Friday, October 31, 2003
 The rumors of my demise...

I'm still around, even though I haven't posted much lately. I should get back to it here soon; I continue to be busy with life outside of St. Blogs, though, so I'll be back on track here soon.

Be back here in a bit.
posted by Josh at 3:12 AM

     Monday, October 27, 2003

AP: Gator Gets Loose in Airliner Compartment
posted by Josh at 12:27 PM

     Sunday, October 26, 2003
 Crucifixes must go, says Italian court

Reuters: Italian Court Ban on Crucifix in School Sparks Fury
The judge wrote that the crucifixes "show the state's unequivocal will to place Catholicism at the center of the universe... in public schools, without the slightest regard for the role of other religions in human development."
Holding a set of religious beliefs as a country or institution shows "slightest regad for the role of other religions in human development"? Apparently this judge knows little about Vatican II.
posted by Josh at 8:15 PM

     Tuesday, October 21, 2003
 Prayer works

I was confident that after every legal option was exhausted in the case of Terri Schiavo that she was as good as dead, killed by the state.

How elated I am to here that the state of Florida has interceded on her behalf. I hear that it is even likely that Michael Schiavo will no longer be her legal representative; even though I can't generate a solid reason to explain why he still is in the first place, I am glad to hear that he will likely no longer be threatening his wife's life.

I am ashamed to say I don't pray the Rosary often. I know that I omit it from my daily prayers largely because I find it difficult, and I am too lazy to overcome that difficulty. But I prayed it to our Mary and asked for her to pray for Terri to Christ. And it appears as if our prayers have reached the consciences of those who make Florida law, since Terri has a new chance at life.

I haven't written a lot on Terri (and frankly, I haven't written much of anything lately, since life has been busy lately and I have been spending a lot of time figuring out where I want to go with myself), but something about her plight has struck a chord with me. Perhaps it is the fury I feel every time I read someone who suggest that she is in a "permanent vegetative state." If retardation caused by a lapse in medical care justifies our ruling that she is indeed in a PVS and thus can be killed, I fear what greater implication this has for society.

Growing up, one of my best friends - a very Christian, truly good individual who lived the Gospel message better than any of us while in our teens - had a brother whose condition isn't much different from Terri's so far as I can tell. He was the unfortunate victim of medical malpractice that left him with severe retardation and an inability to be mobile. Was God with this young man any less than He is with you or I? Does his inability to feed himself make him dispensable to society?

I don't want a world that would kill the most blessed. Those who carry their cross because they must. I don't want a world where social Darwinism (the most erroneous representation of Darwinian theory out there) rules the roost. I reject a world that kills the unborn and justifies it using language that can aptly be applied to a late-term Alzheimer's patient.

So whoever might read this, pray for Terri if you are the praying kind. And if you're not, think deeply about what killing this one woman might mean to our world, and what kind of box this sort of thing continues to pry open.
posted by Josh at 10:59 PM

 More Robinson

AP: Robinson: Only God Will Keep Me From Post

Translation: God must smite me on the head with a brick to keep me from commiting blasphemy against "His" priesthood. My personal conscience or understanding of the Lord's Gospel means nothing.

Intellectual dishonesty is a fun thing.

posted by Josh at 10:40 PM

     Sunday, October 19, 2003
 Yes, I'm still around...

...although it has been a busy, crazy couple of weeks. I have come a long way this week in discerning my vocation, and let me tell you that I am getting closer to seeing a seminary in my future.

I'll elaborate more upon this later, but at the moment I leave you with Slactivist's rather amsuing take on the Left Behind saga.
posted by Josh at 7:35 PM

     Thursday, October 16, 2003
 Acapella Horses!

Just when you thought you'd seen every kind of weirdness on the Internet, something like this comes along.
posted by Josh at 5:36 PM

 For all of your "Sit Down Steve" apparel needs...
posted by Josh at 5:12 PM

 The Pope before he became Pope

Houston Chronicle: Local Poles have heavenly memories of pope's election
The communists were in control of Poland, and he was a teenage boarding school student watching television in the dormitory when the program was interrupted. The news flashed that a Polish man had been elected pope -- the first non-Italian in 455 years.

"We were shocked, and we didn't know what they were talking about," said Fiedurek, now 40. "We left the TV room and we started to talk, and we left the dormitory and we went to the main street to see other people, and everybody was talking about it and laughing.

posted by Josh at 12:05 AM

 Things that make you go "Hrmm..." Photo of Fiery Object Mystifies Scientists
A digital picture of a spectacular and apparently explosive event in the sky fooled a pair of seasoned NASA scientists, has other researchers around the globe mystified, and made a minor celebrity of a teenage photographer.

posted by Josh at 12:03 AM

     Wednesday, October 15, 2003
 Thank you Cubs!

Growing up as a little boy in Omaha, Nebraska, I was often in bed before all of the night games really got under way, and if I wasn't my parents were watching something not related to sports.

That's why the Chicago Cubs -- with their predominate day games -- was the team I watched and rooted for, via WGN. Andre Dawson (current coach for the Florida Marlins, ironically enough) was my favorite player and I loved everything about the guy. Under his tough demeanor, he was certainly classy. I sent him a baseball card and a letter, and he was kind enough to return the card autographed.

Tonight's loss in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series is a tough one for me and for a lot of life-long Cubs fans who have seen this team suffer through so much hardship, but what a year it was! If you'd told me at the beginning of the year that we would lose in the NLCS I'd have laughed at you for suggesting that we'd even get there in the first place.

In the end, I want to thank everybody out there -- from the players, to the management, to the wonderful fans -- who made this a season I will never forget.

Thank you Cubs!

Now, go get 'em Sox!
posted by Josh at 11:21 PM

 If I were this guy, I'd take it in a heart-beat

Yahoo! News: Chicago Cubs Fan Invited to Free 3-month Stay in South Florida
posted by Josh at 4:55 PM

 Jeb Bush offers Cubs fan asylum

ABC KVIA News: Florida's governor considers granting asylum to Cubs fan
posted by Josh at 4:54 PM


posted by Josh at 4:48 PM

 Chicago Sun-Times fuels the fire

Man in stands described as diehard fan

I feel really bad for this guy. All he did was something anyone else would have done. I hope we win tonight so this guy doesn't have to carry that burden around with him forever.
posted by Josh at 2:39 PM

 It's a few days old, but... Kathy Shaidle's "Changing Her Religion" at The American Spectator's website. Very informative, good article. I especially appreciate one of the lines from a scholarly source, since I've seen this as the major problem with the Arab world since before 9/11: "What Islam needs," he adds, "is enlightenment."
posted by Josh at 2:15 PM

 Papa, Pray for Us

posted by Josh at 1:59 PM

     Tuesday, October 14, 2003
 Bogus relapsed memories and supposedly abusive nuns

Kathy Shaidle over at Relapsed Catholic points our attention towards a new book that discusses relapsed memories of nun torture that came after a 1993 miscarriage.

My experience with relapsed memories stemming from tragedy is that they are almost always false. They seem true to the person who has them. Indeed, to the person who has a RM experience, there's no difference between the false memory and the memory of what they did yesterday. This isn't to say that the details of the book are ultimately false, as memory can be uncovered by certain events. But usually, true memories are unlocked through more benign experience like smell or touch (see Marcel Proust as a logical example of this in Remembrances of Things Past).

I know a woman who stands by the notion that as a child she was forced to participate in ritual abuse, which included the Satanic killing of a baby. Nowhere can she point towards an investigation in to the disappearance of the young baby in question, but to her it is a very real, traumatic experience.

My guess, ultimately, is that if clerical abuse wasn't such a hot topic, nobody would take her seriously.
posted by Josh at 1:44 PM

 AOL Time Warner wises up, drops AOL from the name

AP: AOL Time Warner to Drop 'AOL' From Name

Back in August, I agreed with this move. It's pretty clear that any association with AOL is a negative nowadays, especially when America Online continues to lose ground with the masses. Oh, and something else interesting happened right after this:
In morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange, AOL Time Warner shares were up 17 cents, or 1.1 percent, to $15.90.

posted by Josh at 1:22 PM

 Germans boycott! Germans boycott!

Billboard news, via Reuters Yahoo!: German Photographers to Boycott Dylan Tour
"The freedom of photographic journalists to pursue their profession is more important than Bob Dylan's personal preferences," says a spokesperson for the group.

A spokesman for Cologne-based concert promoter Peter Rieger, which is handling Dylan's tour, says it is no secret that the artist does not allow his concerts to be filmed or photographed. "If the artist doesn't want any photos taken, our hands are tied, and we have to accept this," he says.
Ridiculous. Dylan - and other artists - have had this policy for ages. How silly.

posted by Josh at 12:58 PM

 I can't imagine it...

AP: Actor Tommy Chong Reports to Prison
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Actor-comedian Tommy Chong reported to a privately run federal prison to serve his nine-month sentence for conspiring to sell bongs and other drug paraphernalia over the Internet even as his attorneys prepared to argue for his release pending appeal.

posted by Josh at 11:30 AM

 Happy Halloween!

posted by Josh at 11:28 AM

     Saturday, October 11, 2003
 Times Against Humanity: Death of Justice=Death for Terri
As reported on Times Against Humanity....

Five hours ago, the Cybercast News Service reported that U.S. District Judge Richard Lazarra has refused to assume jurisdiction in the case of Terri Schiavo. The Federal judge also refused to enter an injunction to order tests to determine if Terri can swallow food on her own prior to the initiation of her court-sanctioned murder by starvation and dehydration scheduled for next Wednesday, the feast of her patron saint, St. Teresa d'Avila.

I will report and comment on this development in greater detail later in the day, but I did not wish to delay dissemination of this dire, though not unexpected news, to all friends of Terri and justice--a second victim in the kangaroo courts of Judge Lazarra and Florida Judge George Greer, who sentenced Terri to die at the request of her unfaithful husband Michael.

More to follow--stay tuned, keep praying, keep fighting! See the Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation for the latest news.

God bless you for caring!
God have mercy on those who refuse to admit what is going on here; a husband who swore to love his wife in sickness and health, and when sickness comes he takes the easiest route towards killing her so he can "move on" with his life.

Not too long ago, I would have scoffed at the notion that we are living in a "culture of death." Not any more.

posted by Josh at 2:41 PM

 Cubbies Do It in Extra Innings

Doug Glanville

What a game. This one had the feeling of a ball game we were destined to lose, but we fought hard and came out with the win in the 11th inning, 5-4.

Tomorrow's game will be the storyteller for the Cubs. If Matt Clement -- our #4 pitcher this season -- can manage to pull off a victory, Carlos Zambrano, or at worst, Mark Prior, will finish the deal.

I'm headed off to Wrigleyville to soak up the atmosphere as we take on Florida tomorrow at 7:30 PM EST in Florida.

Go Cubs!
posted by Josh at 2:40 AM

     Thursday, October 09, 2003
 Mr. Rogers meets Elmo in a whacky pro-life mp3

Satire? Making a political statement? Just plain awful? You decide.
posted by Josh at 11:07 AM

 Answer? Many.

How many Mountain Dews would it take to kill you?
posted by Josh at 11:01 AM

 Set the VCR's!

Good Morning America is starting a two-day trip to the Vatican this coming Monday. Supposedly they're going to do a touristy sort of thing, revealing the beauty of the grounds. I'm a sucker for art and architecture -- especially if it has Catholic roots -- so I'll tape-and-fast-forward my way through it.
posted by Josh at 8:34 AM

 When the Cubs succeed, Chicago shuts down

Chicago Tribune: Cubs' run in playoffs putting a dent in theater box offices (registration required)
Second City had about half its normal number of reservations on Wednesday night. The Chicago International Film Festival has suffered, not least because film-going decisions tend to be made at the last minute and because the 39-year-old festival screens many films at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. That's just a few blocks from Wrigley Field, where parking on game nights is practically non-existent.

posted by Josh at 8:10 AM

 Time to bash the Pope!

The Age (AU): An iron grip on the future

There are so many misconceptions and misrepresentations of what JPII is all about, I don't think I have time this evening to correct them all. Or, frankly, the desire to.
posted by Josh at 2:23 AM

 Well, at least he has a sense of humor...

NY Times: Priest Charged With Gun Possession and Harassment
Father Johnston then said he had stolen more than $80,000 from the collection at a Long Island church, St. Martin of Tours in Bethpage, where he performed Mass on weekends, the official said. The priest said he had taken $100 a week, and told the police the money was his "401K plan," the official said.

posted by Josh at 2:18 AM

 A Jewish filmmaker responds to The Passion

NewsMax: A Letter to Mel Gibson
My feelings on the film, as a filmmaker, are clear. As a Jew, I left the movie feeling a greater sense of kinship and closeness to my Christian brothers and sisters than I ever thought imaginable. I see "The Passion" as one of the most powerful uniting tools to ever take advantage of the single medium capable of such a task, namely, film.[...]

Simply put, at the end of the day it is only their message that asks the potential viewer to see the film as anti-Semitic [His emphasis].
Bravo. More examples of rational people making rational moves.
posted by Josh at 2:15 AM

 Marcus Grodi: One of the good guys

Zenit: Former Protestant Pastor Helps Shepherd Catholic Converts

Marcus Grodi and Scott Hahn are two figures that stood out to me while I was gathering information on the Church and making the decision to come in to full communion. Here are two men who put it all on the line in the name of intellectual honesty; they both came to a point where they realized that the Catholic Church was the true "one flock," as Grodi mentions in this article.

I can only imagine how hard this realization must be for any Protestant minister, and both of these men stand as testaments to how overwhelmingly true the Catholic Church really is.
posted by Josh at 2:09 AM

 Another Nobel for University of Illinois

Chicago Tribune: 2 more Nobels for Illinoisans

Two this year. Not a bad haul.
posted by Josh at 1:39 AM

     Wednesday, October 08, 2003
 40 years later, China enters the space race!

AP: Chinese to Orbit Earth on Oct. 15
BEIJING - After 11 years of planning, China's first manned space flight could come down to this: one man, a two-pound sack of seeds and a single 90-minute loop around the planet.
China will next attempt to send a 3-year old cocker spaniel, Mao, in to the moon's orbit.

If all goes according to plan, Mao will be roasted and consumed at a banquet in his honor.
posted by Josh at 1:58 PM

 This belongs somewhere on Fr. Sibley's site!

The satirical website, The Shocking Truth is run by the "British Conservative Catholics," a group "formed to counter the many sinister forces that are pitted against us, especially the Atheist Movement and the agents of Satan."

Most of it isn't even funny, and is a shallow attempt to undermine the Christian/Catholic faith. I usually don't draw this conclusion about satire, but here we have examples of Catholic slander and so many misconceptions of the faith, that I think it's warranted.
posted by Josh at 1:47 PM


AP: Comment on Spears Called 'Inadvertent'
BALTIMORE - The wife of Gov. Robert Ehrlich made an "inadvertent figure of speech" when she said she would shoot pop singer Britney Spears if she had the chance, the first lady's spokeswoman said Tuesday.

posted by Josh at 2:39 AM

 Now The Passion has Jews mad at each other

JTA: Gibson's movie about Jesus sparks internal Jewish debate
posted by Josh at 1:57 AM

 Russia and proselyism

Gateway to Russia: Russian Catholic leader condemns proselytism
posted by Josh at 1:52 AM

 The Church, Chile, and Divorce

Pravdu News: Prehistoric: Chilean Catholic Church Campaigns Against Divorce
Foundations of the opponents are, when not outraging, funny. "All this is being done in the name of dressing the country with the image of modernity, but it's going to allow people to destroy a marriage on a whim and will produce a lowering of values", said Flavio Angelini, leader of the Casa de la Familia Foundation, a conservative Roman Catholic group.

Welcome to the new century Mr. Angelini. The world has changed since Inquisition: read some Bacon, Descartes and get noticed about the French Revolution. Or at least, catch up the United Kingdom, where the Court for Divorce and Matrimonial Causes took over the jurisdiction for matrimonial affairs from the Church in 1858.
While I certainly agree that divorce or "anullment" should be available to individuals in certain cases, I find this quote/counterstatement laughable. In the Western World, dissolving a marriage on a whim has produced a "lowering of values" as Angelini suggests. Marriage as a sacrament has become dilluted by those who so foolishly enter in to it, knowing that there's an easy escape route.
posted by Josh at 1:50 AM

     Monday, October 06, 2003
 University of Illinois Prof. wins Nobel Prize for Medicine

Reuters: Nobel Prize Goes to Scientists Behind MRI Scans

Go Cubs! Go Illini academics!

Illini football... Go away!
posted by Josh at 6:19 PM

 Race, Rush, and Sports Armstrong Williams: Racial double standard? of course!

The P.C. Police can't crash down this guy's door and demand that he be fired and forever labelled a racist. Why? Because he's African-American. And I happen to agree with him (which, I guess, makes me a racist in turn because I'm white and am not entitled to an opinion on how the media handles race relations. Any questioning of the system earns me the automatic "racist" label).
posted by Josh at 12:57 PM

     Sunday, October 05, 2003
 Knock on Wood: Cubbies take it in 5

We did it! The Cubs took the NLDS series against the Atlanta Braves 5-1 this evening behind yet another stellar performance by K-K-K-K-K-K-Kerry Wood who had 7 strikeouts over 8 innings. What a night.

We get ready for the other surprise team this season, the Florida Marlins. What a fantastic game for a fantastic team.

Currently, Clark and Addison (the intersecting streets that house Wrigley Field are filled with fans peacefully celebrating the Cubbies victory.

GO CUBS! (and go BoSox!)
posted by Josh at 10:50 PM

     Saturday, October 04, 2003
A celebrated college ballplayer, Prior was an All American at the University of Southern California leading the Trojans to the College World Series in 2001. But also in college, Prior grew in his Catholic faith, after he received the Sacrament of Confirmation as a junior.

"I spent all year going to RCIA meetings. And that was a big turning point. You get baptized, yes, you're Catholic, but that's also your parents' choice. You get confirmed that's your choice, your dedication. I think that's when I made the next step and decided what I wanted to do."[...]

He said, "I know a lot a guys pray. I don't necessarily bring God into it if I have a 1 and 2 count-'God help me strike this guy out!' But always before the game, I say a prayer for my family, and that nobody gets hurt."[...]

Mark puts life in perspective and understands that he's getting paid $10.5 million over 5 years to play a kids' game. "It is a game and there is a lot of guys that are living from paycheck to paycheck, working for their families. Guys are over(seas) fighting to protect other people's freedom, and we are out there just playing a game. There's a bigger picture in life than just going out and winning every game. Granted I'm a fierce competitor and I want to win every game, but I think having that understanding and balance helps."
Beyond my joke that God must be a Cubs fan, and since He doesn't like to play favorites the Cubs always lose, this is exactly what I've always thought about sports. It's just a game. It isn't life, for either the player or the fan.

It's also good to see a guy like this make the pro-active decision to become confirmed via the RCIA program. I went through a similar situation my senior year in college, and I can relate to the sorts of things that must've been running through his mind at the time.

At any rate, this is just another reason for me to wish nothing but the best for Mark Prior.

Thanks to Brendan for this fantastic link.

posted by Josh at 3:13 AM
 Reason #2,342 to love Mark Prior

Catholic New World: Cubs' star Mark Prior has his 'prior-ities' straight

     Friday, October 03, 2003
 Cubs ready for NLCS; Take Game 3 from the Braves, 3-1

Mark Prior

Wrigley Field was hoping tonight as the Cubs beat the Braves 3-1 behind the young ace Mark Prior.

The fans proved yet again why we are the best in professional sports, making this ticket the most sought after in any sporting event in recent memory, according to ESPN.

We look to end the series tomorrow, with Matt Clement taking the mound. Unfortunately, I will be away from home tomorrow visiting friends downstate, so hopefully I keep updated on the score.

posted by Josh at 11:15 PM

 Shocker! Fifty Reasons (Why Liberals shouldn't) Vote for Arnold Fifty Reasons Not to Vote for Arnold

Gee whiz. I thought I was going to get Fifty good reasons why I shouldn't vote for Arnie. Instead, I get a majority of things that I agree with Arnie on.

Thanks go out to Sarah Phelan and Steve Palopoly for spurring on Arnie's campaign. Way to go, guys!
posted by Josh at 1:40 AM

     Thursday, October 02, 2003
 Strangely Enough...

AP: Part of sacriligeous stunt from "Opie and Anthony Show" show dies
(Washington-AP) -- Remember the radio on-air stunt last year where a couple was supposedly having sex inside New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral?[...]

The man who'd been charged with having sex with his girlfriend during the stunt died at his Virginia home recently of a heart attack. He was 38.
May God have mercy on him and all of us.
posted by Josh at 4:27 PM

 This just in! Only purple people to be on television drama or news programs!

Lurie says ESPN to blame for negative portrayal of NFL
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie today accused ESPN of "institutional racism" for its decision to hire Rush Limbaugh and for the portrayal of NFL players in the fictional series "Playmakers."
Give me a freaking break.
posted by Josh at 2:36 PM

 One of my favorite authors, J.M. Coetzee, wins Nobel Prize for Literature

Reuters: Coetzee Wins 2003 Nobel Literature Prize to Acclaim

Coetzee is quite possibly the most talented writer out there today. His novel Disgrace was required reading in two of my undergraduate courses, and I don't hesitate to call it one of the best fictional works I have ever read. This book covers it all: deviant sexual problems in academics, the mundane responsibilities pushed forth on educators, race relations in South Africa, good literature, violence, and making one's way beyond it all.

Finally, the committee does a job I couldn't do any better myself.
posted by Josh at 12:16 PM

 FOLLOW UP: Silly me

(see entry directly below for the original post to which this one refers):

I happened to know a man at the University of Illinois who was also host of a classical radio program on WILL, the local PBS station. It seemed to me that this man knew more about classical music than anyone I'd ever met. He was also black. But the obvious fact that he was black meant nothing and in no way undermined his obvious knowledge of the field. I'd think it absurd to question his ability to "know" Prokofiev.
posted by Josh at 11:47 AM

 White men don't know the blues!

TVBarn: Blacks and "The Blues"
To me, that's one of the biggest problems with 'The Blues,' as crafted by Scorsese and company. They've co-opted a unique part of African-American culture and recast in with their perspective. So instead of getting the gritty, gut-wrenching, deep-in-the-soul feeling African-Americans call 'DA BLUES,' we get what my friend, Eric Deggans, TV Critic at the St. Pete Times calls 'Blues Lite.' Filling but unsatisfying.
So, by virtue, a white man can't make a good movie on the blues!

Give me a break. A white man says the same thing about a traditionally W.A.S.P-esque idea and he's labeled a 'racist.' Dusty Baker stereotyping his black players by saying that "brothers can play [baseball] in the heat" is fine, but my making that generalization would make me a 'racist' (I agree with Dusty's comments here and thought he was just trying to be more cutesy than anything else). Rush Limbaugh is sent to the woodshed for merely suggesting that the media (and the NFL) is under pressure to see black athletes in traditionally white positions (i.e. coach and quarterback) do well.

Yet Aaron Barnhart here feels as if it's ok to tell me that because of my whiteness, I can't be down with 'DA BLUES.' Besides the conceded point that white audiences keep blues performers employed nowadays, I guarantee you I know more about 'DA BLUES' than your average person of any ilk who hasn't made it past 50 Cent or Outkast and on to Blind Willie McTell, Leadbelly, Lightnin' Hopkins, or Robert Johnson.

At least the liberal bloodhounds have to misconstrue Limbaugh and rush to the idiotic conclusion that he's a racist merely because he thinks these social forces are at work in McNabb's case. But don't you know, you just gotta be black to make good stuff on the blues. It's sort of like saying, "You have to be white to play a white man's game," and we all know that that isn't true.

If you want to say the series is sub-par, say it. Just don't keep making race an issue if you expect the same courtesy from everybody else.
posted by Josh at 11:30 AM

     Wednesday, October 01, 2003
 Time to get the relics together! Missionaries gather Mother's 'relics'
Members of the Missionaries of Charity -- the order founded by Mother Teresa -- are collecting relics of the Nobel Laureate, including her blood and hair, for the beatification ceremony at the Vatican on October 19.

posted by Josh at 10:59 PM

 I wonder... this guy gets a red cap when straight-shooters like O'Malley are overlooked.

I pray that our Church suffers no harm from people such as these.
posted by Josh at 10:57 PM

 When Republicans play Democrat games

The Hill: Santorum denounces 'bigotry': Senator says his colleagues should examine motives
Charges of an anti-Catholic bias have resurfaced over district court nominee J. Leon Holmes, but this time they are leveled against centrist Republicans rather than at Democrats.
This is unfortunate. I'd hoped that Republicans wouldn't speak out of both ends of their mouth on this issue.
posted by Josh at 10:53 PM

 Cubs lose, and I fail to capture NLCS tickets

The Chicago Cubs failed to take the second game in Atlanta this evening. It was a well-played game by both teams, but we simply came up short due to a few questionable managing decisions and untimely pitching. With the series tied 1-1, 23-year old phenom Mark Prior takes the mound on Friday to face "the Cub that got away," Greg Maddux.

In other news, I woke up at 8 AM CST this morning to grab Cubs tickets (a big deal for me, since lately I have been going to bed at about 5-6 AM every night), and spent the next 50 minutes attempting to get tickets for the National League Championship Series, should the Cubs actually get there. According to Baseball Tonight (which curiously aired at 3:30 EST this afternoon), tickets for three home games sold out in under an hour and the Cubs ticket office received 12,000,000 calls from pennant-fevered fans. Unbelievable.
posted by Josh at 10:43 PM

 Not in our house

AP: Catholic diocese withdraws invitation to Episcopalians over gay issue
posted by Josh at 10:35 PM

 Catholic Universities: All is not lost

The Catholic Telegraph (Cincinnati): Understanding Catholic intellectual life
"The best situation is lay leaders who are intellectuals with a grasp of what a Catholic intellectual life is," observed Father Heft, who also serves as professor of faith and culture and chancellor at the University of Dayton."

posted by Josh at 10:32 PM

saint some days

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.

I do not see the road ahead of me
Nor do I really know myself,
And the fact that I think I am following your will
Does not mean that I am actually doing so.

But I believe that the desire to please you
Does in fact please you.
And I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this,
You will lead me by the right road
Though I may know nothing about it.

Therefore will I trust you always though, I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, And you will never leave me to face my struggles alone.

-- Thomas Merton


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