Thursday, May 31, 2012

If You're All In for Choice, You Need to Face What You're Choosing

Thomas McDonald of the "God and the Machine" blog has an excellent post about the cowardly and selfish concept of "pro choice."  When someone says they're pro choice, it's understood that they favor abortion, however it is less harsh and more acceptable in polite company to say "pro choice."  The euphemism creates the facade that you're only defending a woman's right to control her body, you don't necessarily like abortion; because, really, who would be "for" abortion?

Well, after today's debacle in the House of Representatives, where our Congress couldn't even bring itself to say it is wrong to deprive a child of life merely because of its gender, it doesn't seem a far stretch to conclude that to some people a right to abortion  trumps any moral standard of civilized society, even if they don't like to say so outright.

McDonald's point in his post entitled "Some People Call It a 'Choice'" is that you can't get away with calling something euphemistically a "choice" until you come face to face with  its reality.  A violent horror can't be glossed over by dressing it up in politically correct language.  Those who favor keeping abortion legal so that they can lead the lives they choose should be forced to look at the choice; look at its dreadful and terrible components, and then confirm that they are still  "pro" choice.  If you cannot look at the brutality that you are complicit in continuing, then you lack the courage of your convictions and are avoiding the obvious for your own reasons, whatever they may be.  If you can look at it and you still call yourself pro choice, then I cannot really comprehend the hardness of heart that would permit such a choice.

Here is a video of the testimony of a former abortionist that prompted McDonald's post:

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Protect Our Girls!

Lila Rose and her associates over at Live Action accomplished another undercover sting of a Planned Parenthood facility recently.    A pregnant woman who came to the clinic was told by the counselor that she could have an abortion if the sex of the baby turned out to be undesirable (i.e. if it was a girl).    The woman was advised to wait until 20 weeks gestation at which time the sex of the unborn child could be determined and, if it was a girl, she was told to return to the clinic for the termination.

Here is the video of what happened:

(Thanks to Kathryn Jean Lopez at National Review for the link)

Go to Live Action's website for the "Protect Our Girls" campaign and sign the petition asking that abortion based on the gender of the child be outlawed in this country.  (Isn't this crazy that you would even have to ask for such a thing?)

Today the House of Representatives is voting on HR 3541, known as "PRENDA".  Its purpose is to outlaw abortions based on sex or race.  Unbelievably, there are feminist websites that are carping about how this law would unfairly impede access to abortion.  One can only wonder how far gone we are in our culture when even the desire to prevent children from being killed on the basis of their sex or their race becomes controversial.


Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day - Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them, O Lord


Réquiem ætérnam dona eis, Dómine,
et lux perpétua lúceat eis.
Requiéscant in pace. Amen.



Thank you.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski: Church Is Committed To Universal Healthcare Coverage



Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski

Vatican City, 24 May 2012 (VIS) - Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, head of the Holy See delegation to the sixty-fifth World Health Assembly, delivered an address before that gathering, which was being held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 21 to 26 May 2012. Speaking English, the archbishop reaffirmed the Holy See's support for Resolution WHA64.9 on "sustainable health financing structures and universal coverage," which urges member States to aim for affordable universal coverage and access for all citizens on the basis of equity and solidarity.

He also recalled how Pope Benedict XVI has emphasised the importance of establishing "real distributive justice which, on the basis of objective needs, guarantees adequate care to all. Consequently, if it is not to become inhuman, the world of healthcare cannot disregard the moral rules that must govern it."

Archbishop Zimowski noted that "more countries, especially those with emerging economies, are moving towards universal coverage," thanks also to "good policies that promote equity. ... Therefore my delegation strongly believes that in the endeavour to promote universal coverage, fundamental values such as equity, human rights and social justice need to become explicit policy objectives," he said.

The archbishop made an appeal for high-income countries to show greater solidarity towards poorer nations in order to overcome funding shortfalls in health. In this context he quoted the Encyclical "Caritas in veritate" in which Benedict XVI writes: "More economically developed nations should do all they can to allocate larger portions of their gross domestic product to development aid, thus respecting the obligations that the international community has undertaken in this regard."

In conclusion the head of the Holy See delegation affirmed that "progress towards universal coverage cannot be the effort of State machinery alone. It requires support from civil society. ... With over 120,000 social and healthcare institutions worldwide, the Catholic Church is in many developing countries one of the key partners of the State in healthcare delivery, providing services in remote areas to rural low-income populations, enabling them to access services that would otherwise be out of their reach. The efforts and contribution of such organisations and institutions towards universal access, merit the recognition and support of both the State and the international community, without obliging them to participate in activities they find morally abhorrent."

Friday, May 25, 2012

Memorial Day - Bring Back the Poppies



I don't know if you come across the mostly older gentleman who appear outside supermarkets and shops in the week or two leading up to Memorial Day; accepting donations for the veterans and handing out little paper poppies .  The poppies are on a wire and were meant to be wrapped around a button or stuck in a buttonhole on your shirt, back in the day when everyone wasn't wearing a t-shirt.  Have you ever wondered where this tradition of  handing out poppies came from?

It came from the haunting poem In Flanders Fields by Lieutenant Colonel John McRae, MD, of the Canadian Army.  Written after the terrible World War I battle of Ypres, McRae reflected on the brutality of the war and the death of many of the injured soldiers he had treated.  It has become one of the most poignant reflections on the casualties of armed conflict.

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Jack Fowler at National Review writes of a renewed effort to bring back the wearing of the poppy by an investment banker named Jason DeSena Trenert:
Last year, I resolved myself to bring the poppy back to my little corner of the world. We’re buying 1,000 to give to friends and clients and colleagues. Please let us know if you’d like us to send you one. They’re only 16 cents a-piece so we’ll consider it an honor if we need to buy more. I’m going to encourage all of my colleagues here at Strategas to wear them on the Friday before and the Tuesday after Memorial Day.
May they rest in peace.  And may all of those who have come back with limbs missing, with bones broken, with nerves shattered, find consolation in the Lord.  And may we never forget their sacrifice.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Alexander Tsiaras' Video Is A Marvel To Behold -- And To Thank God For!


    Here is a stunning, beautiful video revealing the mind-boggling processes of a human being developing from conception to birth.  It has been featured on the TED Site.  Here is a profile from the TED site explaining their purpose:
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader.  TED now includes an award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.

    The two annual TED conferences... bring together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes or less). 

    On TED.com, we make the best talks and performances from TED and partners available to the world, for free. More than 900 TEDTalks are now available, with more added each week.These videos are released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license, so they can be freely shared and reposted. 
Our mission: Spreading ideas. 

    We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we're building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world's most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other. This site, launched April 2007, is an ever-evolving work in progress... .

    Image-maker Alexander Tsiaras shares a powerful medical visualization, showing human development from conception to birth and beyond. 

    Using art and technology, Alexander Tsiaras visualizes the unseen human body, developing scientific visualization software to enable him to "paint" the human anatomy using volume data. He's the author of Body Voyage and ... most recently, he is the author of From Conception to Birth: A Life Unfolds and The Architecture and Design of Man and Woman: The Marvel of the Human Body, Revealed.

    Alexander Tsiaras commented, “Even though I am a mathematician, I look at [fetal development] with marvel: How do these instruction sets not make mistakes as they build what is us?”
“The magic of the mechanisms inside each genetic structure saying exactly where that nerve cell should go — the complexity of these mathematical models is beyond human comprehension.”

I think that this video makes it very easy to grasp that there is a Divine Hand operating the processes which bring about the formation and birth of a human being.  God is the Author of all of the mind-boggling organic building -- directing each separate organ and body system to become what He intends them to be.

See for yourself: Conception To Birth -- Visualized:

Friday, May 18, 2012

No More Mr. Nice God!

Here's a nifty item dating back to 2010:  An interview with Sister John Sheila Galligan, I.H.M., S.T.D. -- a friend of mine from pontifical university days.  She's great!
The link below will bring you to the original webpage.  For your convenience, I've duplicated it for you here at the "Academy," dear Academicians!

The "Assistant Headmaster"


Friday, August 6, 2010
By Robert Steiner


So says Sister John Sheila Galligan, I.H.M, S.T.D., professor in theology at Immaculata University in Immaculata, PA.


“The young people that I’m meeting are coming from a culture that seems to promote religion and spirituality as ‘niceness’,” said Sr. Galligan. “…The commandment that’s out there today is, ‘Be nice,’ or [in] other language, ‘Be tolerant, never make a judgment,’ et cetera.”


The culture of niceness rejects anything that challenges the autonomy of the individual. It has bastardized the meanings of words such as “love”, “freedom” and “marriage”, confusing people and leaving them ignorant about God, the meaning of life, and the dignity of the human person. In fact, the origin of the word “nice” is the Latin word nescius, which means “ignorant.”


“That kind of culture activity of ‘being nice’ is destructive, and it’s not what Christianity is all about,” said Sr. Galligan. “God is not nice. God is good, and goodness is different from niceness.”


The culture of niceness also eschews the rich intellectual tradition of the Catholic Church.


“We have a tradition that is [almost 2,000] years of the best of philosophical and theological minds, with the contemporary blessings of [Popes] John Paul II and Benedict [XVI], who are also very able to engage young people, old people—the culture,” said Sister Galligan.


But “instead of looking at the world in light of the Church and its teachings ... we come from the world and make a judgment on the Church and its teachings.”


Niceness is the fruit of sloth, what Sister Galligan calls “the most neglected capital sin,” and “the ultimate boredom.” Commonly regarded as laziness, sloth is a “poisoning of the will,” she said, a lack of the will for the good. Niceness is the symptom of a soul poisoned by sloth.


“Niceness [is the attitude]: ‘I do not have the will for your good, [so] I’m just going to go with the flow and be pleasing’,” she said.


Sister Galligan is trying to free her students from the shackles of the “go with the flow” mentality of niceness because “They haven’t been trained to think, to argue” she said. “They’ve only been trained to accept.”


So for all its destructiveness, why have we allowed ourselves to be hypnotized by niceness?  The reason is, said Sister Galligan, “we don’t want to ever think about the existential questions: ‘Who or what am I? Where am I going? How do I get there?’ And, even more, ‘Whose am I?’


To ask the existential questions is to open oneself up to the possibility there is an “Other” toward whom one must center himself. In a culture of niceness that fosters self-centeredness, the tendency is to avoid pursuing the answers to those questions.


“We’re always into that self-protective mode,” said Sister Galligan. “…Truth and goodness become a threat, because then I have to acknowledge my humanity, which is wounded and tends toward self.”


Self-centeredness, however, “makes for unhappiness, loneliness,” she said. “I’m enclosed within myself. I’m imprisoned, and I’m made to be looking at you.”


The other-centeredness that is at the heart of true Christian living reveals the answers to the existential questions. To be other-centered is to image Him Who is other-centeredness itself, the Trinitarian God. Only in the penetrating intimacy of other-centeredness can we be truly happy.


But in a futile attempt to find happiness and alleviate their “ultimate boredom”, those who have fallen into the quicksand of sloth pursue empty and fleeting passion, a pursuit Sister Galligan described as “getting into bizarre things to excite [oneself] for a few minutes.” Yet fulfilling and lasting passion can come only from the other-centered, self-giving life of charity.


So don’t be nice. Instead, burn with love for God and neighbor, as God burns with love for you.


“God is fire,” said Sister Galligan. “He’s not bland fogginess.”

Is Your Life In Knots? Consult The Virgin Mary, Undoer Of Knots



Prayer to the Virgin Mary as Undoer of Knots
     Holy Mary, full of the presence of God, during your life you accepted with great humility the holy will of the Father and the legacy of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, and evil never dared to entangle you with its confusion. Since then you have interceded for all of our difficulties as you did at the wedding feast of Cana. With all simplicity and with patience, you have given us an example of how to untangle the knots in our complicated lives. By being our mother forever you arrange and make clear the path that unites us to Our Lord.
     Holy Mary, Mother of God and ours, with your maternal heart, untie the knots that upset our lives. We ask you to receive into your hands (here mention your prayer request) and deliver us from the chains and confusion that restrain us. 
     Blessed Virgin Mary, through your grace, your intercession and by your example, deliver us from evil, and untie the knots that keep us from being united to God. So that free of all confusion and error, we may find Him in all things, keep Him in our hearts, and serve Him always in our brothers and sisters.
     Mother of Good Counsel pray for us.
     Amen.



From the official website: www.maryundoerofknots.com 


How was this devotion started?
    The devotion to Mary Undoer of Knots is not new. The devotion is more than 300 years old. However, it is not based on an apparition of the Virgin Mary to a person, or persons, as in Lourdes or Fatima, but rather it is a revered devotion as many others in the Catholic Church, despite Virgin Mary is only one.

    An unknown artist painted Mary Undoer of Knots with great grace. Since 1700, his painting has been venerated in the Church of St. Peter in Perlack, Germany.

    It was originally inspired by a meditation of Saint Irenaeus (Bishop of Lyon and martyred in 202) based on the parallel made by Saint Paul between Adam and Christ.   Saint Irenaeus, in turn, made a comparison between Eve and Mary, saying: "Eve, by her disobedience, tied the knot of disgrace for the human race; whereas Mary, by her obedience, undid it."

    The devotion to Mary Undoer of Knots is becoming more and more known in many different countries, and the Novena has been printed in 19 languages, as well as in Braille. In the last 4 years, the Sanctuary of Mary Undoer of Knots has welcomed more than 600,000 pilgrims from all over the world.

But what are these knots?

    They are the problems and struggles we face for which we do not see any solution.
Knots of discord in your family, lack of understanding between parents and children, disrespect, violence, the knots of deep hurts between husband and wife, the absence of peace and joy at home.

    They are also the knots of anguish and despair of separated couples, the dissolution of the family, the knots of a drug addict son or daughter, sick or separated from home or God, knots of alcoholism, the practice of abortion, depression, unemployment, fear, solitude… Ah, the knots of our life! How they suffocate the soul, beat us down and betray the heart’s joy and separate us from God.

    The devotion to Mary Undoer of Knots is becoming more and more known in many different countries, and the Novena has been printed in 19 languages, as well as in Braille. In the last 4 years, the Sanctuary of Mary Untier of Knots has welcomed more than 600,000 pilgrims from all over the world.

    We are living in difficult times where the problems, the knots, the temptations, the lack of peace and the evils are all around us. Like a roaring lion your adversary, the devil, prowls around, looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5,8)

    For that reason, Mary, who undoes the knots, who was chosen by God to crush the evil with her feet, comes to us to reveal herself. She comes to provide jobs, good health, to reconcile families, because she wants to undo the knots of our sins which dominate our lives, so that - as sons and daughters of the King - we can receive the promises reserved for us from eternity. She comes with promises of victory, peace, blessings and reconciliation.

    Then, free from our knots – filled with happiness, we can be a testimony of the Divine Power in this world, like pieces of God’s heart or small bottles of perfume exhaling mercy and love to our neighbor. Like ambassador of Jesus Christ and the Virgin of the fair love, we can rescue those who cry without any consolation, those who are lonely, tied with knots, who have no God, no Father nor Mother.

Mother of the Rising Sun, 
Immaculate, our Advocate, 
Helper in moments of affliction, 
Mother of God and made by Him our Mother, 
this is how Mary, Undoer of Knots is presented. 
Above all, she comes as the Queen of Mercy, the one who knows all about us, who has compassion for us and hurries to rescue us, praying for each one of us to Her beloved Jesus.


Is it possible that the Lord does not answer her?


May Mary Undoer of Knots bless you today and forever. Amen!



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Mary Of Nazareth: Woman Of The Total "HERE I AM" For God




Vatican City, 18 May 2012 (VIS) - The Holy Father attended a viewing of "Mary of Nazareth", a co-production of RaiFiction, Lux Vide, BetaFilm, Tellux, Bayerischer Rundfunk, and Telecinco Cinema directed by Giacomo Campiotti.

At the end of the screening the Pope addressed a few words on the film, which focuses on three female protagonists: Herodias, Mary Magdalene, and Mary of Nazareth, whose lives cross but who choose different paths.

"Herodias", Benedict XVI said, "remains locked within herself and her world. She is unable to raise her gaze to read the signs from God and she is not freed from evil.

"Mary Magdalene's experience is more complicated. She is attracted by the appeal of an easy life rooted in material things and uses various means for getting her own way up until the dramatic moment when she is judged and is faced with her own life. Her encounter with Jesus opens her heart and changes her existence. 


"But the centre is Mary of Nazareth who possesses the wealth of a life that has been a 'Here I am' for God. She is a mother who would have always wanted to keep her son at her side, but she knows that He is God. Her faith and her love are so great that she can accept Him leaving to accomplish His mission. Her life is a constant 'Here I am', said to God from the Annunciation until the Cross".


"Three experiences", the Pope concluded, "a paradigm of how one can build their life around selfishness, being locked within oneself and material things, being guided by evil, or rather upon the presence of a God who came and stays with us, who awaits us with kindness if we make a mistake and asks that we follow Him, that we trust in Him. Mary of Nazareth is the woman of a full and total 'Here I am' to the divine will. In her 'Yes', repeated even when faced with the sorrow of the loss of her child, we find complete and profound beatitude".

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Love One Another First, Last And Always!



From
The Holy Gospel
According To Saint John
[Jn 15:9-17]


Jesus said to his disciples:
"As the Father loves me, so I also love you.  Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love,
just as I have kept my Father"s commandments
and remain in his love."


"I have told you this so that my joy may be in you
and your joy might be complete.
This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
No one has greater love than this,
to lay down one's life for one's friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command you.
I no longer call you slaves,
because a slave does not know what his master is doing.
I have called you friends,
because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.
It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you
and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain,
so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
This I command you: love one another."

   Once upon a time, a priest received an emergency sick call to go to a hospital's Intensive Care Unit.  An elderly woman was near death.  She wanted to talk to a priest.  When the priest got to I.C.U., he discovered that the woman was 102 years old.  Her mouth was gaping open, and she was drooling out the side of her mouth.  
   The priest spoke gently to her, heard her confession, and assured her that he and the parishioners would be remembering her during Mass.  Then he asked, "Mrs. Kelly, before I leave, is there anything you would like me to do?"  She requested that he pray for her: pray right now.  The priest said, “Yes, of course,” and asked if there was something specific she would like him to pray for.   She answered, "I'd like you to pray for me to be healed, right now."  "Right now?," he asked.  "Yes, Father, right away."
   Realizing the hopelessness of her situation, the priest thought to himself, reluctantly, "Uh Oh!"  But, nevertheless, he offered a beautiful prayer: "Loving Father, if it is Your will, please heal Mrs. Kelly;  and if it is not Your will, then help her and her loved ones adjust to the situation and place their hope in You.  Amen."
   Suddenly, 102-year-old Mrs. Kelly sat up in bed and exclaimed, "Wow!"  
She threw her feet over the side of the bed, stood up, flexed her muscles, and cried, "This is unbelievable!  I feel wonderful!"
   Then she walked down to the nurses station, announcing, "I think I'm well!  Hey, everyone, I think I'm well!"

   The priest left the hospital, walked to the parking lot, got into his car, bowed his head, and offered his own words to God: "Lord, don't You EVER do that to me again!"

____________________________________
   The priest had been frightened by the intensity of love for Mrs. Kelly that GOD revealed through the priest.
   The priest had never realized how much God loved
him and listened to him -- until the incident with Mrs. Kelly.


  • To love as Christ loves us means, first of all,  to put aside our own hesitation, our own fears, in order to relieve the fears of others.  
  • To love as Christ loves us means to let go of our own hopes and wants, and instead seek the hopes and wants of others.  
  • To love as Christ loves us means  to care for others and care about others, regardless of the sacrifices demanded of us.
  • To love as Christ loves us means to be ready always to make the first move to forgive and to heal.

This kind of love can be so overwhelmingly demanding that we may sneak away from the prospect.
 

   Do you and I really believe that our love toward another person can heal ... restore ... unite ... give hope ... bring peace to that other person?

   I think that most of us have known at least one incident, wherein, we were able to love someone like Our Lord Jesus loves that person.
   I think that most of us have known at least one time when someone had loved us like the Lord Jesus does.

   TO EXPERIENCE CHRIST’S DIVINE LOVE IS AN INCREDIBLE JOY!  
His Divine Love reaffirms our gut-feeling that we do have a purpose in our lives.
   Christ’s Divine Love penetrates our being, and we experience completeness and  wholeness -- resulting from our receiving and giving pure unadulterated love: The love Our Lord Jesus Christ has for you and me.

   So, we must not forget:  It was not you and I who chose Christ, but Christ who chose us -- to go forth and bear much fruit.    And our fruit must endure,  so that all we ask the Father in Christ's name He will give us.

   The command the Lord Jesus gave us is this: that we love one another -- first,  last, always!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Georgetown, Georgetown , Where Art Thou?

Where is the voice of the Jesuits at the formerly Catholic university known as Georgetown?  If the university has abandoned its Catholic identity they should formally state so  and take down every crucifix, including the one they covered up for the president's speech.  Then the Jesuits should pack up their bags and walk away.

Here's an excellent video by the Cardinal Newman Society on the latest scandal to come out of Georgetown, the invitation to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to give a commencement talk.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Swiss Guards Recruiting on Facebook

Yesterday the new group of Swiss Guards were sworn in at the Vatican.  While reading about this event, I learned that they are now recruiting on Facebook.   One of my nephews aspires to be a Swiss Guard, but we haven't quite figured out how to get him Swiss citizenship.  Oh, well!  Maybe he should talk to Michelle Bachmann to learn how it's done. 

In any case, bravo to the brave men who protect the pope.


Cultural Elitism - Are Our Government Leaders Snobs?

Earlier this year a book was published by an author named Charles Murray.  It was entitled "Coming Apart" and was based on five years of statistics that seem to show an ever expanding chasm between upper and lower class in our country.  The interesting conclusion to the book is that the void is not due to strictly economic issues and definitely not defined by race or ethnicity, but rather there is a widening cultural gap.

After President Obama's announcement today on so-called gay "marriage," I reflected on the hubris of politicians who will not let such an unprecedented destruction of the social fabric of our society be put to a vote.  Or, in the case of Obama, will not uphold a law that was already passed by our elected representatives (the Defense of Marriage Act "DOMA").

Last year when New York State's legislature passed gay "marriage" into law, it was done under the cover of darkness, exchanged for a bag of silver and promises of election day support.  When I called my state senator prior to the vote, I was told that he was now supporting gay "marriage" because he took a survey and found that most of his constituents were in favor.  This sounded highly suspicious to me and still did not answer the question, if it is so important why not let the people vote?  The reason is most likely that everywhere the people are permitted to vote, gay "marriage" is defeated.

So what are our elites to do?  We can't let the people vote, because they won't vote the right way.

Back to Murray's book on the cultural divide.  A divide between the elites and the salt of the earth ordinary folk.  Here is the quiz which Murray devised to determine whether you are a culturally isolated elite:  it's entitled "How Thick is Your Bubble."

Some of the questions asked include, "Have you ever worn a uniform to work after graduating from school?"  and "Have you eaten in an Applebee's, IHOP, TGIF in the last year?" Take the quiz and see how you score.  (I think I would've done better if I knew something about NASCAR).  Let me know how you do!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Beautiful Subway Surprise

The Copenhagen symphony decided to surprise the riders on the subway with this:




What a beautiful surprise.  Wish this would happen on the New York City subway!

h/t Deacon's Bench

Men of The Catholic Jedi Academy are also Men Of Saint Joseph!

Men of The Catholic Jedi Academy are also Men Of Saint Joseph!
Hey, Mister Academician! Why not take a moment and visit their website?

Don't Fall Asleep During "The Academy's" posts!