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…
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
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…
Pope’s meeting with representatives of the Jewish Community
Reichstag Building, Berlin
Thursday, 22 September 2011
Ladies and Gentlemen,
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…
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
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
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,
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
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…
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…
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!
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…
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.
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.
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…