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

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.


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."


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
  • 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 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:


Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

Lord, have mercy.    Lord, have mercy. 
Christ, have mercy.  Christ, have mercy. 
Lord, have mercy.    Lord, have mercy. 
Christ, hear us. Christ, hear us. 
Christ, graciously hear us. Christ, graciously hear us. 

God the Father of Heaven,   have mercy on us. 
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us. 
God, the Holy Spirit,   have mercy on us. 
Holy Trinity, One God,  have mercy on us. 
Blood of Christ, only-begotten Son of the eternal Father, save us. 
Blood of Christ, Incarnate Word or God, save us. 
Blood of Christ, of the New and Eternal Testament, save us. 
Blood of Christ, falling upon the earth in Agony, save us. 
Blood of Christ, shed profusely in the Scourging, save us. 
Blood of Christ, flowing forth in the Crowning with Thorns, save us. 
Blood of Christ, poured out on the Cross, save us. 
Blood of Christ, price of our salvation, save us. 
Blood of Christ, without which there is no forgiveness, save us. 
Blood of Christ, Eucharistic drink and refreshment of souls, save us. 
Blood of Christ, stream of mercy, save us. 
Blood of Christ, victor over demons, save us. 
Blood of Christ, courage of Martyrs, save us. 
Blood of Christ, strength of Confessors, save us. 
Blood of Christ, bringing forth Virgins, save us. 
Blood of Christ, help of those in peril, save us. 
Blood of Christ, relief of the burdened, save us. 
Blood of Christ, solace in sorrow, save us. 
Blood of Christ, hope of the penitent, save us. 
Blood of Christ, consolation of the dying, save us. 
Blood of Christ, peace and tenderness of hearts, save us. 
Blood of Christ, pledge of eternal life, save us. 
Blood of Christ, freeing souls from purgatory, save us. 
Blood of Christ, most worthy of all glory and honor, save us. 
Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord. 
Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord. 
Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, O Lord. 
V. Thou hast redeemed us, O Lord, in Thy Blood. 
R. And made us, for our God, a kingdom. 
Let us pray; 
Almighty and eternal God, Thou hast appointed Thine only-begotten Son the 
Redeemer of the world and willed to be appeased by his blood. Grant, we beg 
of Thee, that we may worthily adore this price of our salvation and through its 
power be safeguarded from the evils of the present life so that we may rejoice 
in its fruits forever in heaven. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.