Oregon, We Are Not Numb — Or Hopeless

It happened right here in the Northwest. A gunman, long fascinated with violence, preoccupied by a hatred of organized religion, targeted Christian students and shot them.

The Rainey View asks readers to pray for consolation and healing for the survivors, their families and all those who endured the fear and horror of that day.

Source: Oregon, We Are Not Numb — Or Hopeless

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FlowerFund Fills a Gap

Found via National Catholic Register: FlowerFund is a Catholic crowdfunding site, named for St. Therese the Little Flower because, in the words of its directors, she “was an audacious saint who challenged those telling her she could not devote her life to Christ[.]”

Today is St. Therese’s feast day. Celebrate by checking out the above links.
Other celebration ideas include making (or buying) eclairs, her favorite dessert; cakes or drinks involving roses, either real or candy; and saying her morning prayer, all found at Shower of Roses.

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Some Books Just Get Better With Rereading

My mother used to nag me about reading the same books over and over. But when I liked a book, I liked to get all I could out of it. Judging by this video, I wasn’t the only one.

H/T Convert Journal.

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5 Traits For A Conservative To Win In 2016


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

Originally posted on collegecampusconservatives:

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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