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Preventative Care???

  /   Sunday, October 31, 2010   /   Comments(0)

Somehow, I don’t think this one will surprise many people who read my blog, but I received this article entitled Health Overhaul May Bring Free Birth Control from Prolifepharmacy.com on my Facebook.  It came from NPR, but I was hoping that it was actually from The Onion.  Like I said, I’m not surprised that this is on someone’s agenda.  The most telling quote was from Dr. David Grimes at UNC:

Contraception rivals immunization in dollars saved for every dollar invested. Spacing out children allows for optimal pregnancies and optimal child rearing. Contraception is a prototype of preventive medicine.

This guy is an Ob/Gyn.  Does he think pregnancy is an illness?  We might, as a society, save money, but for what purpose.  Fortunately, the USCCB has weighed in on this.  Hopefully, our upcoming election will boot the promoters of this nonsense out of office.

Category: Catholic, Morality, Pharmacy, Response

Chanted Mass

  /   Sunday, October 31, 2010   /   Comments(0)

Yana and I registered at the aforementioned parish this morning.  After this morning’s Mass, I’m even more excited about being there.  I don’t know if this is a regular thing or not, but they had a beautiful chanted Mass.  Some of the chant was English, but the Gloria, Sanctus, Mysterium Fidei, and Agnus Dei were all chanted in Latin.  This is a great example of what we would get if Vatican II were actually implemented as is stated in Sacrosanctum Concilium. By the way, did I mention that, after everyone receives the Eucharist at every Mass, the parish sings Salve Regina.

We had a chance to introduce ourselves to the pastor.  He told us how important it was for him that we stick with tradition and to do what Jesus Christ wants instead of doing our own thing.  We are grateful for this.  We have firsthand knowledge of what happens when a parish does its own thing, and it is a very, very ugly picture.

Category: Catholic, News on My Life

We Found a Parish

  /   Saturday, October 30, 2010   /   Comment(1)

Yana and I haven’t signed the dotted line on this one yet, but we have chosen our parish.  We are planning to register at Church of the Assumption in Nashville.  It is a beautiful German church that actually looks like a church, including gorgeous high altars.  We may actually get to see one used since they have the Extraordinary Form of the Mass once a month.

This parish is quite orthodox.  I especially appreciate the availability of Confession before each Sunday Mass.  There are usually a lot of people going to Confession, but you can still get in.  The liturgy there is excellent.  I only wish they had weekday Mass because they are just right down the road from where I work.

Category: Catholic, News on My Life

Changes to the Blog

  /   Saturday, October 30, 2010   /   Comments(0)

I have never really liked my names that I have given this blog, so I have now chosen a new one that reflects the underlying thoughts behind many of my posts.  Rather than put it in a blog post, I decided to make my explanation a permanent page which you can access by clicking About This Blog.

I will probably be changing the WordPress theme at some point as well.  The theme is what provides the look and feel of a blog.  I’m not a big fan of the theme I have.  It’s good enough, but it doesn’t have quite the look I’m going for.  Please feel free to send suggestions.

Category: Catholic, Doctrine, News on My Life

Podcast Episode #2: Monasteries and Missalettes

  /   Thursday, October 28, 2010   /   Comments(0)

The next episode of the podcast is available:  Download it here

In this episode . . .

Last weekend, my wife and I made a day-long pilgrimage to a couple of monasteries:

St. Bernard’s Abbey

Our Lady of the Angels Monastery

Also, with Advent approaching, take note of a certain disclaimer in your missalettes and hymnals, if your parish uses the annual editions.  The companies are trying to tell you it’s illegal and immoral to use them next year.  Check out this article on the same subject from last year.

Category: Podcasts

Podcast Episode #1

  /   Sunday, October 10, 2010   /   Comments(0)

The first podcast is finally here!  I’m just introducing the podcast and then giving a little tech talk on the end.

Download it here.

If you want to subscribe, you can use either the RSS feed or the iTunes link.

Category: Podcasts

Hey, Truth is Truth

  /   Wednesday, October 06, 2010   /   Comments(0)

Recently, I got an e-mail advertisement about a study on Scripture taking place at a parish in North Carolina where we used to live. I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry.  It said in the description that modern scholars seek to distinguish religious truth from historical or scientific truth.  After spending a lot of time in Memphis hanging around orthodox Catholics who used good study materials, I really thought that this kind of thinking was passe.  Then again, this particular parish had a way of bursting my bubble which ultimately resulted in my refusing to go back.

If, for example, the resurrection of Our Lord isn’t historically true, then there is no need to believe in him.  In fact, there’s really not much point in studying Scripture.  While it’s true that there are truths that can be known in different ways, there isn’t a contradiction between them.  Something is either true or not, and what’s true is true.

Category: Catholic, Response


  /   Wednesday, October 06, 2010   /   Comments(0)

So far, I’m two and a half weeks in to the new job and really glad to be there.  I knew a number of people there before I started, so I’m not a complete stranger.  Now that I’m on day shift, I’m awake enough that I can get something out of listening to podcasts, so I’ve been doing that during my commute.  Nashville traffic is very unpredictable, so the length of a podcast is ideal for keeping me informed and entertained.

Speaking of podcasts, this brings me to what I really want to blog about.  I have decided to try to podcast again. It will be a work in progress, and I don’t know how often I’ll post episodes. I picked out music beds.  Soon, I hope to start recording.  The episodes will be posted within this blog as their own category.  Some RSS software will generate a feed in case someone wants to download this from podcast software.  This should be fun!

Category: News on My Life


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