Saturday, July 12, 2003

Split Over Nassau Sept. 11 Memorial

"Nassau County has chosen a memorial design honoring nearly 300 county residents who died in the 9/11 terrorist attack, but the county and the designer disagree about building a separate wall for uniformed personnel."

This is similar to the argument occurring at Ground Zero-should the police and firefighters who died on Sept. 11th be given a separate monument?

Wednesday, July 09, 2003

"The crabby little girls of today are the crabby old women of tommorrow!!"

---Lucy Van Pelt

Before discovering St. Blogs, I found various apologetic and traditional Catholic websites that introduced me to orthodoxy. The ability to speak online with fellow Catholics was limited to AOL chat rooms. These are nightmares. There are people who espouse nothing but the most stereotypical nonsense of both the conservative and liberal variety. Regulars were often nasty and did nothing but fight (not argue but fight). I actually was glad for the frequent children who came in to yell and curse, at least they livened up the room. Discovering St. Blogs meant I could forget the chat rooms and never go back. The blogs have better commentary, better arguments, better personalities and I have actually learned things from them. The only problem is that there are so many that it is impossible to check them all frequently. I wish there was a "Best of St. Blogs" site with only the top posts of various types.
Bishop urges home schoolers to feel at home in Church as well

"As Bishop William Murphy offered Mass for home-schooling families at St. Agnes Cathedral here June 30, he urged families to feel at home in Church as well.
“We are at home in the cathedral church,” Bishop Murphy told about 200 parents and their children who have opted for lessons at home rather than at a school. “Here, we are the family of Church.”

Priest-vet’s war stories included in book

Msgr. Fink is, well, no fink. He was one of the 3 people who answered questions at the "Faith on Tap" open forum discussion-for Catholics in their 20's and 30's. Fr. is very bright, orthodox, and I had no idea he converted when in college.

Sunday, July 06, 2003

“If the Church of the future knows John Paul II as ‘John Paul the Great,’ it will be for this reason: at another moment of peril, when barbarisms of various sorts threatened civilization, a heroic figure was called from the Church to meet the barbarian threat and propose an alternative. In the case of Pope Leo the Great (440-461), the barbarians in question were Attila and his Huns. In the case of Gregory the Great (590-604), the barbarians were the Lombards. In the case of John Paul II, the barbarism threatening civilization has been a set of ideas whose consequences include barbarous politics-defective humanisms that, in the name of humanity and its destiny, create new tyrannies and compound human suffering.”

p. 863 Witness To Hope The Biography of Pope John Paul II by George Weigel