Monday, May 4, 2015

blog snack--keeping it healthy

Much to blog about but it's final week hence grading.  Until that's concluded, consider this post--both bracingly honest yet hopeful--from Katrina Fernandez "the Crescat" blogging at Patheos. This is the sort of spiritual-dietary-economic-cultural mix (call it gumbo, stew, mish-mash, whatever) that this blog Spiritual Diabetes seeks to address, too.  The Crescat does it with more humor--and certainly more frequency--than I manage here.  And she is just one of many legions contributing to the Catholic blogosphere.  So much good being done in so many ways--the New Catholic Renaissance is growing, folks.

Friday, May 1, 2015

prestidigitation, y'all...

Shot:  in 2004 Donald Sensing made a strong argument:  that acceptance of the birth-control pill rendered inevitable acceptance of same-sex marriage.

Chaser #1:  Anthony Esolen expands a version of this argument:  the Sexual Revolution insisted that freedom, love, and free love would solve all...and exactly the opposite has happened.  More sex has actually enslaved us further:  wrecked homes, marriages, and generations now thinking that only material well-being and sensual satisfaction provide the only markers of happiness. He doesn't use this meme, but this is what Esolen's arguing:

Chaser #2: Austin Ruse hits the same riff, too:  the Sexual Revolution is killing us.

It is a wonder to see sexual revolutionaries, just like the communists before them, insist that all we need is just a little bit more. At least the communists thought the breaking of a few eggs might be regrettable but in the long run was beneficial to the omelet. The sexual revolutionaries deny the eggs.

The litany of broken eggs is tedious, certainly, but we must continue to recite it and in the recitation lay it all at the doorstep of the revolutionaries: more than 50 million dead babies in this country alone; almost one million deaths due to AIDS; 19 million new cases of STDs every single year in the United States; millions addicted to pornography; sex trafficking; galloping pedophilia; forty percent of children born without a father in the home. Your mother never heard of chlamydia. Now teen girls get shots to prevent it.

Ruse draws attention to the work of Jennifer Roback Morse who direct the Ruth Institute.  Ruse on JMR:

Roback Morse thinks we are fighting the symptoms—abortion, gay marriage—and not the disease. She proposes something of an Inchon landing. The sexual revolutionaries have been attacking from the front for going on 50 years, their victims strewn out behind them. She proposes a landing behind their front lines, striking at the heart of their movement, counting on the victims of contraception, divorce, abortion, pornography, and promiscuity to assist us.
She is not suggesting that the individual battles cease, only that we open a new front.

As we wait, the body count rises ever higher and all the while the revolutionaries insist the revolution hasn’t really been tried, not yet anyway. All we need is a little bit more: more orgasms, more pills, more sex-ed, more abortion, more freedom man, and then you’ll see the beautiful things we can do for humanity.

Just ignore all those bodies. there's an image:  an Inchon Landing.  Instead of attacking headfirst into the same old battlefields (ala World War I), try something different:  hit where they are not.  This, though, means recognizing the dignity and rights of some folks who, in earlier generations, were often shunned:  the teenage mothers, those who sought and helped others seek abortions, the dead-beat boyfriends and husbands, the porn-stars, and those who watched them.  This raises an Inchon-related question:  will the reception be favorable when the rescuing force arrives?

This isn't the Theology of the Body so much as a rescue mission for those whose misfortunes and pain demonstrate the TotB's validity through inversion.  The TotB makes sense because, as Ruse and Esolen note, we see the body count--and it's just as high as Soviet Communism.  That at least faltered and failed. Chinese communism, much like the Sexual Revolution persists today--but does so, we now know, only through coercion and material corruption.  Here again is a place where Pope Francis' recently announced Jubilee year of Mercy might pay extraordinary dividends.  

First one St. Joseph's Day post now another

Over at Dominicana Br. John Dominic Bouck, OP writes about St. Joseph, work, and the ho-hum of Christian life. 

If there is a need to protest unjust employment, then just work is a prerequisite for that protest. It provides the foundation for protesting injustice. If the protesters themselves are not just, they won’t have the credibility to effect justice in their workplace.

Indeed, Christians are called to work honestly and excellently. In the book of Genesis, one of the punishments of Adam was to have to work by the sweat of his brow (Gen 3:17). But Jesus, true God and true working man, redeemed that curse by himself working by the sweat of his brow. Thus when we work as Christians, we don’t work in the mold of the cursed Adam but in the mold of the redeemer Jesus Christ.

Daily work is plain old work, yes, but through the redemption of Christ, it is transformed into a part of his saving mission. And this doesn’t just involve manual labor. White-collar workers, students, teachers, stay-at-home moms—all are called to work excellently, and their work has dignity in itself, even in monotony. In turn, this work becomes evangelization, and it helps to spread the Gospel to co-workers, family members, and outside observers.

Bouck uses Father Walter Ciszek as an example.  Imprisoned over two decades in the Soviet gulag, Ciszek worked harder, not less, at his assigned labor...and for no apparent, immediate reward.

Often despair so easily takes control.  Bad news seems to dominate, but even just a momentarily deeper look reveals so much more.  There is so much good at work in the world today.  The breadth and depth of Catholic social media presence(s) astonishes;  the bloggers' creativity, faith, and yes joy spring forth.  There really is a new Catholic renaissance afoot--online as well as in real life.   The Dominicans--so long traditional defenders of the Faith--are right there in the midst, too.  Read more about it here.

Καθολικός διάκονος: "The time to rise has been engaged"

Deacon Scott Dodge of Utah just keeps the hits coming.  This one, though, wow, sets the bar pretty high:  Catholic social justice, St. Joseph, Dorothy Day & the Catholic Worker....and R.E.M.?  wow...

Καθολικός διάκονος: "The time to rise has been engaged": 1 May is International Workers' Day. For Roman Catholics, at least since 1955, 1 May is the Feast of St Joseph the Worker. It was in 195...

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Pope of the Rosary: St. Pius V

When it comes to "saint of the day," the hits just keep coming.  April 29--St. Catherine of Siena.  Today, April 30, Pope St. Pius V.  As I posted on Google+, "A strong dose of St. Pius V is always good.  Refreshing & encouraging!"

The Pope of the Rosary: St. Pius V

One step at a time

From Father Michael Sliney, LC's Google+ feed.  He routinely posts these little nuggets--this one particularly spoke to some of the themes discussed on this blog.  Enjoy--and add him on Google+!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015