A Question About The Value Of Life

This post started as a response to a question someone else had raised and I felt it deserved some expanding and further discussion. You can read that and an excellent discussion on what is happening to the liturgy here.   The author of the question I was responding to said this: “At any rate, something has changed. “Maybe it is just because everyone is contracepting and children seem much more rare than before.”

Modern society, and we Catholics are included with that, have stopped considering children as a blessing and the medical community seems to consider pregnancy a disease to be dealt with and “cured” or eliminated so that other lives can continue uninterrupted. I wonder how many more people would be in the pews if contraceptive use was not as rampant as it is in the church today. It has been written there would be a substantial number more children and adults in the pews as well as vocations in the Convents and Carmels if this was the case.

It used to be very rare to see an only child, now it is commonplace. Would there be as much of a vocations problem in the church today if every family had three or four kids on average instead of 2 or even one? I was discerning a call to the priesthood when I was younger and was amazed at the overall attitude I encountered, many people when they heard told me I would be wasting my life and shouldn’t do it. I lived in a small parish and news traveled fast. When did this start happening? In my case it was the late seventies and early eighties’s. Do a large percentage of the people in parishes feel that way?

I submit they do and that is precisely because there are fewer children and service to the church is not considered as important due to disobedience on life issues. This means that service to the church is not considered as a gift but a burden to be avoided as a waste of life, which in a bizarre way your life is considered more important in today’s society but only in terms of you and not in terms of being open to new life or a vocation. We are much less aware of what a gift to ourselves as well as a gift to God a life of service to the Church can be instead of  a burden, are we really being that selfish? Can we change that, and how? Is it possible that The Holy Father, Pope Paul VI was really more prophetic that he is usually given credit for? These are questions that we all need to answer.


Book Review: Brothers Forever.

This is a fantastic book and not only well written and emotionally challenging but creates an awe inspiring picture of two men who are shining examples of what it means to be both top officers and compassionate human beings. I wish I was half the man these two young men were starting to become. The book will be a excellent addition to anyone’s library.

I was truly awed by the stories of the two men and all they accomplished in their far too short lives. They both were described as having incredible work ethics and morals as well as incredible drive to succeed as Military officers. They were credits to the traditions of the U.S. military and both officers I would have followed just about anywhere. The beginnings of the Travis Manion Foundation are also covered in the book, which seems to be a wonderful legacy of two young men who were gone far too young.

Not Called to “Build Bridges”

The piece below is one I can agree with about the events in Charlottesville. I condemn the events of this weekend as does Brother Casey Cole OFM. I do not want there to be any place in my world for that kind of evil like the KKK, Vanguard America or any other racist or white supremacist group.

I also want to call out the groups who came or sent people to attend the counter-protest who couldn’t even be bothered to file for a Parade or Protest Permit. I don’t really feel like a permit should be required to exercise your 1rst Amendment rights but I also recognize the Cities need to know what is occurring inside it’s own borders. This is really a topic for another day.

The primary focus of his piece is that of reaching out and build bridges to these groups to help them to reorient themselves to a proper Christian Faith and renounce their white supremacist ways and opinions. I did not even think about that for a second until I read the piece on his blog and that says a lot about me. I was so focused on denouncing their actions that I did not consider the person performing the actions. Brother Casey did not make that mistake, he immediately focused on the person and not the action. I am of the belief that the violent protestors on both sides need to be punished for what they did and still believe that to be the case. But if we value our Christian beliefs we should try to reach out to those individuals in charity and help them develop true Christian beliefs and everyone around them should be doing the same thing. If that had been done by the people around him, would James Fields be sitting in the jail tonight? I don’t know the answer to this question and only God can truly give us the answer but Brother Casey does raise a question that we all must answer; Do my actions today advance the Kingdom Of God and Christs teaching or further hate and division? I know I was quick to think about punishing the guilty and never considered the bridges that we should build to end this hate. I know he has shown me the plank in my own eye in this instance, but I was more concerned about the splinter in other peoples eyes. We still have much to learn from Charlottsville I will hopefully carry forward this lesson from Charlottesville, it will be far better to be  building bridges to the people around you instead of focusing on punishment for misdeeds. Because I know that I am not perfect and occasionally do things that others may not like!

Breaking In The Habit

In the wake of yet another tragedy yesterday, after yet another clash of ideologies that has resulted in violence, many Church leaders have called upon all Christians to “build bridges.” Taken at face value, who can argue with that from a Christian perspective? We are called to love our enemy, to include those who are different from us, to welcome the stranger, and to forgive those who offend of. Of course we are supposed to build bridges, we say.

But that’s not what I’m going to do. At least, not in the way that it’s normally meant.

You see, a bridge is a wonderful structure that connects two isolated areas and allows people to travel freely from one side to another. Generally, this is a good thing, as people who would otherwise never encounter each other are able to come together in the middle—maybe even go to the other side—to…

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Don’t Look Now, But…

This blog post makes me ashamed and angry on many levels, I do not believe I could be as courageous in the face of death. This shames me and probably many others who will choose to remain silent. The anger comes from the attack happening and being ignored by the mainstream media after an initial halfhearted report. We all understand in this fallen world that evil exists and there are going to be martyrs, but this is doesn’t excuse what happened. The fact that I was unaware of what happened until today tells me that coverage was minimal at best. The post below  angers me because the truth sometimes hurts.

I am ashamed by the depth of my belief and sometimes despair I will ever change. I will admit I have always desired a deeper faith but have been unwilling to put in the work and effort required. Although I can attest to the power of prayer as I can now walk when Doctors and Physical Therapy seemed to feel that I had reached maximum improvement with just limited ability to walk. I had many people tell me they were praying for me to be able to walk independently, I wasn’t smart enough to know when to give up so I can walk better than staff ever thought I would be able to do. I am just telling you this so that you can understand I have no excuse for my spiritual laziness. I read stories like this and I want to almost weep in shame, but I don’t and wonder that I am not alone in this judging by what I read in the Christian/Catholic press.   Please read the post below and I hope that you can take something positive from what the author writes.



When 22 people died outside a concert hall in Manchester, England, the media coverage was wall to wall.  The cry went up that something must be done! Journalists followed the investigation.  Press briefings were scheduled regularly. With broken hearts, we pored over color photographs of the victims, many of them only children, and we listened to bystanders describe their horror.  The world grieved as the story unfolded for a week.

Five days later, 29 Christians in Egypt died when terrorists attacked their bus. Forty-two others were seriously injured and the assassins got away.  That story vanished in less than 48 hours.  No color photos.  No interviews with authorities. No tragic details.

Here’s what you probably never heard.  The Christian group of parents, grandparents, and children were traveling in two buses to pray at a monastery. Their vehicles were stopped by terrorists outside the town of Minya.  After the buses were…

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There is no treason!

People need to let go of this psychotic need to destroy President Trump, I understand they are driven into a frenzy because Hillary didn’t win the Presidency but the level of vitriol that he has been subjected to is unreasonable. The way that people and organizations have worked to obstruct his every move and declare his every statement or action as Presidential overreach or obstruction and even treason is disgusting. I am deeply upset and angry, but not at the President. I am angry at people who seem to put destroying this Presidency ahead of what is best for the country.

I firmly believe that he is trying to his best to fulfill the office of President and would do a reasonable job if given the opportunity. That Congress isn’t passing legislation on the agenda that he campaigned upon I am sure is cause for celebration in the Democratic Caucus. That he may never have that opportunity is a given, this gives rise to what is the far greater problem in all this disruption, the damage to the country. I am deeply concerned about the damage being done to not only the presidency, but the free press and Congress and the confidence in all three as well as the country as a whole. The destruction of these institutions and the confidence in them can be laid upon the shoulders of both political parties and  leftist elements of society.

The politicians on both sides of the aisle have worked to disable and disrupt this president almost from the day he was elected, people such as Senator John McCain and Maxine Waters being two examples. Senator McCain has often spoken in ways that kept the focus on the most negative and damaging viewpoints and information leaking from the halls of government. Representative Waters is well-known for having called for the impeachment of the President before he even took office and her drumbeat for impeachment has only grown louder over the latest supposed misdeed.

Which brings me to the third group that needs to be singled out, the hard leftist rioters, they should be charged with at least sedition and if the violence gets to the point that there is constant and severe property damage and injury or even loss of life it be considered making war on the United States and the rioters be charged with treason. You will notice I said rioters and not protestors. Treating protestors harshly is wrong and a violation of the First Amendment and that would be inexcusable. I do not want to see legitimate protestors silenced anymore than I want legitimate questions or debate silenced, but much of what is being done is corrosive to the political process and to the country. Corrosion will damage steel underpinnings and I am afraid of what the corrosive atmosphere is doing to the underpinnings of the country. I can only ask that you join me and pray for the country.

God Bless The United States Of America.

The A-Political NRA of Yore Strikes Again – 1918 Edition

I am amused by the innocence of these early magazines, but also saddened when I realize what has been lost. We have become so jaded by the intervening years. One thing however, hasn’t changed Eternal vigilance is still the price of freedom and I am afraid our accounts are severely in arrears. Our schools will be no help and are a large part of the problem in that they have not been teaching about our American heritage the way they should. But read for yourself how far we have strayed.

Gun Culture 2.0

In a much longer recent entry I questioned the common narrative that the National Rifle Association was (largely? mostly? considerably?) a-political prior to the 1977 Revolt at Cincinnati.

Continuing my stroll through 100 years of the NRA’s flagship publication, The American Rifleman, I came across still more evidence that the fundamental political emphasis of the NRA has been to protect the Constitutional rights of law-abiding gun owners (that pesky Second Amendment). Case in point: the 2 February 1918 issue (back when the magazine was still called Arms and the Man).

Hopefully the page images below are clear enough that you can read the full text of “Fight the Firearm Law” for yourself. Here I will just highlight a couple of relevant passages. The piece begins by reporting on work of the United States Revolver Association’s legislative committee which “serves to emphasize the need of eternal vigilance on the part…

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This blog will discuss many things, all from a conservative as in non-liberal perspective. I am a firm supporter of the Second Amendment and will discuss quite a few of the attacks on the second and my opinion of many of the progressive nanny staters that launch them. Stay tuned to this space and hopefully be entertained by what you read here. If you are entertained let me know. If you disagree you can also let me know, but don’t expect that you can get me to change my mind or what I say to accommodate your feelings