19 January 2013

Intellectual Pitfalls

A couple weeks ago, I mentioned the name Alice von Hildebrand. Yesterday, an article by her was published on Catholic News Agency (CNA). This is a very good article, and hits upon some important points that a number of Catholic speakers need to understand.

Please read it:
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/column.php?n=2433

08 January 2013

Prayer for the Canonization of Blessed John Duns Scotus


Prayer for the Canonization of Blessed John Duns Scotus

O Most High, Almighty and gracious Lord,
Who exalts the humble and confounds the proud of heart,
grant us the great joy of seeing Blessed John Duns Scotus canonized.

He honoured Your Son with the most sublime praises;
he was the first to defend successfully
the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary;
he lived in heroic obedience to the Holy Father,
to the Church and to the Seraphic Order.

O Most Holy Father, God of infinite love,
hear, we beseech You, our humble prayer,
through the merits of Your Only-Begotten Son and of His Mother,
Coredemptrix and Spouse of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

03 January 2013

"This Sucks!"

Today is the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus. Fr. Elias Mills, F.I. preached a very good homily about it today, which can be found on AirMaria. I find it very disturbing when the Lord’s name is used in vain, but there is the common use of another word that I also find disturbing. The use of this word has become so common that people that would never use the Lord’s name in vain think nothing of repeatedly using it. I can only assume that they are ignorant of, or have forgotten, the true meaning of this word in the context they are using it in.

When I was in grade nine, I became a very big Ozzy Osbourne fan. One day, a girl that I respect very much because of her moral beliefs (never think that your morality doesn’t have an effect on others) said to me, “Ozzy Osbourne sucks!” I was dumb stuck in shock. Not because she disapproved of Ozzy (an opinion I respected), but because she said that he “sucks.”

What does the term suck mean in this context? This is vulgar slang for performing fellatio. I can only assume that the girl I mentioned above had no idea of the origins of the slang usage of this word.