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Showing posts from March, 2010

Have you heard of Spokeo?

My daughter-in-law sent me information about the web site It is so frightening. This web site is a personal information aggregator. All you do is type in someone's name, email, or phone number and you are treated to this person's age, address, phone number, email, picture of their home, financial worth, and who lives in their home. You can remove your profile from the public search (which I did), but folks can still pay $35 and get all of this information and more.

I know all of this information is gained from the public domain. However, it takes some effort to dig it all up. Compiling it and selling it as a product is akin to someone taking my picture then selling it. It is illegal to sell my image without my permission. It should also be illegal to sell an "image" of my personal data. I sent the following letter to my legislators encouraging them to address this issue. It would be nice to see them do something that actually contributes to the common goo…

Feast of the Annunciation and International Day of the Unborn Child

Today we celebrate the conception of Christ in the womb of Mary. Read how this day is marked as a day of prayer for all unborn children.

Still Faithful

With the passage of the health care bill Sunday night and the expected signing today, some may ask if I am sad, angry, discouraged, frustrated, etc. My answer is that I am faithful. As Mother Teresa says, we are not called to be successful. We are called to be faithful. What I believe and what I do has not changed.

Yes, we have suffered a legislative defeat. But the battle rages on. There are always more legislative byways and alleys to pursue. Even more importantly, there are hearts and minds to be won. This is not about abortion. This is about understanding that every human being is created in the image of God. Every human being has a purpose in God's great plan of salvation. If more people understood this, the legislative issues would resolve themselves.

Last Wednesday evening our parish RCIA program invited me to give a talk on the "Sanctity of Life". Consider it a ninety-minute whirlwind tour of Catholic bioethics. I took the phrase "life is sacred from conceptio…

Are you the Prodigal Son or the Older Brother?

Today's Gospel is one of the most moving in Scripture. The parable of the Prodigal Son embodies parental love. Knowing that the unbounded and unconditional love of an earthly father for his son is only a pale shadow of the love of our Eternal Father for each of us is overwhelming.

But here is a bit of a provocative question: With whom do you identify more--the Prodigal Son or the Older Brother? I know there are many times that I have read this passage and said, "I really understand how the Older Brother feels. It just doesn't seem fair. Where is the justice?"

Yet every time I get that Older Brother sense of righteousness, something pops up to let me know that I am really the Prodigal Son. How many times have I failed to appreciate and wisely use the time, talent, and treasure God has given me? How many kind words have I left unsaid? How many alms have stayed in my pocket when they should have been offered to my neighbor in need? How often have I judged a person rather …

A Picture is worth...

When my family opens the cupboard to get plates to set the table for dinner, they see these lists of the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. I hope it reminds them that while we are blessed with abundant food, there are others who are not so comfortable and need our prayers and material support.

And when they open this cupboard to get a glass I hope they take note of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

However, now when they open this cupboard where I keep my casserole and baking dishes, they now see...

this photograph.

You see, my youngest has grown nearly eight inches in the last six months. That means, that all those who still live in our home full time are at least six inches taller than I am. All of my frequently used dishes were migrating to the top shelves where I cannot easily reach them. When I tried to correct my kitchen helpers I got the response, "We can't memorize where everything goes!" Voila! No memorization is needed. Here is a photo that depicts a place for eve…

Standing up for the Gospel

Today I reported on the brouhaha in Boulder, Colorado over the refusal of a Catholic school to admit the children of a lesbian couple. The Archdiocese of Denver has a very clear policy:

Parents living in open discord with Catholic teaching in areas of faith and morals unfortunately choose by their actions to disqualify their children from enrollment. To allow children in these circumstances to continue in our school would be a cause of confusion for the student in that what they are being taught in school conflicts with what they experience in the home.

Naturally, homosexual activists are crying "Foul!" I find this so curious. This is a private Catholic school. The policy of the Archdiocese of Denver is nothing new. The Church teaching on homosexual activity has been clear for centuries. Why on earth would these women even want to send their children to a Catholic school? It is reprehensible to use their children as pawns to make a political statement and to attack the Church.