St. Therese Chocolate Update – Free Shipping through 10/14 at Equal Exchange

You can count on me for news you can use.  In this case, free shipping at Equal Exchange on orders containing chocolate:The fine print on the CHOCWEEK Coupon Code: *Offer expires 10/10/14. Free shipping valid on within the contiguous United States only. Valid once per customer, on orders of $25 or more. Orders must contain chocolate products.  FYI on the way EE works: You can choose to be a retail or a wholesale customer, doesn't matter whether you are or are not part of an official o … [Read more...]

The Feast of Small Things with Great Drama + My Favorite Calendar

It's the feast of St. Therese, and I have a serious post coming up some other time.  Meanwhile, let us observe that hidden in the word Piety is pie.  And when someone says pie, that means chocolate and coffee.We can thus remember that today is the Little Flower's feast day because it is also the first day of Fall, if by "Fall" what you mean is "when the summer shipping charges at Equal Exchange no longer apply."We'd been waiting with Therese-like restraint to reorder coffee -- it had go … [Read more...]

Greed, Human Suffering, and Catholic Social Teaching – Links Worth Your Time

Linking around on human rights & Catholic social teaching:Brandon @ Siris debunks a few myths about the Church "changing" it's teaching on usury.  Summary: The answer is still no and will always be no, but maybe that word doesn't mean what you think it means.  H/T to Darwin for the link. Nestle, Cargill & ADM get to go to court in California on charges of using slave labor.  Thank Simcha Fisher for pointing me to that one. I just finished reading Factory Girl, which follows the ( … [Read more...]

What Happens if Sacramental Confession Ceases to be Secret?

Why are some secrets worth dying for?  The Jesuit Post blog has an excellent piece up on the case from Louisiana headed for the Supreme Court. If you read nothing else, go read that.  Regular readers will recall I commented on similar lines in my review of I Confess earlier this summer.They say hard cases make bad law.  Hard cases also force us to think seriously about what makes good law.  Let's look at possible outcomes if the Supreme Court rules that priests and penitents can be compelled … [Read more...]

Charlotte, NC Missionaries of the Poor Benefit Concert – The Messiah August 9th

A head's up from Mrs. Curley:Hello Everyone,I have been asked by The Missionaries Of The Poor (MOP)  to spread the word about the concert they are sponsoring to benefit the poorest of the poor. 100% of the proceeds will go to Missionaries Of The Poor Homeless and Abandoned Children.I have tickets for the concert entitled "The MESSIAH!! THE GREATEST MUSICAL EVER"   2:00 pm Saturday, August 9, 2014 Halton Theater, CPCC 1206 El … [Read more...]

And about that Freedom of Religion Thing . . . – UPDATED

Update: Pia de Solenni reports on the situation in Iraq, where the fruits of religious intolerance have blossomed in full force.  And those fruits are death.Update #2: Here in the good ol' USA, the reaction to an unfavorable court decision is . . . death threats.  Keepin' it classy.  Permission hereby granted for my worthy opponents to link in the combox to anyone on your side of the debate who is publicly condemning this trash. *** Msgr. Pope sums up the situation here: But here’s a conc … [Read more...]

Hobby Lobby and the War on Women’s Intelligence

Of all the reactions to the Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby Case, Sam Rocha's is my favorite: The health care problem wouldn't be solved either way.  Go read his comments, then come back here, because that's where I'm going.First a few more required reading links:Shameless Popery clears up the several most common misconceptions about this case: 4 Things You Probably Have Wrong About the Hobby Lobby Decision The Crescat reminds you that this was never about birth c … [Read more...]