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September 4, 2006

I’m still thinking about how to respond to people on the streets who are homeless and/or beg for money. I’d like to believe that everyone out there found a dry place to stay overnight. Last night I kept thinking about what I could do. I feel like there’s not much I can do … the situation of poverty and homelessness is a huge social problem. Yet, when I’m walking and run into someone asking for spare change, I am face to face with a fellow human being, not some abstract “social problem.” The very cliche phrase “What would Jesus do?”...

September 3, 2006

One of my biggest struggles is how to respond to people on the street who ask for money. These folks are usually at the traffic light when I exit the highway or hanging out on my street block. I run into people asking for money near bus and train stations and just about everywhere downtown. I’ve lived in a number of big cities and (sadly) I’ve gotten used to seeing homeless people and people begging for money. At one level I am horrified by the abject poverty I see. At another level (I am ashamed to say) I don’t know what to do so I walk right by.

September 1, 2006

In the article “Being Catherine Keener” (August 27, 2006), New York Times writer Lynn Hirschberg interviews actor Catherine Keener, who played Harper Lee in Capote and co-starred in The 40-Year-Old-Virgin.

August 30, 2006

Scientists have speculated that there is a “God spot” or “God module” — basically a spiritual center of the brain — this study suggests that multiple parts of the brain are at work during a religious experience. This corresponds well with Catholic theology which has long taught that it is the whole person — body, soul, and mind — who encounters the Living God, not just some isolated part of our being.

August 27, 2006

The Scripture readings at Mass really struck me today. The first reading hit me so soundly that I don’t really remember the rest of the Mass. It was from the book of Joshua in the Old Testament. Joshua 24 stands as an epilogue of sorts to the first six books of the Bible. In this chapter, Joshua calls an assembly of all the tribes of Israel at Shechem.

August 26, 2006

The New York Times recently published an article on a cloistered group of Dominican nuns who live just a couple blocks from all the action in Hollywood.

August 24, 2006

I’ve finally begun reading Kenneth Briggs’s Double Crossed: Uncovering the Catholic Church’s Betrayal of American Nuns.

August 24, 2006

Did you know that the Vatican switchboard is manned – or, dare I say, nunned – by a group of sisters? The Catholic News Service recently published an article that mentions the team of switchboard operators responsible for handling all the calls to the Vatican.

August 20, 2006

What is up with these horror flicks about deranged nuns?? Today I came across the 2006 movie The Nun on the shelf of my local video rental store.