Sunday, August 31, 2008

Not great quality... but at last a new Mia video.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Archbishop Chaput... You rock!

Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Archbishop of Denver
Addresses
Denver, CO - Monday, August 25, 2008

ON THE SEPARATION OF SENSE AND STATE:
A CLARIFICATION FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE CHURCH
IN NORTHERN COLORADO

To Catholics of the Archdiocese of Denver:

Catholic public leaders inconvenienced by the abortion debate tend to take a hard line in talking about the "separation of Church and state." But their idea of separation often seems to work one way. In fact, some officials also seem comfortable in the role of theologian. And that warrants some interest, not as a "political" issue, but as a matter of accuracy and justice.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is a gifted public servant of strong convictions and many professional skills. Regrettably, knowledge of Catholic history and teaching does not seem to be one of them.

Interviewed on Meet the Press August 24, Speaker Pelosi was asked when human life begins. She said the following:

"I would say that as an ardent, practicing Catholic, this is an issue that I have studied for a long time. And what I know is over the centuries, the doctors of the church have not been able to make that definition. . . St. Augustine said at three months. We don't know. The point is, is that it shouldn't have an impact on the woman's right to choose."

Since Speaker Pelosi has, in her words, studied the issue "for a long time," she must know very well one of the premier works on the subject, Jesuit John Connery's Abortion: The Development of the Roman Catholic Perspective (Loyola, 1977). Here's how Connery concludes his study:

"The Christian tradition from the earliest days reveals a firm antiabortion attitude . . . The condemnation of abortion did not depend on and was not limited in any way by theories regarding the time of fetal animation. Even during the many centuries when Church penal and penitential practice was based on the theory of delayed animation, the condemnation of abortion was never affected by it. Whatever one would want to hold about the time of animation, or when the fetus became a human being in the strict sense of the term, abortion from the time of conception was considered wrong, and the time of animation was never looked on as a moral dividing line between permissible and impermissible abortion."

Or to put it in the blunter words of the great Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer:

"Destruction of the embryo in the mother's womb is a violation of the right to live which God has
bestowed on this nascent life. To raise the question whether we are here concerned already with a human being or not is merely to confuse the issue. The simple fact is that God certainly intended to create a human being and that this nascent human being has been deliberately deprived of his life. And that is nothing but murder."

Ardent, practicing Catholics will quickly learn from the historical record that from apostolic times, the Christian tradition overwhelmingly held that abortion was grievously evil. In the absence of modern medical knowledge, some of the Early Fathers held that abortion was homicide; others that it was tantamount to homicide; and various scholars theorized about when and how the unborn child might be animated or "ensouled." But none diminished the unique evil of abortion as an attack on life itself, and the early Church closely associated abortion with infanticide. In short, from the beginning, the believing Christian community held that abortion was always, gravely wrong.

Of course, we now know with biological certainty exactly when human life begins. Thus, today's religious alibis for abortion and a so-called "right to choose" are nothing more than that - alibis that break radically with historic Christian and Catholic belief.

Abortion kills an unborn, developing human life. It is always gravely evil, and so are the evasions
employed to justify it. Catholics who make excuses for it - whether they're famous or not - fool only themselves and abuse the fidelity of those Catholics who do sincerely seek to follow the Gospel and live their Catholic faith.

The duty of the Church and other religious communities is moral witness. The duty of the state and its officials is to serve the common good, which is always rooted in moral truth. A proper understanding of the "separation of Church and state" does not imply a separation of faith from political life. But of course, it's always important to know what our faith actually teaches.

+Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Archbishop of Denver

+James D. Conley
Auxiliary Bishop of Denver

Taken from:
http://www.archden.org/images/ArchbishopCorner/ByTopic/
onseparationofsense&state_openlettercjc8.25.08.pdf

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Do I Owe? The Answer is "No!"

As of yesterday afternoon, our little family is officially OUT OF DEBT!

No more student loan payments, no credit card payments, no mortgage payments, no car payments, no medical bills - OUT OF DEBT!

What joy and elation we had yesterday when we hit the "submit" button to make my final student loan payment! I'm pretty sure Andrew did a little dance around the living room. And I called my mom to tell her.

So what does this mean exactly... well basically it means that we can now move on to step 3 of Dave Ramsey's Baby Step System to Building Wealth. And Step 3 is banking 3-6 months worth of expenses in savings. We're on our way to that... and in the midst of creating that emergency fund, we'll also be saving to eventually buy a house.

So I guess this is my little "kudos" to living simply, keeping a budget, and giving at least 10% away every month. It totally works in getting out of debt! WAHOO!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

D-I-V-O-R-C-E

When Andrew and I got married, one of our friends gave us a couple of books by C.S. Lewis for a wedding gift. One of the books, in jest, was called "The Great Divorce." Well, Andrew read it a few months ago and could barely put it down, so I picked it up last week... and WOW.

If you have not read it, it is simply fascinating. In story format, Lewis discusses what Heaven, Hell and Purgatory must be like. He writes of conversations between saints and lost souls and in doing so points out so many of the things with which humans struggle that we don't even realize are struggles.

It's a wonderful read and I highly reccommend it to anyone who needs a new book to read. I'd definitely rank it right up there with Lewis's "Screwtape Letters" which is also a giant eye-opener. I'd be happy to loan out "The Great Divorce" if you're interested.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

A little discussion maybe??

Okay... so my big brother will totally get after me for being a "one issue" voter if he reads this, but I thought it was an interesting article, and it might get some discussion going so here's the link:

http://washingtontimes.com/news/2008/aug/03/a-key-election-for-pro-lifers/

Then, last week I was checking out the Pro Life blog that I have linked in my blogroll and she pointed me to the following website with which Planned Parenthood is obviously targeting preteens and teens. I think it's likely the most disgusting display of disrespect for human sexuality that I've seen in a long time, and it makes me really really mad that PP is trying to help my kids by giving them this:

http://www.takecaredownthere.org


By the way... it's primary day.... GO VOTE!!!