Gabriel’s Message

Something for the Weekend.  Gabriel’s Message sung by the nuns of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles.  A Basque Advent Carol it was first brought to the attention of the English speaking world when it was translated into English

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Prayer Requests

The day before Thanksgiving I prayed for a miracle and my prayer was granted.  The miracle was a small one,  with meaning only to my immediate family, but a miracle I am certain it was.   As all faithful readers of this

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PopeWatch: Father Robert Sirico

  Hattip to Father Z.  Father Robert Sirico of the Acton Institute has first rate questions about the economic portions of Evangelii Gaudium  in the video below:  

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Soldiers In Greasepaint

Bob Hope’s NBC radio special “Soldiers in Greasepaint” broadcast on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1943.  A salute to millions of brave Americans who were spending Thanksgiving a long way from home seven decades ago. By the time of World War

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Thanksgiving For Small Blessings

      Each Thanksgiving I say grace for my family and thank God for His major blessings in our life, but what about the small blessings?  Here I make up for the lack: 1.    That William Shatner has not

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Thanksgiving Day Lesson: Socialism Never Works

      From  Of Plymouth Plantation, by Governor William Bradford: 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,

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PopeWatch: Evangelii Gaudium

    PopeWatch decides to take the Thanksgiving holidays off and the Pope releases Evangelii Gaudium!  Go here to read it.  The short take of PopeWatch is that it is a mishmash.  Much of it is merely a restatement of

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Remembrance of Turkeys Past

As we prepare for Thanksgiving tomorrow, and as we recall our blessings and thank God for each and every one, let us also remember the humble turkey and the various disasters that result when that proud bird is not treated

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One More Thing to Thank God For This Thursday

    Michael Totten reminds us why we might wish to thank God this Thursday that we were not born in Cuba: Private Internet is banned. You can only get online in hotels, Internet cafes, and government offices. Regular citizens

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Thanksgiving: Time to Discuss ObamaCare?

    And you all think that Thanksgiving is about thanking Almighty God and having a great meal!  Allahpundit at Hot Air sets us straight: Believe it or not, these soulless robots have prepared an actual talking-points memo for the

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PopeWatch: Three Errors

    Sandro Magister is noting that Pope Francis seems to be correcting three errors: ROME, November 22, 2013 – In the span of a few days Pope Francis has corrected or brought about the correction of a few significant

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Illinois 48th? I Protest!

In a USA Today story Illinois is ranked as the third worst run state in the Union: 48. Illinois > Debt per capita: $5,041 (11th-highest) > Budget deficit: 18.5% (9th-largest) > Unemployment: 8.9% (10th-highest) > Median household income: $55,137 (16th-highest)

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PopeWatch: Hermeneutic of Continuity

    Father Z has what he believes is an important indication that Pope Francis is following in the footsteps of Pope Benedict in how he views Vatican II:   The 450th anniversary of the closing of the Council of

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November 25, 1863: Missionary Ridge

The culmination of the Chattanooga campaign, the battle began in the morning on November 25 with Sherman attempting to take Tunnel Hill.  His attacks met with no success in the face of fierce Confederate resistance. Grant ordered the Army of the

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November 24, 1863: Battle Above the Clouds

Battle Above the Clouds, the song in the above video, commemorates the battle of Lookout Mountain fought 150 years ago yesterday, part of a series of Union attacks that drove the Confederate Army of Tennessee reeling in retreat from its positions around

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ObamaCare “Fees” Letter

  The hits on ObamaCare keep on rolling.  I received in a letter on Saturday from my insurance carrier, see above, advising me that my family health care insurance policy would be going up close to $50.00 per month due to

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We Have No King But Jesus

The feast of Christ the King is a very new one, although the image of Christ as King is as old as Christianity.  Pope Pius XI established the feast with his encyclical Quas Primas  in 1925 to remind the World

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PopeWatch: Batman

  From The Eye of the Tiber, the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net: Hollywood, CA––”Hello, it’s Pope Francis,” were the first words spoken during a conversation in which His Holiness telephoned Zack Snyder, director of the

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November 23, 1863: The Battle of Chattanooga Begins

Something for the weekend.  The Chattanooga Boy’s Choir singing The Battle Cry of Freedom.  An appropriate selection as 150 years ago the battle of Chattanooga began which resulted in a complete Union victory.  Actually three battles:  Orchard Knob, November 23; 

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War Then

But the most deplorable effect of all is that diminution of attachment and reverence which steals into the hearts of the people, towards a political system which betrays so many marks of infirmity, and disappoints so many of their flattering

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Maybe We Should Take Up a Collection?

    Well it’s a Friday, I will be picking up my son for Thanksgiving Break and then tomorrow, he, my bride and I will be going to Monmouth College to see my daughter performing in A Christmas Carol.  Life

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PopeWatch: Rabbi Skorka

    The Washington Post has an interesting interview with Rabbi Abraham Skorka, an Argentinian Conservative, that is a religious not a political designation, Rabbi.   Lots of background on his relations with the Pope in Argentina.  PopeWatch found this passage especially intriguing:

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November 22, 1963: CS Lewis Dies

Did you mark how naturally – as if he’d been born for it – the earthborn vermin entered the new life? How all his doubts became, in the twinkling of an eye, ridiculous? I know what the creature was saying

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November 22, 1963: Kennedy Assassinated

Hard to believe that the Kennedy assassination was half a century ago.  Back in 1963 I was in second grade, but I was not in school.  Sick with pneumonia, my mother had taken me to the doctor and he had

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November 22, 1963: Aldous Huxley Dies

    It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one’s life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than ‘Try to be a little

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Barry Manilow Would Have Done it for Me

    As I used to tell my kids, it’s a crazy world out there, and it gets a little crazier every day:   A McDonald’s outlet in Australia has begun playing classical musical and opera late at night to

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ObamaCare Crashes, And So Does Obama

One could not ask for a better symbol of ObamaCare than yesterday when HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the woman purportedly in charge of this mess, was meeting with ObamaCare “navigators”, and I love the Orwellian implications of that title, and

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PopeWatch: Here I Leave my Pain

Vincio Riva, who the Pope embraced, see picture below, has spoken out: Mr Riva told the magazine he had spent a lifetime living on the margins of society in Vicenza, northern Italy, where his younger sisters and late mother also

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Abe Lincoln v. Madison Avenue

Classic.  Bob Newhart’s bit from 1960 about a conversation between Abraham Lincoln and a then modern day press agent just prior to the Gettysburg Address.

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I Am Shocked! Shocked!: Obama Omits Under God

Obama reads a version of the Gettysburg Address that omits God?  Say it isn’t true!   President Obama irked some conservatives with his recitation of the Gettysburg Address, which he read aloud as part of a project celebrating the 150th

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PopeWatch: Down the Memory Hole

  Well that took long enough.  The infamous Scalfari interview has been removed from the Vatican website.   An interview Pope Francis gave to the atheist writer  Eugenio Scalfari and published on Oct. 1 was removed from the Vatican  website

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Get Thee Behind Abe, Editors!

Hattip to Steven Hayward at Powerline.   Decades ago I recall watching a commercial, see the video below, where Abraham Lincoln is turned down for an executive position because he lacked a college degree.   I have often thought that Lincoln would not have been

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