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There is the old saying that, “If your mind is too open your brain may fall out.” Or stated another way, “If you don’t stand in something, you’ll fall for anything.”

St. Augustine said that we were created with an emptiness in our soul that only God could fill. But for people who have rejected God they fill it with all kinds of ridiculous substitutes.

Remember Catholicism is the voice of sanity; as Chesterton said, “Catholicism is the only thing that saves a man from the degrading slavery of being a child of his time.”

Below is a 60-second video about “Braco the Gazer”  who says nothing but has become a phenomenon (and probably a millionaire too).

Watch and weep, But not for the reason these women are weeping…

PS.  I would suggest that a free visit to the confessional where the priest actually speaks and does so for God would do a lot more for your soul and your life and your family then this guy who says nothing but just stares at you.

Silent Braco? Why does he stay silent? Maybe for this reason: Proverbs 17:28 says, “Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.”  Maybe he’s smarter than I originally thought :-)

PPS. When I was growing up, if someone did this they’d of gotten punched in the nose.

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702231DA-82D3-479C-8606-E7DDB14D3C26We see some of our best and worst movies while flying in airplanes back-and-forth across the Atlantic. Today we saw one of our dumbest movies which started out intriguing but we both said it’s on the lower end of all the movies we’ve watched.

It was called “The Shape of Water“. It was about a Man-like sea creature (humanoid amphibian) taken into captivity. A number of times it was discussed whether this amphibious creature was a god and it did have powers of healing..

A woman befriends it and helps it escape from a government laboratory. She falls in love with it (him). They even have sexual relations before the ending where the end up in the ocean where she grows gills and they live happily ever after together below the sea.

7F349904-37D5-4EB0-B0B9-62731E76AC95But the movie I mainly wanted to discuss was “Breathe” which is a tragic polio case based on the actual life of a Britishman named Robin Cavendish (played by Andrew Garfield). His wife (played by Claire Foy) loves him deeply and devoted her life to his surviving and living his life to the fullest possible. Together they help other handicapped people and invent machines and chairs to help others who are incapacitated.

Two-thirds through the movie I pushed pause and wrote to a couple of good friends the following, “We are flying home on Delta — watching one of the best movies ever. Human dignity, funny, Catholic, sad and happy, inspiring —essentially human and a beautiful example of love, devotion and family.“

But is soon as I pushed “play” again my wife and I (watching it together as we always do on planes) realized this movie was taking a turn for the worst. He decided he would end his life after many courageous and exemplary years of helping other people, loving his wife and son, and traveling even with his disability.

He decides it’s time to die because he doesn’t want to die naturally in front of his wife and his older son. There’s a big party with all of his friends and family to celebrate his choice where they tell him upgrade to see is to end his own life. After he sends everybody away he dies by lethal injection. It was a hugely disappointing end to what could’ve been a beautiful story.

Even though it claims to be based on a real story and that the actual man was an atheist, I could not confirm that he actually took his own life in real life. But that’s maybe because I’m still on the plane with limited resources.

I wrote back to my friends immediately the following, “Opps! Looks like I spoke too soon. I sent the e-mail 2/3rds of the way into the movie when Janet and I had tears in our eyes because of the beauty of the relationship And the family supporting and helping him. It could have been such a great movie.

“But in the end he decides to kill himself and his wife who has loved him all through and been there in love with him accepts this and they help him kill him self. What a disaster!

Could’ve been such a beautiful movie as it was 2/3 of the way through — but the end turns into an emotional apologetic for euthanasia or suicide. Rats! Double rats!”

Catholic Answers just posted a wonderful, theological and Catholic view of “end-of-life issues.” You can read it here.

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There is a lot of buzz going around about the Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson who is defying the Canadian government and the tyranny of the lunatic Left. I stand up to applaud him!

Screen Shot 2018-02-28 at 9.20.29 AMHere is an article in Catholic World Report written by Bishop Robert Barron. Barron introduces this eloquent, courageous and very bright man. I suggest you read it along with an article along with The Catholic Thing written by Anthony Esolen. Both of them point out the weakness of his basic worldview (he is not a Christian), but praise what he is saying, how he is saying it and the resounding effect he is having, especially among young men.

Here is Bishop Barron’s introduction to his article:

“Like many others, I have watched the Jordan Peterson phenomenon unfold with a certain fascination. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you don’t spend a lot of time on social media, for Peterson, a mild-mannered psychology professor from the University of Toronto, has emerged as one of the hottest personalities on the internet.

“He is followed by millions of people, especially young men. His lectures and presentations—cool, understated, brainy, and blunt—are avidly watched and commented upon. And his new book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, is a number one bestseller all over the world. Moreover, Peterson’s spirited and articulate opposition to the imposition of speech codes in his native Canada has made him a controversial political player, a hero of free speech to his supporters and a right-wing ideologue to his detractors.

“His interview with Cathy Newman of Channel 4 News, during which Peterson’s interlocutor revealed herself as a hopelessly biased social justice warrior, has, as of this writing, been viewed 7.5 million times [now almost 8 million].”   (For the whole article, click HERE.)

Here is the YouTube video mentioned by Barron. Janet and I watched it and found our blood pressure rise in reaction to Peterson’s interlocutor who a “hopelessly biased social justice warrior” (Bishop Barron’s words). But we also rose to applaud Peterson with his cool, collected, intelligent and persuasive arguments with all their delightful political incorrectness. He left her looking like …. well, watch it and decide for yourself.

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Ten Worst Catholic Hymns of all Time

February 2, 2018

I haven’t heard them all, but the ones I recognize — I agree. I’ve told Janet if I hear some of them again I’ll walk out. Ten Worst Catholic Hymns of all Time

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Eternal Security: Is Baptist Pastor Charles Stanley Right?

September 29, 2017

ETERNAL SECURITY (Once Saved-Always Saved): Analyzing a Sermon by Baptist Pastor, Charles Stanley By Steve Ray Hello Protestant Friend: Even though I have watched his show off and on over the months, I had no intention of watching Charles Stanley on television last night. It was just that I was tired after getting home and […]

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Fr. James Martin’s book “Building Bridges” – Comments by Dr. Ed Peters

September 17, 2017

About Fr. Martin’s book September 16, 2017 by Dr. Ed Peters: Defending his book, Building a Bridge (2017), Jesuit Father James Martin claims that its consistency with Church teaching is attested to by (A) his own good standing as a priest, and (B) the canonical approval the book received from his Jesuit superior. Martin’s first claim, that he […]

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The Bible out of Context: “Saved by Faith Alone”?

July 4, 2017

When reading the Bible devoid of its historical and textual context, there is no context except the context which any person might supply for it. or put otherwise, A text without a context is a pretext. I always get frustrated when self-proclaimed Bible students or teachers start pontificating about the meaning of the Bible and […]

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Trump Body Slams CNN

July 3, 2017

The Left has no sense of humor or perspective. When leftists practice real violence (black hoods, beatings and all) there is no sense of outrage or condemnation.  But when there’s a humorous tweet there’s all kinds of condemnation and outrage, huffing, puffing and sputtering. Most Americans know exactly what Trump’s tweet was saying. Only the […]

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Why I Like Thomas Williams and Breitbart News

June 8, 2017

Yeah, I know it gets a bad rap in the local “Main Street Media” but if you shake off their bias and take a closer look it’s a pretty good place to find out what’s really going on. My friend Thomas Williams is the Rome correspondent and I have nothing but respect for this guy.

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MEDJUGORJE – the Beginning of the End?

May 18, 2017

Patrick Coffin summarizes situation at Medjugorje.

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Fantastic Movie for Whole Family – “Lion”

May 13, 2017

On the plane to Fatima. Watched a FANTASTIC movie about adoption, love, redemption and family just now on the plane. A movie from India. It is worthy of an evening with popcorn and a box of Kleenex.. I think everyone will agree it would be good for the kids too. Redemption, hope, family… Oh, it […]

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Are You Buying REAL Holy Land Olive Wood Products? or Chinese Cheap Imports?

April 30, 2017

Tomorrow morning we will take our group to Bethlehem to buy quality Olive Wood products make and sold by the local Christians. When we bring our groups here we only take them to shops that sell the REAL DEAL, real Olive Wood products carved by the local Christians who are in much need of our help. In […]

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Reclaim the Presence of God and Dinnertime for the Family

April 7, 2017

Paraclete Press has come out with a delightful book to help families practice the presence of God and help make dinner fun. I wish I had written this book! Check out”Feeding Your Family’s Soul – Dinner Table Spirituality” Not only spirituality but fun things to make dinner and enjoyable family get-together. I echo Fr. Andrew […]

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Trail of Blood: Do Baptists Have a Claim to the Original Church?

March 23, 2017

What is the history of Baptists? Can they trace their roots back to the 1st century? Many ”fundamentalist” Baptists believe they can. Are they correct? There is a booklet that is very popular among this fundamentalist crowd. It is entitled “The Trail of Blood”. The booklet claims that Catholics persecuted the true Christians — the Baptists — leaving […]

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Did the Pope Change Doctrine with Amoris Laetitia?

February 24, 2017

I AM A LAWYER, NOT A MIND-READER February 23, 2017 By Canon Lawyer Ed Peters, Cardinal Vincent Nichols’ echoing of claims that Amoris laetitia changed no doctrines occasioned a question for me: Am I the only (or among the few) Amoris critics who agrees with Amoris defenders that Pope Francis made no doctrinal changes in […]

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‘Worst Year Yet’: The Top 50 Countries Where It’s Hardest to Be a Christian

January 12, 2017

Islamic extremism now has a rival, according to 2017 World Watch List. Jeremy Weber  Posted in Christianity Today   1/11/2017 09:00AM For the third year in a row, the modern persecution of Christians worldwide has hit another record high. But the primary cause, Islamic extremism, now has a rival: ethnic nationalism. Thus, Asia increasingly merits […]

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