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February 8, 2013

Last June, I made my First Promise as a member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites. The First Promise to the local community is for three years, at the end of which (God willing) the community may invite me to make a Definitive Promise, for life. 

Because secular Carmelites are considered to be full members of the Discalced Carmelites, according to their state in...

February 8, 2013

Here’s a simple test for people who call themselves "pro-choice" and support legal abortion.

Most of us agree it would be wrong to kill the cute infant pictured here. But I want to know: “Why is it wrong to kill babies like this one?”  If pro-choice advocates values consistency, then they must become either pro-life, radical animal rights activists, arbitrary bigots, or supporters of infanticide. Let’s look at some possible reasons one might have for thinking it’s wrong to kill an...

February 8, 2013

If you visit the Campo de' Fiori (Field of Flowers) in Rome, you won't be able to miss the statue in the middle of the square (which, by the way, was still a meadow when it received its name in the Middle Ages). The statue is of Giordano Bruno, who was burned at the stake there. He was convicted on today's date in 1600 and executed nine days later.

Bruno commonly is called a "martyr for science" because he endorsed the same Copernican theory that, through injudiciousness in discussing...

February 7, 2013

This is just a liturgical pet peeve of mine, but you know how, during certain times of the year, some parishes decide to get "creative" with the response that is used in the prayers of the faithful?

You know, instead of having the faithful say "Lord, hear our prayer" at the end of every petition, they'll want you to say something else, typically based on the liturgical day or season, like "Come, Lord Jesus" at Christmas or "Come, Holy Spirit" at Pentecost?

I really hate that....

February 7, 2013

A number of years ago, I read a blog by an anti-Catholic Protestant apologist. The Protestant had been raised a Catholic, but (according to him) "found Jesus," "got saved," and was spending his time writing anti-Catholic screeds to inform Catholics why they didn't have Jesus and would be going to hell. The blog was fairly entertaining, when read from the perspective of a recently minted Catholic "grunt" apologist seeking to earn her stripes by dissecting and analyzing anti-Catholic arguments...