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Minute Musings II

And some more unrelated random thoughts:

The ideal society is the one which has a healthy fear of God combined with the original vision of governance crafted by our founding fathers in the constitution.
 No medicine in history has been able to replicate the healing power of laughter. Life is full of humor if you look for it.
The truly interesting man is the one who centers his life around God.  
Vanity of vanities. This whole life is vanity, a chase after the wind. Everything passes away: the seasons, the weather, human life. Everything is always changing and evolving. Strange that we put so much faith in such a transient world. 
I really hate raccoons.  I'm using the word hate here. Big garbage picking rats. 
Why do people get on each other's nerves?   A lot of it probably has to do with people possessing different temperaments. The key to getting along is not focusing on the differences, but focusing instead on a unifying, greater cause.
The whole being of a person lies in the spi…

Calling All Men - A New Christian Patriarchy

Men, it is time to establish a new Christian patriarchy.  It is time to wake up from the muck and mire of the rigors of daily life and fight for a worthwhile cause.  It is time to reclaim the ground that has been lost to cultural decline. It is time for us to grow up and start behaving like real men instead of adolescents.   The battle is raging and the enemies are fierce. Our woman are waiting. Our country is waiting. Our Church is waiting. We need soldiers. We need good Christian soldiers.  We need Christian patriarchs.

So what is a Christian patriarch?

The best way to define Christian patriarchy is to first look at St. Paul's letter to the Ephesians where he writes,

"Wives be subject to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself Savior. As the Church is subject to Christ, so let wives also be subject in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the Church …

The Happiness Equation

America In Decline

Let's face it we are a nation in decline.  This country is being attacked by outside forces and we are also unwittingly attacking ourselves from within   We are being decimated by the two headed monster of radical Islam and secular liberalism. 

Against these two forces our nation has little chance of regaining its former glory as a representative government, which was carefully crafted by our nation's founding fathers.  We used to be a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. We now are a people of the government, by the government and "from" the government.  We have become a nation led by a growing authoritarian class. We are subjected to the whims of this powerful minority who claims that they know better how to govern our lives than we do. We are selling out daily to that behemoth called the government. We are becoming less reliant on God and ourselves and becoming more reliant on the utopian fantasies of corrupt politicians, whose primary aim…

Clericalism: The Death Trap for Christians

"No, my children! We cannot lead a double life. We cannot be like schizophrenics, if we want to be Christians. There is only one life, made of flesh and spirit. And it is that life which has to become, in both body and soul, holy and filled with God: we discover the invisible God in the most visible and material things. " St. Josemaria Escriva from "Passionately Loving The World.

Recently I attended a day of recollection through Opus Dei.  Something about the talk struck me. The speaker was making points about clericalism that I had never heard before. It made me pause and think about the way I was progressing in my own spiritual life.

So what is Clericalism?  The dictionary definition is: a policy of maintaining or increasing the power of a religious hierarchy 

During St. Josemaria's time (1930's Spain) clericalism was a big problem. There was the perception that  priests lived a comfortable life because of their status in society. Often times these priests li…

Channel Surfing at 3 AM

Ever channel surf at 3 AM? If you haven't I definitely recommend it.  The stuff you find at this hour is ludicrous.  This is a brief summary of one of these late night surfing sessions.  (and yes I took notes) Surf's up!

Channel 27: There he goes again that damned purple dinosaur. I thought that he was effectively killed 2 decades ago in the Robin Williams movie "Death to Smoochy" But there he was again wiggling, nearly falling down after each step singing some cryptic nursery rhymes. The kids look overly gleeful, almost dazed.  I'm sorry but these kids look a little off.  I guess they're also secretly traumatized by this fuzzy purple throw back to the early 1970's.  Have we not evolved in 40 plus years?  Didn't "Puff and Stuff" have the exact same concept: humans wearing large headed dinosaur suits dancing around a bunch of way too happy kids?  Is there nothing new under the sun? Troubled, I flick the channel...

Channel 62:   Not another ex…

The Case for Christ IV: Who was the historical Jesus?

Did Jesus really exist? Or was he an ideal that was championed by a poor and desperate class?(as the philosopher Georg Hegel once theorized) Who was this Jesus? Who was this important albeit controversial and divisive, historical figure?

In this post I will try to briefly answer some of these questions about the historicity of Jesus.

1)The life of Jesus was mentioned in non christian sources very early on. Great Roman historians Tacitus and Suetonius both speak about Jesus.  Tacitus in his Annals (AD 116)writes about Jesus as follows:

"Christus, from whom the name has it origins, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilate, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome, where all things hideous and shameful from every part of the world find their center and become popular."  Jesus was also spoken about in the…

minute musings

Allow me to share some unrelated random thoughts:
Youth is the time of ideals, of exciting grand gestures, of unbridled enthusiasm.  There is never a time quite like it.  Youth is also the time of immaturity, of unrealized hopes, vanquished ideals, of starting and not finishing. I want to be young forever, but with a mix of silver haired wisdom.  That is the best combination.
What is a person? Is a person simply a collection of cells, molecules, and atoms?  No.  A person is more than that. A person consists of both physical and spiritual matter.  The soul is the part which grants life to our bodies.  The soul can't be seen - but like the wind it is there even if we can't see it.
Life is a roller coaster: with its anticipation of the ride, its highs and lows, its thrills and leveling off. The only thing is.... that one never knows when the ride will end.
I love this country, but it is being run by freaks: by wig wearing politicians, dumb celebritards, a media gone mad and powdered…

The Case for Christ Pt. III: Why Did Jesus Have To Die?

My wife has always wondered about God's plan of redemption. Why did God's plan have to be so violent? He's God. Couldn't the creator of the universe hatch a plan to save us in a less horrific way?  Another similar question is: Why did salvation have to involve the sacrifice of just one man? Couldn't salvation have been achieved through some communal effort, or movement? Thankfully, these questions are being answered through some of my reading and I can honestly say the explanations make a lot of sense.

I am in no way intimating that I have stumbled upon these answers on my own.  I believe that this clarification was a work of the Holy Spirit. The answers aren't novel as they can be found in the scriptures, the catechism, and through the writings of the early church fathers.  The thing that makes this discovery new and exciting for me is the context that they provide to one of Christianity's greatest mysteries.   I will attempt to answer these 2 questions by…

Who Are The Racists: Conservatives or Liberals?

Dress Well - Be Well

She did it! She found them. She finally found them in some random store near our house. She found the stylish black rimmed non prescription glasses that I've been wanting for months. I've been driving my wife crazy making her join in my quest to find these glasses.  Ah - yes but once I put them on I felt like Batman scaling the walls of Gotham, saving the city from evil goons. My mother in law commented that I looked a little like Russell Crowe.  No problem there.  I like Russell Crowe.  I looked at myself in the mirror so many times I gave Narcissus a run for his money.  Ok. enough self aggrandizing.  But did I mention I like how I look in these glasses? Ok the larger point that I am trying to make is: that dressing or looking a certain way causes our self perception and moods to change.

Think about it....

Don't you act differently when you are wearing a suit as opposed to wearing sweatpants? Don' t you view yourself differently after getting a facial, haircut or a ma…