Saturday, November 29, 2003
 Vatican shifting position on Iraq?
CCoI: Vatican changing policy perspective on Iraq?

But L'Espresso makes the argument that the new policies of the Holy See have evolved toward the positions originally taken by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, who has consistently stressed the importance of defending European civilization against militant Islam.
posted by Josh at 6:13 AM

     Thursday, November 27, 2003
 Add a couple more days...

'Cause you can't post just one!
posted by Josh at 5:16 AM

     Wednesday, November 26, 2003
 Happy Turkey Day to All!

I think Thanksgiving is an excellent time for us to do exactly what the name implies; give thanks to God and to those around us for what we are blessed with in this life.

It's been a difficult year for me and my family, but even with the hardships there is still much to thank God for.

Enjoy it, everybody!
posted by Josh at 10:51 PM

 Add a couple days to my purgatorial visit...

...but this was just too good not to post.
posted by Josh at 5:19 PM

 PC Run Amok! 'Master' and 'slave' computer labels unacceptable, officials say
LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- Los Angeles officials have asked that manufacturers, suppliers and contractors stop using the terms "master" and "slave" on computer equipment, saying such terms are unacceptable and offensive.
"I can see the day coming when even your home garden
Is gonna be against the law" - Bob Dylan, "Union Sundown"
posted by Josh at 10:51 AM

     Tuesday, November 25, 2003
 Need your discernment thoughts!

I know quite a few of my recent visitors might be in the process of discernment, whether for a religious or diocesan role. I need your input!

  • What, in your opinion, has been the greatest contribution to the process of discernment by the Church at any level? Whether that be an individual spiritual director, a clerical figure, or some sort of discernment program, let me know.

    posted by Josh at 10:43 PM

  •  Christian Prayer is great!

    I received my $4.00 copy this evening, and had a chance to say the Evening Prayer. Let me just say that this is a fantastic guide for the average person who wants to keep the Morning and Evening Hours. It even includes a guide for Night Prayer. Setting the ribbons is a bit difficult and the Liturgy of the Hours Apostolate (not Apostate!) has helped me make sure I am in the right place at the right time.

    Thanks again to all!
    posted by Josh at 10:40 PM

         Friday, November 21, 2003
     Good Catholic radio coming to ChicagoLand!

    According to Catholic Citizens of Illinois, Chicagoland is getting a pair of Relevant Radio stations! 820 AM WCSN (which currently hosts "Morning Air") will be expanded to sunrise-sunset broadcasting, as will 1270 AM WWCA, servicing southern Chicago and NW Indiana.

    What good news!
    posted by Josh at 12:30 PM

         Wednesday, November 19, 2003
     Death Penalty might be coming back to Illinois

    AP: Illinois Lawmakers Revamp Death Penalty

    I was sincerely hoping that the moratorium imposed by Gov. George Ryan (probably the only action taken by his administration that I can applaud off the top of my head) would lead to the eventual destruction of the death penalty in Illinois, but it looks like our representatives aren't willing to let capital punishment go the way of the dinosaur just yet.

    At least our current governor (who shows signs of decency, even if he is a Democrat) isn't totally convinced that the systemic failures have been fixed, so the moratorium currently stands.

    This reminds me of previous thoughts on the death penalty... It's hilarious to think that those who are capable of some horrid act would stop and think, "Gee, I'd better not do this, 'cause they're going to kill me for it!" deterrent it isn't.
    posted by Josh at 9:19 PM

     What will be playing (softly) in my room at seminary

    Reuters: Wilco Gets Busy on New Album

    Chris Shaw, best known for his work on Bob Dylan's "Love and Theft," is engineering.

    "Love and Theft" is fantastic engineering wise (and every other "wise" as well), and Wilco's stuff - of whom I don't hesitate to call the best contemporary band out there - needs a good engineer.

    I buy so few CD's these days because few seem worth the money, but I'll be looking forward to this one.

    posted by Josh at 9:10 PM

     Thank you, thank you!

    ...for the response to my question on Breviaries -- I think I will start off with my $4 copy of Christian Prayer and then if I really get in to it I'll find some way - probably through eBay (thanks to Julie for the suggestion!) to get the full four volume deal.

    Something else Julie mentions in the comment box is the Liturgy of the Hours Apostate, which is invaluable for anyone who wants to learn the system. I have used this in the past, and only wanted a "hard" copy to pray the main Hours away from the computer.

    Thanks again, guys!
    posted by Josh at 8:17 PM

     Andrew Sullivan doesn't like the implications of gay marriage, proceeds to duck and cover

    It seems like every day now, Andrew Sullivan mounts his gay marriage offensive. Most of his material is the same old stuff, and I haven't bothered commenting upon it because that got old and tiresome after a couple of months. But the article in this post marked "Polygamy?" shows just how far Andy will go to avoid intellectual honesty. He writes:
    So does this open the door to polyamory? Of course not. Heterosexual polyamorists or polygamists already have a meaningful right to marry someone. Gay citizens cannot meaningfully marry anyone. [Emphasis his]
    "Meaningful" is the key word here, as Sully will tell you. But what defines "meaningful" for a gay man or woman? Definitely that they have no "right" to marry a same-sex partner. But doesn't the polyamorist/polygamist also have a non-traditional view of sex, love, and societal welfare? It's not out of the realm of possibility to suggest that the polyamorist/polygamist wants multiple marriages granted in order to make a life-long commitment and testament to their "love" for another. In short, any civil union currently available to the polyamorist/polygamist is not representative of a "meaningful" marriage in their eyes because it does not represent the depth of their view on love and sexuality. Just like the homosexuals.
    There is a critical distinction between an involuntary sexual orientation and a choice of a polyamorous lifestyle - a choice that can be made by gays or straights. The rules that civil marriage currently mandate are exactly the rules that gay citizens want to follow.
    Oh, right Andrew, and you criticize the Catholic Church for suggesting that living a homosexual lifestyle is a choice. Can't I argue that pedophiles and polyamorists/polygamists have no control over their sexual orientation? Or is it only homosexuality that is a "natural" deviant from the social norm? Many pedophiles argue that they can't help who they are too, Andrew.

    Or can I say that sexuality - no matter what your flavor - implies choice? Sometimes sexuality is a cross to be shouldered. Heterosexual individuals like myself make conscious decisions to lead a celibate lifestyle. What I am does not dictate what I do.

    As Mark Shea always says, though, it's all about protecting Lil Willie with Andrew Sullivan.
    posted by Josh at 8:08 PM

         Monday, November 17, 2003
     Quizilla is such a waste of time...


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    posted by Josh at 8:59 AM

     Rush is Back

    Good to see Mr. Limbaugh has returned to the air. The man has a cross to shoulder, and I hope he's on the right path.
    posted by Josh at 8:41 AM


    I am currently in the market for a good Liturgy of the Hours, but don't want to spend much money (meaning I don't want to go all out and get the four-volume set).

    Does anyone have a suggestion as to what I should look in to for an alternative to the official full volumes?

    I have ordered Christian Prayer: The Liturgy of the Hours and have had a chance to look at this edition in the past, but I was just curious to hear if any of you had other recommended editions.
    posted by Josh at 8:32 AM

     The folks of Green Bay are in good hands...

    The Post-Crescent: New bishop eager to meet, serve area Catholics
    posted by Josh at 4:56 AM

     And I'm the Pope...

    AP: Britney Tells BBC She's a Role Model
    posted by Josh at 4:29 AM

         Sunday, November 16, 2003
     I'm Saint Jerome!

    Saint Jerome
    Saint Jerome is praying for you! To learn more
    about this irascible saint go to the Patron
    Saint Index at

    Which Saint Would You Be?
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    posted by Josh at 4:30 AM

         Friday, November 07, 2003
     It's the cultural attitude, not the schools!

    The Atlantic Online: Educating Black Children: Why Culture Matters

    With all of these statistics and facts, I beg my fellow Conservatives to actually stop and think about one very simple thing:
    Are schools failing because of poor teachers, poor academic programs, and resource allocation, or are they failing because a large percentage of the population doesn't value education?
    This article leaves little up to debate.

    (Thanks to Relapsed Catholic for the link)
    posted by Josh at 12:03 AM

         Wednesday, November 05, 2003
     You know the call is strong when...

    ...every day, you struggle with apprehension and confusion and doubt.

    But then, every day, Christ and His Church break through it all, leaving you only joy and excitement over what's to come.
    posted by Josh at 4:34 AM

         Tuesday, November 04, 2003
     Why I have been so quiet lately...

    I just wanted to take a quick moment and let my reader(s) know why I have been so quiet on this blog lately.

    Over the past 5 months or so since I began this blog, I've done a lot of talking on various issues, from apologetic topics to political points that either encourage or threaten the Faith. This has ultimately been a very enriching experience for me (and I am not, by any means, saying that I will no longer be blogging on this sort of subject matter), and I have gained a lot by thinking about the topics often appearing in the St. Blogosphere.

    What I have lacked and have only recently begun is the process of truly listening. Talking and writing is certainly an essential method of spiritual development, but silence is also valuable. I have taken this little hiatus as a time to disassociate myself from the feather-ruffling things that usually serve to make me cynical about the world. Instead, I have been attempting to look at the beautiful, Godly nature of everything, even if I might disagree with it. And while I am certain there are many a-good blog entries to be had there, I haven't felt much like putting this experience in words. If I were to attempt it, though, it would simply come down to this: I have come to grow in love with our world. I think this is a certain part of my character that is often overshadowed by my cynicism and arrogance, but it is undoubtedly a part of my personality that needs to grow not only so that I continue development as a Christian, but also because of my discernment to the priesthood.

    So, I'm not signing off of this blog by any means; I'll be around. But I hope this little explanation helps to get at where I have been and why. Keep up the good work, St. Bloggers. You'll all be in my prayers.
    posted by Josh at 9:50 AM

     PROOF that "Pope" must be followed by "ailing"

    Reuters: Pope still ailing with Clemson on deck
    posted by Josh at 3:57 AM

         Monday, November 03, 2003
     New York Times gets it right!

    New York Times: The Volatile Notion of a Married Jesus

    Print this article. File it away somewhere on a disc or CD where it will never get lost. Because here, we actually have a case of solid journalism in the New York Times.

    Basically what it comes down to is that this is one of the most absurd, worthless documentaries ever made.

    I hope the sheer idiocy of this program effects as few people as possible.
    posted by Josh at 12:09 AM

         Sunday, November 02, 2003
     First time since 1888!

    The Times-Picayune (LA): Next governor will be Catholic

    I find it interesting that Louisiana hasn't had a Catholic in charge of the state in so long.
    posted by Josh at 11:59 PM

     Robinson can't quite figure it out

    Reuters: Anglican Split Feared as Gay Bishop Is Consecrated

    Andrew Sullivan would make a great Episcopalian of the Robinson flavor.
    posted by Josh at 11:50 PM

    saint some days

    My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.

    I do not see the road ahead of me
    Nor do I really know myself,
    And the fact that I think I am following your will
    Does not mean that I am actually doing so.

    But I believe that the desire to please you
    Does in fact please you.
    And I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
    And I know that if I do this,
    You will lead me by the right road
    Though I may know nothing about it.

    Therefore will I trust you always though, I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, And you will never leave me to face my struggles alone.

    -- Thomas Merton


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