Sunday, August 30, 2009

"Will you love me"

"And I saw (a picture of) a baby with a tumor on top of its head and in its brain. And I saw his eyes and — this sounds like such sentimental hogwash, but I’m telling you the truth — in my heart I heard this boy calling to me, saying,
'Will you love me?

Jim Caviezel in Catholic Digest ,
talking about adoption, abortion, and the arrogance of "choosing" between the two.


Saturday, August 29, 2009

Bop bop bop bop ba da baaaaaa

"Better stop dreaming of the quiet life
Cos its the one well never know
And quit running for that runaway bus
Cos those rosey days are few
And - stop apologizing for the things you've never done,
Cos time is short and life is cruel -
But its up to us to change
This Town Called Malice."

With or Without, it ain't easy

"When Christ reveals Himself
there is satisfaction in the slenderest portion,
and without Christ
there is emptiness in the greatest fullness
Alexander Grosse

"It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly
until He has hurt him deeply
A.W. Tozer

"Like the guy who bloodied your nose
but than gives ya a ride home on His bike
Rich Mullins (on God)

Friday, August 28, 2009

Holy Moses!

St Moses the Black 330 – 405

When a brother committed a fault and Moses was invited to a meeting to discuss an appropriate penance, Moses refused to attend. When he was again called to the meeting, Moses took a leaking jug filled with water and carried it on his shoulder. Another version of the story has him carrying a basket filled with sand. When he arrived at the meeting place, the others asked why he was carrying the jug. He replied, "My sins run out behind me and I do not see them, but today I am coming to judge the errors of another." On hearing this, the assembled brothers forgave the erring monk.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Looking Up

'I can do no more justice
to the awesome wonder-filled theme called love
than a child can grasp a star.
Still by reaching toward the star
the child may call attention to it
and even indicate the direction one might look to see it.
So, as I stretch my heart toward the high, shining love of God,
someone who has not before known about it
may be encouraged to look up and have hope.'

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Alternative to ObamaCare

The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare

Eight things we can do to improve health care without adding to the deficit.

Interesting opinion piece by Whole Food's John Mackey in the Wall Street Journal, which has lead to some Obama / Union sponsored picketing outside some DC stores. This video, from left leaning City Paper, actually helps demonstrate how clueless these rhetoric lovers often are . . . and being an ex-liberal, it kinda reminds me a little of my once close minded zombie mentality.

It's Torture Stupid!

Made this lil' sticker after driving on I95 yesterday. I spied a Volvo with a "Torture is Wrong" bumper sticker plastered next to a "Keep Abortion Legal" sticker, and again was struck by the lack of objective thought found in most folks theses days. Do they even have a core value where all these so called ideals come from? Similar to the fact that I have never met a PETA-phile that was Pro-life, well, unless you have fur of feathers - humans don't seem to count.

We really are achieving a level of stupidity that boggles (or Twitters) what's left of the human mind.


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A lil' Coffin Humor for my Birthday

"Youth is when you blame all your troubles on your parents;
maturity is when you learn that everything is the fault
of the younger generation."
Harold Coffin

It is a simple fact, knowing my parents state of mind at the time of my conception (or the day after), that if our Abortion President woulda been active in the 60's, you all would be staring at a blank screen right now.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Say Say Sayers

"Hard it is, very hard,
To travel up the slow and stony road
To Calvary, to redeem mankind; far better
To make but one resplendent miracle,
Lean through the cloud, lift the right hand of power
And with a sudden lightning smite the world perfect.
Yet this was not God's way, Who had the power,
But set it by, choosing the cross, the thorn,
The sorrowful wounds. Something there is, perhaps,
That power destroys in passing, something supreme,
To whose great value in the eyes of God
That cross, that thorn, and those five wounds bear witness".
Dorothy L. Sayers

Work for Love

"taken by the hand from above
I really do feel
we work for love"

Because no matter who signs yer pay check, we work for Love


Sunday, August 23, 2009

A Rose is a Rose is a Saint

Although today's Saint was born Isabel, she was soon called Rose because of her beauty. In truth though the name fits even more in that she exemplified someone who comes to life in the Son, and who's circadian rhythm causes others to look up at her source.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

A Note to the Abortion Pres

Just wondering if you, Dear President AbOrtion, realize that all the babies yer helping to kill or prevent from life, could be future taxpayers, and with yer insane economic ideas, we will be needing a lot more of 'em!

Sorry, this is something we call logic, which you folks in politics seem to have traded for mindless rhetoric.

Friday, August 21, 2009

But I don't . . .

Over dramatic yes, but still an awesome scene from an average movie from an awesome book by an amazing writer. Although I do wonder what the atheist Miss Rand would think of the fact that God used her writing to lead me to Christianity . . .which is a story served better with coffee and carrot cake . . . mmm, carrot cake (O:

God Love You!

.Ran into my counterpart from another company yesterday, and after talkin' a bit, found out that Archbishop Sheen was his uncle. Sadly, my friend left the Church, so I thought the quote below rather fitting.

"There are not over a hundred people in the United States who hate the Catholic Church.
There are millions, however, who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church....

As a matter of fact, if we Catholics believed all of the untruths and lies which were said against the Church,
we probably would hate the Church a thousand times more than they do."

Thursday, August 20, 2009

those with ears to hear

There is an awesome and free mp3 blog, Sonitus Sanctus, where I have been finding a treasure trove of Catholic lectures/talks/and radio shows. Just finished Patrick Madrid's EWTN show Pope Fiction , which has me thinkin' I may hafta buy the book.

GK quote o' da day

"Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference,
which is an elegant name for ignorance."

G. K. Chesterton

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Maker of Noses

Found this band performing one of my favorite Rich Mullins' tunes

Maker of Noses - Rich Mullins

"They said boy you just follow your heart
But my heart just led me into my chest
They said follow your nose
But the direction changed every time I went and turned my head
And they said boy you just follow your dreams
But my dreams were only misty notions
But the Father of hearts
and the Maker of noses
And the Giver of dreams
He's the one I have chosen
And I will follow Him"

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Bawlmer Humor #37

Q: Why can't Episcopalians play Chess?

A: Because they can't tell a Bishop from a Queen

found over at Tiber River Swim Team 2009

Monday, August 17, 2009

Dude, Kreeft in Old Town

Seems my favorite writer, Dr. Peter Kreeft, will be giving a talk on the "The Power of Beauty in the Sacred Arts" at St. Mary's in Old Town Alexandria, VA on September 12th. I sadly won't be there (don't venture to that part a town), but wanted to let any of you folks in a hundred mile radius know, as he is a brilliant mind and amazing speaker.

His similar lecture is available online .

Who you want to be?

"To live without faith, without a patrimony to defend,
without a steady struggle for truth,
that is not living
but existing."
Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

"Yesterday is a wrinkle on your forehead
Yesterday is a promise that you've broken
Don't close your eyes, don't close your eyes
This is your life and today is all you've got now
Yeah, and today is all you'll ever have
Don't close your eyes
Don't close your eyes

This is your life, are you who you want to be?
This is your life, are you who you want to be?
This is your life, is it everything you dreamed that it would be?
When the world was younger and you had everything to lose"

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Academia and Lil'Hitlers

After finishing a lecture on the "Catholic Church in time of the Dictators" (no not our Abortion Pres, but Stalin, Mussolini, and Hitler) I googled for more info on Pope Pius XII and was saddened to find this extremely slanted, and academically juvenile web site hosted by Claremont McKenna College.

Why didn't the churches of Europe oppose the Holocaust?

Although there are very few actual sources sited, they all come from anti-Church or anti-Catholic authors. You won't find any links to the thousands of Vatican documents from WWII, many of which a 3rd grader could find online.

Sadly, it is this very closed minded and bias approach to history that aided the dictators in the first place.

I have already written the Professor responsible, and will write the school tomorrow.

8/17 response from Prof Petropoulos

"Many thanks for your note. When it came time to discuss the students' websites (about eight years ago), I encouraged them to pursue a more balanced interpretation. I can't quite believe that these websites are still on-line (it was a program run by Claremont Graduate University). I gave the students complete freedom as they prepared (and the presented) their websites. I think many would be astonished that their work is still eliciting reactions.
With best regards,
Jonathan Petropoulos"

Mass for Clunkers

Too funny not to link

Peaceful Sunday


."I am clay and I am water
Falling forward in this order
While the world spins 'round so fast
Slowly I'm becoming who I am"

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Old School for Saturday Nite

"I know you're supposed to be my steering wheel
Not just my spare tire (home)
But lord I ask you (home)
To be my guiding force and truth (home)
For some strange reason it had to be (home)
He guided me to Tennessee (home)"

Assumption of Mary

"If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and will receive you to myself; that where I am, you may be there also." According to Catholic theology, Mary is the pledge of the fulfillment of Christ's promise.

Sola Blogtura

My study of Christian history (ie. Catholic history) continues to show the narrow mindedness of my Protestant brethren (and I do so love that the Church considers them separated brethren, unlike what they think of the Church). Narrow may be strong, maybe lazy is a better word, in that I think one only has to study what Christ said along with what the Church teaches, to see that those wacky ol men in Rome actually are the only ones who are getting it right.

Lately, the idea of Sola Scriptura has actually been almost laughable to me in the same way it would have been to Christians only a few years before Luther was forced to come up with it (I say forced, as the more I read it seems he was trying to salvage his pride, more than reform the church). For if someone would have said that the Bible alone was the only authority to people who were mostly illiterate, and in a time before mass produced writings could be found (a Bible would take about a year to copy), they would have responded about the same way Christians in the 50's would have responded to someone's claim that Twitter was the only true authority . . . . (O:

Friday, August 14, 2009

Who Chooses Who?

. .
Although it has never manifested itself in any such way as to make ol D'art rich and/or the toast of the academic world, I must confess that tests have shown that this here Mass'keteer has an IQ approaching 180.

I have never taken great stock in this, and have even cursed God for what I saw as a curse on me, as being smarter than yer buds or parents, doesn't exactly help one fit in.

I only mention it in that if we take the world's view of what is substandard and worthy of being eliminated because of the lack
of intelligence; applying it than to folks like me as to what the intellectual standard is based on - than naturally even our Abortion Pres, with his piddly 120 IQ is not really worthy of sharing our air.

Thankfully, I don't belong to the Eugenic church of Planned Parenthood, but instead belong to the Church founded on love - which holds that every person - born or unborn - is worthy of that love - and has a God given dignity that is no ones choice!
(not even a smarty pants like me)

Baby Doe - Steve Taylor

Steve Taylor - Baby Doe

"They're drawing a bead
Reciting their creed
"Respect A Woman's Choice"
I've heard that before
How can you ignore
This baby has a voice


It's over and done - The presses have run
Some call the parents brave
Behind your disguise your rhetoric lies
You watched a baby starve

I bear the blame - The cradle's below
And where is Baby?"

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Great Scott !

Tonight was the last "Free" night at the American Visionary Art Museum, during the "Films on the Hill" summer movie series I blogged about last month - and I likes me some "Free"

To be honest, the idea of AVAM and Outsider Art, always left a pretentious taste in my mouth. Art is Art, heck business is Art if done with passion (yes, a nod to Ayn Rand there), so separating artists by schooled and un-schooled kinda bugs me - but like I said "I likes me some Free!"

As I do my nightly Rosary near the museum, I was actually on the Third Luminous Mystery as I entered my first exhibit. Art done in ball point pen or coke bottles - fabrics and rubber bands - oil or finger paints - all seemed rather fitting as I pondered the "Kingdom".

Then as I reached the top floor, I saw the photograph above, recognizing instantly the face of Downs Syndrome. The thing was that the photograph was not only the art, but of an artist.

Judith Scott (1843-2005) was an Outsider artist who made wonderful sculptures in fabric and found (and stolen) objects, and who was deaf and had Downs Syndrone. Read more here or here, and watch a youtube vid here.

I couldn't move for several minutes - because of the photo - the art - the blessings I have - my sister ( a blessing, who has Downs) - and lastly the sickening thought that we let people choose whether or not they wish there baby with a disability to live or die (often letting a disabled newborn to slowly die of starvation alone in a closet or backroom) - because we think they are somehow less.

This is what our abortion Pres wants us to not only accept, but to fund, and while I am generally a decent sort of folk, I only have two words for anyone who thinks my sister or Judith Scott is less deserving of life than anyone else - F*&k You!

yeah, o.k. , I'll pray for them too . . . especially as we who call ourselves Pro-life, but say nothing, are actually the most guilty, and deservedly will be judged the most harshly.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Church Teaches

"The Church teaches" - oh, how often a certain redhead once could disarm, and deflate, my Evangelical pomp with those words. The very humility of someone as intelligent and educated laying down their own pride in the name of Christ's church, by this simple statement, was a big part of my becoming Catholic - and I had so tired of being my own pope (and doing it badly)

(o.k., the fact that this amazing woman also proclaimed that she couldn't marry a non-Catholic also had a lil' to do with my conversion, but only the "when", not the "why")

A Catholic is of course allowed to use the the standard Protestant response of "The Bible says" or "well, I think", but we also are so blessed to have that authoritative body of the Church to lead us in truth, as well as humility.

What is more humble than laying down our own views, and saying "Jesus, I trust you , even though I gots some problems with this or that, I trust You and the Church You died to give us" , with the pure peace that comes from knowing that I don't have to know - or understand - everything, just trust in the One who does, and thus trust who He gave the keys to.

This very humility is something I saw lacking in my old church. Sure their was dancing and singin' in the aisles, as well as lots of good and decent Christian teaching, and some very loving people - but that true act of faith that comes from trusting in your church or pastor was never there, unless it was a type of silly pride like rootin' for the home team.

Churches splinter, and splinter some more, and most folks don't even know what their own church teaches (yeah, sadly most cradle catholics are a lil' dull on that point too). The silly notion that God would desire these separations and ignorances, should be enough to have anyone calling themself a Christian seeking the truth of the One church - which me thinks they can only find in the one Christ started.

As for all those folks I have met that have sought that path and swam the Tiber , I must say how much their conversions prove their love of Christ, as every single one I have ever met or spoken with is of an intellect far above my own (which itself ain't too shabby). These are not simple minded people tricked into submission, but humble minds drawn into obedience.

As for me, I keep my catechism right next to my Bible, and love to tell others "well, the Church teaches . . ."

thanks Red!, and thank you Jesus!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Jews for Hitler

. . .does that sound any more ridiculous
than Christians for Obama?

Granted, being African American and being all gung ho about our Abortion Pres is equally foolish, as abortion has wiped out a third of the black population, much helped by an agency who's early goal was to solve the "negro problem".

Of course that is if we were to dust off that thing called logic, or go search in the attic where we boxed up integrity or virtue . . .nah, we gots twitter and Facebook. (O:

Monday, August 10, 2009

Monday Morning Wisdom

"If your eyes hurt after you drink coffee,
learn to take the spoon out of the cup."
Norm Crosby

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Sheen still Shines

"If I were not a Catholic, and were looking for the true Church in the world today, I would look for the one Church which did not get along well with the world; in other words, I would look for the Church which the world hated. My reason for doing this would be, that if Christ is in any one of the churches of the world today, He must still be hated as He was when He was on earth in the flesh. If you would find Christ today, then find the Church that does not get along with the world.

Look for the Church that is hated by the world as Christ was hated by the world.

Look for the Church that is accused of being behind the times, as our Lord was accused of being ignorant and never having learned.

Look for the Church which men sneer at as socially inferior, as they sneered at Our Lord because He came from Nazareth.

Look for the Church which is accused of having a devil, as Our Lord was accused of being possessed by Beelzebub, the Prince of Devils.

Look for the Church which, in seasons of bigotry, men say must be destroyed in the name of God as men crucified Christ and thought they had done a service to God.

Look for the Church which the world rejects because it claims it is infallible, as Pilate rejected Christ because He called Himself the Truth.

Look for the Church which is rejected by the world as Our Lord was rejected by men.

Look for the Church which amid the confusions of conflicting opinions, its members love as they love Christ, and respect its Voice as the very voice of its Founder, and the suspicion will grow, that if the Church is unpopular with the spirit of the world, then it is unworldly, and if it is unworldly it is other worldly. Since it is other-worldly, it is infinitely loved and infinitely hated as was Christ Himself. But only that which is Divine can be infinitely hated and infinitely loved. Therefore the Church is Divine".

Saturday, August 8, 2009

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away

My own lil' nod to the "Road's" 40th Anniversary
Art by Jim Hance


Even followers get lost sometime


I must confess that my nightly prayer over the past year has more often been the selfish "please let me not wake tomorrow", than "your will be done", so I found this lil' tune of betrayal and sadness rather fitting today.

Thankfully, I have been blessed with the ability to use St Ignatius' exercises in my musical listening, and was lead to view this song as the soundtrack to our Lord's passion, and as if He were singing it to us. The difference being that He could have ended it anytime - but in His love and mercy - somehow - thought this worthless blogger - worth His life.

"To be hurt
To feel lost
To be left out in the dark
To be kicked when you're down
To feel like you've been pushed around
To be on the edge of breaking down
And no one's there to save you
No you don't know what it's like
Welcome to my life"

Thanks be to God, for good days and bad

Thursday, August 6, 2009

A Good Catholic plays a Good Protestant

In "New in Town", Siobhan Fallon plays a nice home town Jesus lovin' person who - wait for it - is actually as good as she seems. Yep, a Hollywood movie without any swipes at the Christian folk. Not a great flick, but refreshing none the less.

She talks about playing the nice Christian as part of her Catholic "mission".

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Believe is a verb

" In the late 1890's, a famous tightrope walker strung a wire across Niagara Falls. As 10,000 people watched, he inched his way along the wire from one side of the falls to the other.

When he got to the other side, the crowd cheered wildly. Finally, the tightrope walker was able to quiet the crowd and shouted to them, 'Do you believe in me?'. The crowd shouted back, 'We believe! We believe!'.

Again he quieted the crowd and shouted to them, 'I'm going back across the tightrope but this time I'm going to carry someone on my back. Do you believe I can do that?'. The crowd yelled back, 'We believe! We believe!'. He quieted the crowd one more time and then asked them, 'Who will be that person?'.

The crowd suddenly became silent. Not a single person was willing to apply the very truth that they professed to believe in--that the tightrope walker could cross the falls with a person on his back"

I had heard this story before as an Evangelical, as a demonstration on "false" vs "genuine" faith. Do a quick search and you can even find it on dozens of Protestant sites and blogs. Odd thing is that what it more clearly demonstrates is that Believe is a verb, and that Faith, in part, is a work.

"Not everyone who says Lord, Lord, will enter the Kingdom of Heaven,
but rather he who does the will of my Father

(Matthew 7:21)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Love is Giving

Have you ever had one of those dreams, the one where you are happily back in the arms of someone who you once loved, only to wake up alone - and even for a few minutes, unable to move because of the abrupt emptiness? Well I woke up that way today, but not from missing a person.

Above is a photo of my 30 + year music collection, that I willingly gave up one year ago today, as a sign of that sacrifice men need to demonstrate - and live out - for their bride.

"Husbands love your wife as Christ loved the church.
Give yourself up for your wife"

To most folks it may seem a tad silly for this to be considered a sacrifice, but to me, these lil ' bits of vinyl were welcoming friends after a long day. Yes, there were many times that I found that much needed focused distraction of making a mix for a friend or customer - that three or four hours of concentrated effort that would result in 80 minutes of a perfectly ordered mini-soundtrack for the day, and that little reminder that I was at least good at this.

While I regret at times the sacrifice to one unable - as yet - to love in this way, with the pain of this taking the joy of music from me (I rarely listen to music anymore), I am reminded again that loving isn't "to give to get" , but is found in the joy of knowing that Christ is making you a person able to give - to give away that which you might think is most important, and reveals in that what is truly most important - LOVE! and love is sacrifice.

I admit I still terribly miss gazing at my music collection , even as I try to find rest in the knowledge that Christ is still finishing that work in me of wanting nothing - loving nothing- more than the One who I will (hopefully) spend all eternity with. He is all I need - all you need!

maybe I am growing up after all, and my lil' dream was a reminder to let go of what is passing - or already passed.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Lewis : Salt of Heaven


"Now here I've got a rather difficult thing to say. On the one hand, it isn't true that we shall lose our personal differences by letting Christ take us over. On the other hand, I don't think Christ can take us over as long as we're bothering about what will happen to our personality. Let's take the first point first.

If a person didn't know about salt, wouldn't he think that anything with such a strong taste would kill the taste of all the other things in any dish you put it into? We know, as a matter of fact, it brings out the real taste.

Well, it's rather like that with Christ. When you've completely given up your-self to His personality you will then, for the first time in your life, be developing into a real person. He made the whole world. He invented it as an author invents characters in a book, all different men that you and I were intended to be."

C.S. Lewis "Beyond Personality"

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Our Compassionate Lord

This beautiful image of Jesus was done in pastel by Maryland artist M. Patricia Ginter in 2003. Several years ago while going through a difficult time her husband gave her a small prayer card with the face of Jesus on it. She found much consolation in his gentle and compassionate gaze.

"The expression of Jesus in Heinrich Hofmann's painting
Christ and the Rich Young Rulerr gave me the inspiration for this pastel painting.

It is my hope that this image of our compassionate Lord will touch the hearts and spirits of all who see it, bringing comfort, joy, healing and strength, and will help to recall for them God's merciful and everlasting love."

You can buy Signed prints here

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Somethin' ta ponder

The total confirmed U.S. casualties
during the
whole war in Iraq is about 4,400
which is a little more than the average abortions

committed per day in the U.S.