Yesterday I saw that there was a great deal at Amazon on Kindles. Today I see they have a one day deal on Rosetta Stone software for learning languages. 50% off. I noticed because I have had a couple languages on my wishlist.
So, if you have been thinking about learning a language, this might be a good option.
I have NOT used Rosetta Stone but people speak well of it.
I hadn’t realized that Pope Francis was a Marxist until two weeks ago. This was when he issued his lyrical, compelling [poor translated]Gospel of Joy and was immediately described as a fellow travelling socialist by left as well as right; the former with delight, the latter with horror.
The truth, of course, is that all the Holy Father did was to bring Pope Leo’s 1891 encyclical Rerum Novarum into the 21st century and condemn state socialism as well as “unfettered capitalism.” But the mingling of ignorance, malice, and absurd wishful thinking from media circles epitomized the way the man and his opinions have been misinterpreted since he was elected pontiff.
It was particularly noticeable, and exasperating, in the larger, left-leaning newspapers and media outlets throughout the English-speaking world. The BBC in Britain, the New York Times in the United States, and a host of others suddenly became interested in the Pope. It was trendy to be Catholic-friendly, at least for a few moments and in a certain way. The often hysterical but nevertheless relatively influentialBronwen Clune proved all this in The Guardian, the liberal conscience in Britain.
“I never thought I’d see the day when non-Catholic people (never mind socialists and atheists) would voice their approval of a Pope. But that is just what happened when Pope Francis, in his apostolic exhortation delivered last week, talked about unfettered capitalism as a new tyranny, attacked the idolatry of money, called on rich people to share their wealth, and laid out a vision for a decentralised church. Overnight, he became the left’s new pin-up.”
But just in case liberal Catholics out there think all is red and right about the world, the new comrade was quick to put matters right.
“There was a glimmer of hope in my ex-Catholic soul. Not so much that it changes anything for me now, [See my comments on The Francis Effect™.] or even realistically for many Catholics in the near future (it will take more than one man to break down 1,300 years of institutionalisation) but there is something appealing in realising that my faith, even though long lost, was not entirely rotten.”
Well, that’s nice of her.
The condescending and suburban nature of the piece aside, it demonstrates rather well the colossal ignorance amongst so many journalists concerning what the Church says and is. [Do I hear an "Amen!"?] Pope Benedict was just as critical of unbridled capitalism and consumerism as his successor, and said so for a longer period of time. And consider for a moment Clune’s statement that she assumed Catholicism to be “entirely rotten”. A sweeping generalization so clumsy that no teacher, let alone an editor, should have let it pass. Good Lord, even mass murderers are not entirely rotten! [Nope. That category is only reserved for the Church.]
It’s this sort of nonsense that led Random House to ask me to write The Future of Catholicism (Signal Books), published earlier this month. My previous two books, particularly Why Catholics Are Right, had sold surprisingly well and even enormous secular publishing houses know a good thing when they see it.
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In light of my post about the 20 year high in vocations to the priesthood in these USA, I received this:
Thank you for your Blog.
I saw the article you posted on the increase of Priestly Vocations.
Thanks be to God.
I am in need of a Prayer for Vocations.
I thought you had one on the Blog, but I can not find it. [Ah, yes!]
The one that was on the USCCB’s web site is down :( I am not wishing to burden you with writing one, but am looking for one you may know of or have already.
I am involved with 2 different meetings / workshops this week with Catholic Men. K of C (Council 7027) on Thursday and Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee Men’s Prayer Breakfast on Saturday. I will share this good news on Priestly Vocations with them, pray with them, and wish to leave them a prayer for Vocations. [My greetings to them.]
Thanks again for all you do.
Yes, indeed. At my home parish in my native place – St. Agnes in St. Paul, Minnesota – we prayed for vocations at ever Sunday and Holy Day Mass after the Gospel (everyone knelt) and before the announcements/sermon. That prayer, combined with the effortless efforts of the late Msgr. Schuler, produced 30 1st Masses in the parish in 33 years. I’ll get back there someday, perhaps.
Here is the prayer:
LEADER: Please kneel for our prayer for vocations.
ALL: O God, we earnestly beseech Thee to bless this (arch)diocese with many priests, brothers and sisters, who will gladly spend their entire lives to serve Thy Church and to make Thee known and loved.
LEADER: Bless our families. Bless our children.
ALL: Choose from our homes those who are needed for Thy work.
LEADER: Mary, Queen of the Clergy!
ALL: Pray for us. Pray for our priests and religious. Obtain for us many more.
A friend back home sent me one of the original holy cards, which I prize.
It isn’t mysterious, people.
Hard-identity Catholicism, true, faithful and joy-filled, produces vocations. At the heart of this hard-identity Catholicism is faithful, dignified liturgical worship and the unambiguous fidelity of priests who provide an example.
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RE: the Combat Rosaries, I received mine (ordered several for family members) today and, holding them, recalled how blessed I was in July 2010 to attend the Catholic burial (with full honors) at Arlington of Private Thomas Costello, an Irishman from New York assigned to the 5th ID, KIA 16 Sept 1918 (!) [!] in the St Mihiel offensive. He and two other GIs had been found, 90 years after their death, by a group French men & women whose metal detectors sensed the Rosary beads PVT Costello had on him. HERE
I asked the surviving family member – DOD was able to locate (a nephew) – what the Rosary looked like — alas, it was of blue beads so not a GI one, but still thought you would appreciate knowing of him – R.I.P. [Do I hear an "Amen!"?] – and how well-made Sacramentals typically were back then, to survive such conditions.
Thank you for that.
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A friend sent this. A funny way to make a good point.
I try not to use businesses which post these signs and I hope you don’t either.
On that note, after Mass on Sunday a couple guys from the parish offered to take me to the range to stop some evil, nefarious paper.
One of the guys had a Smith Wesson .50 caliber revolver!
It was like shooting a small canon… no, that’s not quite right… a small cannon.
On the back of the hat it says, “Verum, Bonum, Pulchrum”. Yes, this is the hat of Wyoming Catholic College, where your students can’t have mobile phones, but they can have guns.
I shot well on Sunday. Here is 15′, 25′, and 30′. This was using a Sig P228 in 9mm, fairly quickly. I put 5 rounds in each mag and then did a mag change at each distance. At 30′ a few got away from me.
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And while I am thinking of it, do you have this CD yet?
Last year the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, in Missouri, released a great music CD of music for Advent.
It is still available!
There are zillions of Christmas music offerings out there. Advent? Not so much.
The sisters, the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, were named Billboard magazine’s Classical Traditional Artist 2012 and 2013. It’s the first order of nuns to ever win an award in the history of Billboard magazine. The Sisters were recognized for their two bestselling albums, ANGELS AND SAINTS AT EPHESUS, which spent 13 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Classical Traditional Music chart, and ADVENT AT EPHESUS, which spent six consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the same chart. According to a recent press release, they bested a group of popular classical music artists to secure the award, including Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman.
And former-Father Greg Reynolds is still excommunicated.
PROVIDENCE - The Roman Catholic Bishop of Providence weighed in on Nelson Mandela’s death by calling his support for abortion “shameful.”
Bishop Thomas Tobin, in a statement posted Sunday on the diocesan website, said that while there is much to admire in Mandela’s life and public service, there’s a part of his legacy that is “not at all praiseworthy, namely his shameful promotion of abortion in South Africa.”
Tobin’s comments stand in contrast to those of Pope Francis, who in a telegram to South African President Jacob Zuma last week praised Mandela’s steadfast commitment to “promoting the human dignity of all (his) nation’s citizens.”
The bishop in his statement took issue with Mandela’s decision in 1996 to sign legislation liberalizing South Africa’s abortion laws.
“While we pray for the peaceful repose of President Mandela’s immortal soul and the forgiveness of his sins, we can only regret that his noble defense of human dignity did not include the youngest members of our human family, unborn children,” Tobin wrote.
Mandela, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and anti-apartheid icon, died last week at age 95. His funeral is scheduled for Tuesday and is expected to draw nearly 100 world leaders and tens of thousands of mourners.
Tobin has frequently taken on public figures over abortion, including elected officials, and even Pope Francis. The bishop in September said he was “a little bit disappointed” the pope had not addressed the topic of abortion during his first six months as pope. He also asked then-Rep. Patrick Kennedy not to take Holy Communion because of his support for abortion rights, and withdrew two hospitals sponsored by the diocese from membership in a Catholic hospital group that supported health care reform because of fears it would allow for public funding of abortion.
In his telegram, Pope Francis focused on Mandela’s work to forge a South Africa “built on the firm foundations of non-violence, reconciliation and truth.”
“I pray that the late president’s example will inspire generations of South Africans to put justice and the common good at the forefront of their political aspirations,” Francis wrote.
But… Mandela promoted abortion, big time. That is not praiseworthy.
The Paperwhite doesn’t read to you, like the old Kindle does, but this is so small. It doesn’t need regular lighting (it self-illuminates). I will be able to use this in many places with great ease. Thanks!
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“The legalization of the termination of pregnancy is none other than the authorization given to an adult, with the approval of an established law, to take the lives of children yet unborn and thus incapable of defending themselves. It is difficult to imagine a more unjust situation, and it is very difficult to speak of obsession in a matter such as this, where we are dealing with a fundamental imperative of every good conscience — the defense of the right to life of an innocent and defenseless human being.”
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