The Fever Chart

"Our only health is the disease / If we obey the dying nurse …"

Month: June, 2011

Catholic Citizenship and the “Dorothy Option”

My first “guest post” at the Catholic group blog, Vox Nova, appeared on June 17, 2011. Last Monday’s Republican debate at St. Anselm’s College in New Hampshire was billed by CNN as the first major event of the 2012 presidential campaign. The choice of a Benedictine institution was weirdly appropriate because the debate also kicked [...]

“Five Psalms,” by Mark Jarman

1. Let us think of God as a lover Who never calls, Whose pleasure in us is aroused In unrepeatable ways, God as a body we cannot Separate from desire, Saying to us, “Your love Is only physical.” Let us think of God as a bronze With green skin Or a plane that draws the [...]

Catholic Placemaking: “Econogenesis”

Is it possible to create whole-places that are resilient, sustainable, and human-scaled, and which combine widely distributed property ownership with an overarching concern for the common good? These aims, which are informed by and cohere with Catholic Social Teaching (CST), are the goals of a new theoretical paradigm for placemaking and economic development that my business partner, [...]