Readings of the day Four young people arrived at their destination on a dark and stormy night. They were on the run, they were trying to escape trouble. It was a frightening place, and when they arrived at the inn, they didn’t find the person they expected: Gandalf wasn’t there and no one knew where […]

Readings of the Day They were a group brought together almost at random. The fate of the free world rested on their shoulders, they were given a great mission for the sake of the forces of Good. They represented all the free peoples of the known world, but they were not chosen evenly. The members […]

Readings of the Day I remember a commercial from my childhood: the catch phrase was, “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing.” Somebody would usually have their head in their hands, moaning softly to themselves as the menu was recited, or the extent of the meal revealed. The reply was, “You did, Ralph, you […]

Flags are symbols, and have meanings we can never imagine. Consider the Stars and Strips, the flag of the United States. It stands for liberty, fairness, loyalty, justice and freedom, at least it does for us. It doesn’t in other places of the world. I’m not saying those people in the Middle East or Europe […]

Pope Francis gave many astounding talks on his South America trip, which ended yesterday. We’ll be finding quotes from it on the ‘Net, and I’m happy to forward them as many are, however this extended quotes from his last Mass at Nu Guazu outside Asuncion, Paraguay, on the subject of hospitality resonated with me. The […]

Readings of the Day Would you go into the woods for a week with just a mostly empty backpack, a thermos of fresh drinking water, and a survival knife? I’ve been in the woods a bit, but not like that, not really interested. There’s a new program called Fat Guys in the Woods that does […]

Readings of the Day When we got started as a nation, the idea of a national republic covering an area from ‘sea to shining sea’ was thought impossible. Republics were suspect: the idea was not universally embraced. Many thought monarchy the best and more reliable form of government, and it was assumed by many in […]

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