Dominicans and Frozen!

Dominicans and Frozen!


“Do you want to build a snowman?”

If we think of Elsa’s magical power (which primarily makes ice, but can also somehow conjure gossamer dresses, apply eye-shadow, and animate snow creatures) as a natural talent (something like our temperamental inclinations), then the question of integration becomes one of how best to “train” this power. And, the controlling or training of a power is a matter of acquiring the corresponding virtue.

Now, someone is good or bad primarily because of the virtues and vices they have and not necessarily because of genetic, temperamental, or environmental predispositions. These impulses of themselves are morally neutral. So initially, Elsa’s power isn’t particularly good or bad, it’s just powerful. Where the moral character enters is with the stable virtue or vice that shapes the power. And this is precisely why the “Lock her up” approach is so crazy . . . the only thing that it habituates is the very fear which the Grand Pabbie (the aforementioned troll king) identified as her enemy.

So with Elsa, the question becomes one of how to acquire the virtues to apply her power well (making snowmen, hosting winter festivals in season and out of season, playing snow mountain hopscotch, etc.) and thereby channeling the power to a good end and eliminating the occasion for potential abuse or harm.


Dominican Nuns of Summit, NJ–photo essay

Dominican Nuns of Summit, NJ–photo essay

I love these nuns, not just because they let me come and visit and discern with them, but because they are just so full of Dominican joy and love and fun



This is an excellent, excellent post about prayer, especially this part: 

While you are wondering how to talk to Him and where He is in the midst of your loneliness and friendlessness and fallenness or busyness and craziness and prosperity, can you imagine that He might gob-smack you tomorrow with a big old Moral of the Story, but He might also be preparing you for something so far down the line it might not be worth fretting over it right now? Tell Him that — that you are willing to wait and see.

And that might be prayer. For all I know.

Found: A “Lost” note from Jane Austen

Found: A “Lost” note from Jane Austen

A handwritten note by Jane Austen “hidden” for 150 years on the back of a fragment of paper has been revealed.

Experts have linked the text on both the front and back to themes in the author’s novel Mansfield Park.

The fragment was stuck to a letter discovered in a first edition of her memoirs, written by her nephew, James Edward Austen-Leigh.

The revealed text is part of a sermon apparently composed by her brother, the Reverend James Austen in 1814.


(more at the link) 

Burial of Richard III

Burial of Richard III

The final resting place for the remains of Richard III, one of the kings of England during the Wars of the Roses (he succeeded his brother, Edward IV, and his nephew, Edward V. Course he might also have killed Edward V….we will never know for sure), will be in Leicester Cathedral, near where his remains were found in a Leicester parking lot.