Everybody likes to talk about their political challenges in martial terms: a war on women, a war on religion, a war on drugs, etc. This report by Alessandro Speciale at RNS describes one battle worth having, the effort by the Italian bishops, trade unions and associations of small businesses to keep Sunday as a day of rest. This touches the deepest struggle in our culture, the struggle to resist the encroachments of the ideology of the market into all of life.
I apologize for no postings yesterday. My border collie, Clementine, was having trouble standing up yesterday and had to go to the animal hospital. When I spoke to the doctor late yesterday afternoon, they were waiting for the surgeon to have a look as they try to determine whether the problem is muscular-skeletal or neurologic. As my friends can attest, I am ridiculously devoted to my dogs and, perhaps especially to Clementine.
What is worse than partisanship? Ideology.
Life is better when it gets a little strange. I have always wanted to hear my own voice dubbed in Chinese. Now, thanks to the good people at Voice of America-China, my wish has been fulfilled. Here is the link. I make my first appearance at 6:03 and, if I do say so myself, I think I am much more profound in Chinese!
No, the Bollettino at the Vatican website did not announce the name of a new bishop of Bridgeport this morning. But, yesterday, in the Washington Post, this article profiled Msgr. Robert Weiss, the pastor at St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown, Connecticut who became, over the weekend, the face of the Catholic Church in the U.S. and, indeed, the face of Christ to those who were mourning.
Fr. Joseph Komonchak at Commonweal asked the other day: If we don't sing Advent hymns during Advent, when will we? I concur. Anything we can do to rescue the season of Advent from the encroachments of the consumerists who do not understand that Christmas begins on the 25th, it doesn't end then. So, what are your favorite Advent hymns? Here is one of mine:
I am not a courageous person and my job entails little in the way of personal risk, unless you count getting cold hands waiting for the bus to take me to a conference or seminar downtown. Most mornings, the dust and dog hair in the study are the only threats to my health as I sit at my computer, read the emails, check out the key websites and pen my blog posts. For me, a tough day is one in which I have to change out of sweats.
Rick Garnett has replied to my earlier post chastising him for drinking the anti-union Kool-Aid.
By way of a reply, and seeing as this is a season for singing, (and because I just learned how to post video in my blog), I share this:
Fr. Tom Reese, S.J. has a deliciously Catholic suggestion for how to fix the fiscal cliff negotiations. You can read it by clicking here.
Notre Dame Law professor Rick Garnett is a friend, a friend with whom I frequently disagree, but a friend nonetheless. He has put up a post at "Mirror of Justice" that takes issue with the support for unions voiced by, among other, Morning's Minion at Vox Nova, Lew Daly, and yours truly. I should say at once that I am delighted to be lumped together with such thoughtful commentators.