Heb. 12: 1-4 ... In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood.Chris makes the good point on this last line. We too often fall to temptation without much of a fight. That verse has often struck me in the same way.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Posted by KaleJ at 1/31/2007
Bismarck, ND (LifeNews.com) -- The North Dakota state House approved a measure that would prohibit most abortions, leaving it legal only in extremely rare cases when it might be necessary to save the life of the mother. The legislation, known as a trigger law, would go into effect once the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.Good to hear the old country is still fighting the fight.
Rep. James Kerzman, a Democrat, is the primary sponsor of the measure and he said unborn children must be protected in all circumstances, even if a pregnancy is a result of rape or incest.
Christopher Dodson, executive director of the North Dakota Catholic Conference, said his group supports the bill because it doesn't have prison terms and fines for women, like past abortions bans that the legislature has rejected.So, true. Penalize the perpetrators of this crime. And more often than not, the women are just victims pushed into it by others.
"The woman is second victim in the abortion tragedy," Dodson told the Tribune newspaper.
Other states are considering trigger laws as well, including Texas, Virginia, Oklahoma and UtahExcept it looks like Utah will challenge the Roe v Wade rather than just going for the trigger law.
Utah State House Committee Approves Bill Banning Most Abortions
Monday, January 29, 2007
In November, a federal judge barred crews from finishing $60 million inSo we should preserve our national parks so everyone can enjoy the pristine beauty, but we really shouldn't allow people to enjoy them. Unless you are part of the "more than equal" to paraphrase from the big brother book "1984".
construction projects in Yosemite Valley, siding with a small group of
environmentalists who sued the federal government, saying further
commercial development would bring greater numbers of visitors, thus
threatening the Merced's fragile ecosystem
Of course, we all should still pay for these "parks" because they are "ours", but heaven forbid they actually get upgrades so they can bring some cash in.
Bottom line here:
The Merced itself is protected under the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.Go look up the Wild and Scenic Rivers act if you are running short on conspiracy material. It is insane what the environ wackos want to do with our country.
Posted by KaleJ at 1/29/2007
Prayer topped the list of several practical tips for strengthening the Catholic family that the bishop of Amarillo offered in a recent pastoral letter.Sounds reasonable to me. If our children don't start picking it up by 4, then I start getting worried. My 20 month old keeps us chuckling with his attempts at the Sign of the Cross. The other day he got very close, but the touches across the back of his neck cracked me up.
The bishop reminded parents of their responsibility to teach their children to pray. "No Catholic child," he said, "should be enrolled in a Catholic school or CCD program who doesn't already know by heart how to recite the Sign of the Cross, Our Father, and Hail Mary."
And a Bishop Yanta also made a point that I like to rail on.
Bishop Yanta also warned parents to not make the mistake of asking their children what they want to be when they grow up, but rather to teach them to ask what God wants of them.
"Parents should remember and teach that the first calling of the Christian and Catholic is to follow Christ," he said.
The bishop said God "has a special love for every human person and a special plan for each of us."
"So the question becomes," he said, "What do you think God wants you to be in your life?"
Posted by KaleJ at 1/29/2007
Sunday, January 28, 2007
A blogging first, I have now been tagged with the 5 random things about me meme by Chris at callingromehome. So here goes.
1. I have two brothers with the same birthday but I am not a triplet. I am actually a twin and we were born on an older brother's golden birthday, The 12th.
2. I spent my first 8 years of school in a one room country school house. The first 4 years, we had no indoor plumbing. Outdoor toilets in North Dakota winters are not a fond memory.
3. And after that comment, it may be surprising to know that I am younger than 35.
4. I proposed to my wife while driving home in a blizzard.
5. And similar to Chris's #5, I also have rarely been visibly upset. My wife sometimes wonders if I have a pulse.
And although he was recently tagged with a similar meme, I am tagging James at the Daily Brouhaha and Eric at Square Zero. (since they didn't tag me in the weirdness one.)
Posted by KaleJ at 1/28/2007
Friday, January 26, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
- Axels – Pawn shop where Spokane skating fans took their stereos, silverware and first-born sons for the cash to afford a season ticket to the championships.
- Double Axel – Return trip to hock the plasma screen for a second season ticket when your wife refuses to go to the Arena without you.
- Salchow – What a farmer has to do to afford tickets.
- Lutz – How much tickets cost, if you haven't already figured that out.
- Camel – Tonya Harding's brand.
- Compulsory dance – What seventh-grade boys hate about P.E.
Posted by KaleJ at 1/25/2007
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Just 31 percent of the public wants to permit abortion in all cases.Hmm, guess the "majority" who support abortion on demand have their work cut out for them.
Hu told the politburo the party should "strengthen administration and development of our country's internet culture". He continued: "[To] maintain the initiative in opinion on the internet and raise the level of guidance online, we must promote civilised running and use of the internet and purify the internet environment."Somehow I don't get the idea that they mean to eradicate spam or wipe out porn. Kinda gives me the shudders and makes me think of how Hitler "purified" Germany.
This is interesting in light of Google and Yahoo perhaps owning up to their sellout to Red China.
Yahoo! helped to identify a journalist in China who was later arrested and convicted for emailing dissident comments to the US, according to the court papers in that man's trial.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Primary among the duties of a higher liturgical institute is to be a beacon of light in matters liturgical. ... It throws light on the close link between theology and liturgy, between the faith of the Church and the celebration of the mysteries of Christ, between the "lex credendi" and the "lex orandi."And why we do(1 Mac 1:21) (liturgy geeks, or the Maccabeen warriors as some prefer.) what we do(1 Mac 2:23-25), why we care(1 Mac 2:27).
the sacred liturgy is a gift we receive from Christ through the Church. It is not something that we invent. It has therefore unchangeable elements which come from our Savior Jesus Christ, as in the essential forms of the sacraments, and changeable elements which have been carefully handed on and guarded by the Church.Now to be fair, there are many reasons for abuse,
Many abuses in matters liturgical are based, not on bad will but on ignorance, because they "involve a rejection of those elements whose deeper meaning is not understood and whose antiquity is not recognized" ("Redemptionis Sacramentum," No. 9). Thus some abuses are due to an undue place given to spontaneity, or creativity, or to a wrong idea of freedom, or to the error of horizontalism which places man at the center of a liturgical celebration instead of vertically focusing on Christ and his mysteries.So go and read the rest.
Friday, January 19, 2007
A new blog that the Curt Jester linked too. I submitted an entry for my aunt Marie who recently passed away. Lee posted it promptly and here it is, with her picture too. My aunt Marie is in the upper left on the picture. My mom is in the very center.
May she rest in peace. And thank you Lee for your blog.
Posted by KaleJ at 1/19/2007
Thursday, January 18, 2007
1. Have you ever heard your priest refer to the GIRM as a suggestion book?Hmmm, I may have to put in a large order soon. I think we may have to go straight to the mass dosages via the donut ministry.
2. Does your parish resemble a hippie commune singing Kumbaya more than a divine, heavenly, worship where heaven and earth meet?
3. When you tell people where you go to church, do they respond, “I didn’t know that was a Catholic Church” or “That’s Catholic?”
4. Has your liturgist replaced the phrase in the creed “made man” with “became one of us” or dumped the “smells and bells” by the wayside?
5. Has the bread and wine used for consecration been replaced with milk and cookies?
6. Does your church have a committee to tell the priest how to wipe his nose, with what to wipe it, and when to wipe it? In other words, are there more committees at your parish than there are parishioners?
7. Has the Clergy confused himself with the laity? Has a parishioner confused himself or herself with the Clergy?
If you answered yes to two or more of these then your parish might be suffering from Litabutinitus (lit-a-bu-ta-ni-tus). Litabutinitus is a deadly crippling disease, which if not treated properly will lead to spiritual staleness, post Vatican II Blues, and closure of an infected parish. In years past the only available treatment was excommunication, and it worked effectively on some and not well enough on others.
Other possible means of administering Lit-Rite are to hide Lit-Rite 10mg in the jelly donuts and to slip Lit-Rite Liquid into the coffee and juice at the Donut Ministry table after each Sunday mass.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
The letter "X" soon may be banned in Saudi Arabia because it resembles the mother of all banned religious symbols in the oil kingdom: the cross.What about all the fortune seekers? How do they propose to mark their treasures in that vast desert? I mean really, W marks the spot?
Ah the irony of a letter derived from the Phoenician alphabet being discriminated against by Arabs.
And some of the Jester's commentors are 'worried' about some math symbols. I wouldn't worry too much though, I am not sure they have discovered them yet.
Hello, is this the Confessional Car? Good, I would like to order on large mortal whopper, with a few venials on the side. Light on the penance though. I can explain when you get here.
You guarantee 30 minute delivery right? Okay, cuz we are busy you know.
Delivery or pickup? Delivery us from evil of course.
Monday, January 15, 2007
Posted by KaleJ at 1/15/2007
Friday, January 12, 2007
As usual, Peggy said what I wanted to say and says it better than I could even think it in my mind. Just go read it. I won't pick at it like an ungrateful child picks at a fancy dinner.
Just one quote to note:
Richard Holbrooke on PBS: The speech was "an astonishing event. . . . The president is doubling down on every bad bet."
I will go ahead and give him my early nomination.
Father Edward McNamara looks at Explaining the Mass During Mass. What is allowed and how it should be done. I wish it were done a bit more often. I like a good reminder what should be the focus as my mind tends to wander sometimes.
Posted by KaleJ at 1/12/2007
- Your lips freeze to the metal crucifix as you kiss your Rosary for the morning commute.- You bless yourself with holy ice instead of holy water from the font by the front door.- You experience an apparition walking by the front yard statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary; she isn't crying, but she appears to be shivering.- The Rosary swinging from the rear view mirror chips ice off the windshield as you slam on the brakes.
- The environmentalists stop talking about global warming.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Read the AFA ActionAlert on what the Senate is trying to pass. Once that gets you fired up, read the entire Review of Senate Bill 1
It sure seems to be targeting the small grassroots organizations that work so hard to keep the voters informed. It specifically exempts the large lobbyist types and they large corporations.
What it targets is
any organization that encourages 500 or more members of the general public to contact CongressBlogs might even get caught in this mess. (those that have a bit more readership than here anyway.) Not sure on the technical language, but it seems broad enough to go after anyone posing a threat.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Minimum wage boost races through House
All those former small business owners can now join the military as the look to be hiring:
Bush adding 21,500 troops to Iraq force
Of course, being sent to Iraq is probably less risky than owning your own small business these days. At least the bleeding heart liberals would pretend to feel your pain.
Warning: Don't read the first article on a queasy stomach. You might get ill reading the sappy warm fuzzies with no filling like:
"For 10 years the lowest-paid Americans have been frozen out," said Rep. George Miller
"The little guy is not going to be forgotten any longer," said Rep. Bill Pascrell
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
a bit of a humorous look at the need for people who want to be recognized. Seems like the stronger the dissent, the more re-assuring they need that they are really somebody. Perhaps the further they are from the truth, the more they need approval.
"I am not defined by what I am, but please say you like me!"
Posted by KaleJ at 1/09/2007
Monday, January 08, 2007
researchers have been able to successfully manipulate stem cells found in the amniotic fluid of a pregnant woman that have many properties of embryonic stem cells.this sounds like a win-win for everyone. Except those that make a living off killing babies. Oh and those that make a living of bilking taxpayers to support the baby killers.
They have been able to grow the cells into various tissue types -- the big benefit often cited for embryonic cells -- but without the tumors that accompany the injected of embryonic cells or the destruction of human life needed to obtain them.
Funny how the ESCR folks keep promising results, yet they have to keep begging for more tax dollars to fund their work. If they produced results, the science would pay for itself.
Friday, January 05, 2007
Dom discusses an article about a library discarding classics because of space. And he wonders if they aren't just leading the way into the digital book age? With tools such as LibriVox and Project Gutenberg and the new Sony Reader, are Libraries ready to be slimmed and trimmed?
And if so, why is Coeur d'Alene still trying to build a mega-million dollar monstrosity at a very inconvenient downtown location? And after seeing some of the art they are considering, I think they maybe should re-think.
Posted by KaleJ at 1/05/2007
The Catholic Voice - In His Light, Bishop Allen H. Vigneron's Column
This is a great reminder for us all, especially those involved in "debates" in the blogosphere. I have slowly been learning some of these on my own, but the good bishop gives us 10 rules to help us act like Christians, even when we disagree.
1. The Rule of Charity: “Charity is primary.”
2. The Rule of Publicity: “Think with the mind of the Church.”
3. The Rule of Legitimate Freedom: “What the Church allows is not to be disallowed.”
4. The Rule of Catholic Freedom: “There’s something for everybody, but not everything is for everybody.”
5. The Rule of Modesty: “Not all of my causes are God’s causes.”
6. The Rule of Integrity: “To do evil in order to accomplish good is really to do evil.”
7. The Rule of Realism: “Remember that Satan is eager to corrupt my efforts to build up the Kingdom, and he’s smart enough to figure out a way to do it.
8. The Rule of Mystery: “Not all the habits and attitudes which belong to a society governed by a representative democracy are appropriate in the Church.”
9. The Petrine Rule: “Nobody ever built up the Church by tearing down the pope.”
10. The Eschatological Rule: “The victory is assured; my job is to run out the clock with style.”
Not quite sure on the wording for #10. But I would agree in principle. And I would add to #9 "or bishop." We must get over openly tearing apart our bishops. No matter if they don't live up to our standards. The latest "This Rock" magazine has a great article on this (more later)
Tip to Dom.
Posted by KaleJ at 1/05/2007
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Posted by KaleJ at 1/04/2007
she wants to fully understand what it means
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Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Posted by KaleJ at 1/03/2007