Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Inspired Catholic humor with a great message

Jeff Miller, sometimes better know as the Curt Jester, has a lot of deep, and many times humorous, thoughts about all things Catholic. This blog post is no exception. Jeff does a great job of making the reader laugh while getting across the true message of bettering yourself for and with God.

Spending peaceful, prayerful time in adoration is one of the best medicines for mind, body and soul that I know of. I highly recommend anyone and everyone spend some time "Son Tanning."

Monday, April 28, 2008

Geocaching... fun for the whole family!

Any geocachers out there? Do you know what geocaching is?

Whether you do or don't know about geocaching here is an article that was published in the Bismarck Tribune recently that you can go read which helps explain it a little bit. Here is a link to the article.

As the article states, the local Bismarck/Mandan geocachers have started a group that we are calling the North Dakota Capital Cachers (NDCC). (To join our Yahoo group go here.) The NDCC is putting on a first time geocaching event in Bismarck on June 21st that everyone around the area with any interest in geocaching should attend. It will be a fun day for the whole family.

I hope to see you there!

Horton Hears a Who...who knew?

I had no idea that the childrens movie Horton Hears a Who had so much being written about it. This was good information for me so I am sharing.

That Horton Movie Is Actually Pretty Pro-Life
Colin Mason

If blogs were written in ink, then a veritable tanker of it would have been spilled when the latest film expedition into the land of Dr. Suess, Horton Hears a Who, entered the world of cinema. Boasting an all-star voice cast and some relatively impressive computer animation, this updated version of the classic Seuss story retains the famous tagline: “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

Pro-lifers demonstrated enthusiastically at the film’s premiere (probably to the chagrin of the producers), but the question remains: Is Hollywood’s version of Horton, adapted from the work of the famously liberal Seuss, really pro-life?

In the words of the cartoon character Strong Bad: “Yes. Very yes.”

Horton, a lovable, bumbling elephant from the mythical Jungle of Nool, happens upon a speck of dust, from which emanates minuscule voices. Horton discovers that an infinitesimal race of people, the Whos, live on the speck, and he befriends their mayor. The problem is, only Horton has ears sensitive enough to hear the voices of the tiny people, and the rest of the jungle animals mock and persecute him for his belief. In the end, however, the Whos are able to make enough of a clamor to prove their existence, and the entire jungle is converted.

No really, that’s what happens.

Despite its blindingly obvious pro-life implications, the pro-abortion left has gone into major denial. The movie is anything but pro-life, they insist; it is really about intolerance, climate change, George Bush . . . anything but abortion.

For someone who has seen the film, these assertions are laughable. The producers of the film, intentionally or otherwise, packed it too full of pro-life possibilities. For instance, the mayor of Whoville has a fully functional family with (gasp) 97 children, all of whom he makes a point to spend time with. Horton speculates on what the future holds for Whos, including what legal rights they will have when the inhabitants of Nool recognize them as persons.

The villain of the film is a disbelieving, persecuting Hillary Clinton-esque kangaroo, who works hard to ridicule mere possibility of life on the dust speck. She even goes so far as to shout that “if you can’t see, hear or feel something, it doesn’t exist!”

Apparently, according to the film’s producers and countless blogs, web sites and newspapers, none of this is enough to make the film “pro-life.”

Audrey Geisel, wife of the late Dr. Seuss and one of the producers of the film, loudly proclaims that she “doesn’t like people to hijack Dr. Seuss characters or material to front their own points of view.” Geisel is a long-time supporter of Planned Parenthood and insists that any pro-life reading of Horton Hears a Who is mere fabrication.

Jessica Rogers of insists that Horton is merely a “cute message to teach children” about treating “others with respect, despite their differences.” Mitchell Warren of the Miami Poetry Review goes a step further and says, incredibly, that “the story could easily be dissected and used to fire up any point–a pro or anti-anything movie, depending on the viewer’s perspective.”

This is insulting to the intelligence of viewers like myself who think Horton’s pro-life message is unmistakable. It probably also would have upset the opinionated and liberal Seuss, who undoubtedly would not write a book that he felt could “be used to fire up any point.”

The real concern of the left is not one of interpretation. Rather, their concern is that this movie, with its all-star cast, beautiful animation and warm humor, portrays pro-life values in a way that makes them attractive to children. The cause is presented in terms of personhood, not masked and distorted by political framing. Horton is friendly and humorous, and his tagline resonates on a deeply human level. It is his opponents who are narrow-minded, intolerant, and cruel.

In other words, Horton makes being pro-life look good. The pro-abortion world can’t stand to see children influenced in that way, and so it plugs its ears and sings “I can’t hear you” as loud as it can.

Take your children (or grandchildren) to see Horton. Then show them a picture of an unborn baby and say: “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

Friday, April 25, 2008

I'm a Catholic nerd (and I love it)!

Here is a great Catholic blog entry that made me laugh so I thought I would share.

Friday, April 11, 2008

The "Church of Oprah" Exposed

Man, I had no idea that Oprah was starting a "church" or following with the belief that Jesus ISN'T the way to salvation. Scary!

Oprah needs to sit down with some holy Catholic Priests/Bishops or Pope Benedict, and hear the whole TRUTH from people that can answer her questions like, "is God jealous of ME?" No, Oprah, God is not jealous of you. He created you! He loves you more than you can understand and wants you to reach your final salvation with Him through his son Jesus... the ONLY way!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Cool art!

I got an email from my sister today that had this photo attached. The email says:

Baby In A Tree

If you can't see the baby in the picture, don't give up.
It's really cool when it actually appears.
(This is not a joke and ~ NO ~ Nothing is going to jump out at you!)

You have to have an open mind.
Don't look for a Baby, and you will see the Baby!
Once you see it you won't see anything else!!!

It's true. It took me a few seconds but then I spotted the feet and the rest followed from there. Pretty cool! I like how the couple is standing on the beach by the baby showing God's plan for life. This artist is talented. I wish the name of the artist was in the email so I could share it with you.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Matrimonial Consent!

Words of Encouragement
Apr 05, 2008

Song of Solomon 2:16

My beloved is mine and I am his.

In the Western Church, the priest does not "marry" people. He is the witness to, not the minister of, the Sacrament of Marriage. The ministers of the Sacrament of Marriage are the husband and wife, who give the Sacrament to each other. This mutual self-giving love is the most vivid earthly image we have of the mutual self-giving love of the Blessed Trinity and of the love Christ has for his Church. It is light years from the secular picture of Marriage as a "contract" where each party has to guard its "rights." In Marriage we give ourselves completely as Christ gave himself completely. Any vision of Marriage less than this is not the Christian vision. Today, thank God for his total gift of himself to us and ask him to give you the grace to give your life away for his sake!

Just a Word of Encouragement from Mark Shea and Jeff Cavins.
Catholic Exchange

Friday, April 04, 2008

Wow, great quote!

I just came across this wonderful quote from Venerable John Henry Cardinal Newman and had to share it. This is information that we ALL need to keep in mind every day. There is NO life that is "disposable" for any reason... newly conceived, old or anywhere in-between.

“God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission — I never may know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. Somehow I am necessary for His purposes, as necessary in my place as an Archangel in His — if, indeed, I fail, He can raise another, as He could make the stones children of Abraham. Yet I have a part in this great work; I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good, I shall do His work; I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it, if I do but keep his commandments and serve Him in my calling.

Therefore I will trust Him. Whatever, wherever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him; in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him; if I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve him. My sickness, or perplexity, or my sorrow be necessary causes of some great end, which is quite beyond us. He does nothing in vain; He may prolong my life, He may shorten it; He knows what He is about; He may take away my friends, He may throw me among strangers, He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide the future from me-still He knows what He is about.”

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Marriage in God's Plan!

Words of Encouragement
Apr 03, 2008

Genesis 2:24

Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh.

God calls everything "good" in Genesis right up until he creates a lonely guy. Then he says, "It is not good for man to be alone." Why is it not good? Because we are in the image of God and God is not alone: he exists as a Trinity of persons who exist eternally in love. So we who are in his image are also made for community and love. Marriage is the great sign of that reality. It is for our good, of course, and especially for the good of our children. But just as bread is both food for the body and in the Eucharist a miraculous food for the soul, so marriage is, in Christ, not merely a convenient socio-economic arrangement, but is a supernatural sign and means of grace to the whole world. For it mirrors the Cosmic Marriage between Christ the Groom and his Bride, the Church. Today, thank God for the sacrament of Marriage. Whether you are married or not, the sign is for the whole world to read.

Just a Word of Encouragement from Mark Shea and Jeff Cavins.
Catholic Exchange

Woman witnesses to man trying to rob her

What an amazing witness to the power of Jesus and his saving love and grace. Amen!