I am just going to make three points that I don't hear a lot of other people making:

-- Given that the US has interfered with dozens upon dozens of foreign elections, can we legitimately be scandalized that the Russians (may have) interfered in ours?

-- Even if the Russians did, shouldn't it be of greater concern that the Democratic Party interfered in the election by deliberately marginalizing Bernie Sanders and elevating Hillary, as evidenced by the leaked e-mails from Dem Party leader Debbie Wasserman-Shultz?

-- Additionally, if this 'Russian-interference' business is essentially saying that it's unfair that Trump won because he had foreign assistance, shouldn't we also be considering the fact that Robbie Mook and other leaders of Hillary's campaign violently sabotaged Trump's campaign, in once instance causing a rally in Chicago to be cancelled due to violence?

What I'm saying I suppose is that this Russian interference stuff sounds like total bullshit or else like some Democrats still refusing to accept that she went down and he won.  It's as though they need to smear him as much as they can because they are still so upset that he won.


Silence by Shusaku Endo

Today Jesus told me to focus a little harder on my morning routine tomorrow--that is, get up, go to Adoration, then to the gym, and in the process create a clear list of to-dos for the day.

I'm reading the book Silence by Shusaku Endo.  And sort of expecting it to change my life.  Martin Scorsese, in the introduction, says that he's read the book numerous times since when he picked it up over thirty years ago.


Creativity as Religion

The blogger ihanna recently stated in a post that creativity is her religion and that she practises it everyday.

I wonder exactly what she means by this.  She has said this in the past, too.  It's quite a bold statement, and I wonder how she's arrived at this conclusion.  How 'deep' does this religion go; is she communing with God when she creates art, does this religion have guidelines around behavior, etc.?

I myself have long ago dismissed Churches as little more than havens for narcissistic mommies to gather and coddle each other.


Natural Law

Lent is about eliminating some of the noise, right?  Creating a space in which to think and reflect on the eternal things.

Twitter feels like an awfiul lot of fucking noise - a blood bath, blood sport.  Yes, it's got to go.  Except......erh.  It isn't all bad, is it?

I've often of late (as in the past 2+ years) been captivated by the idea of natural law.  Perhaps this is a non-sequitur, but: New Grange.  How is it that the ancients created a worship site so in tune with the order of the stars that the sunrise on the winter solstice shines right into the holy of holies??  It fascinates me.  On a side note; how many mornings, over the past thousands of years, did these pagans actually see a sunrise, and on how many were they greeted with an entirely overcast sky?  Hm.


Ash Wednesday

Well Happy Ash Wednesday, everyone.  Or what's left of it, anyway.

I'm eating my plate of fried rice and egg, and contemplating whether or not a brownie is too indulgent for SUCH an ascetic day.  My bet is the brownie will win out.

After Mass this morning I seriously deliberated wiping the ashes from my forehead, as it's essentially a tattoo that screams "I'm Catholic!!"  But I didn't and a few surprising interactions ensued.  The lady at the grocery store exclaimed "It's Ash Wednesday?!  It's been so long since I'd done any of that!"

And the man at the Apple store came over and asked me about good Catholic schools in the neighborhood.  I couldn't offer much advice, but did so anyway.

Well there you have it.  Have a nice Lent.  What are you doing/giving up?

I'm going old fashioned this year and abstaining from eating in-between meals.