A quick things I read this week – 9/22

Living Apart Together by Constance Rosenblum for The New York Times

Despite different addresses, their lives overlap with an easy rhythm. They vacation together. They see each other most evenings, with him usually staying at her place, the tidier of the two. And although some couples who live this way worry about a loss of daily intimacy — the unexpected hug or the soothing words after a bad dream, Ms. Doyle has no reservations about their lifestyle. “It’s hard to think of downsides,” she said. “Sometimes I miss him, but he’s just a $7 taxi ride away.”

As someone who is a little iffy about pre-marriage cohabitation, I find this article fascinating! Especially with NYC as the setting.

 

A Big Heart Open to God by Antonio Spadaro, S.J. for America Magazine

“Instead of being just a church that welcomes and receives by keeping the doors open, let us try also to be a church that finds new roads, that is able to step outside itself and go to those who do not attend Mass, to those who have quit or are indifferent. The ones who quit sometimes do it for reasons that, if properly understood and assessed, can lead to a return. But that takes audacity and courage.”

The pope interview! As a cradle Catholic and an alumnae of a Jesuit university, I feel obligated to pay close attention to Pope Francis, and I wouldn’t have been able to avoid the buzz over this piece even if that weren’t the case.

 

Brad Paisley and the Politics of Offense and Offense-Taking by Ta-Nehisi Coates for The Atlantic

If you accept that the Confederacy fought to preserve and expand slavery, then you might begin to understand how the descendants of the enslaved might regard symbols of that era. And you might also begin to understand that “offense” doesn’t even begin to cover it. Reading Penthouse while having Christmas dinner with your grandmother is offensive. Donning the symbols of those who fought for right to sell Henry Brown’s wife and child is immoral.

A late-breaking inclusion, I thought that Coates as usual breaks down this issue clearly and decisively.

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