5 Traits For A Conservative To Win In 2016


Here is a good, concise breakdown of what we need in the 2016 election.

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5 Traits A Conservative Will Need To Win In 2016

Humility: is going to give the Republican Party a better chance in 2016. We have seen Donald Trump portray a bad character that makes conservatives look like the racist, insensitive, uncharismatic people that the left often calls us out as. Trump has certainly struck a nerve with people because he is not politically correct, but we don’t have to be politically correct to show that we have humble hearts. John Kasich and Ben Carson are the conservatives we need to be looking at, saying what is on their mind, but reaching a helping hand out to others in the process.

Character:must be shown during our campaigns for the next year. We have seen it all too often, the liberals and Democratic Party are reaching out to the younger generation. Talking points are great and must be shared, but let’s…

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The Year of Mercy: What Did the Pope Really Say?

As I read that Pope Francis has made some changes in honor of the upcoming Year of Mercy, I immediately felt the mass confusion coming.

He has said that, during the period from December 8, 2015 to November 20, 2016, the following will apply:

  • Persons who have incurred excommunication because they have procured an abortion will be able to be restored by any priest as long as they confess with sincere repentance;
  • Priests in SSPX will be able to absolve sins;
  • A plenary indulgence can be obtained.

I can feel the misquotations building up in the air. On the first point, of course, many people will think he said that abortion is suddenly going to be allowed by Catholic doctrine. This is not at all the case. Francis has been, and still is, outspoken against abortion.

On the second point, the overwhelming response is likely to be, “Who?” But for those who know that the Society of St. Pius X is a schismatic church that considers itself to be the real Catholic Church, they will probably think the Pope just declared them to be right all along, or that he said it does not matter what church anyone belongs to anymore. That is also not what happened. Not at all.

The general reaction to the third point is, again, going to be partly, “A plena-what?” Here is a quick guide to indulgences.

And here is a short video explaining what all this news really means.

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Funny Video About Church History

From Lutheran Satire, by way of Convert Journal.

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“Sundays Are the Worst” for Service Workers, and a Pastor Cares Enough to Build a Website About It

In 2014, a pastor, Chad Roberts, was heartbroken to know that food service workers consider Sunday the worst day for customer behavior and tips. Worse, the prime offenders are church groups. Waiters often regard the sight of a group saying grace in a restaurant to be a sign of a lousy tip, and of a table that will be occupied for hours, and left looking as if the customers had never been out to eat before.

Another pastor, Alois Bell, wrote a note on an Applebee’s receipt: “I give God 10%. Why do you get 18%?”

On another occasion, a waitress was considering becoming a churchgoer that very day, after a tragedy in her life, but the behavior of a church group at her table led her to change her mind. They were from the very church she had been thinking of joining. The customers spoke rudely to her, left fake money and left such a bad impression that the waitress decided not to go to any church, and to sleep Sunday mornings instead.

Such treatment of workers, who sometimes survive entirely on tips, is simply wrong, and seriously unchristian.

Roberts decided to remedy the situation. He set up the site “Sundays Are the Worst”, where workers can relate their experiences anonymously, and receive personal apologies from Roberts on behalf of all Christians.

I have been to restaurants as part of church groups on Sundays, and I have seen that around half my friends are actually kind to staff, but the other half are shocking. Going out to eat transforms some good, caring, humble folks into imperious and inconsiderate table campers, and I don’t understand why.

When I have asked, the answers I get still don’t make sense. Some say that they are there as a meeting, not as people having a meal, so they assume they are allowed to use the space as they would a church meeting space. It is not the same, though. In a restaurant, there is a line constantly forming for your table. Someone else is doing the cleanup. Someone’s survival depends on your tip. You can’t treat it like a classroom.

Others say that the subject of food is so personal to them that they want to send orders back over and over, complain loudly, treat staff as a nuisance and linger forever. Otherwise they feel as if they are the ones being mistreated. The thing is, though, being a sensitive customer is a special privilege, an extra in this world, and extras cost extra, they don’t cost less. If you need special treatment you have to pay for it.

And still others rarely go out anywhere, the monthly church group lunch being their only luxury, and the responsibility of paying is left unsettled until after the check arrives. They do not know the etiquette, they are overcome by the novelty, they want attention on some level, and the have no realistic idea how much things cost or what the standard gratuity is. Such people need to educate themselves on manners and the economics of the restaurant world before the next time they go out.

People going to a restaurant need to figure out who is paying what before they go, and make sure they can afford to tip before deciding where to go. People with special dietary needs cannot realistically expect any given restaurant to accommodate them. People who plan a long meeting need to make sure the place they are going is not too crowded for their meeting.

Some church groups are good as far as table manners, business manners and tipping are concerned, but have the mistaken idea that workers are allowed to discuss religion on the job. Or, they think a worker has actually never heard of the Christian faith and will appreciate a tract or verse in lieu of a tip. While there have been people who appreciated being given a tract, I am certain that few if any were excited to get one when they needed a tip.

The absolute best way to share the faith at a restaurant is to pray visibly (but not loudly), then be a good customer.

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Things You Didn’t Know About St. Monica, Unless You Did

Today is the Feast of St. Monica.

  1. You undoubtedly knew that St. Monica endured cruelty from her pagan husband, Patricius, and prayed for his conversion — successfully. You knew she also suffered because of her son, Augustine, and successfully prayed for his conversion as well. But she had the same experience with at least a third person in her life: her mother-in-law, who hated Monica and connived with the rest of the household against her. St. Monica’s endurance, patience and prayers for these three, and their conversions, are why she is a patroness of abuse victims.
  2. The Latin name Monica means “advisor”, but carries the false-cognate meaning of “nun”. But St. Monica came from Carthage, where Monica was already an ancient name by her lifetime, possibly derived from the god Mon.
  3. If you know a Monica, she is most likely around 38. The name’s popularity peaked in 1977, at 39th. In my part of the world it seems to have peaked much earlier and higher. From my casual observation, I’d call it tenth or twelfth around 1965-1970.
  4. St. Monica’s parents, the ones who forced her into a marriage that would have been considered early even for Fourth-Century North Africa — around age 13 or 14 — to the cruel, adulterous, much older, alcoholic pagan Patricius, were Christians themselves. Their reason for pushing her into such a living situation remain unclear.
  5. Monica was probably a Berber, born in Tagaste (you knew that part). Tagaste is now Souk Ahras, Algeria. Tagaste was an urban and military hub at the crossroads of three civilizations, located in a basin fed by a river. Tagaste (or Thagast) means “Bag”, a reference to its shape. Souk Ahras means “Lion Market”.
  6. St. Monica had three children: We all know her son Augustine. Her other son, Navigius, married, and her daughter, Perpetua, married, then entered a convent after she became a widow.
  7. Her grandchild, Adeodatus, conceived by Augustine and his mistress before both converted, converted with Augustine. Adeodatus was a brilliant child, who took part in conversations that helped develop some of Augustine’s theological writings before the boy died at 15 years of age. Adeodatus means “gift of God”.
  8. Monica is a patron, not only of mothers, married women, disappointing children, and abuse victims, but also of alcoholics, victims of infidelity, and of the Phillipines, and, of course, of Santa Monica, where the weeping springs are, you guessed it, so called in honor of the saint’s tears.
  9. Though it is often said that St. Monica won over her husband through submission, it is closer to the truth to say that she won him over through reason and self-control. While he was raging she remained silent, but later when he was calm she remonstrated with him calmly. She did the same with Augustine, setting clear boundaries including a period when she barred him from the family table, but always maintaining a calm and reasonable demeanor.
  10. Augustine was severely ill at one time and wished to be baptized, but Monica, who had prayed countless tear-filled hours for his conversion, refused because she didn’t feel he was ready. She wanted to wait until he understood and was prepared to give up his sinful way of life.

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Church Helps Your Mental Health

Social participation can reduce symptoms of depression and stress, but it makes a difference what kind of group it is. Political activity actually increases depression, whereas religious participation improves mental health.

Perhaps meetings, infighting, fitting outreach and media work into a packed schedule, and finding out that the other members of a group have not done things they had said they would do, take a lot out of a person… but the spiritual benefits of religious activity help reduce that kind of friction. And maybe God gives people energy when they spend time with Him. Hmm.

H/T Mark’s Daily Apple.

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August 22: OUR LADY, QUEEN OF HEAVEN. Hail holy Queen, Mother of mercy!

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Hail holy Queen, Mother of mercy!

Hail our Life, our life, our sweetness and our hope!

So goes the beautiful prayer of Salve Regina, a Marian prayer of filial love, trust and devotion, very appropriate not only during Saturdays (the day of the week traditionally dedicated to Our Lady) but especially for today’s feast (in some dioceses) or memorial.

And it is just right to rejoice on this day as we celebrate the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary for aside from being crowned as Queen of Heaven and Earth, let us not forget that she is our Mother as well!

“It is indeed just, that the Father, the Son; and the Holy Spirit
should crown the Blessed Virgin, Our Lady, as Queen and Mistress of all creation.

You have to make use of her power. With the daring of a child…

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