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To Correct or Not To Correct

"I would like to mention an aspect of the Christian life, which I believe has been quite forgotten: fraternal correction in view of eternal salvation. Today, in general, we are very sensitive to the idea of charity and caring about the physical and material well-being of others, but almost completely silent about our spiritual responsibility towards our brothers and sisters."

The Daily Sanctified Grind

It's your 100th time doing the same thing. You begin your day with same stale coffee.  The sun is shining, piercing, fiery colors of orange, purple, and pink.  It's a grand morning, but you don't enjoy it because inside of you there's a war brewing between the forces of yesterday and tomorrow.  Stuck between those two poles is the dreaded today.  So you lock the door and get into your car...

At work your mind is bored you begin to question yourself, "Why am I doing this?"  You know the reason. You need to make money, but still you can't help feeling that all is pointless in this monotonous drudgery.   Worse off you don't have anyone to give you that once in a while, "atta boy" pat on the back.  Instead as you are reflecting upon these things you hear your boss's voice, "faster, faster."  You become discouraged, life feels stagnant.   You are doing the same thing over and over again; days pass, months pass, years...You are the s…

"Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy" vs. Reality

There is a pervasive myth that life is supposed to be a bowl of cherries, and the key to life is to just be happy.   You see this myth everywhere, especially in the movies, particularly romantic comedies where the destiny joined couple overcome all and share that memorable kiss in the end. You get this in the billion dollar greeting card industry, where Hallmark dictates your moods and the moods of your family.

In real life you see this tendency in parents where they do everything in their power to keep their kids happy, at the expensive cost of character development, which is always forged through adversity.   There is an epidemic in our society, an epidemic which stresses that everyone needs to be emotionally happy, to deny reality,and to make an idol out of sentimentality. 

Real life is brutish. It is hard, it pounds one relentlessly.  Reality plays no favorites.  Reality is not fair.  Reality is unbiased .  Reality does not cling to fantasies. Reality does not necessarily usher …

Its Time To Kill Timidity

There are two sides to each person. One is a side of weakness, the other a side of strength.  There are two sides of this battle, the consequences which can shape the destiny of a person.  This fundamental battle has been fought for ages, more acutely by Christians, but also by leaders of all stripes. Lose this battle and you can kiss your life good bye.  I am not talking about heaven or hell even though this battle does shape this ultimate outcome. I am talking more about a personal battle, a battle which unfortunately most people don't fight or ever undertake. 

Our society loves timidity, or political correctness in its contemporary manifestation.  Why?  Because it is safe, and sanitized. A timid person isn't a threat to no one.  The timid person might be more well liked, but no one respects a timid person. I certainly don't, I hate timidity like I hate sin. A lamb is much more pleasant than a lion, but a lamb gets slaughtered, while the lion roams as a king.  As Christ…

Nicki Minaj & Satan's Grammys

What do Nicki Minaj, Satan, The Catholic Church, and the Grammy's have in common?  The answer is in this video...




This performance was a direct assault on the Catholic Church.  Personally I was not too surprised by this given the entertainment industry's anti Christian bias. However, I was outraged, this was personal.  Nicki Minaj was mocking Jesus, my beloved Catholic church. I am an artist and I love music, but when art begins to glorify the profane it simply isn't art anymore. Just imagine if this performance was set at a Jewish synangogue with young boys recitting the torah while provocative women were shoving their bodies with their legs spread accompanied by the whimpering words of a rabbi who has no power to stop the seductive she devil.   Or imagine this performace taking place in a mosque with men praying on their rugs with women grinding in front of them, distracting them from praying.   I would argue that it would have never aired because it wasn't political…

H.J. Heinz: From Bankrupt to Mogul

I am one of those "ketchup on your hot dog" people. I know I know we are in the minority. But interestingly as I was eating that very thing and channel surfing I coincidentally stumbled upon the inspiring account of Henry J. Heinz on the Smithsonian Channel.   I was inspired by the raw tenacity and perseverance of this great man.  There were many things that stood out to me but I will focus on only two of them.

1) Before becoming successful Heinz went bankrupt. This is how it happenedIn 1875 there was a banking crisis in the US.  Heinz had already begun a company that sold horseradish.  In order to pay for his vegetable shipments Heinz had taken out several bank loans to finance his expansion.  But when the crisis hit, the money ran dry and it left Heinz several thousand dollars in debt. Most of the farmers who supplied Heinz with the produce vowed never to do business with him again.  So grim were the circumstances that he didn't even have the money to purchase Chr…

Rick Santorum: The Comeback Kid

Yesterday I was stunned as were most Americans by Rick Santorum's clean sweep of the Minnesota, Missouri, and Colorado contests. For months the conventional wisdom has been that Mitt Romney was the best choice to defeat Obama, but most Republicans are still not excited about him including myself.  That is why I was so thrilled about the Santorum sweep last night because it signaled that finally we might have a conservative candidate that could compete against Mitt Romney. Here are some basic facts about the incredibly resilient Rick Santorum:

In 1990 Rick Santorum defeated 7 term Democratic incumbent Doug Walgreen to win the house seat in the 18th district of PennsylvaniaIn 1992 during the year where George Bush (the senior) lost to Bill Clinton Rick Santorum was able to win his reelection bid with over 61% of the vote in a redrawn congressional district where registered Democrats outnumbered republicans 3 to 1. What makes this so impressive is the fact that Bill Clinton carried Pe…

Obama's Assault on The Catholic Church Pt.II

Yesterday I wrote about the potential devastating effects of Obamacare on the Catholic Church.   In this post I will feature a conversation between Hugh Hewitt and Rick Santorum.  Here is an excerpt from the article:


"HH: Rick Santorum, what do you advise Catholic hospitals, Catholic colleges, Catholic…the centers of poverty assistance, the adoption agencies? What do you advise them to do in the face of, as Archbishop Olmsted said, we cannot comply with this unjust law?
RS: Civil disobedience. This will not stand. There’s no way they can make this stand. The Supreme Court, eventually, this thing’s going to get to the Supreme Court just like the ministerial hiring issue that was just decided by the Supreme Court the other day. And it was a 9-0 decision that said the Obama administration can’t roll over people of faith when it comes to hiring. Yet in the face of that decision, this radical, secular government of Barack Obama continues to have faith be the least important of…