12/05/2016

Start with the Baby

Simcha's brilliance shines again, in this post. Here's a snippet:

"Anyone can blaze with righteous glory for a moment. Anyone can get wrapped up in an exquisitely arcane theological puzzle. But just treating each other well, day after day, in and out of season, whether they deserve it or not? That’s hard, hard, hard. As hard as caring for a baby who won’t stop crying no matter what you do. As hard as being that Baby, when you didn’t have to be."


11/20/2016

Let's talk about it

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/no-ones-talking-about-the-trauma-of-abortion-by-pill-32794/

Notes from a rigid young Catholic

In the midst of a Culture of Death, being counter- cultural means being unabashedly pro- life. In dioceses run by aging Boomers, making lio means being a young radical traditionalist. What the current Pope doesn't seem to realize is that when his predecessor was elected, it was young cassocked seminarians and young habited CMSWR sisters who cheered the loudest that day. The people who have returned to the faith under Pope Francis are aging Boomers still rigidly clinging to a 1970s paradigm of liturgical hedonism and a social justice that ignores children in the womb. By appointing leaders like Tobin and Cupich, he has shown that he favors a return to the status quo, wherein doctrinally soft bishops accommodate to the point of oblivion, LWCR sisters continue to erode vocations, and liturgical blandness carries the day. Under his papacy, being subversively countercultural means rooting for leaders like Chaput and Sarah. Under his papacy making lio means facing east, it means confronting the seamless garment weavers who would quietly sideline the Abortion issue, and it means being more open minded than establishment liberals who tolerate all points of view except those that are not their own.

Carl Olsen articulates the many ironies in this viewpoint of Pope Francis.

11/15/2016

Habemus President!

Congratulations Cardinal DiNardo!

The fact that they chose Gomez as Veep does indeed 'send a strong signal.' John Allen Jr. has been saying pretty much the same thing over at Crux, that the selection will tell us something about the direction the bishops will be going in lieu of a Trump Administration.

What could be more clear a direction in favor of life in the womb than the selection of DiNardo? What could be more clear about the dignity of the migrant than the selection of Gomez?

These twin issues, abortion and immigration, both about welcoming the Other into our family, are unmistakably foremost in the heart of Pope Francis.


11/09/2016

Hope & Change

I have a message for Catholics: I will be there for you. I will stand with you. I will fight for you. As first lady, U.S. senator, secretary of state and two-time presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton has been hostile to the core issues and policies of greatest concern to Catholics: life, religious liberty, Supreme Court nominations, affordable and quality health care, educational choice and home schooling. For instance, Hillary Clinton supports forcing the Little Sisters of the Poor who have taken care of the elderly poor since 1839, pay for contraceptives in their health care plan (even though they have never wanted them, never used them and never will), and having the government fine them heavily if they continue to refuse to abide by this onerous mandate. That is a hostility to religious liberty you will never see in a Trump administration.

On life, I am, and will remain, pro-life. I will defend your religious liberties and the right to fully and freely practice your religion, as individuals, business owners and academic institutions. I will make absolutely certain religious orders like the Little Sisters of Poor are not bullied by the federal government because of their religious beliefs. I will protect and work to expand educational choice, the rights of home-schooling families and end Common Core. I will repeal and replace Obamacare so you can have better and more affordable health care. I will keep our country and communities safe while respecting the dignity of each human being. I will help Catholic families and workers, and all families and workers, by bringing jobs back to our country where they belong. And I will appoint justices to the Supreme Court who will strictly interpret the Constitution and not legislate from the bench, like Justice Clarence Thomas and the late and beloved great Catholic thinker and jurist, Justice Antonin Scalia.                                               - Donald J. Trump

Referendum?

The shocked and despondent pundits last night were trying to make sense of what just happened, and they tossed around the word referendum. Is this a referendum on race? Obama? They weren't sure, but I wonder...considering that it was white, non-educated males who carried Trump to victory...

...was this a referendum on the form of feminism that Secretary Clinton represents? Hers was a feminism that largely ignores the contribution of working-class men, or seeks to denigrate it, as she so visibly did throughout her campaign, while the media establishment blatantly egged her on.

If they were the silent demographic, what does that say about the past decades?

Whereas the form of feminism exemplified by Ivanka Trump is one that recognizes the contribution of homemakers as equal in dignity to career moms, the form of feminism that grieves Clinton's loss denied the dignity of women, the dignity of motherhood, the dignity of sexuality, the dignity of marriage, and the dignity of unborn children...

...AND the dignity of hard-working men.

I truly believe we will have a female president, but she will be a woman of dignity, and not a career criminal who loathes children in the womb and the families who honor the womb as sacred.

10/13/2016

Sums it up

"In the meantime, a friend describes the choice facing voters in November this way: a vulgar, boorish lout and disrespecter of women, with a serious impulse-control problem; or a scheming, robotic liar with a lifelong appetite for power and an entourage riddled with anti-Catholic bigots." -Abp.Chaput

Don't just ralph-- vote for Solidarity! Maturen 2016!!!

10/12/2016

Vote for Solidarity!

[from CNA:]Your economic plan involves the distributism model. Can you explain a little more about what this would practically look like? 

There really are several ways this can be implemented, either fully or incrementally. The core of distributism is to bring the economic engine closer to home. Rather than having a huge portion of our economy wrapped up in the hands and control of a few major corporations, we believe that it is the small business – the mom and pop shops – that drive the economy best. We would propose to re-write regulations to favor the small businesses and family farms, rather than the major corporations that also just so happen to be the major donors to our government officials. Regulations, taxes, etc all need to be re-thought and revamped.

Vote for Maturen!!! Vote for Distributism!!!

9/20/2016

Stewardship explained

This post from Msgr. Pope explains the scriptural undergirding of a teaching that defines who we are as Christians. Some excerpts:

Part of the essence of sin is behaving as though we were the owner. We develop an arrogant attitude that what we have is ours to do with as we please: “It’s mine, I can do what I want with it.” “It’s my body I can do as I please with it.” But in fact, everything belongs to God.

Although many pay little heed to the fact of judgment, Scripture warns, Say not, “I have sinned, yet what has befallen me?” For the Lord bides his time. Of forgiveness be not over-confident, adding sin upon sin. Say not, “Great is his mercy, my many sins he will forgive.” For mercy and anger are alike with him; upon the wicked alights his wrath. Delay not your conversion to the Lord, put it not off from day to day. For suddenly his wrath flames forth; at the time of vengeance you will be destroyed (Sirach 5:4).

Many are dedicated to developing (worldly) skills, and becoming incredibly knowledgeable. In earning money and holding down a job, many display great discipline: getting up early to go to work, working late, going the extra mile to please the boss.

But when it comes to faith many of these same people display only a rudimentary knowledge of things spiritual and show little interest in advancing in the faith or in praying. They will expend effort to please the boss, to please man, but not to please God. Parents will fight for scholarships for their children to get into the “best” schools. But when it comes to saving truth, the pews are empty and Sunday School is poorly attended.

You can’t take it with you but you can send it on ahead. Scripture elaborates on this elsewhere: Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life (1 Tim 6:17). Notice that the passage says that through their generosity in this world, the rich store up treasure for themselves in Heaven.

This is the scriptural principle and the great paradox in the Kingdom of God: that we keep something for eternity only by giving it away. We save our life by losing it. We keep our treasure and store it in heaven by giving it away.

9/06/2016

American Solidarity

A party that promotes economic Distributism, environmental stewardship, protection of children in the womb, and the Common Good?

Sign me up!

I've never really liked having to swallow the Republican platform in order to vote for a pro-life candidate, so I'm quite happy to declare myself part of this party, albeit a small one.

While many third parties have attracted Catholic voters this cycle, none have had a platform as thoroughly consistent with Catholic Social Doctrine as this one.

6/17/2016

True dat

“Marriage is the most difficult area of pastoral work." -Pope Francis

Marriage itself is hard work.

5/19/2016

Cardinal Sarah speaks

Today, we find ourselves before the battle of a sickness that has pervaded our world. I repeat: the battle of a sickness. That is what we face. I call this sickness “the liquidation, the eclipse of God.” Pope Francis describes the causes of this “sickness.” I quote:

“Religious liberty is not only that of thought or private worship. It is freedom to live according to ethical principles consequent upon the truth found, be it privately or publicly. This is a great challenge in the globalized world, where weak thought – which is like a sickness – also lowers the general ethical level, and in the name of a false concept of tolerance ends up by persecuting those who defend the truth about man and the ethical consequences.”

What are the remedies to this sickness? What should we do to protect the family, religious freedom, and marriage – as revealed to us by God?

Find out his answers here.

4/23/2016

Kindred Spirit

"None of us knows when
the loveliest hour of our life is striking."

                                                                   -Caryll Houselander

Here's an homage.

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