Saturday, January 30, 2010

Wow, What She Said!

This article is a very reasoned response to the movie The Pregnancy Pact that was on Lifetime last week. I watched the movie and was impressed with the message.

The article explains why we as Catholic parents hold our children to a higher standard of moral life than society expects for people of their same age level. But it also holds us accountable for the responsibility of a constant dialogue with our children, so that they understand why the moral choices that we are asking them to make are the right choices.

One of the most powerful statements in the article is this:

The idea that these messages should be impressed on our daughters in a unique way will raise some eyebrows. Shouldn't the message be stressed equally with boys and girls? Although boys are responsible for their sexual choices, the lion’s share of the consequences of misused sexuality usually falls squarely on young women. Therefore, the girl must set the pace of the relationship, knowing that their ability to bring life into the world carries a singular responsibility. Only she can choose - a choice that begins not with whether to become a parent, but whether to become sexually active.

read the rest of the article here.

These conversations aren't easy but they must become part of our daily life with our children, so that they can understand that we know how difficult it is, but we have faith that God will give them the strength to make the right choices.

We also have to let them know that no matter what, we will always love them and support them, because like God our love comes without conditions. Besides, if we are pro-life then we love the child regardless of the circumstances of conception.

I think I'm going to go talk to my daughters.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Truth Shall Make You Free

Or in this case, the truth is scaring so called "women's rights groups." to the point that they are clamoring to get it off the air.

The truth in question is the story of the fifth pregnancy of Pam Tebow, which included a life threatening illness and drug therapy that was dangerous to the growing baby inside her. When her Dr.'s suggested that she would be better off to abort the child for her own good and the good of the possibly "damaged" child, she chose to allow the child to be born, trusting that whatever the outcome of the pregnancy, God was in control and she and her husband could handle whatever was to come. Of course, we all know the outcome was a healthy baby who grew up to be a strong Christian voice in a very secular world.

This is the story that is going to be told during a Superbowl commercial. Interesting that women's groups are calling this story one that "uses sports to divide."

Interesting (as this article states) that these same women's groups have been silent about the objectification of women that is rampant among many other Superbowl ads.

Go figure.


Monday, January 25, 2010

Just in Case You've Been Living Under a Rock . . .

The Colts are in The Superbowl again! It was an amazing game -- of which I missed the entire first half because I was being an obedient student and was sitting in class learning about The Theology of The Blessed Trinity. -- But Fr. Denis was compassionate and let us out of class early so I got to hear the entire second half (which the Colts totally dominated both offensively and defensivly) on my drive back home from St Meinrad.

Anyway I just wanted to give a shout out to my boys in blue and let them know that I will be watching a little more than commercials on Superbowl night as they take on the New Orleans Saints. It might be a close game, but I think my boys can do what they do best, win, win, win.

I don't know if you are all aware that Our Colts have a Haitian connection? Pierre Garcon, the second year wide receiver is from Haiti and has relatives who still live there and were injured in the earth quake. He placed a Haitian flag on the table where they presented the AFC championship trophy last night to honor all of his countrymen and women who died two weeks ago. It was so moving.
Oh, just as I did two years ago, in honor of my boys for the next two weeks all of my blog posts will be in Colts blue.
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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Wisdom of the Saints

I think I may have said before that I get a daily email called Daily Blessings which is a short quote from one of our brothers or sisters in Christ that the Church has designated as part of the Communion of Saints I find that these short messages of hope and support can really help me in my own journey of faith.

I want to share Today's message with you.

Faith renders meaningless such words as anxiety, danger, and fear, so that the believer goes through life calmly and peacefully, with profound joy, like a child hand in hand with his mother. - Blessed Charles de Foucault (1858-1916) Priest

It fits right in with what I have been working on in my own journey of faith lately concerning how fear can hold us back. We must learn to reject this fear and allow God to nurture us and take away our fears and anxieties.

If you would like to receive daily blessings, click here.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Thursday, January 14, 2010

God is Talking Again

I want to introduce you to a new friend of mine. His name is Spencer and he is six years old. He lives in a comic strip called Knocking on Heaven's Door Spencer lives with his mom and his dad and his little sister Ruby and has a pretty normal life except that Spencer's best friend is God and he has the most amazing conversations with God on a daily basis.

Spencer and his family are the creation of Comedian Tommy Blaze and Mad Magazine Illustrator Nate Fakes. If you are like me and have really missed Calvin and Hobbes you will love Spencer. You should give it a try. Follow the link above, which is also permanently on my sidebar and read through them for yourself.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Patting Myself on the Back

Yesterday as I was getting ready for class Sr. Rachel (the coordinator of our Spiritual Direction Internship Program) said that she had been on the Internet Googling articles on Journaling as a prayer form and came across one that was written by little old me. She also said that it was a very well written article and she was impressed by it.

Wow, to have that said to me by someone that I really admire about something that I wrote is extremely humbling and pretty darn cool.

I only wish I could remember which article it was, because for the life of me I can't.


Friday, January 08, 2010

Middle Aged Spirituality

So one of the books I have to read this semester for my internship concerns the topic of Spirituality for the transitional (middle) age. The book I read was Passage Through Mid Life by Paul Robb SJ.

The book was a total revelation for me. Fr. Robb discusses how fear can keep us from growing closer to God or becoming what God wants us to be. We, if we want a relationship with God and to become the "best version of ourselves" we need to find out where that fear is coming from and root it out.

In some cases, the fear comes from something that happened in our childhood. Our development as an emotionally, spiritually whole person gets stuck where the fear became so overwhelming that we can no longer grow in wisdom and favor with God (Luke 2:52).

What we need to do is go back and deal with that inner child . We need to try to heal whatever caused that fear and hurt in that child so that we can grow beyond it. By caring for our inner child, we can become emotionally and spiritually whole as an adult.

It might sound like psychobabble, but it makes sense from a Christian perspective. Jesus tell us that if we are willing to become as humble as a little child we will be the greatest in His kingdom. (Mat 18:4). How humbling is it to revisit our childhood hurts and traumas and work on making ourselves stronger, and more whole? When we humble ourselves in the site of the Lord, He will lift us up.

So, what fear is holding you back? Where do you need to care for your inner child so that God can lift you up and grant you the abundant life you so richly deserve? Get to work.


Monday, January 04, 2010

150 Days with the Psalms

Today's Psalm: 134

Come, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD
Who stand in the house of the LORD through the long hours of night.
Lift up your hands toward the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.
May the LORD who made heaven and earth bless you from Zion.

This one is for my brother Mike, who for the last year has -- along with many other men and women been bravely stationed in Iraq (and Afghanistan ). For those who stand, in the long hours of the night doing what we cannot do for ourselves, we ask the blessings of a loving God.

Interestingly, my brother is Jewish, and since the Old Testament Psalms are a part of the bible that we share I hope he will accept my prayer for him in the spirit in which I extend it.