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60The Catholic Writer Todayhttps://www.firstthings.com/article/2013/12/the-catholic-writer-today
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Homage to Søren Kierkegaard (1813 – 1855)https://www.firstthings.com/article/2013/10/homage-to-soren-kierkegaard
Tue, 01 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0400 Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
]]>The Seven Deadly Sinshttps://www.firstthings.com/article/2010/08/the-seven-deadly-sins
Sun, 01 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0400 Forget about the other six, says Pride.
Theyre only using you.
Admittedly, Lust is a looker,
but you can do better.
And why do they keep bringing us
to this cheesy dive?
The foods so bad that even Gluttony
cant finish his meal.
Notice how Avarice
keeps refilling his glass
whenever he thinks were not looking,
while Envy eyes your plate.
Hell, were not even done, and Anger
is already arguing about the bill.
Im the only one who
ever leaves a decent tip.
Let them all go, the losers!
Its a relief to see Sloths
fat ass go out the door.
But stick around. I have a story
that not everyone appreciates”
about the special satisfaction
of staying on board as the last
grubby lifeboat pushes away.
Tue, 01 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Now you’d be three,
I said to myself,
seeing a child born
the same summer as you.
Now you’d be six,
or seven, or ten.
I watched you grow
in foreign bodies.
Leaping into a pool, all laughter,
or frowning over a keyboard,
but mostly just standing,
taller each time.
How splendid your most
mundane action seemed
in these joyful proxies.
I often held back tears.
Now you are twenty-one.
Finally, it makes sense
that you have moved away
into your own afterlife.