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So, how long do you want to be married? We can do that...

Really, you didn't see this coming?  From a mile away?  Really?

Moral Authority and the gay marriage agenda

The new intiative, Faith in America, is quite specific in urging the use of this tool to create a crisis in moral authority among believers: "Being bigoted or prejudiced conflicts with a person of faith's core principles of love, compassion and respect. So making them aware that they are causing harm to others increases the chances that they will stop using religion-based bigotry."
I have pondered on the hatred I have generated, as a symbol of resistance to this new morality, in the gay community.
I do not think of gay people as my enemies, but as my fellow citizens, neighbors and sometimes friends, with whom I agree on many things and disagree on others, including the nature, meaning and public purpose of marriage.
I walked into the heart of the gay marriage debate to defend one great principle of truth: Marriage is the union of husband and wife because children long for their mother and father.
But this the gay elites cannot tolerate -- not the idea that anyon…

Sacred Place of the Day

So named because legend has it that Mary nursed the Christ Child in this spot.

Feast of the Archangels: Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

"We are to honor the angels because it is they who bear our souls up to heaven...." - The Golden Legend



Sacred Place of the Day

Jewish High Holy Days

Tonight, at sundown, begins the Jewish High Holy days, starting with Rosh Hashana:


Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of Tishri. In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means, literally, "head of the year" or "first of the year." Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the Jewish New Year. This name is somewhat deceptive, because there is little similarity between Rosh Hashanah, one of the holiest days of the year, and the American midnight drinking bash and daytime football game.
There is, however, one important similarity between the Jewish New Year and the American one: Many Americans use the New Year as a time to plan a better life, making "resolutions." Likewise, the Jewish New Year is a time to begin introspection, looking back at the mistakes of the past year and planning the changes to make in the new year. More on this concept at Days of Awe.
The name "Rosh Hashanah" is not used in the Bible to discuss this holiday. The Bible r…

Cannonball Victories go to:

Best Blog by a Religious; Fr. Longenecker's Standing on My Head

Best Political Blog; Adrienne's Catholic Corner

More Catholic Than the Pope; Real Catholic TV

Best Armchair Theologian; Little Catholic Bubble

Best Visual Treat; Betty Beguiles

Most Church Militant; It's a tie! Defend Us in Battle, and Cleansing Fire

Best New Kid on the Block; Heart For God

Best Blog by a Heretic; Bad Vestments

Best Under Appreciated Blog; Barefoot & Pregnant

Best Spiritual Treat; Blessed is the Kingdom

Bat Shit Crazy; I Have to Sit Down

Best Potpourri of Popery; Shoved to Them

Snarkiest Catholic Blog; Acts of the Apostasy

Most Hifreakinlarious; another tie! Acts of the Apostasy and The Ironic Catholic

Blog that Needs to be Updated More Often; Recovery Dissident Catholic


You will notice that "Kissing the Leper" did not win the category of "Best Under Appreciated Blog", and there's a certain irony in that to enjoy....I guess.  Do check out the winners - there's some good stuf…

Leading cause of death in African-Americans??

Total rip-off Tuesday

Today I went big, and ripped off the Pope:

Pope’s meeting with representatives of the Jewish Community
Reichstag Building, Berlin

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear Friends,

I am truly glad to be taking part in this meeting with you here in Berlin. I warmly thank President Dr Dieter Graumann for his kind and thoughtful words. They make it very clear to me how much trust has grown between the Jewish people and the Catholic Church, who hold in common a not insignificant part of their essential traditions, as you emphasized. At the same time it is clear to us all that a loving relationship of mutual understanding between Israel and the Church, each respecting the essence of the other, still has further to grow and needs to be built into the heart of our proclamation of the faith.

On my visit to the Synagogue in Cologne six years ago, Rabbi Teitelbaum spoke of remembrance as one of the supporting pillars that are needed if a future of peace is to be built. And…

A good prayer

Dear Lord,
Thank you for this day.
Hold my hand and give me courage
to carry the cross You have chosen for me.
Let me never complain.
Let me smile and give strength
to my family and friends
and to all I come in contact with.

I accept what I have and will not ask, "Why me?"
I will fight until You take me
because it is my belief that I was made
to serve You on earth - and death is my final reward. my daily prayer - Betty Mcelwee - 1984

Top of the reading list:

A new book by Andreas Widmer, entrepreneur and former Swiss Guard to Pope John Paul the Great!

The weight of your sin should lead you back to Christ

We are frequently tempted to censor difficulties, to hide them even from ourselves.  When we do that, we are diverging radically from the way that God acts with us:  every detail is a matter of importance for him.  This kind of censorship is a diabolical act, which is often born of fear of another's judgment, of the fear of losing the positive image that others have of us.  But our stature before Christ has nothing to do with this image, nor can it be measured in terms of the mistakes that we may make or avoid making.  Rather, it is decided by Christ himself and by our belonging to him. - Monsignor Massimo Camisasca

Mary Cassatt Monday

Taking a break

Blogging break!  I'm taking the weekend off to enjoy ArtPrize, have a glass of wine with some girlfriends and relax!

Are you one of these women?

Wow, I really AM under-appreciated....

There is still time to vote in the Crescat Cannonball Awards.  "Kissing the Leper" is up for most under-appreciated blog, and I'm losing.  Not sure what to make of that.....

Update:  "Kissing the Leper" is currently in 4th place!

Feast of St. Matthew

Humility

God, I am far too often influenced by what others think of me.  I am always pretending to be either richer or smarter or nicer than I really am.  Please prevent me from trying to attract attention.  Don’t let me gloat over praise on one hand or be discouraged by criticism on the other.  Nor let me waste time weaving imaginary situations in which the most heroic, charming, witty person present is myself. Show me how to be humble of heart, like you.

Total rip-off Tuesday

Wherein I "rip-off" another writer on the web.  Today's choice is intriguingly titled "Murder by Gossip" from Melanie Baker:

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (cf. 2476-7) names three offenses against respect for the reputation of another: rash judgment, detraction, and calumny. The pervasiveness and consequences of these sins are clear enough.

Rash judgment leads to prejudices, suspicions, inappropriate reactions and a number of other avoidable problems. If these are not checked, families can be ruptured, friendships broken, grudges solidified. Feuds can develop, and in some cases, war.

There are many factors that create a culture of mistrust and conflict, especially in those regions where centuries-old racial, ethnic or religious resentments are deeply embedded in the society. It is easy to see how such ancient prejudices foster the rash judgment that plays a part in seemingly endless strife riddling the Middle East, Sudan, and all war-torn region…

Sacred Place of the Day

I'm taking this VERY personallly....

Sperm Bank Turns Away Redheads

Historically, red hair was thought to be a mark of moral degeneration....
 Idiots.  Red-headed girls are gorgeous - and you are losers.  So there!

Art: a truly good thing

Here in West Michigan, we are gearing up for ArtPrize, a unique artistic experience like none other anywhere in the world (that's not hyperbole - check out the website).

Art is not just something we humans do to fill empty hours or to have pretty stuff to look at.  It fulfills a deep, human need.  Check out what John Paul the Great said about art in his "Letter to Artists" in 1999:

Society needs artists, just as it needs scientists, technicians, workers, professional people, witnesses of the faith, teachers, fathers and mothers, who ensure the growth of the person and the development of the community by means of that supreme art form which is “the art of education”. Within the vast cultural panorama of each nation, artists have their unique place. Obedient to their inspiration in creating works both worthwhile and beautiful, they not only enrich the cultural heritage of each nation and of all humanity, but they also render an exc…

Mary Cassat Monday

Vote Now!

That's right!  It's time for the 6th annual Cannonball Catholic Blog anti-Awards. And yes, I want you to vote for "Kissing the Leper": category of Best Under-appreciated Blog!  


What's in it for me??  Bragging rights and a really cool button for my blog for the next year.  Plus, you can purvey the competition - you will probably run across at least one other blog that you enjoy.  We all win!


Vote early, vote often! 

I'm probably going to Hell for this, but...

it made me laugh!  I think Benedict looks kinda cute like this.

Here's to you, Mr. Robertson.

I've never been a fan of Pat Robertson.  He is a couple sandwiches short of a picnic, as far as I'm concerned, and his theology is off-kilter.  However, this week, he proved he was just plain dumb.

This past week on his show "The 700 Club", he answered a viewer's question about dating other women now that his wife's dementia was at the point where she didn't recognize him any longer.  Pat, in a moment of deep theological and compassionate idiocy, remarked that it was okay to divorce one's spouse in this situation. 

Robertson explained, "If you respect that vow, you say 'til death do us part.' This is a kind of death." He went on to say (apparently because his foot wasn't wedged deeply enough into his mouth):  "I know it sounds cruel," Robertson responded, "but if he's going to do something, he should divorce her and start all over again, but make sure she has custodial care and somebody looking after her.&quo…

Still working on this....

Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen, for God speaks in the silence of the heart. - Blessed Teresa of Calcutta



Further proof that our society is getting dumber...

Can you imagine trying to remember all this????

Total rip-off redux

Totally ripping this off from Matt Archbold at Creative Minority Report:

Stop the Dietocracy! First Lady Michelle Obama will announce today the headway she and the Obama dietocracy have made in strong arming restaurants to reduce portion sizes as part of her “Let’s Move’ campaign against obesity.
“The Childhood Obesity Task Force Report”–commissioned as part of Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move” project, “specifically calls on restaurants to, “consider their portion sizes, improve children’s menus, and make healthy options the default choice whenever possible." The "or else" is implied.

I always find it a bit ironic the interest the Obamas take in regulating stomachs while completely ignoring wombs. So much for personal choice, huh? In fact, the womb seems to be the one place on earth immune from Nanny State overreach.

But as someone who doesn't think it's the government's business what I throw down my gullet I've come up with a few handy catchphrases to…