50k for April – UPDATED

50k for April – UPDATED

Remember on April 10th T&C announced that we hit 100,000 hits since our start on January 4th? It’s late on the night of April 30th and we are about a hundred hits shy of 50,000 hits for the month. I’m pretty sure that, sometime in the future, we’ll stop obsessively checking the hit counter.  But hey, we’re still relatively new at this. Thanks for reading! AMDG Update: We passed 50k before midnight, reaching a grand total for April of 50,091! You readers...
When Democracy Fuels Pride

When Democracy Fuels Pride

Thank you, Public Choice analysis, for shedding light on the motivations of those holding public office. Public Choice theory views politicians as no different from other individuals who rationally seek their own self-interest first. Winston Churchill famously said “democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried.” Most see this phrase as a vindication of democracy but I think Churchill is also acknowledging its faults. Two faults seem prominent lately: The relegation of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, with its limits on what the federal government can do, behind a philosophy of “if the majority want it, it is therefore legally acceptable.” Think of denominations whose “statement of principles” changes every few decades to suit current fads or wants. The increasing hubris of those in power (elected or unelected) who believe their authority derives simply from the fact of their holding office, and from their ability to enact policies and laws because of #1 above. Enter the HHS mandate. I’ve written twice on my own opinion that “universal health care,” as it has always been implemented, means “government health care” and therefore is demonstrably inferior to privately-provided care (especially when directed by a Church with millenia of experience caring for the sick). But if opinions were all that mattered, those with my opinion on universal health care would have about as much political pull as those who vote for Ron Paul. The overwhelming majority want universal health care, and politicians are only too eager to provide it for them even if it means trampling on the limits set by the Constitution....
Is Earth the Christian Shipwreck?

Is Earth the Christian Shipwreck?

I was not made for this world. Or, should I say, this world was not made for me. I’m a big dude. I’m 6′ 5″ and, unlike many other tall individuals, do not suffer from ‘bean-pole disease’ – alas, I count girth as one of my many qualities. I haven’t tried on a pair of jeans in-store for years because nobody carries pants sized Tall x Fat. Fortunately, my heft is proportional to the rest of my body, so people generally don’t notice. I think. Since high-school, I have been dealing with unaccomodating spaces. Like a growing puppy, I had to learn how to maneuver in the world around me with a newly-grown set of long appendages. At first, I was defiant of the dimensions that surrounded me and pushed my way through the world, bumping into people, walls, and eventually knocking my head on enough low-hanging objects that I became convinced that I must change, rather than the surrounding environment. My old age29 has taught me to adjust the necessary and ignore the inconsequential. I stand close to the shower-head, at the bottom of the sloped tub so as not to hit my head on the low ceiling above. 2×4’s raise my desk at work so my knees don’t bump the underside. Even as a write this, I sit at a local coffee shop in what feels to be a child’s high-chair. I also refuse to fly for obvious reasons – the TSA. This weekend, I heard a songI gave it a good 7 minutes looking online for the title, but to no avail... on the Christian radio...

7 Church Seasons You May Not Be Aware Of…

It’s finally over! As of this afternoon, my wife is done coordinating the annual Sacramental Reception Season! In a few short weeks, it’ll be summer, and the stress that is mid-Spring in our family will be complete! Don’t know what I’m talking about? Let me explain. As Catholics, we’re used to the ins-and-outs of the liturgical calendar, with Advent and Lent as times of preparation, Christmas and Easter celebration, and Ordinary Time devoted to … being … ordinary? Growing up with this distinctly Catholic perspective of time, I never appreciated how it appears to those on the other side of the parish secretary desk.  Now that I’ve had a few years under my belt in parish and school catechesis, I have a very different outlook on things.  Add to that that my wife also is a Parish Receptionist and Assistant Director of Religious Education and you get a unique perspective.  Those of us involved in the pastoral work of the Church very often have a different calendar in our minds.  Here are a few season you may not be aware of: Christmas Party Season, a.k.a. Advent – This one, the first event on the universal pastoral calendar, boils the blood of liturgical purists everywhere. I’ll admit, I’m not terribly comfortable with it, either. We’ve become accustomed to spending Christmas vacation with family, many of us traveling, so when do we celebrate Christmas with our friends? Why, of course, that must be what that pesky Advent Season is for! Huzzah! Artery-clogging treats for everyone! It’s not “O Come, O come” so much as it is “Going, going…” By the time...

10 Ideas for Evangelizing the Culture That Probably Should Never Be Implemented

The other night, I was thinking about Truth & Charity and our attempt to help get Catholicism into the culture. Here are some ways to get Catholicism into the cultural conversation that probably should never be implemented: Candy Rosaries – Products & Marketing – Remember those candy necklaces you had when you were a kid? With only a few small modifications, they could become candy rosaries! What an awesome way to get kids interested in the Rosary! Of course, on second thought, it would probably lead them to believe prayer is about the sweet consolation of sugary goodness. I assume this one was mostly for decoration. Youth Ministry Survivor – Television Program – This season, on Mother Angelica’s Youth Ministry Survivor: Join Therese, John Paul, Michael, Agnes, Rosaria, James, Philomena, and Andrew as they battle it out to discover who will be the next Youth Ministry Survivor! Take part in the process of voting them off one-by-one in our online conclave! Next week, sparks will fly when Philomena and leaves Michael to organize the NCYC trip by himself. Cut to Michael: “Philomena, that darn girl. She really frosts my cookie! Argh! I’m sorry, that was really uncalled for. I’ll watch my language on camera next time.” This week’s challenge: who will devise the best way to detect whether boys and girls on the trip are staying in their own dorm rooms? Cut to Agnes: “At first I tried the duct tape on the door method, but apparently that’s a safety violation.” Who will be voted off and left to pay tens of thousands in college debt alone? Who will...