Month: April 2012

What To Do About Cultural Catholics | almostnotcatholic.com

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Almost Not Catholic: What To Do About Cultural Catholics.

“While Mass isn’t week-in-and-week-out populated with “cultural Catholics” (that’s what Easter and Christmas are for), there are still thousands and thousands of people in almost any densely populated location who will eagerly admit “I’m Catholic!” when asked about their religious affiliation simply because they were baptized 2-5 decades ago. In fact, some Protestants (Evangelicals) love to call this group of Catholics “devout”, especially when they “save them” on airplanes.”

He has some very valid points.  My favorites:
Rule-to-live-by #1: If you would get in trouble wearing a piece of clothing to school, you shouldn’t wear it to Mass.

Rule-to-live-by #2: If a dress is inappropriate for a PTA meeting, it is inappropriate for Mass.

Rule-to-live-by #3: When you pass the altar, you should show a little more respect than you would your 6th grade math teacher’s desk.

Rule-to-live-by #4: The Eucharist is not a snack, and genuflecting is not a curtsey.

These random sagacious sound-bites brought to you by “Tares: At A Local Parish Near You!”

Worthless Teenagers and the Parents who Make Them | Single Dad Laughing

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Worthless Teenagers and the Parents who Make Them | Single Dad Laughing.

In the end, I realize that it’s all about one thing.

Power.

Who has the power?

A father who constantly unleashes on his child, impugns his child, or hurts his child wants only one thing.

A mother who constantly berates her child, nags her child, punishes her child, or hurts her child wants only one thing.

And, any teenager who talks back, fights back, or pushes back wants only one thing.

They all want the power. Some power. Any power. All power.

Everybody wants to have the power over everybody else and every situation, and far too many people spend their lives trying to maintain the only thing that actually let’s them feel that power.

Control.

 

Worth reading the whole article.  He’s spot-on.

The Real-Life Ukrainian Barbie Doll – ABC News

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The Real-Life Ukrainian Barbie Doll – ABC News.

Absolute crazy world we live in.

“She has had somewhere in the neighborhood of half a million dollars worth of plastic surgery done to look like Barbie.”

 

Talk about feeding a negative body image to girls as young as toddlers.

 

“If Barbie were in real life, she would be 5’9″, weigh 110 pounds, and her body would be so disproportionate that she would need to crawl on all fours because her legs would not support the weight of her body.”

Planned Parenthood Celebration Jolted by Abortion Survivor

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Planned Parenthood Celebration Jolted by Abortion Survivor.

Chills.  I have chills.

“Members, I would like to introduce you to a new friend and hero of mine — her name is Gianna Jessen. She is visiting us today from Nashville, Tennessee, where she is an accomplished recording artist.
“She has cerebral palsy and was raised in foster homes before being adopted at the age of four.

“She was born prematurely and weighed only 2 pounds at birth. She remained in the hospital for almost three months. A doctor once said she had a great will to live and that she fought for her life. Eventually she was able to leave the hospital and be placed in foster care.

“Because of her cerebral palsy, her foster mother was told that it was doubtful that she would ever crawl or walk. She could not sit up independently. Through the prayers and dedication of her foster mother, she eventually learned to sit up, crawl, then stand. Shortly before her fourth birthday, she began to walk with leg braces and a walker.

“She continued in physical therapy and after a total of four surgeries, she was able to walk without assistance.

“She still falls sometimes, but she says she has learned how to fall gracefully after falling for 29 years.

“Two years ago, she walked into a local health club and said she wanted a private trainer. At the time her legs could not lift 30 pounds. Today she can leg press 200 pounds.

“She became so physically fit that she began running marathons to raise money and awareness for cerebral palsy. She just returned last week from England where she ran in the London Marathon. It took her more than eight-and-a-half hours to complete. They were taking down the course by the time she made it to the finish line. But she made it, nonetheless. With bloody feet and aching joints, she finished the race.

“Members would you help me recognize a modern-day hero — Gianna Jessen?”

Sex objects: Pornography shifts men’s view of women | Science | guardian.co.uk

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Sex objects: Pictures shift men’s view of women | Science | guardian.co.uk.

 

“Men are more likely to think of women as objects if they have looked at sexy pictures of females beforehand, psychologists said yesterday.  Researchers used brain scans to show that when straight men looked at pictures of women in bikinis, areas of the brain that normally light up in anticipation of using tools, like spanners and screwdrivers, were activated. […] “They’re reacting to these women as if they’re not fully human,” Fiske said.”

Hmmm. And we wonder why pornography is so destructive to society as a whole.

I’ve linked to some resources for those looking to reclaim their purity, their marriages, or their healthy sexual relationships and end the cycle of pornography addiction….