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Kate Whittaker Cousino

Gratitude and Joy

Oct. 16, 2013, at 7:40am

I read Manalive by G.K. Chesterton for the first time last week, and recognized in it a theme that has been on my mind lately. A character says of the protagonist, Innocent Smith

It is just because he does not want to steal, because he does not covet his neighbour's goods, that he has captured the trick (oh, how we all long for it!), the trick of coveting his own goods. It is just because he does not want to commit adultery that he achieves the romance of sex; it is just because he loves one wife that he has a hundred honeymoons.

It occurred to me that this is a wonderful description of gratitude. Innocent Smith has “captured the trick…of coveting his own goods,” and it has obviously

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Devra Torres

Prayer and Fasting: Taking it Personally

Dec. 7, 2012, at 4:13pm

This morning I came across this story about an announcement by Bishop Cordileone of Oakland.

The bishops are calling on Catholics to do five specific things to advance this campaign for liberty, life and marriage. These include saying the rosary daily, attending a special Holy Hour on the last Sunday of each month, participating in a Fortnight of Freedom in the summer of 2013, including in every Mass prayers of the faithful for the causes of life, marriage and liberty, and fasting and abstaining from meat on Fridays.

I had the following reactions:

First: Wonderful!  That’s what we need: bishops who will stand up for the truth!

Second: Oh…wait a minute…today’s Friday.  That would mean…

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Katie van Schaijik

Fr. Ker on Chesterton

Dec. 27, 2011, at 9:47am

Fr. Ian Ker, author of the definitive biography of Cardinal Newman, is out with one of G.K. Chesterton.  John J. Miller has an audio interview with Fr. Ker at the Corner today.  It's difficult to hear, but worthwhile if you turn the volume all the way up and concentrate.

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