Storm Update

December 21, 2006

It’s day two of the blizzard. Most of the interstates are shut down. The main road through Colorado Springs, Academy Blvd, is partially closed and all my employees are snowed in (at home, not at work). I have four foot drifts across my driveway separated by three foot low spots. There is a ten foot drift behind my house.

There is no postal service again today. I am really sorry, but that order you placed on Tuesday? It probably isn’t going to leave our store until Saturday.


Dear Angry Customer,

December 20, 2006

What is it about this time of year that brings out the worst in you? Is the world REALLY going to end because the out-of-stock gift you ordered five days before Christmas won’t be there on Christmas Day?

Is it really helpful to anyone  for you to shout at my employees because you might have to tell someone that the gift is on the way instead of having them unwrap it on Christmas Day?

Have you ever considered that giving a really nice card with a picture of the gift inside would be acceptable and much more Christian of you than accusing my company of theft because your item hasn’t arrived yet?

It also might be a good time to remember that just like you, we are not perfect and don’t deserve to be rudely treated any more than you do when things don’t go exactly according to plan.

Maybe this year would be a good year to start a new tradition – Epiphany gift giving.

Merry Christmas,

Ian Rutherford, founder Aquinas and More Catholic Goods


White Christmas

December 20, 2006

So here I am at home today writing code for our new checkout process while watching the snow blow straight sideways by the windows. I tried to go to work today and with 15 foot visibility, I decided it would be best if I came home.

Hopefully everyone who made it to work today took my advice and left several hours ago. If you ordered something from us today and needed it by Christmas, I’m sorry. It’s not going to get there.


It’s Carnival Time! Get an Eggnog Snowcone at the Concession Stand

December 19, 2006

The latest Catholic Carnival is live.


Happy Generic Greeting From the USCCB

December 13, 2006

“Thank you for calling the publishing center of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops…

The publishing center will be closing at to allow their employees to attend the publishing Christmas party.

…Thank you and happy holidays. ”

This is the recording you get if you call the USCCB’s publishing center. At least they are attending a Christmas party.


Relax, Keep Our Sights On Advent; Easy Gift Giving

December 12, 2006

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With your help, Lord, I’ll stand firm, though some may criticize.

For Whose opinion matters, if I look good in Your eyes?

Who can give me anything to take the place of You?

Who on earth can justify a love that isn’t true?

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I know, one day, I’ll hear You say I chose the better part.

The world calls this “old fashioned;” still, I’ll wait-it’s just a while.

For Honor, Truth, and Faithfulness are never out of style.

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It’s Not Too Late: Three Steps to a Successful Advent

by Dr. Jeff Mirus, special to CatholicCulture.org

December 11, 2006

The same thing that makes Advent wonderful often makes it terrible: preparation for Christmas. This is because, inevitably, we prepare for two Christmases. First, there is the spiritual preparation for Christ’s coming in grace and glory through the celebration of his coming in time. Second, there is the material preparation for all that is expected of us in the course of this celebration. How can we keep the one from interfering with the other?

No matter how hard we try, we cannot eliminate this interference altogether. Dealing effectively with such interference is part of what it means to be in but not of the world. Nonetheless, the key to a successful Advent is the ability to keep one’s spiritual focus so that all the other cares and bothers are imbued with, and motivated by, a proper Advent spirituality.

In honor of the Holy Trinity, let’s take a three-step approach. Here are the three most important things you can do to make your Advent more successful this year:…
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New Family Blog on the Roll

December 9, 2006

I have been reading this blog since the family was trying to sell their house early this year and kept meaning to add it to the blog roll. There: it’s done.

Oh, if anyone wants to buy our house, it’s still for sale. Fourteen months later.  One thing we have learned during this time is that even with six kids under the age of eight, it is still somehow possible to keep the house neat enough that when a realtor ignores (always) the “please give 24 hours notice before viewing the house” note in our listing, we can still make the house respectable in the one hour we get between the phone call and the realtor showing up in the driveway.


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December 9, 2006

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Both/And Not Either/Or

December 9, 2006

This morning our local CUF chapter gave a couple of presentations on Papal Primacy / Infalliblity and the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

Before the presentations started we were having a discussion about the Protestant tendency to “proof-text” in their defense of various Protestant doctrines and the refutation of Catholic ones. Proof-texting is the practice of taking a verse or small section of the Bible and using that to “prove” a point without any consideration of the context or other related texts in the Bible.

For example, they use the text about “only God is good” to disprove the Immaculate Conception while at the same time ignoring the passages in the Bible that speak about “good and faithful servants”.

This led into the Catholic understanding of Scripture which takes the “both/and” approach. For example, the issue of the “rock on which the Church is built is not either Peter or the Word of God, it is BOTH Peter AND the Word of God.

The talk on Papal Infallibility brought this home clearly as well. You don’t have to give up collegiality to have Papal Primacy and Infalibillity, you actually can have both. In the early Church, apart from Rome, most of the Church is what we would consider “Eastern”. These churches would convene councils, debate and produce canons which would then be submitted to Rome for final approval – the pope didn’t sit in Rome issuing proclamations without any consideration from the rest of the Church.

The doctrine of Papal Infallibility was formally defined at Vatican I and most people assume that the Council simply said that in matters of faith and morals when the pope is specifically declaring something infallible, it is.

While that is true, the council formally declared that the authority of Rome went much further than that:

Wherefore we teach and declare that,

  • by divine ordinance,
  • the Roman church possesses a pre-eminence of ordinary power over every other church, and that
  • this jurisdictional power of the Roman pontiff is both
    • episcopal and
    • immediate.
  • Both clergy and faithful,
    • of whatever rite and dignity,
    • both singly and collectively,
  • are bound to submit to this power by the duty of hierarchical subordination and true obedience, and this
    • not only in matters concerning faith and morals,
    • but also in those which regard the discipline and government of the church throughout the world.

Did you catch that last part? Members of the Church don’t just have to follow Rome on matters of faith and morals, they also have to follow Rome on matters of discipline and governance. For example, Rome recently revoked the United States practice of having extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist purify the vessels. This is a Church discipline but one that various diocese in the United States have said they are not planning on following Rome on. This is unfortunate because of the next thing the document states:

  1. In this way, by unity with the Roman pontiff in communion and in profession of the same faith , the church of Christ becomes one flock under one supreme shepherd [50] .
  2. This is the teaching of the catholic truth, and no one can depart from it without endangering his faith and salvation.

Some would look at these pronouncements and say that the pope is like a king, wielding authority over every minutia of the Church. But the Church is neither an authoritarian monarchy nor a democracy:

3. This power of the supreme pontiff by no means detracts from that ordinary and immediate power of episcopal jurisdiction, by which bishops, who have succeeded to the place of the apostles by appointment of the holy Spirit, tend and govern individually the particular flocks which have been assigned to them. On the contrary, this power of theirs is asserted, supported and defended by the supreme and universal pastor; for St Gregory the Great says: “My honour is the honour of the whole church. My honour is the steadfast strength of my brethren. Then do I receive true honour, when it is denied to none of those to whom honour is due.” [51]

See? The Church is not either/or it is both/and.

This issue of either/or, both/and has come up for me recently in two separate situations that all have made me wonder if those who within the Church who reject the both/and teaching of the Church also have issues with Infallibility because they all reject the more “traditional” half of various Church teachings.

First, my wife and I went on a Marriage Encounter weekend where two things struck us as very disturbing. One was a portrayal of children almost entirely as a problem to escape from so you can have quality time together. When talking about the life-giving nature of marriage, the couple who gave the presentation equated their involvement in parish activities with having children. The second issue was the presentation of St. Paul’s teaching on marriage that completely ignored the headship aspects of the husband and focused exclusively on the mutual submission of husband and wife. We subsequently talked to the couple that had approved the talks and had to argue with them that the Church teaches that marriage is both for having children and for the salvation of the couple. We were told that the Church no longer teaches the part of St. Paul’s letter that talks about the headship of the husband. Instead of teaching BOTH aspects of these various beliefs, they focused on one to the conscious exclusion of the other.

Second, my daughter is currently going through First Communion prep and after 10 weeks it is quite clear that the text she is using is intentionally taking the either/or approach to its presentation. The text has presented sections on the saints, reconciliation and baptism without once mentioning either Heaven or Hell and focuses the talk on saints entirely on the social justice good they did. In fact, when talking about the works of mercy, no mention is made of spiritual works of mercy and the corporal works of mercy are just called “The works of mercy”. Which leads me to wonder why you would even bother with baptism or confession if all it got you was friendship with Jesus. And why would you bother being Catholic when you can do “the works of mercy” as a non-Catholic?

All of this has led me to be thankful for the Catholic Faith which always looks for the wholeness of truth instead of just pieces – Christ is both God and Man, the eucharist is the Body and Blood of Christ in the appearance of bread and wine, the Church is built on the Word of God and on the succession from Peter. The Church is like a banquet where you get to have everything at the table and not just the rolls on the end.


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December 7, 2006

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Christmas during Advent?

by Gary D. Penkala

Kevin Eckstrom, a reporter from Religion News Service
wrote an article on the controversy about singing Christmas carols
during Advent.
He quotes a worship leader at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville,
Kentucky: “It’s snowing here right now in Louisville.
Everyone feels Christmas right now, so we figure let’s enjoy it to the
hilt with all the Christmas songs… and then we’ll be done with it.”


Apart from the obvious pandering to society’s commercialized view of the Christmas season, this attitude is dangerous in equating worship (particularly liturgical worship) with “making people feel good.”


Another pastor, at Christ Lutheran Church in Marietta, Georgia, plans to wait until Christmas for the carols.
Eckstrom writes:


Despite what Macy’s and Wal-Mart might say, Christmas doesn’t start
until December 25 [or it’s vigil, in the Catholic Church], and in many
churches runs past New Year’s Day [to the Feast of the Baptism of the
Lord, in the Catholic Church].
So, during the four Sundays of Advent, (Christ Lutheran Church) will
sing Advent hymns, not Christmas ones.
The anticipation of those favorite carols is like a 5-year-old waiting
for a visit from Santa on Christmas Eve.

The liturgical calendar is divided into various seasons,
Advent being the season which begins the liturgical year, our “New
Year’s.”

Advent’s true believers say the ancient tradition is a
season of preparation and anticipation, a sort of kinder and gentler
version of Lent, the 40 days of prayer and penance leading up to
Easter.

Advent has its own songs and traditions — including lighting
the four candles of the Advent wreath — and musicians say it would be
premature to sing Christmas songs about the birth of Christ before he’s
actually born.

“It would be a bit like opening your Christmas presents before Christmas morning…Read More