"Goodnight, Chesty"

I had never heard of "Chesty Puller" until reading this piece just now, but it sounds like a film needs to be made, here:Enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1918 he would serve until 1955, rising in rank from private to lieutenant general. Throughout his career he led from the front, never asking his men to go where he would not go. For his courage he was five times awarded the navy cross, a silver star, a distinguished service cross, and a bronze star with a v for valor, along with … [Read more...]

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Out of Iraq: the Gospel Message Writ Large – UPDATED

Our Lady of Salvation Church, IraqIn the gospels, Our Lord made it very clear that to claim His salvation and his Name was to put oneself at odds with the world. His cross is a sign of contradiction, and our lives are meant to be, as well. In truth, Christians should be happy, not angry, when the world despises them; it despised Him, first. If the world loved Christians, or loved the church, it would indicate that the church (or the Christian) has become too much "of the world."And where … [Read more...]

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Veteran's Day; Soldiers & Saints

Fr. Tim Vakoc, Military Chaplain, RIPA Hero is as a Hero DoesNice posts at Hot Air and at Deacon Greg's place and elsewhere, but I like this piece by Frank Weathers, because it reminds us that (as with this priest) soldiers and saints are sometimes one and the same:Martin of Tours by Charles L. O'Donnell"As I today was wayfaring"— Holy, Holy, Holy!—low— Said Christ in heaven's evening— The Holies yet more hushed and slow— "I met a knight upon the road; A plumed charger he bestrode."He … [Read more...]

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A Family of Heroes

If you are looking around and feeling like the world is bereft of heroes, allow me to introduce you to a family made up of them. We need to know that grace abides in the world. Here is grace. In buckets.When young SGT Michael "Mike" James Stokely was killed in action near Yusufiyah, Iraq, his father Robert penned a moving memorial which the Mudville Gazette picked up.Robert Stokely then created a scholarship foundation in memory of his son; it also raises money to send school supplies to … [Read more...]

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Confused, Chilling Cold-Blooded Woman

This young woman is confused about many things.Horowitz: Will you condemn Hamas?Chilling Young Woman: Would I condemn Hamas?Horowitz: ...as a terrorist organization, a genocidal orga -CYW: Are you asking me to put myself on a cross?An interestingly phrased answer that hints at cultural confusion. The Muslim young woman is a Jew-hater who alludes to the possibility of suffering a martyrdom most-identified with by Christians, should she declare her beliefs.This young woman is further … [Read more...]

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The Fundamental(ist) Imbalance

Nowadays, the truth of peace continues to be dramatically compromised and rejected by terrorism, whose criminal threats and attacks leave the world in a state of fear and insecurity. These are often the fruit of a tragic and disturbing nihilism.Looked at closely, nihilism and fundamentalism share an erroneous relationship to truth: the nihilist denies the very existence of truth, while the fundamentalist claims to be able to impose it by force. Both show a dangerous contempt for human beings … [Read more...]

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Shahzad's grudge is recent? – UPDATED

The mainstream media has presented us with a plethora of possible motives behind Faisal Shahzad's attempted bombing in Times Square. We have read that he was a victim of the (Bush) economy, whose house was foreclosed on! In 2004, he is said to have remarked that he hated Bush (hardly a remarkable opinion) and the Iraqi war! He didn't like the drone attacks!But now it seems that Shahzad's has been a recent turning of a worm.If you stay with this story, you find, 13 paragraphs into it:Any … [Read more...]

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Year of the Priest: Military

Excerpts from a great photo essay on military chaplains, coming to us via the Crescat, who loves to celebrate the manly priests:Catholic military chaplain Cpt. Carl Subler on March 5 at a small U.S. combat outpost in Sha-Wali-Kot in Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan (See the whole inspiring thing hereAll found via New AdventRelated: The Stuff Priests are Made Of … [Read more...]

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Brown's Win and Obama's Iraq

Keep on Truckin'Just two quick thoughts on the fascinating and stunning victory of Republican Scott Brown over the Democrat, Martha Coakley, and both of them respond to remarks heard on television after Coakley's concession:1) Juan Williams and Sean Hannity discussing what this means for Obamacare. In response to the notion that this unprecedented upset might inspire Barack Obama to -like Bill Clinton in 1994 - adjust and step center to meet the mood of the country, Williams says, "it's … [Read more...]

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Abortion, War and Taxes – UPDATED

The formerly very liberal and very pro-choice Bookworm is thinking long and hard about abortion arguments in the 21st Century:I dreamed last night about the first ultrasound I had when I was pregnant with my daughter. I was sixteen weeks pregnant, and had been throwing up non-stop for 15 1/2 of those sixteen weeks. I was not happy. I resented the parasite within me. And then I saw the sonogram image and discovered that the parasite had a little round head, two arms and two legs, and an … [Read more...]

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