Time To Consecrate Russia

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 10:54 AM Comments (69)

"To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays. If My requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated. In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me, and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world. In Portugal the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved . . . "

 

Once again, an...READ MORE

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12 Common Catholic Problems

Friday, April 11, 2014 4:52 PM Comments (39)

Your priest absolutely knows its you in confession because you're the only one there who has four kids who confess right before you.

Your active participation is questionable at Mass because you're watching your son, the altar boy, to make sure he doesn't mess up. It's like attempting to will a bowling ball to turn the right way.

Someone sneezed during Mass should I say "God bless you" or just stay quiet? If you say "God Bless you" at mass, isn't that redundant? Should you just save it for the sign of peace, but then again do you really wanna shake that guy's hand?

Oh no. I just responded by saying "And also with you" and now everyone around me thinks I haven't been to Mass in two years!...READ MORE

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The Loudest Confession

Monday, April 07, 2014 11:27 PM Comments (41)

This weekend I went to confession at a parish near my son's soccer game.  I am weird that way, I seek out parishes away from home for my confession obligations.

Anyway, I went to a parish. Nice enough looking Church with the standalone wood confessionals.

I picked a pew a few rows up from the confessional at the back of the Church to prepare and wait my turn.

A lady came into the Church and stood right near me but closer to the confessional, clearly not intuiting that I was waiting my turn.

So she is standing maybe 8 feet from me when her cell phone rings.  Of course, she answers it.  As loud as can be, she says...

"HI!   WHAT? NO NOT YET?  WHAT?  NO.  I WILL LATER."

An older man that...READ MORE

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Life In Upside-Down World

Monday, April 07, 2014 10:53 AM Comments (14)

Living in an upside-down world (UDW) does take some getting used to.

In UDW, no rights are more vigorously defended than those recently manufactured from whole cloth.  This, while rights granted directly from the creator, such as the right to live in UDW are revoked under the flimsiest of pretexts.

In UDW, tolerance is a bug-eyed and vein popping emotion rather than a calm and serene act of reason.

In UDW, not only can you have it both ways, somebody is legally bound to bake a cake for it.

In UDW, any kind of depravity is forgiven even absent repentance as long the culprit holds to fashionable views.  But to have ever supported something currently unfashionable, even if in fashion at...READ MORE

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Whenever Two or More are Gathered in His Name…It Better Not be in a Public School

Friday, April 04, 2014 10:29 AM Comments (15)

Whenever two or more are gathered in His name, it better not be in a public school.

A federal appeals court has decreed that New York City churches are prohibited from meeting in public school buildings because of the separation of Church and state...or something.
 
That decision overturns a lower court ruling.

The case dates all the way back to 1995, when a small church in the Bronx attempted to rent space in a public school as is done quite frequently by many groups. But the Board of Education denied the request.

The list of government enforced "Thou Shalt Nots" for Christians grows ever longer. Thou shalt not resist government mandates that require you to pay for abortifacients. Thou...READ MORE

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The Most Misused Catholic Words

Monday, March 31, 2014 1:23 PM Comments (91)

We hear a lot of Catholics calling using official sounding Catholic words make their arguments or to impugn others, but do we all really understand what these terms mean?

I will try to explain, in the most basic terms possible, the meaning behind the modern uses of these words and how I think they might hit or miss the mark. 

Sedevacantist. We hear this one a lot. The real definition is simple. Sedevacantists hold that, because modern (recent) Pope's have said or done things that seem to be in contradiction to the Tradition of the Church AND that Popes, by virtue of their infallibility, must be perfect in such matters, therefore these Popes must not really be Popes. Therefore,...READ MORE

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So When Can We Start with the Nazi Analogies Again?

Thursday, March 27, 2014 2:03 PM Comments (12)

OK, now that a hospital has been found to be using aborted babies as material to heat the hospital, is it OK yet to invoke the much maligned Nazi analogy? I know. I know. Any analogy to Nazis is outrageously hyperbolic and ridiculous. But can you just think about this for a second? A hospital was using aborted babies to heat their building. Just thinking about it shrivels my soul.

The number of aborted children since Roe is up to about 55 million (I think I'm rounding down but hey what's a few million babies, right?) so when is the Nazi analogy allowed again? I'm looking for a number.

It seems to me that Godwin's law is being used as a get-out-of-the argument free card. Their position...READ MORE

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Don't Misread Bishop Conley's Letter On Contraception

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 1:52 PM Comments (26)

Some twenty three years after Bishop Glennon Flavin of the Diocese of Lincoln issued a pastoral letter to Catholic couples and physicians on the Issue of Contraception, his successor Bishop James Conley has done the same.

His letter will be discussed along with the topic of contraception generally this Sunday in all parishes of the Diocese.

The letter is a wonderful restatement of Catholic principles on the issues of contraception and I urge each and every one of you to read it in its entirety. Further, I find it wonderful and somewhat counter-cultural, even within the Church, to issue such a letter and instruct that this topic be taught in every parish. Bishop Conley is truly a good...READ MORE

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