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60A Nation Pulling Aparthttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/08/a-nation-pulling-apart
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400That my mother hated Jews was clear, although why she hated them was one of those shameful mysteries I doubt she could have explained had I asked her. What I heard, growing up, sounded like jealousy and resentment. As a waitress in a catering hall, she would serve at Bar Mitzvah receptions and then come home seething about the amounts of money she imagined the young guest of honor had taken in.
Imagining the Path of Christian Exilehttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/07/imagining-the-path-of-christian-exile
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400Elizabeth Scalia puts herself in the place of an Iraqi Christian writing a letter to her former neighbors Ed.
]]>Mad Men Goes Metahttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/04/mad-men-goes-meta
Tue, 29 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400Readers of a certain age may remember a
television commercial about a boy
, a bottle of ketchup, and a hamburger: In alternating close-ups, viewers witnessed the condiment’s slow descent and the boy’s ever-heightening expectancy, all while Carly Simon’s “Anticipation” blared seductively in the background. The ketchup poured; the burger was put to the bite: “Worth the wait,” we were told.
]]>The Acid Bath of Ingratitudehttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/03/the-acid-bath-of-ingratitude
Tue, 25 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0400Early last week, there was a
terrible accident. A young mother, driving on icy Wyoming roads, lost control
of her car, and two of her three children
became lost to heaven
. A photograph of
the family in happier days circulated the Internet and brought a stunning sense
of pain to perfect strangers, who admitted that they could not understand why
this particular family had moved them to benumbed grief.
]]>Jesus Might Bake the Cake but Would He Perform the Nuptials?https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/02/jesus-might-bake-the-cake-but-would-he-perform-the-nuptials
Tue, 25 Feb 2014 00:04:00 -0500Perhaps it is the natural result of social evolution but as a nation, our understanding of what the word “tolerance” means or how it is to be lived has shifted within our moral GPS. We have been detoured away from the broad two-way street called Live and Let Live and are now traveling a narrower road that goes only one way, and offers few exits. It’s called the My-Way Highway.
]]>New Homophiles: Stories Without a Who or Whathttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/01/new-homophiles-stories-without-a-who-or-what
Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Spend time before a crucifix and the major virtues Christ Jesus embodies there are quickly in evidence: love, patience, humility, obedience, and detachment. We might identify as well the virtue of understanding who and what one is, even (or especially) within one’s obedience.
]]>A Shepherd I Will Remainhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2013/12/a-shepherd-i-will-remain
Tue, 17 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0500 My little cousin and I watch as my uncle washes away the blood, and examines the wound. He is making that odd breathless noise—halfway between a gasp of surprise and a sigh of regret—that he always makes when an attack has been thwarted. My uncle, after all, is nearly forty; an old man long past the charms of making his bed upon the chill earth at night; disenchanted with stargazing while wolves in the dark distance howl, or creep in silence, just beyond our sight.
]]>Francis’ School of Love: Are We Absorbing the Lessons?https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2013/11/francis-school-of-love-are-we-absorbing-the-lessons
Tue, 19 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0500
]]>Were There Alternatives to the Affordable Care Act?https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2013/11/were-there-alternatives-to-the-affordable-care-act
Tue, 05 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Amid occasional stories of success (a personal friend who had previously been unable to afford health insurance can now afford a subsidized plan in California) the disastrous launch of the Affordable Care Act has revealed itself to be life-upending disaster for millions who are discovering thatthanks to
the narrowest, and thus most easily negated of Grandfathering provisions
policy holders who liked their insurance cannot keep their insurance. If they like their doctors and hospitals,
they cannot keep their doctors and hospitals
]]>When No One Wants to Raise the Parentshttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2013/10/when-no-one-wants-to-raise-the-parents
Tue, 22 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0400 Meandering through a social media timeline, I stumbled upon one of those “listicles” that comprise so much of our empty internet clicking. This one was about how the adorableness of children should inspire everyone to be a parent, and the images were pretty cute, but my favorite bit was textual: