Monday, October 31, 2016

Mike Pence on Abortion

Peggy Noonan, Opinion writer for the WSJ, wrote these words concerning the debate between Mike Pence, Republican VP candidate and Tim Kaine, Democrat VP candidate.

"Mr. Pence too claimed his faith “is at the very heart of who I am.” His is­sue was not the death penalty - but abor­tion. He is pro-life and ran as such from the start of his ca­reer. Why? “I would tell you that for me the sanc-tity of life pro­ceeds out of the be­lief [in] that an­cient prin­ci­ple . . . where God says, ‘Be-fore you were formed in the womb, I knew you.’ ” He was say­ing God is real, and God made hu­man life, so it is sa­cred: “It all for me be­gins with cher­ish­ing the dig­nity, the worth, the value of every hu­man life.”

I rarely hear politi-cians, even pro-life ones, talk like that. It was star­tling, and lovely."

Sunday, October 9, 2016

When all the others were away at Mass by Seamus Heaney

When all the others were away at Mass
I was all hers as we peeled potatoes.
They broke the silence, let fall one by one
Like solder weeping off the soldering iron:
Cold comforts set between us, things to share
Gleaming in a bucket of clean water.
And again let fall. Little pleasant splashes
From each other’s work would bring us to our senses.

So while the parish priest at her bedside
Went hammer and tongs at the prayers for the dying
And some were responding and some crying
I remembered her head bent towards my head,
Her breath in mine, our fluent dipping knives –
Never closer the whole rest of our lives.