I have always been pro-life and am always eager to support pro-life endeavours. However I wonder how effective such things such as Lil Markie's rendition of "Diary of and Unborn Child" are in battling the pr-abortion lobby. This is not a satire album.
The pro-abortionists say that Louisiana Legislature allowing a Pro-Life license plate and not a Pro-Abortion one is infringing on the first amendment. Well, first of all the first amendment says the federal government cannot restrict free speech and says nothing about state governments doing so. What's more how are they restricting free speech if they are not actively stopping pro-abortionists from using license plates to their choosing (especially when they don't even exist).
President Bush designated a Qatari man in U.S. custody as an enemy combatant -- accusing him of helping Al Qaeda agents settle in the United States so they could plan and prepare for new terror attacks.
I think the real threat to national security is that mullet he is sporting.
Kathleen Mary Danes will awake this morning with the giddiness and expectations of the June bride that she is. But when she approaches the altar at the Cathedral of St. Mary in Miami, there will be no groom -- at least not in the physical sense. Instead, Danes will formally become a consecrated virgin, taking part in an obscure Catholic rite that will confer on her this title: bride of Christ. The 62-year-old retired college administrator will become the first such woman consecrated by the Archdiocese of Miami, joining the small but growing ranks of U.S. women called to a vocation that dates back to the ancient days of the church.
I am a big supporter of this type of vocation. I have met so many women who have felt a call to give themselves totally to Christ, but did not feel the call to live in community or move from their home area and a vocation such as this gives them the opportunity to follow that call.
I rented this movie because it stars Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Boy was I disappointed. Let me give you the "plot" - this guy's wife commits suicide and he starts huffing gas and toting around remote control planes to cope. Stupid and slow. My grade: D-
Well, I am all moved into the new rectory. I've unpacked most of my boxes and now I just have to arrange everything. Everything seems to be going well. The people are ahppy to have a new pastor and I am looking forward to celebrating ym first Sunday masses in the parish. We don't have a boradband connection here yet, so posting might be a bit scarce as I don't want to tie up the phone line. I will comment later about the transition. Thanks for the prayers.
I'll be leaving Sacred Heart in Ville Platte this morning and heading to St. Joseph and St. Louis Parishes in Parks, LA. I'll spend most of the day getting adjusted, so I doubt that I will be posting much. Here's some advice though - stay away from this guy.
When we worship a triune God we celebrate the love which flows in God's eternal dance of togetherness, and which we know through Jesus Christ as Lord of the dance. And when women, dancing Sarah's circle, affirm the importance of relationships in human life, they are doing more than reflecting women's psychology; they are showing all Christians what it means to be created in God's image.
Psychiatrists attending an annual APA convention May 19 in San Francisco proposed removing several long-recognized categories of mental illness - including pedophilia, exhibitionism, fetishism, transvestism, voyeurism and sadomasochism - from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).
St. Anthony is invoked as the patron saint of lost things. A little jingle goes like this: "St. Anthony, please look around; something is lost and must be found." This attribution comes from an incident where a novice carried off a valuable psalter St. Anthony was using. St. Anthony prayed very hard that the psalter would be found. After seeing an alarming apparition of St. Anthony, the novice returned the psalter. However, many suggest he is more importantly the patron of lost souls — those who have fallen to mortal sin, have abandoned the Church, and have grown apathetic to the practice of the Faith
Disgruntled at his loss of the Chair of Peter to Leo III, Paschal the Primicerius, a nephew of Pope Adrian I plotted his revenge. On April 25, 799, as Leo walked in the procession of the Greater Litanies, a band of hired thugs lighted upon him. They threw the Pope to the ground and hurriedly stabbed at his eyes and tore at his tongue in order to render him unfit for the papacy. They fled leaving Leo lying bloody and bruised in the street, but they soon returned dragging him to St. Sylvester's Church and attempted again to blind him. He soon escaped, surviving the brutal attack and fleeing to Paderborn under Charlemagne’s protection. Pope Leo healed miraculously while convalescing, and soon Charlemagne escorted him back to Rome when the perpetrators of the crime against the Holy Father were sent into exile.
The caveat reads: WARNING: The views represented in Confession Booth do not necessarily reflect the views of anybody but God. The Almighty hereby takes all responsibility if your feelings are hurt and your self-esteem demolished.)
Check out the pictures too! My favorite is "Elizabeth, great with child surrounded by homos at Ohio Univ."
Thanks to Mark at Ad Orientem for variations of the circus and carnival liturgy. As a resident of the great state of Louisiana, born and raised in the heart of Cajun Country, I take offense at the Mardi Gras Liturgy.
Did you know that Pius XII died of hiccups? Seems some quack doctor (imagine, a quack in Rome) prescribed some ointment for his teeth that caused him to hiccup wildly and somehow after several days he died of it.
St. Paula Frassinetti's incorrupt body is found in the Chapel of the Convent of Santa Dorotea which is located directly across the street from the North American College on the Gianicolo in Rome. I was able to celebrate mass there on her feast day in 2001. Her relics are placed under the high altar of the chapel, but they had the chapel set up to say mass on the free standing altar. I never quite understood that - it is like having a Mercedes Benz in the garage but driving a Yugo. Anyhow, I persuaded the sisters to allow me to celebrate mass at the high altar on her relics. We were also able to tour the convent to see where she lived and died and one of the room filled with various relics.
I recently finished reading Word Freak by Stefan Fatsis the self-described tale of "Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players." It was a fascinating read, even for me who is not the biggest Scrabble player in the world, to see the author's growing involvement and fascination with the game, the lifestyle, and the eccentric characters who build their lives around the game. It also made me realize what Scrabble amateurs most of us are. All in all, it would make a fine summer read.
St. Landry was a bishop of Paris in the seventh century who was known for his charitable works for the poor, in particular the building of the first hospital. He namesake is popular in southern Louisiana with a civil parish, a Catholic Church, and a small village.
I went to the ordination of three transitional deacons this morning. One of the men ordained was Rev. Mr. Buddy Breaux, who actually entered the seminary with me from the same church parish in 1994, but left after one semester. He returned to his studies a few years later and it was a blessing for me to see him get ordained today.
The Hidden Key to Harry Potter by John Granger comes just in time for the release of the fifth volume of the popular Potter series. Granger's book however is not another fundamentalist diatribe against J.K. Rowling and her creation, but an insightful look into Potter's world from a literary and a Christian perspective. Indeed Granger's claim is not only that the Potter series is good literature, but it is a Christian work (however veiled) in the line of Lewis and Tolkien (which I have always thought, but never been able to exegete as well as Granger). How does he come to that conclusion? Well, you'll have to read it yourself (it's an easy read, I finished it in one day). But I can tell you that Granger belongs to the Orthodox Church and approaches the works from a very "sacramental" perspective which makes it easier for him as a Christian to avoid the fundamentalist pitfall in approaching literature and culture. In fact, the book is piblished by Zossima Press (Brothers Karamozov anybody?). I'd be interested to hear what others who've read Granger's work or who are in favor of Harry Potter have to say.
Four area teenage boys were arrested on charges related to the burglary at St. Peter Catholic Church, 808 Fourth Ave., said Capt. Jim Dowling of the Stevens Point Police Department.
The Rev. Joseph O'Hara surprised the teens at about 9 p.m. as they tried to pry open a safe in St. Peter's sacristy. "I just bellowed, 'What are you doing in my church?' " said O'Hara, 39, who is chaplain at Pacelli High School and St. Peter Middle School. "Three of them took off right away, and one I was able to catch." Using the wrestling skills he learned at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, O'Hara grappled the 14-year-old town of Linwood boy to the floor and held him there. When the boy promised to behave, O'Hara let him up.
"That's when I noticed he took out a knife," O'Hara said. "I don't know what he was thinking about doing. I just stared at the knife." The boy voluntarily put down the 4-inch folding knife. But as O'Hara was phoning the police, the boy hit him in the head and ribs, a report said. O'Hara was not seriously injured, Dowling said. O'Hara subdued the boy again, this time bringing the double chicken-wing into play. "I had him down and let him up two or three times before I was able to make the call to the police," O'Hara said.
St. Boniface is most certainly one of the top behind-kicking saints of all time. He is the "Chuck Bronson" of hagiography. Of course though, there are many other behind-kicking saints out there. Can you name your favorite behind-kicking saint to make a Saintly "Magnificent Seven"?
While busy converting pagans in Saxony, St. Boniface stumbled upon a tribe giving worship to a gigantic oak tree they foolishly believed to be a Norse deity. In a swell of righteous indignation, Boniface walked up to the tree, took off his shirt, picked up an axe, and without uttering a single a word he hacked down the gigantic “forest-god”. After he had fell the tree, Boniface stood aright on the trunk, and forcefully asked the stunned pagans, "How stands your mighty god? My God is stronger than he!" As one might expect, the crowd's reaction to this event was a bit mixed, but some did find faith stir in their idolatrous hearts after Boniface’s fortitudinous action.
CATPRIN, a tailor for cats. Ever imagined dressing up your lovely cat into a fabulous beauty? You don't have to dress her everyday, in fact she might not feel comfortable with a dress on for days. Just dress her up only on special occasions like her birthday, takes a photo and that should leave you lots of memories and fantasies.
The fantasies part at the end is what worries me (along with dressing up your cat like a chicken or a frog).
Westchester University, its working name, would be a proudly conservative Catholic institution, but open to all. Plans call for the Legionaries of Christ to break ground in 2006 and to develop graduate and undergraduate programs for about 3,000 students in five phases over 30 years.
As a young man St. Francis particularly enjoyed the sport of hunting. He would often entertain large hunting parties, and the kitchen staff employed by his wealthy Italian family would prepare lavish dinners for all those participating. So professional were these cooks that when Francis' family moved south to the much more temperate Naples to spend the winter season, they would take the cooks with them to become skilled at Neapolitan gastronomy as well as the Abruzzese (the region his family resided in for a majority of the year) with which they were already acquainted. This fact lead to St. Francis being declared patron saint of Italian cooks.
Some have accused stars such as Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham, Claudia Schiffer, Elizabeth Hurley and Madonna of endangering their babies for vanity by choosing early c-sections over old-fashioned childbirth in order to avoid abdominal stretching.
Burgess prayed. An evangelist was holding a revival at her church, First Pentecostal. "I went to the evangelist and said, 'I got a problem. I got this dog, and I got to give the lawyer an amount of money. I want what God wants.' He said, 'Well, Sister, I'll anoint and pray with you after services.' "
"I was down at the altar after services and everybody was praying and the Lord spoke to me and He said, 'Fifty thousand.' Then the evangelist came to me, looked me dead in the eye, stuck his finger at me, and said, 'Fifty, Sister.' "
So you think Harry Potter is disturbing? Scholastic (the same company that publishes the Potter series) has another very popular series of a super hero who flies around in his "tighty whities." It appears that some folks object to kids reading this as evidenced in this news report where one grandmother objects to her grandchild drawing pictures of a Captain Underpant's arch-nemesis the lump of feces known as Deputy Doo-Doo.
Yesterday, I was appointed as pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Parks, LA (with its mission of St. Louis, also in Parks). It is a small country church right next to Breaux Bridge, LA where my father grew up and a fair amount of my family still lives (including my 96 year old grandfather). I report on June 17, so bloging will probably be light over the course of the next couple of weeks as I pack and move. Please keep me in your prayers. Merci.