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I’m sure that Jesus would have wept over the death and destruction that followed on 9/11 as the United States attempted to extract vengeance for the attacks, blaming the wrong people. And it is still too early to tell what we have gained or even learned from all that. One thing is very clear. Sin and death can still assert themselves with force. But the power of love and forgiveness unleashed by the death and resurrection of Jesus has not been extinguished. Hope still lives.  Read more...

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Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment. —Will Rodgers



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Fridgecat
Cairo continues to watch over me. Here he is checking the fridge for possible intruders. (Or is he just trying to keep cool?)
Recent Blog Posts
Hey, Hillary... don't do snarky any more. You don't do it well. And then you won't have to apologize. Just sayin'...   Read more...
Dear Hillary, I sympathize. The whole email controversy is a sham for one thing. For another, Bernie was right. The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your (expletive deleted) emails. Well, many are. I’m particularly tired of it. But if it weren’t this, it would be something else. Someone is surely trying to find the word “Benghazi” in those thousands and thousands of undeleted and supposedly deleted and deleted emails. Comey of the FBI seems particularly interested, which is not surprising, since he has been trying to hang something damaging around your neck from the time he was a special counsel back in 1996 to the original Senate committee investigating (wait for it… drum roll, please) the Whitewater Affair. I think he was a Republican then. He now says he’s independent. Like Bernie. But not very much so. They didn’t find any wrong-doing then, and so far, they haven’t found any in the other areas under investigation. Not that they will stop looking. Ever. But for many in our country where one is presumed innocent until proved guilty, if there’s smoke, even fake smoke, there has to be some fire, even if in fact there are only mirrors. My sympathy is not groundless. When I just checked my three regular accounts, the total of undeleted emails is now 45,175...   Read more...
Back in the US after several months in Lebanon and Ireland, I haven't found it hard to figure out why people abroad worry about the political process here, specifically how anyone could seriously support the presidential candidacy of Donald J. Trump. In the English-speaking area (Greater Britain and Ireland), he is perceived as a raffish buffoon, a blowhard with a grotesquely inflated ego who has somehow managed to lure millions of angry, mainly white voters into his camp despite a series of monumental gaffes, lies, and outrageous misinterpretations of the world situation. In a couple of cases, I had to argue that he was not simply a stooge somehow planted by the Democrats to assure Hillary Clinton’s election.   Read more...
If Senator Bernie Sanders can’t calm down his avid and angry fans, he could do down in history as the man who elected Donald Trump president. Hillary Clinton may not be the ideal candidate, but as presidential timber, she’s many board feet ahead of the competition.   Read more...
Recent Publications
The new revised edition of The Spirituality of the Celtic Saints is now available from New Priory Press.

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