I know I have a habit of asking our readers here at Always Catholic to do stuff for us and the tradition continues.
The one thing I have learned about the blogosphere (particularly the Catholic niche) is that there are a plethora of bloggers who are overlooked in the process of deciding which blog to read. There definitely is a A-list (I’ll get to that one day in a RANT) and most of us bookmark most of them. What we do not do is to be spontaneous in our reading choices as if we are driven by this group-think mentality to read those who are “known” here in outer-space cyberspace.
Today I am asking our readers to visit two blogs written by two friends, both who have been doing it for years. The first thing you will notice is that my friends are WRITERS who blog.
Not that being a blogger and sharing your thoughts and likes and dislikes with the rest of us isn’t a good thing. IT IS! Some of us have been gifted with acumen for writing and some of us just love to blog (like me). Both of these groups are necessary as variety is the spice of life. You wouldn’t want to eat the same food, for every meal, everyday, forever, would you?
My all-time favorite writer’s blog is a tie between two (you know who you are) and today I am asking all of you who are reading this now to go to each of these blogs and then come back and comment on which blog you liked and why. I am posting two links: A and B so you won’t find out what the blogs are until you go there. I’m awful, aren’t I?
When you comment, please include your email so we can let you know if you are the winner of our Giveaway! The prize is a $10 donation to to the blogger of
your choice as a tip for the hard work they do. The donation will be made in your name if you are the winner of the Giveaway! The winner for the Giveaway will be chosen randomly from the comments.
I will be doing this today and tomorrow and announcing the Giveaway Winner on Monday, October 1st. I will also post the names of the blogs and some of your positive comments. This is a fun thing and I think you will see my point. There are so many people out there writing and hoping to be heard. Let’s let them know that they are being read, that their thoughts are being heard.
After all, aren’t we all called to fraternal charity, aren’t we??
September 27, 2012 A.D. Editor’s Note: I just can’t stand it anymore. Where are the people of character and decency? When did we lose our way in this great country? It is so sad when more people know Snooki (from that ridiculous and disgraceful show, Jersey Shore. BTW, I can call it that since I was born on the Jersey Shore and was raised there) then know Abraham Lincoln. Our culture now is that of impulsivity for things, for sex and of course fame and money. We have turned our back on what has made us the greatest country in the world and our political leaders (except for a few) are leading the way. Let me make sure you know really how I feel. Our clergy (quite a few of them) are right there smiling it up for the cameras selling out just like the political guys.
When does it stop? When we look in the mirror and say that wrong is wrong, no matter what.
What do you think? Can you do that? Will you do that? I will.
My fellow Kentuckians (especially Catholics) should take note that Mitch McConnell needs to be forcibly retired. Someone — anyone — who is a real conservative needs to run against him. His latest trick is the worst yet because he stands alone in it.
Washington, D.C. — When Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell visited St. Louis Wednesday, he did so quietly, touring Monsanto’s headquarters and holding a fundraising event for his his 2014 campaign.
Not on the Kentucky Republican’s schedule? A meeting with or an endorsement of Rep. Todd Akin, who is challenging Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill for her seat.
While Akin may have been persona non grata with virtually all Republicans after his inflammatory “legitimate rape” comments, only McConnell has so far toed the harsh line the GOP drew in the sand in August when they tried — in vain — to force him out of the race.
Democrats argue against Todd Akin and for Claire McCaskill, on behalf of the “Sandra Fluke” vision of America, wherein women are considered to be oppressed unless the Church pays for abortion…
Please go to Catholic Bandita.com for the rest of this honest appraisal of a very sad situation by clicking HERE
This is really lengthy, but EXCELLENT! You may wish to take a paragraph or two a day .. but get to it all .. the insight is phenomenally wonderful! We need to think of all these things before the Illumination/Warning!
The following is a memo from satan to his apprentice demons on earth. Don’t ever forget that there is a war going on for your soul all of the time. 1/3 of the angels fell when given the opportunity to serve God. And since he can’t get God, he goes after His children, you and me. So beware of his traps, some of which are outlined below…
(** Caveat emptor – The devil is a liar, and mixes truth with lies to confuse us humans, so not EVERYTHING he says is to be taken as true….)
To all of my earthly tempters: HELL-O
1. Never forget that HE always comes to them at the moment of death, asking them if they love HIM, if they are truly sorry for their sins, and if they forgive their enemies . You must sufficiently torment your subject while you can, so as to prevent any deathbed conversions. A sincere and humble “Yes” to these questions by the dying humans undoes our work in a nano-second. We also come to him at the time of his death, to tempt him one last time with everything we’ve got to make him reject his own salvation. Make sure you get there first
For the rest of the “memo” please click HERE… this is a post everyone should read…
VIDEO: Chaim Topol as Tevye, in the 1971 motion picture Fiddler on the Roof, which won three Academy Awards, and was nominated for Best Picture and Best Actor.
There have been stories of people reaping a fortune in millions of dollars from state lotteries, only to squander it away and subsequently ruin their lives. But oh, no, not me, mes amis. I would be one to show the world that this need not happen.
How dare do I make such a bold claim, you ask, dear minions?
For the rest of this quite interesting perspective, click HERE
Have you seen the latest swag being offered by the Obama campaign? For a contribution, you can have one of these!
This guy isn’t full of himself, is he.
Perhaps he should have made the stripes into the colors of the rainbow. He is, after all, The First Gay President, right? At least that way, they would look less like blood smears.
On the site where I saw this, there was a photo of the blood-smeared wall in the consulate in Benghazi. HERE. Looks familiar.
That’s what the Obama campaign is offering you: empty visual rhetoric harking to his prediction of the end of global warming and the rolling back of the oceans, or whatever that hogwash was. This is the same guy who, having been honored at Notre Dame, promised to seek common ground with the Church. This is the same gay, aggressively pro-abortion and even pro-infanticide, who lied to Card. Dolan.
Creepy. (Yes. Yes, it is… Emphasis mine…Sofia) …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Please click HERE to go to Fr.Z’s site for the rest of the post. While you are there please visit Father Z’s Swag Store and purchase from the link, “Catholic & Faithful, American & Free”. Bumper Stickers, Mugs, etc. Perfect for this life-changing election. Father Z gives us his all out here, let’s help him continue his mission.
By the end of the 20th century,, e-mail listservs and internet discussion forums were already the scenes of fierce intellectual battles between “papal traditionalists” and “hardliners” over the restoration of the sacred to Catholic worship. Priests such as the late Father John Mole, OMI, sought a measure of “liturgical peace” amidst the fray, while acknowledging the excesses of the liturgical movement in the wake of the Second Vatican Council. In his 2000 book Whither the Roman Rite? (Word of God Hour, Ottawa), he called upon those who favored one form of the Roman Mass or the other, as well as those seeking a “reform of the reform,” to pursue their respective aims without opposing the right to exist of the others.
Please click HERE for the rest of David’s post… This is the second post concerning the Latin Mass this past week and David continues his winning streak! Read on and enjoy!
Friday evening, we here at man with black hat published an essay entitled “The Latin Mass: Why You Can’t Have It” which was fairly well received. We had nearly five hundred visitors in the 24 hours that followed. For us, that is doing very well. It’s what happened the next day that has left us completely at a loss.
About two or three times a month, we get lucky and are featured at Big Pulpit. But it didn’t stop there this time. One of our correspondents suggested where we might send a link to the article. With nothing to lose, we obliged them. We got picked up by Rev Mr Greg Kandra, author of The Deacon’s Bench at the Patheos Catholic Channel, essentially the “cool kids table” of the Catholic blogosphere.
Click HERE for the rest of the story…
Editor’s Note: Please click over to ManwithBlackHat as Mr. Alexander gives a a Black Hat/Tip to our own Sofia here at AlwaysCatholic. Thanks, David!
I know of only two people who have taken issue with writers in the Catholic blogosphere on the subject of identifying with disorder in the context of homosexuality: Daniel Mattson and myself. (Visit Daniel’s blog, Letters to Christopher)
Daniel Mattson lives with homosexual attraction. I live with Bipolar Disorder and Asperger Sydrome. Both of us understand how important identity in Christ is because how we see ourselves in Him is critical to our growing in our relationship with Him.
Daniel took issue with Elizabeth Scalia in an article at First Things. As far as I know, his advice has mostly fallen on deaf ears, despite its importance.
I have taken issue with Leila Miller for allowing a guest post on her blog by someone who identifies as “Gay, Catholic and Doing Fine.”
The rest of this post can be found by clicking HERE at Catholic Bandita.
I have criticized His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan at times for perhaps not being “Always Catholic”. The instances aren’t many but there are a few. Let me ask myself this question? Am I “Always Catholic”? When I look in the proverbial mirror, can I say yes to that question?
We all wish for the time when we can be confronted by a person or an organization to not deny our Faith but to have to stand with it. I know myself I always pray for the chance to be a martyr. (Is that my quick, short way to Heaven?) Well, that’s the hardest way of course and not many of us would pass that test.
His Eminence passed the test of being a true shepherd of souls this past Thursday night. He was indeed, a pastor of souls. All souls. Souls particularly in need. Denying the right to life of an innocent human being from the moment of conception is an intrinsic evil that trumps all issues in politics or for that matter in our society.
Cardinal Dolan prayed as if he was my parish priest who would come to our classrooms of Saints feast days to pray with us. As I have said, I have been one of those Catholics critical of His Eminence in the past, but Thursday night he brought me to tears. I realized Thursday night that our priests are human men giving their lives to stand in Christ’s place. Their lives, of course, must emulate Christ’s as much as humanly possibly. They aren’t however, perfect as Christ is perfect. They must strive for perfection but they still will fall. That is when WE MUST PRAY FOR THEM. WE MUST SHOW THEM CHARITY.
We must not look the other way though when they make human mistakes. We are obliged however, to understand and to use “fraternal correction” as our Holy Father has said. We must use charity in our words and as bloggers, in our writing. That is our way as laypeople to use fraternal correction with our priests. Please understand this doesn’t mean that the Truth must be said with saccharine sweetness. it means with Charity. It means with compassion, empathy but it some cases with a strong inflection. Not yelling, screaming and the stamping of feet as I am know to do. It means seriously as fraternal corrections is a serious matter. It has taken me a long time to understand this. I have had help from my sister and from my dearest friend to understand this. I finally do. Thank you, Mary and Lisa.
Cardinal Dolan showed the world Thursday night what it means to give your life to Christ as a priest. The world should take note. I did.
God Love you,
The transcript from the Benediction by His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan at the DNC:
With a “firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence,” let us close this convention by praying for this land that we so cherish and love:
Let us Pray.
Almighty God, father of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, revealed to us so powerfully in your Son, Jesus Christ, we thank you for showering your blessings upon this our beloved nation. Bless all here present, and all across this great land, who work hard for the day when a greater portion of your justice, and a more ample measure of your care for the poor and suffering, may prevail in these United States. Help us to see that a society’s greatness is found above all in the respect it shows for the weakest and neediest among us.
We beseech you, almighty God to shed your grace on this noble experiment in ordered liberty, which began with the confident assertion of inalienable rights bestowed upon us by you: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Thus do we praise you for the gift of life. Grant us the courage to defend it, life, without which no other rights are secure. We ask your benediction on those waiting to be born, that they may be welcomed and protected. Strengthen our sick and our elders waiting to see your holy face at life’s end, that they may be accompanied by true compassion and cherished with the dignity due those who are infirm and fragile.
We praise and thank you for the gift of liberty. May this land of the free never lack those brave enough to defend our basic freedoms. Renew in all our people a profound respect for religious liberty: the first, most cherished freedom bequeathed upon us at our Founding. May our liberty be in harmony with truth; freedom ordered in goodness and justice. Help us live our freedom in faith, hope, and love. Make us ever-grateful for those who, for over two centuries, have given their lives in freedom’s defense; we commend their noble souls to your eternal care, as even now we beg the protection of your mighty arm upon our men and women in uniform.
We praise and thank you for granting us the life and the liberty by which we can pursue happiness. Show us anew that happiness is found only in respecting the laws of nature and of nature’s God. Empower us with your grace so that we might resist the temptation to replace the moral law with idols of our own making, or to remake those institutions you have given us for the nurturing of life and community. May we welcome those who yearn to breathe free and to pursue happiness in this land of freedom, adding their gifts to those whose families have lived here for centuries.
We praise and thank you for the American genius of government of the people, by the people and for the people. Oh God of wisdom, justice, and might, we ask your guidance for those who govern us: President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, Congress, the Supreme Court, and all those, including Governor Mitt Romney and Congressman Paul Ryan, who seek to serve the common good by seeking public office. Make them all worthy to serve you by serving our country. Help them remember that the only just government is the government that serves its citizens rather than itself. With your grace, may all Americans choose wisely as we consider the future course of public policy.
And finally Lord, we beseech your benediction on all of us who depart from here this evening, and on all those, in every land, who yearn to conduct their lives in freedom and justice. We beg you to remember, as we pledge to remember, those who are not free; those who suffer for freedom’s cause; those who are poor, out of work, needy, sick, or alone; those who are persecuted for their religious convictions, those still ravaged by war.
And most of all, God Almighty, we thank you for the great gift of our beloved country.
For we are indeed “one nation under God,” and “in God we trust.”
So dear God, bless America. You who live and reign forever and ever.
“Too Blessed To Be Stressed”premieres Wednesday, September 5th at 8PM EST
Coming this week from our brother @DavidBisono and Jovenes de Valor:
God Bless you! We are currently putting together Season 5 of Too Blessed to Stressed. If you enjoyed Season 4 well then you are going to LOVE Season 5. Here is a teaser of whats in store in this new year of blessings headed your way in the name of Jesus. Please share this video with all your friends and contacts. Lets make this a season of blessings that people will never forget! Life has a way of sometimes getting us down, but through it all remember… YOU ARE TOO BLESSED TO BE STRESSED!! Believe it!
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