Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Are You A Bible Scholar

Via The Curt Jester, test your biblical knowledge. I did well and I expect my teaching position to be anounced soon from Rome. Actually, I guessed on the "who were Eliphaz... question." Oh well.

You know the Bible 100%!
 

Wow! You are awesome! You are a true Biblical scholar, not just a hearer but a personal reader! The books, the characters, the events, the verses - you know it all! You are fantastic!

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Monday, January 29, 2007

Catholic/British Adoption Agencies


I don't know how things work exactly over there in England, but I don't see why a Catholic adoption agency is running on government funds. I do not think that its run the way we do it with our "faith-based initiatives." Get the story HERE. If the agency is using government funding it must conform to government standard- even if that standard is disordered as is the case with coming legislation regarding equality among same-sex adoption applicants. Also, in my opinion, if the government would force the agencies to do their [the government's] will which is against Catholic teaching, then the Catholic agency must shut down.

My thoughts are processing like this:

1. All same-sex adoptions are bad and against church teaching because it is intristically disordered.
2. A catholic agency must choose to discontinue operations when the operation is counter to church teaching and is intristically disordered.
3. Therefore, the church agency must end operations if forced to allow same-sex adoptions.

I'm sure that some may counter that there may be more good done in continuing operations and doing what good you can for the children than the evil commited in discontinuing operations all together. That opinion I find incorrect because if the church was to continue then two consequences follow: 1) the church would compromise its authority on later matters, for example forcibly allowing for the option of abortion in catholic hostpitals because the state would see it as an equality of choice issue. 2)the church would compromise its ideals and teachings among its own people. For instance, if I saw the church fail to take a stand against something intristically evil, say giving communion to a person who openly supports abortion, then I may decide that the option to support "choice" is an okay thing. What the church teaches as wrong I may feel free to assume is only a passing teaching that will change when the "old guard" dies out.

Of course those are only examples which may or may not occur (though obviously one has occured and we see the havoc being wrought daily by Pelosi, Kerry and the like with their culture of death antics). I think the church must take a stand in England and let the government know that in passing the same-sex adoption legislation they will be shutting down some of their best agencies.

Friday, January 26, 2007

"Terrible"Terry Tate Fridays

I would have made it Triple T Tuesdays, but I just couldn't wait to start posting some of these. However, CAUTION: curse words are used two or so times. Its worth it though. Every office wishes they had a Terry Tate.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

"Communion line from Hell"


I found this last night at the Catholic Cartoons blog. I must say that I wish I would have found this around election time. Its hilarious. Note also that the three of these folks should be excommunicated based on what I found when I wrote THIS.

Year of the Word


Here in the Diocese of Austin, the Bishop has made it the "Year of the Word." As in years past we have had a church-wide year of the eucharist and so on, Bishop Aymond has decided that this should be a year focused on scripture. I think this is a wonderful idea to remind Catholics that, as Dr. Scott Hahn says "The bible is a precious family heirloom. It is made for catholics, by catholics." In other words, scripture is just as important to us as catholics as it is for anybody else.


I found today at Catholic World News that Pope B16 has decided that the next topic for the full next full meeting of the synod of bishops will be: "The Word of God in the Life and the Mission of the Church." I can't wait to hear what they discuss. The story is HERE.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Worries are bound to happen


As with every semester, money problems always occur. If the GI bill would issue a check for tuition and then pay out every month as a stipend minus the lump sum I think it would be a much better help. As it works currently GI Bill users get only a monthly stipend which really doesn't help a ton with tuition. You have to borrow money and then try to pay it back with the GI bill. Eventually everything works out but there's about three months worth of praying that the bank will cover any negative balance that may occur while you try and pay off the emergency loan you took to cover tuition.

Well, with my major change to philosophy from electrical engineering the question I am being asked daily is "What kind off job are you going to get when you graduate?" Some people are already prepared to tell me that many phil majors go into law, but that's not me. Others go into engineering fields to be ethics police on different projects, again not for me though it is a little more interesting. For me I think I will aim toward catechises.

Back in the day I wanted to go to Franciscan U. up in Steubie., OH. I wanted to double major in catechisis and theology. Again the money issue, private schools aren't cheap, and here I am back home and at Texas A&M (which is by no means a loss, I always have wanted to be an aggie). Now, with the opportunities available as a phil major, I think God is calling me again in that direction. I think maybe he got tired of me keeping my discernment phone on vibrate.

The problem is that my wife has always wanted to be a stay at home mom. If I were to work at the parish level, as say for instance a DRE, the paycheck would probably not be available for this to work too well. This worries her, and to a certain extent me. I always tell her to only worry about the things she can do something about (of course while asking for Divine assistance) and leave the rest entirely up to God. That's easier said than done, but it sets her mind more at ease to hear it. I try to do the same, but again its easier said than done.

I think maybe the best advice is along those lines as is given by Jesus: "Consider the ravens..." The birds, you see, don't worry about the things that we do. They don't worry much at all. Jesus asks us to follow their example and leave our concerns with our heavenly Father. I hope I can.

The Diocese that keeps on giving!

THIS article in the Austin paper describes how our diocese raised not just the original goal it had set of $42 million, but actually raised an amazing $82.6 million.

The article describes people actually selling vehicles so that they could donate. One guy even gave up snuff. Its amazing, the spirit of giving in all our parishes, and it makes me proud.

Catholic Carnival

Catholic Carnival 103 is up at deoomnisgloria.com.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Vale!

I have studied until I feel I could fall asleep standing up if I had to. Oh well, I guess that's the breaks of Latin as an eight o'clock class.

And now, for your viewing pleasure:
A youtube video of a miracle in Medjugorje.

Should be studying

I have a quiz in Latin tomorrow and so I should be studying. Instead I'm reading blogs. Doggone internet.

Monday, January 22, 2007

My wife has a blog now!


She's a much better writer/person/everything than I am. So, go read her blog: Thoughts of a Catholic Girl.

100 Posts! Yaaaaay!

This is post number 100. Truly a milestone that no one but myself cares about.

Miracle Host Video

This is pretty amazing. I think its from Venezuela.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Turning Japanese

Amy said she had never heard of this song then called me a big dork. Who's the big dork now?! Probably still me. At least its fun to reminisce.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Going to get a major change


I have an appointment today to get my major changed back to philosophy. I've been wanting to do it for a long time but thought I should stick it out in EE. I guess I should listen to God more often.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Doomsday Clock should be replaced...


The old Doomsday Clock is not what we need. We need to be counting down to the end based on other issues.


Exhibit A: "The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, founded in 1945 as a newsletter distributed among nuclear physicists concerned by the possibility of nuclear war, has since grown into an organization focused more generally on man made threats to the survival of human civilization"...but


Exhibit B: " the organization added that the “dangers posed by climate change are nearly as dire as those posed by nuclear weapons"...and


Exhibit C: No discussion of abortion, elderly rights to life, or other pro-life statement. No discussions about the destruction of families by the culture of death.


The article HERE from San Diego's Union Tribune does tell us alot in their article about the scientists who run the "Doomsday clock." It tells us that "The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists" has "grown into an organization focused more generally on man made threats to the survival of human civilization." However the Bulletin of the Atomic Liberalists does not ever mention the man made threats to the survival of human civilization such as abortion. How many people have been killed since scientists developed nuclear weapons? About 104,000 deaths. How many people have died from "global warming"? According to Al Gore, everyone will die of this, actual deaths 0. On the other hand, how many people have been murdered due to abortion? According to the American Life League at least 600,000,000 only since 1965 when the first states began to decriminalize it. That's right:


nuclear weapons = 104,000...

abortion = 600,000,000...

global warming=16 penguins (maybe)


In my opinion the Doomsday clock needs to be changed. The article quotes: "'As scientists, we understand the dangers of nuclear weapons and their devastating effects, and we are learning how human activities and technologies are affecting climate systems in ways that may forever change life on Earth,' said Stephen Hawking, the renowned cosmologist and mathematician. " Too bad us regular folk cain'tn understand nuttin' wid' out dems scientisters. You know Stevie, I think even the non-scientist types can comprehend the dangers of a nuclear attack. But what I guess the "We're-better-than-you-because-we're-scientists" crowd can't seem to get that us fortunate dummies seem to get is that the biggest threat to mankind is not nukes, but instead is the killing of our own kind...legally. We're killing our next generation. How can we expect a greater future when we're killing it? How can we learn from the past if we kill them too?


I propose a new, Pro-life Doomsday clock. According to this clock we will be able to tell how close the crazies are to the brink of destroying our civilization. Whereas "the decisions to move the clock is made by the bulletin's board, which is composed of prominent scientists and policy experts, in coordination with the group's sponsors (are Nancy Pelosi or John Kerry sponsors?)," the Pro-life Doomsday clock will be moved according to the real policy experts, the men and women of faith.


Of course this clock will not be just about abortion but also euthanasia, and maybe also different Pro-family issues should be involved too such as same-sex marriages/unions. So not just a Pro-life clock but a real civilization doomsday clock.


I also propose that this new clock be set at 11:55 just like the Inconvenient-Truth clock, I mean doomsday clock described in the article. I think this is a good starting point after the election of a mostly anti-life congress. Heck, it should be moved closer just from Santorum not getting re-elected. I guess everyone should get a second chance though (I'm talking to you Pennsylvania, re-elect Santorum).


Let me know what ye thinketh noble, expert board members.

What I learned from a cold rooftop


Yesterday, for work, I was called over to a local restaurant that said one of their heaters wasn't working. The heaters, of course, are never inside the restaurants but instead are on the roof. So I made my way up the ice covered ladder and then crawled over the ladder when it turned 90 degrees to pass over the tin covered roof of the establishment. Finally I got on the roof and started checking heaters. I found very quickly that the heater in question didn't even have the gas turned on (I don't know how they didn't notice this through the first three days of sub-freezing temperatures).

While I restarted the heater and waited to make sure it would work I began to think about hell, because surely the cold and wind and sleet I was in was my hell. Heaven you see is probably the hottest place imaginable. Heck take the names of the angels. A seraphim for instance is described by St. Thomas Aquinas in his Summa like this:


"The name "Seraphim" does not come from charity only, but from the excess of charity, expressed by the word ardor or fire. Hence Dionysius (Coel. Hier. vii) expounds the name "Seraphim" according to the properties of fire, containing an excess of heat. Now in fire we may consider three things.
"First, the movement which is upwards and continuous. This signifies that they are borne inflexibly towards God.
"Secondly, the active force which is "heat," which is not found in fire simply, but exists with a certain sharpness, as being of most penetrating action, and reaching even to the smallest things, and as it were, with superabundant fervor; whereby is signified the action of these angels, exercised powerfully upon those who are subject to them, rousing them to a like fervor, and cleansing them wholly by their heat.
"Thirdly we consider in fire the quality of clarity, or brightness; which signifies that these angels have in themselves an inextinguishable light, and that they also perfectly enlighten others." "



Also consider that St. Paul discussing a soul in Purgatory says in 1st Corinthians "He will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire." So the cleansing in Purgatory will be like fire.


Why all this fire? God's love is an unquenchable flame and the holier we are the closer we are able to stand near to Him. That's why the angels are described with names that depict burning and fiery things. In hell, however, a holy saint would freeze to death away from God's loving fire and conversely a damned soul even in hell will feel too close to God and feel this fire as a burning "hellfire."


Now I'm not saying that the cold rooftop was my hell because I'm saintly (my wife assures me daily I have lots of work to go) but because I want to be as holy as the saints and I want to see God's face and stand in his loving, unquenchable, fiery warmth. The rooftop was my idea of hell because (1 I hate being cold and wet and (2 most importantly it reminded me that God requires us to be holy as He is holy and that sometimes requires some extra hotness in Purgatory and I don't want that either. This was my reminder that I want to ask Jesus for the graces to overcome my sinfulness and one day live with my Savior eternally.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Cheap Seats...the youtubed

I love Cheapseats. Check the show out on espn classic.


This one's their "Kelly Rapp Rap" about pro-bowlerKelly Rapp.

Friday, January 12, 2007

UNICEF- leading the way to a dumber future


What should we do to save the children? Promote a feminist agenda of course! Nothing helps a child toward a stronger future than killing it before birth. But then why keep the feminazis from stopping there when the children who do survive are suffering in countries where governments are corrupt? Instead, require quotas to be met on the number of women in that corrupt government. Because it doesn't matter what your backwards culture believes, UNIFRENCH knows its soooo right. What's this..."Critics of UNICEF are increasingly concerned that the organization is in jeopardy of abandoning its primary mission to help children." You mean to say that promoting the feminist agenda may mean that UNIHIGHANDMIGHTY isn't helping the kids?


Sorry, I think I'm a little too sarcastic but my point is that at no time in the past has UNICEF ever promoted an agenda for children. The only agenda they have pushed is feminism and especially population control- A.K.A.- abortion. I think it would be safe to say that UNICEF has had an agenda more towards helping children reach the afterlife more than they've helped children in this life and for that they deserve to go "where the worm dieth not." Please don't support UNICEF. All they want is to become an internationally funded international Planned Parenthood.

The Poo of Yesteryear and Beyond


When I see a sentence begin with "Buried Feces Offers Clues..." I start to finish the sentence on my own with "about what Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter were thinking when they started their own sect of Baptist churches." Instead, it just so happens that the headline was really " Buried Feces Offers Clues About Authors of Dead Sea Scrolls." Of course those who don't think the Essenes had anything to do with the scrolls neglect the poo out of hand, while those who do believe the Essenes were there take it as the proof in the poo-ding (couldn't resist, sorry Bill Cosby).


Popping your knuckles

THIS story is a timely one. I'm always popping my knuckles, and Amy my wife is always telling me to stop because she says its bad for me. Think again. Mwahahahaha...

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Chuck Norris Toilet Paper


Faith and Reason

Kicking Over My Traces gets it right in his Catholic Carnival contribution this week. Atheists, for the most part, don't get it. They see religion as an experience of the senses, as a comfort. I would bet, for those atheists, they have never really, seriously looked at religion without looking down their noses. That's been my experience anyway.

Amazing Talent

Dave Matthews, John Mayer, you know nothing about the guitar next to...Andy McKee?

Catholic Carnival for the week

This week's Catholic Carnival is up. Sorry for the late link.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Why I could never vote for an athiest


Of the things that have startled me this week, THIS is one of them: "They [atheists] are distressed over polls that show that at least half of Americans are unwilling to vote for an atheist despite the Constitution's requirement that there be no religious test for public office. "
Who said that believers in God were asking for a religious test? Would an atheist vote for Rick Santorum? No, but evidently we should be distressed because that implies that atheists could be using a non-religious test for public office. I have doubts that any media flunkies would point out the double standard being held up here. Why is it some kind of discrimination when a theist says he believes in something, but it isn't discriminatory when an atheist says he doesn't believe in something?

Why won't I vote for an atheist? Because an atheist will most likely not have my interests in mind. That's why I'd rather vote for a guy like Santorum who will do the best job of representing me. Even though Lori Brown of the Secular Coalition of America says things like "We need to educate the public that people who don't have a god belief can be good neighbors and friends and moral and ethical people," I'm still skeptical. Call me crazy, but to me ethical would be not harvesting babies for scientific research, or killing babies because it would cramp your lifestyle. Aren't those the two big "religious" issues?

The fact of the matter is, atheism is a religion just like Christianity or Islam or any other. Atheists have their beliefs and some hold them militantly while others are a little more slack. To say "I have absolutely no problem with anyone believing differently than I believe, as long as they don't impose their religion on me or my government," as Ms. Brown says is nothing more than "you can believe whatever you want as long as my opinion wins."

The article I've been discussing acknowledges that only 2-9 percent of Americans don't believe in God. If that many believe in God, shouldn't the democracy of the free show that their beliefs will govern the country? The SCA says on its website "it promotes reason and science as the basis for policymaking, it also supports religious tolerance." Can science show why I love my wife? Can science tell me why I think she's beautiful? No. It can tell me that she has the hourglass figure that other men like too, but not why I think SHE in particular is gorgeous. It can't tell me why SHE is perfect for me. How could I trust science alone to tell me the true worth of the life of an unborn child? I can't trust it to do that. And since in the eyes of my faith their religion of science can't see the true worth of a child, or the elderly, or probably not even the worth in me I will not vote for it. I don't think all atheists are bad. I'm sure there are many who hold to some moral or ethical standard, though I think Sartre and Nietzsche would be sick of the idea.

Bottom line: Dostoyevsky was right "If there is no God, all things are permissable." Even if there is a social ethical standard that atheists hold to, have you not noticed it slipping further and further into the "dark side?" Those ethics aren't mine so I won't be voting for them. I will be voting for my faith's ethics.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

That's Sir Christopher Discombobulated...

This is fun, via Recovering Dissident Catholic:

My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Very Sir Lord Christopher the Discombobulated of Lower Hellswicke
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If its true, then Pelosi is excommunicated...

According to a STORY from Catholic World News in 2004, John Kerry was excommunicated for being "personally opposed to abortion, but supports a woman's right to choose." As the story goes, a canon lawyer filed a canonical lawsuit against Kerry and received a response that because Kerry's beliefs are directly at odds with the teaching of the Catholic Church "incurs automatic excommunication."


The story goes on to quote Father Basil Cole:
"If a Catholic publicly and obstinately supports the civil right to abortion, knowing that the Church teaches officially against that legislation, he or she commits that heresy envisioned by Can. 751 of the Code [of Canon Law]. Provided that the presumptions of knowledge of the law and penalty and imputability are not rebutted in the external forum, one is automatically excommunicated ...."

This being the case, Nancy isn't catholic anymore than Martin Luther was when on his deathbed.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Why it doesn't work

If you didn't think liberalism was nuts before, get a load of THIS. Some hospitals in Britain's public health care system are being fined for...treating patients too quickly. The government says the hospitals are treating too many people and its costing the government more than it had prepared in its budget. Again, in case you didn't catch that, Britain is upset that its hospitals have treated their patients (yes, the ones who pay the taxes to fund the hospital and government) too quickly and they didn't have enough money to pay for their citizens boo boos. Anyone else wondering if the system should be copied here?