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The Sheltered Ones

September 21st, 2015 by MC

I recently watched an episode of “The Jim Gaffigan Show” with a bit of dialogue that perfectly encapsulated a thought that’s been bouncing around my head for a while. For those who aren’t familiar with Jim Gaffigan, he’s a “clean” but still very famous comedian who is basically a stereotypical Irish-American Catholic dad from the post-War era; his wife is more devout than he is, but he still is fully supportive of raising his kids as Catholics, with all that entails. He plays himself on the show, which is based on his real life.

In this episode, Jim’s wife invites their local parish priest, a gregarious young man from Africa named Father Nicholas, to go to Jim’s next stand-up, without asking Jim first. Jim hates the idea because he’s convinced that having a priest in the audience will kill the mood, but he gives in and takes Father Nicholas anyway. Right before they walk into the comedy club, they have the following exchange: (more…)

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September 21st, 2015 05:12:06

Opposition in All Things and the Evolution of Love

September 18th, 2015 by Nathaniel Givens

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This piece is cross-posted at Difficult Run.

One of the most famous phrases in Mormon scriptures comes from Lehi’s farewell message to his son Jacob in the Second Book of Nephi: “For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things.” The entire verse reads:

For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, my firstborn in the wilderness, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; wherefore, if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead, having no life neither death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness nor misery, neither sense nor insensibility.

As I was compiling my notes from my read-through of Steven Pinker’s The Blank Slate, I came across this really stunning echo of that concept. (more…)

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September 18th, 2015 13:53:13

A proper gentleman

September 15th, 2015 by Jeeves

Never has adequate shelving for his collection of written works.

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September 15th, 2015 08:16:21

Secure in Council

September 10th, 2015 by G.

Secure authority is good authority. But as above, so below. Secure followers are good followers. (more…)

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September 10th, 2015 12:00:36

Boys with sticks

September 08th, 2015 by Vader

Yes, well. When your daughter is the one who’s lying barely conscious on the front yard of some frat house, my sons will be the ones who will know enough to charge in, swinging sticks to chase the brutes away. They’ll know because we let them have sticks, we let them find out what sticks can do, and we told them what sticks are for.

Violence doesn’t take over when boys are allowed to have sticks. Violence takes over when no one tells boys what sticks are for.

Thus Simcha Fisher

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September 08th, 2015 09:52:39

To stand and be still to the Birkenhead Drill

September 05th, 2015 by Rudyard Kipling

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September 05th, 2015 11:27:37

Onward, Christian Soldiers!

September 03rd, 2015 by Bookslinger

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September 03rd, 2015 17:32:04

Hope in Marriage and in the Church

September 02nd, 2015 by G.

The most powerful image of covenant in the scriptures for me is the image of marriage. Israel, we are told, is like the (often faithless) spouse of God.

A marriage is a relationship that is defined by reciprocal promises, but it isn’t just defined by reciprocal promises. It is also defined by love, passion, and what I think of as habits of affection. We often think of love as a kind of Dionysian force that assaults us, but married love is more than simply Dionysian. It is also agricultural, something that one treasures, cultivates, and seeks to protect. I think it suggestive that in English “husband” can denote both a spouse and a farmer.

-thus Nate Oman.

Coincidentally, or perhaps not coincidentally, my poppets, I was thinking on the same subject this morning.  (more…)

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September 02nd, 2015 08:49:20

Angina Monologue 20

August 30th, 2015 by Vader

I must obey my master.

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August 30th, 2015 17:20:42

Manhood is Impossible

August 28th, 2015 by G.

Manhood is impossible in our society.  You become a man when you accept responsibility.  But today our society won’t even let a guy accept responsibility for himself.

This morning the pool was closed at the YMCA so I wandered up to the gym instead, where I was promptly kicked out.  Why?  Because you have swim flipflops on.  If you dropped free weights on your feet, you might get hurt.  [Which is dumb, because that’s my problem, and tennis shoes won’t help much anyway].  Out loud: as you can see, I’m not using free weights and I wasn’t planning on using the free weights.  No, you still have to leave.  Why?  Because.  For your own good.

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August 28th, 2015 12:00:03

Equality Means Conflict

August 28th, 2015 by G.

“If Men were Angels, No Government would be Necessary”

-thus James Madison

“Wrong”

-thus John Finnis

John Finnis is right. Even angels, he says, would need to pick which side of the road to drive on. (more…)

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August 28th, 2015 09:04:12

Be Wise as Serpents

August 28th, 2015 by Zen

I think that, in the age of hyper-partisanship and preemptive balkanization, it is especially important to try to understand eachother, even those who chose very wrongly.

So why do so many hold to tightly to abortion, even in the face of gruesome scandals? For a great many, if not most, women, it is because their self-image is single and corporate. And to have a child, is a kind of death of self. And if they give birth and give it up for adoption, then they have died AND they are bad mothers. So abortion is a kind of self-defense, in their minds.

In other words, what might be the single most important thing, is to get our daughters to see themselves as mothers, and to not resent it.

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August 28th, 2015 05:23:49

If She is Thee

August 26th, 2015 by G.

You give your wife a big squeeze on the way out the door this morning.

She: Thanks.

You break into a song you are making up as you sing:

It’s a pleasure in life

to gives hugs to your wife–

provided your wife is

my wife

She: I wish you didn’t like it when I roll my eyes.

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August 26th, 2015 07:49:50

Young Churchill, in his own words

August 25th, 2015 by Vader

As quoted by Martin Gilbert, Churchill: A Life, from Churchill’s own correspondence as a brand-new Army cavalryman visiting America for the first time, ca. 1895:

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August 25th, 2015 08:53:11

American (and British) Train Heroes Honored

August 24th, 2015 by G.

Well done, gentlemen.

 

It doesn’t fit well or directly into any of the great political or cultural issues of the day.  But what you do in the moment of truth is one of the fundamental questions of life.

 

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August 24th, 2015 08:57:26