"The age of casual Catholicism is over; the age of heroic Catholicism has begun. We can no longer be Catholics by accident, but instead must be Catholics by CONVICTION." ---Fr. Terrence Henry TOR, Franciscan University of Steubenville
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The first potential president about whom there is too much information.The Wall Street Journal: December 10, 2011
I had a friend once who amused herself thinking up bumper stickers for states. The one she made up for California was brilliant. “California: It’s All True.” It is so vast and sprawling a place, so rich and various, that whatever you’ve heard about its wildness, weirdness and wonders, it’s true.
That’s the problem with Newt Gingrich: It’s all true. It’s part of the reason so many of those who know him are anxious about the thought of his becoming president. It’s also why people are looking at him, thinking about him, considering him as president.
Read the rest HERE.Ethically dubious? True. Intelligent and accomplished? True. Has he known breathtaking success and contributed to real reforms in government? Yes. Presided over disasters? Absolutely. Can he lead? Yes. Is he erratic and unreliable as a leader? Yes. Egomaniacal? True. Original and focused, harebrained and impulsive—all true.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Even Father John Jenkins, President of Notre Dame University, who boldly gave President Obama an honorary degree and allowed him to give their graduation commencement address, has signed his name to the letter presented by the USCCB to the president expressing opposition to the HHS mandate.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
It's very hard to pick just a couple of paragraphs, as the Archbishop was making FOUR important points in defense of human dignity. But here are a few paragraphs to whet your curiosity:
America could afford to be secular in the best sense, precisely because its people were so religious. The Founders saw religious faith as something separate from government but vital to the nation’s survival. In his Farewell Address, Washington famously stressed that “religion and morality are indispensable supports” for political prosperity. He added that “reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” For John Adams, John Jay, James Wilson, Alexander Hamilton, Charles Carroll, George Washington, and most of the other Founders—including Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin—religion created virtuous citizens. And only virtuous citizens could sustain a country as delicately balanced in its institutions, moral instincts, and laws as the United States.
Here’s my purpose in mentioning this. The American Founders presumed the existence of natural law and natural rights. These rights are inalienable and guaranteed by a Creator; by “nature’s God,” to use the words of the Declaration of Independence. Such ideas may be out of fashion in much of legal theory today. But these same ideas are very much alive in the way we actually reason and behave in our daily lives.
How's that for a tease? There's a lot more to read by clicking on the links above or right HERE. Okay, one more paragraph. This one is really important:Most of us here tonight believe that we have basic rights that come with the special dignity of being human. These rights are inherent to human nature. They’re part of who we are. Nobody can take them away. But if there is no Creator, and nothing fundamental and unchangeable about human nature, and if “nature’s God” is kicked out of the conversation, then our rights become the product of social convention. And social conventions can change. So can the definition of who is and who isn’t “human.”
It’s important for our own integrity and the integrity of our country to fight for our pro-life convictions in the public square. Anything less is a kind of cowardice. But it’s even more important to live what it means to be genuinely human and “pro-life” by our actions—fidelity to God; love for spouse and children; loyalty to friends; generosity to the poor; honesty and mercy in dealing with others; trust in the goodness of people; discipline and humility in demanding the most from ourselves.
There. That should be enough to get you interested.
Friday, November 4, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
A good explanation for All Souls Day, and a website to visit!
Also, if you live in or are passing through the Chicago area you might wish to stop by St. Odilo's church in Berwyn, IL where the National Shrine of Lost Souls is located to offer a prayer for deceased friends and/or relations. St. Odilo is the patron saint of lost souls. Fr. Anthony Brankin is the pastor and gives impressive homilies.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
|Catholic Posters by Pater Eddie Dwyer|
Monday, October 17, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
From Father Pavone's blog...
Official Statement of Fr. Frank Pavone:
STATEN ISLAND, NY – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, has issued the following statement:
“For the past several years, my Ordinary, the Most Reverend Patrick Zurek, Bishop of Amarillo, has given me permission to do the full-time pro-life work that I have done since 1993. In 2005, I made a public promise in a Church ceremony in Amarillo, presided over by a Vatican Cardinal, that this full-time pro-life work would be a lifetime commitment. That’s a commitment I promise to fulfill without wavering.
“This past week, however, I received a letter from the Bishop insisting that I report to the Diocese this Tuesday, September 13 and, for the time being, remain only there.
“I am very perplexed by this demand. Despite that, because I am a priest of the diocese of Amarillo, I will be obedient and report there on the appointed date, putting the other commitments that are on my calendar on hold until I get more clarity as to what the bishop wants and for how long. Meanwhile, I continue to retain all my priestly faculties and continue to be a priest in “good standing” in the Church. The bishop does not dispute this fact. Rather, he has said that he thinks I am giving too much priority to my pro-life work, and that this makes me disobedient to him. He also has claimed that I haven’t given him enough financial information.
“Now, although Bishop Zurek is my Ordinary, he is not the bishop of Priests for Life. Each of our staff priests has his own Ordinary, and the organization has an entire Board of Bishops. We keep them all informed of our activities, and of our financial audits.
“I want to say very clearly that Priests for Life is above reproach in its financial management and the stewardship of the monies it receives from dedicated pro-lifers, raised primarily through direct mail at the grassroots level. To this end, Priests for Life has consistently provided every financial document requested by Bishop Zurek, including annual financial audits, quarterly reports, management documents—even entire check registers! Priests for Life has been completely transparent with Bishop Zurek and any other bishops who have requested information regarding our management and finances. Indeed, we have 21 bishops and cardinals who sit on our Advisory Board, and they are kept fully informed about our finances.
“Therefore, in the interest of preserving my good reputation as well as protecting the valuable work done by the Priests for Life organization, I have begun a process of appeal to the Vatican. This process aims to correct any mistaken decisions of the bishop in my regard and to protect my commitment to full-time pro-life activity for my whole life. We are very confident that the Vatican will resolve this matter in a just and equitable fashion. Because of this confidence, we are not currently making any changes in any positions at Priests for Life, or in any of our projects and plans.
“I also want to point out that, according to the canon law of the Catholic Church, because I have begun this process of appeal to Rome, the Bishop’s order that I return to Amarillo has been effectively suspended. Nevertheless, because of my great respect for this Bishop and my commitment to be fully obedient at all times, I am reporting to Amarillo this Tuesday, in hopes that I can sort this problem out with the Bishop in a mutually agreeable and amicable way.
“I would like to note that, unlike other organizations, which have sometimes been critical of the Church hierarchy or other institutions within the Church, Priests for Life has always remained 100% supportive of the Bishops, never criticizing any Church official, and always acting as a megaphone for the Bishops’ pro-life statements. Moreover, we serve dioceses and their priests and laity without asking for any speakers’ fees, and distribute millions of pieces of pro-life literature to dioceses completely free of charge. We do not seek parish collections, and we work to reinforce in each diocese the local pastoral plan which the bishop wants to implement for pro-life activities.
“We are committed to going forward with that same spirit, regardless of the recent action taken by Bishop Zurek.
“In the interest of full transparency, I would like to make it known that I do not receive any salary or financial remuneration from either the Diocese of Amarillo or from Priests for Life. Priests for Life, as a Private Association of the Christian Faithful, does provide for my residence and the expenses associated with the ministry, but these expenses are very small. Though, as a diocesan priest, I have never taken a vow of poverty, I have basically chosen to live in that fashion in solidarity with the pre-born children we are trying to protect—who are the poorest of the poor.
“I want to be clear that I do not harbor any ill will towards the Bishop of Amarillo, nor do I foster suspicions about his motives. I am merely confused by his actions. It is impossible for me to believe that there is no place in the Church for priests to exercise full-time ministry in the service of the unborn. We do it for the sick, the poor, the hungry, and the imprisoned. But where in the Church is the place where a priest can exercise the same kind of full-time ministry for the children in the womb? That is the question that is at the heart of my own calling.
“I am confident that we will be able to resolve this difficulty soon, without any harm to either my own reputation and without any slowdown of the valuable pro-life work we do at Priests for Life.”
The Official Statement from Bishop Zurek can be found on LifeSiteNews, HERE. It would seem that the Bishop's complaint is based entirely on what he perceives as a lack of control over his priest. Is it an issue of obedience? Or pride? If pride, then whose pride? The dirty laundry is being aired and I don't much care for it, but since aired we must get to the truth as quickly as possible!
Sunday, September 11, 2011
|At the 2008 Commemoration most of the first responders here had to stand outside with no view of the stage, like today.|
|From 2008: Some first responders who got inside the forbidden zone.|
|If you saw the documentary film by those two french brothers entitled "9-11" then this picture should mean something to you. Again, from the 2008 Commemoration.|
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
ACLU Tries To Force GA School District To Remove Internet Filters --Allowing Pornography! ADF TO THE RESCUE!!!
Monday, August 8, 2011
But the biggest reason of all to question the motives of S&P for any blame given to Republicans is that back in April they gave a negative outlook (threat to lower rating in future) if the government didn't reduce the deficit by $4 trillion, which Cut, Cap, and Balance would've done. It was the Republican party which tried very hard to pressure the Dems into passing this bill in order to avert a downgrade.
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
|What's a Catholic church without Knights?|
|This room contains the baptismal font and lots of Holy Relics|
|Holy Relics of The Apostles|
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
|Looking up from the pews|
|Some objected to the "modern art" style of this statue, but I think it grows on you.|
Saturday, May 21, 2011
My friend Kevin and I visited Holy Name Cathedral the other day at 735 N State St. in Chicago, after visiting St. Peter's in the Loop for Reconciliation, and were very impressed with its beauty. Above the alter, if you look closely you will find five Galeros (Cardinal hats) symbolizing the five deceased Cardinals who served Chicago to date. "Traditionally, this symbol of a Cardinal is raised to the ceiling of his cathedral upon his death. The hat hangs until it turns into dust, a reminder that all earthly glory is passing"
Thursday, May 19, 2011
I'm on vacation from my job on a pilgrimage to a city I once lived in as an agnostic from the late '80's up to the mid '90's, surrounded by beautiful Catholic churches which I typically ignored. Now with a fervent interest in Catholicism, I've returned to Chicago to photograph three basilicas, one cathedral, and a few beautiful churches --one from which I lived less than two blocks.
The first one visited today was St. Peter's in the Loop, which offers several Mass times daily along with Confession M-F, 7:30 to 6pm ALL DAY LONG. I try to go as often as possible to Confession since I almost always have something to say. This church is run by the Franciscans, who seem constantly available.
|Note the cloisters at the top center of the photo.|
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
The Mountain from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo.
Filmed by Terje Sorgjerd atop El Teide Mountain in Spain. The setting is supposed to be the greatest location to view the stars... Watch this in full screen. You won't be disappointed.
(h/tip: Brutally Honest)
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Four whole days ago I was "tagged" with a "Lenten meme" by Jeff Miller at The Curt Jester, who himself had been tagged by Fr. Jay Finelli at iPadre. And so it continues... With hope the Lenten meme will become an Easter meme for those whom I tag.
Here are the rules:
Those tagged will share 5 things they “love” about Jesus/ Or why they love Jesus Those tagged will tag 5 other bloggers. Those tagged will provide a link in the comments section here with their name so that others can read them.
Here are mine:
1) I love Jesus for being active in my life, for giving me hope when I was on the brink of despair and strength to accomplish what I needed when I felt too weak to achieve.
2) Because of His endless fount of Divine Mercy. I needed a lot of forgiving for the years I didn't make Him a part of my life. And yes, I still need forgiving today...though not as much nor as often (thanks to His Grace).
3) Although He is all powerful, He is also humble, and showed this in His washing of the Apostles' feet.
4) He is in the Eucharist, His body and blood in the way He instructed us on Holy Thursday.
5) He loved me enough to die a cursed death on a tree to remove Adam's curse from me.
And now for the tagging...
1) Lisa Graas
2) T. Paine @ Saving Common Sense
3) The Frat Pack + Me
4) Cmom @ From Beginning To End...And Back Again
5) George @ Convert Journal
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
"Last Friday, I addressed the University of Notre Dame's 'Right to Life' student group. I urged them to be courageous in fighting for their beliefs, and to always remember what being Catholic REALLY means."
Here are excerpts from the speech called Politics And The Devil (I wanted to post the whole thing, it's THAT GOOD, but Witherspoon has a copywrite, so....:
...the idea that the “separation of Church and state” should force us to exclude our religious beliefs from guiding our political behavior makes no sense at all, even superficially. If we don’t remain true in our public actions to what we claim to believe in our personal lives, then we only deceive ourselves. Because God certainly isn’t fooled. He sees who and what we are. God sees that our duplicity is really a kind of cowardice, and our lack of courage does a lot more damage than simply wounding our own integrity. It also saps the courage of other good people who really do try to publicly witness what they believe. And that compounds a sin of dishonesty with a sin of injustice.
The moral and political struggle we face today in defending human dignity is becoming more complex. I believe that abortion is the foundational human rights issue of our lifetime. We can’t simultaneously serve the poor and accept the legal killing of unborn children. We can’t build a just society, and at the same time, legally sanctify the destruction of generations of unborn human life. The rights of the poor and the rights of the unborn child flow from exactly the same human dignity guaranteed by the God who created us.
And even THIS:
In Europe and the United States, our knowledge classes like to tell us that we live in an age of declining religious belief. But that isn’t quite true. A culture that rejects God always invents another, lesser godling to take His place. As a result, in the words of the great Jewish bioethicist Leon Kass, we live in an age of “salvific science.” In the place of the God who became man, “we have man become as god.” And in place “of a God who—it is said—sent his son who would, through his own suffering, take away the sins of the world, we have a scientific savior who would take away the sin of suffering altogether.”
There is so much more to this speech than what I've posted above, and it's very well worth spending a few minutes to read and ponder. I've never read a speech of his that wasn't. I'm just waiting for the day he's made Cardinal...or even...dare I say?
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Here's a very cool and informative video I found on YouTube, which is listed as an official entry for the 2011 Expose Planned Parenthood contest. I expect it to finish very well.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
|He got paid $120 for doing this!|
3) How is that stimulus (porkulus) from 2 years ago working out for YOU?
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Hat tip: Bryan Kemper of Stand True