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...]

Abdul Rahman – Safe in Italy UPDATED

"I think he arrived overnight" Premier Silvio Berlusconi said. OEC writes America should take a cue and "learn that it's alright to do the right thing.... I have to take a little gentle exception, there. America knows it's alright to do the right thing and has been doing it for the last three years under nothing but criticism. I think diplomatically it was smart for America to let another country do this. She has enough on her plate. I hope Mr. Rahman is being held somewhere very safe for … [Read more...]

Clinton, the media, the revolution

Perhaps Clinton's yacking has to do with pulling Tony Blair back in line for the upcoming "revolution," which will be built upon the "global warming" meme? As Clinton's also involved with this deal, it's good to recall that many Clintonistas either went into "journalism" or married "journalists" when they were done with the White House. If you own the press, you own enormous power - the Clintons have always known that. And if you're building a revolution on the basis of dubious science...all … [Read more...]

Two Film Trailers

My Li'l Bro Thom sent me this from the Diocese of Brooklyn - very impressive. Some are calling "Fishers of Men," an 18 minute film, the best thing ever made about the vocation to the priesthood. "God in the Streets of New York," is a film about a Eucharistic Procession done recently in NYC - you don't see them much anymore. This one was - by all accounts of those who attended - a marvel. You can see both trailers and more here. If you're looking for other formats you can scroll down, here … [Read more...]

A Reformist Muslim response?

I, among others, have been asking - rhetorically - "where are the moderate/reformist Muslims? We need to hear them!" It seems one is speaking up - and this is a very heartening message: Unlike some of my fellow believers I don’t think that the recent glut of Westerners calling for the reformation of Islam is due solely to an imperial Western ambition. I believe that much of non-Muslim engagement with Islam is premised upon a well-intentioned impulse. I believe that some Western antipathy … [Read more...]

A compendium of media chicanery

This is excellently done: Freeper "Starbase" has unveiled a project I wish I'd thought to do: A Directory of Modern Propaganda Techniques 1. Guilt By Association: This is used to damage someone's reputation by associating them with an unattractive person or organization. It doesn't matter if there is an actual association or not. Example: Kristen said that too many people were moving into the South without the input of Americans already living there. "This land is for my grandchildren, not … [Read more...]

The Pope to China?

This could be huge - good news for oppressed Christians all over the world, not just in China! Pope Benedict XVI told a delegation from Hong Kong he will visit China in what would be an extraordinary papal visit to the communist nation, but he said the trip's timing depends on "God's wish," media reports said Tuesday. One of the Vatican's goals is to restart official relations with China, which forced its Roman Catholics to cut ties with the Holy See in 1951 after the officially atheist … [Read more...]

Iran, the Test Case? The world is failing

Iran is the test case. It is the most dangerous political entity on the planet, and yet the world response has been catastrophically slow and reluctant. Years of knowingly useless negotiations, followed by hesitant international resolutions, have brought us to only the most tentative of steps--referral to a Security Council that lacks unity and resolve. Iran knows this and therefore defiantly and openly resumes its headlong march to nuclear status. If we fail to prevent an Iranian regime run by … [Read more...]

A bit of reserve can preserve you

Julie at Happy Catholic shares a bit about her daughter, Rose-the-Quiet-One. Rose is what some would call the original stone face. She doen't feel the need to respond to everything that everybody says but holds her judgments to herself much of the time. It's practically anti-American ... and I'm sure that at least some of my acquaintances wish I would do the same. It is partially because she is shy and partially through politeness. She often feels that what she is hearing is dead wrong but … [Read more...]