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Cell Phone Laws in New York

  /   Thursday, October 31, 2002   /   Comments(0)

I get USA Today at my hotel in Nashville. When I read it this morning, I was really hoping to find this article on a new cell phone bill that is being proposed in New York City. As the article states:

The bill would impose a $50 fine on anyone who dials up or fails to turn off the phone’s ringer during an indoor performance, be it at a library, art gallery or concert hall.

Hmmmmm . . . . . I wonder if this bill would apply to churches. Wouldn’t that be great?

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Trials

  /   Tuesday, October 29, 2002   /   Comments(0)

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had plenty of trials in my life. I always seem to think about this when I’m in a strange project at work, just like I am now. Last Lent, I took some time to read a book available from Catholic Answers entitled His Cross In Your Life by Fr. Bertrand Weaver. It has all kinds of reflections on suffering. The most interesting one is the idea that, if you have no trials, then God may think you are not worth testing. So, if you are undergoing a trial, this may well be a good sign for your soul.

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The Halo is Really Busted

  /   Tuesday, October 29, 2002   /   Comments(0)

I think I know why the site is named “Busted Halo.” First, they kicked Gregory Popcak off the discussion board for “questioning someone’s orthodoxy.” I found this link to a discussion board on the HMS blog.

The saddest part was this comment, made by a priest (sadly):

I would add that one could argue that to say the Church cannot ever ordain women as priests is declaring that the power of the Holy Spirit is limited.

Hmmmm . . . . or maybe the Holy Spirit simply chooses to maintain the constant teaching of the Church. Wouldn’t it be limiting the power of the Holy Spirit to say that he couldn’t declare that the reservation of Holy Orders to men alone would be the teaching for all time and eternity? Maybe, just maybe part of the beauty of the work of the Holy Spirit is that the Church stands as a sign of God’s constant presence in an ever-changing world.

This same priest goes on to say in another post:


Nor do I find it contradictory that the Pope guided by the Holy Spirit declares one thing while the same Spirit may nudge others to a different understanding.

Ok . . . . so the Holy Spirit contradicts himself. So much for the God who is truth itself who cannot deceive nor be deceived. We need to pray for these people on this site and for this priest. A later post reveals the problem of the site, and this by one who isn’t even Catholic:

The Busted Halo staff seem to mean well and are trying to create a seeker friendly space here – unfortunately by disallowing clarity when expressing the conformity of an idea to Catholic doctrine they are on the threshold of creating a totalitarian environment where all truths are tolerated except the teaching of their own Church.

For best results, read that entire post. I’m thinking about getting on that site and posting a few things. Maybe I’d better wait until I get done with this traveling project. On the other hand, I’d probably get kicked off pretty quickly.

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Pro-Life Info

  /   Tuesday, October 29, 2002   /   Comments(0)

As we approach another election day, I’ve got some pro-life links for you:

First, we have this article by Archbishop Charles Chaput on the importance of the issues of life. I like the fact that he mentions that part of respecting the sanctity of life is concern for the poor, homeless, etc. However, he makes it clear that having concern for the poor does not make up for being pro-abortion.

Second, check out these Dear Grace articles on voting.

I, for one, will not vote for any candidate who is pro-abortion regardless of the other issues. The only possible exception is when there are no other choices, and then I will pick the lesser of the evils (which one is less pro-abortion). No other issue could possibly be more important than the basic right of a human being to live.

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Light Blogging Again

  /   Monday, October 28, 2002   /   Comments(0)

Once again, it will be light blogging today through Thursday, if I blog anything. Hopefully, I’ll get a word or two in between now and then.

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Fun with Pharmacy

  /   Sunday, October 27, 2002   /   Comments(0)

I just noticed the following on a bottle of medicine that I just got from my pharmacy:

“Do not use while breastfeeding.”

Something tells me that I don’t have to worry about that. If I ever work retail, I hope that I would bother to check the gender of my patients before putting pregnancy and lactation warnings on the bottle.

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Ethics Survey

  /   Sunday, October 27, 2002   /   Comments(0)

Catholic Exchange has posted information on an ethics survey that shows declining ethics among young people regarding lying, stealing, cheating, etc. It appears that people learn from example from those in our business world and our government in addition to not having morality taught in the home. It appears that the effects of moral relativism where survival is the number one goal are being made manifest. This is defintely something to pray about.

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Beware of Forged Subway Gift Certificates

  /   Saturday, October 26, 2002   /   Comments(0)

Of all things to have Fort Knox security, I wouldn’t normally think that a Subway gift certificate would have it. The top of a certificate that I was given says “Do not redeem certificate unless it has a subway hologram, a global image appears when held up to the light and the special ink causes the dollar sign to fade when rubbed with your finger.”

Do you supposed there has been a black market of forged Subway gift certificates? It seems to me that all this security is more costly than the face value of the certificate.

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New Mark Shea Article

  /   Saturday, October 26, 2002   /   Comments(0)

Mark Shea has written another great article for Catholic Exchange.

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Respectful Silence

  /   Saturday, October 26, 2002   /   Comments(0)

Often I go to either my church or a nearby church hoping for a quiet place to pray in front of the Blessed Sacrament. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out. It seems that lately, both in Nashville and Memphis, I’ve gone to pray only to have someone’s really long conversation in the background. Now, I’m not against greeting my brother or sister in the Lord, even in the church building. However, the church is no place for long conversations.

If you start talking to someone in church and realize that you are about to have an extended conversation, please remember that there may be someone nearby who really needs to pray. Ask the person to whom you are talking if you can go outside or out into the narthex. It is most uncharitable to disturb someone’s prayers. I know I’ve been guilty of it too. I guess we all just need to be assertive and say “Let’s go out here so that people can pray.”

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