A Catholic Convert talks about faith and life

The battle lines are drawn, here is one of our soldiers

I highly recommend you take seven minutes of your life and watch this video.  We are in a fight, whether we like it or not.  It’s time to rally the troops and stand up for ourselves, now the only question is how?  Prayer is a good place to start.  I know that’s where I’m going to start.

I heard this video this morning on “Seize the Day” with Gus Lloyd, and Gus was asking if people like to hear a priest talk like this, or if they think that our priests should stay out of politics.  Personally, I love to hear this kind of stuff from our priests.  I think we need to know exactly what we are up against, and exactly where our Church stands on the subject. Continue reading

The HHS Mandate is a very scary proposition indeed

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past month, you’ve probably heard about the HHS mandate requiring everybody, even religious institutions, to provide health insurance to employees that covers both contraception and sterilization.  We (by we I mean “we the people”) were promised by the administration that the new health care mandate would include a “conscious clause” that would allow religious institutions to be free from violating their consciouses by providing services that they believe to be immoral.  In the end, however, that clause ended up defining “religious organization” so narrowly that no religion I can think of would qualify.  In order to qualify as a religious organization you have to both serve and employ only members of your religion.  In other words, in order to be a religious organization the government says you must not serve people outside of your religion.  Which not only disqualifies the Catholic Church (as well as pretty much any other church), but would have disqualified Jesus’s ministry as well. Continue reading

What do they put in those ashes anyway?

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I just got home from my third ever Ash Wednesday Mass, and now that I feel like I’m an expert on the subject, I’d like to make some observations.  Have you noticed that EVERYBODY comes to Ash Wednesday Mass?  I attend a fairly large parrish.  Our Sunday Masses are well attended, but not packed.  Our holy day of obligation Masses, on the other hand, are extremely sparse.  When you walk into mass on, say, The Feast of The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, you’d think you got the date wrong. Continue reading