For Something Old and Something New (Thoughts for Thursday)

On Thursdays I serve as lector at the parish near my office. I’ve been the Thursday reader for a couple of years now and these days, I don’t even look ahead at the readings beforehand. There are two reasons for this. A) I like to be surprised and B) I found that I was often surprised anyway, as the readings for the day are often changed by the pastor to reflect the memorials for saints that the Daily Readings I found at the USSCB weren’t picking up on.

So now, I just say a prayer that I will read well, and then I head on up and dive in. Today, I was happily surprised to read aloud the words from my favorite Old Testament book, Ecclesiastes. I hope I wasn’t grinning too much as I launched into the classic beginning of Qoheleth’s riddle of life, [Read more...]

So, remember the original theme song to Gilligan’s Island?


I’m included in the part of the song that goes “and the rest…” for the project below, [Read more...]

The Two Most Important Pundits Weigh In On “My Wife…” UPDATED

No, I don’t mean any of the talking heads over at News Corp., The Big Three, or any of the Sunday Morning shows. No siree. Cut to the chase and get straight to the facts, with a little fun to boot.

First up? Stephen Colbert believes and is overwhelmed with a bittersweet sense of loss. [Read more...]

Rebecca Hamilton On How We Become Monsters…

 

If this post doesn’t cut you to the quick, nothing will. Put on the shoes of the other side, and recall clearly where consequentialism leads, and how if we let it, it will damn us all to Hell. [Read more...]

The Attacks in Libya and Egypt: A Muslim Perspective and More UPDATED

Image credit: AP

Brave words from a brave woman who happens to be my blog neighbor from the Muslim Channel. Here name is Nancy Shehata, and thanks be to God, hear her roar,

Yesterday, U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and three of his staff were killed by RPG fire as they tried to leave their embassy.  The crowd outside the embassy there, and another unruly mob outside the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, were puffed up into a froth by a video, a stupid, useless, anti-Islamic video that had been posted to youtube by fools.  Fools directed by fools.  Someone, some Muslim, some person or people claiming to follow the same religion as I do, fired a rocket into the car to kill a man who had absolutely nothing to do with the video and who would have himself soundly condemned it, had he had the chance. [Read more...]

The HHS Mandate and the Clinton Years…UPDATED

Proof abounds that the Democratic Party nowadays is not your father’s (or your grandfather’s) Democratic Party. If a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s one that has eighty-two bonus words to boot.

Whoa, Frank. That letter was penned pre-World War Two, brother. Everyone with a brain knows that things are vastly different nowadays. Deacon Greg was just posting something about God and the Democrats, as did Catholic Vote. So what does any of this have to do with the Clintons and the HHS Mandate? [Read more...]

The “Friendly Atheist” On Muddled Pro-Life Arguments By Conservatives UPDATED

 

Hemant Mehta has a post up entitled Why Are Religious Conservatives So Bad When It Comes to Discussing Abortion? He notes that,

When it comes to the 100% pro-life position regarding rape/incest exceptions, here’s an argument against allowing them that I can understand: [Read more...]

President of Biola University Makes a Statement on the HHS Mandate

This just in from Los Angeles. Another ally in the fight against the HHS Mandate. Have a look. [Read more...]

An Idea Mark Shea Can Appreciate…

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Mark Shea on Why We May Fight the HHS Mandate…

A reader asked Mark how the HHS Mandate is any different than paying our taxes and watching the government waste them on all kinds of things Catholics may find unjust and wasteful. They wondered how the HHS Mandate is any different from this. Mark’s reply clears things up for those who are still sitting on the sidelines. [Read more...]


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