The Realism and Hope of the Church. The received Faith of Christ, we are taught, is both realistic about the awful effects of sin in the world and yet confident in the proclamation of forgiveness which is offered to all of us, to make us fully alive, fully human, the Kingdom of God present in our lives once again. God's commandments, aligned to Creation, are not a burden but a liberation from all chaos, nihilism and endless bewilderment. This is truly Good News, the very best of the best of all news!
--->Catholicism, Tradition and Protestantism...
--->Peter Kreeft: The Left, The Right and ‘Dominus Iesus’ "When Dominus Iesus debuted, [the rad-factions] gagged. The Fundamentalists found it too liberal and universalistic. The Liberals found it too conservative and exclusivist. It’s not surprising that it happened to Dominus Iesus because the same thing happened to Jesus himself: Sadducees and Pharisees, Herodians and Zealots, suddenly found one thing to agree about. They had found their common enemy".
--->You can read the CDF Dominus Iesus document here
--->Chomsky: No way 9-11 was an inside job... Fair enough, but many have been astounded that Mr. Chomsky asks regarding these theories "what difference would it make?" They argue that it would make all the difference in the world. I incline to otherwise agree with Chomsky's remarks on 9-11, re: the whistleblowers, which in the case of JFK were plenty, including Watergate star and CIA asset, E. Howard Hunt.
--->"Palestinian Gandhi" Convicted for Protesting; U.S. Silent
--->Palestine. The children. The heart breaks...
--->Fire At Tennessee Mosque Construction Site Now Under Federal Arson Investigation. It appears to be getting sadder by the day. Murfreesboro might in some ways be considered the epicenter of the old South.
--->Video: How the Walmart monopoly destroys communities everywhere...
‘Do ordinary things with extraordinary love’
[Mother Teresa] would say, “For God nothing is small; for us they’re small.”
--->German Banker, Under Fire For 'Racist' Jewish Remark
--->NYT: Scientists Say F.D.A. Ignored Radiation Warnings of CT Scans...
--->"Third World America" Map, foreclosure, unemployment and bankruptcy. Note: it is a time for neighbors to help neighbors.
--->Trivial Pursuit: To this day on the Internet you can find lots of people who still believe Paul McCartney of the Beatles died young and was replaced with a double. In a television programme broadcast in New York on 30 November 1969, celebrity lawyer F. Lee Bailey cross-examined LaBour and other "experts" on the rumour...But back in 2004 a famous journalist and historian, Bruce Spizer, reportedly let the cat out of the bag. The "clues" were real and deliberate he said, but they were a publicity stunt to offset their manager Brian Epstein's fear of a record sales plunge. Unfortunately for Sleuths and conspiracists, Spizer's account was reported to be an April Fools gag. Imagine.
Q: Why can`t Anglicans play chess? A. Because they can`t tell a Bishop from a Queen.
An old Jewish man is sitting at the back of a crowded bus, jam-packed with passengers. "Oi, am I thirsty…! Oiiiiii, ammmm IIIII thirsty…" he kvetches loudly. Ten, twenty, thirty minutes go by, and he's still complaining. Everyone on the bus can hear him and he's driving the other passengers crazy. Finally, somebody begs the bus driver to stop the bus so they can get this man a drink. They pull into a rest stop and somebody runs in and brings him a big bottle of water. He drinks the entire bottle without coming up for air. The bus pulls out and everybody breathes a sigh of relief. Suddenly, from the back seat, "Oi, was I thirsty. Oiiiiiiiiiii, wassssss IIIIIIII thirsty!…"
Q: Why don't Buddhists vacuum in the corners? A: Because they have no attachments.
Q: Why are there so few Buddhist rhythm and blues bands? A: Because Buddhists don't have any soul.
The Zen Librarian said to a patron: "If you bring back this book after its due date, you will be fined. If you do not bring back the book after its due date, you will be fined." The patron was instantly enlightened.
The 98 year old Mother Superior from Ireland was dying. The nuns gathered around her bed trying to make her last journey comfortable. They gave her some warm milk to drink but she refused. Then one of the nuns took the glass back to the kitchen. Remembering a bottle of Irish whiskey received as a gift the previous Christmas, she opened and poured a generous amount into the warm milk. Back at Mother Superior's bed, she held the glass to her lips. Mother drank a little, then a little more and before they knew it, she had drunk the whole glass down to the last drop. "Mother," the nuns asked with earnest, "please give us some wisdom before you die." She raised herself up in bed and with a pious look on her face said, "Don't sell that cow."