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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Feminism Isn't About Choice, It's About Equality -- and Other Lies Liberals Tell

Some moms find home schooling the best choice of all!
"It's my body!"
"I should earn the same as men!"
"I can use whatever bathroom I want!" 
"The government can't tell me who to marry!"

Do these cries sound familiar? They're the anthem of modern day radical feminists. You know the ones who organized the women's march against Trump and national call-in-sick-to-work day. But, wouldn't you know, one Australian woman is turning the feminist agenda on its head. In an article for the Daily Telegraph, editor in chief, Sarrah Le Marquand asserts that no women with school age children should legally be allowed to stay home. That's right - NO CHOICE! She wants to force women to work. It's funny because in the next breath she's lauding the idea of giving women six months paid maternity leave (because that's equal- please tell me any situation in which men get 6 months paid leave).

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Are You a Snowflake?

I was listening to talk TV this morning and the question of the "snowflakes" came up. So I decided to see how the "snowflake" identity is actually defined. Here's the definition from the urban dictionary:
snowflake millennial
Really soft millennials who take offense to everything you say even if it doesn't apply to them. They feel the world owes them something because they've always been handed everything, including participation trophies their whole lives. 
Britain's Claire Fox wrote a scathing description about the snowflakes last year saying they exhibit an "almost belligerent sense of entitlement." But she doesn't stop there:

Monday, March 27, 2017

St. Thomas More: "I die the King's good servant AND God's first!"

Blood of St. John Paul II is contained in a phial embedded
in the crucifix at the relic shrine on the first floor.
 St. John Paul II, pray for us.
Did you think that quote was "The King's good servant, BUT God's first?" I did. That implies a criticism and break between God and state. More didn't believe that. He told his political enemies he hoped they would "meet merrily in heaven." I'm sure he offered his martyrdom for their conversion. He was a man of eminent charity.

I learned so much more about this great saint by visiting the exhibit at the St. John Paul II Shrine on Harewood Rd. in D.C. The exhibit continues until March 31st (this Friday) when it closes at 5:00 p.m. If you can make it before then GO, GO, GO! It's wonderful.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Are You a Spunky Christian? Then You Will See!

Lord, that I may see! 
Can you imagine if the Bible event of Jesus curing the man born blind (today's gospel) were a news report? Imagine the headline:
Man Born Blind Sees Again - Cured by Carpenter from Galilee!
And then the cured man is interviewed:
Who did it? 
Jesus, the Galilean. 
Were you really blind from birth?

If you can be transgender, why not transracial, trans-species, or even transplanetary?

So...which planet are you from?
Hey, folks, I've finally decided to reveal something about myself that I've kept in the closet for...well, since my "enlightenment" (which occurred as I watched the video below).

My heart tells me that I'm really a Venusian. I know this because...well...just because I do. I feeeeeel transplanetary, and since I'm not warlike I can't be from Mars and I'm not a lunatic (although some may disagree) so I can't be from the moon. And, after all, Venus is named for the goddess of love and I'm a very loving person. hence I must be a Venusian.

On the other hand, maybe I'm from Mercury since I'm frequently hot, although I'm not particularly fleet of foot and I don't think anyone would describe me as mercurial. I guess I could be from Jupiter since I'm often pretty jovial especially when I'm with my grandchildren.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Feast of the Annunciation: What Did the Angel Gabriel Tell Mary?

Today we celebrate the Annunciation when the angel Gabriel came, as a messenger from God, to ask her to become the Mother of Jesus Christ. Think of the humility of God who asks one of his creatures to become His Mother by bearing the Christ child, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. After you try to wrap your thoughts around that, consider what else the angel may have told Mary about her role in salvation.

God is no trickster. He doesn't try to fool us into doing His will. He wants our full assent knowing how difficult conforming our will to His may be. So how much did Gabriel reveal to Mary about the suffering she would share with her Son? Fulton Sheen believed that Mary knew the depth of pain and grief she was choosing. Here's how he describes it:
Mary’s participation in Christ’s suffering began with the annunciation, when she was asked to give God a human body, more properly, a human nature. In other words, will you make God capable of suffering? God though he was, he learned obedience in the school of suffering. God could know experimentally what suffering was only by taking a body. So the Blessed Mother is asked, ‘Will you make it possible for your creator to suffer?’ Think of a mother, for example, who gives to a young son or daughter an automobile at the age of nineteen, which a short time afterwards is the cause of a wreck and permanent injury. Would the mother ever forgive herself? And here Mary has to say yes, I will let him suffer.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Fake News Matters! Are You Posting and Sharing Lies on Facebook and Twitter?

If you dispense fake news, no one will believe you
 even when you speak the truth, as the boy 
who cried "wolf" learned!
I'm working my way through the February issue of Chronicles and was intrigued by Scott Reichert's article, Why Fake News Matters. He points out that fake news comes from both sides of the political spectrum and seems to be motivated by agendas on both the left and the right to damage opponents.

I agree! And it's equally repulsive whatever the source. Fake news isn't a new problem. Aesop addressed it in his fables 500 years before the birth of Christ. Remember the little boy who cried "wolf!"?

I was concerned about fake news long before anyone coined the term. For years, a few of my email friends, one in particular, forwarded all kinds of questionable articles. Sometimes they wrote later to say it wasn't true after all. One friend began sending things out prefaced by, "I don't know if this is true or not, but...."

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Our Blessed Mother Comes to Visit

Suppose you knew that the Blessed Mother was visiting your home today. Wouldn't you get ready to welcome her? Wouldn't you invite everyone you knew to come and meet her and offer her homage?

Well, Mary came to our little parish in Woodstock today in her image of the Pilgrim Virgin of Fatima. It was a day of blessing for our parish family with visitation from 12:00 noon until about 8:00 p.m. There was Eucharistic adoration, confession, rosary and other prayers and a healing Mass this evening. To see the devotion of the parish was inspiring. We prayed and sang together making our little church a preview of the heavenly court.

The statue itself is beautiful, very lifelike, especially her eyes. They seemed to be glistening with tears. How the Blessed Mother grieves over the sins of her children who are preparing themselves places in hell. She calls us back again and again. I'm sure the reason our world hasn't been destroyed is through her motherly intercession. "Please, Son, give them more time."