Rumors of this blog's disappearance have been greatly exaggerated. Suffice to say, last month and the beginning of this proved to be busier than previously anticipated/expected.
But here we are.
So much to blog about: Mario Cuomo's death (and his legacy as a Catholic politician), ISIS and Boko Haram, Charlie Hebdo, and the New England Patriots' deflated balls. Meanwhile at the St Joseph's College theology blog I managed to put together this and this.
In the future look forward to posts about gender and identity in Catholic higher education as well as how Catholics have contributed to American notions of cheating and fair play. (And still do-->Belichick and Brady are recognizably Catholic names, although any absence of Catholicity on their parts will be part of that story, too.)
And yesterday approximately 200,000 marched in Washington, DC on the 42nd anniversary of Roe vs. Wade.
Some day I will attend that. Until then, here was my office view of Albany's Western Avenue:
Without getting into the nitty-gritty, it's been a tough couple months. That being said, St. John Paul II's "do not be afraid" and "never give up on hope" come to mind repeatedly throughout each day. Regarding abortion, therefore, it helps to remember Richard John Neuhaus' exhortation "We shall not weary, we shall not rest." Tolkien wrote about life's "long defeat" and at times everybody surely glimpses the enormity of time's extent and our correspondingly small blip within. And yet, like Tolkien's hobbits, we do not and cannot give in. The small and the small actions constitute the basis for conversion and continuity. Thus Tolkien: Arwen faces the long defeat that we all, as fallen humans, will inevitably face: our death. But there is one final truth that balances our application of this idea, and it comes from Tolkien himself. "I am a Christian, and indeed a Roman Catholic," he writes in one of his letters, "so that I do not expect 'history' to be anything but a 'long defeat'—though it contains . . . some samples or glimpses of final victory."
And as Andrew Barber concludes: "We fight the long defeat because the final victory is coming."