Here is a link to my latest episode of Showing Up Catholic for the Vericast Network
Showing Up Catholic Ep. 17
“Scripture Alone?” July 14, 2016
Is scripture alone sufficient as a rule of faith? Protestants think so. Debates often pit scripture against tradition. The Catholic Church teaches the unity of scripture and tradition. In this episode we discuss how we can remain confident in the Churches teachings. Oral tradition, written tradition, and the authority of the Church assures us of the authenticity and correctness of a teaching far more precisely and reliably than an individual interpretation of scripture alone
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There's a light A certain kind of lightThat never shone on meI want my life to be Lived with youLived with youThere's a way everybody sayTo do each and every little thingBut what does it bringIf I ain't got you, Ain't got you?You don't know what it's like, babyYou don't know what it's likeTo love somebodyTo love somebody The way I love you(Bee Gees - 1967) Last week I was watching America's Got Talent. Actually, I wasn't really watching it. I just had the TV on while I was working on my computer. I did happen to catch the very last act though. Hego t the golden buzzer from Simon Cowell. The name of the performer was Michael Ketterer and the song he sang was "To Love Somebody". He dedicated his performance to his children.
"To Love Somebody" is a song written by Barry and Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees. Supposedly they wrote it for Otis Redding but he died before he could record it. The Bee Gees then recorded it in 1967. Barry Gibb …
"First let a little love find entrance into their hearts, and the rest will follow." St. Philip Neri
Saturday was the feast day of St. Philip Neri. Someone sent a meme on Facebook with the above quote. Of course, me being me, one of the things I thought of was the song "Put a Little Love in Your Heart", sung by Jackie DeShannon in 1969. Jackie DeShannon also sang the song "What the World Need Now (is Love Sweet Love) in 1965. There may be some who feel that the whole problem in the Church today is the sappy idea of love carried over from the 60's and 70's and reflected in such songs as these two. To a certain extent they may be right. The love of God is not about sappy sentimentality. It is not all about the feels. Even so, I'm going to go with it. It can't hurt to put a little love, sweet love in our hearts. St. Philip Neri seemed to think that it was a good place to start.
We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is l…
the woman who willingly demeans the nurturing instinct and tries instead to deny, or to cancel, or to destroy her own unique biological capability, creates a new model, a female being, one who hasn't changed into a man, somehow never quite grows into a woman and becomes, in a metaphysical sense, a little less than human - Dr. Mildred Jefferson
Originally, I had considered writing a totally different piece than this one. This brouhaha over the Hobby Lobby decision with its subsequent talk of a "war on women" had me all stirred up. I was going to write something smart, witty and satirical using the very anthem of the feminist movement "I Am Woman", as sung by Helen Reddy, to show women the we, ourselves, have been the perpetrators of our own war on women. I would have made comparisons between the stereotypical 50's housewife and our current pearl clutching fear. I would have done a clever play on the word ewe to demonstrate how mindlessly we have followed cer…