My View For Awhile

Home again, home again… is how the rhyme goes, I believe.

Last night Acton U closed up. Over 1000 people came from over 60 countries. I am always amazed by the diversity of the participants. The other days I was reading some bitter silliness about Acton U and how tribal and polarized it is. I was by a young Protestant pastor, black, with an earring and a Mohawk.

I heard last night that about 60% of the participants were Protestant, and I think many of them were of a charismatic stripe. It was spiffy to see Peter Kreeft field comments and questions from an evangelical Scripture prof.

After the events last night I had a chance to sit with Ross Douthat and swap views on the future, of American society and of the Church, and about Pope Francis. Then I found some other guys including a NYC firefighter (whom I’ve gotten to know over three of these conferences) and we all stayed up way too late. Cigars may have been involved.

One of the take aways this year is the strong sense of urgency that many of the participants feel. Some thing not so nice is around the corner. We have to prepare for it NOW especially through prayer and lots of good works.

Acton U will take place around the same time next year. It’ll be the 10th year and Acton’s 25th. Mark your calendars.

So now, it’s airport shuttle time. Ah the glamor of travel.


Meanwhile, “Economy ‘Comfort'”… not.


At least I was able to get on this flight, which cuts a couple hours out of my journey.

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  1. donato2 says:

    Boy do I ever second the notion that we are at a tipping point. Contrary to what some think, culturally and politically gay marriage is not going to be like abortion. Even within the Church there is going to be a huge apostasy on the issue of marriage. This, combined with the public nature of marriage and the totalitarian impulse behind the gay rights movement, will leave supporters of traditional marriage isolated and highly, highly vulnerable to a level of persecution never suffered by pro-lifers. It is going to take enormous courage to stand up for marriage and the family.

  2. torch621 says:

    Those seats look even more cramped than when I last flew on Delta. Father, have you ever considered traveling by Amtrak? The last time I rode the train it was a wonderful experience.

  3. Priam1184 says:

    Yeah something big is coming, what I don’t know, when I don’t know, where I don’t know, how I don’t know, but it is definitely coming. There are too many fires burning in the world…

  4. Lin says:

    I have felt this sense of urgency since the year 2000 but it has increased exponentially under this president. It is hard to say how long GOD will permit this insanity. MUCH PRAYER AND FASTING IS REQUIRED! Please pray for us, Father!

  5. Andy Lucy says:

    Love the black BDUs Father. Very chic addition to your clericals. ;)

  6. Bonomo says:

    I keep having this same “sensation” that things are going to get wild — and not in a nice way — in the relatively near future as well. I am not sure what to make of it, or what, if anything in particular, to DO about it. I also find myself mourning our country. It’s tempting to write off the nation as lost, though I certainly don’t want to do that. Too many good men have died in combat, and too many people have suffered to build this nation, to let it be destroyed by a spoiled population with addictions of various sorts, lead on by a relatively small group of people in key positions who have their own agenda that is antithetical to that of those who founded and preserved this Union.

    May God help us all.

  7. robtbrown says:

    I don’t know what will happen, most likely the continuing of creeping (and creepy) secularism.

    What happens the next few years in the courts with the Free Exercise clause is going to be very interesting.

  8. robtbrown says:

    should be: continuation

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