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Sorry.  My bad.   Harebrained, but I think hair-brained is just as good.  Hair on the brain as in water on the brain, and all.
The Coffee Pot / Re: go to bed
« Last post by dymphna17 on Today at 03:41:36 AM »
My sweet Dymph, I'm here, sorta. But you certainly can conscript my angel to relieve suffering souls anywhere and everywhere! He has two strong arms, he can help. Even while watching over me. But I'll be sleeping soon and will need very little oversight. You are so good to us and others. Just knowing you are roaming, checking locks, counting my sheep, doing surveillance for the forum, while we sleep is comforting. Really Dymph, Ches may just have a trophy for assuring the well being of others. He has so, so many, I'll bet he has something appropriate for the forum's night time swiss guard (of one). Hey, we need to provide you with a formal uniform. Then when we get a pic of you with your trophy you will be appropriately dressed. Maybe a denim jumper (very traddish) thick tights, with a sew on security patch with your name on it. Not on your tights, though.Then a few smiley faces and a WWJD patch. With a sacred heart image, and sorrowful heart. Then you will need a holster to hold your holy water. And an official salt shaker for your blessed exorcize salt. Oh we could really deck you out, couldn't we.

Sure could!  As Security Supervisor, I had a uniform to wear, epaulets and all.  Had I been thinking at the time, I would have requested a uniform change for women.  Seriously though. I did request the ability to wear a skirt instead of their pants.  I would have made sure the material was an exact copy of the pants, but alas, it was not meant to be.  Making my rounds at that facility meant I had to go out on a roof to check some doors, and then down through a tunnel to an electricity/maintenance building.  In there, if an alarm was sounding or if asked to check and register the temperature, I would have to climb the ladder to the thermostat.  And the last scenario was. that if I had to tackle an intruder, who was breaking and entering, it wouldn't bode well for me to be in a skirt.  So, I had to agree with their reasons, this time.  Plus being at the state lab all night by yourself, with all those nasty germs, etc, well, I could see their point, and therefore gave up on running their lives.  lol
Catholic Liturgical Life / Re: Butler's lives of the Saints
« Last post by Xavier on Today at 03:26:24 AM »
4/20: St. Marcellinus, Bishop

April 20.--ST. MARCELLINUS, Bishop.

ST. MARCELLINUS was born in Africa, of a noble family; accompanied by Vincent and Domninus, he went over into Gaul, and there preached the Gospel, with great success, in the neighborhood of the Alps. He afterwards settled at Embrun, where he built a chapel in which he passed his nights in prayer, after laboring all the day in the exercise of his sacred calling. By his pious example as well as by his earnest words, he converted many of the heathens among whom he lived. He was afterwards made bishop of the people whom he had won over to Christ, but the date of his consecration is not positively known. Burning with zeal for the glory of God, he sent Vincent and Domninus to preach the faith in those parts which he could not visit in person. He died at Embrun about the year 374, and was there interred. St. Gregory of Tours, who speaks of Marcellinus in terms of highest praise, mentions many miracles as happening at his tomb.

Reflection.--Though you may not be called upon to preach, at least endeavor to set a good example, remembering that deeds often speak louder than words.
Catholic Liturgical Life / Re: Butler's lives of the Saints
« Last post by Xavier on Today at 03:24:06 AM »
4/19: St. Elphege, Archbishop

April 19.--ST. ELPHEGE, Archbishop.

ST. ELPHEGE was born in the year 954, of a noble Saxon family. He first became a monk in the monastery of Deerhurst, near Tewkesbury, England, and afterwards lived as a hermit near Bath, where he founded a community under the rule of St. Benedict, and became its first abbot. At thirty years of age he was chosen Bishop of Winchester, and twenty-two years later he became Archbishop of Canterbury. In 1011, when the Danes landed in Kent and took the city of Canterbury, putting all to fire and sword, St. Elphege was captured and carried off in the expectation of a large ransom. He was unwilling that his ruined church and people should be put to such expense, and was kept in a loathsome prison at Greenwich for seven months. While so confined some friends came and urged him to lay a tax upon his tenants to raise the sum demanded for his ransom. "What reward can I hope for," said he, "if I spend upon myself what belongs to the poor? Better give up to the poor what is ours, than take from them the little which is their own." As he still refused to give ransom, the enraged Danes fell upon him in a fury, beat him with the blunt sides of their weapons, and bruised him with stones until one, whom the Saint had baptized shortly before, put an end to his sufferings by the blow of an axe. He died on Easter Saturday, April 19, 1012, his last words being a prayer for his murderers. His body was first buried in St. Paul's, London, but was afterwards translated to Canterbury by King Canute. A church dedicated to St. Elphege still stands upon the place of his martyrdom at Greenwich.

Reflection.--Those who are in high positions should consider themselves as stewards rather than masters of the wealth or power intrusted to them for the benefit of the poor and weak. St. Elphege died rather than extort his ransom from the poor tenants of the Church lands.
Catholic Liturgical Life / Re: Butler's lives of the Saints
« Last post by Xavier on Today at 03:23:47 AM »
4/18: St. Apollonius, Martyr

April 18.--ST. APOLLONIUS, Martyr.

MARCUS AURELIUS had persecuted the Christians, but his son Commodus, who in 180 succeeded him, showed himself favorable to them out of regard to his Empress Marcia, who was an admirer of the Faith. During this calm the number of the faithful was exceedingly increased, and many persons of the first rank, among them Apollonius, a Roman senator, enlisted themselves under the banner of the cross. He was a person very well versed both in philosophy and the Holy Scripture. In the midst of the peace which the Church enjoyed, he was publicly accused of Christianity by one of his own slaves. The slave was immediately condemned to have his legs broken, and to be put to death, in consequence of an edict of Marcus Aurelius, who, without repealing the former laws against convicted Christians, ordered by it that their accusers should be put to death. The slave being executed, the same judge sent an order to St. Apollonius to renounce his religion as he valued his life and fortune. The Saint courageously rejected such ignominious terms of safety, wherefore Perennis referred him to the judgment of the Roman senate, to give an account of his faith to that body. Persisting in his refusal to comply with the condition, the Saint was condemned by a decree of the Senate, and beheaded about the year 186.

Refection.--It is the prerogative of the Christian religion to inspire men with such resolution, and form them to such heroism, that they rejoice to sacrifice their life to truth. This is not the bare force and exertion of nature, but the undoubted power of the Almighty, Whose strength is thus made perfect in weakness. Every Christian ought, by his manner, to bear witness to the sanctity of his faith. Such would be the force of universal good example, that no libertine or infidel could withstand it.
Catholic Liturgical Life / Re: Butler's lives of the Saints
« Last post by Xavier on Today at 03:22:51 AM »
4/17: St. Anicetus, Pope, Martyr

April 17.--ST. ANICETUS, Pope, Martyr.

ST. ANICETUS succeeded St. Pius, and sat about eight years, from 165 to 173. If he did not shed his blood for the Faith, he at least purchased the title of martyr by great sufferings and dangers. He received a visit from St. Polycarp, and tolerated the custom of the Asiatics in celebrating Easter on the 14th day of the first moon after the vernal equinox, with the Jews. His vigilance protected his flock from the wiles of the heretics Valentine and Marcion, who sought to corrupt the faith in the capital of the world.

The first thirty-six bishops at Rome, down to Liberius, and, this one excepted, all the popes to Symmachus, the fifty-second, in 498, are honored among the Saints; and out of two hundred and forty-eight popes, from St. Peter to Clement XIII. seventy-eight are named in the Roman Martyrology. In the primitive ages, the spirit of fervor and perfect sanctity, which is nowadays so rarely to be found, was conspicuous in most of the faithful, and especially in their pastors. The whole tenor of their lives breathed it in such a manner as to render them the miracles of the world, angels on earth, living copies of their divine Redeemer, the odor of whose virtues and holy law and religion they spread on every side.

Reflection.--If, after making the most solemn protestations of inviolable friendship and affection for a fellow-creature, we should the next moment revile and contemn him, without having received any provocation or affront, and this habitually, would not the whole world justly call our protestations hypocrisy, and our pretended friendship a mockery? Let us by this rule judge if our love of God be sovereign, so long as our inconstancy betrays the insincerity of our hearts.
Of all hair-brained ideas.  What the Church needs least of all at the moment is to have any priests, trad or N.O., be even less available to their flocks because they're busy with their wives & children. 

Anyone who knows priests well knows that the good ones are well acquainted with the realities of marriage. 

(The argument has been twofold:   
1. "that only married people understand other married people."  Hmmm.  What happened to the rest of the human race that grew up with married parents and thus can mostly see what marriage is all about?  Most priests are very knowledgeable and realistic about marriage.  Part of that is because they hear the confessions of married individuals. Sins against one's spouse are one of the most commonly confessed category of sins.

2.  "Bringing married men into the priesthood will increase the number of priests."  Seriously?  Not by any appreciable amount, it won't.  It's lots of extra work with less pay than he can earn on the outside.  Not cost effective for the man and his family, and would practically require the woman to return to work while also trying to raise a large family.  Whoops, I forgot that this move is more intended for the N.O., many of whom -- well, contracept. )

To get #2 going, the Church would have to hope that there are that many altruistic and holy married Catholic men out there who are dying to work overtime hours on a regular basis in an emotionally draining "giving [service] profession" while also being full-time husbands and fathers.  What's in it for them?   I mean, in the past, some N.O.-type Catholic men have said that the idea of a very part-time and limited priesthood, one focused more on social activism, sounded attractive to them, but that hardly fills the real needs in the Church.  The Church doesn't need more social activists; it needs men who can both say Mass and hear Confessions without conflicting responsibilities.  Probably they should be trained and formed enough to also do spiritual direction, because that is a crying need in the Church right now and there is quite an unmet demand for spiritual direction currently, and that is much better done by a man trained and formed in virtue through the celibate priesthood.

And no married men will be allowed into trad apostolates.

A long time ago I foolishly thought married priests to be a good idea.  Those who have tried this in the modern era admit that the time and emotional conflicts are enormous and that almost no one can do it, let alone do it well.  Celibacy is not just marriage to Christ's 'Church, His bride.  It is that, of course, but the specific, effective graces of celibacy are ordered to sacrifice and universal charity in a way that opposes the necessary exclusivity of marriage.
The History Subforum / Re: WW2 propaganda posters
« Last post by drummerboy on Today at 01:40:56 AM »
If you read between the lines on alot of these posters they're extremely socialist (referring to the American ones).  All this talk about obeying govt. programs and what not.
The pro aborts may have over reached with the actual wording of the amendment, 12 weeks unrestricted abortion. Prolife has a chance of winning, but yes Greg we will be made vote again if they lose.
The History Subforum / Re: WW2 propaganda posters
« Last post by drummerboy on Today at 01:35:40 AM »
This one is interesting. The main point is not to go overboard being paranoid that your neighbor is a spy. Then this part is added at the end:

"Let it be said that American history never has or never will be blotted with crimes against humanity."

Just before we started fire-bombing civilians.

And the Native Americans...? Or maybe they don't count because they're not human?
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