Daily Archives: April 22, 2009

Bishop Finn reminds us we are "Church Militant"

Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph gave a speech last weekend at a pro-life convention, reminded us that we are involved in a spiritual war. He also expressed hope that Fr. Jenkins will be fired as president of Notre Dame.

Vatican to Go totally Solar

I’ve seen this headline a few times, and keep meaning to comment on it. Apparently, the Vatican has plans to switch completely to solar energy. Besides being a long term cost efficient (and thus conservative) approach for anyone who has the money to invest, and besides being good stewardship of natural resources, this also helps the Vatican remain independent from Italy, as it currently has to pay utility bills to the City of Rome.

On moderation in our faith

I heard the following anecdote in the homily the deacon gave at St. Peter’s Church here in Columbia this past Sunday. Sitting in the shadow of the “Cardinal Bernardin” hall and looking over at the hippies with their guitars in the corner, the homily struck me as pretty courageously conservative for that parish. I tried to find the story online, but couldn’t, so here it is to the best of my memory.

The Devil was meeting with some young recruits, and he said he wanted to talk about the best way to deceive people. He asked for suggestions:

Recruit #1: “Tell them that God doesn’t exist!”

The Devil said, “No. Only a few people are truly atheists. Most realize that God has to exist in some way”.

Recruit #2: “Tell them there’s no Hell!” [we’re looking at you, Joel Osteen!]

The Devil replied, “No. That doesn’t work well, either. Even the most liberal Christian thinks there are some sins that deserve punishment, like hatred or war.”

Recruit #3: “Tell them that God is easy-going! Tell them God is so forgiving He doesn’t care what they do!”

The Devil replied, “That’s our second-best strategy. But it still isn’t effective with everyone. A lot of people. But most people who attend Church regularly and pray won’t fall for it. But there is one strategy that wins over 99.99% of Christians. Any ideas?”

Recruit #4 said, correctly: “Teach them moderation!”

The Devil said: “YES! The best way to steer souls away from Christ is to tell them that it’s bad to be extreme in their religion. Tell them to compromise. Teach them to limit their religion to the Church and not apply it to their lives. Teach them that there are cases where they can ignore what the Church teaches.”

As I always say, what is the point at which we are willing to compromise???

Practicing contraception? Opposing contraception “in private” but refusing to fight the contraceptive culture?
Voting for pro-abortion politicians?
Supporting Embryonic stem cell research? “Opposing” embryonic or fetal tissue research “in principle” but still profiting from its fruits (e.g., illicit vaccines)??
Setting aside subsidiarity and distributism in favor of socialized education and socialized health care? Setting aside solidarity in favor of making $200K a year as a plumber?
Refusing to speak out against injustices committed by bishops?
Refusing to speak out against injustices committed against the Holy Father?

At one point do you start saying “Let’s be prudent” or “Let’s not be extreme”?

9 Genes contribute to learning disabilities on the X Chromosome

This doesn’t preclude other genes on other chromosomes from playing a factor, but a multinational study evaluated the X Chromosome specifically, since learning disabilities are more common in males than females, and found nine genes that, when “knocked out,” contributed to learning disabilities.

Liturgy of the Hours Guide for Thursday, April 23, 2009

Thursday of the Second Week of Easter. Memorial of St. George

Saints of the Day.

Office of Readings: Antiphons and Psalms from Psalter, Week II. Readings from the Proper of Seasons, Second Week of Easter. Reading and Collect for St. George in the Proper of Saints. If you really like St. George, you can use the antiphons, Psalms and readings from the Common of One Martyr.

Morning Prayer: Hymn, antiphons, Psalms and Canticle from Psalter, Week II. Readings Proper of Seasons, Second Week of Easter. Collect for St. George in Proper of Saints. If you really like St. George, you can use the Common of One Martyr.

Evening Prayer: Hymn, antiphons, Psalms and canticle from Psalter, Week II. Readings from Proper of Seasons, Second Week of Easter or from Common of One Martyr. Collect from St. George.

Mass Readings for today.

Liturgy of the Hours Guide for Thursday, April 23, 2009

Thursday of the Second Week of Easter. Memorial of St. George

Saints of the Day.

Office of Readings: Antiphons and Psalms from Psalter, Week II. Readings from the Proper of Seasons, Second Week of Easter. Reading and Collect for St. George in the Proper of Saints. If you really like St. George, you can use the antiphons, Psalms and readings from the Common of One Martyr.

Morning Prayer: Hymn, antiphons, Psalms and Canticle from Psalter, Week II. Readings Proper of Seasons, Second Week of Easter. Collect for St. George in Proper of Saints. If you really like St. George, you can use the Common of One Martyr.

Evening Prayer: Hymn, antiphons, Psalms and canticle from Psalter, Week II. Readings from Proper of Seasons, Second Week of Easter or from Common of One Martyr. Collect from St. George.

Mass Readings for today.