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In my last post of 2015 I talked about learning to read again. And so far it’s going well. The graphic below comes from John Atkinson over at Wrong Hands. I encourage you to check out his stuff.
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My quote o’ the week comes from Cardinal John Henry Newman:
Such is the rule of our warfare. We advance by yielding; we rise by falling; we conquer by suffering; we persuade by silence; we become rich by [abundant giving]; we inherit the earth through meekness…. Heaven and earth shall sooner fall than this rule be reversed; it is the law of Christ’s kingdom, and nothing can reverse it but sin.
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Last fall I’d written about “Into The Breach” by Bishop Olmsted. It was an amazing document in its clarity and I encourage everyone to read it if you haven’t yet. This week the Diocese of Phoenix followed up Bishop Olmsted’s document with this terrific video:
Read more about it over at One Mad Mom. Here’s a teaser:
So many say, “We should be focusing on the poor and homeless!”, or “We should be focusing on drugs!”, or “Let’s stop human trafficking!”, but quite frankly, we need kill these ills at the root. Pruning the bush does nothing. The crud just grows right back. Can we just stop banging our heads against the wall and admit where the real problem lies? It’s the complete and utter destruction of the family.
Who’s to blame? Pretty much most of society played a role at one point or another. As a society, the Faith went bye-bye. Feminists hurled the word “mysoginist” around like a verbal tick. Men were relegated to their corners, afraid to open their mouths. Masculinity went out the window for many men and grew in women. The sexes were pitted against each other instead of working together. We wonder why young men of the West are being sucked in by the radical, Islamic element? They have a natural desire to being manly, and all they can find is this horribly disfigured version of it, because their own fathers are gone, on drugs, too busy with porn, completely emasculated, society tries to shame masculinity, etc., etc., etc.
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In November I decided to pick up a copy of Magnificat’s Year of Mercy Companion and have enjoyed each day’s reading/prayer/meditation on the subject of mercy. Yesterday Anthony Esolen wrote about faithfulness and mercy in the face of ingratitude and included these words from Shakespeare’s As You Like It:
Blow, blow, thou winter wind,
Thou art not so unkind
As man’s ingratitude.
Compared with the repayments of man, even the stiff wind of God’s winter are kind.
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Epiphany is over so last night I finished taking down our tree. I hope everyone had a blessed Advent, a Merry Christmas and a terrific New Year. Today I celebrate being a father for twenty years. While in my opinion one should spend more time as a father than as a dad, when you add up the time spent being a “dad” as opposed to “father” I pray that both totals are close to equal on my balance sheet.
Tipped too far towards being a father and not a dad: detached disciplinarian.
Too far in the other direction: a buddy/friend/pal with no discipline.
It ain’t easy to reach that delicate balance, but it’s worth every minute.