|St. Luke's Catholic Church, Ocean City MD [photo: BD Matt]|
As one relaxes and recharges one's sunny perspective at the beach, it was nice to encounter a "littoral" ultimate truth.
|Preparing the High Altar for Nellie Gray's Requiem, St. Mary Church Washington, DC [photo: BD Matt]|
|Casket of Nellie Gray lying in repose at St. Mary's Church Washington, DC [photo BD Matt]|
|St. Mary's Pastor Fr. Alfred Harris celebrating Nellie Gray Requiem Mass, Wash. DC [photo BD Matt]|
|March for Life V.P. Terry Scanlon offering Nellie Gray Eulogy [photo: BD Matt]|
|Boston Archbishop Sean Cardinal O'Malley reminisces on Nellie Gray [photo: BD Matt]|
|Washington Archbishop Donald Cardinal Wuerl's reflections on Nellie Gray's importance [photo: BD Matt]|
|Celebrant Fr. Albert Harris incenses Nellie Gray's casket [photo: BD Matt]|
|Washington Archbishop Donald Cardinal Wuerl offers a final benediction for Nellie Gray [photo: BD Matt]|
|Pall bearers for Nellie Gray's casket as Knights of Columbus look on [photo: BD Matt]|
|Boston Archbishop Sean Cardinal O'Malley comforting mourners for Nellie Gray [photo: BD Matt]|
Virgin of Gaudalupe, Mother of the Americas, grant to our homes the grace of loving and respecting life in its beginnings. Loke upon us with compassion: teach us to go continually with Jeus through a great love for all the holy Sacraments.
Thus, with our hearts free from evil and hatred, we will be able to bring to all the true joy and true peace, which comes to us from your son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who with God the Father and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen
It would seem that, for the first time in the history of our republic, we are witnessing here in the U.S.A. the establishment of a state religion, a religion so crafted as to delight the heart of a secularist, a religion with clearly defined dogmas, compliance with whose demands is to be enforced with all of the coercive powers at the disposal of the federal government. Here are the dogmas of this new faith.Dogma #1: A woman has the right, the unrestricted right, to make arrangements for the killing of her unborn child whenever such course of action is convenient.
Dogma #2: The chief purpose served by the institution of marriage is the securing of social recognition for romantic attraction, together with the panoply of benefits accruing to such recognition. The begetting of children, together with such subsequent upbringing as will equip them to contribute responsibly to the society in which they will spend their lives, can be dismissed as of marginal importance. Thus every man, should this be his bent, has the right to marry another man, just as every woman, should she be so disposed, has the right to marry a woman. To suggest otherwise, to imply, for example, that a man's realigning of his reproductive powers to adapt to another man's digestive tract is in any way abnormal is to be guilty of a hate crime, in exculpation of which no appeal to the rights of conscience shall be allowed, this being an intolerable crime, properly punishable with fines and/or imprisonment.
Dogma #3: The sovereign pontiff in this new state religion is the people's hero, Barack Hussein, now reigning gloriously in the White House.
Dogma #4: Enemy Number One of the new state religion is, by and large, the Christian faith and, with special intransigence, the Catholic Church. Measures must accordingly be taken to compel the recusant authorities of the Roman Catholic faith to genuflect at the new religion's altar. (Thus the new Health and Human Services mandate).
All of this represents at least one way of looking at President Obama's arrogant trampling upon the First Amendment, not to mention his repudiation of God's Commandments.
When you're 15, you can't say, 'Dude, I'm a reincarnated spiritual master from the hills of Tibet…without people thinking you're weird as fuck. Now it's just a pain in the ass.
|[L] Ashoka Mukpo with [R] half brother Gesar Mukpo. Both are considered Tulkus|
|[L] Curator Dr. Scott Carroll [R] Steve Green|
|Washington's Carnegie Library|
|John Paul II Cultural Center|