The Great Silence can’t come fast enough

Not for me, or for some others. This is a nice piece on the Carthusian documentary which is making such waves in Europe. The world as it is today seems to need what these people are offering. Speaking of what we need more of in the world today - I just finished Rev. James Martin's In Good Company: The Fast Track from the Corporate World to Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience and it's a winner. A man gets a good education, finds a nice job, starts living the American dream and suddenly...hears a … [Read more...]

Help out a milfamily in need…

Jim at Gateway Pundit has the story, so I'll just lift a little from him: MSG Rhys Wilson from northwest Missouri came home from Iraq to find his wife Theresa diagnosed with 4th stage neuro-endocrine cancer, unusual for a woman her age. The cancer has metastasized throughout her body. The Airman was brought back from Iraq to assist with his wife and her 8 year old who has undiagnosed heart problems. (They have a total of 6 children in their blended family, five are pictured here.) The … [Read more...]

The Global Warming Gasbags

Nick Schultz does a good job of deflating a few of the balloons flying around about global warming. The past few weeks we've seen a stepping up of hysterical rhetoric, complete with Bill Clinton urging Tony Blair on about the whole "global warming revolution..." Eek. Schultz' piece recaps the recent glut of hand-wringers: But first, the alarm bells. Consider: * This week Time magazine has a "special report" on global warming with the cover blaring "Be Worried. Be Very Worried." * … [Read more...]

Hewitt? Bauer? There’s a diff?

Beth at MVRWC asks the question. … [Read more...]

Dems on Security: Consistant! Errr…

I notice that many people are zeroing in on what I believe is Hillary Clinton's contribution to the Democrats "Real" Security (as opposed to the fake security we've been working on for these years) - that would be the particularly hypocritical, eye-spinning admonition of the Bush Administration for "outsourcing" negotiations with Iran. Writes Jim Geraghty: This from the party of multilateralism, the party of the "global test", the party that's all about "strengthening alliances." You can't … [Read more...]

Abdul Rahman thanks Pope Benedict XVI

I know I couldn't be the only one who wondered, when Italy intervened, if Uncle Benedict had anything to do with it. Abdul Rahman seems to be saying as much, here ROME - An Afghan man who had faced the death penalty in his homeland for converting from Islam to Christianity said Thursday he was certain he would have been killed if he had remained in Kabul and thanked Pope Benedict XVI for intervening on his behalf. "In Kabul they would have killed me, I'm sure of it." ... He said he was … [Read more...]

Me vs Us: The Return of History

If you read nothing else today, please take time to read Gerard Vanderleun's stunning and brilliant essay, The Return of History. Send it to everyone you know and stick it in your harddrive. He puts its better and more lucidly than anyone could: the "vacation from history" is over, the "me-like-fun" era is over, and it is once again - as before in America, in all of her greatests eras - "us-time." It's difficult to excerpt something this rich, but a little taste: N THE DAYS AFTER THE TOWERS … [Read more...]

Immigration: Solomon asked for “an understanding heart”

Perhaps America, like Solomon, needs to raise its hands to heaven and ask for the same - for Wisdom. And we'd better ask soon. Why? How about for Wisdom for the Nation on the issue of Immigration (or, as a pal emailed me, "migration...") This seems like a situation in which partisanship should be put aside in favor of a genuine, workable and realistic solution that will recognise both the dignity of the human beings we're dealing with, our duties to our nation and to our core values, and our … [Read more...]

Lend a hand, say a prayer, shed a tear…

Call this the "Touch-yer-heart Roundup" First the Lend a Hand: Julie at Happy Catholic and The Holy Fool (who I need to blogroll) are linking for the sake of Ron Rolling, who is facing a situation none of us would want. They've convinced him to install a paypal button and pass the plate to stave off the action. If you've a bit to spare and feel nudged to help out, please follow the instinct. Remember, God is never outdone in generosity! Then the Say a Prayer: For wisdom, for more wisdom, … [Read more...]

…Residing in the Reality of the Great Mystery

The most interesting women on the internet is Alexandra and today she has two provocative posts which you must check out. First up - Who is eligible for salvation? It is a question she is carrying over from this post and for an answer she provides links to several snippets from an interview between Bob Wright and Fr. Lorenzo Albacete. Good stuff and perhaps a timely dialogue. The complete interview between Robert Wright and Fr. Albacete is here and it is well worth watching. Wright … [Read more...]

Ali on the couch: Sig talks with a reformist Muslim

A very interesting and enlightening back and forth. Reform is always tricky. I think Ali sounds like a very careful man. And I think dialogue with him and others like him is really important and should be encouraged with patient listening and slow reaction. As Siggy says: ...Ali, of Unwilling Self Negation, speaks clearly and eloquently for himself- and he is a voice of moderate Islam. That voice may or may not always be in harmony with our own. That said, Ali's voice is one of reason and … [Read more...]

FISA Judges: Bush didn’t act illegally UPDATED

All the news that's fit to ignore? A panel of former Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judges yesterday told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that President Bush did not act illegally when he created by executive order a wiretapping program conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA). The five judges testifying before the committee said they could not speak specifically to the NSA listening program without being briefed on it, but that a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance … [Read more...]

A Sacrifice for the Nation?

I know this is a very "Catholic" way to look at things, and also a little too supernatural for some. Indulge me, please. All parts of the US government, every president since Carter - yes, even President Reagan - played down the aggressions of the islamofascists for 30 years. For thirty years, we've watched endless reams of tape - "Death to the Great Satan!" Every president has been burned in effigy. And nothing was done. Talk, talk, talk. Nothing done. Until that big fat hen came home … [Read more...]

“The world is filled with great people”

Indeed it is. Great people, not great governments! :-) Check out The World of Good blogburst. … [Read more...]