Friday, January 23, 2015

"So What if Abortion Ends Life?

A year ago, Mary Elizabeth Williams told the truth. I might not agree with her -- of course I *don't* agree with her! -- but at least she has given me a clear-cut picture of those who call themselves "pro-choice."

In an odd way, I admire her honesty. It helps me make some sense, as awful as it is, out of the "pro choice movement."

Some quotes, along with the actual column:

"I believe that life starts at conception. And it's never stopped me from being pro-choice"

"I know that throughout my own pregnancies, I never wavered for a moment in the belief that I was carrying a human life inside of me. I believe that’s what a fetus is: a human life. And that doesn’t make me one iota less solidly pro-choice."

"Here’s the complicated reality in which we live: All life is not equal. That’s a difficult thing for liberals like me to talk about, lest we wind up looking like death-panel-loving, kill-your-grandma-and-your-precious-baby storm troopers. Yet a fetus can be a human life without having the same rights as the woman in whose body it resides. She’s the boss. Her life and what is right for her circumstances and her health should automatically trump the rights of the non-autonomous entity inside of her. Always."

Monday, January 12, 2015

Uh..Loyola? You might wanna rethink this...

Kathy Schiffer reports about that guy "Touré," scheduled to speak at The University That Pretends To Be Catholic…on the day said University pretends to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Let's all celebrate Diversity (to say nothing of Multicultural Affairs.)

Sheesh.

Friday, January 02, 2015

"I'll pray for you" means bupkis. Do it NOW!

I can't tell you how many times I've heard well-meaning but incredibly naive people respond to a prayer request by saying, for instances:

"Oh yes, I'll pray for you."

"I'll keep him (or her or them) in my prayers."

"I'll remember him (or her or them) in my Mass (or Rosary or whatever)."

STOP THAT!

What do have to do that's more important than answering that prayer request RIGHT NOW?

Not to scare you…but you might be dead (or in a coma or diapering your baby or any number of things)…later.

So that "I'll" means nothing, really. Or, to be charitable? It means "let's hope I get the chance to pray (for you, or him or her)…later."

Drop the apostrophe ll! Stop what you're doing and pray NOW!

Let me make myself clear. When someone asks you -- in person, in a text, by phone, via email, on your Facebook or Twitter feed or whatever -- for a prayer? Please DO so. Then and there!

"But Kelly…what if I'm in the middle of…"

Doesn't matter. I don't care if you're comforting your child, explaining to your wife why the budget is kaput, learning about a friend's illness, death, or other sad thing, trying to digest the fact that you just got fired…it doesn't matter.

What matters is that, if you're asked to pray, pray NOW!

You needn't elaborate to God. 

I mean, if you're really, really in a situation that prevents you from uttering a few words to the Almighty, that's not a problem. "God, help him (or her or them)" is sufficient.

But is this usually the case when asked for your prayers? No it isn't.

You're, say, walking down the street. You meet an acquaintance. She's troubled. She asks you to pray for her. Do you pat her nicely on the arm and tell her you "will"? No. You. Do. Not.

You stop. You take a minute or two or three. You pray -- right out loud so she and any other passerby will hear you (God will, no matter how loud or softly you speak) -- right then and there.

And hey…there's a bonus for you!

When people ask for prayers, they're actually doing you a bigger favor than what they're asking of you. They're giving you a chance to talk to God.

It doesn't get any better than that.

So skip the "later" thing…and do it now.

May God continue to bless you!


Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Holy Innocents

Universalis offers a wonderful reflection on the Holy Innocents, whose feast is normally celebrated on December 28.
The Holy Innocents are the children who were slaughtered at the orders of King Herod, in the hope that by killing every boy born in Bethlehem at the same time as Jesus, he would succeed in killing the newborn King of the Jews.

  There was nothing about those baby boys that made them deserve death. Look at any one of them, and you can see that he had no chance to do anything, or be anyone, or become anyone. He had done nothing. He had done nothing bad, he had done nothing good. He was born, and then he died, and that was all there was to him. So passive are these babies that some people find it hard to understand how they can share the title of “martyr” with people like St Stephen (the day before yesterday), who insisted on preaching the truth until his hearers stoned him for it, or St Thomas Becket (tomorrow), who insisted on living the truth until his king had him killed because of it. These children did not insist on anything except their mothers’ milk; and unlike Stephen and Thomas, there was no voluntary act of theirs that we can see as making the difference between being martyred and not being martyred.

  So in our rational human terms these children are a puzzle, and that is one reason why God has inspired the Church to celebrate this very feast – to show us how inadequate our seemingly rational, worldly-wise thoughts are. As he reminds us again and again throughout salvation history, his thoughts are not our thoughts. Babies may not rank high on the scale as far as our human calculus is concerned; but then neither do sparrows, and yet God has told us that God sees and counts every one of those.

  The Holy Innocents can stand, therefore, for the “unimportant” and “unnecessary” pawns, child and adult alike, that permeate the whole of human history, the ones who can be sacrificed for some greater cause because they “don’t really matter”; the eggs that were broken to make an omelette…or even broken to make nothing at all. There are plenty of them, one way or another. The feast of the Holy Innocents reminds us that in God’s eyes (that is, according to the true value of things), no-one is unimportant, no-oneis unnecessary, no-one “doesn’t really matter.” However meaningless their lives and deaths may seem to us, they shine glorious in heaven.

  On a more personal level, the honour given to the Holy Innocents reminds us that if we suffer or even die for God’s sake, it has value even if we have little or no say in it ourselves. Honouring them effectively honours also the martyrdom of the people these children could have become, and their children’s children as well; and at the same time we can remember the contemporary and continuing massacre of those who die before birth for the convenience of those who have them killed.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Truth has arisen from the earth and justice...

…and has looked down from Heaven
(Saint Augustine)
Awake, mankind! For your sake God has become man. Awake, you who sleep, rise up from the dead, and Christ will enlighten you. I tell you again: for your sake, God became man.

You would have suffered eternal death, had he not been born in time. Never would you have been freed from sinful flesh, had he not taken on himself the likeness of sinful flesh. You would have suffered everlasting unhappiness, had it not been for this mercy. You would never have returned to life, had he not shared your death. You would have been lost if he had not hastened to your aid. You would have perished, had he not come.

Let us then joyfully celebrate the coming of our salvation and redemption. Let us celebrate the festive day on which he who is the great and eternal day came from the great and endless day of eternity into our own short day of time.

He has become our justice, our sanctification, our redemption, so that, as it is written: Let him who glories glory in the Lord.

Truth, then, has arisen from the earth: Christ who said, I am the Truth, was born of the Virgin. And justice looked down from heaven: because believing in this new-born child, man is justified not by himself but by God.

Truth has arisen from the earth: because the Word was made flesh. And justice looked down from heaven: because every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.

Truth has arisen from the earth: flesh from Mary. And justice looked down from heaven: for man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven.

Justified by faith, let us be at peace with God: for justice and peace have embraced one another. Through our Lord Jesus Christ: for Truth has arisen from the earth. Through whom we have access to that grace in which we stand, and our boast is in our hope of God’s glory. He does not say: “of our glory,” but of God’s glory: for justice has not come out of us but has looked down from heaven. Therefore he who glories, let him glory, not in himself, but in the Lord.

For this reason, when our Lord was born of the Virgin, the message of the angelic voices was: Glory to God in the highest, and peace to men of good will.

For how could there be peace on earth unless Truth has arisen from the earth, that is, unless Christ were born of our flesh? And he is our peace who made the two into one:that we might be men of good will, sweetly linked by the bond of unity.

Let us then rejoice in this grace, so that our glorying may bear witness to our good conscience by which we glory, not in ourselves, but in the Lord. That is why Scripture says: He is my glory, the one who lifts up my head. For what greater grace could God have made to dawn on us than to make his only Son become the son of man, so that a son of man might in his turn become son of God?

Ask if this were merited; ask for its reason, for its justification, and see whether you will find any other answer but sheer grace.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Pope Francis: a model for Jewish spiritual leaders?

From David Benkof's The Times of Israel blog:

"The shift in tone that Pope Francis is bringing to the Catholic Church has serious repercussions for people who follow that religion — and those of other faith systems. As the most prominent religious figure in today's world, the actions, ideas, and approach of the pontiff (literally, `bridge builder') deserve attention, including among Jews. In fact, I think even our most outstanding rabbis could learn from Pope Francis..

Read the rest here. (Only one teeny nit: it was actually Pope Benedict XVI who had the Twitter account first).

Saturday, November 22, 2014

An Act of Adoration by Saint John Paul II

Jesus, our God, Living Bread of Heaven,

R:/ we adore You.


Jesus, our God, life and heart of the church

R:/ we adore You.


Jesus, our God, Radiant Mystery of Faith

R:/ we adore You.


Jesus, our God, Mystery of Mercy for all mankind

R:/ we adore You.


Jesus, our God, Center and Summit of the Church’s life

R:/ we adore You.


Jesus, our God, Source of Charity

R:/ we adore You.

Jesus, our God, Nourishment of the faithful

R:/ we adore You.


Jesus, our God, Priceless Treasure of all who receive You

R:/ we adore You.


Jesus, our God, Love of the Father

R:/ we adore You.

Jesus, our God, Good Sheppard, Bread Divine

R:/ we adore You.


Jesus, our God, Divine One who opens our eyes to light and our hearts to new hope

R:/ we adore You.

Jesus, our God, Source of Holiness

R:/ we adore You.


Jesus, our God, poured out for us

R:/ we adore You.

Jesus, our God, Who was obedient unto death

R:/ we adore You.


Jesus, our God, Helper of all who come to you

R:/ we adore You.


Jesus, our God, fore-taste of the joy of Heaven

R:/ we adore You.

Jesus, our God, Bread of Angels and of pilgrims

R:/ we adore You.


All: Jesus, our God, we adore You for all time, past, present, and future, for every soul that ever was, is, or shall be created. Grant us the grace to comfort YOU. Jesus, I live for you; Jesus, I die for you; Jesus, I am yours—in life and in death. Amen.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Parable of the Twins

(This is an adaptation translated from a source I'm unaware of…but it's pretty cool. Enjoy!)

A Conversation Between Twins in Utero

So. Two unborn babies had a chat about what would happen when they had to leave the womb. We'll call them James and Peter.

~ ~ ~

James: "You're saying you believe in life after birth?"

Peter: "Of course! Maybe we're in here so that we can prepare for it. There must be something after birth!"

James: "Life after birth? That's absurd! There's no life after birth. Just how would that look like?"

Peter: "I'm not sure. I have a feeling it's much more bright, and we'll be able to walk and feed ourselves with our own mouths."

James: "What insanity! You know well enough that it's impossible to walk. And eating with our mouths? Preposterous! That's why we have our life cord for! I'm telling you, bro, there's no `life after birth!'"

Peter: "Look, our birth cord is short…too short. I'm thinking that life after birth is pretty different from what we're used to."

James: "But nobody ever returned to tell us what it's like! Life ends with birth! And besides…life is nothing but confinement to this small, dark place…"

Peter: "Well, I don't know exactly what life is like, but we'll definitely meet our Mother!"

James: "`Mother'??? You believe in 'Mother'??? Okay. If she exists, where do you think she is now?"

Peter: "She's everywhere around us! Thanks to her, we're alive! Without her, we wouldn't have existed!"

James: "Sorry. I don't believe it. I've never seen `Mother,' so obviously she doesn't exist."

Peter: "Maybe you're right. But yet…but yet…sometimes? When we're very, very quiet? We can hear how she sings…and, well, gently strokes our world. You know, James? Actually, I think that with birth? Life only begins!"


~ ~ ~

Epilog…a few months later…

Peter: "Uh…James?"

James: "Shut up! (I love you.)"

Peter: "Love you more!" :-)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Happy All Saints Day! (Nope, I'm not early…ask Father Dennis Brown, OMV)

Quick! Who wrote  Salve Regina? (No googling!)

I didn't know either.

The answer is Blessed Herman the Cripple. He also wrote Alma Redemptoris Mater. He was born with a cleft palate, cerebral palsy, and spina bifida and his folks shipped him off to an abbey when he was 7 years old. Becoming a Benedictine monk at 20, he studied and wrote on astronomy, theology, mathematics, history, poetry, Arabic, Greek, and Latin; built musical instruments and astronomical equipment…the guy was a genius.

I learned about him from Father Dennis Brown, OMV.

Blessed Herman is one of Father Dennis' best friends. All the saints—from the most illustrious to the, let's say, patron of ant farmers in Outer Mongolia, if there is one (and if there is one, Father Dennis would know)—are his best friends. And he's taught me that they're mine and yours, too.

When he served in Boston at Saint Francis Chapel, the "optional memorial" of any given saint—any of them—was not an option at all. I believe that Father Dennis would take it as a personal affront if Saint-Whoever-Heard-of-This-Person wasn't honored at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Just a theory of mine, but I think this has to do, somehow, with his own background.

While he's a priest now, and an excellent one, he wasn't always—shall we say, the epitome of holiness? In fact (and I wish I could find a 1960s era photo I once saw of him that would easily make him the poster child for the Flower-Power-Hippie-Era) — he was once an atheist.

Brought into the Church by such humble luminaries as Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Venerable Fulton Sheen, Father John Hardon, Father Walter Ciszek, Father Benedict Groeschel, and a host of others, Father Dennis became first, a believer, second, a Catholic, and, praise God, third, a Roman Catholic priest.

He loves all the saints. And considers them his personal friends.

And so they are. And of yours and mine as well.

Father Dennis' resume includes, I believe, a stint as a participant in the Congregation for the Cause of Saints. What does this mean to me, personally?

It makes him a great confessor. Stern? No question. He never hesitates in calling a sin…well, a sin.

But he always was and no doubt still is, God's instrument of hope. "Saints are sinners who kept on trying," is one of his favorite sayings. As is, "Nunc Coepi" ("Now I begin!")…a motto of his order's founder, Venerable Bruno Lanteri.

And so, as we celebrate all the saints, it's my great privilege to ask Our Lord to bless this good priest…a friend who not only introduced me to saints I'd never heard of, but more important? To rely on our "great cloud of witnesses" to pray for me…not just when I'm in a jam, but always.

Happy All Saints Day, Father Dennis! May you one day be a part of these great folks. (And, don't worry. If you screw up? Just do what you must and say: Nunc Coepi! :-) )



Ordained by Pope Saint John Paul II in 1989, Father Dennis Brown, O.M.V. gives directed Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius and leaves seminars in the Discernment of Spirits in the Archdiocese of Denver, Colorado.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

"Late have I loved Thee.."

"Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you!  You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you.  In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created.  You were with me, but I was not with you.  Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would not have been at all.  You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness.  You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness.  You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you.  I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more.  You touched me, and I burned for your peace."

Monday, August 11, 2014

So sue me. I'm a Catholic.

There are some people who subscribe to evil. No, I'm not talking about Muslims. I'm talking about people who prefer to damn their brothers and sisters in Christ -- ALL of them in one particular group -- rather than damning the evil behavior of some.

I don't buy it and please God, never will.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

What is a priest? Saint John Vianney…and Father Mark Yavarone, OMV

My children, we have come to the Sacrament of Orders. It is a Sacrament which seems to relate to no one among you, and which yet relates to everyone. This Sacrament raises man up to God. What is a priest! A man who holds the place of God -- a man who is invested with all the powers of God. "Go, " said Our Lord to the priest; "as My Father sent Me, I send you. All power has been given Me in Heaven and on earth. Go then, teach all nations…he who listens to you, listens to Me; he who despises you despises Me. " 

The Cure of Ares also echoes Saint Francis of Assisi, when he says:


If I saw an Angel and a priest, I would bend my knee first to the priest and then to the Angel.



I debated posting this, but in the end I couldn't help but do it. Here, Father Mark Yavarone, O.M.V. (Oblates of the Virgin Mary) humbly and prayerfully offering himself to those in need at Planned Parenthood, Boston, Massachusetts.

What is a priest? This is a priest.

Abba, Father, Your Son told us that anything we ask in His Name you will grant us. Send us more good priests to serve your Church…and bless those who already do so. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

New MA "buffer zone" law STILL violates the First Amendment



The new buffer zone law is a backdoor attempt to interfere with the constitutional right of free speech in the service of women seeking abortion whose minds are not made up – women who are looking for the hope, help, love, and concrete aid offered by Eleanor McCullen and other peaceful sidewalk counselors. This new law chills life-saving speech by threatening massive civil fines for non-violent acts such as peacefully offering a leaflet of information to passersby on a public sidewalk.
Attorney Michael DePrimo




Read about the sad and, ironically, recent actions from those who -- ironically -- call themselves activists against the "war against women" ('course unless the unborn baby happens to BE a female…for my friends who champion this, "female = woman) here.

Kyrie eleison
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Job, Career, Vocation, Ministry: what's the difference?

Job, career, vocation, ministry…is there a difference between these way to spend your life?

I'm not being snarky here…I really want to know what you're thinking.

Thanks!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Another way "pro-lifers" go wrong

A post from Human Life International's VP's Facebook page.

No. Sorry. Not Catholic. Not Christian. Not to be believed nor followed.

Kyrie Eleison/Mother Olga on the Persecution of Christians in Iraq



Thursday, July 24, 2014

Breaking (to MSM) Duh!

Dear NBC, CBS, CNN, ABC, The Boston Globe, and other well-watched and read outlets:

(Actually…are they really "well-watched and read outlets? Hmm. At this point? I don't know.)

You're doing a lousy job. Christians are being persecuted and you don't seem to give a bleep.

Don't believe me? Google the words "Christians persecuted," click on "news" and here's the only mainstream media you'll find (as of today, July 24, 2014, 10:15 PM:

From the New York Times (yes, it's incredible, but it's also an op-ed:)

Iraq's Imperiled Minorities

That's it.

Oh yes, other outlets have covered it. But not those that Joe Six-pack, after a long day's work, settles down to read or watch.

Let's be clear on this.

Christians don't want to respond to these acts of terrorism by responding with violence.

Frankly? We kinda don't expect those who hate us to do much of anything.

But we DO expect and deserve honest reporting.

However, if you're chicken-livered? Don't bother. We have a Really. Good. Reporter. His Name is Jesus.

May God continue to bless you.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ten Tips to Make a Better Confession

Father Ed Broom offers some great advice. I'd add: while examining your conscious, remember your blessings.

For example. I was pondering over the anger I'd felt one day over someone who'd hurt me terribly. To add, as I'd thought, insult to injury, I found out that this person was revered -- almost bleeping idolized! -- by the secular press.

And then? I thought about the difficulty I'd have with certain Psalms of David.

Yes! Too many times, after praying -- or trying to pray -- certain Psalms, I'd think to myself: "What a wimp! What a whiner! This guys is always complaining about how His Enemies Are Faring Well Than He. Jerk."

Hello!!!

It struck me then. This is the Holy Spirit, speaking through the psalmist. This is GOD telling us that He understands how we feel cheated, sometimes…and more than that, that He Himself, in the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, felt it Himself.

More importantly? That He loves us…that He loves me, even though at times it appears He doesn't.

What a blessing!

And so, Father Broom, thank you for your tips, and all? I hope you consider counting those blessings.

May God continue to bless you!

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

NOW made a list, checked it twice, everyone's naughty, nobody's nice :-)

The "National Organization for Women" (hey, I didn't make up the name…they really call themselves  that) whose main claim to fame is failing to have the pull to pass the Equal Rights Amendment (even though both Democratic and Republican presidents of the US have supported it) have published [gasp] A List!

Yes! N.O.W. made public a list, which I understand is considered by these…uh…ladies, "dirty."



Here it is, friends…N.O.W.'s "Dirty People."

('Scuse me a moment…LOLOLOLOLLOLLOLOLOL!!!…sorry…)

If you are on this list, or are affiliated with its members, may I thank you? Thank you!

  • American Family Association
  • American MFG Co
  • American Pulverizer Co
  • Annex Medical
  • Autocam Corp
  • Ave Maria School of Law
  • Ave Maria University
  • Barron Industries
  • Beckwith Electric Co
  • Belmont Abbey College
  • Bick Holdings, Inc.
  • Cherry Creek Mortgage Co
  • CNS Ministries
  • Colorado Christian University
  • Conestoga Wood Specialities Corp
  • Continuum Health Partnership/Management
  • Criswell College
  • Doboszenski & Sons
  • Dordt College
  • Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk
  • East Texas Baptist University
  • Eden Foods
  • Encompass, Develop, Design & Construct LLC
  • Eternal Word Television Network Inc.
  • Fellowship of Catholic University
  • Feltl & Co., Inc.
  • Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Freshway Foods
  • Gilardi
  • Grace College and Seminary
  • Grote Industries
  • Hart electric LLC
  • Hastings Automotive
  • Hercules Industries Inc.
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Holland Chevrolet
  • Infrastructure Alternatives
  • Johnson Welded Products
  • Korte & Luitjohan Contractors
  • Liberty University
  • Lindsay Rappaport and Postel LLC
  • Little Sisters of the Poor
  • Louisiana College
  • M&N Plastics
  • Mersino Management Company
  • Michigan Catholic Conference
  • MK Chambers Company
  • O’Brien Industrial Holdings
  • Ozinga
  • Paul Wieland
  • Priests for Life
  • QC Group Inc.
  • Randy Reed Automotives
  • Reaching Souls International
  • Right to Life Michigan
  • Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta
  • Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York
  • Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis
  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Beaumont
  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Biloxi
  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Cheyenne
  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas
  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie
  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth
  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort-Wayne – South Bend
  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Nashville
  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh
  • School of the Ozarks
  • Seneca Hardwood
  • Sharpe Holdings, Inc.
  • Sioux Chief MFG Co
  • SMA LLC
  • Southern Nazarene University
  • The Most Reverend Thomas Wenski
  • Tonn and Blank Construction
  • Trijicon, Inc. (AKA Bindon)
  • Triune Health Group
  • Tyndale House
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Weingartz Supply Co
  • Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL)
  • Willis & Willis PLC
  • WLH Enterprises
  • Zumbiel

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Committing slow moral suicide: a commentary on purity

If it weren't Sunday, we'd be celebrating the Memorial of Saint Maria Goretti (who was, on a personal note, born in the same year as my Grandmother Kelly). I was struck by the following commentary by the good folks at Univeralis, prior to Evening Prayer. Saint Maria Goretti, pray for us.
The trouble with purity nowadays is that we don’t believe in it – or at least we say we don’t. When we read of one saint or another that he or she was a virgin, we are more inclined to deride than to admire. And that is sad: here is not the place for a long disquisition on sex, but suffice it to say that sex is a valuable thing that should not be squandered or used trivially; any more than one should use champagne for cleaning floors.
Even if we find it difficult to admire virginity as such – even when it is a positive virtue and not a negative one – we should still, even as pagans, admire purity. For whatever alternative set of moral standards one may adopt, purity, decency, and self-respect are all-important and always will be. (The standards of what is or is not decent may be different – in Victorian times it is said that it was indecent to let ankles be seen, while a few centuries earlier large codpieces were the fashion for men – but decency itself is always there, however the ways of measuring it may change).
One may admire or praise Maria Goretti for all manner of other things if one likes – some people have a great fondness for sentimentality, melodrama, and wet plaster saints – but at the end of it all, the heroic virtue that she exhibited was a blazing affirmation of purity and integrity. Even if her standards are not ours, we must still have standards of some kind; and if we are faced with a threat to them, we must defend ourselves with the same passion that she showed. To behave otherwise, to tell ourselves “well, it doesn’t matter really”, is to commit slow moral suicide.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Cool! Persecution! (Okay, it's lame, but still..an opportunity to pray!)

Headline"Dogma Should Not Trump Our Civil Liberties"

Subhead: "All-Male, All-Roman Catholic Majority on Supreme Court Puts Religious Wrongs Over Women's Rights."



Okay. Saint Paul? Any comment? Ah, 1 Corinthians 4:11-13


To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are poorly clad and roughly treated, we wander about homeless


and we toil, working with our own hands. When ridiculed, we bless; when persecuted, we endure;


when slandered, we respond gently. We have become like the world’s rubbish, the scum of all, to this very moment.

Treat me and my Church as rubbish? I only have one choice, and so do my fellow Catholics:

Oremus.