Monday, January 31, 2011

Rich Mullins' "Creed"

New video featuring Third Day and Brandon Heath (who has a new disc out) covering Rich Mullins' classic tune "Creed"

And I believe what I believe
Is what makes me what I am
I did not make it, no it is making me
It is the very truth of God
and not

The invention of any man

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Friday, January 28, 2011

The Harmonious Reason of Aquinas

"How can we live in harmony?
First we need to know
we are all madly in love
with the same God."

"There is but one Church
in which men find salvation,
just as outside the ark of Noah
it was not possible
for anyone to be saved.

St. Thomas Aquinas


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Morning has Broken

As the ice melts from the slight warmth of the morning sun, so too I pray that the warmth from the Risen Son I receive in the Eucharist this day, might melt some of the ice around my frozen heart and stone cold soul.

Monday, January 24, 2011

How things have Changed

"Is birth control abortion? Definitely not. An abortion kills the life of a baby after it has begun. It is dangerous to your life and health. It may make you sterile so that when you want a child you cannot have it. "
Is Birth Control Abortion, Planned Parenthood pamphlet, Aug. 1963

Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Blogger as Artist as Photographer

Just taking a pic of a frame I designed
(it's actually two frames . . . two frames in one)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Moral Relativism = Protestant Dogma?

I must admit that Derek Webb was once one of my favorite song writers, as well as a truth seeker who I hoped (hope) might one day discover the authentic Christianity of our Holy Catholic Church. Lately though it seems his new religion is that of arrogance and pretense.

This "controversial" video (the controversy being he says a PG rated potty word in it, which his Christian record label objected to) has him in full self righteous/self pity expounding the moral relativistic bromides of tolerance for the homosexual lifestyle (sadly, his tolerance doesn't extend to anyone who disagrees with him, as he accuses them of "hate") and that we should be just worried about the poor and starving first, not considering that if he looked through Christ's eyes he might be able to see the emaciated souls dying of the spiritual anorexia of a lifestyle of sin.

Now, Derek is still a Protestant, and of course hasn't considered that the "sola scriptura" bible-worship in the land of a million popes means that each person is free to interpret the Bible as the spirit (or low blood sugar) leads, and in turn that Fred Phelps is as much a child of Martin Luther's pride as he is.

The odd thing is that I think Mr. Webb and I are coming from the same place. With me the thirst for Jesus (and frustration over the superficiality of big screen Evangelicalism) lead me to seek the Truth which lead me to the Church Christ gave us. Sadly Derek is still part of the never-ending Protestant reformation that is built on sinking sand, and continues to pull others, whatever their sexual orientation, down into it.

Granted, in this Disney version of Christianity, you are "once saved, always saved", so Webb is blissfully ignorant that he is actually calling for us to willfully "love our brothers and sisters" right into hell.

He, as a Protestant, has also most likely never been taught the Christian virtues of humility or obedience, as all the so called controversy over this song, was really about a guy (or musician) disobeying his boss (or record label) . . .and I can't help but wonder if he ever even pondered how many starving mouths coulda been fed with the all money that was instead used with legal fees over this little boy's need to say "s@#t"?

Friday, January 21, 2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

with roses

.“Every day unbelievers and sinners cry.
‘Let us crown ourselves with roses.’
But our cry should be,
“Let us crown ourselves with roses
of the Most Holy Rosary’”
St. Louis De Montfort


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas

"Almighty and eternal God, behold, I approach the Sacrament of Thine only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus one who is sick to the physician of life...unclean to the fountain of mercy... blind to the light of eternal brightness, as one poor and needy to the Lord of heaven and earth.

Therefore I beseech Thee, of Thine infinite goodness, to heal my sickness, wash away my filth, enlighten my blindness, enrich my poverty, and to clothe my nakedness, that I may receive the Bread of Angels, the King of kings, and the Lord of lords with such reverence and humility...contrition and devotion...purity and faith...purpose and intention, as may conduce to the salvation of my soul."

Tom O'Toole has a nice article on this prayer, at his blog Fighting Irish Thomas

Monday, January 17, 2011

Klan Parenthood

The great irony is that abortion has done
what the Klan only dreamed of.

Dr. Alveda King
niece of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr


The In Crowd

"A crowd, including priests and nuns, sings in the rain at a speech by Martin Luther King Jr. outside of Brown Chapel. The church served as the headquarters for civil rights activists during marches from Selma to Montgomery". photo by Flip Schulke

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Mary, Mother of God

"Woman, behold your son"
"Son, behold your Mother"

For those who actually wonder about all the churches and all the denominations, and if maybe Christ only meant for there to be One true church, the words above are one of those helpful lil' clues.

The fact that most non-Catholics ignore Mary is very telling, and should be obvious to anyone that a church that denies Her place in salvation history is not a church seeking to honor Christ, but one (consciously or not) that is molding Christianity into it's own image.

Actually, to follow the Protestant Jesus, who for no apparent reason (as per their theology), made His mother watch Him suffer and die a horrible death, is kinda nuts. If she was to play no part other than birth chamber, a loving God would have sent her to heaven much earlier, as He did with St. Joseph.

Either She was to play a larger part, as Catholics are taught (and most early reformers believed), or we are serving a very cruel savior indeed!
. . . .thankfully, that is not the case.

"And I will put enmity between you and the woman"
Genesis 3:15

So, if the woman referenced in Genesis is our Lady, who other than our Lord does Satan fear and hate more? . . . and if your church denies our Mother, who are they really serving?

Dawn of a New Year