Life is busy right now ... some personal notes
This is more about what has been happening over the last few days ...
We watched the documentary Word Wars
last night. I like to play Scrabble. I am nowhere near in the class of people who are generally members of the National SCRABBLE® Association
and last night I found out why I will never be super great at SCRABBLE®. I am OK with that ...
Work has been super busy although things are calming down and there is a three day weekend coming up so plan to see more of the things I want to mention on my blog in the next few days. Here are some items I plan to blog on soon.
1. The Cost of Kids
2. EENS: our opinions vs. what the Church teaches ... and why those outside the Church need to know ONLY what the Church teaches and not our opinions.
3. I want to respond to a music post from Nothing in Particular
4. Blogging around blogging around dah daaahh Blogging around Blogging around dah daaaahh ... Another "must reads" post
6. ECF blog idea
Michael, you will get a kick out of this -- I was driving to work yesterday and at a red light I reached back behind my seat looking for some change and managed to find a CD. It was 808 State - Don Solaris. It has been in my CD player ever since and will likely stay there for several more days.
Why liberal Catholics think authority is repressive
Why liberal Catholics think authority is "repressive" - Philip Blosser
Once again, why must the Church seem opposed to "open debate," "balance," and "free thinking"? Simple: because Church teaching condemns what is opposed to its teaching--including homosexuality, contraception, abortion, as well as the dissent and confusion promoted by the liberal editorial bias of Reese in a publication ostensibly representing a religious order of the Church. Since the Church stands for something (orthodoxy and orthopraxy), it can't help opposing something (whatever is opposed to orthodoxy and orthopraxy).
Would it make sense for Orthodox Judaism to promote Buddhism? Would it make sense for the Unitarian Universalist Association to promite belief in the divinity of Christ? Would it make sense for the Japanese Shinto religion to promote the Muslim belief in the Prophet Mohammed? Of course not. Neither does it make sense to expect the Catholic Church to promote views inimical to her own traditional doctrines. Granted, what self-styled liberal Catholics want is to promote a revisionist re-interpretation of what "Catholicism" means. But of course they should hardly be surprised, then, when the Church resists their efforts to denature her teaching.
I will touch on this later. I think there are a few other things that must be mentioned, first and foremost that many liberal Catholics do not believe the Church is a divine institution. It would be hard to dissent from the teachings of Christ if you really believed they were said teachings.
Nazism and Margaret Sanger from Salvation is from the Jews
The end of a sub section of the book I am currently reading ends with the following statement as a conclusion:
Associating the holocost with a Christian ethic is exactly backwards. The extermination of the Jews by the Third Reich did not flow out of Christianity, but out of a philosophy directly opposed to Christianity and all that it stands for, one introduced by Darwimism and epitomized in our country by Planned Parenthood and Margaret Sanger. The holocost owed nothing to the principles of "Christianity"; it owed everything to the principles of Margaret Sanger and "Planned Parenthood".
There is strong evidence to support this assertion.
Now that you are interested, why don't you purchase the book and read it? Salvation is from the Jews
by Roy Schoeman
News roundup: Catching Up with Full Circle
Lots of things I failed to blog about in recent days ... here they are, in no particular orderNew cathedral in Oakland, California
I have decided to reserve judgment for the total package but first impressions are not moving me ...
You know, sometimes I just want a statue of the BVM that looks like, well an actual woman, or of the loaves and fish that look like ... *gasp* .. loaves and fish. I am sick of having to stare at an abstract object for 3 hours to finally realize that it is supposed to represent Christ being the Light of all peoples. When I walk up to the cathedral in Baton Rouge, there are some abstract forms but there are stained glass windows that do not require so much thought to "get". They go together. I am sure I can think of better things to do with my contemplative time than try and figure out what some designer was getting at when he came up with a bishops hat looking cathedral. Yeah yeah ... OK after all this time, I get it. Now give me a crucifx will ya and not some abstract form that is supposed to make me think about thinking about what all of that sacrifice stuff means.
I would like to see what they do INSIDE the church. (Nevermind .... see Curt Jester post at the end of this section) My educated facilities lead me to think it will be more "deep" blob art and less detailed, realistic looking art designed to really make me feel like I am part of something truly special. Less dentist office. More Heaven.
Curt Jester has more pictures and a funny skewer of it in Not a parodyThe Curt Jester: You might be in a faith community if ...LEFTIST TO LEFT: I'm Leaving You
via JIMMY AKIN.ORGMost Catholics say church should support birth control
) - IN TEXAS that is. AP Wire : 05/23/2005 : Atheists say it's time to 'push back' fundamentalism
"We don't hate Christians," said David Fitzgerald, 40, an insurance broker and member of San Francisco Atheists. "People in this country are free to believe in whatever they want."
Nonetheless, during the Saturday night movie, the crowd booed and hissed when a photo of Pat Robertson was displayed on the screen.
Don't you just love the secular high virtue of tolerance?Legionaries of Christ press release
: There will be no reopening of accusations against the founder ... via ut unum sint
... confimed by LA TimesPriest claim set to shock Catholic Church
Actually, there is nothing new under the sun. This article tells us what we already knew. There are sinners in the church.According to this article
, Pope John Paul feared Bush was antichrist. From Insight Scoop
Check out this rockin photo ... Newsflash: Bush haters have lost it.
My own struggles with the people in the pew next to me
One of the last and strongest oppositions that I maintained against the Catholic Church had to do with the fruits of people that I saw all my life that called themsleves Catholic. I knew that the Catholic Church taught a high standard of morals but it did not seem that it translated very well into changed lives. Consider the following example from our Engaged Encounter weekend, which we attended prior to our marriage as Episcopalians:
(from the previous blog entry) there was a time when all of the couples sat in the round and a couple of questions were asked. The questions were about cohabitation and sex before marriage. The responses included
"I'll call you a liar if you say that you are not sleeping together before you get married"
"After all, you wouldn't buy a car without a test drive, I don't see why getting married is any different"
"We would be living together but my future father-in-law threatened to kill me if that happened"
"The everyday difficulties of life require us to live in sin"
and the gem of the evening.
"We are all sinning and know it but we know Jesus is going to forgive us anyway so what is the point"
Add to this my wife knowing a Catholic girl in college that maintained that "Mary would be at her wedding and that it didn't matter whether or not Jesus showed up" and intending on getting a divorce because "love doesn't last but about 7-10 years anyway" and we had seen a wide array of bad examples in our own lives. To add further damage to the matter we had numerous pro-choice Catholic politicians both in Louisiana and around the nation. The case for bad Catholics was overwhelming.
Three things changed my mind:First, meeting and reading about solid Catholics:
At first this was limited mostly to online since the majority of my contact with Catholics willing to talk about their faith was through message boards, blogs and web sites dedicated to defending the faith. There I met folks who were intelligent, lived their faith and who presented logical arguments in favor of the Catholic position rather than wilting under the fire of Bible zingers. I was so excited to see this. It let me know that solid Catholics existed. Also, I couldn't discount the lives of the saints and fantastic modern examples of pious Catholic living. How could I not see at a minimum Mother Theresa and Pope John Paul II?Second, reading a solid biblical defense of sinners being in the Church: On Sinners in the Church
Some select quotes
The parable of the wheat and weeds (cf. Matt. 13:24–30, 36–43) and wheat and chaff (cf. Matt. 3:12; Luke 3:17)Third, a dynamic unique to Catholicism:
Matthew 7:21–23 implies that there are many counterfeit believers
‘Strive to enter by the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able’" (Luke 13:23–24).
Jesus himself rebukes six of the seven churches of Asia he addresses. Most scholars think that the book of Revelation was written no later than A.D. 100. Yet look at all the serious problems we already observe in these apostolic churches even before the last apostle (John) died
The Church then, as now, was riddled with problems: hypocrisy, lukewarmness, heterodoxy, fornication, idolatry
The dynamic I am referring to is best described by pointing out the WAY dispute is handled in the Church. If Catholics disagree with the Church, schism is simply not an option. Christ prayed, "that they may all be one" (John 17:20-23). Catholics understand and believe this very strongly. There are ways to handle dispute in the Church and it might take hundreds of years for a matter to be settled. Both the faithful and the dissident know this history. Meanwhile, I have to sit next to someone who disagrees with me, even on things I know have been settled for centuries. In the Catholic Church you have VOTF, Catholics for a Free Choice, The Rainbow Sash movement and a host of other groups that disagree with fundamental teachings in the Catholic Church. They typically remain in the Church despite their gross disagreements with Rome. Protestantism, on the other hand, contains a heritage of schism. "Here I stand" is the battle cry for one group of members in a church who have decided that a doctrine held by others in the church is unacceptable. When the matter reaches a certain boiling point, a new church is formed and doctrinally like-minded folks group together while leaving the remnants holding to the less favorable doctrine behind. The result is that the people in the pew next to you hold very similar doctrinal beliefs and tend to have similar standards of morality. It makes it appear as if where you went to church contained a minimum standard of folks that should call themselves Christian. Reality, paints a different picture, even in Protestantism. If you were to combine all Protestants, from the morally liberal all the way to the most pious of puritans, you would have something quite similar to what I see at mass every Sunday.
As I mentioned earlier, in the Catholic Church, I might be sitting next to a rainbow sasher. What that reminds me most is that I TOO am a sinner and that pride is my weakest link. Who am I, a lowly sinner, to judge one who is there presumably seeking the Truth. The Catholic Church is for the sick, the dying, the grossly sinful and the Holy too. Jesus came for ALL of them and while I may not like sitting next to a bored teenager defiantly clad in tight Abercrombie and Fitch clothes, there she is and Sunday after Sunday she hears Sacred Scripture and she participates in the Holy Sacrifice of the mass. Every day, that grace calls you to decision. My prayer should be that each day we all (my self included) accept that grace and follow Him, and never turn away from the Lord, our strength.
There is a reason you see a lot of little old ladies scooting around the parish every day, serving with every last ounce of life they have in them. They used to be that defiant young girl.
Society of St. Pius I and the Pontificator swims the Tiber
Two important things happened yesterday that I didn't have time to blog about. I still don't have much time right now but you HAVE to read them. Fr. Al Kimel, A.K.A "Pontificator" swims the Tiber
Second ... a large number of bloggers have really picked up with this movement. I must admit that I too am strongly considering joining The Society of St. Pius I
“To be any more Trad, you’d have to be Jewish”
I have two little boys and they are fascinated by elevators and car washes. That puts me in the not so unique position of trying to find videos of odd things. Seriously, would you expect a video showing these things? Well, the Internet being the fantastic thing that it is, has both (elevator (WM)
, car wash (Real)
The purpose of this post is to point out the dangers that face us on the Internet. Every once in a while a seemingly innocent web search hurls you headlong into the reality of sin in this world. You get less than one guess as to what type of videos come up with the search "car wash video" on Google. Fortunately they were labeled such that their content was obvious so I didn't unsuspectingly happen upon something I didn't want to see. I certainly don't want my kids happening upon that.
Feedburner neatness and some reads for this afternoon
Mother is rebuffed on rice Communion wafer
This is a matter of refusal to even try and understand the theology behind the matter. Several months ago when this was really heavy in the news, I did a brief search on NewAdvent for information about "Why wheat" ...
Here is the gist of what I came up with ...
The following was supposedly said by Ignatius of Antioch - "I am the wheat of Christ, and am ground by the teeth of the wild beasts, that I may be found the pure bread of God." - Compare this to John 6 and the graphic language used to refer to the Eucharist. This similar quote is found in Irenaeus and Ignatius, Eusebius (referring to Irenaeus). Would the early Christians have seen this as analogous to the Eucharist itself?
Now, also consider the following from the first CE article
The valid material of the Eucharistic host is unadulterated wheat reduced to flour, diluted with natural water, and baked with fire.
Compare this to Matt 3:12 and consider it along with what I mentioned above.
Matt 3:12 - "His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire."
Also consider baptism and its relation to the natural water used in the process of making the hosts.
The choice of wheat is far deeper than "Cause thats what Jesus used." The whole process is steeped in Sacred Scripture and Tradition. I think there are obvious parallels to our own sanctification that are at play here. In the first example, I see the idea of us being presented like the Eucharist to God and in the second I see the way that the bread is made to be the parallel to how the wheat and chaff will be treated with the unquenching fire.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. There is so much depth in the choice of wheat by Our Lord. The easier and correct solution is not to try and change the teachings of Jesus. She should allow her daughter to receive the Precious Blood, even if it doesn't fit her ideal. Despite much popular outcry in her favor, I have a hard time sympathizing with this woman and her plight because it seems more to me that she desires to change a 2000 year teaching rather than opt for a simple and valid solution. I know if I am hungry and someone offers me something I am deathly allergic to and a trans-fat laced medium fries from McDonalds, I would have to opt to receive the fries. It doesn't matter that I think they are not good for people at any age. In the state of intense hunger, they are a gift that maintains life. In that vein, I think it is a tragedy that her own desire to change things overrides the spiritual gift she is denying her daughter.
SourcesThe Epistle of Ignatius to the Romans CHAPTER IV Catholic Encyclopedia on hostsCatholic Encyclopedia on Altar breads Its in the Summa
Sirach 38:1-15 - Doctors, medicines GOOD
1: Honor the physician with the honor due him, according to your need of him, for the Lord created him;
2: for healing comes from the Most High, and he will receive a gift from the king.
3: The skill of the physician lifts up his head, and in the presence of great men he is admired.
4: The Lord created medicines from the earth, and a sensible man will not despise them.
5: Was not water made sweet with a tree in order that his power might be known?
6: And he gave skill to men that he might be glorified in his marvelous works.
7: By them he heals and takes away pain;
8: the pharmacist makes of them a compound. His works will never be finished; and from him health is upon the face of the earth.
9: My son, when you are sick do not be negligent, but pray to the Lord, and he will heal you.
10: Give up your faults and direct your hands aright, and cleanse your heart from all sin.
11: Offer a sweet-smelling sacrifice, and a memorial portion of fine flour, and pour oil on your offering, as much as you can afford.
12: And give the physician his place, for the Lord created him; let him not leave you, for there is need of him.
13: There is a time when success lies in the hands of physicians,
14: for they too will pray to the Lord that he should grant them success in diagnosis and in healing, for the sake of preserving life.
15: He who sins before his Maker, may he fall into the care of a physician.
Some early morning reading
DeoOmnisGloria.com: Why Catholicism is Good for SocietyJIMMY AKIN.ORG: New Mary Document (ARCIC)
- I intended to post this a few days ago but never really found a good overview of it. Jimmy takes care of that. As an ex-Episcopalian, I am always interested in what my former church is up to. This is certainly a step in the right direction and I do pray that in my lifetime we will see at least the Anglo-Catholic movement within the Anglican communion return to Rome.
In the section next to "football in groin"
It isn't quite that, but this voice mail had me rolling on the floor for a LONG time
Seriously funny ...
Speaking of the Simpsons, which is where the "football in groin" reference is from, the episode where the Simpsons convert to Catholicism got pretty rave reviews. Read about it on Amy's blog
French Impressionists: Cathedrals
First, I must make it known that I am a huge fan of Impressionist art, particularly of the French variety. That puts me in the company of 90%** of people who fork over money to pour over master works of art in a museum. We pay that money to see Monet, Van Gogh and lesser known artists like Maximillien Luce (a personal favorite).
Tonight I was browsing through a large coffee table book of Impressionist paintings and something caught my eye. There were a few paintings of Cathedrals. Most impressionist artwork tended to be of creation itself. Calude Monet: Rouen Cathedral Maximillien Luce: Notre Dame Cathedral Camille Pissaro: The Roofs of Old Rouen Grey Weather (aka The Cathedral)Paul Signac: Papal Palace at Avignon
One of the most intriguing things about French Impressionism is that it was not overtly religious in nature, yet it had not drifted so far off the overt religious nature of past artwork as to still maintain two things:
1) a focus on beauty (and in essence truth)
2) retaining and revealing greater depth of that beauty in the paintings themselves
There are not significant enough numbers of these paintings to say that there was something to a keen interest by Impressionists as a whole in cathedrals. I would however point out that Impressionists tended to recognize beauty, both that which is obvious and that which would normally escape us if someone hadn't pointed it out. In the examples here you can see that even they saw what the rest of us know. There is something to those cathedrals. Something that draws us heavenward. They are one of the greatest riches of the Church and every effort should be made to preserve them so that future generations, even of those who are not Catholic, can be inspired. Beauty calls us and beauty ordered towards God draws us to God.
Another one worth finding: Hippolyte Petitjean: Notre Dame
In a later post I might delve into the idea of art without God and where it leads. There is something quite unsettling about art specifically intended to offend. It is bad enough when something is wholly unpleasant to look at, which in itself is an offense sheerly for daring to be anything other than beautiful. Both of those fall into the area of art without God and without the purpose for which God intended art to inspire.
** since most statistics are made up anyway, I thought I would offer up my unscientific observations. It is crowded around the Van Gogh's.
My thoughts on the rainbow sashers
Notes on the rainbow sashers
(my comments in a discussion on the matter) ...
OK, I am lazy ... the context should be obvious ...*smile* ... Credit to RJ for the conversation leading to these notes
weunice: actually I read the same account (Amy Welborn
)... it is appalling. I hear now that some of the rainbow sashers are considering legal action to force the church to dispense the sacraments to them (need to find article citing that threat). Their angle, which I think will not fly in court is that they are being denied the "free practice of THIER religion" ...
weunice: I agree ... I am about convinced that they do not believe Catholicism. They believe it is a man made religion and citing the example of the Episcopalians think it is a matter of time before their methods can enact the same kind of changes in Catholicism. These people will erode Christianity from every angle that they can. Their goal is affirmation of their choices and they know that if religion approves of them, everyone will approve of them. Fortunately we know THE GATES OF HELL WILL NOT PREVAIL
(insert comment from Rainbow Sash supporter)
weunice: I pray that happens. This is different than the weak stance taken towards Kerry. Kerry was causing a scandal but he was not being obstinate enough to cause the level of profane exhibitions that occurred with the rainbow sashers. This should not be tolerated and a severe penalty should be applied to the offenders. Implied excommunication is not enough. You and I know they are already ... but the sacredness of the Eucharist is at stake here. A stronger stance MUST be taken.
weunice: I also note that they are complaining that they were denied communion NOT for holding a belief in conflict with the teachings of the Church but for wearing "colored clothing" ... This could
get far worse and I seriously fear that there are some in the government that would be all for a gross misapplication of the 1st ammendment that forces the will of the state on the governance of the Church itself. The decisions that have come down in this country in the past 50 years lead me to believe we are not beyond such a threat ... it CAN happen.
A few early morning reads ...
Pope must shun efforts to change church's path (BugMeNot login)
from 'Not So Quiet' Catholic Corner
- A most excellent read. Beauty within and without
- this is worth reading just for the fantastic photos. Also The Restoration of Saints Peter & Paul Parish, Lewiston, Maine
and Paroisse SS. Pierre et Paul, SS. Peter & Paul ParishOutsourcing mass hysteria: Reports of Western priests farming out surplus prayers to India prove to be tale of unconfirmed proportion
- I had never heard of such. I may worry about jobs in my field getting outsourced but this seemed quite a stretch to me. (Speaking of my field - check this out
Finally, in Jimmy Akin stange phenomenon land, I was reading a forum the other day and the topic of black panthers in Texas and Louisiana
came up. The topic degraded quickly to Bigfoot. Come to find out there is a sighting report
in the woods I used to play in as a child. The strangest thing I ever saw was a few alligators.
Church stifles speech? Worry grows. The sky IS falling
This didn't take long
The number of articles complaining about the outster at America magazine is growing. 1
They all say the same thing.
Anytime someone is rebuked for teaching AGAINST the Church his or her free speech is stifled. No it isn't
. These articles complaining about it prove it
. You can send editorials to the New York Times in order to exercise your free speech. You can join the Episcopal church and hurl insults at the Catholic Church in order to exercise your free speech. There are so many things that are perfectly within the realm of what disgruntled Catholics can
do in order to have their dissent aired -- and even have it accepted by like minded individuals. You are under no requirement of your own will to keep silent about your dissent. That said, the reason some of us are happy about the silencing of dissent is quite simple. The Church has a responsibility to ensure that the faith is handed down to the faithful UNCHANGED.
What we have here is a failure to understand a certain fundamental aspect of Catholicism from the MSM and unfortunately a fairly high number of Catholics. Catholicism delivers to us the teachings of Jesus Christ, which are the truth. There are certain things that the Church has stated as true for centuries. Councils have not defined them because nobody has questioned them. However, they are not up for debate now and they will not be up for debate 4000 years from now. Ways to find such things are finding statements in official church documents include the following terminology
"as Sacred Scripture unambiguously states"
"Patristic consensus tells us"
"the constant teaching of the Church is"
If the Church keeps coming out OVER and OVER and OVER saying things like
"There will be no women priests"
"There will be no women priests"
"There will be no women priests"
"There will be no women priests"
"There will be no abortion" (1*)
"There will be no abortion" (1*)
"There will be no abortion" (1*)
"There will be no abortion" (1*)
You have got to get the hint. When, in the 2000 year history of the Catholic Church has a constant teaching of the Church on doctrine
(2*) changed? (3*) I haven't seen it in my reading, but maybe I am totally missing something. Sure, you can question doctrines, but it is the job
of the teaching authority of the Church to say "you are wrong". I am interested in what Christ taught the apostles. I am not interested in why anyone else thinks He was either wrong or didn't teach it. The Church has documentation firmly in its corner on these issues.
Notes: 1* for some patristic evidence to support the "constant teaching" of the Church stance against abortion see Early Church Fathers - Excerpts Pertaining to Abortion2* Difference Between Doctrine and Dogma and Discipline3* The best example of the claim that the Church has "changed" a doctrine that I have seen is the claim that it backed off the teaching that there is no salvation outside of the Catholic Church. This is patently false. The church STILL teaches that. In fact, it is dogma. Also, to my understanding Vatican II stated nothing new on this matter other than what had already been taught by the church. The best summary I have seen of the teaching of the church is as follows:
Catholics are required to hold that only members of the Catholic Church will be saved. Catholics are required to hold that a form of membership in the Catholic Church is membership through baptism, whether by water, blood, or desire. Catholics are required to hold that only God's mercy allows salvation and that no human being can know with infallible certainty whether or not God has extended that mercy to any particular human being unless a particular human being has been properly canonized. Catholics may speculate that baptism by blood or desire can be obtained by those who have no explicit knowledge of the Church, and such individuals may include those who have an utterly distorted knowledge of the Church.Another good online resource on this teaching of the Church can be found in the 1927 book by Karl Adam titled The Spirit of Catholicism. Notice this was BEFORE Vatican II
The Problem With LiberalismThe Problem With Conservatism
I quickly glanced these ... I will summarize the main points later and offer my own thoughts. Liberalism vs. Conservatism vs. Christian - Commentary from OliveGlory
Also consider the discussion on this blog entry from Mark Shea ("The Cafeteria is Closed")
where the comments wander off into the question of "Ideology vs. Dogma" and why they are far from the same thing.
23+ ways to identify a faithful parish
23 Ways To Identify a Faithful Parish
24. Has a library stocked with books from Ignatius press and other solid Catholic publishers.
Our church actively participates in continuing education
about the faith with materials in line with the teachings of the Church. Example: showing Fr. Corapi's Catechism of the Catholic Church series every Tuesday night for X number of weeks.
I will think of some others and add them. I will also collect ones I see on DCF (someone posted a thread on this) ... If you have suggestions, add them in the comments
JP2 on fast track to sainthood, Levada as orthodoxy chief and other news
In the category of "everyone needs to know" we have: Pope names San Francisco Archbishop William Levada as orthodoxy chief
- apparently I am supposed to be up in arms about this because he did not excommunicate the entire city of San Francisco and cast it into the sea, then move south with doctrinal guns ablaze in an effort to reduce the cathedral in Los Angeles to a pile of rubble. I will reserve judgment choosing to trust the Pope on this matter. John Paul Put on Fast Track for Sainthood
- apparently some are not exactly thrilled about this ... they sure were silent when the world stopped for over a week to mourn his death.
Nyeh nyeh to ABC who apparently disables right clicking on their web pages. No post for you!!!A few other links ... Traditional Catholic Youth at Juventutem to be Joined by Three Cardinals and Eight Bishops
- I am excited about young people who are intersted in the Tridentine mass. Fire guts 100-year-old church in Pawnee
- We should pray for the members of this church. Losing an old church like this is a great tragedy and often times leads to opportunism on behalf of modern design fans on committees to construct another church that people will be glad to forget in 50 years.
Why on earth am I up? ... Oh yeah, this is funny
Pope is Catholic.
via Bettnet - Musings from Domenico Bettinelli, Jr.
Meanwhile, many American Catholics have told the new pope in no uncertain terms that he'd better snap to it.Excellent parody
"All I know is, something better give," said Mark Venkman, spokesman for Lighten Up, Catholics!, an organization of sort-of Catholic laypeople who have grown disenchanted with the church the more it gets on their case. "If they're not careful, we'll stop going to church.
"Um ... I mean, on Easter and Christmas Eve, too."
... or is it?Personal notes
Anyway ... Today marked the second time this year that we were over 90 degrees. We look like we are having a "cold snap" for the next several days with highs in the mid 80's. Then, I am sure, reality will hit. High 92 Low 72, 3pm thunderstorm, repeat. Add in a hurricane or two .... maybe some flooding ... West Nile. Trust me. I cannot wait until October.
On the positive side, I am getting decent exercise. We are living in an apartment, so we have easy access to a pool. My oldest son is learning to swim so we have been swimming every day for a week and I am totally sore and beat ... this is a good thing.
Finally, my wife and I are strongly considering moving to Ponchatoula -- Tangipahoa Parish
in Louisiana. We are already looking at houses. It is a small town that is located in the middle of everything that we like about Louisiana. Please pray for us during this discernment process. This move we hope to be somewhat permanent.
Shameless plug for EarlyChurchFathers.com
Below is a picture of St. Athanasius. Along with St. John Chrysostom, St. Athanasius is a doctor of the Church and one of my favorite saints.
I love any guy called the Father of Orthodoxy.
Anyway, both of these saints are prominently featured on WWW.EARLYCHURCHFATHERS.COM
which is the host site that my blog operates on.
I take no shame in plugging the site. I represents a great deal of work from myself and many friends of mine. I collected many of these quotes during my journey back into the Catholic Church and the tireless work of others has added to and brought the site to where it is today. (For kicks, if you want to see what it used to look like click here
Initially, I wanted a simple chart to refute the many nonsense dates I heard about when Catholic teachings were "invented". I think the main page does a very good job at demonstrating this. The remainder of the site simply collects further evidence to support the claim in subsequent years usually leading up to the end of the patristic age. I think it is useful and an exciting look into the historical teachings of the Church. I hope you enjoy it as well.
Ephesians 5 - Husbands love. Wives submit.
St. John Chrysostom - Homily XX on Ephesians
Thou hast seen the measure of obedience, hear also the measure of love. Wouldest thou have thy wife obedient unto thee, as the Church is to Christ? Take then thyself the same provident care for her, as Christ takes for the Church. Yea, even if it shall be needful for thee to give thy life for her, yea, and to be cut into pieces ten thousand times, yea, and to endure and undergo any suffering whatever,-refuse it not.
Though thou shouldest undergo all this, yet wilt thou not, no, not even then, have done anything like Christ. For thou indeed art doing it for one to whom thou art already knit; but He for one who turned her back on Him and hated Him. In the same way then as He laid at His feet her who turned her back on Him, who hated, and spurned, and disdained Him, not by menaces, nor by violence, nor by terror, nor by anything else of the kind, but by his unwearied affection; so also do thou behave thyself toward thy wife.
Yea, though thou see her looking down upon thee, and disdaining, and scorning thee, yet by thy great thoughtfulness for her, by affection, by kindness, thou wilt be able to lay her at thy feet. For there is nothing more powerful to sway than these bonds, and especially for husband and wife. A servant, indeed, one will be able, perhaps, to bind down by fear; nay not even him, for he will soon start away and be gone.
But the partner of one's life, the mother of one's children, the foundation of one's every joy, one ought never to chain down by fear and menaces, but with love and good temper. For what sort of union is that, where the wife trembles at her husband? And what sort of pleasure will the husband himself enjoy, if he dwells with his wife as with a slave, and not as with a free-woman? Yea, though thou shouldest suffer anything on her account, do not upbraid her; for neither did Christ do this. (link)
The Mother of the Son: The Case for Marian Devotion
Mark Shea: The Mother of the Son: The Case for Marian Devotion
- Mark has always managed to sum up good reasons why Marian dogma is important.
It essentially states a few very important things about Marian devotion that Catholics generally fail to put forth when attempting to explain it to our Protestant brethren.
That is a vital key to understanding Marian dogmas: They're always about some vital truth concerning Jesus, the nature of the Church, or the nature of the human person.
Theotokos - Mary Mother of God - affirms the Incarnation.
Mary, Ever Virgin - her consecrated life "a sign to the Church and of the Church"
Mary Immaculate - she is "the icon of both our true origin and our true dignity"
Assumption of Mary - she is "the icon of the divine dignity of our destiny"
This is a most excellent read and at the time I read it put to rest any lingering doubts I had about our Blessed Mother. So going back
to our bold CatholicPosters.com
Catholics turn to condoms in AIDS-ravaged Honduras
- Catholics reject Church teaching on condoms in order to solve a problem using shortsighted worldly solutions. All you need to know is
"It's a minor sin,"
We see others proclaiming abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, fornication, adultery and all other manner of sin "minor". No matter the lofty reason, what we have is a failure to trust God.
I think Fr. Corapi says it best. It goes something like this:It only takes one mortal sin for you to spend eternity in hell.
Not "minor" at all ...
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