Saturday, May 10, 2008

Fr Groeschel

On one occasion, an abortion clinic voluntarily closed because of the huge number of pro-life demonstrators. When our brothers in their gray habits turned away and proceeded home on the subway, they were followed by a number of pro-abortion demonstrators who thought they were moving on to another clinic. Suddenly these women were terrified to find themselves in the middle of the subway station in a run-down section called Fort Apache. This gave our brothers the first opportunity they had ever had to speak to them. In fact, the brothers remained with the women to see that they got safely back on the subway. Some of the protestors admitted that they had listened to the other side for the first time.

Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR, Healing the Original Wound, p. 132

Friday, May 09, 2008

Viva hate

"Hate Poem"
by Julie Sheehan

I don't hate this poem. Never heard of the author, but it made me smile.

Thursday, May 08, 2008


Poetry quiz!

I am heroic couplets; most precise
And fond of order. Planned and structured. Nice.
I know, of course, just what I want; I know,
As well, what I will do to make it so.
This doesn't mean that I attempt to shun
Excitement, entertainment, pleasure, fun;
But they must keep their place, like all the rest;
They might be good, but ordered life is best.
What Poetry Form Are You?

The last time I took this quiz I was a rubai.

Via For Keats' Sake!


George Will's latest

Yankee Fan Go Home. About -- who else? -- the Hillcat, as TSO calls her.

Andrew Sullivan linked to this article, but didn't quote the best parts, of which there are many; e.g.:

[Sen. Clinton] may think, or at least would argue, that when she was 12 her Yankees really won the 1960 World Series, by standards of "fairness," because they trounced the Pirates in runs scored, 55-27, over seven games, so there.

Unfortunately, baseball's rules -- pesky nuisances, rules -- say it matters how runs are distributed during a World Series. The Pirates won four games, which is the point of the exercise, by a total margin of seven runs, while the Yankees were winning three by a total of 35 runs. You can look it up.

Read Will's evisceration of the "lifelong" pinstripes-booster and her elaborate math.

Fr Groeschel

I used to kid myself that I didn't have the same prejudices as many others. [...] However, the very real prejudices I do harbor are much more deep-seated, and thus much more pagan. Do you know whom I have a burning prejudice against? People who don't like me, or ignore me, or think that what I have to say is not worthwhile. I'm not particular. If you like me, it doesn't matter to me who or what you are. But if you don't appreciate me or what I have to say, a little pagan quickly rears his ugly head, full of prejudices and hurt feelings.

Perhaps you thought priests were holier than that. Don't I wish!

Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR, Healing the Original Wound, pp. 106-7

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Sacred Scripture

Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?

Proverbs 6:27

Fr Groeschel

The Christian is called not only to appreciate Christ but to follow Christ.

Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR, Healing the Original Wound, p. 95


Amaryllis is made of vers libre.