It’s not new, but it is true: This German gets it

Had an email sent to me concerning an essay by one Mathias Döpfner, CEO Axel Springer, and written as an editorial for Die Welt. In the essay Döpfner gives Europe a smackdown for its complacency and timidity in confronting Islamic fanaticism.The sendee had no url, so I googled it and found a link to the whole editorial at Free Republic. But since there was, even there, no url, I checked with and found that yes, the editorial is genuine, but not especially new. It was printed in Die W … [Read more...]

I think Geraghty is correct on Easongate

And I am glad he wrote what he did, here about the need for the blogosphere to put away the sledgehammers on Easongate, and bring out their trenchcoats.I've only written one or two posts on Easongate, for several reasons. First - I'm terribly dyslexic and all those headlines and links were making me dazed - (note that for future reference; if you see me not commenting much on something, very likely it's because the wealth of writing on the issue has my brain twisted into a knot).The second … [Read more...]

Forensics try to capture the face of Jesus – at 12.

Thanks to What Attitude Problem (via via The Revealer ) who brings this to the fore...Forensic Scientists Create Image of Christ as a ChildUsing equipment usually used for solving crimes, forensic scientists have created an image they say Jesus would have looked like at the age of 12.It sounds impossible, but within the last few years, forensic scientists created a picture of Jesus from the shroud of Turin.Now they’ve back aged that image, taking off more than 20-years to construct the picture o … [Read more...]

Boy Reagan gets his own show…

Just as I always suspected: Only glorious mediocrities fail upward. … [Read more...]

Rod Dreher: Where are the Catholic Men?

He's angry, and read it all. Hard but necessary Lenten reading.Here we are on the fourth Ash Wednesday of the church's long scandal-ridden Lent. As we examine our consciences in Mass today, we ought to be asking ourselves what our sons and daughters, if they remain Catholic, surely will one day: Where were you when the church needed good men to stand up to defend what's right?We don't have to stay silent. Look what the men (and women) of Rockwall's Our Lady of the Lake parish – who had enough of … [Read more...]

The Tradition of Lenten Reading…

In monastic houses, particularly in those following the Rule of St. Benedict (Benedictines and Trappists, among others) part of Lenten observation was to be spent in reading.During the days of Lent, they should be free in the morning to read until the third hour. . . . During this time of Lent each one is to receive a book from the library, and is to read the whole of it straight through. These books are to be distributed at the beginning of Lent. RB, 48:14-16.St. Benedict deemed that study and … [Read more...]

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...]