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Some pieces not to miss
- As the world waited to find out what would happen in the aftermath of the Syrian chemical weapons attack, a young Syrian Jesuit, Tony Homsy, offered this prayer for Syria here at TJP. (Earlier, Sam Sawyer reflected on why we pray even when we don’t know what to hope for.)
- “Like a new parent at the window of a hospital nursery, God marvels at us” — what Keith Maczkiewicz learned holding a friend’s newborn
- Some people think Br. Mike walks like John Wayne, but as far as Joe Hoover is concerned, it’s John Wayne who walks like Br. Mike.
- In the wrap-up from World Youth Day, both Brendan Busse and Chris Schroeder offer some of what remains with them, and what they’ve taken with them.
The end of summer, but not of fun.
A few things we’ve been enjoying over the last month.
- Joe Simmons offered a photo-illustrated 32 reasons to celebrate Labor Day.
- After his piece on badass priests, Jeff Sullivan expanded the franchise to cover badass saints as well.
- Quang Tran found internet gold in Ashton — actually, make that Chris — Kutcher’s speech at the Teen Choice Awards.
- Gearing up for college football, Michael Rossmann looked at the spirituality of sports fanaticism.
- Nate Romano celebrated the transcendent art of video games.
- And the whole crew at TJP took to Twitter to figure out what the fox says.
Worth a read, and a thought
Some pieces to ponder
- Making his TJP debut, Joe Wotawa on how he learned to stop talking about “the poor.”
- From a refugee camp in Kenya, Pau Vidal tells the story of Peter, who (literally) is following the light for his education.
- Michael Rozier asks if we act more morally when someone’s watching, and about whether we can build and benefit from structures of virtue.