PM James Hacker: Surely we should use the debate to promote peace, harmony, goodwill.Sir Humphrey Appleby: Well it would be most unusual. The UN is the accepted forum for the expression of international hatred.Yes Prime Minister A Victory for Democracy 1986 Today let's talk social media, or more accurately what's become anti-social media. Social media … Continue reading Lenten Reflections 3rd Wednesday of Lent Social Media #1
This is something I touched on earlier but it's worth explaining in a little more detail. As we've already talked about God is our father in fact the best father. Jesus is our brother in fact the best brother there is and Mary though not equal to God in any way shape or form, is … Continue reading Lenten Reflections 2nd Tuesday of Lent: Why Obey?
I've argued for a lot of years that the only reason to be a Christian in general and a Catholic in particular is because it is true, yesterday's readings talk about the evidence of same. One of the best logical arguments of the truth of the Gospel is the fact that a few weeks after … Continue reading Lenten Reflections 2nd Monday of Lent Eye Witness News
Yesterday there was a big huge jackpot in Powerball and as of this writing I don't know if I have suddenly become very very rich but I'm going to go out on a limb here and presume that I haven't. We often obsess over our comfort, and dream of wealth, brand new houses and the … Continue reading Lenten Reflections 2nd Sunday of Lent Paying the Bills
One of the reasons why Lent is so important is to help us get out of the desert of spiritual dryness. When we are in such a time it seems God is nowhere to be found. Our faith seems pointless, weak and doomed to failure. However it should be noted that when you are crossing … Continue reading Lenten Reflections 2nd Friday of Lent The Long Game
Yesterday we talked about how God is not the Genie of the Lamp and that we have to make sure we don't approach him in prayer as if we are the God and he is the servant. That being the case the obvious question is how SHOULD we approach God and pray. Well Jesus answered … Continue reading Lenten Reflections 2nd Thursday of Lent: God as Father
Genie: Right here, direct from the lamp. Right here for your very much wish-fulfillment. Thank you. Aladidn 1992 If there is one misconception people have about prayer and how it's answered. Part of this is a bad reading of this passage from Matthew 7:7-11 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you … Continue reading Lenten Reflections 2nd Wednesday of Lent God vs Genies
Yesterday we talked about discernment and the rules for our own discernment and how the rules to discern if our actions are God will or ours. However there are times when we find ourselves not discerning our actions but worrying about discerning the actions of others. When should we base our actions on discerning the … Continue reading Lenten Reflections 1st Tuesday of Lent Discernment #2
Of all the gifts of the Holy Spirit Discernment is the one that is the most valuable but seemingly the hardest to recognize. The inability to discern God's actually will vs what we THINK God's will is or even worse telling the difference between God's Will and our will, has been the source of a … Continue reading Lenten Reflections: 1st Monday in Lent: Personal Discernment
No matter what year you are in the Gospel for the 1st Sunday of lent talks about Jesus' fast and temptation by the devil. (This year it's Luke's gospel). Lent's 40 days matches the length of his fast. What really interesting about the situation is that this is the only explicit direct attack on Christ … Continue reading Lenten Reflection 1st Sunday of Lent Striking at the Weakest point
One of the best things about Lent is that almost every parish I've ever run seen always offers extra confessions during the season. Alas it is not uncommon for some priests to find their confessional empty during the scheduled times for confession at normal time and it's even worse when a priest during extra Lenten … Continue reading Lenten Reflections 1st Saturday of Lent: confess Confess CONFESS!
You can always tell when Lent is near each year because it's the time when Wendy's puts Cod bad on it's menu and people start playing George Carlin's old joke about someone still being in Hell after Vatican 2 on a meat rap because it's time once again to give up meat on Fridays. Except … Continue reading Lenten Reflection, 1st Friday of Lent: Meatless
If there is one passage that is becoming more and more relevant in the modern world for Christians it's this one from Matthew Then they will hand you over to persecution, and they will kill you. You will be hated by all nations because of my name. And then many will be led into sin; … Continue reading Lenten Reflection Thursday After Ash Wednesday Perseverance
The Curator/4th Doctor: You were curious about this painting, I think. I acquired it in remarkable circumstances. What do you make of the title? 11th Doctor: Which title? There's two: "No More" or "Gallifrey Falls". The Curator/4th Doctor: Oh, you see, that's where everybody's wrong. It's all one title: "Gallifrey Falls No More". Now, what would you … Continue reading Lenten Reflections: Ash Wednesday: It’s all one Admonition
The irony of reading Andrew Sullivan denouncing the racism of the black Hebrews and attacks of the media on the Covington kids on the receiving end of it reminds one that the fellow who coined the phrase "Christionist" and spent years going after Sarah Palin is not lost on me. But I can't help but … Continue reading Non Tweets 1/30 Andrew Sullivan’s Covington Irony, SOTU, Guns #1, Guns #2 & SABLE Washington opens with a win