Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
From the National "Catholic" Reporter:
Lest anyone question Benedict's personal preference in this matter, it should be pointed out that, beginning on the feast of Corpus Christi last year, those receiving Communion from the pope must do so only on the tongue. He has also expressed support for restoring the practice of the priest's celebrating Mass "facing the East," which means in plain English with his back to the people.
Uh...no. In plain English it means "facing God." By your logic, Father o' mine, if I sit in the first few pews I'm turning my back to my brothers and sisters in Christ. The Mass, my dear Father, isn't about the celebrant. Although you'd never know it when attending Mass celebrated by your comrades. It's distracting as bleep to be subjected to the showman trying to make eye contact with the audience -- excuse me, congregation -- instead of trying to reach God.
Given the possibility that such reversals (sometimes referred to as a "reform of the reform") will eventually be mandated, one can only imagine the confusion, frustration and anger that many priests and laypeople will experience.
One can indeed only imagine it because the doom you predict is...imaginary.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
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I'm Kelly Thatcher and I approve o' this blog. ;-)
Monday, September 14, 2009
I think that's what Mr. Pouillon was protesting. In a non-violent manner.
What's the difference between the Old and New Testament martyrs?
Jesus. As Saint Peter tells us, He left us an example.
In the Old Testament, brave men died for the love of God...and they, no doubt with solid human reasoning, prayed earnestly to God to rain justice down upon their persecutors.
Jesus changed all that.
The punishment of crucifixion under Roman rule was not just excruciatingly painful...it was humiliating beyond belief. Those crucified were, under these conditions, almost expected to endure their deaths only by mouthing oaths and even terrible blasphemy...so much so that, in many cases, it was customary for their executioners to sever their tongues in order to silence their horrible words.
Nobody had to cut off Jesus' tongue.
"Father, forgive them...they know not what they do."
The first of Jesus' last words introduced love in its most radical form: that of mercy on those who do us wrong.
This is Christianity: a radical sort of love the world had never seen.
Saint Stephen, Christianity's first martyr, echoed Christ's words as he died, stoned by those whom, it might be argued, thought they were doing A Good Thing.
Time after time, we learn of those who were—and still are today—tortured and murdered for the love of Christ, cheerfully and even joyfully accepting their lot with love and tenderness toward their enemies.
This is Christianity: radical love that, sadly, much of the world has still not embraced.
And when we recall that Jesus is God—the Author Life—His example is even more awesome.
Awesome. But not inimitable.
I pray that the next time someone insults you or insults me, we may remember the way of Jesus. That we may be truly radical when it comes to love.
Friday, September 11, 2009
An elderly pro-life activist was shot multiple times and killed this morning in front of Owosso High School in Michigan while he was peacefully protesting abortion with a sign depicting a baby and the word "Life," according to local police cited in the Flint Journal newspaper.
Ora pro nobis.
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Face it, America. The MSM thinks you're stupid fairy-tale believers.
(If it's any comfort to you, I don't think you are.)
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Thursday, September 03, 2009
In 1991, the first President George Bush gave a speech to school kids. The New York Times covered the criticism of the action, which you can read here.
Now here's Part 1 of the test:
Try to find the following words or phrases:
Okay. Here's an easier one.
Today, the same paper covered criticism of current President Obama's plans to deliver a speech to school kids this Tuesday. You can find the article here.
Now here's Part 2 of the test:
Try to find these words or phrases:
Easy, isn't it?
Which only goes to show that it's easy to win the game...when it's fixed.