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On this day we celebrate the feast of St. Nino, the slave girl who brought Christianity to Georgia in the early fourth century. She is venerated in the Eastern Orthodox Churches, the Oriental Orthodox Churches, the Roman Catholic Church, and the Eastern Catholic Churches.

Will power? Maybe later

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Sometimes there's that thing, that trend we all know is true -- and it just takes someone to piece it all together, call it by its rightful name. If the 1970s were famously dubbed "The Me Decade," is America just now waking up from a hangover caused by "The Age of Excess?"

Daniel Akst is very sure the answer is yes.

He's written a book that has its flaws, but it getting attention for the way it synthesizes all those threads in our society that have knitted together to form this particular moment. The book is called We Have Met the Enemy: Self-Control in the Age of Excess.

Akst looks at American obesity, reckless debt, the housing bubble, and the vast array of "addictions" we keep coming up with -- then he calls it what it plainly is: a loss of self-discipline.

President Obama lifted a nation last night

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President Obama was eloquent last night, solemn when he needed to be, uplifting when called for, and all the time thoughtful. He was as much priest as president in what was essentially a spiritual reflection on how people should conduct their lives and care for each other.

Said the president: "If this tragedy prompts reflection and debate, as it should, let's make sure it's worthy of those we have lost. … Let's make sure it's not on the usual plane of politics and point scoring and pettiness that drifts away in the next news cycle."

When God's law prevails

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Jesuit Father Dean Brackley, speaking at a Celebration conference in San Antonio, Texas this evening said something both profound and radical, especially given the times.

He said: "Want a truly Catholic perspective? The principle of the destiny of all God’s People and all Creation take precedent over national laws."

Cause for meditation.

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