08 December 2010

John Lennon's imaginary world

When I was 14, I became a big John Lennon fan. I made a big deal out of the third anniversary of his death that year, and the years to come. By the time I became Catholic, I had some big problems with the lyrics of some of his songs; however, I couldn't help but have special attachment to December 8th. Fortunately, the Catholic Church provided me with a new attachment to this date: The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

20 November 2010

Merry Christ Mass

Merry Christ Mass

Last year something inside me snapped when I saw this great big lit up sign in my hometown that said, "Season's Greetings." Immediately the design for the button to the left came into my mind. It's not "Season's Greetings," but "Merry Christmas." And, Christmas is short for "Christ's Mass" or "Christ Mass." We celebrate the coming of Christ with Mass. Click on the image to get your own "Merry Christ Mass" button.

01 September 2010

Shock and Vulgarity

After reading Alice von Hildebrand's recent essay, I realized that many presenters of the theology of the body, however well meaning, are using a wrong, if not damaging, approach; myself included. This approach involves shocking the audience into paying attention and using vulgar language to help the audience relate.

31 March 2010

Pope Benedict's Sex Abuse Scandal

If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. (John 15:18-19)

The sex abuse scandal the pope has found himself in does not surprise me; in fact, I've come to expect things like this. This is a satanic attack, but not against the pope. It is an attack against at least 70% of Catholics, and more likely, more than 80% of Catholics, not to mention the many people that knowingly or unknowingly wish to be Catholic.

09 March 2010

I Always Lose An Argument

"I never lose an argument; even when I'm wrong."

I've heard the above saying many times. I even had the same attitude myself; although, I was never so bold to  state it out load. Over many years of reflection, I now have a different attitude, which I sum up with the following words:

"I always lose an argument; even when I'm right. I never lose a discussion, unless it turns into an argument."

07 February 2010

What are you for or against?

How can a person be taken seriously on an issue when he is too afraid to say what he is actually taking a stand for or against? Compare these two ads:

20 January 2010

Not Really Pro-Choice

The term pro-choice is misleading and inaccurate. Those that say they are pro-choice are not really pro-choice. It may sound good, but being totally pro-choice is absurd. There are some choices that should not be allowed. No one should be given the choice of driving 200 km/h or 30 km/h (remember, I'm Canadian) in a school zone, especially when kindergarten is letting out. No one should be given the choice of stealing a $40,000 car or paying for it. No one should be given the choice of killing a person, whether that person is an abortion practitioner  or a fetus (the word fetus, by the way, is Latin for "young one").

06 January 2010

Happy Epiphany

or if you're Eastern Rite, Happy Theophany
or if you're on the Julian calendar, Merry Christmas
or if your bishop thinks Epiphany shouldn't be on a weekday, Happy Wednesday After Epiphany

I celebrated Epiphany twice this year, both times in the Roman Rite, and both times in my home diocese. On the 3rd I assisted at Sunday Epiphany Mass at my local parish, and today I assisted at an FSSP Epiphany Mass. FSSP is for Fraternitas Sacerdotalis Sancti Petri (Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter). If you want to know more about the FSSP, visit their website: http://fssp.org