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O eternal and everlasting God, I presume to present myself this morning before thy Divine majesty, beseeching thee to accept of my humble and hearty thanks, that it hath pleased thy great goodness to keep and preserve me the night past from all the dangers poor mortals are subject to, and has given me sweet and pleasant sleep, whereby I find my body refreshed and comforted for performing the duties of this day, in which I beseech thee to defend me from all perils of body and soul….
Increase my faith in the sweet promises of the gospel; give me repentance from dead works; pardon my wanderings, and direct my thoughts unto thyself, the God of my salvation; teach me how to live in thy fear, labor in thy service, and ever to run in the ways of thy commandments; make me always watchful over my heart, that neither the terrors of conscience, the loathing of holy duties, the love of sin, nor an unwillingness to depart this life, may cast me into a spiritual slumber, but daily frame me more and more into the likeness of thy son Jesus Christ, that living in thy fear, and dying in thy favor, I may in thy appointed time attain the resurrection of the just unto eternal life bless my family, friends, and kindred.
And a link to the traditional Saint Patrick’s breastplate.
From the White House, National Journal’s Marc Ambinder reports that Obama believes he can get the Republicans to cave on taxes if he first lets the bond markets panic in late-July. Obama then hopes that Wall Street and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will force Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to compromise, like he did on the FY 2011 budget deal earlier this year.
Denzel, Gary Oldman, apocalyptic story, and action-adventure… what more can a woman want?
I haven’t been to the movies yet, but this review by John Nolte caught my attention, REVIEW: ‘Book of Eli’ Delivers God, Guns, and Guts. Oh yeah, that sounds good to me,
Like most of you, many years ago I decided that after the apocalypse it will be The Mighty Gary Oldman I’ll choose as arch-nemesis to my Road Warrior (or Tina Turner). Oldman has a high-old time here, and what a credit to this great actor that he can perfectly inhabit the buttoned-down Commissioner Gordon one day and leave no scenery left un-chewed as Carnegie the next. Every line of dialogue, facial expression and movement is delivered for maximum impact. Oldman understands this genre, what it takes to be its villain, and succeeds in finding a place of his own.
And oh how I loves me some Denzel.
Will have to see it.
Why we should Get rid of the mandate
The difference between “a society which organizes itself around stern lessons administered by bureaucrats preaching to schoolchildren and a society of free men who hire bureaucrats to take out the garbage”: Equal to ourselves
Look up the word, and then Feel the Gleichschaltung!
Mortgages, The “Walk-Away” Crisis
James ponders whether we’re Losing our religion.
Got a question? Ask Hillary.
Via Maria, U.N. climate meeting was propaganda: Czech president. Vaclac Klaus isn’t buying the hype.
Emerald Elvis says no to the Lisbon treaty:
The Death of a Top Indonesian Militant
Michael D’Antuono’s “The Truth:”
I first came across the above painting a couple of days ago when a friend emailed me. I emailed back saying that we live in a free country and every mediocre artist has a right to paint whatever they best please.
But let’s take a second look at the painting:
The bizarre picture of Barack Obama in Messianic imagery (which is starting to become routine) imbued in Christian symbols while dressed in red, white and blue, is appalling to a Christian. The painting was to be unveiled in New York tomorrow, which happens to be President Obama’s 100th day in office.
Michael D’Antuono has decided that he won’t unveil the painting now. Thousands of people have seen the painting but now he won’t unveil it. Why? Because he didn’t intend to have a religious debate:
I just thought that through that painting people would see different things. The right and the left would have different interpretations of it based on their political lens. But I have to admit I was very surprised that instead of that I got thousands of email complaining on the religious front. And that was not my intent at all. I wanted to create a dialog politically but not religiously. I didn’t mean to make fun of anybody’s religion; maybe I did so naively but I didn’t mean it that way. In the bible Jesus is The Truth and comparing Obama that way isn’t something I meant to do at all.
- Obama with his arms extended, as Jesus’s arms on the cross
- The crown of thorns, an instrument of Jesus’s torture
- The curtain, which refers to St. Luke, 24, 44: And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst
And, to top it off, this statement at Michael D’Antuono’s own website:
“More than a presidential portrait, ‘The Truth’ is a politically, religiously and socially-charged statement on our nation’s current political climate and deep partisan divide that is sure to create a dialogue.”
The truth is that D’Antuono – by saying now that he didn’t intend to bring up a religious debate in the first place – is lying.
I’ll leave it to The Anchoress to discuss the painting from a Catholic’s point of view. My point is that D’Antuono tried to be a provocateur but chickened out at the last moment.
Three friends, including Instapundit have the good news:
Iraq Declares Christmas an Official Holiday for First Year
Iraq’s Christians, a small minority in the overwhelmingly Muslim country, quietly celebrated Christmas on Thursday with a present from the government, which declared it an official holiday for the first time.
Let’s continue to pray for Iraq.
However, this is not as outrageous as it sounds, since Naples Nativity scenes are eclectic, to say the least,
Italian families prize their Nativity sets and often add a new character to the stable scene each year. This year they can choose from a host of political and high-profile figures including Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni, or the Pope himself. Even Silvio Berlusconi – Italy’s much derided Prime Minister – finds himself rendered in wood and standing next to the cattle.
Much more irreverent is the Obama caganer that’s selling like hotcakes in Barcelona, complete with “Yes we can”:
Caganers, which date back to the 18th Century, are traditionally hidden in the Nativity scenes and guests at Christmas parties look for them, like we do during Easter Egg hunts; they’re supposed to symbolize fertility, prosperity and hope (bet you didn’t see that one coming, did you?) for the incoming year.
In other Christmas season news, Hugh Heffner’s not content to pimp women young enough to be his granddaughters, now he’s pimping the Virgin Mary:
Playboy Virgin Mary Cover Sparks Outrage In Mexico. The timing of the cover coincides with a national religious holiday, the feast of the patron saint of Mexico,
The release was timed for the day before Mexico’s traditional Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, a celebration of an apparition of the Virgin in the town.
Its headline reads in Spanish: “We adore you, Mary.”
Of course Playboy Mag in the USA has issued a non-apology apology, as in “too bad you’re offended but it ain’t our fault”:
Playboy Enterprises Inc., based in Chicago, released a statement Friday explaining that the company did not approve the cover because the Mexican version of the magazine is published by a licensee, according to Reuters.
“While Playboy Mexico never meant for the cover or images to offend anyone, we recognize that it has created offense, and we as well as Playboy Mexico offer our sincerest apologies,” the company said.
If you take a quick glance at the Huffpo comments you’ll see the commenters deal with the topic in a most sensitive and tactful way.
Catholics all over the world are rioting, aren’t they?
The Anchoress: You don’t mess with the Mother of God