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Letters from Rome: #4

Joseph Ratzinger’s accomplishments as biblical expositor and theologian have been gratifyingly acknowledged over the past six days. Yet his insights into the drama of modern social and political life have rarely been mentioned. Continue Reading »

Justice Scalia on Funeral Sermons

When Jessica Mitford first published The American Way of Death in 1963, she unleashed a broadside against the entire funeral industry in this country. She criticized the way funerals were done in America, including cosmetic excrescences and high expenses stemming from the greed of morticians. Some . . . . Continue Reading »

Funeral Homily for Justice Antonin Scalia

We are gathered here because of one man. A man known personally to many of us, known only by reputation to even more; a man loved by many, scorned by others; a man known for great controversy, and for great compassion. That man, of course, is Jesus of Nazareth.It is He Whom we proclaim: Jesus . . . . Continue Reading »

Star Wars, Give Me Those Star Wars . . .

Nothing but Star Wars, Star Wars todaaaaaay . . . The more I think about Jedi as an organized religion, the more I can’t stop thinking about it. Actually, I use the word “organized” loosely. It seems that being a Jedi is more like being a Mason, or maybe a Boy Scout, than it is . . . . Continue Reading »

In the Midst of Life

Stonecutter Karin Sprague revives the nearly-lost art of the tombstone. Though she encourages clients to explore “less-traditional” images which “offer more personal meaning,” for my money it’s her interpretations of traditional gravestone iconography — the tree . . . . Continue Reading »

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