Is James Foley A Martyr? 16 Points To Consider.

Screenshot by ABCNews of James Foley just before his execution.

With the beheading of James Foley and the increasing reports of his Catholic faith, the word "martyr" is becoming more popular. Some would caution that we shouldn't use the word too lightly. I agree. At the same time, I also think martyrdom is more common than we realize. Here are 16 points (5+6+5) and few more for good measure.It's been happening for a long time. Christians (and others) are being killed for their faith, for what they believe and for what they refuse to believe. I didn't … [Read more...]

“When The Game Stands Tall” – It’s Not About The Game.


When a movie gives me perspective on where I'm at here and now in my life, I give it a thumbs up. In all honesty the new movie When The Game Stands Tall (in theaters tomorrow) surprised me in this regard.Let's face it. I'm the kind of person who, with the exception of this year's Super Bowl, watches the biggest football game of the year for...the commercials and the party. (This year was different since the Seattle Seahawks were playing, but then it really turned into a boring game when the … [Read more...]

Real Soldiers.

 .The BBC has this great piece about Kurdish fighters stopping to rescue this young disabled child who'd been abandoned in the desert for approximately two days. You know you're dealing with a real soldier when he or she stops to help a child. (Sorry, but the BBC video doesn't appear to have an embed option.) The Kurds seem to be amazing heroes. I never even knew they existed until St. John Paul II mentioned them in the Sunday Angelus - on multiple occasions. If anyone knows of a … [Read more...]

USCCB Requests Prayers Specially Today For Iraq. Plus, More Reality TV That We Should Be Watching.

Reuters photo of Yazidi fleeing Sinjar

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has asked that today, Sunday, August 17, be marked as a day of special prayer for peace in Iraq. It's the least we can do for all those suffering religious persecution - Yazidis, Christians, and Muslims - in Iraq.The above video comes from an article in The Daily Mail that appears to be legit. More reality TV that we should be watching. The article details the treatment of women captured by the Islamic State, including:A doctor conducts virginity … [Read more...]

The Best Article I’ve Read On Robin Williams


I've held off writing anything on Robin Williams as I don't know much about him except that I'm grateful for all the times he made me laugh and his suicide suggests his ability to make us laugh came from a place of deep, deep suffering.But I just read Ben Stein's piece and hope you will, too. Yes, he has some strong opinions about psychoactive anti-depressant drugs. You can take that up with him. I'm no expert in that area.Stein offers a solution. It isn't some vague concept of … [Read more...]

The Reality TV We Should Be Watching

From Newscom via "The Daily Signal."

 CNN has excellent footage of delivering food to the Yezidis in Iraq and rescuing some of them. People need to see this footage. This is how bad it it is for Yezidis and Christians. H/T The Daily Signal which has an excellent photo essay on this topic. Here's a teaser. Do visit TDS for the whole series.These are real people.This is real suffering.This is religious persecution.The Vatican, through the Council for Interreligious Dialogue issued a statement enuntiating … [Read more...]