8 Responses to Quotes Suitable for Framing: Leviticus 19: 15

  • @1:56 “What difference does it make if a few political extremists lose their rights?” “What difference does it make if a few racial minorities lose their rights?” “Forward”
    “What difference does it make if Ambassador Christopher Stevens loses his life? The Progressives under Hillary Clinton: “It doesn’t matter now. What difference does it make?”

  • The Pope would agree with not honouring the countenance of the mighty if they are rich white conservative American capitalists, but if they are him (or even the elitist lily white rich liberals whose adoration he so craves), then that’s a horse of a different colour.
    The Pope would disagree with not respecting the person of the poor so long as they are Hispanic or Muslim immigrants into America or Western Europe, but if they are white conservative farmers in the heartland who voted for Trump or white British factory workers who voted to exit the EU, then the Pope would agree – don’t respect them.
    I hate liberalism. I truly do.

  • Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus: “I hate liberalism. I truly do.” All sane people agree with you.

  • As a Veteran, here is my answer, Hillary. It is a matter of Honor ! And Honor obviously cannot be taught in Ivy League Prep Schools !
    Timothy R.

  • Thank you for reminding us of that, Mary De Voe.
    Timothy R.

  • What a lesson in the lines by Lancaster– motivated by fear- of each other and selves “….the old old story of the sacrificial lamb.” “Hate and Power! “Take it!”
    but the lines about love of country are the false premise also used by EU.. and the globalists… that nationalism was somehow at fault–
    Maybe definitions are difficult between patriotism and nationalism..
    Each one acted personally because they wanted to– or as Lancaster says- it is because “we didn’t want to know” the truth. People bought the lies of their elected leader which misconstrued what their beautiful national identity really was. A beautiful gifted people together- Jews and Gentiles who produced much good in this world– but led completely into evil by fear and self interest- not really national interest, not for love of Country, but each one in his own self interest and self protection. Remember that quote about not responding to defend various ones, until “they” came to get me. That is still a scary precipice for all of us today.
    I am so glad Mike Pence is V-P elect and there are good Catholic advisors to Trump to help keep religious liberty and the understanding about how to be truly a democracy as well as religious ( recents comments from Kerry about Israel)

  • Is it true that Pence is an ex-Catholic ? So sad. I wonder why.
    Timothy R.

  • When one of us is cut off from the Sacraments, which are the nourishment of the Soul, it is like the Anorexic who slowly starves herself to death. The prestigious doctors cannot give us an empirical diagnosis; but, it is there nevertheless. If it is someone you love, you can see it, in their eyes.
    Timothy R.

And to Amend My Life

Sunday, January 31, AD 2016

Chaplain: I think it’s up to each one of us to interpret what God wants.

Dying Doctor: So people can do anything? They can rape, they can murder, they can steal, all in the name of God, and it’s ok?

Chaplain: That’s not what I’m saying.

Dying Doctor: What are you saying? Because all I’m hearing is some New Age, God is love, one-size-fits-all crap! I don’t have time for this now!

Chaplain: I understand.

Dying Doctor: No, you don’t understand! You don’t understand! How could you possibly say that? No, you listen to me. I want a real chaplain who believes in a real God and a real hell.

ER:  Atonement-Season 14, Episode 13




David Griffey at Daffey Thoughts brings us the above video which powerfully explains why cheap grace saves absolutely no one.  God is all Just and all Merciful and when we forget either of those attributes we are lost indeed.

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9 Responses to And to Amend My Life

  • Is he a Catholic (never watched the show)? If so, can’t he get a Catholic priest to take Confession? If not, does he really need a minister? For what? To tell him that he might go to hell for an understandable mistake in knowledge? Quibbles and questions aside, I liked the clip.

  • Excellent clip. Very touching. The man seeks redemption but doesn’t know how to get it. It appears he is not a Catholic. Implication: we should be thankful we are Catholics who can find redemption in confession, penance and amendment of our lives.

  • Unfathomable Mercy is Gods great gift.
    He knows each man’s heart!
    The clip is moving indeed and the gift of our Holy Sacraments is priceless. To be a bedside consoler at the end of ones life is a blessing or a curse. I’m glad that this sequence was shared because it is realistic. Having been asked to pray for an Atheist at her request was a moment when blessings abounded.
    She called upon the Holy Name of Jesus over and over after our prayer time. She welcomed Him into her heart before she died.
    Her final destination is unknown but she asked for help.
    This same woman, three years prior, complained about prayers being said at our group home before meals. She won.
    The management discontinued the practice of public prayer before meals. When her time was nearing she begged for heavenly help.

  • The clip brought to mind my 90 year old father’s last days in hospice. It was a short stay and my dad was well taken care of physically and spiritually. A priest visited him for the sacraments and a friend brought Holy Viaticum on several occasions. One afternoon the nursing center chaplain, a female Unitarian minister, stopped by. My mother was so startled, but ever the lady was polite. She explained that we were a practicing Catholic family and thanked her for stopping by. Luckily my convert dad was asleep. He considered it a half baked philosophy, hardly a religion….. The Church of Nothing or maybe trying to be The Church of Everything. My dad was wearing a brown scapula and I knew by his breathing that death was imminent. So I held his hand and read aloud the prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel. When I had finished I saw that he had stopped breathing.

  • WOW Cam …. what a tender, gentle moment! – the sacrament of penance is so marvelous i think – wherein i am the prosecutor, the accused, the judge [ thank God Jesus knows me better than me] all at the same time. – i fall short of what i think Jesus expects of me by ommission and comission but i take great comfort in the following and so should you……
    The devotion to Jesus, King of Love began on August 17th, 1922, when Our Lord manifested Himself to Yvonne Beauvais, a young French woman sojourning in the monastery of the Augustinian Canonesses of the Mercy of Jesus at Malestroit in Brittany, France. Addressing Yvonne, Jesus said: Morning and evening say, O Jesus, King of Love, I put my trust in Thy loving mercy.

    On March 18, 1927, Yvonne Beauvais entered the community of Malestroit, and on September 29, 1931, she pronounced her perpetual vows as Mother Yvonne-Aimée de Jésus. After a life of extraordinary love and of great sufferings accepted in faith, the King of Love called Mother Yvonne-Aimée to Himself on February 3, 1951.

  • He was holding a Rosary, or what looked like one. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean he is Catholic, or perhaps a lapsed Catholic trying to find the way home? My mother died with a Rosary around her neck, and she was not Catholic. I’m honestly not sure she was much of anything, except abandoned by the Episcopal Church. That was many years ago.

  • DJH.

    Take heart.
    She is a child of our Lady. What she experienced in her church and possible pain she carried, was relinquished at death. Why?
    Somehow a Holy Rosary was placed on her person, and in some marvelous way a Mother she never knew took her by the hand, and introduced her to her Son, the King of Mercy.
    More than nice sentiments… this is a Trust in Jesus. He is the final Judge. Thanks be to God. Peace be upon you.

  • Paul Coffey, thank you for the explanation of the Jesus of Love devotion. I was not familiar with Yvonne Beauvais, the apparition and devotion.
    This is why I enjoy The-American-Catholic posts and comments so much -a wide variety of subjects covered, especially those about our Faith, and many points of view expressed from readers all over the world and of different life and faith experiences.

  • …And To Amend My Life. Amen…The Act of Contrition, a powerful, necessary prayer to be recited before receiving the Holy Eucharist and before bedtime…and in times of potential or real duress.

Liberty and Justice

Wednesday, July 16, AD 2014

Barry Goldwater long ago ceased to be a hero of mine after the revelation that back in the fifties he had paid for an abortion for one of his daughters and his open embrace of abortion after his retirement.  However, he was certainly a hero of mine as I watched the Republican convention in 1964 on television at the age of seven.  I do not recall his speech, but I do recall watching every minute of the convention with rapt attention.  Goldwater’s acceptance speech was not a great speech, Goldwater admitting himself that he was no great orator.  It will always be remembered for two phrases:  extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice and moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.

Harry Jaffa, perhaps the foremost expert on the political thought of Abraham Lincoln, wrote the phrases for Goldwater, although Goldwater, bizarrely, claimed that the phrases were written by Cicero when the lines came under attack.  Jaffa recalls helping to write the speech:

I wrote that statement, in part, as a repudiation of the critique of extremism that was made by Rockefeller and Scranton witnesses before the [platform] committee. Sometimes these things get out of hand.  They are like letters you do not intend to send.  But they blow out the window and somebody picks them up and they are delivered.  And this one was delivered to the Senator, who fell in love with it and ordered that it be incorporated in his Acceptance Speech, and it led to my becoming the principal drafter of the speech.  And, there it was.  It was not my political judgment that the thing be used in the speech at all, although I must say that I was flattered at the time and didn’t think too much of what the consequences would be. . .  The Senator liked it because he had been goaded by mean-spirited attacks through the long months of the primaries.  Nothing in the political history of the country surpasses in fundamental indecency the kind of attacks that were made on Goldwater by Nelson Rockefeller and his followers. . .  But I was not asked for the extremism statement; I had written it as an in-house memorandum, and it was appropriated.  I’m not making an excuse for myself in saying I wasn’t responsible for it.  I was certainly enthusiastically in favor of it at the time.

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  • THAT…was the Barry we needed!

    Not this jamoco.

  • I was in high svchoool then. A teacher once stated that the root causes to all contemporary issues could be found in two historical “items”: the Industrial Revolution and E = MC squared.

    Just saying. I think moderation in the pursuit of virtue is a vice.

    Anyhow, I was fourteen. The Vietnam War was small news. I remember from the typically dishonest LBJ dem campaign the clip of the little girl with the flowers and the nuke.

    Then, LBJ et al (for nothing based on the defeat in May 1975) killed 58,000 of the flower of American youth and over a million Vietnamese . . .

    The concept of “Justice” has been co-opted and subverted by collectivists, progressives and statists and it is serially emplyed to gull the envious, ignorant and wrathful along with a never-ending series fabricated crises.

    John Stuart Mill. On Liberty, “The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it. Each is the proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily, or mental and spiritual. Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest.”

    The so-called income redistribution crisis keeps making the rounds. Until the 1970’s, economists would think in terms of economic growth and development. Now, they’fve defaulted to the dull and illogical. Raise taxes on the rich: te liberal answer to every question.

  • The only thing your high school teacher left off that list was evolution/natural selection. But, two out of three ain’t bad, as they say.

Pope Benedict Warns Against Marxist Liberation Theology

Monday, December 7, AD 2009

17 Responses to Pope Benedict Warns Against Marxist Liberation Theology

  • Leftist Catholics rightly identify Christ as the savior of human beings, body and soul alike. What they fail to understand is the consequences of Original Sin for the body, and the limitations on human life imposed by sin and finitude. They wrongly think that if everyone on Earth was a Saint, there would be no more suffering. Leftist Catholics think that there are no limits to human progress, which is to say they are very modern.

  • Some Leftist Catholics remind me of the Zealots who thought to bring about the Kingdom of God through the sword. A communist dictatorship though is a funny sort of Kingdom of God.

  • Such words for the “Catholic Left.” Then what is wrong with the “Catholic Right,” I wonder? Or does the “Right” comprise of the Catholics who “get it?”

  • Selective interpretation of the social teaching of the Church… which ultimately stems from liberalism as Leo XIII and Pius XI understood it.

  • In regard to the Catholic Right Eric, I can’t think of a comparable attempt by Catholic conservatives to trojan horse a body of doctrine completely inimical to Catholicism into the Church as has been the ongoing effort of some Catholics on the Left to baptize Marx. The nearest parallel I can think of predates the French Revolution with the unfortunate throne and altar doctrine of many clerics, although at least they could make the argument that the states they sought to wed the Church with were not anti-Catholic. In the case of Marxism, its overwhelming anti-Christian praxis should have innoculated Catholics from it without the necessity of papal intervention, but such was not the case.

  • Tito,

    No. 🙂

  • I think there’s a pretty strong throne and altar doctrine on the Catholic Right today, at least in the U.S., where the throne takes the form of military power.

    A case could also be made for a “‘Shut up, your Excellencies,’ he explained” doctrine, which denigrates the role of the bishops, individually and especially collectively, in developing social policies.

  • I read the Pope’s document carefully.

    Now I’m perplexed:

    1. Exactly what is objectionable in what he said?

    2. Has the Pope not condemned, in this very document, the arms buildup and the disgrace of military solutions? He only appears as a right winger if you’re looking from the vantage point of an extreme left wing ideologue.

    Maybe a few here ought to put down their Che Guevara coffee mugs read it again. The Holy Father is spot on.

    It is simply a fact of history that collectivist movements have enslaved the very people they promised to liberate.

    I am frankly a little more than concerned at the prideful inability of many leftists to acknowledge this fact of history, nay, the desire to whitewash this disgrace from history.

  • Who here is attacking the Pope?

  • MI,

    They participated and got deeply involved with Marxist governments. Dissidents such as Jesuit “Father” Ernesto Cardenal of Nicaragua who was involved with the Communist government then.

  • I’m always amused when people, especially conservatives who decry the tactic in others, appoint themselves the experts of All Things Liberal.

    I don’t think that Acts 4:32 is a bad things for which to strive. Certainly better than cuddling up to Pinochet or Cheney.

  • I’d rather cuddle up to Cheney than Karl Marx or Joseph Stalin any day of the week.

  • The early Christians quickly abandoned common ownership as completely unworkable Todd. Outside of monasteries and convents it has only been revived by Christians for short periods, usually with dire results. The Pilgrims tried it, and almost starved to death. William Bradford, the governor of the colony relates what happened next:

    “All this while no supply was heard of, neither knew they when they might expect any. So they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop than they had done, that they might not still thus languish in misery. At length, after much debate of things, the Governor (with the advice of the chiefest amongst them) gave way that they should set corn every man for his own particular, and in that regard trust to themselves; in all other things to go on in the general way as before. And so assigned to every family a parcel of land, according to the proportion of their number, for that end, only for present use (but made no division for inheritance) and ranged all boys and youth under some family. This had very good success, for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been by any means the Governor or any other could use, and saved him a great deal of trouble, and gave far better content. The women now went willingly into the field, and took their little ones with them to set corn; which before would allege weakness and inability; whom to have compelled would have been thought great tyranny and oppression.

    The experience that was had in this common course and condition, tried sundry years and that amongst godly and sober men, may well evince the vanity of that conceit of Plato’s and other ancients applauded by some of later times; that the taking away of property and bringing in community into a commonwealth would make them happy and flourishing; as if they were wiser than God. For this community (so far as it was) was found to breed much confusion and discontent and retard much employment that would have been to their benefit and comfort. For the young men, that were most able and fit for labour and service, did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men’s wives and children without any recompense. The strong, or man of parts, had no more in division of victuals and clothes than he that was weak and not able to do a quarter the other could; this was thought injustice. The aged and graver men to be ranked and equalized in labours and victuals, clothes, etc., with the meaner and younger sort, thought it some indignity and disrespect unto them. And for men’s wives to be commanded to do service for other men, as dressing their meat, washing their clothes, etc., they deemed it a kind of slavery, neither could many husbands well brook it. Upon the point all being to have alike, and all to do alike, they thought themselves in the like condition, and one as good as another; and so, if it did not cut off those relations that God hath set amongst men, yet it did at least much diminish and take off the mutual respects that should be preserved amongst them. And would have been worse if they had been men of another condition. Let none object this is men’s corruption, and nothing to the course itself. I answer, seeing all men have this corruption in them, God in His wisdom saw another course fitter for them.”

  • Michael I.,

    Donald will delete it at his leisure.

    For the time being I’m just amusing myself by reading your comments, thanks!