Sunday, August 31, 2014

Southern Catholicism: Embracing Tradition

Southern Catholicism: Embracing Tradition

Anglicans Ablaze: Dozens of Yazidi women 'sold into marriage' by jih...

Anglicans Ablaze: Dozens of Yazidi women 'sold into marriage' by jih...: Several dozen Yazidi women kidnapped by Islamic State jihadists in Iraq have been taken to Syria, forced to convert and sold into marriag...

New Catholic Churches in the South

Judge rules polygamy ban violates religious freedom | Christian News on Christian Today

Judge rules polygamy ban violates religious freedom | Christian News on Christian Today

Anglicans Ablaze: Do we dare pray for ISIS?

Anglicans Ablaze: Do we dare pray for ISIS?: Our newspapers, TV screens and social media timelines are filled with horrific images of the Iraqi crisis. From Christian families shot t...

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Aggie Catholics: 100 Ways To Pray

Aggie Catholics: 100 Ways To Pray: This post is a collection of different kinds of prayer, ways to pray, devotions, sacramentals, etc.  It is by no means an exhaustive list...

Salve Regina!

The Digital Hairshirt: Hey, Assumption, y'all! A Scriptural primer on to...

The Digital Hairshirt: Hey, Assumption, y'all! A Scriptural primer on to...: I sometimes get the feeling that I am a bit of a curiosity here in the South.  Living as I do in the heart of the Bible Belt, there are more...

Happy Catholic*: What Can We Do in These Terrible Times?

Happy Catholic*: What Can We Do in These Terrible Times?: These are chaotic, sad times in the world and I am encountering a lot of people who are beat down by it. I myself would be beat down by it...

Elder Of Ziyon - Israel News: Guess what the most serious problem in the Arab world is?

Elder Of Ziyon - Israel News: Guess what the most serious problem in the Arab world is?

Abbey Roads: Prayer to St. Roch

Abbey Roads: Prayer to St. Roch: O blessed Saint Roch, patron of the sick, have pity on those who lie upon a bed of suffering. Your power was so great when you were in...

Abbey Roads: St. Rocco, patron saint of hitchhikers...

Abbey Roads: St. Rocco, patron saint of hitchhikers...: The practice of showing a little leg to get a ride was actually introduced by St. Roch.  What?

Abbey Roads: Pope Francis in Korea

Abbey Roads: Pope Francis in Korea: I watched the beatification Mass last night. It was beautiful - the Koreans are so devout, so enthusiastic... and the Holy Father is ...

Permissible Genocide?


The Episcopalians Do It

Interesting post from Father McDonald at Southern Orders.

THE B-MOVIE CATECHISM: NOW SHOWING AT A BLOG NEAR YOU

THE B-MOVIE CATECHISM: NOW SHOWING AT A BLOG NEAR YOU: My review for Aleteia this week was for Calvary , John Michael McDonagh’s new film detailing what happens after a good priest receives rece...

Saint Louis Catholic: Hmmm, I Wonder What Could Have Possibly Happened t...

Saint Louis Catholic: Hmmm, I Wonder What Could Have Possibly Happened t...: Ferguson. It's on everybody's mind in St. Louis. Elsewhere, too, maybe, but it's different when these things happen in neighborh...

Number 3 Equity Court: Alabama Federal Judge Arrested for Family Violence...

Number 3 Equity Court: Alabama Federal Judge Arrested for Family Violence...: An Alabama U.S. District Judge has been arrested in Atlanta for battery on his wife.   Full story here.

Chinese Catholics Barred From Traveling To See The Pope

Chinese Communist officials have prevented Chinese pilgrims from traveling to South Korea to see the Pope.  Full story here.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary



Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Mother of God.  In the east this feast is called the Dormition of the Theotokos.

From Blessings of the Daily: A Monastic Book of Days by Brother Victor-Antoine d'Avila-Latourrette:

"This feast is considered, especially in the East, the most prominent of all the feasts celebrated in honor of the Mother of God. It is also one of the most ancient.  In the Christian East, the feast is kept with great solemnity and is preceded by a two-week fast as preparation.

Some Christians, not of the Orthodox or Catholic tradition, have a difficult time trying to comprehend the mystery we are about to celebrate.  After all, there is no testimony in the Scriptures concerning the death and Assumption of the Mother of God into heaven. Our belief is founded on sacred tradition, the belief of the ancient, undivided Church. . . . Saint Juvenal, bishop of Jerusalem around the time of the Council of Chalcedon, relates the tradition as it was believed by the Christians of Jerusalem:  Mary died in the presence of all the Apostles (except Thomas), but when her tomb was opened at the request of Saint Thomas, it was found empty; where from the Apostles concluded that her body had been taken up to heaven."

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Salon Mag Calls Hobby Lobby Decision The Start of a 'Religious Civil War.'

Salon Mag Calls Hobby Lobby Decision The Start of a 'Religious Civil War.'

Pope Francis “Doesn’t Want to Convert Evangelicals”?

Pope Francis “Doesn’t Want to Convert Evangelicals”?

On Church Architecture: Preaching Hall or Temple?

On Church Architecture: Preaching Hall or Temple?

Creative Minority Report: California Bans Use of 'Husband' and 'Wife'

Creative Minority Report: California Bans Use of 'Husband' and 'Wife'

Creative Minority Report: The Hermeneutic Of Cont...Oh I Give Up

Creative Minority Report: The Hermeneutic Of Cont...Oh I Give Up

Elder Of Ziyon - Israel News: Turkish singer tweets 'May God bless Hitler,' yearns for Muslims to 'bring the end of those Jews' (plus administrivia)

Elder Of Ziyon - Israel News: Turkish singer tweets 'May God bless Hitler,' yearns for Muslims to 'bring the end of those Jews' (plus administrivia)

Language Restrictions Will Ultimately Decide The Immigration Debate | RedState

Language Restrictions Will Ultimately Decide The Immigration Debate | RedState

Professor: Religious Schools Should Lose Accreditation for Being Religious.

The Devil and Pope Francis

The Devil and Pope Francis

Recreational Contraception

What we're really talking about in the Hobby Lobby case:  Recreational Sex.  Full article here.


Australian Judge Says Incest is OK

A Judge in Australia has said that incest should now be OK since any birth defects can be "fixed" by abortion!  Read the full story here.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Episcopalian Blogger Converts to Catholicism

The author of prominent conservative Episcopalian blog has come home to the Catholic Church.  Thanks Be To God!

Stand Firm | Waypoints

Monday, June 2, 2014

God Less America

Veterans Administration Chaplains who are fired for quoting the Bible and invoking the name of Jesus in prayer.  A second grader sent home and referred to psychological counseling for drawing a picture of Christ on the cross.   Christian business people ordered by Courts to bake cakes and take pictures for Gay weddings and fined thousands of dollars because of their belief that homosexuality is a sin.  Church choirs banned from performing in public because they refused to remove Christian hymns from their repertoire. Employees fired for eating a Chick-Fil-A sandwich because a gay co-worker was offended.  These are just a few of the true stories of persecution against Christians which are detailed in Fox News Commentator Todd Starnes book God Less America: Real Stories From the Front Lines of the Attack on Traditional Values.


Every orthodox believer must be prepared to be persecuted.  It probably won’t be long before even holding the opinion that homosexuality is a sin will be a crime which can be punished with job loss and even fines and imprisonment.  Priests and Pastors may go to jail for teaching the Church’s traditional positions on faith and morals.
 


I enjoyed reading God Less America, but it’s about 100 pages too long.  The book is full of filler which consists of Starnes homespun “Hee-Haw” esque ramblings about being a Southern Baptist from Mississippi and drinking sweet tea and eating home made potato salad at dinner on the grounds.   


The jokes and sarcasm also detract from the very serious issues which the book deals with.  A little of Starnes Kornfield Kounty Southern Baptist jokes are OK, but it gets old after you read over 200 pages and more than half of it is cornpone humor.  Oh, well, what did I expect from a book on current events that I bought from the Baptist Bookstore?  (Oh, I forgot they’re not “Baptist Bookstores” any more they’re “Lifeway Christian Stores.”  Glad we straightened that out. 

The Old Baptist Bookstore

The New Baptist Bookstore

 Anyway, God Less America is well worth a look, and you will get a few chuckles in and between being angry and horrified about what has happened to our country.