Chesterton on Giving Thanks

11/24/2010 Comments (8)

G.K. Chesterton once remarked that in America, they have a feast to celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims and that, in England, they should have a feast to celebrate their departure.

All kidding aside, Chesterton probably was one of the most grateful people who ever lived, because he believed in the grace of God and took nothing for granted. He writes, concerning a shipwreck that had occurred a little earlier:

The news that some Europeans have been wrecked on a desert island is gratifying, in so far as it shows that there are still some desert islands for us to be wrecked on. Moreover, it is also interesting because these, the latest facts, actually support the oldest stories. For instance,...READ MORE

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Nobel Peace Prize Prez: Thumbs up on Child Soldiers

11/22/2010 Comments (18)

Our Nobel Peace Prize Winning President Barack Obama (“Winner: 2009 Prize for Being the Darling of the Euro Left”) has, yet again betrayed the suckers who took him seriously as some sort of Messianic Bringer of Peace.

First, it was the move (on the heels of the Nobel Prize) to increase troop levels in order to prop up a failed third world narco state with no clear plan of what to do besides get Americans killed in pointless battles.  That “plan” continues and will continue forever, according to Sec’y of Defense Robert Gates, who frankly admitted that all the twaddle about “When they stand up, we’ll stand down” is a load of bushwah when he plainly stated, “We’re not leaving Afghanistan...READ MORE

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Safe, Legal and Rare

11/19/2010 Comments (42)

We are all familiar with that little mantra, I trust?  It’s one of those things said by abortion supporters with a guilty conscience who want to have their cake and eat it.  Abortion “saves lives”, doncha know, so we have to keep doing it.  And besides, it’s harmless, so there’s no problem at all.

Yet mysteriously, these same people also insist we should make it “rare”.  Why?  If it saves lives and is harmless, what’s the problem?  Why gingerly talk about making it rare as though there is some moral problem with it?

I think of that as I read the constant apologetics for another form of grave intrinsic evil being emitted by some of the most powerful and influential leaders of another...READ MORE

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What a Piece of Work is a Man

11/17/2010 Comments (11)

how noble in reason, how
infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and
admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like
a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals. - Hamlet

It’s stuff like this that marks us off from the entire created order as rational animals.  No angel can do this (lacking a body) and no animal would do it (lacking reason).  We alone, out of all of creation do such things, sheerly for the joy of it.  Thanks be to God for making such a thing as man.

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Reader Barbara observes…

11/15/2010 Comments (17)

...that one of the principal differences between the Left and the Right is that the Right tends to recognize the reality of sexual sin (real or imagined) while more or less ignoring the possibility of gustatory sin, while the Left tends to obsess over gustatory sins (real or imagined) and ignore sexual sin.  So, for the Left, you can have intimate congress with a cow, but don’t you dare eat it while, for the Right, gluttony and selfishness tend to be a pecadillo (certainly not one of the Seven Deadly Sins) and attempts to help the poor tend to be viewed as incipient communist revolution. 

So just the other day, a reader was informing me that he didn’t believe in the corporal work of mercy...READ MORE

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Changed Times

11/12/2010 Comments (12)

For me, this article is significant because the President and CEO of Focus on the Family, a quintessentially Evangelical organization, is taking his cue entirely from the guidance of the Pope in Rome and a Catholic cardinal.

Are there still big differences between Catholics and Evangelicals?  Of course!  But the ecumenism of the trenches has also done a lot to wear down those differences and make Catholic faith intelligible to Evangelicals who, a generation ago, would still have believed some of the most naive and superstitious rumors about Catholics.  (“They worship statues!” “They reject the grace of God!” “They think Mary is a goddess!”)  These days, it is not uncommon to find...READ MORE

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Credulous Suckers Who Believe Whatever Their Pope Tells Them

11/10/2010 Comments (82)

One of the frequent complaints one hears about Catholics is that we cannot think for ourselves and basically live on a daily diet of whatever the Pope spoon feeds to us and tells us to think.  I’m reminded of this as reader Peter Sean Bradley sends along this latest bulletin from the world of anti-Catholic experts on Catholic faith, wherein Fundamentalist pastor and radio star John MacArthur tells you something I bet you never knew:

That’s why when you go into a Catholic Church you see all the candles everywhere, certain people praying for certain people. As long as the candle burns, the prayer goes on. And as long as the prayer goes on, the merit in the prayer is accumulating on the benefit...READ MORE

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Indians vs Swedes

11/08/2010 Comments (13)

The Knights of Columbus drops me a line:

We wanted to let you know that the Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Carl Anderson, is about to release a new book entitled “Beyond A House Divided: The Moral Consensus Ignored by Washington, Wall Street, and the Media.”  The book documents a great deal of new polling data showing that a majority of Americans are actually in agreement—on the need to restrict abortion, on the value of traditional marriage, and on the value of religion in public life—and want a return to traditional moral values.

That’s good to hear.  I’ve long believed that the complexion of American life was well described by Peter Berger, who said that if Sweden is the...READ MORE

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Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.