Monthly Archives: August 2010

Abortion: 9/11 Repeated Every Day

Abortion is the real terrorism

Michelle Obama’s Mom calls Laura Ingraham to say she likes Bill O’Reilly!

This is hilarious! You have to watch this! Wow.

I don’t get the chance to listen much, but Laura Ingraham is the only talk radio host I have any respect for anymore.

A big plus in her book is that, unlike Hannity (pro-contraception heretic), O’Reilly (pro-contraception heretic), Beck (apostate) and Coulter (had a Catholic parent and has overtly rejected the Faith), she’s actually a convert *to* Catholicism.

Anyway, the clip starts with Ingraham criticizing Obama for golfing in Martha’s Vineyard while the economy is “tanking.”

An elderly African American lady calls in from DC named “M.R.” She criticizes “Miss Ingra-ham” for her nasty attitude and constantly criticizing the President and the First Lady.

So Laura explains that her criticisms of the president’s lifestyle are based upon the fact that our economy is “tanking.”
Caller says, “The economy is fine” (must’ve been hanging out with Bush).
Then the caller says, “The economy is fine. I was just in Martha’s Vineyard, and the city’s fine. People were having a grand time.”
Laura says, “Wait, you were in Martha’s Vineyard.”
Then the old lady says something about “We had Valerie’s people over,” and Laura suggests Valerie Jarrod, and the caller says “I’m not calling to get specific with you.”

Then she says something about Ingraham’s appearance on the “Reilly Factor,” and after Ingraham points out that it’s “O’Reilly” (noting that she like’s “Reilly” better than Ingraham), the caller says, “You’re very cocky with the elderly.”

So Laura finally asks the caller if “M.R.” stands for Marian Robinson, and the caller hangs up!!

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsZfcLTELs4]

Though, really, the most interesting thing of this is that Michelle Obama’s mom likes to watch Bill O’Reilly!

EWTN Groupie Pictures 11

Getting closer to the Shrine. From the same set.

It’s easy to be “Pro-Choice” when You’re not the Victim

EWTN Groupie Audio: Mary and Allie’s e-mail is answered by “The Donut Man” on _The Journey Home_

On September 11, 2006, Rob Evans, aka “The Donut Man,” appeared on The Journey Home to discuss his conversion to Catholicism. That time, Mary e-mailed a question, in two parts.
The first part of the question was from Allie, who was upset that he was dressed in regular clothes and didn’t “look like” the “Donut Man.” He was glad someone asked, and pulled his trademark hat and glasses out from under the table.
The second part was more serious, and she signed all our names on the e-mail.

Here’s the audio.

#1 Cause of Death in America

‘It kills more people than heart disease, heart attack, diabetes, or atherosclerosis .  It kills more people than lung, breast or any other cancer.  It kills many times more people than AIDS.  It kills more people than autoimmune diseases like MS and Lupus and Sjogren’s.  It kills more people than genetic disorders like Marfan syndrome and Cystic Fibrosis and Spina Bifida and Down’s.  It kills more Americans than war, terrorism, capital punishment or child abuse.  It kills more people than

EWTN Groupie Audio: My “Appearance” on _Life on the Rock_

On September 6, 2001, Anthony Buono of (Ave Maria) Single Catholics Online appeared on Life on the Rock. EWTN wanted a “success story” couple to appear with him. Since we had gotten married in Valdosta, GA, he asked us to be on the show, but we had moved to Virginia by that point. Instead, I called the show right when it started, and they kept me on hold, saving me to be the first caller!

If you’d like to listen to the streaming audio of the conversation, click here.

If you’d like to download it and listen later, click here.

Kick if you’re Pro-Life

Choose Life

EWTN Groupie Pictures 16

Tom Howard, Peter Kreeft, a bystander and me at the Seattle C. S. Lewis Institute, June 1998.

State Department Admits Obama is Ineligible!!

On a page designed to “debunk” various “conspiracy theories” (and lumping all of them together), the State Department has a page about “Obama birth” conspiracy theories, in which it admits that, from 1963 to 1982, Barack Obama maintained dual citizenship. Of course, the claim that Obama exercised dual citizenship at all, and particularly past the age of 18, is a fundamental claim of the “Birther” movement. The whole point of requiring a president to be a “born” citizen, as opposed to just “naturalized,” is to avoid the president having divided loyalties with another nation. The whole point is to have no doubt about the president’s citizenship. And now, the government itself is validating that Obama does not meet that requirement.

Happy Birthday, Mother Teresa!

G. K. Chesterton on Politics–One of my favorite quotations

WHEN the business man rebukes the idealism of his office-boy, it is commonly in some such speech as this: “Ah, yes, when one is young, one has these ideals in the abstract and these castles in the air; but in middle age they all break up like clouds, and one comes down to a belief in practical politics, to using the machinery one has and getting on with the world as it is.” Thus, at least, venerable and philanthropic old men now in their honoured graves used to talk to me when I was a boy. But since then I have grown up and have discovered that these philanthropic old men were telling lies. What has really happened is exactly the opposite of what they said would happen. They said that I should lose my ideals and begin to believe in the methods of practical politicians. Now, I have not lost my ideals in the least; my faith in fundamentals is exactly what it always was. What I have lost is my old childlike faith in practical politics. I am still as much concerned as ever about the Battle of Armageddon; but I am not so much concerned about the General Election. As a babe I leapt up on my mother’s knee at the mere mention of it. No; the vision is always solid and reliable. The vision is always a fact. It is the reality that is often a fraud. As much as I ever did, more than I ever did, I believe in Liberalism. But there was a rosy time of innocence when I believed in Liberals.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Orthodoxy, Ch. 4.

Pray with me: Mega Novena

God has really been blessing my family lately, and we are grateful for the many good things that have been happening for us lately. And while one doesn’t want to seem ungrateful, one also realizes that God wants us dependent upon Him, which is why He is reluctant to give big miracles.

That said, there are three big areas of concern in our family right now, and I’m going to start a blog Novena for those three intentions. I’m waiting to hear about a full time college teaching job, which, of course, would be my “big break.”

I’m also praying that we will be able to fund our Modest Needs grant and get my van repaired.

We’re also praying that we will find and qualify for the right rental home (a search that is suspended until we know about the job).

Also, as always, but not as urgently (except as it relates to the above), I’m praying for the success of my CD.

So, for these intentions, and yours, please join me in prayer:

Emergency Novena to the Infant Jesus of Prague

O Jesus, Who said, “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock
and it shall be opened to you,” through the intercession of Mary, Your most holy Mother,
I knock, I seek, I ask that my prayer be answered.

[List Requests]

O Jesus, Who said, “All that you ask of the Father in My Name He will grant you,”
through the intercession of Mary, Your most holy Mother,
I humbly and urgently ask Your Father in Your Name that my prayer be granted.
[List Requests]

O Jesus, Who said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My word shall not pass,”
through the intercession of Mary, Your most holy Mother,
I feel confident that my prayer will be granted.

[List Requests]

Novena Prayer to Mary, Undoer of Knots

O HOLY MARY, full of the presence of God, during your life you accepted with great humility the holy will of the Father, and the legacy of your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and evil never dared to entangle you with its confusion.

Since then, you hast interceded for all our difficulties as you didst at the wedding feast of Cana. With all simplicity and with patience, you hast given us an example of how to untangle the knots in our complicated lives. By being our Mother forever, you arrange and make clear the path that unites us to Our Lord.

HOLY MARY, Mother of God and ours, with your maternal heart, please untie the knots that upset our lives. We ask you to receive into your hands our finances, careers and housing, and deliver us from the chains and confusion that restrain us.

O BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, through your grace, your intercession, and by your example, deliver us from evil and untie the knots that keep us from being united to God, so that free of every confusion and error, we may find Him in all things, keep Him in our hearts, and serve Him always in our brothers and sisters.

O MARY, Undoer of Knots, pray for us who have recourse to you.

Amen.

Novena to St. Jude

May the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, loved in all tabernacles until the end of time. Amen.
May the most Sacred Heart of Jesus be praised and glorified now and forever. Amen.
St. Jude pray for us and hear our prayers. Amen
Blessed be the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Blessed be the immaculate Heart of Mary.
Blessed be Saint Jude in all the world and for all eternity. Amen.

Our Father
Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. Amen

Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you, blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen

Prayer to St. Jude

O glorious Apostle, St. Jude, true relative of Jesus and Mary, I salute you through the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Through this heart I praise and thank God for all the graces He has bestowed upon you.

Humbly prostrate before you I implore you through the Heart to look down upon me with compassion. Despise not my poor prayer, let not my trust be confounded. To you God has granted the privilege of aiding mankind in the most desperate cases.

Oh come to my aid that I may praise the mercies of God. All my life I will be grateful to you, and will be your faithful client until I can Thank you in Heaven. Amen

Please Donate Now

I am 99.999% positive I will be getting my first ever full time college teaching position.

This has made it all the more imperative that I repair my handicapped van and, as a friend put it today, “liberate my wheelchair.” We will need the van to move, and I will need the wheelchair to be able to do my job.

We are grateful for the generous donations we have already received towards our Modest Needs grant, but we are only 9% of the way there as of this writing.

I know there’s a lot of redundancy between these groups, but if a) everyone we knew in real life, b) everyone who reads this blog, c) everyone in my Facebook contacts (900+ “friends,” and over 500 people who are “fans” of my FB pages that aren’t also “friends”) were to donate just a few dollars each, this grant could be funded tomorrow.

I am amazed at the power of the Novenas I’ve been saying, and this van repair is the last stage towards my family finally getting some stability after 10 years of struggle.

Click here to donate to our Modest Needs Grant. It’s tax-deductible.

Alternatively, you can “donate” indirectly and get something out of it by buying an MP3 or CD copy of Hide Me In Your Wounds: Daily Prayer with the Saints

St. Louis IX, pray for us!
St. Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us!
Bl. Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

I’m a Child, Not a Choice

Today is the Lewis Crusade’s Feast Day

From Wikipedia

St. Louis, pray for us!

EWTN Groupie Pictures 15

Thomas Howard, Peter Kreeft, a bystander, and me at the Seattle C. S. Lewis Institute, June 1998.

“Catholics” for a Free Choice? Call to Action? “In Fighting”?


You may have heard about the controversy. Some groups, including the Catholic League, wanted New York City to honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of Blessed “Mother” Teresa of Calcutta on August 26, 2010, by lighting up the side of the Empire State Building to show her picture. Apparently, this has been done to honor various figures, .
Thirteen “Dissenting” Groups, including Call to Action (excommunicated by Archbishop Fabian Bruskewitz in 1994 and upheld by the Apostolic Signatura), New Ways Ministry (officially censured by the Vatican), Women’s Ordination Conference (supporting a heretical idea that was declared off limits ex cathedra by John Paul II, not to mention condemned by one of the early Church Councils), and of course “Catholics for Choice” (a wholly owned subsidiary of Planned Parenthood), have sided with the Empire State Building, saying that the Catholic League does not represent all Catholics, and they don’t like Mother Teresa, since she opposed “gay rights,” “reproductive rights” and “women’s ordination.”

So some guest columnist at the Washington Post’s anti-Catholic “On Faith” column named Tracy Grant has suggested that this “in-fighting” is embarrassing and would be offensive to Mother Teresa, whose concern was helping the poorest of the poor. Grant refers to the 13 groups as “Dissenters” and “progressives” and seems to presume these 13 groups want to honor Mother Teresa by doing acts of charity. Even if that is the case, Grant and the 13 Ghosts of the Spirit of Vatican II seem to forget that Mother Teresa herself said the absolute “poorest of the poor” are the unborn.

Danielle Bean, a bit surprisingly, agrees that this situation is embarrassing. On Facebook, she replied to my concern by admitting that, yes, “in fighting” was probably a bad choice of words but, to the average “outsider,” this is what it looks like.

Is Bill Donohue over the top and bombastic? Sure. So were Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel.
Is it hypocritical of the Empire State Building to honor Communism, the Salvation Army, the Grateful Dead, Mariah Carey, Blue M&Ms, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but not Mother Teresa? Sure.
Would Mother Teresa *want* to be honored by the Empire State Building? No.
Would energies be better served elsewhere? Yes.
Does this constitute in-fighting and an embarrassment to Catholicism? Hardly. The only embarrassment is that these 13 groups can claim to be “Catholic” without being called on it. Why isn’t the USCCB stepping into this fight to say these 13 groups aren’t Catholic?

Pray with Me: Mega Novena

God has really been blessing my family lately, and we are grateful for the many good things that have been happening for us lately.  And while one doesn’t want to seem ungrateful, one also realizes that God wants us dependent upon Him, which is why He is reluctant to give big miracles.

That said, there are three big areas of concern in our family right now, and I’m going to start a blog Novena for those three intentions.  I’m waiting to hear about a full time college teaching job, which, of course, would be my “big break.”

I’m also praying that we will be able to fund our Modest Needs grant and get my van repaired.

We’re also praying that we will find and qualify for the right rental home (a search that is suspended until we know about the job).

Also, as always, but not as urgently (except as it relates to the above), I’m praying for  the success of my CD.

So, for these intentions, and yours, please join me in prayer:

Emergency Novena to the Infant Jesus of Prague

O Jesus, Who said, “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you,” through the intercession of Mary, Your most holy Mother, I knock, I seek, I ask that my prayer be answered.

[List Requests]

O Jesus, Who said, “All that you ask of the Father in My Name He will grant you,” through the intercession of Mary, Your most holy Mother, I humbly and urgently ask Your Father in Your Name that my prayer be granted.
[List Requests]

O Jesus, Who said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My word shall not pass,” through the intercession of Mary, Your most holy Mother, I feel confident that my prayer will be granted.
[List Requests]

Novena Prayer to Mary, Undoer of Knots

O HOLY MARY, full of the presence of God, during your life you accepted with great humility the holy will of the Father, and the legacy of your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and evil never dared to entangle you with its confusion.

Since then, you have interceded for all our difficulties as you did at the wedding feast of Cana. With all simplicity and with patience, you have given us an example of how to untangle the knots in our complicated lives. By being our Mother forever, you arrange and make clear the path that unites us to Our Lord.

HOLY MARY, Mother of God and ours, with your maternal heart, please untie the knots that upset our lives. We ask you to receive into your hands our finances, careers and housing, and deliver us from the chains and confusion that restrain us.

O BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, through your grace, your intercession, and by your example, deliver us from evil and untie the knots that keep us from being united to God, so that free of every confusion and error, we may find Him in all things, keep Him in our hearts, and serve Him always in our brothers and sisters.

O MARY, Undoer of Knots, pray for us who have recourse to you.

Amen.

Novena to St. Jude

May the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, loved in all tabernacles until the end of time. Amen.
May the most Sacred Heart of Jesus be praised and glorified now and forever. Amen.
St. Jude pray for us and hear our prayers. Amen
Blessed be the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Blessed be the immaculate Heart of Mary.
Blessed be Saint Jude in all the world and for all eternity. Amen.

Our Father
Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. Amen

Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you, blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen

Prayer to St. Jude

O glorious Apostle, St. Jude, true relative of Jesus and Mary, I salute you through the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Through this heart I praise and thank God for all the graces He has bestowed upon you.

Humbly prostrate before you I implore you through the Heart to look down upon me with compassion. Despise not my poor prayer, let not my trust be confounded. To you God has granted the privilege of aiding mankind in the most desperate cases.

Oh come to my aid that I may praise the mercies of God. All my life I will be grateful to you, and will be your faithful client until I can Thank you in Heaven. Amen