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+ On a much less trivial note: the head of Spain's soccer federation has offered their World Cup to Our Lady of Guadalupe. He said:
“Every time I have come to Mexico, I have visited the Basilica. When I came to sign the agreement for the match in Mexico I went to Mass and I prayed for one thing, to be world champions. I am selfish—you’re not supposed to ask for those things and the mother of God granted it to me.”What a lovely story! So much better than that priest who offered the World Cup Mass in the Netherlands. Viva España! (Catholic News Agency)
+ Be sure to check out The Guild Review's excellent five part look at Josef Pieper, called "The Other's Right" Good stuff. Also, Josef Pieper was quite a handsome man. Never knew that. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
+ Actress Patricia Neal passed away Sunday. In the bevy of obits, I discovered that she was a) married to Rohld Dahl, b) had a brain tumor that nearly destroyed her carrier (not to mention life), c) had an affair with Gary Cooper, concieved a child, then had an abortion at his urging, d) but came back to the Church at Gary Cooper's daughter's urging, and e) was a strong pro-life witness on account of her experience. A remarkable life of spirit, courage, honest acknowledgement of our failings, and true grace. I was quite inspired. May she rest in peace.
+ Ah, Prince Charles. If you could only stick to saving great British Architecture, we'd really love you. (NY Review of Books)
+ As I was eating my lunch today, I was sitting across the table from the office secretary. We were both immersed in our reading, and therefore not speaking. But I could hear her chewing and so forth. It was weird, and gross, and kind of annoying, though really perfectly natural and she's a lovely woman. It was just really quiet in the room, so everyting was magnified. And then I thought: what if this was my husband, and we had just had an argument, and there was this terrible silence over our meals. All because we wouldn't say "Honey, I was wrong." (Slate)
+ Two married humanities PhDs, looking for jobs, and tenure. Refreshing and honest and so consistent with my own friend's experiences. (From the NY Times "Modern Love" series)
+ The Washington Post's style section this week is on reading. It asks, among other things, what will happen to personal libraries as electronic ones take their place. I have a very simple answer: GIVE THEM TO ME. Speaking of which: here's my video find of the week.