Wednesday, 11/13/13 (Feast of St. John Chrysostom)

    1. The Power of Love
    2. Pablum sandwich on white bread
    3. Brass Balls melting
    4. If I had a youth

1

Mudblood Catholic, who, after being homosexually raped at age 13, was suicidal for years, writes powerfully of the redemptive power of love (and that’s not a euphemism for “sex”):

Victor literally saved my life. Without trying to, and without knowing he was doing it. He actually believed that God loved people, and he showed me love — and this is important — without thinking about it. It was just the natural thing to do, as far as he was concerned. The idea that I could be — was — an object of love … I can’t describe the change.

The same thing, curiously, has happened again over the past couple of weeks. I’m not sure why, but I’ve awakened recently to the fact that there are people in my life who, for whatever reason, give a shit about whether I live or die, and are not always secretly waiting for me to get the hell out so that they can have a relieving break from my presence. The thing is — and this will probably sound strange to my sane readers, if there are any — that concept blows my mind. The idea that somebody would want me around, me the person, is so alien to my mind that, most of the time, I literally can’t believe it.

As often, I say “read the whole thing.” I’m just giving you a choice appetizer. But he does have a warning that his writing might induce flashbacks for those who’ve suffered serious abuse.

Chris Damian writes in the same vein, but less darkly. Mudblood Catholic’s “stark and dark” seems more powerful to me, but the pieces are in pari materia.

Many expressions of what is often, and debatably, called “the homosexual agenda”must be opposed, but people must never be. Love can save from despair, and while a deficient interpretation of Christian love is a key piece of modern moral confusion, it is perfectly consonant with the Golden Rule to sew hope in place of despair.

2

I got this here e-mail on Tuesday:

 A Sarah Palin Christmas

sarah1Sarah Palin, never one to shy-away from taking a controversial stand, is calling Americans to take back Christmas! This November, the best-selling author releases her third book, Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas sure to inspire readers across the country!

In her new book, Palin is critical of the over commercialization and homogenization of Christmas today. The book, originally titled “A Happy Holiday Is A Merry Christmas,” explains why Jesus Christ’s nativity is the centerpiece of Palin’s personal faith and the seasonal celebrations.

Throughout the book, Palin urges readers to unite in their religious conviction and forget about the politically correct Scrooges who are trying to ignore the reason for the season. Never-before-seen personal photographs, memories and anecdotes of the Palin family traditions are sprinkled throughout.

Get Sarah Palin’s new book – FREE with Townhall Magazine!

Palin encourages Christian values as she opens up about her Christian faith and how it has severed as a guiding light for her and her family throughout her years. It’s time for Americans to feel free to express their Christian values this holiday season! Celebrate and be merry as you read this wonderful new book and wish loved ones and friends a joyful Christmas season!

Don’t delay – order your own copy of Sarah Palin’s book filled with the Christmas spirit today!

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Can someone help me figure out how to get this fabulous, heartwarming, and above all “controversial” book? I’m expecially keen to learn about how her Christian faith has “severed (sic) as a guiding light.”

Nothing quite like a well-timed holiday release of a pablum sandwich on white bread to drive a stake through the heart of Christmas “commercialization and homogenization” eh?

(You don’t suppose I could get it as a premium for buying a magazine subscription or something, do you?)

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This item, by the way, is a nice illustration of why I don’t believe the USA is remotely Christian, and why I’m now convinced that the GOP and its think tanks are hucksters, with “religion” that either isn’t worth a damn or is entirely a pretext to get votes and dollars.

3

In the annals of mythic liberal cluelessness, Pauline Kael’s comment, “I can’t believe Nixon won. I don’t know anyone who voted for him,” stands prominent. (She actually said, I understand,  “I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don’t know. They’re outside my ken. But sometimes when I’m in a theater I can feel them.”)

I’d venture there are many Kael counterpart conservatives today who’d be stunned to hear that, in actual polls instead of echo chambers, the country has only recently gone mostly negative on President Obama:

For most of his presidency, Mr. Obama has been more popular than his polices. But that could be changing, and it’s not because his policies are winning more support. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll taken late last month showed that more people viewed the president unfavorably (44 percent) than favorably (41 percent), a first for Mr. Obama. A Pew survey last week put Mr. Obama’s job-approval rating at 41 percent, which is down 10 points from May.

The ObamaCare debacle seems to be doing what Benghazi, fiscal cliffs and even a government shutdown could not do. It’s making the president less likeable. “President Barack Obama, bogged down by problems with his signature health-care program, is seeing both his approval and personal-favorability ratings with Americans sag, creating new complications for his second-term agenda,” reports The Journal. “During past turbulence in Washington, Americans’ approval of the job Mr. Obama is doing dipped. But in those stretches, Mr. Obama was buoyed by voters’ general admiration for him as a person and by their trust in his credibility.”

(Jason Riley, citing Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll taken late October) Finally a screwup BHO couldn’t brazen his way through.

4

Could Church “Youth Groups” themselves, and intrinsically, be driving young adults from Churches?

The National Center for Family-Integrated Churches (NCFIC) conducted a survey and found, mirabile dictu, that family-segregated Churches are the problem. (Pro Tip: When conducting a survey, make sure the surveyor knows which side his bread’s buttered on.)

Well, not exactly. It found that big chunks of the self-selected sample who went into the echo chamber at YouthGroupSurvey.com and then answered the loaded survey questions thought that family segregation was a problem.

I’ll now stop my critique of the execrable methodology and the extreme credulity of those who publicized the results. No more. Nope.

Okay, okay, okay. Methodology aside, it does seem kind of dubious to peel adolescents off as a separate group, “supervised” by the kinds of people who inexplicably want to hang around large groups of adolescents without even being paid like a teacher.

I’d sure as heck think twice before picking a Church because of “their great youth group” (if my view of Church lent itself to Church shopping and if I had a youth).

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“The remarks made in this essay do not represent scholarly research. They are intended as topical stimulations for conversation among intelligent and informed people.” (Gerhart Niemeyer)

Some succinct standing advice on recurring themes.