Our culture has surrendered to sexual deviancy. Period. There are those involved in one form of sexual sin or another who would prefer escaping judgment for whatever it is they are doing. To avoid hypocrisy, tolerance of what others choose to do is required.
For boys and men, we’re told that males are more visual than females when it comes to sex, so there is a plethora of imagery presented for consumption and gratification: commercial use of women as sex objects for the sale of products. Secondarily, pornography, which is ubiquitous and nearly inescapable. Finally, the allure of “free sex”, where males are free to be completely unaccountable, guaranteed by condoms, contraceptives, abortions, and if all else fails, simply bugging out on any parental responsibility.
For girls and women, there is the presentation that what makes one most valuable is serving as an object for sexual gratification. Hemlines get shorter, behavior gets more overt and over the top, and the belief that a girl’s availability for “free sex” will lead to some kind of “empowerment,” which is based chiefly upon the lie that everyone should prioritize sexual pleasure, and so long as a woman can attain what pleases her in bed, she will be happy and fulfilled.
Which brings us to where we are: In the United Kingdom, educators are being instructed to consider sexual activity among 13-year-olds as normal, and also that kissing and masturbation among 9-year-olds is okay too. This, btw, is at the urging of pro-abortion groups (I wonder why).
Suppose that a group of Catholic priests publicly held this view. Does anyone doubt that Satan, always most capable when he plays the fence, wouldn’t coax out cries of “We wonder why!” from the seculars?
In opening up the possibility of greater tolerance, given as consideration for non-judgment of one’s own activities, there are greater opportunities to destroy the very small pockets of innocence left in our culture. For some reason, innocence must be obliterated. Why?
Now that the Age of Euphemism openly posits that a 13-year-old is capable of giving consent for sex, how long will it be before consent is possible not just with another 13-year-old, but with anyone of any age?
Rome doesn’t offer very convenient access to restroom facilities. Even children, whose cuteness can sometimes open doors, rarely register any sympathy. So it’s a beautiful gesture to the homeless, who seek shelter under the porticos of the mammoth curial buildings, to have a place to get clean. The article is well worth reading, because it describes the work of the Papal almoner, and the various projects in Rome undertaken by the Church for the homeless and needy there.
And, give — here’s a link to Peter’s Pence. Generally our diocese alerts the parishes a few weeks in advance when a second collection will be taken up. Remember showers in the colonnades for the homeless when you wonder what becomes of the money you contribute.
….. from Crux’s “ethical dilemma” columnist. Catholic mom wants to know if she should be concerned that her teenaged daughter is dabbling in the occult. Ouija, seances, etc. Columnist starts off by comparing such an interest to escaping into the writings of Tolkien and Lewis, and treats the whole thing lightly, concluding that “sooner or later” the daughter will have to “grow up”.
Either you believe in the Devil, demons and Hell (i.e., take the authentic Catholic view), or you don’t. But if you do believe in those things, then you don’t wait patiently by while a kid in your house invites Satan’s minions to have a chat.
You should be afraid. And I would let my kid know that’s why it’s not permitted in my house. Because it’s seriously real.
St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us! All the angels and saints of God, pray for us!
Really, this is a thing, and this year it was the Second Annual World Vasectomy Day. And, you’ve got to love the embedded spin in the headline: “Thousands of men step up on World Vasectomy Day“, as though there’s anything remotely virtuous about getting oneself fixed. Secular culture says: “You want to be responsible and share your part of the birth control burden? Get fixed! Be a ‘hero’!”
Because non-alcoholic beer is just as good as real beer. And tofurkey is just as yummy as turkey. And EggBeaters, margarine, Bakon, Krab, cubic zirconia, pyrite, and that dumb Golden Retriever app on your phone are all the same as the real thing.
Oh, and says one guy who underwent the procedure, “There’s this whole stigma… It’s hard to put your finger on what it is…” I’m pretty sure I can help you out with that. It’s your conscience saying getting a vasectomy (even for nonsensical consequentialist reasons) is a stupid sinful thing to do.
For the annual post-Thanksgiving gluttonyfest known as “Black Friday”, and it is truly black indeed for the craven souls who worship at Mammon’s altar on this high unholy day, there are already shoppers camping outside a Best Buy store here in California, who will have waited 22 days before November 28, in order to be “first in line” for “deals” on….. who knows? They don’t know what’s for sale and how good the deals are because the promotion fliers haven’t even been printed yet! In other words, they don’t even know what they’re waiting in line to purchase. Make no mistake: this isn’t a bread line. It isn’t even a line for a thing. It’s a line where people partake in a lie, and not a particularly good one, i.e., getting a “deal” is really important and will fulfill that which is empty.
“’Some people say we’re crazy,’… adding that such comments don’t bother her in the least.”
Not crazy. Sad.
Back in February, I posted about the various events and activities (as opposed to liturgies and sacraments) that are being offered at the Washington National Cathedral (an Episcopal cathedral). It seems that the Beltway Episcopalians have missed the message that all this progressing is leading to a massive attrition of attendance at their “ordinary” events (read, Sunday services).
New things, exciting things, are being explored. Things like skateboarding and paper airplane competitions and seminars glorifying things that are contrary to God’s plan for human sexuality. Now there will be a new “function” to the Cathedral space: prayers by Muslims to Allah, facing Mecca.
Lately, I’ve been trying to be more sensitive to the fact that Jesus is in the Tabernacle in our (Catholic) churches, and we owe him a certain reverence and decorum while entering or leaving the church, a sacred space. That means that I try to “get out the door” before striking up a chat after Mass with Bill Parishioner, rather than standing in the aisle just 20 feet from the altar to loudly discuss buying a raffle ticket or some other banal thing (relatively speaking, everything is banal next to the Eucharist). Even a single person in the pew who remains there after Mass to pray deserves our consideration, because the church exists for that above everything else.
Where there is true belief in — and reverence for — the sacred, things like paper airplane competitions and making space for irreconcilable alternative forms of worship simply do not occur.
“5 lesser-known benefits of having a beard“. As opposed to the 5 better-known benefits of having a beard:
1. Beards cover up an ugly face. More beard, less ugly.
2. Beards keep your face warm. For guys who worry about facial temperature.
3. For the most part, beards resolve any ambiguity regarding your gender. If that’s an issue.
4. Even more than a Chia Pet, beards are fun to grow. Beards are like a small farm project on your face. Are you an immaculately-hoed-row kind of farmer, or more of an “English garden” type?
5. Beards confer an air of wisdom. Otherwise, you have to be well read and intelligent.