Good night friends and God bless all of you! Stay safe,warm and sleep peacefully.
The DVR is recording Russia’s Catholics on EWTN. I’m rolling to bed here soon and will watch it tomorrow.
I don’t usually delve into entertainment but am making an exception tonight in part because the Matrix is one of my favorite movies and Morpheus (along with Neo)is one of my favorite characters.Morpheus is Laurence Fishburne.He’s the guy that does the KIA commercials in character.Morpheus that is.
There’s another commercial and it’s for the Capitol One credit card but it features Samuel Jackson.He’s the guy that took the reporter to task.
Nuff said in the entertainment realm.
CPac 2014 is the buzz among conservatives.Everyone is lining up for their favorite candidate.it’s good to see people fired up.I just hope we don’t have a food fight in the end.I have my picks but i personally think the 2014 races are going to be far more consequential. We better not stay home this time.It looks the establishment candidates have dug their heels in and the tea party doesn’t have the clout to overcome them. We’ll see.
Rand Paul won the straw poll and I’m not sure i can vote for him.I’m not thrilled.I know he’ll have the Ron Paul crowd behind him.I don’t even want to go there.
As i said i think the 2014 races are far more important and 2016 is still some ways off.We can’t even be sure Hillary will run.We can’t assume she’d win the party nomination either if she gets a challenger.I’m not voting Democrat under any circumstances.The party that booed God isn’t up for consideration in this house.For now i think our biggest battle is against the lies and cover ups of the Obama administration.
If we’re going to focus on anything that’s where it needs to be.The media is not going to do it.
I have to agree with Fr Morris when he appeared on Hannity a few nights ago. The participants were all asked who they’d like to see get the nomination.He had the right answer.Pray for a miracle.Yes,Father Morris.Hear that!
I went to the first intake with a therapist. Yes,they are going to help me learn to cope with menneire’s. I am going to try to get some medication that actually works as well as therapy. That’s for another day. For the intake you get a whole series of questions. We rolled through them rather quickly. I requested a quick session. She was gracious and tried.
One of the questions was,do you ever feel extreme guilt? In Catholic terms i think this would translate scrupulosity. I told her i felt guilty for not being a better daughter to my parents and a better mother to my son.You could even take out the word better and really get the point.I could have been a daughter (to my parents)and mother(to my son)PERIOD.
I then felt the need to set her straight and said,”guilt is a good thing.”
I assumed that in higher education these days the word guilt is not part of the lexicon.I could have been wrong to assume it in her case but i mentioned it anyway.Let me be honest here:when i was in the lifestyle i was in at the time i did not feel any guilt,remorse or shame.
If i had felt guilty at the time I would have changed then and there.Did not.
It didn’t come until later. First because of what the lifestyle did to myself. Crash and burn. I wouldn’t call that guilt either. There was self interest to it.
Next there were the consequences. You can’t go off like i did and not have consequences. I’m surprised worse didn’t happen.
Next, comes the awareness that the things I did were morally wrong and I had lost a sense of sin. I think that’s the big one. Loss of a sense of sin.
Then there is guilt and in a sense there is some self interest to that too because once you get hit with it you want to get rid of it.
Finally you hope to make amends where you can,go to confession and start over with what is left.
Eventually you have to begin to live in the present moment.
I will never forget that what i did was wrong and the cost to so many people but you can’t let that keep you from returning to God either. It’s why i beat the drum so often about Catholics obeying Church teaching.If you stick with it you can’t go wrong and if you do you won’t go far like i did.
It matters. You can end up with a dead conscience.
Father Spitzer is on EWTN On Location so I may not get a chance to finish this is one setting.
I don’t want to miss him which means I’ll start off and finish later.
Here is the talk i listened to.Found it on You Tube You can view it now or when ya finish the blog but it’s one terrific talk.Either way,don’t miss it!
If you talk to a non religious person or someone marginally religious they are usually convinced the Catholic Church is the Church of no.As in no you can’t do this,that and other thing.
In short the Church is a big bad spoiler and gets in the way. Maybe they won’t quite put it that way but it’s basically what they are really saying.
First of all God gave us 10 commandments.We could call them the negative prohibitions. That is,thou shalt not. BTW.There’s only 10 of them.Compare that to the THOUSANDS(if not millions)of laws the Fed gov’t has on the booksAnyway,Jesus then sums them up.The YES commandment.The law of love.Thou SHALT love God,neighbor and self.If you do those 2 perfectly you are not going to break the 10.
Jesus even calls these 2 the GREATEST commandments.
He tells us God is our Father;ABBA and a loving Father. Let’s think about that for one second.You have a toddler and you tell that toddler NOT to run into the road. You’re telling the toddler no.IF the child runs into the road the first thing you will do as a loving parent is yank that child back as quickly as possible.Then you’re going to make some choices.You will either drag him into the house kicking and screaming for a time out,spank their bottom and maybe even in the end fence up the yard. You’re not just telling the child no for the sake of no and because you can. You’re telling the child no for their own benefit including to save their life in case they’d get hit by a car.
At any rate you will do your best to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
I recall my parents,while not perfect,trying to keep me from jumping over a cliff. Unfortunately we don’t remain toddlers and can willfully jump over a cliff. I know how heart broke they must have been.After all they did for us and the example they set and I still stubbornly and arrogantly decided I’d prefer to jump over a cliff. You do not want to do this,believe me!
They were in many ways saying no,do not jump over the cliff. In fact the upbringing these people gave us should have prevented me from even going near it.I just had to have my own way.
Fast Forward.We don’t want to dwell there forever. I gradually climbed back up. I would attribute it to the unconditional love of God for His children,even the snotty brats like me.
What I found,after getting back to the top, was that the Catholic faith was a faith of both YES and NO.
Go back to the encyclical Humanae Vitae.I bring it up all the time. If you haven’t read it–PLS do.
It was written for the children of the age. I would especially entreat ALL Catholics although it can’t hurt non Catholics to read it either.
It was written during a turning point in the culture.
I’ll sum it up even if i don’t do it very well.It’s a try.
It was written after the Catholic Church did much study and examination of the question of artificial birth control. The mainstream Protestant denominations deemed artificial birth control immoral up until the time of the Lambeth Conference. After that, they crumbled one by one. What Humanae Vitae and therefore the Church was telling us was the YES we were to embrace and the consequences if we didn’t.We’re there and faithful Catholics need to stand up against an infantile hedonistic culture. I know it’s hard to buck. It told me everything i wanted to hear at the time. It was not what was good for me(or anyone around me)but i bought it. HUMANAE VITEA is the YES of the Church. It is a treasure to be read time and time again.It’s also prophetic. If someone can’t see it they really have the blinders on.
[Then i would go onto Blessed John Paul II's Theology of the Body. ]It is the YES to the blessing responsible parenthood is and yes to the dignity of human beings made in God’s image and likeness but especially women.Blessed John Paul II used the term the “feminine genius.”
Remember the poet Wordsworth famous line about the Blessed Virgin Mary? He called her our ‘tainted nature’s solitary boast.’
What he meant was that Mary, totally and fully human, was the one creature exalted by God over all the angels and saints.We proclaim Mary as Queen of heaven and earth. The Catholic Church didn’t exalt Mary. God did. We simply recognized what God did for this singular woman unlike the other-though great-women in salvation history.Mary is a model in her YES to God. Her husband Joseph is a model for men-for fathers-in his YES to God.
Of course in different ways but they both said YES to God’s plan.
The Church,like a parent,doesn’t say no just for the sake of saying no. The Church,like a parent,also says YES.
The problem we have in our culture today is that there are no boundaries and we in our arrogance don’t see the need.
We don’t even tell ourselves no and it’s become a problem even IN the Church.
We’re misunderstanding the words freedom of conscience.
Freedom of conscience first and foremost means INFORMING andFORMING our conscience. Conscience is not a feeling (good or bad)or an opinion.
We don’t judge the morality of an act based on whether i feel ok when i do it or not ok when i do it.
We inform our conscience by first KNOWING what the Church teaches. If we don’t know we find out. We can’t claim ignorance if we choose not to know or guess.
Once we look into it and know then we seek understanding.IF we don’t get it then we ask WHY does the Church teach this?
We do not use a conscience that is misinformed,malformed or dead.
If we still have a problem with the teaching then we submit and work on it.I guarantee if someone knows the teaching and insists on having their own way they’re being informed and influenced by the secular culture even if they’re not willing to admit it.
I know I jumped over the cliff in spite of the hell i put my parents through. I know i jumped over the cliff in spite of God’s unconditional love. Another words,i chose death over life and had i kept going I could easily have met with the Second Death.
Timothy Cardinal Dolan had a good Lenten message on EWTN today. Leave something behind.
Jesus command was to say YES (like He did)to love and He meant the real thing.
Jesus said YES and sacrificed HIMSELF.
When the Church preaches love from the pulpit she’s preaching the REAL thing. She is telling us to embrace being truly human.
We don’t look very good after we’ve hit the bottom of the cliff and sometimes we don’t get the chance to recup.
Blessed John Paul II told us. DO NOT BE AFRAID. So if you’re worried about being a stick in the mud,so to speak,give it up.
IF you are one of the people who want to tell me what a big,bad,bully the Catholic Church is and how they want to spoil the fun,feel free. I will be glad to reply to you.IF you want to do this by informing me of the sinners in the Church you might want to save your breathe. I already know,having been the ‘cream of the crop’ at one time and very much a work in progress at this time.
Before i start typing away,have to say.
This one’s off the top of my head. I was thinking about it last night after i watched Sean Hannity but i ended up in bed;not at the computer. CPAC 2014 is in progress. They’ve already had some great speakers. Hannity had a special on it last night asking who would save America and some of the speakers from C-PAC 2014. For those who may not know CPAC stands for Conservative Pac. Some of the folks who spoke are testing the waters for a 2016 run.
Rick Santorum,Rick Perry,Gov Mike Huckabee,Sen Rand Paul,Chris Christie and Ted Cruz spoke-to name a few.
There are 2 people on this list i could not vote for. Rand Paul and Chris Christie.I had Christie on my list of no vote long before his infamous Obama hug and crummy key note speech at the Romney Convention. I have nothing personal against either of these candidates. I know there are conservatives who think highly of them too.
Lt Col Allen West is one of the people I am thinking of getting behind.He also spoke at CPac.There’s a few others besides him I would consider but he’s on my list of very possible.
However,that’s not the reason i wanted to write this morning. It’s the question of who could save America. There’s only one who could actually do that. God. We have an obligation as Catholics to vote for candidates who do not oppose Church teaching on the non negotiable issues. We can’t just sit back. We definitely can’t vote for pro abortion and pro same sex marriage candidates even the ones who talk out of both sides of their mouth.We must vote but i realized that these are only human beings with limits. What our country is truly in dire need of is a return to God. We Catholics need to engage in the culture war.The decline of America is directly related to the decline in strong marriages,family and values.We can certainly pick a good candidate who supports those things and by gosh we better. On the other hand maybe we should wake up and smell the coffee that only God can truly save our country.
Speaking of waking up,it’s time for me to catch a few extra z’s. God willing I’ll be back later on and we can take a look around some of the other blogs.See what topics they’re covering today.(Most likely have some reblogs). I’ll spend some time today to write out notes for another entry too.
PRAY for the flight in Malaysia and their families. I see by the headlines they have not located it yet.