Thursday, February 19, 2004
 

I've Moved!

Following in the footsteps of Fr. Bryce Sibley and a few others, I have moved to a blogging "community." I've become extremely impressed with Joshua LeBlanc's efforts over at cyberCatholics, so he agreed to let me cyberSquat on his domain. I really like the fact that I have access to Pivot over there, which is much better for my blogging needs. The new template is a work-in-progress and since I've been so busy this week it hasn't been worked on very much. I'll get to it soon enough.

My new blog, Fiat, will focus on the same issues usually discussed here, but I've decided to take a break from the stickier side of politics. Instead, Fiat will focus largely upon my vocational call and the encouragement of others to spend some time discerning their vocations. You'll still see the typical craziness (bad eBay auctions and the occassional hilarious .jpg, for example), so never fear. Update your bookmarks!
posted by Josh at 1:33 PM

   
     Saturday, February 14, 2004
 

Just a Thought...

...regarding the previous post below:

Since when have gay people not been allowed to marry?

Hasn't Western Civilization, throughout its history, had a very clear-cut, absolute definition of what it means to be "married?" Nobody has said that a gay individual can't partake in this institution, because a gay man is free to marry a woman any time he pleases, and vice versa.

Doesn't this counter the homosexual advocate's belief that this is an issue of civil rights and freedom? As the institution stands, anyone is free to partake.

I guess this leads us towards the larger picture, which is that the push for gay marriage isn't about civil rights. It's about the redefinition of marriage, and as such a redefinition of family.
posted by Josh at 12:07 PM

 
San Francisco Officially Withdraws From the Union!

AP: More Gay Weddings Set for San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO - Gay and lesbian couples planned to celebrate Valentine's Day with weddings at City Hall as officials continued to defy state law by issuing marriage licenses to same-sex partners.
Well, you knew it had to go some time.
posted by Josh at 11:56 AM

 
Review: Scott Hahn's The Lamb's Supper

I'll admit it: I'm probably the last serious Catholic to have read Scott Hahn's 1999 release, The Lamb's Supper. I'd heard about it from all over, but I hadn't picked it up for myself until a couple of days ago.

The book reads quickly; it's clear that Hahn is writing for you, me, and the guy down the street. He avoids heavy theological concepts, preferring a more accessible style of argument that cuts through the reader to make a clear point. And at less than 170 pages, I found myself racing towards the end with ease.

Hahn describes a class of Catholics, like myself, who prefer to glance at Revelation, give it a shrug, and move on to another biblical book. I've avoided Revelation because of its confusing imagery and the extremely implausible conclusions certain individuals have drawn from it. How many times have we heard that the Catholic Church is the Whore of Babylon and all of that? Anyway, I suspect these preconceived prejudices towards the mystical book of the Apocalypse have kept me distant, and as a result of this it's apparent that Dr. Hahn wrote this book for folks like me.

The premise behind The Lamb's Supper is that our Mass is closely related to the events and symbolism contained within Revelation. As a result of this connection, we should celebrate the Mass as a representation of "Heaven on Earth." I'll admit that I was a bit skeptical (even after reading Fr. Groeschel's introduction where he states that Hahn's thesis has been his belief for years) of this before delving in to the book since I have never developed this notion or had it laid out so simply before me in the past.

I am happy to report that Dr. Hahn's work succeeds. He makes his case beautifully, and his interpretation of Revelation makes me want to read the text instead of avoid it. For anyone who reads Revelation with an eyebrow raised (and who doesn't?), I recommend this work.

posted by Josh at 11:27 AM

   
     Thursday, February 12, 2004
 

Yes, Julie, I Live!

Sorry to everybody for not leaving a note concerning my almost two-week absence from the blogosphere. Actually, the comment left below is half right; I've not been blogging because I have been living in community as I further my discernment efforts. So, pray for me and all of those in formation. I'd greatly appreciate it.

I'm not signing off by any means. I'm just taking my new situation slow right now and will be back at it full-steam soon, I am sure.

Take it easy everybody, and God be with you all!
posted by Josh at 2:28 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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