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Single-Issue Voters

  /   Sunday, October 31, 2004   /   Comments(0)

As the election day approaches, I want to rant share a few thoughts.

We have a lot of people who have weighed in on the election saying that organizations like Catholic Answers and their voting guide advocate “single-issue voting.” This argument is not true, and it wouldn’t have a lot of merit if it were. Really, we just see some issues as of paramount importance.

With that being said, we do have an obligation to care for the poor and to work towards ensuring people are able to have a roof over their heads, a means to support their families, and affordable health care. These things are really important. We know this.

However, why do we believe this? We believe this because human beings are not disposable objects. This is so whether they have been born or not, even if they are only tiny embyros. All of the rights and the “other issues” must have their basis in the sanctity of human life. By realizing our moral obligation to allow people their unalienable right to life, we force ourselves to deal with those other questions.

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Perpetual Adoration Mission

  /   Sunday, October 31, 2004   /   Comments(0)

I am still alive even though I am running on fumes. If you’re in the Memphis area, my parish is having a Perpetual Adoration Mission by a priest named Fr. Larry Villone who goes and tries to help parishes get this started. He gave the homily at Mass this morning, and he made a point to tell us that there is more Perpetual Adoration going on in the United States than in any other country in the world.

I am excited by the prospect of having a mission on Eucharistic Adoration. Parishes often hold missions, but few are of good quality. I’ve already heard enough from this priest to know that this one will be great.

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  /   Sunday, October 17, 2004   /   Comments(0)

I, and many other bloggers, have written much about how those in leadership positions have not done their jobs. I am convinced that a reform of the Church will not come at the hands of the hierarch. Even when the good men like Archbishop Burke speak out, we don’t see mass conversions but rather a manifestation of the mass confusion that is present in the Church today. This is not to say that our bishops shouldn’t speak out, but it does say that their words are not a miracle cure for the problems in the Church.

Holy lay people are going to do more for the Church than our hierarchy can do. The reason I experienced a reconversion about five years ago is that I met people who actually believe what the Church teaches. Before then, I was unaware that there were such people above the underside of heavy rocks. Conversion is very, very difficult when one hasn’t seen a real, live Catholic. For example, I can talk to you about dispensing medication in a pharmacy all I want. It won’t mean much to you unless you come in and see what we do. The same is true of having a living faith in Christ.

So, what does this have to do with the title of my post, the RCIA. I’m an RCIA team member. Today, I got to talk with a few of our candidates (and others who are there to learn). I’ve had the privilege of hearing how they came to their conversion. They remind me that there are people out there who can and will come to acceptance of Our Lord and His Church despite what the media will tell us. They remind me that the Holy Spirit is still working in people to bring them to a living faith. I know that I need them as much as they need me.

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Not Much Rest

  /   Sunday, October 10, 2004   /   Comments(0)

I haven’t been too faithful a blogger lately. In fact, I haven’t even finished writing all the stuff I need to write to make my new site administration operative. I can blog and edit my blog, but that’s about it. I’ve been on call all week, and I’ve been having to spend longer hours at work otherwise. It has been very difficult to do anything fun.

There is a church near where I work that now has Eucharistic Adoration for about 12 hours a day three days a week. I have had a bit of time to go there. I really need it. It could not have come at a better time.

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