Da Vinci Code ... here it comes
So here we go ... weeks and weeks of people fighting about the Da Vinci Code are upon us ... Contentious Notions: Are They True?
- Inaccuracies in the Da Vinci Code. Basically a liberal rag saying what the rest of us already knew. HT to Katolik ShinjaHow The Da Vinci Code Doesn't Work
- HowStuffWorks.com. HT to The Curt Jester
I suggest visiting Amy Welborn's blog during this time - open book
Around St. Blogs - Evidences, Patristics and Marriage
Miracles: Evidence of God's Existence
If I were an atheist, I think I would save my money to buy a plane ticket to Italy to see whether the blood of Saint Januarius really did liquefy and congeal miraculously, as it is supposed to do annually.
(click the link to finish reading it)Patristics blog
Did I mention that I love Patristics ... I also love the Fathers of the Church blog. A couple of good recent posts ... Honest pagans on the historical JesusThe Early Church Fathers on Breastfeeding?
Here is a quick summary
Mike Aquilina - Breastfeeding imagery. Didnt have stigmas about it. Incidence of it much higher. Public. Metaphor for Gods grace, sacraments, especially Eucharist - God feeds us with His own substance.
Odes of Solomon
St Clement of Alexandria "Jesus as the milk ..."
Book of Steps
St Augustine - natural rhythm in breastfeeding (mutual need)
Its only a few minutes right at the end. Take the time to download the file and listen to it. Recent polls show Americans shifting to pro-life attitudes
I had a talk with a liberal friend of mine the other day and I noticed, as I am noticing more and more, a tendency of liberals to think "you know, there are way too many abortions". It seems that willingness to concede that there should, in fact, be severe limitations is one that a tremendous majority of folks will go for, including a growing percentage of those on the left side of the aisle. Democrats for Life spelled out a plan for pushing to eliminate 90% of existing abortions while still retaining the legality of it. It is a far cry from perfect. It is certainly a step in the right direction. Ummm myself?! on marriage
Someone paid me a nice complement today and said that I write good things about marriage. He even suggested that I write a book. He was looking for something that I had written elsewhere. I looked up some items that I transferred to my blog. Here are the items I know I posted in that venue that are also here. A crush: How it consumes us and why it is different from the love that makes a marriage work On Being Single ... from a married guyThe best of my unsolicited advice about getting marriedNo kissing before you get marriedNever fightNice guys finish in heaven
Nice guys finish in heaven
found a couple of posts I wrote on DCF that I wanted to keep
Who cares what works NOW. Nice guys finish in heaven.
Love is about pursuit. Pursue Jesus and if it is His will, she will come ...
Consider the following idea:
Dating -- particularly the worldly idea "serial monogamy" vs.
Until death .... sacramental marriage
One idea is being fed to you constantly through standard media outlets and the other is likely not being talked about at your church. Serial monogamy (highly encouraged by the dating mentality) undermines the idea of "until death". It creates a mindset of disposable relationships. I have been fortunate to have a few friends who have prepared for marriage recently discuss with me with their pre-marriage issues. Its like a broken record. Both had cold feet. I had it as well. In every case it reeked of direct attack from Satan on a marriage that is likely to result in increasingly holy spouses and large numbers of children raised in the faith. It is the systematic undermining of "until death" by the idea that "well, there has to be someone better out there" ...
Men like to be logical. We think "There are 3 BILLION women in the world. Statistically speaking the perfect one must exist ... right?" The conclusion is that I must date as many women as possible to be able to discern the right one. Stop thinking in terms of better, more beautiful. You will hear the following phrases from many women -- "this guy is dating material" vs. "that guy is marriage material" ... Guess which one you want to be? The guy with no dating experience who is "marriage material".
IMHO, you should be preparing yourself to be a husband and not worrying about who she is. The rare woman, (read Proverbs 31 for a description) marries with her eternal destination in mind. She seeks the man whose headship she does not fear. She is looking for a man who will accelerate her path to holiness by his support and His strength. That type of woman is an asset to your journey towards Christ. I am not saying marry someone who is going to be a source of suffering. The one who is dissing you because you are nice is likely to bring plenty of that. I am saying marry someone who assists in fixating your every fiber towards Christ. She is rare and she might be right under your nose but you are not going to notice her Christ-like qualities in a dating mentality. Take some time away from that rat race and bury your face in total submission at the foot of the Cross ... All good relationships begin there.
Prepare for your role. God will know when you are ready. Let Him provide the final piece. The hard work isn't finding the right one. The hard work is being ready if and when the right one comes.
found a couple of posts I wrote on DCF that I wanted to keep
"Then she tells me that she doesn't think we're good for each other because we never fight."
I hesitate to post this but I think it needs to be said. What I bolded above is a great lie that undermines WAY too many relationships. I hear it all the time. I think people are confusing undisciplined anger with "passion".
It falls into the category of statements like "kids can't control themselves so we have to give them condoms". It seems sensible, however, as Christians, we are called to perfection and perfection doesn't have room for undisciplined sexual behavior just like it doesn't have room for undisciplined anger.
My wife and I hardly fight. In fact, we only fought a tiny bit before we got married but the vast majority of that was pride and hard-headedness on my part. Once I learned that sacrifice trumps selfishness in a relationship things started to get a lot more peaceful. The first year had some occasional quibbles but years 2-5, save a couple of minor disagreements was almost event free. I think people who fight all the time seem to think that it is a measure of some level of honesty that those of us who don't fight are missing. I hear more than my share of seemingly happy married couples who tell us they worry about us because we don't fight. I think they need to worry more about why they DO fight than why we don't. Fighting doesn't have to be a persistent condition of marriage. Its something you can choose to virtually eliminate but you have to be prepared to sacrifice in order to have it, which means swallowing your pride when you know you are wrong.
There is something to be said for knowing that disagreements will happen. They will. Whether or not what results of the disagreement is labelled a fight or not depends on how you deal with it.
My parents just made their 50th anniversary and are still pleased as punch to be married. They fought once when I was about 8 and from talking to my mom, there were some troubles at the start and then things ironed out for 49 years with a few speed bumps Smile.
Homeschooling: So what about socialization?
this is a work in progress ... I will likely update it in the next few days
This question is raised by every well meaning person who finds out that we are planning on homeschooling.
The idea that there is something wrong with the socialization aspect of homeschooling typically presumes a few things:
1. That socialization of children in age-homogenous classrooms is necessary for normal social development
2. That homeschooled children avoid contact with their peers
3. That adults who were homeschooled are generally unable to function in societyMYTH: Socialization of children in age-homogenous classrooms is required for normal social development
Historically speaking, age-homogenous classrooms are a novelty. Plenty of the most brilliant minds, not to mention socially relevant and historical persons, of the past were privately tutored, raised in one room school houses with children of diverse ages or educated themselves. In fact there is even some criticism from within the school environment related to age-homogenous classrooms. -- See multi-age classrooms
-- For this to be a valid criticism of homeschooling, it would require showing that there is something inherently wrong with raising children primarily in a family environment with REGULAR social interaction with other children who happen to be located OUTSIDE of a classroom environment. What is so necessary about a classroom that makes it more suitable for proper social development than social environments outside of the classroom? In fact, it would be easy to argue that students should NOT be socializing in class in the first place. After all, they are there to learn. I spent my entire education in public schools and I can assure you that I did not have a significant amount of time to get to know my fellow students at school. Recess and lunch were the exceptions but that time was still limited. My best friendships, even with those I met at school, were developed OUTSIDE of school time. MYTH: Homeschooled children avoid contact with their peers
Lets start with some study statistics: "The typical homeschooler takes part in at least five social activities outside the home every week" (Source)
"Another study points out that 98% of homeschool students are involved in more than one activity outside the home." (Source)
Part of the seed of this myth stems from the idea that homeschool parents WANT to isolate their children. Let us consider this in light of the most common reasons cited for homeschooling.
The following three reasons are cited as the most common reasons that parents homeschool (Source)
31.2% Concern about environment of other schools
29.8% To provide religious or moral instruction
16.5% Dissatisfaction with academic instruction at other schools
Initially "concern about environment of other schools" may seem like a bunch of parents hauling their kids into a cave to avoid all contact with the human species. This, however, is not typically the case. The summary of this report (Source)
noted that "safety, drugs, or negative peer pressure" were the most often cited within the subset of this concern about the schooling environment. The idea is to isolate your children from negative influences more than from children as a whole. It is a logical fallacy to think that parents would not want their children in contact with other children just because they don't want their kids in contact with bad influences. Bad influences are not "normal society" however they are part of normal society. Not only that, bad influences are unavoidable. Homeschool parents with any sense realize that socialization of their children is necessary. Mine beg for it and it is this oft cited criticism that has resulted in homeschool parents making contact with other children a priority in their lives. MYTH: Adults who were homeschooled are generally unable to function in society
A study was done by the National Home Education Research Institute
specifically to counter this claim. The results of the survey are as follows:
Attend religious services at a higher rate than typical US adults (93% to 41%)
Are more involved in the political process. They
- Contribute money to political parties / candidates at a higher rate Volunteer for service organizations at a significantly higher rate than typical US adults (71% to 37%)
- Work for political causes at a higher rate
- Attend public meetings at a higher rate
- Write editorials / sign petitions at a higher rate
- Participate in protests and boycotts at a higher rate
- VOTE at a SIGNIFICANTLY higher rate (nearly DOUBLE in age ranges surveyed)
They are also generally more satisfied with life, with their careers and with their financial situations than the average US adult in their age range. (Source)
The understatement of the decade
Blogs are changing how we get facts.
That you and I can go out there and tell things as we see them, and in some cases even get quoted by MSM outlets, is a sign of things to come.
For better or worse no viewpoint is left unturned in the blogosphere. The grass roots organizations that fueled the last presidential election depended on this Internet of ours to get their messages across. Drudge busted Clinton. Swift Boat Vets went after Kerry. MoveOn.org went after Bush. There is are even opposing grass roots organizations to fight for and against Wal-Mart
. Their purpose? Distribute one side of the information.
"For years, labor leaders were fighting Wal-Mart the old way, but times have changed," Kofinis said. "Instead of organizing workers, they're trying to organize the nation" against Wal-Mart.
Think about this though ... This type of information exchange coupled with a nation unable to discern the difference between fact and opinion. Now thats a scary thought ....
.. One more reason to homeschool and ensure my kids know that difference.
Make that TWO articles as opposed to 221 (RE: Condoms/AIDS and Vatican supposed approval)
The mainstream media's concept of a lift on the condom ban is far off the mark within the debate between the likes of Barragàn and Trujillo. Neither of the camps is suggesting approving of the use of condoms without or even within marriage. Barragàn is suggesting that within marriage where one spouse is infected with AIDS, the use of condoms may be permitted to save the life of the uninfected spouse.
The difficulty with the argument is that in such dire circumstances abstinence must be counselled as condoms would close the sexual act to the gift of life and would not protect the uninfected partner from transmission. Suggesting condoms for prevention of disease, therefore, would be the equivalent of an anti-smoking group suggesting smokers switch to low-tar cigarettes.
from Vatican Cardinal on Condoms: Error in Reporting, I Don't Have the Authority to Produce a Document
. Also †Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam†
(OK the crosses in the title are cool)
Shouldn't we be up in arms that Catholic teaching was so grossly misreported by 99% of the press? No ... wait ... I forget ... this is the norm. But yes, we should be up in arms.
My (not much) reading for today ...
Fear of the Bible
The Bible is nothing to be afraid of--and it is something that every Catholic should be involved with in Mass and outside of Mass. Ignorance of Scripture--Old Testament and New--is ignorance of Christ.Feministe's Church Lady
WOW -- an interesting trip into the phenomenon of cultural Catholicism. Heaven forbid anyone ACTUALLY believe what the Church teaches. We pesky converts are ruining the Church and people are leaving
because of us?... speaking of the media again ...
Mark Shea: Vatican Cracks Down on Devout Catholics in Bus Plunge: Hardliner Pope Takes Rigidly Orthodox Position Against Vehicular Homicide
are worth a read ... Kenyan bishops have achieved what's still stuck in committee in the USA
"The music should be aligned with the doctrine and the liturgy of the Catholic Church," the bishop told the Daily Nation. "There have been cases where choir masters and composers have come up with all sorts of music which tended to be a disgrace to the Catholic faith."
I look towards the vibrant faith in Africa with much admiration.
Reporting on Catholic doctine: obvious neglect of the press
The press is forever reporting on the truth as they see it ... Catholic Church to Ease Ban on Condom Use
- along with 221 other articles
as of this posting on the topic
In a victory for reform-minded critics of the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI has now reversed the Catholic Church's long-standing position with regard to the use of condoms to combat the spread of the HIV virus.
... which is of course based on this gem of a quote
The Vatican's "health minister" Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, who is close to the pope, told the Rome-based newspaper La Repubblica "It was the pope who took the initiative over this very sensitive and difficult issue."
What ONE Cardinal says the pope says becomes Truth .. sigh ...Meanwhile the press also conveniently avoids reporting the Truth as it ISCatholic Church has not changed life positions, Vatican official says
The president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, responding to statements by Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, said the Catholic Church has not changed its position on fundamental issues, such as the right to life from conception to natural death.
In a conversation with the Catholic News Agency, Msgr. Elio Sgreccia said he preferred not to directly address the statements by Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, retired archbishop of Milan.
“At the Vatican, we do not consider it necessary make a controversy out of something that does not merit it.”
This was the ONLY
article mentioning this that I found this morning. 221
articles based on stretches of the immagination and the word of one Cardinal (not the Pope mind you) vs. 1
article based on the longstanding and unchanging teaching of the Church.
No wonder Catholics around the world are confused.
A few things to read when I get time
Exciting religious life, drive thru church and a gorgeous cathedral
I cannot write today for the life of me ... looks like the south Louisiana heat is already starting its oppression ...
So you get some links instead ... :) The Nashville Dominicans
- "Many young women are considering authentic religious life." ... I could be wrong but I think this is the same group of nuns that conjured up this big hoo-rah when Benedict XVI was elected:
We are thrilled
Yes indeed ... a strange photo essay - Drive-In Church Photo Essay
courtesy of Waiting in Joyful HopeCathedral Tour: Madrid, Spain
- Our ancestors who built glorious monuments to God continue to stand proclaiming "Jesus is Lord"!!!
Two thousand years deep and growing as a Catholic
An interesting little blurb by the Curt Jester .... Two Thousand Years Deep
An excellent essay discussing an interesting aspect of conversion ... Growing with and toward the Church
Future post on sensitive topic?
I will be posting soon, hopefully, on a touchy subject. I am trying to figure out a way to best word things in what I am going to post. It is of a sensitive nature and it involves revealing much about my past that I am not quite comfortable with putting on a public website for the world to see. I had been working on an essay related to the topic when the opportunity for me to engage the sensitive issue came up in a private forum. I was thus able to organize some of my thoughts into the beginnings of an essay.
If you are interested in me posting the topic encourage me to pray more about it ...
I realized that I am like that rubber plant. The plant was given me by a Protestant; likewise, I was baptized by a Protestant pastor and was encouraged in my Christian faith by many others of that faith.
The plant flourished in a hostile environment, as my faith has grown even though I have been outside a church for most of the time I have been Christian. Finally, it needed better soil and a bigger planter.
Like that plant, as I enter the Catholic Church, my world is not becoming smaller. It's becoming far bigger, in every way.
But what really touched me was thinking about the dirt and the roots. I come into the Church with a lot of dirt around my roots — the dirt of old experiences and old ways of thinking.
If Jesus wanted, He could shake that dirt off; He can do anything. But He hasn't purged me of all the thoughts, memories, and behaviors that marked me before I made my profession — because He doesn't want to damage my roots.
One thing to remember is that so much of your Protestant roots you don't have to shake off. It all falls right into place. I think Dave Armstrong was the one that said something like this: "Everything that was wonderful about my Protestantism is available in the Catholic Church"
It just takes some work to find it. Sometimes its harder to find but, as my wife says, He often time leads you to things that are more important than the things you used to hang your hat on which you thought a strength of where you came from. Being Catholic means a change. I know veneration of images and relics and especially the incorruptables were just creepy and weird to me at first. It took a while for God to work my roots into the new soil there.
Often times it takes a while before you realize you haven't really arrived but that you just began a journey that is going to take you to places you never thought God could take you. Its sort of like Chestertons key hole analogy. Once you have stepped into the room and can see it for all its glory, you realize you now have so much to explore. One one side it feels like the end of the road on the other it feels like the beginning of the longest journey imaginable.
Enjoy the journey ...
Christ is Risen indeed!!!
Christ is Risen Indeed!!!
My MIL was received into the Church last night. It was FAN-TASTIC!!!
A couple of items ... Married Lutheran minister becomes a Catholic priest
Lots of stories like this coming out today. Few, however, include reasons why people convert. I read another
that indicated that the number of people entering the Church in Massachusetts and New Hampshire is the highest it has been in the last four years. Of course, it spends about half the article focusing on the abuse scandal.
There is sin and yet people come. Gospel of Judas
also from DeoOmnisGloria
[The Gnostics] declare that Judas the traitor was thoroughly acquainted with these things, and that he alone, knowing the truth as no others did, accomplished the mystery of the betrayal; by him all things, both earthly and heavenly, were thus thrown into confusion. They produce a fictitious history of this kind, which they style the Gospel of Judas.St. Irenaeus Against Heresies 1:31:1.
Adding his blog to my favorites ... A hearty welcome to all who entered the Church last night.
Read my Easter Vigil
essay from when I re-entered the Church a few years ago.
I trusted something would happen to me last night. I trusted that God would change me. I had no idea if what my intellect was telling me was going to happen would. I wanted to believe it would. I wanted God to be every bit as big as the Catholic Church claims He is. I wanted real Eucharist. I wanted Sacrament. God honored the things I accepted on faith, not the things I learned and the things I reasoned out. Any doubt I had about the other things I have accepted on faith; Mary, Indulgences, difficult moral teachings, is now gone. I realize now why the Catholic Church has made it this many years, through so much adversity and challenge. It is simply true. I pray to God that every human being will answer this call, and walk down that aisle and proclaim "Here I am Lord" .. and continue on and on saying "Christ is Risen indeed!!!"
What did the one chocolate bunny say to the other?
Shamelessly ripped this right off of Julie D's blog
I thought it was too funny though ...
Earlychurchfathers.org mentioned on Catholic Answers radio?
I received email regarding http://www.earlychurchfathers.org
Apparently it seems that we were mentioned on Catholic Answers radio ... If any of my ummm few readers listened to it and can tell me what was said I would apprecaite it. BTW VISIT THE SITE
Homeschooling and The Family: Monastery of the New Dark Ages
We went to a homeschooling convention yesterday and listened to Dr. Mary Kay Clark
speak on the goal of eternal victory through homeschooling. Most homeschoolers we talk to are always harping on "your style". Our problem is one of chaos. Mary Kay Clark is a hard hitter and she gave some good advice starting with:
1. Daily mass
2. Weekly confession
3. Use of sacramentals
Basically avail yourself of the graces that God has to give for which you are not asking for now.
Then she proceeded to the practical homeschooling advice (which I will save for a different time) ... Now while I realize she was peddling her wares at the conference, I couldn't help but be amazed that with both speakers the focus on BEING a good Catholic is the primary prequisite to being a good homeschooling Catholic.
If you don't live it, then it will ring hollow when you try to tell your kids to live it. Or as Dr. Clark said, "you cannot give what you do not live."
Finally she mentioned a talk by Fr. Fessio about the family being the "Monastery of the New Dark Ages" which was an idea that seemed truly inspiring to me ... so I did a search and found it. The Family: Monastery of the New Dark Ages
-- a couple of choice quotes (read the whole thing)
[The Benedictines] preserved the monuments of our faith by copying Scripture, and copying the great Fathers of the Church. Slowly, but inevitably, a new civilization was built up.
For one thing, these are the people having children, and you can’t have a civilization 100 years from now unless somebody has babies. Thank God that the people who really believe in the Church and believe in our civilization are having the babies and transmitting the culture. Because that will eventually take over.
I really like the tag Monastery of the New Dark Ages
. Begging for some t-shirts to be made ...
We have also made a decision to go with St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
with our first son. Coming soon
I have collected some statistics on pornography which are shocking. ... I also have some thoughts on that which will show up here in the next few days. One more post for today ... :)
Here is our problem
A few evenings ago my wife calls me at work to tell me that she saw a black widow climbing up under the siding of our new home. She also saw what she suspected was a larger one a few feet to the right. That night I went outside to survey our spider problem. I found NINE black widows.
First they are solitary and they are afraid of human beings. They also rarely "attack" -- the one exception being a female protecting eggs. After they are born they spin a web and are carried by the wind to the location they will spend the rest of their lives. Black widows are by far the most dangerous spider in our part of the world and people have died in the United States. Prior to indoor plumbing and modern medical technology 5% of widow bites resulted in death although in most cases those deaths were the extremely young, extremely old or those with allergic reactions. Mans contact with the spiders has been lessened HOWEVER
I have two kids who would be categorized as "the very young". It has supposedly been 15-20 years since a recorded death from a black widow bite has occurred in this country. With as many as I have and since it appears my home is particularly at risk for them precautions have and will continue to be taken.
On the bright side, I found out that mud daubers are natural predators of black widows. In fact, they paralyze them and store them in the mud tubes that they build. On the first black widow that they put in the tube they lay a single egg. The larvae that hatches feeds on the tube full of spiders until maturity. Then it breaks out and goes on about its merry way.
Mud daubers ... my new best friend.
Bowling: I screwed up a 300 tonight
Pretty bad too ... I had 9 in a row and buried it through the nose on the last shot to leave the Big 4. Then I whiffed on the whole thing. Oh well. A most disappointing way to bowl a 258. Any other way I would be happy with that score ... just not that way. The way I see it Michael Jordan missed game winning shots so I am allowed a collosal failure here and there. :) Last time I had pressure on (bowling my first 700) I delivered BIG TIME.
I ended the league with a 202 average. I am pleased about that. Still, chunking that 300 is a big disappointment.
I have not had much time to practice so sadly I am figuring things out during league that I would figure out in practice if I was doing it regularly. I just dont have the time. For 15 years I have mainly shot the arrows. It makes life easy. Tonight I started with a 192 and a 195 because I couldn't get the line I was throwing to carry. I decided to make a minor adjustment and throw 2 boards to the right of where I normally throw. I have done this sparingly in the past. The goal was to get into the dry outside to get a little more angle coming into the pocket. Good move.
I seriously had a shot. I got outside a little too much on that last shot. One stinking board. That is why they say bowling is a game of inches. Next time, I need to take advantage ... and as well as I have bowled the last several weeks I am convinced that I am improving and there will be a next time.
The Pill is a No-No
from American Papist.
I find this picture on his blog to be highly amusing.
WASSSSUUUUUPPPP!Pope becoming a people's man
willing to talk with those who do not share his views.
Ahhh forever trying to keep this door of hope that change of Church doctrine is the whim of the Pope and if only he would listen to his enlightened peers .... They are not just his views. They are the views of Christ and the role of the Church is to protect them and hand them down. The Pope: Doing his job. Universal approval of Latin Missal could be on the way
I think it would be a good thing. Beautiful Churches: Our Lady of Walsingham, Houston, Texas
from The Cafeteria Is Closed.
Trip to Houston now on the list.
Pope: Catholic Church's "Principal Focus" in Public Arena is Life and Family
"As far as the Catholic Church is concerned," he said, "the principal focus of her interventions in the public arena is the protection and promotion of the dignity of the person, and she is thereby consciously drawing particular attention to principles which are not negotiable."
"Among these the following emerge clearly today:
- protection of life in all its stages, from the first moment of conception until natural death;
- recognition and promotion of the natural structure of the family - as a union between a man and a woman based on marriage - and its defence from attempts to make it juridically equivalent to radically different forms of union which in reality harm it and contribute to its destabilization, obscuring its particular character and its irreplaceable social role;
- the protection of the right of parents to educate their children.
These principles are not truths of faith, even though they receive further light and confirmation from faith; they are inscribed in human nature itself and therefore they are common to all humanity."
In bold: So is this an endorsement of homeschooling? The rest is more important though. Benedict XVI ROCKS!!!Bowling
Well ... my average is likely coming down some. I bowled a 581 tonight but I have to admit that I am really pretty happy with it. I started with a clean game -- a 211 with two doubles and the rest spares -- and then followed it with a 182 and a 188. I had some splits in those games because my line was extremely tight. If I got outside even one board I hit the Sahara and the ball dove through the nose. If I got inside a board or two it would slide some but it wouldn't carry. I was aiming two boards right of the third arrow most of the night so that made things hard as well. I only had one turkey tonight and that was it. I missed one single pin spare. I picked up the rest so my spare percentage was very high. All in all a great series for struggling to find my line all night.
One more week to keep my season average above 200.
2006 Yearbook of Churches reflects membership and growth trends
2006 Yearbook of Churches reflects membership and growth trends
Basic summary. Catholic Church on the increase. LDS on the increase.
Mainline Protestant denominations on the decline. Conservative Evangelical churches and charismatic churches on the rise. Orthodox church on the rise (big time).
Noticing a trend here?
The Catholic Church is obsessed with sex
A response on DCF - Bonaventure
-The Arians thought the Church was way too focused on the Divinity of Christ.
-The gnostics thought the Church was way too focused on physical reality
-The pagans thought the Church was way too focused on there being only one God.
-The Jews think that the Church is way too focused on the New Covenant and forgets about them
-The Orthodox think that the Church is too focused on the Papacy.
-Protestants think the Church is too focused on works, tradition, Mary, etc.
-The feminists of today think the Church is way too focused on being male dominated.
-Politicians think the Church is meddles in political affairs too much.
-Communists think the Church focuses too much on private property
-Fideists think the Church focuses too much on the use of reason.
-Rationalists think the Church focuses too much on Faith.
-Existentialists think the Church focuses too much on essence and not existence.
-Relativists think the Church focuses too much on truth
And yes, the modern man who sees himself as free to do anything he wants at any time he wants, especially sexually, is going to project his own personal sinfulness onto the Church, just like all the groups above. He will immediately blame the Church for what he wants to reject.
So who is obsessed?
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Firefox rocks, a few links and some personal notes
Well XP crashed on me. First time ever.
I thought I had lost some things I was intending on linking in on this short session tonight. When the crash occurred I was somewhat disappointed because I KNEW I was going to forget what they were. Lo and behold I apparently had installed an extension that saves sessions when Firefox crashes. Firefox loaded with 3 tabs containing the items I was looking at ...
Thus you get:Babies are so cuteRace and the Catholic Church
Of course what really got my interest was this gem of a quote:
What they have learned is that butting heads with a 2,000-year-old institution is no easy task. People at every level of church hierarchy have told them the same thing: The Catholic Church is no democracy.
I am a newbie and even *I* get that much. Jimmy Akin
-- Always good for this type of thing: Lego Parish
I built a Lego church once and my son destroyed it. I will do so again one day and once again he will likely destroy it. Some personal notes ...
Bowling: I am currently averaging 202 and I am 21 games into this league. I found out today that carrying a 200 average over 36 games in one league and paying $100+ will get me membership in the PBA
. Woo Hoo!!! I would never compete in tournaments though. I just want that cool benefit of $1 games at participating bowling alleys. I think I can bowl enough in a given year to offset that cost.
Work: Major project coming to a close and it looks like things are a GO for heading into production. I will start actually getting some sleep at night. Woo Hoo #2!!!
I have adoration in a couple of hours.