On the origin of "the wrong side of history"

I've come across the glib phrase "the wrong side of history" rather a lot, lately. According to a comment on the provenance of this phrase found in the link attached here, it is related to the phrase "God is on our side." I find that to be a very revealing comment.

On the social and legal implications of "Obergefell v. Hodges"

On Friday, June 16, the United States Supreme Court handed down its decision in the case Obergefell v. Hodges, known popularly (or infamously) as "The same-sex marriage case." In a 5 to 4 decision, the court ruled in favor of James Obergefell, and against the State of Ohio (with Governor John Kasich identified as the original defendant in the case Obergefell v. Kasich, the Ohio Director of the Department of Health, Richard Hodges, became the defendant). The original suit concerned Mr. Obergefell's claim to

Emotional/spiritual reaction to Obergefell v. Hodges

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Permit me to offer a word of advice to people of faith. If you find yourself overwhelmed with anger or grief, take it to God in prayer. While you're praying to God for clarity, enlightenment, inner peace, etc., you should also pray for all of the principals involved in these new social and legal "innovations" that they will not be lost, but that God will protect them from the evil one. God loves all of us and wants us to be together with him in the end. It will help us to ally ourselves with that sentiment.

History? What's that?

Some people have concluded that recent efforts to erase the history of the country are unreasoning acts of hysteria. Personally, I think it's more likely the case that folks have gotten lazy and are tired of having to learn from history, so they've decided to erase its artifacts from the public square.

Do modern historians have something valuable to say about Jesus?

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A parishioner asked me to review a new product of National Geographic, written by Jean-Pierre Isbouts, who is an historian of the times of Jesus. The work is called "The Story of Christianity - A Chronicle of Christian Civilization from Ancient Rome to Today"

The language boa constrictor

You think, I dare say, that our chief job is inventing new words. But not a bit of it! We’re destroying words — scores of them, hundreds of them, every day. We’re cutting the language down to the bone. ... Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.

George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-four

Hat tip... "The Gradual Abolition of Language".

We owe more than respect to our troops!

I've seen a lot of postings about how we owe respect and gratitude to our troops and our law enforcement officers. It seems to me we owe them, and our progeny, a lot more than that.

Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for May, 2015

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VATICAN CITY, 30 April 2015 (VIS) - Pope Francis' universal prayer intention for May is: "That, rejecting the culture of indifference, we may care for our neighbours who suffer, especially the sick and the poor".

His intention for evangelization is: "That Mary's intercession may help Christians in secularised cultures be open to proclaiming Jesus".

FRANCIS-PRAYER INTENTIONS/VIS 20150530 (70)
Published by VISarchive - , April 30, 2015

 

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Catholic Social Teaching, A Systematic Perspective

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Fr. Robert Sirico, President of the Acton Institute, presents a systematic understanding of what Catholic Social Teaching is and is about.

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