The Daily Chesterbelloc – Memorial Day – 05/29/2006

May 29, 2006

Arlington National Cemetery

 "The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him." – Chesterton

Every Catholic Should Have This Perspective

May 28, 2006

Today we attended the deaconate ordinations for 13 new permanent deacons in our diocese.

As I was heading off to work from the church, I noticed that the back of the sign with the parish name on it said "Now entering mission territory."

Something so simple yet so easily forgotten by Catholics in these days of relativistic religion. Every parish should have one of these!

A Son Returns to the Father – Please Keep Him in Your Prayers

May 26, 2006

Fr. Todd started blogging while he was discerning his vocation and continued after he was ordained. Two days ago Fr. Todd was killed in a boating accident. 

If you have any doubts about the impact of a holy priest, read the comments on this post. Leave your condolences as well. 

Why Does it Have to be Wrong or Right?

May 25, 2006

Okay, this is almost entirely off topic but a post over at Jimmy Akin's site made me want to bring this up for discussion.

The title of this post is in reference to a song by Restless Heart bemoaning the fact that cheating on your spouse is a black and white issue.

What I would like to discuss here is why in Country music you find not only in the same genre but even by the same singer songs that at one turn praise faith (Jesus Take the Wheel, Carry Underwood), family (Another Day in Paradise, Phil Vasser) and patriotism (Politically Uncorrect, Gretchen Wilson (oops)) and the next praise infidelity (Victoria's Secret, Toby Keith), drunkeness (Get Drunk and be Somebody, Toby Keith), murder (Earl Had to Die, Dixie Chicks or Independence Day, Martina McBride) or ambivilence about abortion (Red Rag Top, Tim McGraw) – Thanks for correcting the title, Charlotte.

Is this pure pandering to the public? Sing about as many things as possible so that everyone will like something you sing? For example, Kenny Chesney sings "Who You'd Be Today" with a video that includes a gothic church, a St. Christopher medal, and themes, albiet Evangelical ones, about Heaven. He also sings "Anything But Mine" about having sex with some girl he met at the beach during the summer and saying "I love you" without meaning it.

Is this an Evangelical strain in Country music singers who figure that they are "saved" so they can sing about whatever they want because they're going to Heaven anyway?

Any thoughts on this?

Update: Jimmy Akin, Cowboy Apologist, has posted a long and thoughtful response here.

Not the Answer I Was Expecting

May 24, 2006

My Wife: “Grandpa had to clean the pool last week because it was full of algae.”

Me: “Do you think he was scared of the sharks in the pool?”

Lucy (7): “No!”

My Wife: “Maybe he was scared of the jelly fish.”

Lucy: “No!”

Me: “Why not?”

Lucy: “Because swimming pools have chlorine and sea animals don’t like chlorine.”

Well, fine if you want to get technical. :-p

Dunk Father in the Tank – It’s Catholic Carnival Time

May 23, 2006

Thank you for visiting the Aquinas and More blog this week for the Catholic Carnival. Let's take a browse around the store and see what's new.

Prayer and Spirituality

In the Prayer and Spirituality section we have a post from Deep Furrows on Ignatian Spirituality. We also have two new entries on going to Mass. The Bearing Blog asks "How come people only complain about my kids at Mass when my husband is gone?" We contribute The Liturgical Express for bishops who want to take good liturgy with them around the diocese. And Tom Reagan has started a series of reflections on Praying the Rosary.

Current Events
Under Current Events we get the happy news that soon you will be able to visit Planned Parenthood in between grabbing a bite to eat at the food court and shopping for hooker clothes at the local Victorias Secret. Along the same lines we have some thoughts on The Condom, The Crescent and The Cross from Purcell's Chicken Voluntary.

We also have some reflections on Murdering in God's Name and the Rambling Soccer Mom talks about the missing Grail from DaVinci's Last Supper. Professor Bainbridge also has thoughts on the Da Vinci Code and the heresies involved in "Jesus Christ as a Poached Egg?".

And for those interested in immigration we have some thoughts on Coming to America from Ales Rarus.

We also have a couple of announcements about the God Blog Con for 2006 and a New Vocations Blog.

For those who want to take a deep look into Catholic Media and where it needs to head, please read Quo Vadis? over at Disciples with Microphones.

Christian Living

Finally, our Christian Living section has a boatload of new items this week. Under the heading of "In but not Of" we have a post on the role of Faith at work by Herb Ely, Investing as a Catholic by the Hadleys, and a reflection from Elisabeth Lesseur on personal responsibility at Living Catholicism.

We also have reflections on the role of the Holy Spirit in Christian Love over at Heart, Mind and Strength and on the parenting front we offer Following Mary's Example by the Castle of the Immaculate and What do We Pass on to Our Children? over at My Domestic Church.

And my wife has written a post about trying to sell a house and find a home

Thanks for stopping in to visit! Come back soon!

Oh, and if you haven't visited this week's Carnival of Family Life, check it out.

What is Your Impossible Cause?

May 23, 2006

Weekly Newsletter


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The beloved patron of farmers, Saint Isidore lived a life of simple piety and uncompromising devotion, always chosing service to God above all other distractions and obligations of life. In support of his ardent faith, angels were seen tilling his fields for him while he attended the Holy Mass, as is depicted in the globe held by the holy farmer in this new icon. St. Isidore was born in the year 1070 to very poor yet very pious Catholic parents in Madrid, Spain. His parents were unable to support him when he was a youth and sent him to work for a wealthy landowner, whom he worked for the rest of his life).

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St. Isidore Statue

This exquisite statue of St. Isidore (Isador), patron of farmers, is manufactured and hand-painted in Spain. Notice the incredible attention to detail on every part of the statue. Eyes are glass. Sizes range from 12 – 40in.  A true work of art!

This isn't impossible: Our selection of St. Rita merchandise is 10% off! St. Rita Holy Card

In this little booklet are 30 of the most popular Catholic novena prayers-prayers to be recited nine days in succession in petition for some favor. They include prayers to St. Joseph, St. Raphael, St. Anne, St. Anthony, St. Jude, St. Gerard, St. Rita, St. Therese the Little Flower and the Holy Souls in Purgatory. Our Lord has said, "Ask and it shall be given you," and there is never a petition so great or so small that God cannot or will not grant it to one who fervently asks. These beloved, traditional novena prayers will aid many souls to ask for and receive both spiritual and temporal favors from the hand of the all-bountiful God

St. Rita Novenas

This book contains popular prayers and devotions to St. Rita, including the Devotion of the Fifteen Thursdays, together with a short life of this great Saint and prayerful reflections upon it.

It will enable all Catholics to request the powerful intercession of the "Saint of the Impossible" in every circumstance of life.

This St. Rita laminated holy card comes with a pewter medal on a rhodium chain. Pendant measures 1in. x 1/2in.

Continuously popular since it first appeared in 1977, The Incorruptibles remains the acknowledged classic on the bodies of Saints that did not undergo decomposition after death, many remaining fresh and flexible for years, or even centuries. After explaining both natural and artificial mummification, the author shows that the incorruption of the Saints' bodies fits into neither category but constitutes a much greater phenomenon phenomenon unexplained by modern science even to this day.

The beautiful pewter wall cross is 5 in. x 3 1/2 in.  In the center is a medallion with St. Rita in high relief.  Above is the Holy Spirit, on the left arm of the cross is the symbol of the Lamb of God, and on the right arm is the Bible.  Comes in a gift box with the "Prayer to St. Rita."

St. RIta Ceramic Plaque

She was married to a rude, ill-tempered man who died a violent death. After entering the convent, she became mystic and received a terrible wound in her head that would not heal. She suffered much in life and is patron of impossible or desperate causes, especially marital troubles.

This exquisite statue of St. Rita of Cascia is manufactured and hand-painted in Spain. Notice the incredible attention to detail on every part of the statue. Eyes are glass. Sizes range from 8in. – 72in. A true work of art!
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