- ‘”Cardinal Timothy Dolan has defended the controversial 2018 Met Gala (“Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”) as “a celebration of what we call the evangelization of culture.”
“I did not find the spirit of the evening to be offensive or blasphemous at all,” said the cardinal.
- ‘“Flesh-flashing” outfits adorned with Christian symbols’ — evangelization of culture?
“To take those symbols, hard won by the generations of artists and thinkers who built up Christendom on the foundations of the pagan world and reduce them to accesories to surgically-augmented body parts” — that’s not blasphemous? Not offensive?
- The very word “imagination” in today’s predominantly secular world suggests a creation of the mind, an idealized poetic creation that has nothing to do with faith.
The Catholic imagination only really exists where it expresses, affirms, conforms to sacramental reality and dogmatic truth.
- Maybe someday the celebrities that disgraced themselves at the Gala will come to understand the difference between Catholic imagination and its counterfeit.
What’s far more important is that people who should know the difference — permit, and promote the secularization of the Church.
Those who should be in the forefront of fighting for the Church and her values — choose instead to appease Hollywood elite.
- ‘They err who say “the world is turning pagan again.” Would that it were! The truth is that we are falling into a much worse state.’
C.S. Lewis wrote this in March, 1953. And in September of the same year elaborated:
‘For no one returns from Christianity but into a worse state: the difference between a pagan and apostate is the difference between and unmarried woman and an adulteress. For faith perfects nature but faith lost corrupts nature. Therefore many men of our time have lost not only the supernatural light but also the natural light which pagans possessed.’ (from The Latin Letters of C.S. Lewis: C.S. Lewis and Don Giovanni Calabria)
Sixty five years later we are still in dire need of light.
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Image: Gerard David. Crucifixion with the Virgin, Saint John, and the Magdalene, c. 1485. Oil on panel, Overall: 25 7/8 x 16 5/8 in. (65.7 x 42.2 cm). BF123. Public Domain.
- Want to write for Medium, but don’t know how to go about it?
A detailed tutorial from Indies Unlimited will help you get started.
- Although Medium allows you to import already published blog posts, bear in mind that Medium is not the same as, say, WordPress.
You might find yourself writing different content for these two platforms.
- Note: The posts I’ve linked to have important info in the comment threads as well. Don’t forget to check out the comments.
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Image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Landscape (Paysage), c. 1917. Oil on canvas, Overall: 10 7/8 x 16 in. (27.6 x 40.6 cm). BF4. Public Domain.
Merriam-Webster’s definition of cocky
1 : boldly or brashly self-confident
2 : jaunty
It’s ironic that author Faleena Hopkins chose to trademark this particular word. Not “nice” or “humble”, for instance, but “cocky”.
The very fact that one can register a trademark for a word is incomprehensible, but here we are: if you write in the field of romance, you better choose your words carefully now.
No matter what else might happen with #Cockygate one thing is clear: it pays off to be humble and nice. And if you’re “boldly or brashly self-confident” — you’ll reap trouble.
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Image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Landscape with Woman Gardening (Paysage et femme jardinant), c. 1896. Oil on canvas (later mounted to fiberboard), Overall: 18 1/8 x 21 5/8 in. (46 x 55 cm). BF884. Public Domain.
- “There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.” — Linus
The majority of links I post are writing-related. Writing–like living, feeling, thinking–is inseparable from freedom. And this freedom is under attack.
However, no one is safe.
Adhere to the narrative, and you’ll be fine. Break a stereotype — you’ll be condemned. Your sexuality, race, gender won’t matter.
“Too many people of all persuasions act as though there are views, based on one’s perceived identity alone, that others must share. No matter what else might be said, that is an extraordinarily warped view of freedom.”
Fight for the right to write. The right to think, feel, live. Be brave.
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Image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Luncheon (Le Déjeuner), 1875. Oil on canvas, Overall: 19 3/8 x 23 5/8 in. (49.2 x 60 cm). BF45. Public Domain.
Great Patriotic War: June 22, 1941 — May 9, 1945.
26.6 million lives lost.*
Lay them down in the fields of sweet barley and rye,
Let them pause just a bit till they’re ready to fly,
Do not bend over them, do not morn, do not weep,
Don’t disturb their short rest, let them sleep, let them sleep.
They will gather their strength, and together they’ll rise,
All like one they’ll take flight to the still paradise,
Where the children await, where the wives of their own
They’ll embrace at the gate, where the fields lie unmown.
© 2012 Sasha A. Palmer
*Some Russian politicians and journalists put the total number of losses in the war, both civilian and military, at over 40 million.
Image credit: Soviet soldiers burying their fallen. Public domain.
- Submission fees have their pros and cons. There’s a number of things to consider when deciding if it’s worth it to “pay to play”. One of them, maybe the one, is the goodness of a place you’re about to submit your work to. Here’s what I mean by goodness:
“I was just describing what my experience has been like to another writer I’ve been encouraging…explaining that you are honest, and a force for good, and that sets a tone that comes through in everything, and produces all its own evidence, as all good work being done out of love does, and that’s what makes Glimmer Train different. It’s the two of you, it’s personal, and it matters. There is no warmer home for writers than what you two have built. And I feel so fortunate to have found my home early, because it’s made such a difference, and by some strange magic, always when I’ve needed it the most.” — Gabe Herron
My work hasn’t appeared in Glimmer Train, but I still remember their rejection letter. It was personalized, honest, and encouraging — it felt like acceptance. It came from a publisher with class, a good publisher.
Glimmer Train New Writer Award is open. 1st place wins $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories! Deadline: 6/30. (The grace period for the Fiction Open and Very Short contests ends 5/10.)
- Another reason to submit to Glimmer Train is that, sadly, after nearly thirty years it’s leaving. Being nice as they are, the two sisters who run it have given writers and subscribers plenty of notice. They’ll accept submissions for twelve more months.
Send your best work, pay a submission fee, and add Glimmer Train to the list of your publications! Good luck.
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