Friday, December 29, 2006

Housework to lower breast cancer in women.

Housework cuts breast cancer risk
Housework cut breast cancer risk by 30% among the pre-menopausal women and 20% among the post-menopausal women.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Let’s Have More Teen Pregnancy: It's not a problem

Here is an Argument and Article by Frederica Mathewes-Green for having more teenage mothers. Read it all: there is a twist in it.
Let’s Have More Teen Pregnancy
But teen pregnancy, in itself, is not such a bad thing. By the age of 18, a young woman's body is well prepared for childbearing. Young men are equally qualified to do their part. Both may have better success at the enterprise than they would in later years, as some health risks — Cesarean section and Down Syndrome, for example — increase with passing years. (The dangers we associate with teen pregnancy, on the other hand, are behavioral, not biological: drug use, STD's, prior abortion, extreme youth, and lack of prenatal care.) A woman's fertility has already begun to decline at 25 — one reason the population-control crowd promotes delayed childbearing. Early childbearing also rewards a woman's health with added protection against breast cancer.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Trinity and Water

Just use the same introduction and conclusion as the post on the Trinity and Gin.

1. God is One (§253). Without God there would be no life (§239).
2. In the One God there are 3 persons: Father, Son, Holy Spirit. Each person is distinct from the other. (§253)
2a. The father is not the Son. The son is not the Father. The Holy Spirit is neither Son nor Father. (§254)
2b. Despite the distinction, each person is fully God (§253). God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.
2c. Each person of the Trinity seems to serve a different role in regards to their relation to one another: Father the creator (§239), Son the Redeemer, and Holy Spirit the Sanctifier/Revealer.
3. The distinction of each person resides in their relation to one another (§252, §255).
3a. Because there is a Father there is a Son. Because there is a Son there is a Father. Because there is a Father and Son there is a Holy Spirit. It is the nature of God to be three in one.

Water (H2O)
1. H2O is one element of the Earth. Without water there could not be life.
2. H2O exists in three states of matter: Solid, Liquid, and Gas. Each state of water is distinct from the other.
2a. Solid water is not Liquid water. Liquid water is not Solid water. Gaseous water is neither Solid water nor Liquid water.
2b. Despite the distinction of matter, each state of water is fully H2O. Liquid water, Solid water, Gaseous water.
2c. Each state of water serves a different role: Liquid water (sustaining life), Solid water (for cooling a Coke on a hot day), Gaseous water (for it lets you know when something is hot, and to aid in the production of rain.)
3. Because there is H2O, it exists in 3 states. Each state is distinct from the other only because each is relative to the other.
3a. Because there is Liquid water there can be both Solid water and Gaseous water. Because there exists Solid water we know that there too is Liquid water and Gaseous water. This is the nature of our world.

The Trinity and Gin

I was ask to do a synonymous explanation of the Holy Trinity using Gin. I personally think water is a better explanation, but I’m always up for a challenge. I will try to post the Water synonymous explanation a little later. I have done my best to cross list the analogy with the appropriate sections in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

The “Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life” (§234). What we as Christians mean by mystery is that it is a part of our faith that can never be fully explained. We can know about the Trinity but never fully know it 100%. That is, we can spend a lifetime studying the Trinity and never have a complete understanding of it.

Christ, who is the second person of the Trinity, Son of the Father, has revealed what we do know about the Trinity (§240). Although the Bible does not explicitly discuss the Trinity, we know it has always been a belief of the Church, since we can look back through history and see individuals baptized “in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit” from the earliest days of the Church (§232, §233).

I like to think that God, in some way, has left hints about himself in the natural world. I believe God has done this with Gin, which might aid in the understanding of the Trinity. All analogies eventually fall apart and fail in some area to capture the entirety of the mystery of Faith, but analogies are helpful for explaining the mysteries.
-God is one, and it is His nature to be one. (§253)
-Gin is one, it is the nature of Gin to be one.

- In the One God there are three persons: Father, Son, Holy Spirit. Each person is distinct from the other. (§253).
-In the one drink called Gin there are three main ingredients: alcohol, grains, and juniper berries. Each ingredient is distinct from the other.

-The father is not the Son. The son is not the Father. The Holy Spirit is neither Son nor Father. (§254).
-The Alcohol is not the Juniper Berry. The Juniper is not the Alcohol. The Grain is neither the Alcohol nor the Juniper Berry.

-. Despite the distinction, each person is fully God (§253). Where there is one person so are the other two. There is no separation in the Trinity. If one person is missing then there is no Trinity.
- Despite the different ingredients there exists a unity among the ingredients and where the unity exists there is a drink called Gin. Gin is full Alcohol and is fully flavored with juniper berries and is fully distilled from grains. Without one of the three main ingredients there could be no drink called Gin. Also, when the unity is actualized between the alcohol, juniper berries, and grains in the drink called Gin, where one aspect of the drink is so too are the other elements of the drink. For instance, where there is the flavor of the juniper berries in the drink of Gin, so too are the Alcohol and grains present.

-Each person of the Trinity seems to serve a different role in regards to their relation to one another: Father the creator (§239), Son the Redeemer, and Holy Spirit the Sanctifier/Revealer.
-Each ingredients serves a different function. Alcohol enhances the mood of the drinker. Juniper berries flavor the alcohol. Grains provide the foundation for the distillation of the Alcohol.

-The distinction of each person resides in their relation to one another (§252, §255).
-The distinction of each ingredient resides in that each is not the other and are distinct from the other and function in relation to one another.

-Because there exists a Trinity we know there are three persons in it. Because there is a Father there is a Son. Because there is a Son there is a Father. Because there is a Father and Son there is a Holy Spirit. It is the nature of God to be three in one.
-because there exists Gin, we know that there are three distinct ingredients used in the making of Gin. Because there is unity of among the ingredients, we know that there is Gin. Because there are grains there can be alcohol. Because there is Alcohol there are grains from which the alcohol was distilled. Because there is Gin there is a Juniper Berry to flavor said drink. And so it is the nature of Gin.
It must be stressed that this is only an analogy, which is not a perfect mirror image of the Trinity. Like I mentioned earlier, the Trinity is a mystery. A Christian mystery is not something unknowable or secret. Instead, a Christian mystery is that which cannot be fully known. The knowledge of a mystery surpasses natural human reason. We can know some aspects and points of a mystery but never fully. For example: Why God is a Trinitarian God is unknown, but we do know that our God is Trinitarian. How it is that God is three persons in one substance is uncertain, but we do know that He is three in one. I encourage you to further explore this topic if you are interested. Also, the Trinity is a great mystery of Faith for meditation and prayer to use to deepen your spiritual life.

The Holy Hand-Gernade

At the end of this year's midnight mass, Pope Benedict XVI blessed the congregation with the mythical Holy Hand-grenade. The Holy hand-grenade is a relic with a mysterious past. Its origins are unknown but reference to a granata santa della mano are found in the medieval journals and spiritual writings of the forgotten Italian Mystic Nessuno. The holy weapon, as recorded in Nessuno's journals, is said to have been hand delivered to Nessuno by the Archangel Michael to help combat the enemies of God in an age of modern warfare.

After the blessing Benedict wastes no time in reminding his flock of the importance of perseverance and fighting for the truth. He also stressed the danger of falling into such modern evils of materialism, sensationalism, and boringism. For those not familiar with the evil of boringism it can be summed up as a person who he himself is boring and therefore finds most things boring. People falling into the evil of boringism can often be heard saying things such as "I'm bored" or "This is boring".

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Benedict's Midnight Mass Homily

B-16's Midnight Mass Homily
All they will see is a child wrapped in swaddling clothes, one who, like all children, needs a mother’s care; a child born in a stable, who therefore lies not in a cradle but in a manger. God’s sign is the baby in need of help and in poverty. Only in their hearts will the shepherds be able to see that this baby fulfils the promise of the prophet Isaiah, which we heard in the first reading: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder” (Is 9:5). Exactly the same sign has been given to us. We too are invited by the angel of God, through the message of the Gospel, to set out in our hearts to see the child lying in the manger.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

This Winter be kind with random acts of kindness (A repost)

I'm reposting this photo because the Winter officially began on December 21st. The word needs more kindness in it -- especially of the random sort. If you are daring this is one option. If you want to know where I got the picture I took it on a bus in Chicago while on a vacation one summer.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Origin of Midnight Mass

Q: When, where and why did the practice of Midnight Mass begin? -- F.S., Columbus, Ohio. Click on the Question to get the answer.

Christmas Carol Synonyms

We did this at the youth group pre-Christmas celebration. The name of the game is Christmas Carol Synonyms and we got the information from Holiday Ideas for Youth Groups by Wayne Rice and Mike Yaconelli. San Diego: Youth Specialities 1989, pg170. The object is to determine the name of which Christmas Carols are being described by the below sentences. No Carols are repeated, and each sentence describes one carol. Number one has already been done as an example. Be careful, some are tricky. Have fun, and I hope you enjoy.

1. Move hitherward the entire assembly of those who are loyal in their belief. (Answer: O Come all ye faithful)

2. Listen, the celestial messengers produce harmonious sounds.

3. Nocturnal time span of unbroken quietness.

4. An emotion excited by the acquisition of expectation of good given to the terrestrial sphere.

5. Embellish the interior passageways.

6. Exalted heavenly beings to whom harkened.

7. Twelve o’clock on a clement night witnessed its arrival.

8. The Christmas preceding all others.

9. Small municipality in Judea southeast of Jerusalem.

10. Diminutive masculine master of skin-covered percussionistic cylinders.

11. Omnipotent Supreme Being who elicits respite to ecstatic distinguished males.

12. Tranquility upon the terrestrial sphere.

13. Obese personification fabricated of compressed mounds of minute crystals.

14. Expectation of arrival of populated area by mythical, masculine perennial gift-giver.

15. Natal Celebration devoid of color, rather albino, as a hallucinatory phenomenon for me.

16. In awe of the nocturnal time span characterized by religiosity.

17. Geographic state of fantasy during the season of Mother Nature’s dormancy.

18. The first person nominative plural of a triumvirate of far eastern heads of state.

19. Tintinnabulation of vacillating pendulums in inverted, metallic, resonant cups.

20. In a distant location the existence of an improvised unit of newborn children’s slumber furniture.

21. Proceed forth declaring upon a specific geological alpine formation.

22. Jovial yuletide desired for the second person singular or plural by us.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Gangs of Orthodox

It is a sad day when Rival monks clash with crowbars.
The rival groups of monks, wielding crowbars and sledgehammers, clashed at a monastic building at the Orthodox sanctuary of Mount Athos, the self-governing peninsula in northern Greece where women are forbidden from entering.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

It's Nun-Believable!!!

You heard about her here first from CNN in 1998. The Sky Diving Nun. It was her 80th birthday when CNN first did this story. She Also bungee-jumps, para-sails, and paddles. Sister Clarice is also a former NASA aerospace educational specialist.

Now, eight years later she is still wanting more.
Nun still hungry for experiences:'I want the church to be relevant,' the skydiving, bungee jumping and 88-year-old former NASA employee says

Not the most traditional of approaches for bring others closer to Christ.

Thanks to Tobias at The Parousian Post for bringing this too my attention.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

In New Orleans, LA

I just arrived home to New Orleans, Louisiana where I will spend Christmas and the New Year with my family. Sadly, my parents are still in the stone age and have not invested in high speed internet: they still use dial-up. Most of the coffee shops that offered free High Speed have since closed after hurricane Katrina. The nearest high speed connection to my house is about a 30 min drive across town, so I am uncertain how much I will be updating.

"Catholics, We Drink Beer"

Beer has had a long standing connection with the Catholic Church. Shoot, the Catholic monks pretty much made beer what it is. Most of the brewing technologies and advances we have today were because of monks and other religious. Just look around the world: The Trapists still brew an incredible pint of beer.

Found this online. It seems to be made in regards to all the protestant denominations that hold up beer as being evil but in a spirit similar to the below Chesterton quote.
"Idolatry is committed, not merely by setting up false gods, but also by setting up false devils; by making men afraid of war or alcohol, or economic law, when they should be afraid of spiritual corruption and cowardice."

It does not seem to be the most ecumenical of shirts, but please take this in jest. It is not meant to be offensive: only to illustrate that beer and alcohol are not devils but are glorious gifts from God when drunk in moderation in praise of His Holy Name.

The back says, "Catholics, picking up the slack of our protestant brethren since 1517."
The front says, "Catholics, we drink beer."

Click on the picture to see a larger view.

Vanity at Its Finest: $110 Hamburger.

A hotel in Indonesia is dishing out a hamburger that costs more than twice the monthly minimum wage in some parts of the country.

The $US110 ($A141.27) hamburger offered by the Four Seasons is made of Kobe beef with foie gras, Portobello mushrooms and Korean pears - served with french fries, of course.

At least it come with fries. Does it come with a coke? It should at that price.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Vatican Football (soccer) Team. This is NO JOKE

You can't make up news this good.

Vatican mulls fielding football team
"I do not preclude the possibility that the Vatican, in the future, could put together a football team of great value, that could play on the same level as Roma, Inter Milan and Sampdoria," all first division teams, the Cardinal said, according to the Ansa agency.

And from this story it looks like they are making progress with the 2007 Clericus Cup. The Vatican will have a team in the 16 team tournament composed of seminarians and priests, all of whom are former players of the sport. Sounds exciting.

These two stories raise so many questions:
Where should they get their players? Should they stick to religious orders or recruit from diocesan seminaries too? I think they should pull from the areas where there is a high concentration of soccer playing priests. I guess that rules out most of the Unites States.

What kind of uniform? Full Clerics? Maybe all Cassocks? Or standard soccer garb?

What should the team colors be? Yellow and white perhaps? Or maybe all Black. I do hear that good guys do wear black.

As far as the coaching goes, must the coach be ordained? Is the coach going to be a bishop, maybe cardinal or even the Pope himself?

Thanks to Tobias from the Parousian Post. Like I said the other day. The Parousians are coming.

Person of the Year....YOU!

We are all the person...errr people of the year. I think they should have gone with the below cover instead of the one they published. It would have made the issue more personal. Heck, with a little glue and a photo, we could all say that we have been on the cover of Time.

Statue of Mary can stay

When is a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary not a religious symbol?

When a management association decides it's a lawn ornament

Not sure what to make of this.

A Case of the Mondays: Why Teens do Stupid Things

Why Teens Do Stupid Things
Teenagers do crazy things. They take drugs, have unprotected sex, ride with drunken drivers, and pretend to be asleep when it's time to do the dishes.

But it's not that they don't ponder the the potential consequences. In fact, a new study finds teens spend more time weighing risk than adults and in fact often overestimate the odds of a bad outcome. But the desire for acceptance among peers wins out in the decision-making process of a young mind.

Friday, December 15, 2006

The Irony of the Nativity Story/Movie

I was in a well known book seller today. I came to the religion table. I saw this on the table:

I thought there already was two book that told us about the nativity. Most people call them Matthew and Luke, and sometimes they just call it the Bible.

TGIF: Thank Goodness It's Funny (Hand Motions in Heaven)


It's the only way to pray!!!!

Napoleon Dynamite on Catholics and Catholicism

Reacently Napoleon was asked about Catholics. Here is his response.
Heck yes I like Catholics. I mean, my best friend in the whole world is Catholic. They are flipppin’ amazing. On the outside, catholics might seem a little boring, especially with all their depressing songs and psalms, but that isn’t so. Just look at their masses they have incense, fire, candles, processions, sacrifice, a big altar, wine, it's like something out of D&D. It looks like a killer time. I've even heard that it's cosmological. I told Pedro they should use some Ligers in church, but he said they couldn’t do that. It wasn’t in the normals or something. Some of the older churches have Ligers on the outside of the building –it looks like they are scared of what is inside the church and are trying to get away from something, like there is a 24th level Balrogue from the 6th plane of Dimensianois or something.

They also have like a butt load of orders in their Church. Like Friars and Priests and Brothers and stuff. They were founded by people with strange names like Benedict and Ignatius and Aloysius. They are kind of like the gangs at my school. All of them are totally different from one another.

Another reason that catholics are flippin' amazing is that the Catholic Bishops possess some pretty wicked computer skills. Have you seen their web site? Click here if you want to check it out. If you don’t believe me just ask my brother Kip. He knows technology, and Kip says the Catholic Church knows technology. They are pretty much universal, which is like another way a saying they are like infinity. The Catholic Church has a Vatican Observatory: the Jesuits do space research and astronomy there. There they make contact and talk to the superiorly advanced race know as the Nebularians. Also there is a cardinal there that has his own blog and Podcast. His name is Cardinal Arinze. Pedro listens to it almost every day. Cardinal Sean has a blog – it’s pretty sweet.

The Bishops even do a Podcast of the daily mass readings. It’s really sweet. You don’t even have to read. All you do is listen. Pedro likes to listen to it while he rides his sledgehammer too and from school. When I’m not helping him deliver cakes that he built for girls that he likes, we sometimes listen together. If you still like reading there is like an infinity of catholic blogs out there. Just Click here if you what to see what I mean.

Catholicism is pretty much really sweet: like a medieval samuri warrior with options in powers and magic or something.

That’s about all the time I have. I need to go finish cooking a delicious sea bass for Deb.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Pornography Plague

Bishops Concerned Over Effects on Society and Marriage
Today perhaps more so than at any time previously, man finds his gift of sight and therefore his vision of God distorted by the evil of pornography." ... "It obscures and destroys people's ability to see one another as unique and beautiful expressions of God's creation, instead darkening their vision, causing them to view others as objects to be used and manipulated."

Bishop Loverde also noted that the experience of pornography "changes the way men and women treat one another in sometimes dramatic but often subtle ways."

A great article from Zenit by Father John Flynn. It is funny that people think what they see and watch doesn't an an affect upon them. If that were true there would be no such thing as advertisements, and Star Trek would not have changed the world as the History channel suggests.

And now for something Completely different: Avenue Q's "Internet is for Porn" Although it is light hearted, there is some truth.

Disclaimer: Contains Adult Subject Matter.

A First Amendment Attorney Reflects on the Catholic Scandal

A First Amendment Attorney Reflects on the Catholic Scandal
The truth of the matter is that the press reports of the Catholic scandal are an elaborate exercise in informing the public about abuse which occurred ten to fifty years ago as if it occurred yesterday.
A very interesting read.

Finally!!! A Violent Video Game for Christians!!!!!

Critics Say 'Left Behind: Eternal Forces' Glorifies Religious Violence Against Non-Christians
"Our game includes violence, but excludes blood, decapitation, killing of police officers," the company says on its Web site, noting that a player can lose points for "unnecessary killing" and regain them through prayer..."

Part of the object is to kill or convert the opposing forces," ...

"They're good-minded people," he said. "They want to keep us from making games that are jihad in the name of God."...

"The message is. ... there will be religious warfare, and you will target your fellow Americans, people from other faiths, people who you consider to be sinners."

Ummmm. I think their intent is positive, but haven't the creators of this game been watching the news lately? There is already enough Jihad in the world. Can't we at least wait for the second coming?

The Parousian Invasion

The Parousians are coming! The Parousians are coming! Head for the local coffee shops, universities, waffle houses and domiciles, and get on board. They started in a corner of the Student Union at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and now they are invading America. Catholic and Enjoying it! Blogger, Mark Shea said the Parousians are "gung ho young Catholics and a sign of hope for our world."

Who are these people with such a strange name? Go here to find out straight from them. But continue reading if you wan’t my words of the group.

Following in the footsteps of Walker Percy’s Son’s and Daughters of the Apocylapse and Lewis’ Inklings, The Parousians seek to educate themselves in the ways of liberal arts, sciences, and any other topic of interest where each member shares his or her expertise on a number of subjects to the group in a Catholic setting. What The Parousians have crafted here is a symposium of a new sort for the informal Catholic with the desire to learn. They seek not to change the world from an aggressive outside in approach, but quest for conversion from the inside out. They boast a long list of great Catholic heroes. With heroes this good, there is no way this group can be bad!

Not quite a year old, the organization is starting to spread. They are posting groups at other universities in addition to the original LSU branch: University of Louisiana in Laffayette, University of Florida in Gainsville, and there is talk about forming a group at Indiana University. If you are interested in starting a Parousian branch in your area visit their blog and drop them an email.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Making fun of minorities at Tufts University

Tufts student journal apologizes for satirical carol

Fed up with the way the school handles afirmative action, a writer of the student magazine ran a satire on the subject in the form of a Christmas carol.

Tuft's Student Magazine. Go here for more saterical Christmas lyrics about Feminists, Materialism, and campus conservatives, which did not entice as much anger.

Below are the lyrics that were published.

"O Come All Ye Black Folk"
"O Come All Ye Black Folk
Boisterous yet Desirable
O come ye, O come ye to our University
Come and we will admit you,
Born in to oppression;
O come let us accept them,
O come let us accept them,
O come let us accept them,
Fifty-two black freshman.

O Sing, gospel choirs,
We will accept your children,
No matter what your grades are, F's, D's, or G's,
Give them all privileged status; We will welcome all.
O come let us accept them,
O come let us accept them,
O come let us accept them,
Fifty-two black freshman.

All come! Blacks, we need you,
Born into the ghetto.
O Jesus!We need you now to fill our racial quotas.
Descendants of Africa, with brown skin arriving:
O come let us accept them,
O come let us accept them,
O come let us accept them,
Fifty-two black freshman."

Fragile: Oh fudge, it must be an important Italian award.

EAST PEORIA: Man gives leg up on area Christmas displays
As Tom Gross set to work on his home's Christmas decorations Friday, one of his neighbors stopped by.
"Why are you building a leg on your lawn?" the neighbor asked.

Because, Gross said Wednesday, "Nothing says Christmas like the soft glow of electric sex."

Only in America. I love this movie.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Vatican News Flash

VATICAN CITY: Just moments ago the Roman Catholic Church confirmed the rumors about a new Vatican office. Limited information has been released about the new office. The extent of the office's authority has not been disclosed, but it is assumed that its power will be universal. Vatican officials have reported that the new office is titled The Pontifical Office of the Liturgical Police.

Due to their dress of black and mandatory stylish ray bans given to each recruit upon assignment to the Pontifical Office, the Liturgical Police have already been given the alias Men in Black. Vatican Officials also reported that Benedict XVI hand picked the first squad of priests. The requirements to be part of the new office are stringent as each member must be trained in the ways of liturgy, speak latin and 5 other languages, have grey hair, and know how to blend into every culture in the world -- including women's reading circles, halloween masses, and coffee shops. Not explicitly stated, the Liturgical Police are expected to employ help from every kind of person ranging from small children, street bums, professionals, gutter punks, and teenagers. The more it looks that a person is disinterested in liturgical abuses and misuses means that it is most likely that they will be working with the Liturgical Police.

The purpose of the office is to lay the smack down on heresy and end liturgical abuses.

Above and left is a picture of the first recruits after receiving their initial assignments.

Below is a picture of some of the equipment they will be using when on pursuit of those people who participate and promote liturgical abuses.

Academic Freedom: Is It Really Free, and Is It Really Academic?

Engage in Contemporary Culture. By Professor Gary Anderson
Some people have come to believe that the recent address by University President Father John Jenkins is an assault on free speech that would result in Notre Dame becoming a pariah among universities. But is it the case that secular universities are promoting a freer discourse than Notre Dame? Having spent the first 10 years of my career at the University of Virginia as an assistant and associate Professor and the next eight years as a full professor at Harvard Divinity School I do not believe this is the case.

This is a letter from Professor Gary Anderson, Theology Professor at the University of Notre Dame, in response to the entire Vagina Monologues fiasco last spring. He shares the insights he gained while working at other universities: public, secular, religious, private. He brings about a couple of good points: Academic Freedom at what cost and is academia as free as academia claims. It is worth a read for it sparked further dialogue on the matter in ND's Campus Paper.

It profits a person nothing to give his soul for the whole world... but for academia, for the sake of intellect?

Sunday, December 10, 2006

ND Student on Choosing Virtue

From Notre Dame's Student paper the Observer
Notre Dame sophomore, Jon Buttac, writes on choosing virtue over instinct.

Controling animalistic instincts.
in the words of Aristotle, "Man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all..."

...Happiness is ultimately found in virtue...

...Let's not be deceived: in no way is the "dog," your average college student, under control ... We tend to be enslaved to our passions. We need to choose to behave rightly, but we are not yet completely able to do this on our own. To succeed in choosing virtue, we need, in part, to be disciplined and trained in virtue externally, in addition to internal conversion.

Steven Colbert's truthiness is Word of the Year.

`Truthiness' is named Word of the Year

Practicing catholic and religious educator, Steven Colbert receives an honor given to few. A word he coined on his satirical news comedy show "The Colbert Report" is now going to be found in the dictionary. But what scares me most about this is what the president of Merriam-Webster, John Morse, said about truth. He said:
We're at a point where what constitutes truth is a question on a lot of people's minds, and truth has become up for grabs
John seems to hit the nail on the head. People are struggling in our society. Where can they find truth if everyone runs around like Puntious Pilot and Neitzsche saying "What is truth?" and never stop to listen for the answer. They seek the truth but show little care for the truth -- as if truth doesn't matter.

God is on the Job: Religion in the Workplace.

Religion finds firm footing in some offices
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Attorney Dave Brown holds a Bible study group at his California firm and finds the weekly meetings grapple with everyday workplace quandaries as often as they look at religious issues.

Notre Dame Professor Lets Loose

World Renowned patristic scholar and professor at the University of Notre Dame lets himself go this Holiday Season. Questions arise. Will it cause a scandal for both the church and university?

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Benny Says...

When recently asked about Paul Cat's blog Alive and Young, the Pope had the following to say:

Free Copy of JPII's Poetry!

Check this out. The The United States Bishops are giving away free copies of The Poetry of John Paul II. All you pay for is the shipping.

Happy Anniversary to The Blog of the American Chesterton Society

The Blog of the American Chesterton Society has officially been in existence for exactly one year. To celebrate such an occasion be sure to raise your glasses high in rememberance of G.K Chesteron the Cigar Smoking Mystic and the Apostle of Common Sense.

In honor of the one year anniversary, The BACS are playing a game. Here are the rules from the BACS.

Step One: (My answers are in italics.)
So, get out your thinking caps, and answer the following: (the questions are in Bold)

1. When did you first read a Chesterton book, story, or poem, and which was it? I heard about Chesterton from the EWTN program a few years back. I started reading his one liners on various websites. One summer, while working at a summer camp, I listen to season 1 and 2 of the TV Show The Apostle of Common Sense about 4 or five times. I started reading him after that. The first book I read was "The Everlasting Man".

2. What was the most recent of GKC's writings you read? The Ideal of a Leisure State

3. Which is your favorite book, poem - or quote? I like any of his stuff from the London Illustrated News.

4. Which would you recommend to a beginner? anything from the London Illistrated News.

5. What is the most unusual fact or quirky detail you know about G.K.Chesterton? There is no sideways for Chesteron's size.

Step Two:
Answer the questions on your own blog and email a link toNancy C. Brown who is one of the Moderators of the Blog. If you don't have a blog go to the BACS and answer the questions in the comment box.

Step Three:
In addition to playing our game, you are required, yes- required, to celebrate in one of the following ways: have a party on the roof, eat a meal on the floor, go outside your house and knock on the front door, entering it as if you've never been there before, play a long round of gype, go out your front door, traipse around to the back door, and knock. See who answers and ask if you may come in. Have them serve you cake and ice cream. (For all Catholics-FYI-, the usual Friday abstinences are waived in lieu of the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception--so eat hearty). In honor of the GKC BLog, have a nice glass of claret, a tall glass of beer, a nice side of beef, a big plate of sausages, and *clink* toast in honor of our biggest friend, Gilbert, without whom we wouldn't be here together.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Michigian Lawmakers Demad Playoff

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Still angry over Michigan's exclusion from the BCS national title football game, a pair of state lawmakers are calling for a playoff system.

This is just a brief observation.

In 2003 I didn't hear anyone asking if #2 LSU was playing the right team in the National Championship. This was the year that LSU jumped USC in the polls after the SEC championship (all top 3 teams had 1 loss). Very similar situation to this years incident in the polls. USC complained, set up websites, and was eventually crowned national champions by the AP. Who did they play? #4 Michigian. I don't think Michigian realized that year they were playing for the National Championship, nor was it a game against the 2 best teams in the country. USC felt left out.

In 2004 I didn't hear anyone asking if USC was playing the right team in the National Championship, even thought USC, OU and #3 Auburn we all undefeated. Any person who watched Auburn that season could easily see they were a much tougher team then OU this season. Not to mention they posted the most difficult schedule that season. Auburn felt left out.

In 2005 it was hands down Texas v USC. No complaining. Penn State felt left out.

In 2006. hmm Looks like the same thing as in 2003. Ohio #1, Florida Jumps Michigian after SEC champion ship: florida #2 now, Michigian #3 and USC #5. Both USC and Michigian are playing in the Rose Bowl again. I wonder if it will be for another AP national title. Now Michigian feels left out.

Lawmakers need to learn that life isn't always fair and neither is college football. I won't be surprised if after the BCS contract is up that they try a different system. Face it, you can't have 3 teams on the same field and playing at the same time. Someone is always going to be left out.

PodCast of the Daily Mass Readings.

Thanks to Jimmy Akin for the heads up. The Bishops are now doing a podcast of the Daily Mass Readings.

To subscribe via ITunes, go to the iTunes store and type in “Daily readings from the New American Bible” in the search window.

I just sucribed to it.

The Rock on Ambrose and Sacraments

DO YOU SMEEEEEEEEEELLLL LALALA WHAT THE ROCK IS COOKIN! If you smell what the Rock is cookin’ then you better run. Because The Rock is out to get cha. Yesterday, December 7th was the feast of Saint Ambrose. He too says “If you smell what THE ROCK is cookin.” But he wasn’t talking about The Rock. The Rock knows his place. He was talking about The Cornerstone rejected by the builders. That is, Christ, who is the rock of our salvation. Listen to what I’m telling before the Rock lay the smack down on your sad behind.

My man, Ambrose, likes symbols and analogies. He even says that the sacraments are a symbol of reality. What the sacrament does to the body it also does to the soul. Because of that the Sacrament engages not only the mind but also the imagination and heart. All of which we need. The Rock ain’t talking about some imaginary things. This is real! Know your role, shut your mouth. The Rock don’t like blasphemers! So don’t blaspheme or else The Rock will come and Layeth' The Smacketh Downeth.

Hear me now you Roody Poo sissies. One example of the sacramental symbol can be found in the Chrism, otherwise know as the oil of anointing. Christians get anointed for many reasons. One reason is that oil is used to prepare people for battle. The Rock knows this because The Rock battles in the ring all the time. Before every match The Rock uses oil to prepare himself. It loosens up The Rock’s muscles and makes The Rock harder to grab hold of. Likewise the anointed Christian prepares himself or herself for battle. It makes it harder for the devil to grab onto the anointed soul. His hands just slip off. Not to mention, you get graces out the wazoo from the anointing.

Another reason is that it allows God to smell what Christ is cooking. What The Rock is saying is that Chrism, the oil, gives you an anointed sent. It is a holy smell. It is the odor of Christ and God smells it and God knows you are a Christian because He knows what His Son has been cookin’. It doesn’t matter what you think. I’m not here to hear what you think. I’m here to tell you about the truth. If you have a problem with what The Rock is saying then take it up with The Rock, and just bring it.

Arnold on Gay Marriage

Back when Arnold was running to become the Governator of California he decided to express his views on gay marriage where he said: "I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman". I think I agree with him, but maybe I disagree. I don't know. Head hurting. Illogical statement. Great pain..... arrrrrgggghhhhh.

Have Your Birth Control and Eat it Too: Chewable Contraception

Have your Birth Control and Eat It Too.

For some reason, I don't think this is a step in the right direction. How long till they start making Sponge Bob shaped chewable contraception for the kidos?

Thursday, December 07, 2006

A place I've been.

I've always liked trail stickers. Here is one trail we have all been down. I know the graphic isn't perfect, but you get the idea.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Hump Day HAHA: Bad English Analogies

From an Email from a friend:

Every year, English teachers from across the country can submit their collections of actual analogies and metaphors found in high school essays. These excerpts are published each year to the amusement of teachers across the country. Here are last year's winners...

1. Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides gently compressed by a Thigh Master.

2. his thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.

3. He spoke with a wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and goes around the country speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it.

4. She grew on him like she was a colony of E. Coli, and he was room-temperature Canadian beef.

5. She had a deep, throughty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just before it throws up.

6. Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.

7. He was as tall as a six-foot, three-inch tree.

8. The revelation that his marriage of 30 years had disintegrated because of his wife's infidelity came as a rude shock, like a surcharge at a formerly free ATM machine.

9. The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn't.

10. McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty bag filled with vegetable soup.

11. From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when you're on vacation in another city and Jeapordy comes on at 7:00 p.m instead of 7:30.

12. Her hair glistened in the rain like a nose hair after a sneeze.

13. The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry them in hot grease.

14. Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one leaving Cleveland at 6: 36 p.m and traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 p.m at a speed of 35 mph

15. They lived in a typical suburban neighborhood with picket fences that resembled Nancy Kerrigan's teeth.

16. John and Mary had never met. They were like to hummingbirds who also had never met.

17. He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant, and she was the East River.

18. Even in his last years, Granddad had a mind like a steel trap, only one that had been left out for so long it had rusted shut.

19. Shots rang out, as shots are wont to do.

20. The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike Phil, this plan might just work.

21. The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not eating for a while.

22. He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck, either, but a real duck that was actually lame, maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

23. The ballerina rose gracefully en Point and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.

24. It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids around with power tools.

25. He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought he heard bells, as if she were a garbage truck backing up.

The Day's Funny Headline: Flatulence on plane sparks emergency landing

The FBI questioned a passenger who admitted she struck the matches in an attempt to conceal a "body odor," Lowrance said. She had an unspecified medical condition, authorities said.

"It's humorous in a way but you feel sorry for the individual, as well," she said. "It's unusual that someone would go to those measures to cover it up."

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

I Love My PS3: He wanted a PS3 more than his own life.

Shotgun blast to the chest did not force one man to lose focus on the PS3.
"When they let us in the lobby there at Wal-Mart, I was on the floor coughing up blood and telling the workers to take the wallet out of my pocket and give it to my friends so they could continue waiting in line and purchase the PS3s," Penkala told the newspaper. "For some reason I wasn't thinking about my wound, I was all about those PlayStations."

The sad thing is that he wasn't a gammer. He just wanted the systems to resell on eBay. He wanted money over his life. I can't believe this! I don't know if he realized this but you can't take your PS3 with you after you die not money.

Notre Dame professor takes a closer look at Saint Nick

Notre Dame Professor, Father Ayo C.S.C, Looks at Santa

From Article:
[Saint Nick] is also remembered as a powerful leader who rescued many young women from sexual slavery, intimidated vengeful emperors, came between the executioner’s axe and the neck of a condemned prisoner, plucked despairing seafarers from perfect storms, and overwhelmed a threatened famine with a miraculous abundance of grain.

Let us Be Catholic: A Satire (maybe)

Maybe I have grown a little bitter while working in a church.

Let us be Catholic: Some Suggestions

Let us be Catholic.
You and me.
Let us do what Catholics do.
Daily prayer – who has time for that?
Let us leave Jesus at home. The work place is no place for God.
Let us make time for the Stations of the Cross – “Stations of the Cross” is that a new TV channel?
Let us not volunteer. Volunteering is only for old people, children, and those with no social life.
Let us let someone else volunteer. I’m too busy.
Let us see the devil in everyone who annoys us.
Let us see Jesus in everyone we like.
Let us Love those who are loveable
Let us hate those who are hateable.
Let us tear down one another. It is great fun.
Let us keep to ourselves. I hate being bothered by others.
Let us only go to mass at Christmas and Easter. (Because we have too.)
Let us look and act as bored as possible at mass, for it is such a weary experience.
Let us sing at mass like we are at a funeral in a most begrudgingly manner.
Reconciliation – BLAH. I’m clean enough: I shower daily and do laundry.
Let us love God when it is most convenient for us.
Let us discuss the Parousian. I love Paris this time of year.
Let us not be bothered by the elderly.
Let us take the Lord’s name in vain. I’m not sure how to take it in vein, but I’ll try.
Let us do it if it feels good. How can something that feels so right be so bad?
Let us live out the Bad-attitudes.
The poor…they still exist?
Let us hold a grudge on those we don’t like. I’m not forgiving people who hurt me.
Let us finally realize that it is never our fault. It is always the fault of someone else.
Let us push back those who push us.
Grace before meals. Grace died 30 years ago, and I never liked her much.
Bedtime prayers – geezsch. How much do you want me to pray?
Let us value money, things, and power. Whoever has the most toys wins!
Let us gossip around the water cooler, in the copy room, in the hallway, on the phone, in my home, at my desk, in my office, and in line at the store.
Let us not worry about others. I am #1.
Let us learn about God from bumper stickers and CNN.
Heaven, I’m a shoe in. God wouldn’t keep me out. That’s not loving.
Hell. I think I’ll pass on that. Not my style.
Let us let others educate our children in the ways of God. I’m too busy for my kids and too busy for God.
Let us be too busy for family.
Let us not be too busy for friends.
Let us want something really good and not make the effort to get it.
Let us have our cake and eat it too.
Bread, wine, sounds like a party!
Let us not give to the church this year, Daddy needs a new HDTV.
Gimmmie! It’s mine!
Let us do things for people so that they owe us.
Let us remember the Saints: especially Reggie Bush, Deuce, Drew Brees, Joe Horn, and Devry Henderson.
Let us not tell others that we are Catholic. It might just keep them from joining the church.

Monday, December 04, 2006

When Parties Collide

If this happens when their signs touch I'd hate to see what occurs when the separate party's candidates actually touch. Geeezzzsch.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

The Nativity: Coming Soon

Maybe I'm not the first to think of this, but we have reentered into the ancient expectation of the coming of the Messiah.

Go to School Win a Car. It's that simple.

Students Win Cars and trucks for not missing class.

Man, all I got was a stinking certificate, a hand shake from my principal, and a "keep it up kid".

Friday, December 01, 2006

Happy Worldwide AIDS Awareness Day: AKA Condoms Solve Everything Day.

Will Condoms Really Stop AIDS in Africa?
The results shocked condom advocates. In the article, researchers Sanny Chen and Norman Hearst noted that, "In many sub-Saharan African countries, high HIV transmission rates have continued despite high rates of condom use." In fact, they continued, "No clear examples have emerged yet of a country that has turned back a generalized epidemic primarily by means of condom distribution."

I have heard failure rates for condoms as high as 30% and as low as 2%, depending on where you get your information. But let us do a little experiment and give condoms a 10% failure rate and a 90% success rate (no matter which way you look at it, condoms are not fool-proof). I'm not sure of the infection rate of HIV and AIDS so I will place it at 10% (looking at the cases in Africa, it seems to be higher.) Now start with a person who is unknowingly infected and uses a condom each time he has sex. If he is engaged in a lifestyle where he has sex once a week he will have sex roughly 108 times in the course of two years. His condom would have failed roughly 10 times. With the infection rate being 10% that means he has just spread AIDS or HIV to another person (10% of 10 is 1). If he keeps this up for 10 years then he has possibly spread 5 new AIDS/HIV cases.

In turn those 5 people continue the same lifestyle and over the course of the next 10 year have started 25 new AIDS/HIV cases. In other words, AIDS/HIV will continue to increase exponentially until those people who are infected with AIDS/HIV stop engaging in sexual intercourse.

I fail see how condoms are preventing anything other then self control.

I don't understand, the more people are passing out condoms the higher the AIDS rate (STD rate for that matter) seems to go. Perhaps another method is necessary. What needs to happen is a lifestyle change. Even if you were to lower the percentages of the failure rate and the infection rate, it still holds true that AIDS will spread through sex even if condoms are used, because condoms are not 100% effective in stopping the spread of STDs (You can check out the CDC research if you don't believe me). Certainly it might decrees the occurrence and speed the disease is spread, but it won't eradicate it as condom-advocated claim.

This does not factor in the new AIDS/HIV cases that occur from needle sharing and children born with the Infection.
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