday marks the yearly spring shedding of cats’ winter coats onto our coats. I’m combing my kitty Timmy now so I’m ready for tomorrow. We villagers will deposit our cat fuzz in the Sacred Pewter Urn. Then we will…

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Indictment of the Parents Who Didn’t Take Me to Church

For not giving my week a structure besides school and its poorly hidden rehearsal for work.   For letting me learn to fidget in an audience and walk out on hearing nothing of use;   For teaching me to judge singers by their notes and not their thoughts, for seeing next to nothing in stained…


God Recap: Guns, Trucks and Inhospitality

God’s been up to a lot of stuff lately. According to Retired Lt. Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin, Jesus will return carrying an AR-15. Since the AR-15 is the most popular rifle in America, if Jesus touches down on U.S. soil (which he will) the citizenry might not be too alarmed to see that the Lord…

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It’s All Fun and Games Until Odin Gets Eaten by a Wolf

You may have seen the links going around. Certainly I have, though I guess I’m an obvious target. “Vikings of the World Unite: The Apocalypse is Upon Us.” “Viking apocalypse: End of the world predicted to happen on Saturday (but don’t cancel your weekend plans yet.)” Word on the street is that Ragnarök is scheduled…


Salt’s New Honesty

In order to comply with the FDA’s new Full Disclosure program, Salt has rolled out a new label. Salt’s redesigned packaging has caused some controversy with food manufacturers and religious groups, who claim that Salt is crossing the line into medical advice and “things best left to to religious professionals.” What do you think of…


Your Catholic Modern Shrine of the Day

Feast your eyes on the Outdoor Ampitheatre at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois. The miraculous snow being commemorated was said to have fallen in August in Rome at the behest of the Virgin Mary. Had it happened in February, I daresay no one would care.

A Conservative Who Was Right About Occupy

In the heady early days of Occupy Wall Street, there was a lot of talk about whether this thing was really a movement or something else, something presumably less worthy of attention. In an early Room for Debate discussion at The New York Times, for instance, the eminent social movement scholar Stephen Zunes stressed that…


Holy See News: St. Valentine’s Day Edition

Pope Francis has invited engaged couples to spend Valentine’s Day with him at an event that was originally scheduled for the Paul VI Hall but has since been moved to St. Peter’s Square, since over 17,000 are expected to attend. Donuts and coffee afterwards. No babysitting will be available. Not just any engaged couples, mind you.…

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He’s a Belieber

Justin Bieber, according to the New York Post, was recently “scouring New York for a pool” in which to conduct a “baptism-like ritual.” The fuzzy-lipped Canadian has been in trouble with the law as of late, and so required a “spiritual cleansing” of some sort. Justin is said to favor the Hillsong Church in New York,…

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Ham on Nye: Beyond the Debate

Having been party to an extremely brief and insignificant debate with Ken Ham in these pages over the account of his Creation Museum in my 2011 book Paradise Lust: Searching for the Garden of Eden, I can attest that to him the facts matter not, the debate is all. Having followed Ham’s organization Answers in…