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A Late Memorial Day Post (with awesome video)

Since I didn't get the chance to post on Memorial Day I am doing so now.    This is an awesome video which impacted me very much.  I am sure that it will arouse a deep sense of gratitude and patriotism towards our armed forces to all those who view it. God Bless America!

Top 100 Speeches of All Time

I found this cool link which contains The Top 100 Speeches of all time as compiled by ( I disagree with many of the selections, but still it is a good start.) The site has all the written transcripts of the speeches and for some of them it even contains the original audio.  To find this site click here.

The Church: Smaller, But More Alive

“The church will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning. She will no longer be able to inhabit many of the edifices she built in prosperity. As the number of her adherents diminishes . . . she will lose many of her social privileges. . . As a small society, [the Church] will make much bigger demands on the initiative of her individual members."
"It will be hard-going for the Church, for the process of crystallization and clarification will cost her much valuable energy. It will make her poor and cause her to become the Church of the meek . . . The process will be long and wearisome as was the road from the false progressivism on the eve of the French Revolution – when a bishop might be thought smart if he made fun of dogmas and even insinuated that the existence of God was by no means certain . . . But when the trial of this sifting is past, a great power will flow from a more spiritualized and simplified Church. Men in a tot…

Graduation Day 12': I finally did it

Last week on Friday I finally graduated.  After nearly 5 years of unbelievable toil, filled with seemingly insurmountable obstacles and an impossible internship I finally graduated.  I not only graduated, but I graduated Magna Cum Laude.   My graduation was a bold testament to perseverance, dedication, and courage.  As I reflect on that great day here are some of the lessons that I learned while at college:

1) Through Christ Anything Is Possible.  I remember clearly during my third semester when I begin to date my wife how I had serious doubts about being able complete my education while marrying her in the process.  In my foolishness I even told her that the decision was between her and school.  Thankfully, she didn't leave me, she just told me to pray and 4 years later I am married and I have graduated.  In my smallness (lack of faith) I couldn't imagine being able to do both. But I guess with the Lord you can have your cake and eat it too!

2) I learned the value of effectiv…

Kings of Convenience: Catchy not Bubblegum

I just discovered this cool band,  Kings of Convenience.  I downloaded these songs into my I pod. Sit back and enjoy!

Right Place, Right Time

A couple of days ago I met up with a friend from Italy whom I haven't seen in years.   It was interesting to see how we both changed.  We got to talking and catching up where we left off the last time we spoke. As we took a sauntering walk we came to the conclusion that we were both at the right place and the right time in history. Ironically, we came to this conclusion as we spoke about the two things most people say to avoid, religion and politics.

We discussed our differing views and truly listened to each other.  We talked and walked and looked like two old Italian men with both arms behind our back, heads slightly tilted forward, philosophizing about the ills of the world and our roles in unfolding drama of life in 2012 A.D.

What struck me most about the encounter was the awareness of how God chose us both to be alive at this time. I often wondered how would I have fared during different periods in history. I wondered how would I have fared during the Great Depression?  Durin…

Artsy vs Artistic

"Poets are commonly spoken of as psychologically unreliable; and generally there
is a vague association between wreathing laurels in your hair and sticking straws in it. Facts and history utterly contradict this view. Most of the very great poets have been not only sane, but extremely business-like; and if Shakespeare ever really held horses, it was because he was much the safest man to hold them. Imagination does not breed insanity. Exactly what does breed insanity is reason."
GK. Chesterton from Orthodoxy Ch. 2: The Maniac
The Contemporary Artist

I am sick of the contemporary artist.  The type of artist who takes pride in being morose, the kind that orders a soy latte, with a side of tofu, colors his/her hair pink or purple, has various body piercings and tattoos, protests in the Occupy Wall street movement while living in his/her parent's basement; the kind that doesn't shower more than twice a week, is perpetually depressed and sits by him/herself in a dark corner …

VIDEO: Attacked by "Tolerance"

You need to watch this video.   After abortion, the issue of traditional marriage is the greatest challenge to our faith.  This video was very impactful.  I would suggest sharing it to as many people as possible.  We need to get the word out there.

We need to fight back.

Question: Can a Person Be Good Without God?

"So can a person be good without God? One can certainly do good deeds without God, but why settle for so little when it is possible to be utterly transformed by the ultimate power and glory into a being of unimaginable and eternal splendor?" To read the rest of the article click here.

So Can A Person Be Good Without God?  Tell me what you think and why?

Wimps Be Gone!

"There is no place in the priesthood today for “wimpish-ness.” There is no place for an attitude that just wants to please people, no matter what they think and no matter what they want. Today the priest has to stand up and be brave, preaching the Truth with love. He has to be willing to be unpopular. And if it comes to it, he has to be open to martyrdom." To read the rest of this great article click here.

I love the emphasis on there being no room for wimps in our faith. If you are a wimp you have two choices: either repent and pray for God's grace to overcome your timidity or just leave the faith. I am serious. None of this middle ground vacillating crap.  The stakes are too high, immortal souls are at stake.  Either man up or leave!  There is no room wimps here.

So are you ready to be a man?

Is That A Skunk under My Car?

The funniest thing happened a couple weeks ago.  On the most beautiful road in NJ my wife thought that she ran over a skunk. The car wreaked when she got home. She was frantic and made me check under the car to see if the smelly culprit was still there. By this time the stench was so unbearable that we had to park our car a quarter mile away so as not to contaminate the air around our home. It was perfect material for a sitcom.  It is amazing how getting sprayed by a skunk can rule your world for that moment.

Any tips on how to get rid of skunk smell?

Men's Real Vocations Are Not Their Careers

I discovered this great, short article written by Jennifer Fulwiler of the Catholic Register. (To check out her awesome blog click here.)  Here is a snippet:
"It's a tricky situation. For the dad who is the sole source of income for his family, part of being a good father certainly involves bringing home that paycheck. He has to take his job seriously. Unfortunately, though, this idea is too often expanded to mean that men have carte blanche to put their work-related goals at the very top of their life priority lists. Their stay-at-home wives have the "sacrificing career goals for the family" stuff covered, so they're free to pour themselves into the workplace."  To read the rest of the article click here.

Happy May Day!

This goes out to all of the communist's out there.  Socialists are also invited. (Most of Obama's cabinet) Occupiers please come.  I thought that it would be fitting to honor the communist's achievements in human rights, world peace, and economic stability.  Check out this video to help with the festivities: (Vodka encouraged!)

Here are some basic stats for some of our communist all stars.  These are the amount of people that were murdered, or like the communist's would like to say "sacrificed for the state"

1)Joseph Stalin 46 Mil
2) Mao Tse-Tung 37 Mil
3)Vladimir Lenin-4 Mil
4)Pol Pot-2.2 Mil
5)Josip Broz Tito 1.1 Mil
6) North Korea ( Kim Il Sung, Kim Jung Il) 1.2 Mil

Total-91 Mil

These stats were gathered from R.J. Rummel's book, Death by Government Published 1995.  These statistics are actually conservative.  New Research suggests that these numbers are even be higher!

Have a Happy May Day!

It is Time to Begin Again!

"For a son of God each day should be an opportunity for renewal, knowing for sure that with the help of grace he will reach the end of the road, which is Love. That is why if you begin and begin again, you are doing well. If you have a will to win, if you struggle, then with God’s help you will conquer. There will be no difficulty you cannot overcome."St. Josemaria Escriva from The Forge, 344

You've been hit. Life has thrown you one of its curve balls.  Just a moment before everything seemed right, everything made sense; there was a flow and purpose to everything.  Now everything seems wrong.  You have fallen again, though you struggle to keep getting up life gets in the way, you get in the way.  How did this happen?  You knew that you weren't perfect, but still the weight of your imperfection haunts you.  You thought that you were better, but in reality you are not.  You are at the same spot where you started.  You are where you are supposed to be.  It is time t…