Phew! Now that I've been opinionated enough for one day, I thought I should post something more my style. I'm not really an academic, I just play one on weekdays.
The other day, I went to a friend's house to cook dinner and visit with her and her 2 daughters, one of whom was just born 3 weeks ago. I just wanted to stay forever because it was such a joy. At the end of the night, before putting the 2 yr old to bed, the 3 of them knelt down before the crucifix and prayed. As I sat in the armchair holding the sleepy baby, and thought, "This is heaven." Teresa of Avila says the road to heaven is heaven. Sure enough.