Archive for October 12th, 2011

“Most statements of “American exceptionalism” presume that America’s values, political system, and history are unique and worthy of universal admiration. They also imply that the United States is both destined and entitled to play a distinct and positive role on the world stage.

The only thing wrong with this self-congratulatory portrait of America’s global role is that it is mostly a myth. Although the United States possesses certain unique qualities — from high levels of religiosity to a political culture that privileges individual freedom — the conduct of U.S. foreign policy has been determined primarily by its relative power and by the inherently competitive nature of international politics. By focusing on their supposedly exceptional qualities, Americans blind themselves to the ways that they are a lot like everyone else. ”

More: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/10/11/the_myth_of_american_exceptionalism

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When I was a kid the Sisters of St Joseph who taught me at St Agnes school told us of a saint, a holy friar who worked miracles of healing and clairvoyance. And he did not live long ago and far away, but had only died a few years earlier, and lived just down the highway in Detroit. Best of all, he was a Tigers fan, and enjoyed taking in the game, with beer and hot dog in hand.

I cannot tell you how cool this was to a young Catholic Tiger fan.  That holiness could emcompass something so familiar, that when I saw games at Tiger Stadium, I could have been sitting in the same seat as a miracle -working saint was just too great.

The Tigers are behind in the American League playoffs, 3 to 1 of a 7 game series. And each loss was hard fought; close games that could have gone either way. They have a real chance to make it. But even if they were down 3 to 0, and it was the bottom of the ninth with two outs and a 4 to nothing score, it would not be hopeless. In baseball, as in life, there is always hope; there are small miracles and last minute redemptions.  As Yogi Berra said, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over”.

But it wouldn’t hurt at all to invoke the Tigers’ fan in Heaven, either.

Venerable Solanus Casey, Pray for us.

To read more about the life of Venerable Solanus:

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