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Horton Hears the Truth

Theodor Seuss Geisel, otherwise known as Dr. Seuss, wrote many well-known children's books. Two of those books, "Horton Hatches an Egg" (1940) and "Horton Hears a Who" (1954), are often depicted as having a pro-life theme. In his mind a man plans his course, but the Lord directs his steps Pr 16:9 People in favor of abortion argue that Theodor Geisel was not writing about babies in the womb when he wrote the books and that he had no intention of sending a pro-life message. In fact, it may surprise many people to know that Mr. Geisel may very well have been, himself, pro-choice. He didn't really speak out strongly about it one way or another while he was alive. I have read, however, that he was liberal in his thinking and that he didn't like that the pro-life movement was using the line "a person's a person no matter how small." It may be that he even threatened to sue a pro-life organization to stop them from using it on their stationary an…

Honoring Our Marriage Vows – You are a Sacrament

Yesterday an internet friend of mine tweeted “How many of you would remain faithful to your spouse after a civil divorce? I have for 8 years. I keep my promises.” I tweeted her back to let her know that I had been doing the same for over 14 years. There were some twitter trolls who then attempted to have a field day with that, ridiculing us and even posting obscene remarks about our sex lives or the lack there of. But in all of that there was one legitimate questions.

“Just curious. Why would you do this? What would it accomplish?”
I didn’t answer him at the time, not sure how to give a proper answer to that in 140 characters. As you can see it took me way more than that in the length in this blog. Now, though, after having written all of this I might simply have said “Because it is the best witness that I can give in the name of God and of Jesus Christ. It is the best way that I can demonstrate the divine life and love that is contained in the sacrament of marriage. Because it communic…

Spiritual Rules of Engagement - Bearing Fruit

Word Warriors Go Boom

Unless the Lord build the house, they labor in vain who build. Unless the Lord guard the city, in vain does the guard keep watch Ps 127:1

I don’t follow all of the Catholic bloggers. There are far too many. I am connected to a handful of bloggers, and through that connection am, at times, aware of when a blogger brouhaha has commenced. Usually what happens is that the Pope does something for which he is sharply and immediately criticized by one group, then vehemently defended by another. The comboxes and Facebook comments start to explode. Then it is on like Donkey Kong in a Catholic Cage fight of epic proportion. Such was the case this past week and boom went the word warriors.

Look, I get it. I am a writer, albeit a writer of none renown, my blogs only get like 30 views. But still a writer. We love words and we know how to use them. One of our most satisfying relationships is with our thesaurus. Which is why, by the way, another writer cannot say to me that they wrote a just the facts…