February 2020

I would suggest everyone raising kids should read this article and watch this video speech. It is essential listening for families raising kids and for any young people going to university or college. Great stuff! It is the way we instinctively raised our kids and it worked!!

By mollycoddling our children, we’re fuelling mental illness in teenagers

Of course we want to keep children safe. But exposure to normal stresses and strains is vital for their future wellbeing

2048Nassim Taleb invented the word “antifragile” and used it in his book by the same name to describe a small but very important class of systems that gain from shocks, challenges, and disorder. Bones and the banking system are two examples; both get weaker – and more prone to catastrophic failure – if they go for a long time without any stressors and then face a major challenge.

The immune system is an even better example: it requires exposure to certain kinds of germs and potential allergens in childhood in order to develop to its full capacity. Parents who treat their children as if they are fragile (for example, by keeping them away from dirt and potential allergens, such as peanuts) are depriving their children’s immature immune systems of the learning experiences those systems need to develop their maximum protective capacity.

Children’s social and emotional abilities are as antifragile as their immune systems. If we overprotect kids and keep them “safe” from unpleasant social situations and negative emotions, we deprive them of the challenges and opportunities for skill-building they need to grow strong. Such children are likely to suffer more when exposed later to other unpleasant but ordinary life events, such as teasing and social exclusion.

For the whole article (5-10 minute read) click HERE.

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Too Many Children Harm the Earth – Correct?

by Steve Ray on February 22, 2020

I saw this on a response from Jennifer Fulwiler to some nutcase named Amanda Marcotte who loves lots of cats but denounces lots of kids. I developed it a bit further.  Patrick Madrid who has a beautifully large family also responded.

Lately in the media people are condemning more than two or three kids per family because it’s a danger to the environment and the earth. This little list, though very incomplete, shows what would happen if every family in the past heeded this mistaken concept.

My son has eight children and my daughter five. I expect great things from all of them. They are all amazing, generous and kind home-schooled Catholic kids.

Here are a list of some people who were later children of large families.

Thomas Edison (child #7) Bach (child #7) Mozart (child #7), Benjamin Franklin (#15) Celine Diaz (#14) and Stephen Cobert (#11), Mel Gibson (#6 of 11), Dolly Parton (1 of 11), John F. Kennedy (8 siblings), Martin Sheen (#8 of 11) and many more….

I wish the people promoting small families with cats instead of kids would just keep their mouthes shut.  Do what they want to do but don’t impose their uninformed politics and screwed up “morality” on everyone else.

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Atheism Rationally Explained :-)

by Steve Ray on February 21, 2020

ATHEISM: The belief that there was absolutely nothing and nothing happened to nothing and then nothing magically exploded for no reason, creating everything and then a bunch of everything magically rearranged itself for no reason whatsoever into self-replicating bits of random stuff thrown together by chance which then turned into dinosaurs who crawled out of the muck. Makes perfect sense to me.

And then you came along…

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Feast of Chair of St. Peter: “Chair of Moses, Chair of Peter” Steve’s Article, YouTube Video and Resources

February 21, 2020

St. Cyprian of Carthage (beheaded 257 AD) one hundred and fifty years before the New Testament writings were collected into one book called “The Bible”: “The Lord says to Peter: ‘I say to you,’ He says, ‘that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell will […]

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St. Damian Feast Day: Sodomy Past and Present and Confronting the Clergy

February 21, 2020

There is a lot of homosexuality in the ranks of our clergy, even and especially with prelates in Rome. It is not mentioned, not rebuked.  Unhappily it seems to be ignored and condoned. Very few bishops have mentioned or addressed it. Laicized pervert McCarrick and his collaborators and protectors are good examples. He advanced all […]

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Good-bye Indefatigable Pilgrims: 13 Days thru Jordan & Israel: Comments & Farewells

February 21, 2020

We had a great 13 days together, 14 if you count the flight over. This was like a big Bible study visiting sites that most people never see in these biblical lands. From the mountains of Gilead in the north of Jordan down through Amman and Madaba in the mountains of Moab south through the […]

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Mass at Holy Sepulchre, Visit Garden Tomb, Rossini’s and free afternoon

February 20, 2020

Today is our last day of a long pilgrimage. After four full days and Jordan and nine in Israel the trip comes to a close today and everyone heads to the airport tonight. But we started with an early morning with Mass in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in the Holy Sepulchre. We walked back for […]

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White Bread and Shot Glass of Grape Juice: But Now I am Home!

February 20, 2020

Revet Elizabeth wrote: I grew up Catholic, left off practice of my faith, then wandered around several churches before coming back.  It just seemed like the preaching I was hearing treated the Bible like Ann Landers, and people wanted to be soothed rather than challenged.  There would be preaching and singing but no Eucharist.  It’s […]

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Holy Sepulchre, Ancient Walls, City of David Archaeology Site, Pool of Siloam, St. Stephens…

February 19, 2020

We started the day with a walking tour from the Notre Dame Center to the Holy Sepulchre. After a tour and visit there with time to pray, we walked to the Russian Church which has the ancient walls of Jerusalem proving that the Holy Sepulchre site was outside the city walls at the time of […]

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Onesimus Reflects on St. Paul’s Letter to My Owner Philemon: Slaves, Brothers & Redemption

February 19, 2020

Onesimus here! I’m reflecting on St. Paul’s Letter he just wrote about me to my Owner, Philemon, as recorded by Paul in his Letter to Philemon: I was a slave—his property. He owned me. He controlled every minute of my life. I could not think, act or decide for myself. I ate and slept when […]

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Temple Mount, Bethany, Jericho, Bethel & Satya

February 18, 2020

Another four amazing sites today. We started out on Temple Mount which is now under the control of the Muslims but where Solomon’s Temple once stood an the temple Jesus knew and loved. It is also called Mount Moriah. Then to Bethany where Jesus lived with Lazarus, Martha and Mary. It was his home and […]

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The Jews are a Sign

February 18, 2020

By Casey Chalk in The Catholic Thing, Jan 18, 2020.  I highly recommend this daily update on the Church, morality, politics and culture. “How odd of God to choose the Jews; but odder still are those who choose the Jewish God and hate the Jews.” (British journalist William Norman Ewer, 1885-1976). ****************************************** “The American Catholic […]

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Today in 2 Parts: Mass at Bethlehem’s Milk Grotto, Abraham’s Tomb in Hebron, Herod’s Herodion and more

February 17, 2020

Well we’re off to a good start here in Jerusalem. We’re staying at the Notre Dame hotel and this morning we takeoff for Bethlehem in the south. We started at the shop so people can buy some authentic Christian olivewood and religious items. Then we had Mass at the Milk Grotto where the Holy Family […]

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Old Testament Priests; New Testament Priests – Isn’t Jesus our ONLY Priest Now?

February 17, 2020

This is a common fallacy among Protestants. Now that Jesus has become our high priests, priests are no longer needed; in fact, they detract from the priesthood of Christ. We don’t need priests now because Jesus has become our one and only High Priest. We believers are all priests in the New Covenant. We are the “priesthood […]

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Samaria, Jacob’s Well, Sebaste, Joppa and David & Goliath

February 16, 2020

Today was one of the more interesting days in our Holy Land 2 Pilgrimage. We crossed into the Palestinian West Bank and switched buses for issues of safety. It was a little tense but we judged it safe and were blessed by our decision with an amazing incursion into the West Bank.  We drove to […]

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My Response: Defending the Assumption & Queenship of Mary

February 16, 2020

Reposting a blog on Assumption I wrote ten years ago. Link to my long defense is here. The Assumption of Mary always ruffles the feathers of anti-Catholics. I understand why. I used to be in their camp — I joined them in lockstep chanting the same slogans and mantras against “Catholic Tradition” and “man-made dogmas.” But […]

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