St Jerome is a very important Saint in Catholic Church History. He was one of the four original doctors of the church and he translated the Bible which is in Hebrew and Greek into Latin and he was responsible for the Latin Vulgate Bible. Today is his feast day.
Friday, September 30, 2016
Thursday, September 29, 2016
St. Raphael is one of the 3 angels mentioned by name in the Bible. His name means "God Heals". Tons more information available here.
Posted by Phil Lynch at 8:00 am
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
So there's a big election coming up in the US. Two people, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Many people are wondering who to vote for. Well, the obvious answer is Trump.
AbortionLet's get right to it. Abortion is a big thing. Trump thinks it's bad and should be illegal, Hillary think it's great and should be cheaper or free and accessible to everyone. Clearly this puts Trump on a morally superior ground. Legalizing abortion and making it free will obviously encourage it much more than making it illegal.
Now, Trump made a few statements about jailing women who had abortions and people got all up in arms. But he is humble enough o have since hired Fr. Frank Pavone, an extremely well loved pro-life priest who is best buds with Martin Luther King Jr's niece Alveda King. He is the #1 Catholic Pro-Life person in America. And Trump said he will consult with him and other Catholics to determine the best way to achieve a pro-life country.
If for no other reason, this is one good one to choose Trump of Hillary.
WarIt seems to me that, not based on emotion, but on fact, that Trump is less bellicose than Hillary. She'll go to war over anything to teach the other side a lesson. She'll meddle in other country's business just to look good. Trump will mostly avoid going to war and if it's absolutely required, he'll not only go to war, he will go ALL OUT and absolutely destroy the opposition and make sure it lasts.
Overall I think war is terrible, but looking at history and statements made in the past, Trump seems less likely to go to war than Hillary. He's also less likely to create a vacuum which creates ISIS like Hillary did.
Freedom of ReligionClearly Trump is much stronger on freedom of religion than Hillary. She like Obama is in favor of forcing religions to do things that they want them to do. They do not really believe in freedom of religion or allowing people to do an act as they see fit according to their religion. Trump is far more likely to respect people's freedom of religion and has said so on multiple occasions.
Posted by Phil Lynch at 8:00 am
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Monday, September 26, 2016
Cosmas and Damian Feast Day is Today
Quick Fact Sheet:
- Miracle medical workers - first to transplant a human limb onto another person
- Born in Arabia before Islam in the 3rd century
- Specifically lives at Egaea in Cilicia
- They were highly esteemed by the citizens of that area.
- The governor of Cilicia took, tortured and finally killed them for being Christian on September 26, 283.
- They are patron saints of pharmacists (or druggists).
Sunday, September 25, 2016
September 25, 2016: Feast Day of St. Cleophas
One of two disciples who met Christ on the road to Emmaus. He was also identified as the father of Mary, one of whom stood with the Mother of God at the foot of the Cross. He has been identified as the father ofSt. James the Less and as brother of St. Joseph.
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Some people are very concerned about the killing of animals, far more than the killing of humans in many cases. I’ve never yet met a person who is a vegetarian for moral reasons who wasn’t also pro-choice. It doesn’t really make sense. But then there are high profile cases of the killings of Cecil the Lion and Harambe the Gorilla. People get way more worked up about these than the killing of human beings.
It’s like I said before, just because people are not “religious” doesn’t mean they don’t have a religion. People replace true religion with things like science or animal activism or whatever. They are just as or far more dogmatic than religious people. Some people will say “oh I’m so tolerant and open and accepting and loving and I care for all of the earth’s creatures.” But then if you appear intolerant to them, they will not be so loving and open.
So the new religion is worshipping animals above humans. Watch how many people who have made public bad choices in their lives or have entered into unseemly lines of business become huge time animals rights activists.
So what’s the deal. First of all, humasn are designed to eat meat. Physiologically thi scan be seen, including with our digenstive system, teeth, etc. Plus, predators have eyes on the front and prey has eyes on the side. Where are our eyes? FRONT. So our creator made us to eat meat. That’s enough reason. On top of that, it’s good for you.
But that’s all fine, say critics, but what about cruelty to animals. New research shows, as William Lane Craig explains, although animals experience pain as such, they do not experience suffering the way we do. It’s kidn of like “I am in pain, must leave.” But there isn’t the same EXPERIENCE of pain. They don’t think about it existentially. I’ve obviously not explained this very well. But that’s a very messy gist of it.
The point is, God says to eat meat, and it’s good. It’s also fine to not eat meat. But don’t let people get on your back about it. Everyone eats living things. Some don’t eat root plants. How would a vegetarian feel being criticized by a Jain for eating a potato? Exactly!
Posted by Philip Lynch at 2:00 pm
10 Ways to Share your Catholic Faith!Talking about your Catholic Faith can be difficult at best. In today's world, not living like everyone else makes you a target for ridicule and ostracism. But many of us desperately want to share our deeply held beliefs with others. How can we do it? Here's a top 10 list:
1) Know your Faith
Not knowing your faith automatically makes people question your beliefs and makes it unlikely they will follow you. As we will discuss later, and as Thomas a Kempis points out in his book "Imitation of Christ", more important than being knowledgeable is being holy. Plus, no one likes a "know-it-all". But you know things you love, so if you love your faith, take time to know it. People will definitely have questions if you present yourself as a Catholic. Try to take statements they make as questions even if that's not how they were intended. And then answer with love and kindness.
2) Be a nice person
No matter how great a message you are sharing, no one will listen unless you are a nice person that people actually like. I've never yet heard someone say "wow, that guy has such compelling information. So much so I am powerless to oppose it despite the fact that I really dislike him as a person. I will follow this person wherever he goes, however unpalatable he may be!" In other words, be a decent human being and people are much more likely to care what you have to say.
3) Be compassionate and empathetic
This is very important. Realize that not everyone is on the same path. Many have veered so far from the path of goodness, you seem like a strange and mysterious being to them. Realize that to many, the things you say are absolutely foreign and possibly ridiculous. You may not get the response you are hoping for. That's why we need a heavy dose of compassion and empathy. Realize that people come from thousands of different backgrounds and situations. They are possibly just as passionate about their beliefs as you are about yours. So give people leeway and be very gentle and understanding.
4) Know your Goal
Realize that your goal isn't to browbeat people into submission. Rather, it is to portray the love of Christ in a way that compels that person to follow him. Your score is not being kept. God only measures how much love you are giving out.
5) It's in God's hands
Related to the last point, don't take the world personally. As Mark Twain pointed out, the world owes you nothing, it was here before you. People are people and you can only do so much. Ultimately everything goes back to God. He is fully in control. Don't give up and despair, don't label the whole world as evil or irredeemable. Redemption is God's job, not yours.
6) Don't be a broken record
You should try as best you can to remain interesting. Don't be that guy who erupts into a predictable speech every time something comes up. People will stop listening. Choose your words wisely and try to be interesting and different.
7) Be Holy
As Thomas a Kempis points out, holiness is more important than any other characteristic. He says there is no point in knowing the contents of every book in the world if you do not have love. This essentially echos the words of St. Paul who says that without love we are like clanging gongs - just lots of noise, even if we are the world's greatest scholar. So always strive for holiness. Plus someone observing a holy person will be much more attracted than observing someone who just talks a lot.
8) Prayer and Fasting
Related to #7, prayer and fasting is essential. This will increase our holiness and closeness to God. We will keep focused on what's important and be able to identify our flaws and need for improvement. We can easily become proud. We can use these opportunities to improve in that regard.
Most importantly you must have love. Love for everyone you communicate with. Ultimately if the people you talk to are mere objects to prove to yourself how good and holy you are, then you are doing it wrong. Your main goal is to love the people you encounter. It is with this true love that you will bring them close to Love himself, God.
This is the opposite of laziness and fear. Zeal is what makes us speak up, to be bold when it is needed, to be strong and to have courage when presenting the Gospel. Jesus wants us to be bold like the apostles were after they encountered the risen Jesus. Don't hide and be afraid. Instead, get out there and be bold!
I hope these 10 suggestions help you on your journey. If you have your own suggestions, please share them below!
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
So Jill Soloway had some of the most extreme comments about Trump ever during the Emmas. First of all, it's at the Emmy's, where they honor TV shows. It's not the Nobel Prize Ceremony or something, it's not MENSA, it's a TV show gala.
So she gets up on stage after winning the Emmy, and well, there's no point in me just paraphrasing what she said, it's best if I give you the quote:
"Jews were other-ized in Nazi Germany to gain political power for Hitler, and right now Donald Trump is doing the same thing. He's other-izing people. He calls women pigs if they don't look like beauty pageant contestants. He blames Muslims and Mexicans for our problems. He makes fun of disabled people. This is other-izing with a capital 'O'. It has been used in our history before to start and win wars. He needs to be called out at every chance he gets for being one of the most dangerous monsters to ever approach our lifetimes. He's a complete dangerous monster, and at any moment that I have to call out Trump for being an inheritor to Hitler, I will."
So many things wrong with these stupid pronouncements. Pretty much the entire thing is false on every point.
- "Otherizing" is not a word. It's called othering. This person clearly doesn't know English.
- He doesn't call all women pigs, or even a majority, he has probably called one or two women pigs. Big deal. Perhaps they were pigs. He probably meant they were mean or just bad people. But even if not, who cares, has this person never called someone a name in her entire life? She is as we speak calling Trump a monster.
- Not all Muslims are terrorists but almost all terrorists are Muslims. Denying this fact is denying reality. Does this woman have her head int eh sand? Is terrorism not a huge problem? Obviously it is. So if Trump says it's a problem when it in fact is a problem, what's the problem? Oh, he's calling out Islam? Remind me Ms. Indignant Soloway, how many Muslim countries are showing your TV shows about transgenderism and gay themes?
- In terms of the one Mexican comment Trump made when he talked about rapists and murderers, he didn't specifically say all Mexicans are these things. He just said sometimes illegal immigrants are criminals. This is obviously true. The comments may have been poorly thought out, but it's not like he continuously says it. He said that once and not again. Get over it.
- Then she just keeps calling him the most dangerous monster in their lifetimes. Really?? He's worse than all those murderous dictators? He's worse than serial killers? I guess this is what you call him when you disagree with him.
- She also calls him Hitler. As Ezra Levant points out on the Rebel.media, saying this only diminishes what Hitler was. She downplays what the Jews went through.
- Clearly Jill Soloway is looking for attention and can't tolerate anyone who dares disagree with her. I'm not saying Trump is the best thing ever, but I don't have to compare him to Hitler!
Thanks for reading.
Posted by Phil Lynch at 9:05 pm
Monday, September 19, 2016
Kevin James is a Roman Catholic Christian.
Kevin James, the beloved actor from the TV show King of Queens and from such movies as Paul Blart Mall Cop and Grownups is a devout Catholic.
James who was born Kevin George Knipfing on April 26, 1965, was married in 2004 to Steffiana de la Cruz and has 2 daughters and a son. He was born and raised a Catholic and continues to practice.
A few years ago, I saw a post from one of my favorite radio and publishing entities - Catholic Answers - that Kevin was there visiting the studio.
Here's an article which talks about Kevin's Catholicism.
Kevin starts his new show today called "Kevin Can Wait" where he plays a retired cop who has to postpone his life of leisure to take care of his grown family.
In this article, Kevin says: "I was born and raised Catholic and absolutely love my faith and learn more and more about it all the time. It’s nice to have that going into whatever you do, whatever part of life you take upon yourself."
I'm glad we have someone like Kevin James in TV shows and movies.
Posted by Phil Lynch at 7:40 pm