Christian Bale Speaks His Mind, Presents an Award to Chen Guangcheng

“What I really wanted to do was shake the man’s hand and say ‘thank you,’ and tell him what an inspiration he is.”

That’s what actor Christian Bale said about the blind, imprisoned, pro-life activist named Chen Guangcheng last December when he unsuccessfully tried to visit him. Red tape, ahem, got in the way. [Read more...]

Goethe Suggests a Blog Post. Who Am I to Say No?

‎One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Good advice, that. I wonder what sort of blogger Goethe would have made? He and I are like minded this morning, because there has been a song playing in my head, I just read something that I want to share with you, and I love fine pictures, even when I stumble often when it comes to speaking reasonable words. [Read more...]

For A Few Thoughts On Memorial Day UPDATED

 

Two years back, I wrote a Memorial Day post titled To Remember the Fallen. I shared a personal story with you about a few of my brother Marines and asked you to share your prayers with us for those you wanted to remember as well.

Posts like that are hard to write, and I did not relish a repeat performance come the following year, nor for this year as well. Last year, see, I put it off and decided to watch a movie instead. It wasn’t a war movie, either. But, as the old saying goes, you can run, but you can’t hide. This year, as my family gets ready to honor the fallen at a local veterans cemetery this morning, I looked at what I wrote last year, and I’ve decided to serve it up again. [Read more...]

Scripture Quote of the Week…

From St. Paul’s letter to the Romans (13:8,10),

Avoid getting into debt, except the debt of mutual love. If you love your fellow men you have carried out your obligations. Love is the one thing that cannot hurt your neighbor; that is why it is the answer to every one of the commandments.

The Politics of the HHS Mandate Made Clear, Part Deux

Remember the other day when I said “it’s all about getting votes for the incumbent, and staying in power?” One doesn’t have to be Sun Tzu to have figured this out. The trick is not to look suspicious. You know, make them watch one hand…instead of the one that’s ripping them off.

The folks on The Hill noticed, [Read more...]

The Nuns From Nashville are Awesome!

We should all go and hug them, immediately, if not sooner. Have you seen their letter to folks about the HHS Mandate? Have a gander here,

Statement from Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation February 6, 2012

Health Insurance Mandate: Religious Freedom and Conscience Rights in United States Seriously Threatened [Read more...]

Thanks For Donating to Help Make “All That Remains”

Just a quick note at the beginning of the day to say thanks to everyone who has donated to help make the film All That Remains. A Phase 3 funding drive is happening now, and I see $315 sitting in the kitty ==>> as of now, with 41 days to go. Have you check out the new All That Remains website yet? Head on over there. While you’re strolling around with your mouse, buy a t-shirt, coffee mug, or mouse pad at the Store. [Read more...]

Best. 2012. March for Life. Video. Ever.

Courtesy of the “the Kid,” Marc Barnes. Let’s make it go viral, ya’ll. Only 6 views so far?! LAUNCH!

Because he’s bad, but in a good way.

Three New Years Resolutions in Song and Truth

Good things come in threes. As if I need to buttress this argument, I present the Trinity, the Holy Family, and the three named angels in the Bible (Raphael, Michael, and Gabriel) as examples that, if not self-evident, are at least mysterious signs of the truth of this statement. So I have resolved to have only three resolutions this New Year. The great thing about keeping them down to three is that I can keep track of them on the fingers of one hand, and readily recall them to my wandering mind in a pinch. [Read more...]

The Problem With the “Status Quo” in the Holy Places

Is summed up nicely by St. John in his first letter.

Beloved: The way we may be sure that we know Jesus is to keep his commandments. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps his word, the love of God is truly perfected in him. This is the way we may know that we are in union with him: whoever claims to abide in him ought to walk just as he walked. [Read more...]


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