Monday, May 25, 2020


Old tombstone | The only thing I could make out is the hand … | Flickr

He came.
He saw. He left.
Those words on a tombstone
might be just the right epitaph
for me .

Pax et bonum


He's playing Taps, nightly, for 'however long I stay at home ...

neighbors look up
as man down the street blows taps
Memorial Day

Pax et bonum

Saturday, May 23, 2020

The Bible on Foul Language

One of the ways our culture is growing coarser is through the use of foul language.

Yes, foul language has been present throughout human history. But it was always deemed inappropriate and crude and ignorant. Now, however, even people who claim to be respectable - and Christians - use such language. There are some in Catholic circles who defend the use of such language.

But when we look at the Bible we see a clear condemnation of foul and inappropriate language.

“Their throat is an open grave, they use their tongues to deceive. The venom of asps is under their lips. Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”    Romans 3: 13-14

 "If any one thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this man’s religion is vain.  Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world." James 1: 26-27

"And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is an unrighteous world among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the cycle of nature, and set on fire by hell.  For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by humankind,  but no human being can tame the tongue—a restless evil, full of deadly poison.  With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brethren, this ought not to be so. " James 3: 6-10 

"Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for edifying, as fits the occasion, that it may impart grace to those who hear."  Ephesians 4: 29

 "I tell you, on the day of judgment men will render account for every careless word they utter; 37 for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12: 36-37

"But now put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and foul talk from your mouth." Colossians 3: 8

And there are more.

But it's not just me (or the Bible). Father William Saunders, for example points out that bad language is a sin.

Language is a beautiful thing - when used appropriately. But the devil, as he does with so many other beautiful things God gave us, twists it toward evil and perverse ends.

Pax et bonum

Pax et bonum

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

I interviewed Jane Roe - after she became pro-life

Back when I was a reporter/editor, I interviewed Norma McCorvey - Jane Roe. By that point, she had become pro-life.

Pax et bonum

Mr. Blue

Mr. Blue by Myles Connolly

I'm currently reading Mr. Blue by Myles Connolly.

Actually, it's a rereading; I read this book some 40 years ago. I had brought it to school to read to my students during a reading period, but they voted for the The Screwtape Letters instead. The pandemic ended school, so I finished Screwtape on my own, and, since Blue was in the pile of books I brought home, I decided to read it.

I am enjoying it. But it made me wonder: Given Connolly's successful film screenwriting career, was a movie ever made of this book. Or a play.


Reading to continue - and maybe some writing?

Pax et bonum

Saturday, May 16, 2020

FACT: Late-Term Abortions Are Never Medically Necessary

FACT: Late-Term Abortions Are Never Medically Necessary: For babies with abnormalities, for mothers whose lives are threatened by complications, and more, late-term abortion is not necessary.

Pax et bonum

Friday, May 15, 2020

Hat flies away

The dangers of man-made global warming: Fact or fraud? | MNN ...

into the vast sky
the hat no longer
on my head

Pax et bonum