29 December, 2012

Les Miserables: Some powerful lesson about our human response in the face of trial and suffering



Rachel over at 'Movie Thoughts' offers an insightful review of Hollywood's latest production of 'Les Miserable' in which she explores our human response to suffering. If you're not interested in her opinion regarding the quality of the singing in this movie, skip down to her second point and read from there.

Les Miserables

Is Anybody There? In Hell That Is. Speaking personally, I hope not but I fear I may be disappointed.

Is Anybody There?รข€¦In Hell That Is.

22 December, 2012

Charles Krauthammer: The roots of mass murder - The Washington Post

Charles Krauthammer: The roots of mass murder - The Washington Post

Will God Still Be Able to Find Me? A Meditation based on an endearing Canadian Tire Christmas Commercial | Archdiocese of Washington

Children often have problems with generalization and conceptualization. For example, when I was very young I was told that Jesus lived in the tabernacle. Fine I thought, then that must mean there is furniture and stuff in there. So when the priest opened the tabernacle up on the high altar, I earnestly looked for the furniture and perhaps the little stair case going to a second floor, much like my sister’s dollhouse was set up.
But then the Nuns threw me for a loop in Sunday School when they asked “Where is God?” And then they supplied the answer, “Everywhere.” But wait a minute, I thought they said he lived in the tabernacle. And thus I could not generalize and specify very well with my 6 year old brain
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Will God Still Be Able to Find Me? A Meditation based on an endearing Christmas Commercial | Archdiocese of Washington

Catholic bishops call for gun control, mental health reforms - The Hill's Healthwatch

Catholic bishops call for gun control, mental health reforms - The Hill's Healthwatch

GEORGE WEIGEL COLUMN - A pastoral opportunity lost?

Dec. 26, 2012 - At their annual November meeting, the U.S. bishops failed to approve a pastoral message on the economy.  “The Hope of the Gospel in Difficult Economic Times” was approved by a clear majority of the bishops voting, but objections raised in large part by retired bishops were sufficient to deny the document the supermajority it needed.

All of which strikes me as a lost opportunity.


No doubt the draft document could have been improved; any ecclesial document can be improved (if you doubt that, try reading Vatican II’s Decree on the Means of Social Communication without taking a long winter’s nap). What was so striking about “The Hope of the Gospel in Difficult Economic Times,” however, was that it was different: it was the work of pastors, not policy wonks; it anchored its reflections in the Gospel, not in the dismal science; and in a public environment becoming ever more secular, it used terms like “sin” and “virtue” to describe our present circumstances, what led us into them, and what might lead us into a better future.


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GEORGE WEIGEL COLUMN

19 December, 2012

The Church and the Mandate - George Weigel - National Review Online

The Church and the Mandate - George Weigel - National Review Online

Voice, in the Wilderness - Canadian teenager speaks with the voice of the pro-life community

Voice, in the Wilderness

Christmas: Cure for Cynicism and Irony | First Things

Christmas: Cure for Cynicism and Irony | First Things

Spectacular Space Images from 2012 | CTV News

Spectacular Space Images from 2012 | CTV News

People ‘unaffiliated’ with a religion third largest group worldwide after Christians, Muslims | Holy Post | National Post

People ‘unaffiliated’ with a religion third largest group worldwide after Christians, Muslims | Holy Post | National Post

New Evidence Suggests Biblical Great Flood of Noah's Time Happened, Archaeologist Says - ABC News... WOW! Didn't see this one coming.

New Evidence Suggests Biblical Great Flood of Noah's Time Happened, Archaeologist Says - ABC News

12 December, 2012

Will the world end in 2012? Definitely not, says Vatican astronomer | World | News | National Post

Will the world end in 2012? Definitely not, says Vatican astronomer | World | News | National Post

The Pope, Now on Twitter, Posts His First Message - NYTimes.com

The Pope, Now on Twitter, Posts His First Message - NYTimes.com

‘American Bible Challenge’ Vs. ‘Take It All’ - Game shows as an indicator of a society's health?

‘American Bible Challenge’ Vs. ‘Take It All’ - NYTimes.com

Pope sends first tweet from personal account - Technology & Science - CBC News

Pope sends first tweet from personal account - Technology & Science - CBC News

The Decline of the Church in Britain

The Decline of the Church in Britain

The Abuse Plague Is Universal | First Things - The latest column from George Weigel

The Abuse Plague Is Universal | First Things

09 December, 2012

Science Confirms Pope Was Right on Contraception/Abortion Link

Creative Minority Report: Science Confirms Pope Was Right on Contraception/Abortion Link

You can’t cut a little kid in half | Column | Opinion | Pembroke Daily Observer

You can’t cut a little kid in half | Column | Opinion | Pembroke Daily Observer

Canada’s witch trials: Fake sorcerers and sham psychics abound despite hundred-year-old law | Holy Post | National Post

Canada’s witch trials: Fake sorcerers and sham psychics abound despite hundred-year-old law | Holy Post | National Post

This week in religion history: Gay marriage comes to Canada | Holy Post | National Post

This week in religion history: Gay marriage comes to Canada | Holy Post | National Post

BIG BLUE WAVE: Babies Recognize Language in the Womb: Study

BIG BLUE WAVE: Babies Recognize Language in the Womb: Study

08 December, 2012

Will the world end in 2012?: One in 10 Canadians anticipating the apocalypse before New Year’s - These 1 in 10 are SILLY PEOPLE!! The world will not end on Dec 21st!!!!!

Will the world end in 2012?: One in 10 Canadians anticipating the apocalypse before New Year’s | Canada | News | National Post

The Reawakening of the Church of France

The Reawakening of the Church of France

Why aren’t we calling it the ‘royal fetus’? | LifeSiteNews.com

Why aren’t we calling it the ‘royal fetus’? | LifeSiteNews.com

Quebec court forces Catholic school to teach 'neutral' course on religion and morality | LifeSiteNews.com

Quebec court forces Catholic school to teach 'neutral' course on religion and morality | LifeSiteNews.com

George Weigel reflects on the “Catholic Endgame” : Christopher's Apologies

George Weigel reflects on the “Catholic Endgame” : Christopher's Apologies

07 December, 2012

God willing, we shall return, with peace and hope | Column | Opinion | Pembroke Daily Observer




God willing, we shall return, with peace and hope | Column | Opinion | Pembroke Daily Observer

Theo Fleury seeks to empower victims and achieve 'transference of shame' - This is a most worthy initiative! Congratulations to Theo for undertaking this responsibility

Fleury seeks to empower victims and achieve 'transference of shame' | CTV News

Here's an excellent YouTube video in which one of Canada's preeminent ethicists explains the dangers of letting doctors kill their patients under the guise of 'treatment'

Dr. Margaret Somerville on YouTube discussing doctor assisted suicide as killing

In Praise of the Modern Atheist : IgnitumToday

In Praise of the Modern Atheist : IgnitumToday

The Separation of Church and State Is a One-Way Street |Blogs | NCRegister.com

The Separation of Church and State Is a One-Way Street |Blogs | NCRegister.com

The Real St. Nicholas – Not Fat and Not Very Jolly Either. | Archdiocese of Washington

The Real St. Nicholas – Not Fat and Not Very Jolly Either. | Archdiocese of Washington

04 December, 2012

Eighteen billion kilometres from Earth, Voyager 1 has encountered a brand new region of space | News | National Post

Eighteen billion kilometres from Earth, Voyager 1 has encountered a brand new region of space | News | National Post

The Birthrate and America’s Future - Dropping birth rate seen as indicator of cultural decadence

The Birthrate and America’s Future - NYTimes.com

Pope Calls on Bishops to Run Charities Better | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Pope Calls on Bishops to Run Charities Better | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Reporter who broke Savita story admits: there may have been no request for a ‘termination’ | LifeSiteNews.com

Reporter who broke Savita story admits: there may have been no request for a ‘termination’ | LifeSiteNews.com

Catholic priest to ‘Fox & Friends’: ‘Silly’ for you to be ‘so angry about this war on Christmas’ | The Raw Story

Catholic priest to ‘Fox & Friends’: ‘Silly’ for you to be ‘so angry about this war on Christmas’ | The Raw Story

"To Hell With It" - The Motu Proprio | National Catholic Reporter

"To Hell With It" - The Motu Proprio | National Catholic Reporter

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