Buster update: There is something about ashes…

First Reading:Psalm:Second Reading:Gospel:Joel 2:12-18Psalm 51:3-6, 12-14, 172 Corinthians 5:20 - 6:2Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18Turn away from sin, and be faithful to the Gospel. -- Ash WednesdayIt's really funny about Ashes and Catholics...tell Catholics they HAVE to do something, and they stick their chests out and fume, "oh yeah? Who are YOU, the Pope?"Sometimes, as with the issuance of Humanae Vitae, they even say it TO the pope. In a manner of speaking.But tell them they don't HAVE to recieve … [Read more...]


A friend passed this short film on to me - a 24-hour condensened movie of the USA Antarctic Station. Very kewl!What an amazing world God has made. Enjoy! … [Read more...]

Some good and useful Lenten Blogging

Rebecca from Doxology was kind enough to give me a heads up about this week's Catholic Carnival, the focus of which is LENT. Good and timely reading for Catholic and Lent-curious or Lent-inclined Protestants. A few that stood out immediately for me:Herbely's The prophet Joel Explains Why We Need All Ten Commandments.Happy Catholic is looking forward to going into the desert.Jay at Living Catholicism ponders the daily taking up of the cross.DeoOmnisGloria wonders if you will suffer for God (which … [Read more...]

So, what are you giving up for Lent?

Let me go on record as saying I love Lent. It's a wonderful time of preparation, and for all the fasting, abstaining and "quiet" time for prayer and introspection, it's really quite cheerful - it's like a spring cleaning for the soul.Mark over at Stones Cry Out is asking a question from my childhood, wondering what folks are giving up for Lent, and what family traditions they take part in.I love Ash Wednesday, I love seeing my fellow Catholics (and more and more Protestants) unashamedly wearing … [Read more...]

Moyers’ ugly rant made this former lib admirer blanch

I admit it. I used to really, really admire Bill Moyers. Back when I was young and liberal and a Democrat, I thought the perfect presidential ticket would have Barbara Jordan on top, and Moyers on bottom.Jordan is - of course - long gone. And my regard for Moyers has changed over time, as he has grown rather shrill and unreasonable and fixed in a deplorable and shameful prejudice against conservatives and all but the most "liberal" Christians.I've wanted to think that Moyers has just been - … [Read more...]

Witness and Willingness

A friend of mine who is studying for the Permanent Diaconate related to me that he'd been wondering why so few priests wear their collars, anymore. He got his answer when one of his teachers, a priest who does wear his collar, reported that during the day he'd been spat upon and threatened with physical violence as he walked down the street.I have a cousin who is a priest, a Capuchin, who rarely wears his robes outside the church, because it's become such a hassle to deal with the foul remarks, … [Read more...]

Blogging will be lightening up…

I had already decided that for Lent I would cut back on blogging time, but now I am in the process of shopping around a book idea, and doing some editing, and the time necessary to do that well will also require some discipline on my part, with regards to time spent blogging/writing for fun.If you haven't already guessed, I'm not the most disciplined of girls when it comes to writing/blogging. I start banging out an idea or two, and then look up, thinking I've wasted half an hour, only to find … [Read more...]

The prudes in the press

This is just pathetic. That twit Elisabeth Bumiller is trying to make something about the fact that President Bush is reading Tom Wolfe's latest book, I am Charlotte Simmons.Gasp! It's full of sex and booze! Bumiller can't decide if President Bush is reading it because:A) It reminds him of his "hard partying frat days."B) It speaks to him, somehow, maybe perversely, about his own daughters college experiences.C) He's a dirty old man who wants to read about a girl losing her virginity.D) He's … [Read more...]

Congratulations to LaShawn Barber

LaShawn has won the Evangelical Blog Award for Best Political Commentary and it is well deserved. The girl works tirelessly and is right on top of everything. Her compilation on the Eason Jordan story is the go-to place for directions on which blogs to read and what they're saying. And she does all that while managing to witness to her faith at the same time. Great job, kid, keep it up! You'll be a Higher Being before the summer is ended, I am sure of it! :-) God is Good! … [Read more...]

Google News doesn’t include blogs as news sources…

Somehow I missed it, but apparently both The Mighty Malkin and Charles at LGF asked to be included as news sources at Google, and they were turned down.Now, Greg at What Attitude Problem informs us that Wuzzadem has been similarly, if less politely, rejected:Thank you for your note. We have reviewed www.wuzzadem.com but cannot include it in Google News at this time. We do not include news-related blogs, other news-related sites that are written and maintained by a single individual, sites that … [Read more...]

It’s time to relaunch my barbaric yawp of a vagina!

Sigh....Put that headline in the "now there is a headline I never thought I'd be writing" file.But Kathryn Jean Lopez reminds us that once again College Campuses the nation over will presenting this moronic and vapid piece. So, I figure if Eve Ensler can have such a run with her garbage, I can have a second run through mine, first written last December! :-)My Vagina and Me: Politically Incorrect and Lovin' it! Every year, in preparation for Valentine's Day (V-day, or Vagina Day in politically … [Read more...]

So, a human embryo is a human being. That makes sense!

Aimee, an eagle-eyed reader sent this good news to me, and I appreciate it. I'd somehow missed the story.A frozen embryo destroyed in a Chicago fertility clinic was a human being whose parents are entitled to file a wrongful-death lawsuit, a Cook County judge ruled Friday.Attorneys on both sides of the abortion issue said it was the first such ruling they had heard of as the country debates whether stem cells derived from embryos can be used in research and medicine.Alison Miller and Todd … [Read more...]

Bloggers v The Press. Which ones are the investigators?

Bloggers can work their hearts out on a story, as so many of them have on the Eason Jordan near-treasonous statement, and unless the press is absolutely FORCED to report it, the story will die on the vine.Kinda like how Monica Lewinsky was being completely set up to be a stalking lunatic and a liar...until the blue dress turned up.So, it seems that all of the stunning work being done by Captain Ed and Hugh Hewitt and LaShawn Barber and Roger Simon and so many others will be for … [Read more...]

More Evangelical than Catholic?

I'm sitting here highly amused to discover that voting is currently going on for Catholic Blog Awards. (Hattip: Nathan at Fides, Spes, Caritas, a neat site.Outside of Mystery Achievement I didn't even know there were Catholic blogs! I mean, I assumed there were, but I had no idea they were so organized! I clearly need to get out more!Anyway, this links to a lot of (what look to be) excellent Catholic blog sites. I only recognise two of them, myself, then again I've been hanging out with the … [Read more...]