Lightning Strikes

As a metaphor, "when lightning strikes" indicates rarity. As an actual fact, when a real bolt of lightning makes a direct hit on one's house, it is more of a pain in the neck. Especially when you are in a part of rural America where one's internet connection is a dial-up!

I am taking this rare event as a sign from God that I need another day off from blogging. Besides, I find it well nigh to impossible to write while sitting at a noisy Starbucks. But, I will call readers' attention to three articles that should not be missed.

First, Maria Mazzenga has a post up at Religion & Politics contrasting Paul Ryan and Msgr. John A. Ryan. Full Disclosure: Maria is a fellow Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at CUA and I am on the editorial advisory board at R & P, so I admit an affinity for both author and publisher. But, the article is a learned and thoughful essay that I would recommend if I knew neither.

Visit EarthBeat, NCR's new reporting project that explores the ways Catholics and other faith groups are taking action on the climate crisis.

Second, at the NCR homepage, my most recent election analysis piece from the print edition, focusing on how the Indiana Senate race is a template for whether or not the nation will be governable in the years ahead.

Finally, and a bit shamelessly, permit me to call attention to my colleague Tom Robert's review of my Falwell biography at NCRToday. I am flattered by his attention and his commentary. I am blessed beyond measure to have Roberts as a colleague, mentor and friend.

AT&T promises they will send a repair technician to the house between the hours of 9 a.m. and 8 p.m., so i need to head back to the house and wait. God willing, I will be back on line, and back in the blogging saddle, tomorrow.


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