There are all kinds of stories out there. Some will make you laugh, some will make you cry. Some will make you shrug, some will make you scream. Read any daily paper or listen to any newscast and your emotions can go from happy to sad to disbelief to fear to incredulity to horror to anger in very short order. As we go along, there will be stories, as Paul Harvey used to say, to "wash your ears out with." There will be others that will make you feel like you need to be deloused simply by virtue of have in heard or read them. Some posts will be religious, some secular and for some I expect will defy easy classification in either category. I hope you will join me in this journey and pleas feel free to comment along the way. For my part I pledge not to remove any posts unless they are vulgar, libelous, threatening or otherwise in violation of the standards of civil discussion. I will not remove any post simply because I disagree with it but I will reserve the right to respond to any challenges that come my way. God bless you and welome to my blog.
Pope John Paul II remarked once in an interview that one thing we could learn from Islam was their fidelity to prayer. Imagine the uproar from the cultural thought police if this story were to have been written about Christians blocking the streets with their cars while stopping to pray the Divine Office at Evening Prayer.
Vatican City, Nov 30, 2011 / 05:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI will be praying in December for world peace and that children might be able to share the Gospel and be protected from violence.
Rome, Italy, Nov 30, 2011 / 07:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As they prepare to head back to the United States, the bishops of New York are calling their visit to Rome and time with Pope Benedict a positive, encouraging and challenging experience.
The bishops wrapped up their trip by celebrating Mass Nov. 30 at the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the Pope’s cathedral.
A man who held a Kansas couple hostage in their home while fleeing from authorities is suing them, claiming that they broke an oral contract made when he promised them money in exchange for hiding him from police. The couple has asked a judge to dismiss the suit."
ROME, ITALY, November 26 (CNA/EWTN News) .- As English-speaking Catholic parishes begin using the new translation of the Mass on the first Sunday of Advent, leading members of the hierarchy are predicting great gains for the Church.
"I have a feeling that this will be a great moment for deepening people's liturgical piety and liturgical spirituality," said Cardinal Raymond Burke, a member of the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship, in comments to CNA.
"The prayers are much more beautiful and they carry with them a staying power," observed Cardinal Burke.
The temptation to turn Jesus Christ into the poster child for one's political agenda and ideological dreamscape is an ancient and perennial one. Recall that Jesus, on several occasions, had to correct misunderstandings among both his disciples and the crowds that followed about the nature of his Kingdom and the means by which he was bringing into being. After feeding the five thousand, for example, Jesus had to depart from the scene of that great miracle in order to avoid coercive attempts to make him a political figurehead: "Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself" (Jn 6:15).
From The Deacon's Bench: The always-interesting Msgr. Charles Pope found the video below, and posted it yesterday, along with some intriguing information about the importance of sisters wearing the habit.
For all the nonsense that has marked the OWS movement-the unsanitary conditions, the open drug use, violence among themselves, total disregard for other citizens rights-they accomplished nothing in the end in terms of actual constructive dialog or change. Perhaps they could use a primer on how its done.