Obama & Dems: Put your dreams away…UPDATED

My husband works for a company that is trying to sell their product to places like Lowe's and Home Depot.I hear Obama say "BUILDING SPRAWL STOPS NOW!" and I think, there go 800,000 jobs. And along with those jobs, probably another 100,000 jobs in retail and business technologies.And there goes an awful lot of tax revenue. How we are supposed to pay for this beast of a bill without taxable earnings is something the great "I Won" - who can't say a positive word about industry, … [Read more...]

Virginity, Chastity, Nunstuff

Got an email from someone today wondering why I did not write about Candlemas.Feb 2 is actually one of my very favorite feast days, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, (if I'd ever become a nun I'd have been Sr. Mary Whatever of the Presentation of the Christ) and I would write something about it, but Kansas Catholic has such beautiful pictures, and this priest has the info, so I'll just send you over there.Meanwhile, some young women are advancing in their spiritual journeys … [Read more...]

"They Do Not Love Jesus"

The child you are looking at is Namrata Nayak. Her face was disfigured when when Hindu extremists bombed her home last August, looking to kill Christians.I am struck by her power and beauty, which is transmitted through her eyes. One does not see the scars for the steadiness and fullness of Namrata Nayak's eyes.Her eyes are fearless. She is unintimidated. She looks directly at you, with a collectedness and assurance that only comes from deep interior knowledge. Namrata Nayak knows … [Read more...]

Incarnation: "The Mystery IS the Gift…"

Have you ever read something and then said, "damn, I wish I'd written that?I do it frequently, but especially today with this piece, especially, by the renowned skeptic, Vanderleun:Theirs was the Age of Myth; a world where night was not dimmed by the web of lights that now obscures the stars. Their nights were lit by flaring torches, dim oil lamps, guttering candles; by the phases of the moon and the broad shimmering river of the Milky Way. As the sun declined and night ascended, life … [Read more...]

Chesterton & Lewis warn against tyranny

G. K. Chesterton's helpful assessment of fundamental liberty. By his measure, our liberty is indeed threatened."The free man owns himself. He can damage himself with either eating or drinking; he can ruin himself with gambling. If he does he is certainly a damn fool, and he might possibly be a damned soul; but if he may not, he is not a free man any more than a dog." - Broadcast talk 6-11-35Emphasis mine. Jay at STACLU has a great quote on a similar theme:“Of all tyrannies, a t … [Read more...]

Rosary & Divine Mercy: Those repetitive prayers

ViaSeven times a day I praise you for your just decrees. -- Psalm 119: 164Got an email from a lady I've never corresponded with before - she seems very nice - and she says she's lately more amenable than she was to the idea that Catholics really are Christians, mostly thanks to our splendid popes, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, and to some of the Catholic bloggers she's come across in her reading.She did have one serious problem with us "besides Mary, who I feel less concerned … [Read more...]

Clintons and the Christians third party gambit – UPDATED

[Jesus] then addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. "Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, 'O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity--greedy, dishonest, adulterous--or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.' But the tax collector … [Read more...]

Is Socialism incompatible with Religion, Monasticism?

A while back I wrote:The thing is, communism works in very small enclaves, in monasteries, for example, where everyone involved is entering willingly, is voluntarily looking to be denuded, is eager to “give stuff up” in an effort to attain something quite different from worldy “stuff.” Communism does not work, though, in a large-scale national situation whereby people are expected to sublimate themselves, their instincts and their ambitions for the good of the party. Socialism does not wor … [Read more...]

A word from St. Catherine of Siena

"If you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire" - St. Catherine of SienaI've told this to my kids all their lives, even before I knew Catherine had said it: If you do the thing you're born to do, you will excel, you will excite, you will change things."But how do you know what you're born to do?" they would ask, "If you do lots of things well, how do you know what you are born to do?"Some of us might not be so blessed, of course, maybe some of us can only do one thing, … [Read more...]

Smacking away the hand meant to soothe

I wasn't going to post regarding this article, but I find I really must, if only in the hopes that its author, Maria Eftimiades, will see my post and understand that her own prejudicial assumption puts out hurtful misinformation about a group of people doing good work.Discussing her choice to abort her son upon learning that he had Down's Syndrome, Eftimiades wrote: I'm sure pro-lifers don't give you the right to grieve for the baby you chose not to bring into the world (another euphemism, … [Read more...]


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