• Finished reading: A Minor Chorus: A Novel by Billy-Ray Belcourt 📚

  • Finished reading: Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race, and Being by M. Shawn Copeland 📚

  • Now playing: TÁR (dir. Todd Field, 2022) 📽️

  • This piece on Pope Benedict XVI’s legacy is probably one of the better ones I’ve read; it draws attention to the difference between Ratzinger/Benedict’s theological writings and the reputation he earned as prefect for the CDF and as pope.

  • Currently reading: Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race, and Being by M. Shawn Copeland 📚

  • Jonathan Malesic. “The Key to Success in College Is So Simple, It’s Almost Never Mentioned.” nytimes.com.

    To overcome careerism and knowingness [the urge to present yourself as always already informed] and instill in students a desire to learn, schools and parents need to convince students (and perhaps themselves) that college has more to offer than job training. You’re a worker for only part of your life; you’re a human being, a creature with a powerful brain, throughout it.

  • New toy: Canon Canonet QL17 GIII. I wanted a compact film camera for travel, & it was down to this or an Olympus 35 RC. What sold me was the f/1.7 lens. I haven’t loaded any film yet, but it feels good in hand & the focusing is very smooth.

    I love the look of the lens.

  • Currently reading: Francis of Assisi: The Life and Afterlife of a Medieval Saint by André Vauchez 📚

  • Finished reading: Why Study the Past? The Quest for the Historical Church by Rowan Williams 📚

  • I saw Babylon this afternoon, & I really enjoyed it. I know it hasn’t received a warm critical reception (this New York Times review is brutal) but it has some thrilling sequences & Diego Calva offers a great performance. Plus the soundtrack! 📽️

  • Currently reading: A Minor Chorus: A Novel by Billy-Ray Belcourt 📚

  • Reading in 2022

    This year I read 63 books (actually a couple more, as there were some I didn’t log), and I tracked my reading with StoryGraph. This graph is so interesting; you can see the effect the fall and spring semesters have on my reading.

    Some of the more engaging books I read this year include:

    • Transforming Fire: Imagining Christian Teaching. Mark D. Jordan.
    • The Argonauts. Maggie Nelson.
    • How to Be Normal. Phil Christman.
    • Tradition and Apocalypse: An Essay on the Future of Christian Belief. David Bentley Hart.
    • Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals. Oliver Burkeman.
    • Females. Andrea Long Chu.
    • Deification through the Cross: An Eastern Christian Theology of Salvation. Khaled Anatolios.
    • The Married Man: A Novel. Edmund White.
    • The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity. David Graeber and David Wengrow.
    • Believing Three Ways in One God: A Reading of the Apostles’ Creed. Nicholas Lash.

    📚

  • Finished reading: Atomic Habits by James Clear 📚

  • Monique Judge. “Bring back personal blogging.” theverge.com.

    Buy that domain name. Carve your space out on the web. Tell your stories, build your community, and talk to your people. It doesn’t have to be big. It doesn’t have to be fancy. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. It doesn’t need to duplicate any space that already exists on the web — in fact, it shouldn’t. This is your creation. It’s your expression. It should reflect you. 

  • Pope Benedict XVI’s Jesus of Nazareth was one of the first serious works of theology I ever read as an undergraduate theology major. & I read his The Theology of History in Saint Bonaventure while preparing for my doctoral comprehensive exams, & it remains to my mind the best book on the Collationes in Hexaemeron. Requiescat in pace.

  • Finished reading: At Certain Points We Touch by Lauren John Joseph 📚

  • Currently reading: Why Study the Past? The Quest for the Historical Church by Rowan Williams 📚

  • Some Clare of Assisi for the Christmas season:

    And, after all who ensnare their blind lovers
    in a deceitful and turbulent world
    have been completely passed over,
    may you totally love Him
    Who gave Himself totally for your love,
    At Whose beauty the sun and the moon marvel,
    Whose rewards and their uniqueness and grandeur have no limits;
    I am speaking of Him,
    the Son of the Most High,
    Whom the Virgin brought to birth
    and remained a virgin after His birth.

    May you cling to His most sweet mother who gave birth to a Son Whom the heavens could not contain, and yet she carried Him in the little cloister of her holy womb and held Him on her virginal lap.

    (From the “Third Letter to Agnes of Prague.”)

  • Pope Francis’s Christmas message:

    We are called to be a Church that worships a Jesus who is poor and that serves him in the poor. As a saintly bishop once said: “The Church supports and blesses efforts to change the structures of injustice, and sets down but one condition: that social, economic and political change truly benefit the poor” (St. Óscar Romero). Certainly, it is not easy to leave the comfortable warmth of worldliness to embrace the stark beauty of the grotto of Bethlehem, but let us remember that it is not truly Christmas without the poor. Without the poor, we can celebrate Christmas, but not the birth of Jesus. Dear brothers, dear sisters, at Christmas God is poor: let charity be reborn!

  • You … you said … what’d you say a minute ago? They had to wait and save their money before they even ought to think of a decent home. Wait? Wait for what? Until their children grow up and leave them? Until they’re so old and broken down that they … Do you know how long it takes a working man to save $5,000? Just remember this, Mr. Potter, that this rabble you’re talking about … they do most of the working and paying and living and dying in this community. Well, is it too much to have them work and pay and live and die in a couple of decent rooms and a bath?

  • Phil Christman on It’s a Wonderful Life:

    And it makes sense that in a film so focused on the necessity of a whole social web, of interpersonal love and loyalty, greatness would ultimately be something we ultimately derive from each other—a kind of common property. My friend Olivia quoted the line “your money is in Joe’s house and Jack’s house and the house next door to you.” Harry’s greatness (his war heroism) is in George, who saves his life; George’s is in Mary. Where did Mary’s come from? It’s outside the scope of the film, but it didn’t start with her, either.

  • Christmas Eve povitica

  • I found Glass Onion pretty disappointing, though not unentertaining. It was much more obvious—in just about every sense of the word—than its extraordinary predecessor. Maybe that was the point, but I’m not sure it made for a great movie. 📽️

  • Now playing: Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022) 📽️

  • Currently reading: The Prayers and Meditations of Saint Anselm with the Proslogion by Anselm of Aosta 📚