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Joy of all the Sorrowful - Mays Landing, NJ (f. 1966)

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  1. My Tattoo

    [Posted on my Facebook page, November 6, 2017]

    I got a tattoo!

    In general, I don’t think tattoos are attractive, and sure never expected that I would get one. I mean, I just turned 65, and I had never gotten a tattoo in all those years, so it seemed a safe bet. 

    But I’ve always thought it was a beautiful witness, how the Coptic Egyptian Christians get a small cross

  2. Talking about Rod in the WPost

    Interview with Karen Heller for Wash Post Style profile of Rod, Oct 11, 2017


    I was disappointed by how Karen Heller’s profile of Rod Dreher turned out, in today’s Washington Post. Especially I felt bad that the quotes she has from me, which make Rod sound manipulative and self-centered. That’s the opposite of how I described him. That’s so frustrating. I wrote up some notes about what I’d said immediately after our conversation, which provides a better

  3. Why Not Beauty?
    [October 6, 2017]
    Someone emailed me to ask: When did people start to expect worship to be something that would benefit them? Something that will inspire them, resonate with them, give them strength for the week ahead, etc? When did it stop being something we render to God for his own sake, to express our gratitude and awe? He notes that all the things he loves about high-church worship, the music, solemnity, the processions, even the architecture, though they move him deeply, the friends he brings to church just shrug
  4. The Good Samaritan, by Patriarch Narses Snorhali

    The Good Samaritan

    Written by Armenian Patriarch Narses Snorhali (1102-1173).

    From Jerusalem, our Paradise, guilty like Adam
    I went down to vile Jericho,
    And fell into the hands of the Brigand.

    They stripped me of light;
    They covered my soul with sores of sin;
    They did not depart leaving me half dead;
    But after death, the waged war on me again.

    And Moses the Levite and Aaron the ancient Priest…
    And the prophets of the Old Law
    Saw the sores of my

  5. The Benedict Option and Retreating from Politics

    I haven’t done much writing about “The Benedict Option” by my friend Rod Dreher, but this image gave me some things to think about. It’s the cover of the French edition of “The Benedict Option,” which comes out in September, and it’s better than the original cover, isn’t it? It expresses the central concept better than the original cover did, though that is admittedly a beautiful photo. The original cover shows Mt St Michel, literally a monastery on a hill, so is it any wonder people think that’s what the book


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