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Les Miserables: Some powerful lesson about our human response in the face of trial and suffering

Rachel over at 'Movie Thoughts' offers an insightful review of Hollywood's latest production of 'Les Miserable' in which she explores our human response to suffering. If you're not interested in her opinion regarding the quality of the singing in this movie, skip down to her second point and read from there. Les Miserables

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

May the peace of the new born Messiah bring peace, happiness, and good health to all the visitors here... Where the Rubber Meets the Road. Fr. Tim

'Christmas Gets Worse Every Year' - a YouTube video that many among us can relate to.

Will God Still Be Able to Find Me? A Meditation based on an endearing Canadian Tire Christmas Commercial | Archdiocese of Washington

Children often have problems with generalization and conceptualization. For example, when I was very young I was told that Jesus lived in the tabernacle. Fine I thought, then that must mean there is furniture and stuff in there. So when the priest opened the tabernacle up on the high altar, I earnestly looked for the furniture and perhaps the little stair case going to a second floor, much like my sister’s dollhouse was set up. But then the Nuns threw me for a loop in Sunday School when they asked “Where is God?” And then they supplied the answer, “Everywhere.” But wait a minute, I thought they said he lived in the tabernacle. And thus I could not generalize and specify very well with my 6 year old brain Click on link below to read the entire article:   Will God Still Be Able to Find Me? A Meditation based on an endearing Christmas Commercial | Archdiocese of Washington

GEORGE WEIGEL COLUMN - A pastoral opportunity lost?

Dec. 26, 2012 - At their annual November meeting, the U.S. bishops failed to approve a pastoral message on the economy.  “The Hope of the Gospel in Difficult Economic Times” was approved by a clear majority of the bishops voting, but objections raised in large part by retired bishops were sufficient to deny the document the supermajority it needed. All of which strikes me as a lost opportunity. No doubt the draft document could have been improved; any ecclesial document can be improved (if you doubt that, try reading Vatican II’s Decree on the Means of Social Communication without taking a long winter’s nap). What was so striking about “The Hope of the Gospel in Difficult Economic Times,” however, was that it was different : it was the work of pastors, not policy wonks; it anchored its reflections in the Gospel, not in the dismal science; and in a public environment becoming ever more secular, it used terms like “sin” and “virtue” to describe our p

Pew Research issues 'Best of 2012' list

Pope Says Faith Includes Trust in Dark Moments | Daily News | NCRegister.com

In the latest installment of his weekly reflections on faith, the Holy Father emphasizes the need to rely on God in difficult circumstances. Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/pope-says-faith-includes-trust-in-dark-moments?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NCRegisterDailyBlog+National+Catholic+Register#When:2012-12-19%2017:35:01#ixzz2FbaQYpo9 Pope Says Faith Includes Trust in Dark Moments | Daily News | NCRegister.com

God willing, we shall return, with peace and hope | Column | Opinion | Pembroke Daily Observer

God willing, we shall return, with peace and hope | Column | Opinion | Pembroke Daily Observer

12 women died from abortion complications in 2008, double previous year: CDC | LifeSiteNews.com

QUICK! Time to mount up and rally to demand that abortions be outlawed! Time to protest, yell, and profane governments which permit such an outrage to occur!!! 12 women have died!!! No? Then why is this the proper response when one woman dies in Ireland because (in the opinion of her non-medically trained husband) her request to terminate a pregnancy was refused... especially when medical opinion states that performing an abortion would not necessarily have saved her life? Surely it's not because this tragedy is being used by some to promote a particular agenda is it? 12 women died from abortion complications in 2008, double previous year: CDC | LifeSiteNews.com

Leafs fan buys used dressing room toilet from the team for $5,300 - sportsnet.ca

A Leaf fan's dream possession? It's just way too easy to come up with reasons why this fan has purchased the PERFECT ICON of his team. In charity, I leave it to you, gentle reader, to come up with your own thoughts or suggestions. Feel free to share them if you'd like. :-) Given the state of the NHL today with half a season already flushed away in this stupid lockout, it might be the best symbol for the entire league. BTW, who was it that thought that the best way to work out a deal between players and owners of a professional hockey league was to give the job to a pint sized basketball lawyer and a large-headed baseball lawyer? Can you picture Betman playing point guard on any basketball team you've ever played on after leaving grade school?  And seriously, don't you think that maybe Fehr got out of baseball because people kept thinking he was the Met's team mascot?    Leafs fan buys dressing room toilet for $5,300 - sportsnet.ca

Church of England votes against women bishops | Holy Post | National Post

It is understandable that a church founded on an apostolic leadership model would be wary of making this change.  Women as priests is much less of an issue since a priest is theologically viewed as being subordinate to a bishop. An argument can be made, as it has already within the Anglican communion that priests could analogously be compared to the 'disciples', of which there were both men and women in biblical times. (It doesn't work for Catholics because of the 'in persona Christi' issue, but that's not at issue here.)  However, using the same analogy bishops are seen as the successors to the 12 apostles whom Christ placed at the head of the Church to fulfill the three roles of leadership, sacramental ministry, and teaching/evangelization. While it is clear that women were among his closest followers, some of whom even used their own wealth to support Jesus and his ministry, it is just as certain that among the 12 Christ only chose men. Theol

Archbishop Chaput: being a saint is the only thing that matters :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

A perfect reflection for a Sunday! Archbishop Chaput: being a saint is the only thing that matters :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

NCRegister | Drone Wars: The Morality of Robotic Weapons

NCRegister | Drone Wars: The Morality of Robotic Weapons

The Crisis of a Second Obama Administration | First Things

George Weigel examines the consequences of the 2nd Obama election for the RC Church. The Crisis of a Second Obama Administration | First Things