From the Pope, another guide to clear thinking and moral perspicacity

A few highlights from the MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS ON THE OCCASION OF THE WORLD MEETINGS OF POPULAR MOVEMENTS IN MODESTO (CALIFORNIA) [16-18 FEBRUARY 2017] (10 FEBRUARY 2017):

I would also like to highlight the work done by the PICO National Network and the organizations promoting this meeting. I learned that PICO stands for “People Improving Communities through Organizing”. What a great synthesis of the mission of popular movements: to work locally, side by side with your neighbors, organizing among yourselves, to make your communities thrive.

Okay, so Obama was on the right track after all.

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These women need your support

Explore their website.

The heart of their mission. Yes, it’s 50 minutes long, but…

…there’s evidence that it works.


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Where Justice Scalia Was Wrong…

…is the title of an article by George Will, one I can finally agree with. I can’t help but wonder, though, if a man who has described himself as “an amiable, low-voltage atheist” fully appreciates the implications of the truth his article reveals for a whole host of issues.


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Post-election Christmas reflection

Yes, that’s a human baby. I’ll explain in a moment why she’s there. Lest I be accused of misdirection, let me say something about the election: Trump, the latest incarnation (sorry) of conservative liberalism, won. He’s bad, but She- the “Grandma Abortion Witch” (all credit to Zippy Catholic) – was far worse. Better him than her. And that’s the end of my analysis. Maybe at a later time.

The baby above was born in mid-October, my elder daughter’s firstborn. She was about two weeks old when her mother pressed the camera’s shutter button. With Christmas upon us, it’s remarkable to ponder that, a mere two weeks earlier, Hillary Clinton would have supported the murder of this child, had its mother felt so inclined, and by means most gruesome, so gruesome it beggars the imagination. We kill babies in a spectacular variety of ways undreamed of by previous societies. We live in advanced times.

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Non-starter

We will not, this time anyway, have our first woman president. On a list of a hundred reasons why I might support someone for president, this one wouldn’t even make the list.


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voice of the heart


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It’s 9/11…again

Nothing new to say. Some posts from the past for any interested:
People in the Sky
A remembrance dedicated to the victims
A poem


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13 Hours:

the secret soldiers of Benghazi. Watched it last night. Now I really hate her.


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The Great Egret …

..pays a visit. Click (maybe twice, to get to full size) so that he can look you in the eye.

He and the Great Blue are sharing space, sort of.


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The Religions of Peace

Speaking of that terror attack on the French Catholic priest (notice how quickly it’s disappeared from the news), the leader of the world’s largest religion shared his thoughts:

Speaking on the papal plane en route to Krakow, Poland, for World Youth Day celebrations, Francis said the world had been in “a piecemeal war” for some time. He said Tuesday’s killing of the Rev. Jacques Hamel, 86, in St.-Etienne-du-Rouvray, France, was one casualty in this conflict. “The world is at war because it has lost peace,” he said. “There is a war of interest, there is a war for money, a war for natural resources, a war to dominate people,” he continued. “Some might think it is war of religion. It is not. All religions want peace. Others want war.”

And thus does the martyrdom of Rev. Hamel get dissolved by his own Pope into the general array of conflicts that beset mankind – the ‘fog of war,’ so to speak – and the Reverend’s Catholic faith melted into the pre-biotic soup of religious relativism.

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