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The Boy Wonder

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With our little boy, our infectiously happy little boy, everything is amazing. We call him the Boy Wonder, for this is who he is! The Boy Wonder is our incarnate reminder of the call to LOOK, SEE, WONDER, and WATCH.

This, I'm learning again, should be the attitude of all those made in the image of the King of Heaven. We should open up and say awe every morning to the Divine Splendors that envelop us like swaddling clothes. Everything is made by Him, and is therefore amazing! Have we forgotten?

Everything gets a WOW from our little guy - trees, grass, cows, cups, sausage, ceiling fans, and the singing of birds. "It's amazing!" he cries in that inarticulate speech of the toddler (the angels are the only ones who can translate that stuff). It's amazing and is therefore simultaneously to be seen as silly and serious. Let me explain...
Silly, because it doesn't need to exist. It is utterly superfluous. So he laughs at it. Why is the grass green, the sky blue, the wa…

Return to Narnia!

The Problem with Celibacy

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As the Catholic Church prepares to close its special Year for Priests, which focused on the gift and call of the priesthood, a disturbing story has surfaced on NPR (as if we haven't heard enough disturbing stories about the priesthood from NPR, and everyone else for that matter).

The gist of it is that a group of 40 Italian women have written an open letter to Pope Benedict XVI revealing their various affairs with some Italian priests (allegedly, it's common in Italy to hear of priests who have mistresses - women who passed as maids or relatives). In their letter, the women announce that "ours is a voice that can no longer continue to be ignored." They are calling for the removal of what they call "the tattered shroud of mandatory celibacy." A priest they say "needs to live with his fellow human beings, experience feelings, love and be loved."
Now aside from the fact that this was akin to adultery, the breaking of a vow, involves great deception and…

Crude Greed

Steve Winwood and the Blessed Trinity

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Isn't it refreshing when we stumble on a song that gets us pondering the deeper questions? (and a snappy rhythm doesn't hurt either) Enter today's Twisted Mystic, Steve Winwood, with the very popular hit "Higher Love" from 1986.
Think about it there must be higher love down in the heart or hidden in the stars above. Without it, life is wasted time Look inside your heart I'll look inside mine.
Now there's some good advice; introspection and exploration! Look within the heart and without to the universe. Funny that this is the very method thatPope John Paul II employs when he undergoes his mammoth teaching known as the Theology of the Body. It's called "phenomenological personalism" (impress your friends with that one). Essentially phenomenology looks at our human experiences - what attracts our hearts, what repulses them, what draws us through this life, forever chasing the Good, the True, and the Beautiful.
Steve Winwood (pictured above with guitar …