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Patrick Hartigan
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Catholic (and Open) to Oneself
OpenCatholic. I see a problem in this term. While it supposes openness (a good thing) it also presumes Catholicity. Can I claim being "Catholic" so as to somehow represent it? Of course not. I can claim openness, and I can say I am Catholic (I am) but I hav...

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Are We a Settled Fact? I think not!
Concrete Formalist poetry. I defined this page and the group I set up and the writing I do nine years ago. In that time the postings have moved toward asemic poetry and visual poems, which is interesting and relevant. So I thought to take a moment to look a...

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OpenCatholic: The Third Stage (including qualified insights and personal exhortations!)
There is a great danger in writing about the Catholic faith in that it is easy - very easy - to slip into heresy, or at least to make a colossal fool of oneself.  I don't know if the same danger applies to other religions - I suppose it would. Though what a...

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LEASH and RELEASE
Let's not fool ourselves. Whatever we have to say about poetry we are poets who find that we write poems. We are poets who find or forget that we write poems that recall or forget poetry. We who forget and not forgotten to ourselves. Poetry is not a matter....

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Union and the Political Heart
Fifty-eight years on earth and five years in the Church and I've learned some things. There is nothing wrong with being politically conservative. The challenge is to be merciful as well as obedient. There is nothing wrong with being politically liberal. The...

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Writing, content
Occasionally I have an idea for a blog entry, an essay, or a poem. I think about the idea, toss it around mentally, but I never sit down to write it out. After a while, a day or two, the idea submerges or slides off stage - pick your metaphor for quiet disa...

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Writing, content
Occasionally I have an idea for a blog entry, an essay, or a poem. I think about the idea, toss it around mentally, but I never sit down to write it out. After a while, a day or two, the idea submerges or slides off stage - pick your metaphor for quiet disa...

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Seriously Catholic: Seriously Open
This Easter I will have been five years in the Church. In August of 2012 I set up and published my first blog for OpenCatholic and have been publishing steadily since then. The OpenCatholic idea boils down to sharing something you love with people you love ...

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The Political Option, as a Rule
There are no adequate histories and there never can be. A pure biography would be required to replicate the life it wishes to describe. The reader (or audience-individual) would have to be subjected to the physical realities and effects of the subject in re...

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Purpose and the Self: a Turn toward Home
You can track your life and chronologize it. Where you went to school, where you worked and for how long. When you married and whom. The names of your children. What you gained and what was lost. You can make a chart of all that and, in certain respects, it...
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