Sarah Palin in Wisconsin: Wit, Clarity, Coherence

I finally got to watch the video of Sarah Palin's speech, which is up in two parts at Hillbuzz.Gotta say it -- Sarah Palin doesn't use teleprompters, she doesn't use Orwellian double-speak that is so preposterous even Jon Stewart has to call it out; she is not contemptuous of her audience, as the president increasingly appears to be, she has enough wit to grab a phrase and have fun with it, ("so yeah, we're here, we're clear, get used to it!") and, most importantly, the former Governor of … [Read more...]

Benedict, Therese and "Ze little vay!"

I love this. I have needed St. Therese (and St. Catherine of Siena - another strong woman) all day today, and I loved hearing our Holy Father expound on the Little Way which is actually the way of powerful warriors who have become masters in the art of spiritual warfare because they have trusted with their whole hearts and thus been given the greatest of weapons: love, love, love."My vocation shall be love," said Therese! … [Read more...]

Remembering Schiavo and John Paul II

Leticia Velasquez has written a beautiful witness to life and love on the main page:It was the first day of spring in 2005. I was at the florist in the seaside village where I grew up, assembling a basket of flowering spring plants for my sister, who had just given birth.Immersing my hands in budding greenery, inhaling the earthy scents—it helped to chase away, for a few moments, the looming death which occupied my mind. Later that evening, watching my sister's pink newborn suck on his tiny f … [Read more...]

Ferraro's Funeral – UPDATES!

I've had a few emails asking me why I haven't yet commented about the death of Geraldine Ferraro and fact that she will be laid to rest this Thursday after a funeral Mass.Frankly, I haven't thought much about it. She battled blood cancer for over a decade, and it seems to me she bore that cross with a good deal of grace and discretion; many people did not even know she was struggling, and she did not seem to seek out sympathy. That's an instructive thing to ponder in Lent, at least I think it … [Read more...]

EWTN Explains about Corapi Programming UPDATED

Although EWTN had already made a statement announcing that it was pulling its Father Corapi programing until the matters concerning him are settled, the network must have gotten a lot of negative feedback from people who are hurting about the controversy and also -- I am sadly sure -- from people telling them what shameful, disloyal Catholics they are, and threatening to never contribute another dime to their operation, and so they've released a fuller statement:We are aware that many of our … [Read more...]

Prosecutors to seek Death Penalty for Gosnell – UPDATED

Via Lifesite News:Prosecutors in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania announced today they will seek the death penalty for abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell, who faces charged related to killing a woman in a botched abortion and killing babies infanticides." [. . .] prosecutors notified his attorney, Jack McMahon, that they will seek death by lethal injection if a jury finds Gosnell guilty of first-degree murder in the counts he faces. Gosnell faces a third-degree murder charge related to the death … [Read more...]

Pilgrim, Ora et Labora; the Fountain of Youth?

Look at this 103 year-old Catholic Sister, Sr. Cecilia Adorni, as she dances a remarkably spry polka amid the senior citizens whom she still serves. Watch her dance -- I know 60 year-olds who can't move like that -- and notice her skin, which is gorgeous and youthful!We concern ourselves with holding on to our youthfulness and "defying age" with all sorts of medicines and foods and goops and ointments, while this sister appears to have found a "fountain of youth," and it's one St. Benedict of … [Read more...]

No, Virtue is not impossible

Call it Virtue. Call it Chastity. Call it Continence.Whatever you want to call it, our society loves to tell us that it can't be lived, is weird to try, and an attraction to it probably means that you're all neurotic and hung-up, provincial and you know, like, so lame.In an era where city governments are celebrating the creation of iphone apps that can take you to your leader nearest free condom (because when sex is just a bodily function, free condoms are the answer to many questions) … [Read more...]

Suffering; the Great Leveler

My archives are not all moved over yet, so I can't find most of the posts, but we do sometimes muse about suffering here.Often the topic comes up because we are sharing sad news that reminds us once again that no one gets through life without experiencing what it is to suffer.We have been trained in the secular world to disregard life as something holy and to understand that our human potential is inextricably tied to our personal freedoms and our domination over those uncontrollable matters … [Read more...]

Why Tyranny Fears Art – UPDATED

About ten years ago, maybe longer, I read an interview with U2's Bono, and he said (paraphrasing from memory) "art and lovemaking are the ways to touch God."I think he meant that art and lovemaking were transcendent because they are both activities are a means of self-revelation - that they take us out of ourselves and make us vulnerable in an act of creation, or co-creation, and there is tremendous power in that.Well, I happen to think - if that's what he meant - that Bono was correct. The … [Read more...]


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