A Recovery Party? Random Chills, Thrills & Myths

Comrades, it's difficult to keep up, but the mandatory service requirement requires that you try. The oxymoronic thing passed in the Senate. It passed by a healthy margin.Yesterday a thoughtful young 24 year old whom I have known since he was about 10 or 11 sent along this piece about California regulating car colors, and I wrote back - feeling a little bit like King Arthur in the last scene of Camelot, "someday you will tell your children about the mythical land of America, where people … [Read more...]

Lives "Hidden" & Suppressed

I have written a few times about how socialistic, totalitarian governments tend to go after people of faith - to try to suppress them - and they specifically (and usually pretty quickly) also move to shut down the monastics and vowed religious, and leave them bereft of community.I suspect part of the reason they try to shut down the monasteries - aside from their usual statements demanding "unity and usefulness," and even apart from the fact that such governments are threatened by the power of … [Read more...]

Thorns, Surrender & Coming Out – UPDATED

The Recent Mrs. ChinsTwo of my brothers are gay, and both of them found that coming out afforded them great peace and freedom. No longer needing to hide a portion of themselves, unconstricted by fear and having escaped the deceptive "safety" of their hiding place, they became more at ease in themselves - easier to be around in general - and more fully the men whom God had created them to be. They also discovered that their coming out did not make them less lovable or beloved.So, their … [Read more...]

The Move to control the Church – UPDATED

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. -- The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of AmericaI frankly thought we had a few more years before we started seeing this, but here we go.As I wrote in the comments section, here:I have no … [Read more...]

Obama: Your conscience means nothing to me…UPDATED

I've been waiting for this story and knew it would come - dropped on a Friday night, of course:Taking another step into the abortion debate, the Obama administration today will move to rescind a controversial rule that allows healthcare workers to deny abortion counseling or other family planning services if doing so would violate their moral beliefs, according to administration officials.The rollback of the so-called conscience rule comes just two months after the Bush administration … [Read more...]

Housekeeping / Commercial Interruption

First, I want to shout out a big thank you to all of you who have used the Amazon search button (or any of my amazon links) to purchase goods - I'm especially grateful for whoever it was bought the Amazon Kindle, as it brought a $35 kickback to the site.What I have been doing with Amazon monies is putting 30% of the earnings into a charity (varies between the hospice which helped my brother and the Summit Nuns Capital Campaign, because our good sisters' kitchen cabinets are falling on them as … [Read more...]

Ash Wednesday 2009 w/Poll – UPDATED

Graphic Shamelessly Cribbed from Concord PastorUPDATE: Readings from Mass for Ash Wednesday are podcasted, here.In my never-ending quest to restore a useful awareness over recent, rather bland, instruction, I repost a bit of this:A few years ago a deacon pal and I were discussing ashes. He was helping to distribute them for the first time in his parish and was trying to decide if he would use the old smudge-formula, "Remember you are dust and into dust you shall return," or if he would … [Read more...]

Yep, I miss Bush – UPDATED

And if that annoys anyone, that's too bad.Seems increasingly like all the "Fascist Bush" caterwauling was the usual fake, dishonest theater meant as a means to an end - the end being to destroy the hated "election stealer" and his legacy, and not much more.But you know, for someone who "did everything wrong," his policies suddenly seem wise and right to some surprising people.It's easy to campaign and criticize. It's much more difficult to govern, especially knowing that if you don't keep … [Read more...]

Fatima & the Rosary – UPDATE

Okay, this is a little "officially weird."I'd been playing with the idea of podcasting the 4 mysteries of the rosary, for Lent, as a help for those who wanted to pray the rosary every day and might like the company. But then my computer had problems and podcasting was out.I'd forgotten all about the idea of doing the rosary.But today - Feb 20 - all day, two things kept pounding in my head. The first was: "Make those rosary podcasts, because the rosary is our weapon...""Weapon", I kept … [Read more...]

Lent Prep: Confession Primer

Been a long time since you've been to confession?Well...Lent is comingSo are hard times.If you're feeling fretful, you may want to try incorporating some prayer and spiritual discipline into your life. And if you're Catholic, and you want to get back into church, and begin to re-engage with the sacraments, or simply to get the most out of Lent, you might want to try going back to confession.I confess, I love this sacrament and lately have been partaking of it once a month, both for the … [Read more...]


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