7 Quick Takes Friday (set #180)

This week: Some smart, questioning, people who became Catholic anyway – Don Johnson’s new film: Convinced. My Catholic Tube has launched a new show with interviews of converts. A look at The Sisters of Life, founded by John Cardinal O’Connor to protect and enhance the sacredness of human life. Larry D illustrates the concept of “instant Catholic.” Science can not prove God’s existence…   or explain 95% of the universe. The Iran deal accommodation – Dennis Prager explains why. Tesla gets weird in charging station design.

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Why would anyone “voluntarily” become Catholic? It is so counter-cultural, swims against the current, and sadly is increasingly despised by the world (spoiler: it is the truth). Speaking as a convert myself, let me assure you that we don’t just wake up one day and say “why not?”. Don Johnson has released a wonderful movie that will strike a chord with many who are curious. In their own words, non-Catholics who became Convinced:

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My Catholic Tube is a well executed Catholic portal / aggregator to faithful video content. They also include some of their own content, including a new show call My Catholic Conversion. The first installment features Katrina Fernandez (The Crescat) interviewed by David L. Gray.

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The Sisters of Life is a contemplative / active religious community of women founded by John Cardinal O’Connor in 1991 for the protection and enhancement of the sacredness of every human life. Like all religious communities, they take the three traditional vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. They also are consecrated under a special, fourth vow to protect and enhance the sacredness of human life.

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From Larry D

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Those who question God’s existence often lean on science. Science, after all, gives us proof to support its claims. The problem is, science explains very little. See this video for some basic things that are beyond science.

That science can not prove God’s existence then is no surprise considering these monumental limitations. God, of course, is the uncreated creator of everything including the universe itself. It is true that science is blind to God’s existence, but it is also blind to 95% of everything in the universe. It calls these unknowns “dark matter” and “dark energy” (which loosely means “we have no idea”):

Since science acknowledges aspects of the universe it does not understand as “dark matter / energy,” perhaps it should acknowledge God as “white spirit.” Works for me.

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Nothing less than thermonuclear destruction, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of thousands (or more) is at stake with the Iran deal. This can NOT be compared to previous deals (e.g. with the Soviets) for many reasons, but particularly the EXTREMELY limited verification and Iran’s objectives. MAD (“mutually assured destruction”) is not a deterrent to them. What is being called a “deal” is an accommodation that will lead to nuclear disaster.

Dennis Prager puts this “deal” in a historical perspective:

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From the Convert Journal automotive desk, a look at EV (electric car) charging technology. Tesla was apparently inspired by either an octopus or a scene from the movie Aliens in the design of this automatic car charging station:


Some random thoughts or bits of information are worthy of sharing but don’t warrant their own full post. This idea was begun by Jennifer Fulwiler and is now continued by Kelly Mantoan. So, some Fridays I too participate when I have accumulated 7 worthy items. Thank you Kelly for hosting this project!

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