All the news I wish to print

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.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Learn From St Joseph

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Why Sidewalk Counsel? One mother shares her story of a life saved

Evidence of Medical Experts is that Abortion is NOT a treatment for suicide

This video appears with an article an article at Lifesite News. Interesting findings.

Solemn Mass of Christian Burial for Deacon William Steltemeier - 2013- 0...

Vigil and Rosary for Deacon William Steltemeier - 2013-02-18 -Hanceville...

Warp Speed Homily: Temptation and The Devil's Plan for You

It is said that brevity is the hallmark of a good homily. This is an example of this principle applied properly.

Maybe they should have sold Amway instead?

Violence among seniors over the sale of Avon products? These seniors today! Not like when I was young.

Umm...wait a minute...

Altercation reported at bingo game | SeacoastOnline.com

Mister, could you spare 50 bucks for a cup of coffee?

I confess that caffien is my one remaining addiction, but this would be a bit much, even for me.

Starbucks most expensive order

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Remember when comedians had talent?

So many comedians today rely for their appeal on vulgarity, viciousness or both. I grew up in a time when comedians were just plain funny. I am off from work tonight so I was just surfing around Youtube and found this from one of my favorite all time entertainers. Enjoy.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Monday, February 11, 2013

Special EWTN Live Roundtable - Pope Announces His Retirement - 2013-02-11

EWTN NEWSLINK - 2013-02-11 - Pope announces he will resign at the end of...



This news was quite a shock. There had been speculation recently about the Pope's declining health but since much of it was in the mainstream press i really just dismissed any notion that the Pope would resign. Infact when I first heard it on the radio this morning as I was getting ready for Mass I thought for sure there would be a quick denial from the Holy See but instead what we got was a quick confirmation.

I have mixed feelings as I sit here in my office. I admire Pope Benedict for his humility but mourn the loss of his presence on the world stage. He has such a clear view of the threats we face both to tour Church and to the world at large from teh dictatorship of relativism promulgated by the false religion of secularism.  I, for one, will miss him.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Cardinal George on the law and politics of the HHS mandate

Snowstorm Nemo

Some pictures from the snowstorm. Compared to what our neighbors in eastern Long Island and New England are facing, this was just a dusting. Our prayers go out to everyone affected by this stomr which dumped as much as forty inches in some places and closed entire states road systems.









Currents - Power of state to regulate what people believe and more (02/0...

Homily 2013-02-08 - Fr Miguel Marie - Weekday

World Over - 2013-02-07 - HHS Mandate, George Weigel's Evangelical Catho...

Friday, February 8, 2013

Dr Ben Carson at the National Prayer Breakfast:Must see!

This is a video you really need to see. Christian Values, self reliance, hard work, success through struggle-all those things the nanny state tells us cannot work and there are the President and Vice President sitting and

watching and, no doubt, seething.

Snow in New York in February?

This, apparently, is a shocking development for Mayor Bloomberg who is in full blown panic mode. They are predicting 8-12 inches but you would think by the nanny mayors response we had never seen, driven or walked in snow ever before. Preparations are prudent but virtually shutting down teh city by mayoral fiat seems a little extreme. Oh well, we'll see what happens and I'll post some pics of conditions later.

EWTN Live - 213-02-06 - Fr. Brian Mullady & Deacon Harold Burke Sivers

Life on the Rock - 2013-02-07 - Jason Evert - CHASITY PROJECT

Life on the Rock - 2013-02-07 - Jason Evert - CHASITY PROJECT

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

CHRIS ROCK: 'THE PRESIDENT IS OUR BOSS...OUR DAD'

The President is our boss? Did they add that to the oath of office? Or maybe they just want to replace that bothersome little phrase about preserving, protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States. Let's see: "I, Barack Hussein Obama, am the boss!" Well at least this would be a more honest representation of his narcissistic vision of himself.

March for Life 2013

Vaticano - 2013-02-02 - March of Life Effects Felt in Rome

Sunday Night Prime - 2013-02-03 - Fr. Apostoli - David Corolla - Fatima...

Life on the Rock - 2013-01-10- Jeanne Monahan - Timothy Saccoccia

Friday, January 25, 2013

Roe v Wade: Settled law?

Actually, there is no such thing. If there were slavery would still be legal, women never would have gotten the right to vote segregation would still be the norm in any areas of our country. This is the most unsettled of laws because it simply does not pass Constitutional muster. Carson Hollaway at Catholicvote.org puts it very succinctly, I think.
  This week marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case that imposed legalized abortion on the entire nation. Many Catholics will, as is proper, pay particular attention to the intellectually indefensible and morally disastrous core principle of Roe: that there can be a right to kill a human being who is not guilty of any crime and who is not an aggressor. It is also worth reminding ourselves, however, that Roe is also a train-wreck as an act of Constitutional interpretation. This is an especially important point for American Catholics, and all pro-life Americans, since it reminds us that the abortion right is not really part of our constitutional regime but instead an abuse of it.

Roe claims that there is a constitutional right to abortion. The obvious infirmity of this claim is — as Justice Scalia never tires of pointing out — that the word “abortion” is never used in the Constitution. The document is utterly silent on the question, which leaves states free to legislate on it according to their own best judgment.
Read the rest of this article here.

Hundreds of Thousands Gather for Record-Breaking March for Life

From Lifenews.com:

Sarah Torre of the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation, talked about the meaning of this year’s March for Life.
“Like many annual March for Life events before it, there will likely also be smaller groups of counter-protests by abortion advocates holding signs and chanting slogans championing the ethic of Roe that pledges unwavering allegiance to a right of abortion-on-demand, for any reason. But those now-tired slogans are no longer able to convince a new generation that denying life to some will lead to a more just society and freedom for others,” she said.



You can read the rest of this article here.

World Over - 2013-01-24 - SPECIAL - 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade with...

Life on the Rock - 2013-01-24 - PRO-LIFE SPECIAL With Jimmy Becker and M...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Why My Support for Abortion Was Based on Love…and Lies |Blogs | NCRegister.com

Why My Support for Abortion Was Based on Love…and Lies |Blogs | NCRegister.com:

It is important to remember that when opposing abortion we are opposing an unequivocally intrinsic evil. However we need to be careful about treating pro-abortion advocates, providers and those who have had abortions as if they were one and the same as the evil of which hey are a victim. The greatest evils in the world are often committed in the service of misguided, misinformed, seemingly righteous compassion for one group at the expense of another. This is especially effective when that group can be demonized as the source of contemporary ills and marginalized as somewhat less than fully human deserving of compassion or endowed with even the basic right to live and has been the catalyst for all the great atrocities and genocides of human history. This is the story one such victim who was able to find her way to redemption. There have been many more and there are even more to come. Its called conversion. It is what the pro-life movement is all about.
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

ARCHBISHOP AQUILA: 40 Years of the Culture of Death

ARCHBISHOP AQUILA: 40 Years of the Culture of Death:

The Archbishop tells of a time when as an aspiring doctor he witnessed the results. It's an experienced which changed his life, which at the time did not include a strong Catholic faith. He writes
I witnessed the death of two small people who never had the chance to take a breath. I can never forget that. And I have never been the same. My faith was weak at the time. But I knew by reason, and by what I saw, that a human life was destroyed. My conscience awakened to the truth of the dignity of the human being from the moment of conception. I became pro-life and eventually returned to my faith.
I learned what human dignity was when I saw it callously disregarded. I know, without a doubt, that abortion is a violent act of murder and exploitation. And I know that our responsibility is to work and pray without ceasing for its end.
You can read the rest here.

Homily 2013-01-22 - Fr Mitch Pacwa SJ - Day of Prayer for the Protection...

Biggest Irish pro-life rally ever - Over 30,000 people tell Enda to keep...

Watching the news tonight I saw a lot about Beyonce's performance of the National Anthem and how "stunning" the First Lady's dress was for the Inaugural Ball and even how when she wears a designer's dress it means millions of dollars in sales to that designer. So I guess it was because of such pressing and important stories such as these that that they just could not find room to even mention in passing tens of thousands of people flooding the streets of Dublin to reject the legalized genocide of abortion in Ireland. The cynic in me can't help but speculate that if those crowds were demanding legalized abortion on demand that story would be leading newscasts and be the subject of banner headlines for a week. But perhaps that's just a manifestation of my anti-MSM paranoia.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Life Crisis in Ireland - Please Pray for Ireland!

Sunday Night Live - 01-06-2013 - The Gift of Fear of the Lord - Fr Andre...

Homily 2013-01-21 - Fr Joseph Mary MFVA - St Agnes Virgin and Martyr - W...

A Nation Rises - March for Life

You have to hand it to the President. On occasion he can be downright inspiring. These words, spoken in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy issue a challenge to all people concerned with the influences of the culture of death in which we live. This Friday there will be thousands taking up this challenge and responding to the words in this message. We can only pray that Congress and the President hears and responds to their pleas.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Anglican nuns praised for joining Catholic Church :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

On January 1st eleven formerly Anglican nuns were recieved into the Catholic Church as the exodus of orthodox Christians from the Anglican Communion continues. This trend is likely to accelerate as fewer and fewer tradioonla believers remain, particularly among the clergy, and the Anglican and Episcopal continue to allow current secular social mores to define the dogma of the Church. Read this rather uplifting story here.


 

Homily 2013-01-10 - Fr Wade Menezes CPM

Fr. Francis Martin- Gospel of Mark 1 Pt 1

Now the IRS is arbitrarily bypassing legislative process

The IRS has long made a distinction between illegally evading and and legitimately avoiding taxes. Disputes have often occurred concerning whether individual activities fell into one category or the other but were adjudicated individually and loopholes had to be addressed or closed it was done legislatively. Now the IRS has decided to to preemptively decide any potential tax court case by deciding in advance that using perfectly legal existing business structures to minimize a company's exposure to the Obamacare Tax will be considered illegitimate and therefore evasion. For more read this.   

World Over - 2013-01-10 - Christian Persecution, Planned Parenthood Fund...

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Bi-partisanship


I wanted to find something that represented the hard work, dedication and concern for their fellow Americans exhibited by Congress lately. Then I found this here.  I think ti sums all that up quite nicely.




Currents - New Bishop and more (01/08/13)

Currents - This year flu season is severe and more (01/09/13)

Veritas Pictures - What is Confession?

Threshold of Hope - 2013-01-08 - Fr. Mitch Pacwa - Verbum Domini

Wheres that in the Bible? - The Holy Trinity

EWTN Live - 2013-01-09 - Bishop Athanasius Schneider, ORC. Aux. Bishop ...

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

National Cathedral to perform same-sex weddings - Washington Times

What is happening in the National Cathedral is nothing short of a desecration. There simply is no other way to describe it. The Episcopal Church continues its slide into irrelevancy as a Christian denomination, leaving many of its faithful, not to mention its own clergy, out in the cold theologically. This ongoing deconstruction of the Episcopal Church in America and the Anglican Church in the UK is attributable directly to a lack of direction due to te non-existence of any central magisterial teaching authority. Theoretically, the King or Queen of England would be the head of the church, at least in England but that role along with any governmental role of the monarchy is now merely ceremonial. Happily many of those leaving that shepherdless fold are finding their way back home to the Catholic Church. Welcome home!

One thing (alright many things but one in particular) that Rev Edgar said really annoyed me:

"In light of the legality of same-sex marriage n the District f Columbia and now Maryland, the Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, the Episcopal bishop of Washington, decided in December to allow an expansion of the Christian marriage sacrament."

Well isn't that just so special!

We are constantly being bombarded about the "separation" of Church and State, usually by people who have never even read the Constitution or they would know that this concept appears no where in the document. What does appear in it and is routinely ignored, particularly by this Administration, is unequivocal protection against what so blithely accepts, that civil law should be imposed on and supersede religious doctrine and trump Christian conscience..

Modern parenting may hinder brain development, research suggests

Came across this article that seems to take scientific issue with the current crop of young people's claim on the title of "Greatest Generation." (See my earlier post here.) It also takes issue with the assumption that the word "modern" is a synonym for the word "beneficial."


Liturgical Dance in Liverpool Cathedral-if you can stand it.

The only thing worse than the dancing in this rather sad video is the atrocious musical accompaniment. However we can take heart from all the empty seats. Liturgical dance may not yet be quite dead in the Church but it thankfully appears to be in its death throws. Which is appropriate since "death throws" are what come to mind when watching this garbage.

California's population problem

For much of its history there were more Californians who were born in other parts of the country than there were born inside the state. That trend reversed briefly in the recent past but the birth rate is currently below what is considered to be below the replacement birthrate of 2.1 per woman. Coupled by the steady stream of productive people and jobs from the state due to the the floundering economy California is facing ratio of producers to government dependents that is all but unsustainable.

This article at wsj.com has has more on the problem.

Homily 2013-01-09 - Fr Wade Menezes CPM - Astounding

Are we are raising a generation of deluded narcissists?

The short answer is yes, we are. The generation that is now graduating college and entering, or at least trying to enter, the workforce and are discovering that much of what there parents told them about the world has no relationship to reality. There are no prizes for just showing up, accomplishments are earned not bestowed and no one, especially your boss and co-workers, cares one whit about your self esteem. So is it any surprise that these self absorbed, self involved, self entitled bunch has now voted itself as the "Greatest Generation" displacing the generation that fought and won World War II. You can't blame them, really. Their parents have been telling them how special they are all their lives. Who is the rest of the world to tell them to tell them they really aren't.


An important victory in the fight against the HHS mandates.

Tom Monahan, the founder of Ave Maria University, has won a temporary moratoriam on implementing mandated contraception coverage for his employees at a company he owns, Domino Farms. Ave Maria also has a suit pending against these blatantly unconstitutional mandates but that decision is still pending. The Judge in  Read on here.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

One killing every 94 seconds

Under any conceivable circumstances this would be a horrific statistic. For Planned Parenthood it is a source of pride. This from Brietbart.


And the American genocide continues, with 333,964 murders in 2011. That’s the figure proudly released by Planned Parenthood Federation of America in their report delineating how many abortions they performed in fiscal 2011. Doing some simple math reveals that the number of abortions performed equates to one abortion every 94 seconds.

And Planned Parenthood can be pleased with their progress: the number of abortions they performed in 2011 was up from 2010, when they snuffed out 329,445 lives. And the U.S. government can carry the banner high with the abortion provider; Planned Parenthood received $542.4 million in “government health services grants and reimbursements,” including “payments from Medicaid managed care plans.”
Read the rest of the article here.

Mysteries - The Rosary PT 3 of 3

Mysteries - The Rosary PT 2 of 3

Mysteries - The Rosary PT 1 of 3

World Over - 2013-01-03 - Fiscal Cliff, HHS Lawsuits, Most Influential o...

Homily 2013-01-08 - Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Astana Kazakhstan - H...

Al Gore has finally done it

He has finally revealed himself as the, fake phony and fraud many of us already knew him to be. For years his detractors have contended that his seeming dedication to environmental causes was motivated entirely by a special kind of "green energy," the kind with dead Presidents on them. Somehow his supporters have somehow seen past a lifestyle that had a carbon foot print the size of a small city to see some kind of environmental messiah. You can read more here.

Alex Jones Piers Morgan Part 2. 1776 Will Commence Again' If Guns Taken ...

Part 2 of today's wake up call.

Alex Jones Piers Morgan Part 1. 1776 Will Commence Again' If Guns Taken ...

Good Morning. Having trouble getting the ole eyes open? Well this should help. Enjoy.

ACLU may sue over Greensburg teens' 'sexting' charges | TribLIVE

 I wonder if the ACLU ever considers that it is violating the rights both the children's and the parents rights when they seek to use cases like this to forward their agenda to pervert the Constitution into an emancipation proclamation for all that is vile, disgusting and destructive in our society? The mother of the young girl deserves a medal for the way she handled this situation. Sexting is not a civil right, it is a serious problem which is resulting in the sexual exploitation of children by other children and, undoubtedly, by unscrupulous adults who manage to intercept these pictures. Parents have the right to restrict the activity of their children to what they deem appropriate. hey do not want nor do they need the advice and consent of the crackpots in the ACLU.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Mother Angelica Live Classics - 2013-01-01 - Personel Conversion

EWTN Live - The Book of Revelation - Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ with , Naji Mou...

Sunday Night Prime - 2012-12-16 - Praying Together - Fr Apostoli with An...

The Journey Home - 2013-01-07 - KENN CRAMER - Former Agnostic

French government warns Catholic schools to stay ‘neutral’ on homosexual ‘marriage’

I remember when I was in high school and there was a great deal of discussion about the Blaine Amendment to the NY State Constitution which removed virtually all government financial aid from private and parochial schools. It was decried as as totally unfair as the parents of the children in these schools paid taxes, including school taxes, just as did those in public schools. The argument was perfectly valid but as it turns out it was probably the best thing that could have happened in terms of autonomy over what gets taught in parochial schools concerning Faith and Morality. The French Education Minister is basing his justification for this unconscionable intrusion into religious education on the fact that the teachers in public school are paid by the goverment so the schools are considered to be under contract to the government. Whenever you accept so-called aid from any government you give up a piece of your freedom with every penny you accept. This story is a case in point.

Today's Homily - 2013-01-07 - Fr. Wade Menezes, CPM

Catholic Education, in Need of Salvation (by a married priesthood?)

Why is it that some people think that all the ills of the church may be addressed by a married priesthood? Whether its the decline in vocations or sex scandals or disappearing parishioners it seems that all of these problems would just vanish if the Church would just stop being so obstinate and allow priests to marry. This article in the NY Times Op Ed section seems to take the view that the the ills that beset parochial education in this country might best be addressed in this way either by policy change or by default as the numbers of priests continues to decline. But what is truly mind boggling is that a professor in a Catholic university is so incredibly ignorant of the role of the Permanent Deaconate in the Church. We are not lying in wait to take over the roles of priests as their number declines and that of deacons increases nor are we a defacto married priesthood waiting to be foisted on an unsuspecting congregation. The implication that we are is one born of ignorance that one might expect from the average reporter but I would expect more someone who is a professional Catholic educator. Or perhaps now I am the one being naive.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Petition about the “Catholics are a hate-group” petition

Father Z posted this Action Item over on his blog, What Does The Prayer Really Say. We need 25,000 signatures. I think we can do much better than that. As of this post there are 730 signatures. Read and sign the petition and ask your friends to do the same.

A Christmas Concert

In Russia and for many of our Orthodox brothers and sisters today is Christmas day. So with that in mind I would like to share this one last Christmas Concert. And to our Eastern brethren, Merry Christmas!


Woman forges decades-long bond with 11-year old panhandler | Fox News Video

Sometimes you make a decision that might seem impulsive, at least to others. There is no shortage of panhandlers in NYC and most of the time people pass them by feeling perhaps a little put upon and annoyed as they go about their day. This story starts with an encounter that like so many thousand that happen each day but...well watch the video and see for yourself.

Woman forges decades-long bond with 11-year old panhandler | Fox News Video:

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15-year-old shot by Taliban released from hospital | Fox News Video

Three months ago armed cowards from the Taliban pulled over a school bus and shot a 15 year old girl in the head. She has now been released from the hospital. In the midst of this unspeakable evil, one which is sadly commonplace wherever the Taliban is present. What is next for young Malala? Check out the video.

15-year-old shot by Taliban released from hospital | Fox News Video:

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Visit your parents, or else!

China has passed a rather unusual law recently concerning the treatment of it's elderly requiring young people to visit their parents "often". It doesn't seem to quantify just what "often" is but they also granted the elderly a new avenue for redress by allowing them to sue their children for neglect. Since what constitutes "often" was left deliberately vague the only way to avoid running afoul of the is to truly visit one's parents...well...often! 

It might seem odd that such a militaristic police state should be concerned with such mundane issues like elder care but there is an important self serving aspect of the government action here.For over fifty years China has had in place a strict one child per couple policy which was achieved through birth control, sterilization and, when that failed, mandatory or even forced abortions. This policy had the desired effect in the short term of slowing the explosive growth in the Chinese population. But moral abomination such as this policy often yields what is perceived as a short term benefit while the consequences, while they may be slow in coming, are far more destructive than what was posed by the original problem. We are just seeing the tip of the iceberg of consequences that China is running up against now as many, many people will enter old age with no children to care for them and a government totally unprepared to take up the slack. The lesson should not be lost on us. A culture of death cannot survive for very long without suffering the consequences of its morally outrageous behavior.

 

    

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Government Healthcare Run Amok

One of the scariest features of Robin Cooke medical dramas is that they are so plausible given the right circumstances and technology. When Coma was first written years ago some of the technology already existed but computers had not progressed to the point where they could literally keep what amounted to living cadavers alive in order to harvest healthy organs. If we have not yet reached that point yet, at least to the point demonstrated in the recent movie remake, we are a great deal closer than we were in 1977 when the original novel was published.

But even scarier to me is that the shock and revulsion we felt when we reached that point in the book or the original movie when we finally out the reason for all those unexplained comas in what seemed like perfectly healthy people during relatively minor procedures. Oh we have not yet reached the point where such a practice would be acceptable I fear that our sensibilities as a society have devolved to the point where it might be considered plausible at some point in the future.

The reason I bring this up is because of this story I came upon in the Mail Online website.  It describes what amounts to no less than mass euthanasia being administered by bureaucratic decree without consultation with either the patients or their families. See what we have to look forward to?

Sunday's Angelus

Many parents these days seem inordinately concerned with being friends to their children while others go to the opposite extreme of trying to rule over every aspect of their child's life. In his address to a packed St Peter's Square this Sunday His Holiness points out that the true role of parenting is that of being a guardian in their children's lives, not a friend but not a master either.

The Holy Father said in part, "Mary and Joseph’s concern for Jesus is the same as every parent who educates a child, introduces them to life and to understanding reality. Today, therefore, we should say a special prayer to the Lord for all the families of the world. Imitating the Holy Family of Nazareth, may parents seriously concern themselves about the growth and education of their children, so that they may mature as responsible and honest citizens, without ever forgetting that faith is a precious gift to be nourished in their children through personal example."

You can find the entire text or listen to the mp3 here.

Happy New Year

It's a new day, a new year and a new look for the blog. I wanted to post something special so I went to Pewsitter.com, which is kind of a Catholic Drudge Report, and found this story. It is a story about the true meaning of Love. What better way to kick off the new year?