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Essays, Nobel peace prizes, and Anglicans

It’s been a real long time since I actually posted more than one paragraph to this blog.

I have been busy with my English 101 class. As some of you know, I am taking some undergraduate classes with a view towards a BA in Theology, God willing. Anyway, I have been brushing up on my writing and critical reading skills.

Already I’ve written two essays, one of which is still in rough draft format. The first essay was a narrative on a personal experience that I had. The topic was about the consequences of being forced into religious practice. It was based on Mr. Langston Hughes’s essay Salvation in which he gives his experience of losing faith because he was forced into accepting Christ. My thesis was a complete opposite of this. I wrote about how being “forced” into accepting spiritual direction was the best thing that ever happened to me because it increased my faith by leaps and bounds. I hope to share a link to this essay very soon.

The second essay that I’ve written is a comparison-contrast essay on procrastinators versus non-procrastinators. This was very appropriate for me to write about since I have tendencies towards procrastination — as some of the readers of this blog can easily surmise. I also hope to share this essay as well — heck I could share all of them here.

I had wanted to write a little bit about current events that are happening in the United States as well as around the world. The first item was about the fact that our president received the Nobel peace prize. I was totally stunned when I heard that Pres. Obama had received this distinguished honor. I just can’t figure out what he did. I mean everybody knows why Mother Teresa got the Nobel Peace Prize. My question is what did our President to deserve such an honor? Talking about peace is well and good but the President didn’t do anything — not yet anyway. Moreover, the president wages war on unborn children in their mothers wombs… I seem to recall that Mother Teresa said the greatest cause of nuclear war today is abortion. Anyway, I think Mr. Obama should have turned it down. It would have been quite the noble thing to do.

Another event is the Pope’s invitation to Anglicans who are not happy with the state of affairs in the Anglican Communion to enter into the Catholic Church. Traditional Anglicans have actually talked the Pope about simplifying the process for them to enter. It’s estimated that around 400,000 Anglicans including priests and bishops will take the Pope up on his offer. Married Anglican priests have the option to seek Catholic priesthood once they enter the Church. Just a parenthetical reiteration — married men can, under certain circumstances, become Catholic priests but Catholic priests can never get married.

Well that’s all I really had right now. I’m going to work on assignment for my class now.

God bless.

PS: please continue to pray for abortion free healthcare for all.

Happy Father’s Day

Saint Paul writes in his letter to the Ephesians chapter 3:14-15:

“…I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named…”

That means that the earthly reality of fatherhood is a reflection of the fatherhood of God. “No one is father as God is Father” says the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Knowledge of the fatherhood of God sheds light on what it is to be an earthly father. This is essential knowledge for our society that is in the midst of a crisis of fatherhood.

Along these lines, here are some articles:

God as Father?
Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio

(Our) Father Knows Best
Scott Hahn

We call priests father as well. There have also been ongoing attacks on spiritual fatherhood… This Year for Priests is needed now more than ever.

The Priest as Spiritual Father

President Obama’s unfortunate diss.

Something i wanted to do with this blog was to give brief commentary on current events… But sometimes I want to say so much that one of two things usually happens: 1. I can’t even get a word because I think that my post should be essay length. 2. My post becomes an essay.

I’m really going to give it a try right now and make it very brief.

President Obama was on the late-night TV show with Jay Leno–what the heck is a president doing on an entertainment show anyway– when he made his unfortunate joke dissing his bowling ability with the words ” it was like the special Olympics or something”.  When I first read about it I didn’t think that much of it but when I actually saw him say it I took offense.   As someone  with a disability I thought about it this way: if my friend were on TV and he said that kind of thing, I would be very hurt. Basically the idea of the joke was: “i suck at this like I belong at the special Olympics”. A president said something like that?! Wow.

He apologized as he should obviously.

Just a few days ago he was saying something about wanting to help people with disabilities by his lifting the federal ban on embryonic stem cell research–“research” which does more harm than good anyway. Right now I think that if somebody with a disability requested the president to look into ethical and effective stem cell research (research that neither takes life nor wastes money)–he might listen as a way of making amends for his ‘joke’…

“Where sin abounds grace abounds even more…”

Some thoughts about the rich man and Lazarus…

The rich man was so preoccupied with himself that he probably didn’t even notice Lazarus was right there in front of him. It seems that he pretty much spent all his time on fancy clothes, rich food and nothing else. He eventually went to hell— not for being rich but for not doing anything, for not helping Lazarus. God always places people and circumstances before us to get our attention and to move us to do the good.  We can choose to correspond or not.  The rich man chose not to correspond and missed out on what his goal in life was.  He was supposed to assist lesser with the means he had. In turn he would be helped by Lazarus.  May we always be aware of the ‘Lazari’ in our lives. It seems to me that is what Lent is supposed to train us to do with the practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

It is not a sin to be rich, rather all sin is a refusal to love.  Mother Teresa would say that the rich are to assist the poor and the poor are to enrich those who are rich. The idea of communism is different: it is a kind of retaliation against the rich man because he was rich. So it falls into an opposite extreme. The Catholic Church has spoken about economic systems and the dangers of extremes… it would really help society if more people (including myself) were aware of these teachings.

This is worth checking out:

http://www.ccgaction.org/social.htm

Marriage is ordered to life

Today is the end of the novena to uphold Proposition 8 which upholds the dignity of marriage between a man and a woman in the state of California. No updates yet. I didn’t post articles throughout the novena as i said i would because 1. I just didn’t have time to post them. 2. the one article that I did post was good enough–‘same sex marriage’ does damage to children.

Here is great quote from Pope John Paul II’ s Letter to Families:

 Marriage, which undergirds the institution of the family, is constituted by the covenant whereby “a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of their whole life”, and which “of its own very nature is ordered to the well-being of the spouses and to the procreation and upbringing of children”.

Only such a union can be recognized and ratified as a “marriage” in society. Other interpersonal unions which do not fulfill the above conditions cannot be recognized, despite certain growing trends which represent a serious threat to the future of the family and of society itself.