Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Discounted Abortions on Sunday...

'Getting an abortion means getting a second chance' an ad on the site reads.

A second "chance"? Hmm....no second chances for the child who loses their life. Life is never the same after an abortion. It's a second chance for no one.


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Katy Perry is 'Wide Awake'

Katy Perry has released a video for her new song, "Wide Awake." The lyrics and images used in this song and video are interesting indeed. The video is not suitable for children but I think adults can see something deeper.

Here is a young woman, one of the most successful singers in recent history, letting her fans know that the life that has come upon her is not all it appears to be? What appears to be glamorous and fun has a darker side? A side that has robbed her of her childhood innocence? Interesting.


How is this for a philosophical reflection upon beauty?

"It is impossible to talk about bodily beauty if one, like one born blind has never seen and known bodily beauty. In the same way, it is impossible to talk about the "luster" of right living and of learning and of the like if one has never cared for such things, never beheld the "face of justice" and temperance and seen it to be "beyond the beauty of evening or morning star." Seeing of this sort is only done with the eye of the soul. And, seeing thus, one undergoes a joy, a wonder, and a distress more deep than any other because here one touches truth. 

Such emotion all beauty must induce-- an astonishment, a delicious wonderment, a longing, a love, a trembling that is all delight. It may be felt for things invisible quite as for things you see, and indeed the soul does feel it. All souls, we can cay, feel it, but souls that are apt for love feel it especially. It is the same here as with bodily beauty. All perceive it. Not all are stung sharply by it. Only they whom we call lovers ever are..."

From The Essential Plotinus

Women in Combat?

Check out this interesting article on the idea of whether women should be allowed to serve on the front lines in battle and also in specialized forces such as the Rangers and SEALS.


I think its interesting that the article points out the fact that it wasn't until the 1970s that the Women's Army Corp was disestablished to "eliminate distinction between men and women in the US Army." That says a lot.

This question of women on the front lines in battle has been a controversial topic over the past 40 years. Some people argue that a soldier is a soldier, no matter male nor female. Others say that women become a liability by their natural composition and it just gives men in battle yet another problem to worry about.

The truth is that there IS a distinction between men and women. Society would have us think that there are profound differences, only some anatomical differentiations. This is untrue. The make-up of mind, body and soul are dramatically different in men and women. Does it mean that women should not serve in the military? Absolutely not. But we should serve where we are best suited.

I just finished reading two of former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell's books and they both blew me away, I thought they were incredible (Mr Luttrell, you are in my prayers! I hope our paths cross one day!). As I was reading about the BUD/s training and the missions and what the SEALS face on the battlefield, I was thinking how glad I was that men were serving in these areas, for they are indeed well-suited for this type of battle. They are biologically, emotionally and spiritually suited for this type of battle.

Does this mean that women aren't suited for battle or are somehow lacking because men are more well-suited for this type of combat? No. Men and women have different gifts. Why should I as a woman have to take on masculine characteristics to serve in a certain area? Wouldn't I be better off serving in an area where I can use my feminine characteristics to their utmost capacity? Wouldn't I be better off using my capabilities to heal, attend to the individual person and bear and bring life? I think these would be be much better uses for my feminine body, spirit and soul.

Women are incredibly strong, fierce and courageous. Our gifts flow most efficaciously when we use them as designed.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Snow White and the Wicked Queen: A Tale of Two Beauties

The latest version of Snow White that debuted in the theaters last week is an interesting take on the classic story of a power hungry woman who desires beauty above all else. This particular story- Snow White and the Huntsman is certainly NOT the Disney version and it offers some poignent insights into true vs false beauty.

Since the fairy tale is well known, there won't be any spoilers here. The story begins with the good queen seeing rose in bloom in the middle of winter (sounds like the miracle of Our Lady of Guadalupe-but that's not part of the story...) and after pricking her finger on the thorns of the rose stem, the queen wishes for a daughter whose hair is black, skin white as snow and lips the color of the red rose.

In the movie, the child born to the queen is lovely indeed and the queen blesses her daughter saying, "you have a rare gift of beauty and it's in here (placing her hand upon the little girl's heart) don't ever lose it." That alone speaks much of the emanation of true beauty. As the little girl holds a wounded bird in her hand, this blessing is a sign of her future destiny to use her gift of beauty to heal and give life.

The good queen dies and the king, inconsolable, is lured into an attack by a dark army (oh the spiritual parallels of that!!) and discovers a "prisoner" of the army he defeats-- which is none other then a breathtakingly physically beautiful woman who in one day, allays the pain in the kings heart and wins his hand in marriage.

The whole thing is a set up though, by this broken and evil woman who has been wounded by her own gift of beauty and seeks revenge on men. This is very telling. The evil queen, Ravenna (played exceptionally well by the lovely Charlize Theron) has a flash back to a time of childhood where an army was invading her village and a woman put a spell upon her which would make her physical beauty powerful and would save her from the strife. However, the spell could be broken by authentic beauty.

So we see Ravenna, a powerful and beautiful woman who overthrows kingdoms and literally sucks the life out of the young and beautiful in an effort to grasp at her own survival.

Therein lies the dichotomy- Snow White has a beauty that heals and gives life. Ravenna has used her beauty to seek revenge, destroy and grasp. Ravenna has been wounded by her own beauty as we see in her resentment toward men whom she claims have used and ruined her-- so she ruins them in return.

I think this tells the tale of many women throughout generations. We as women with our gift of beauty from God- we are Our Father's daughters- haven't understood this gift. We emanate the grace of heaven and that authentic beauty comes from deep within and has the power to heal and give life, rest and refuge. When we are wounded in our beauty and femininity (sometimes this happens especially with women who also meet the "standard" of society's definition of beauty), we resent our beauty or are afraid of it or blame the sorrowful things have happened to us upon our gift of beauty.

The good news in all of this is that God is the giver of this gift and the restorer of this gift. He longs to see His daughters alive in their beauty and using their gift to help heal creation. Jesus comes to make all things new. With Him, nothing is lost and nothing a waste.

No red apple required...

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Fr. Pontifex's New Video

Not one to shy away from controversy, Fr. Pontifex shines the light of truth into the darkness of atheism.

Kalai on Glenn Beck

Click on this link to hear a sample of the supercool song by Kalai that was featured on Glenn Beck's radio program yesterday.

Kalai will also be performing at the Restoring Love event.

Friday, June 08, 2012

Restoring Love

Here is brief video from Glenn Beck about the Restoring Love event. See the post below about the song that was chosen as the theme for the event! Awesome!

Glenn Beck Chooses Matt Maher's Music as Theme for Restoring Love

Glenn Beck announced today that he has chosen a song by Catholic musician Matt Maher as the theme for the Restoring Love celebration in this July in Dallas, TX.

Rock ON Matt and Glenn!!

Here is the song-- Hold Us Together-

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Venus Crosses the Sun...

Check out this AP photo of the planet Venus crossing the Sun- amazing!

you can see the actual path in this video below--