Nathan of the Tower nudges me to ponder in his The Nathan Manifesto, where he lays out for himself, in front of us all, just where he stands right now. Agree or disagree, but how many Catholics, especially outside the blogosphere, have even given this a serious ponder for themselves, even privately? I know I catch myself coasting sometimes, going along to get along without a whole lot of thought. But if things are never thought through, and made thoroughly one's own, how will they stand when the doubts and trials inevitably come? And, how can ideas grow and improve if no thought is even given to where they start?