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What Vin Scully Taught Me

Vin showed us, in the scaled-down cosmos of the baseball field, what it means to be an excellent practitioner of the art of baseball—and thereby, helped us understand something between the foul lines that we couldn’t see in our tabloids and tablets: virtue.  Continue Reading »

“Matthew 25 Catholics”?

The implication of declaring oneself a “Matthew 25 Catholic” is that supporting a broad range of social services for the poor and needy, welcoming the immigrant, and ticking all the other boxes on the Biden/Pelosi Democrats’ domestic policy agenda constitutes a moral “get out of jail free” card that can be played, first with the electorate, and then, presumably, with the Lord. Continue Reading »

Fiction and Friendship

For reasons I haven’t been able to figure out, friendship—deep, genuine friendship—gets short shrift in contemporary fiction. The Chet & Bernie books are wonderful exceptions, and I am immensely grateful for them. Continue Reading »

The Hand of God in Subway Heat

The sun is here. It is the source of the energy that runs the trains, the energy that animates my flesh and that of all those around me, the energy that runs in a circuit connecting everything living, everything moving or changing or growing. Continue Reading »



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