Some random thoughts or bits of information are worthy of sharing but don’t warrant their own full post. This idea was started by Jennifer Fulwiler at Conversion Diary to address this blogging need. So, some Fridays I too participate when I have accumulated 7 worthy items. Without further ado:
I like Father Barron. He is quite knowledgeable and an excellent speaker. Yet, for me, some of his videos can be uninteresting. I suspected that would be the case for this one on the connection between Ezekiel and the sex abuse scandal. Actually, it is quite interesting:
Your elderly parent has an accident. The head doctor confides frankly, asking you to choose “aggressive treatment” or “comfort care.” You know what he is asking and you don’t want to see your mom or dad suffer needlessly. You also understand the Church teaching on extraordinary treatment (it is not required in terminal cases). What do you do?
Not so fast. Ask questions and do not rush prematurely to an irreversible decision. Read Not Letting Dad Die over at Headline Bistro.
True love responds decisively to suffering, leftist humanitarian and beacon of morality Virginia Ironside explains. Speaking for most mothers in this clip on “Can abortion be a kindness?” she explains genuine motherly love from the enlightened, progressive viewpoint:
I am glad she wasn’t my mom. If I were her children (should she have “chosen” not to abort them), I would be scared – really, really scared.
Marcel over at Aggie Catholics continues to do a wonderful series of Q&A pieces. In a recent post he answers 2 questions: Methodist vs. Catholic differences and why non-Catholics may not receive the Eucharist. As always, he covers both topics quite well in a loving and informative way.
Jason Evert and his wife Crystalina are young apologist speakers from Catholic Answers. They speak to high-school kids about chastity and post videos of their presentations. They are really, really good. Here are two videos of Jason on the theology of his body and the theology of her body. Show this to your teen-aged children. Thanks go to Marcel at Aggie Catholics for finding these.
If you are part of the intelligentsia, then you are probably a fan of U2 Bono’s charity called ONE. Through his star-power, the charity raised $14,000,000 in donations in 2008 for worthy causes. Naturally, some of that money had to go for necessary administrative expenses. After all costs and expenses, they managed to distribute $184,000 (1%) with the rest going to operating expenses and promotion. Here is a better idea – stick to Catholic Charities.
Last Saturday, my wife and I enjoyed a nice dinner in downtown Atlanta, but first we stopped by the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for Mass. It is a beautiful church built well over 100 years ago. It was recently elevated to the level of a minor basilica (see this article in our Archdiocese newspaper).