Hallelujah, Whitney and Kim, We Look To You!

If this video doesn’t make you jump up and yell, “Thank you, Jesus!” then I don’t know what to say. Watch Whitney and Kim Burrell live video. (Edited numerous times because I still haven’t figured out how to post a YouTube video from a mobile device.)

Getting The Rite Right (film version)

Getting The Rite RightThe newly released film, The Rite, takes seriously the problem of evil. It takes a serious look at the way some of us (most of us?) struggle with our faith. And our lack of faith. Our longing to have faith, to believe and not waiver. Our victories and our defeats. People who criticize The Rite for not being The Exorcist completely miss the point. Catholics who criticize The Rite for getting the priesthood or The Faith all wrong miss the point too. Continue reading “Getting The Rite Right (film version)”

Malkin to White House: Hello, Pot. Hello, Kettle.

Michelle Malkin’s Tweet earlier today has to be one of my favorites since I started Tweeting (last week):

White House calls Fla. judge's Obamacare ruling 'activist' & 'overreaching.' Pot. Kettle.
White House calls Fla. judge's Obamacare ruling 'activist' & 'overreaching.' Pot. Kettle.

Confession, An App Apt to Aid Your Interior Life

Confession: A Roman Catholic AppI love to visit the blog Sonitus Sanctus and today I found an unusual treat, Confession: A Roman Catholic App. Imagine having an aid to the daily examination of your conscience, complete with various prayers and acts of contrition, and the ability to customize the whole thing for your state in life, your age, etc., for one user or several and with password protection. Well, imagine no more. Now you can have all this on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Get it at the App Store. I’m going to leave a little review there now because I like this app and I want it to do well. Gotta do my part, no matter how small.

Get Confession: A Roman Catholic App at the App Store.
Read the original post at Sonitus Sanctus.
The App Store on iTunes (requires iTunes).
App Store Downloads Mobile (iTunes not needed).

Woohoo! Just Heard the News, Unconstitutional, the Judge Rules

Judge rules in the healthcare case: Unconstitutional!I heard the news a few minutes ago, watching Megyn Kelly on Fox: the judge in Florida just ruled that Obama(doesn’t)Care individual mandate is unconstitutional and, since it’s not severable, the whole thing is made void. Woohoo! There are people who still acknowledge the Constitution as real, as important, as our guiding legal document. There is hope! Thanks be to God! (Well, there was always hope. But this is encouraging. Very encouraging.)

Let us continue to pray for our leaders, that the Lord will open their hearts and minds more and ever more to His Truth and Goodness and Mercy and Beauty and LOVE. Peace be with you.

The Rite, Review in the works

The Rite, I love this movie!I haen’t seen a movie in a theater since “Sherlock Holmes” was playing. But tonight I splurged and went with friends to see The Rite. I’m going to wait until I’ve had a little time (to think, read, pray, pray, and, oh, did I mention, pray?) before I try to write a more in-depth review. I want to do justice to this film. My first impression? It’s good. I want to see it again. I’ve been doing some research tonight and downloaded the book. Look for the actual review in a couple of days (give or take one or two).

Rating The Rite
In General: 5 Stars for a Ripping Good Romp That Made Me Jump (for scaring the you-know-what out of me and making me throw my popcorn on the ladies in the next row).
Representing Catholicism: 4 Stars and Better Than I’d Expected (and the priesthood was unexpectedly respected!).
Taking Evil Seriously: 5 Stars for The Conversations and Soul-Searching Provoked (and inspiring me to an even deeper commitment to resisting the devil and his culture of death with all my heart and mind and to my very last breath).

A strategy for winning the spiritual combat

St Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil...In my most recent post, I wrote about the spiritual war against the culture of death, drawing from a talk on spiritual warfare by Dr. John Cuddeback of the Institute of Catholic Culture. Dr. Cuddeback himself draws upon others in his talk: Saint Paul, Saint Thomas Aquinas, Fr. Edward Leen, Pope John Paul II. Tonight I read an article by Dr. Peter Kreeft, The Winning Strategy at The Integrated Catholic Life website. Continue reading “A strategy for winning the spiritual combat”

Who is to blame for the culture of death?

Christ is the True Manna from HeavenWho is to blame for the culture of death? Not atheists or progressives or democrats or republicans or pro-choice advocates. No, according to Dr. John Cuddeback in his talk, Spiritual Warfare: The Battle for Life in a Culture of Death, we Christians have no one to blame but ourselves. For we have forgotten who we are. We have forgotten to put on the mind of Christ. We have forgotten how to pray. We have forgotten that prayer is necessary to the life of the Christian. We have forgotten that the Eucharist, the highest form of prayer, is absolutely necessary to the life of the Christian. Prayer and reception of divine grace in the sacraments is not optional, not something extraneous to the Christian way of life but is absolutely central to it. Continue reading “Who is to blame for the culture of death?”

Americans United for Life List of State Rankings, How Did Your State Do?

Americans United for LifeI’m looking at Americans United for Life’s 2011 Life List. Alabama is nowhere near the top of the list and nowhere near the bottom either. We’re just about smack dab in the middle. Not great, not horrible. But we can do better. We have to do better. Much better. And if we stand together, united with each other, and united with God, we can stand up for life and lift our voices and we will be heard. If we love the Lord and serve Him and do what we know is right, there is no way we cannot win this fight. If the Lord is with us, who can be against us? Not in the sense that God is on our side, but in the sense that we have chosen to stand with Him.

“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).

View AUL’s Life List 2011.

The doctor told her parents to abort her!

(Edit, Jan 26: I put the earlier photo back up. Editing to add a caption reduced the quality.) I can’t be there in person today for this year’s March for Life in Washington, D.C. But I was there last January. Of all the photos I took then, this one is my absolute favorite. I wish I had thought to get the name of the beautiful young woman holding her sign. I’m glad her parents didn’t follow her doctor’s advice to abort her! Thanks be to God!

Genetic defect, huh?

My thoughts and prayers are with all those brave folks marching in the cold in D.C. today. And with all those facing hardship and struggle in their lives, along with the temptation to abort. May God be with them and open their hearts and minds to choose Life!

More of my photos from last year’s March for Life in Washington D.C.

Real freedom of choice is the freedom to choose Life and Love

I’ve been thinking about this all day and ever since last night: what does “choice” mean? What does choice mean to me and what does it mean to people who throw the word around so easily, as if it were nothing. As if it were just another slogan. As if it had nothing to do with life and death and a baby’s last breath. Or the soul of a heartbroken man or woman, feeling overwhelmed and alone and scared half to death. What is freedom of choice?

Real freedom of choice is the freedom to choose Life and Love. The freedom to embrace a tiny one and be that one’s voice. To uphold the right to enfold life within your womb.

The right to dare to live and give life and rejoice!

40 Days for Life Spring 2011, March 9 to April 17

40 Days for Life: Pray to End AbortionDue to my so-called health (and life piling up on me) recently, I didn’t get to go to the march in Birmingham last weekend. And I’m too broke to attend the events in D.C. this weekend. But all is not lost. The spring campaign of 40 Days for Life runs from March 9 to April 17 and I plan to put in as much time there as I am able.

Being down there, praying on the street outside the abortion mill, Continue reading “40 Days for Life Spring 2011, March 9 to April 17”