"In Cameroon, Africa, books are scarce--especially the good ones. Which means few Catholics have access to quality spiritual reading. Fr. Linus, who is studying at one of the Cameroon seminaries, explains:
"One of the key problems the Church in Cameroon is facing, as in many parts of Africa, is that Christians do not read. And if they do, it's very thin. Most know very little about the Catholic faith and the situation is worst among the young people."
But what if we could change that, patricularly in the seminaries? What if we could provide good Catholic books to every future-priest in the country?
Nice blurb about GK on the writers almanac where i found out his Father Brown mysteries later inspired Alfred Hitchcock.
Also, as I was on a recipe hunt, I came across a blog dedicated to cheese. The section dedicated to cheese poetry has the mast head : "The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese". They do not give credit to GKC and when they post...
SONNET TO A STILTON CHEESE
Stilton, thou shouldst be living at this hour And so thou art. Nor losest grace thereby; England has need of thee, and so have I— She is a Fen. Far as the eye can scour, League after grassy league from Lincoln tower To Stilton in the fields, she is a Fen. Yet this high cheese, by choice of fenland men, Like a tall green volcano rose in power.
Plain living and long drinking are no more, And pure religion reading 'Household Words', And sturdy manhood sitting still all day Shrink, like this cheese that crumbles to its core; While my digestion, like the House of Lords, The heaviest burdens on herself doth lay. ..... they list his name as W. K. Chesterton. I left a post asking for a correction pretending any one will listen to me.
If we are to make any headway in this culture war (during our life time) it is important to understand "the power of cool" as Victor Davis Hanson lays it down). This explains why some people can get away with certain misdeeds (sin) and others who commit the same deeds can not. Also how some are dismissed out of hand, shouted down, or bumper stickered blind because their views are not the cool MSM ones.
Now one would think the Pope is cool (I do) but the MSM thinks he's "cute" or 'adorable' but ultimately out of touch with the real world.
In a recent Facebook debate on Planned Parenthood one of my comments was responded to with a derisive "Next we will be talking about shooting moose from a helicopter". The 'cool kids' couldn't click Like fast enough.
One of the up sides of the current resident’s hostile distain
of the Catholic church is that the bishops have grown a pair.
They are seeing
the folly of 'go along to get along'. They have remembered that you cannot compromise
with the devil. So finally they are
saying "no" to those Catholics who think it is ok to slice and dice
babies from speaking at Catholic Schools. One such case is that Rep Bob Hagan has been uninvited to speak because of his pro child murder stance. The thing is
that Hagan just can't understand it he said, “I have fought for social justice
my entire life and today, I am one disappointed Catholic. After being invited
to give the commencement speech at Mercy Nursing School here in Youngstown, I
got a call telling me that the Bishop has overruled their invite and they have
rescinded the invitation because of some of the political positions I have
taken. I am saddened that the work that I have done to feed the poor, clothe
the naked, help cure the sick, and to bring an end to the death penalty has
fallen on deaf ears.”
So for him he believes that these goods outweigh the evil of
his support of the wholesale slaughter of children which he calls a political position.
He is not alone.
Interesting that we would vote for someone who does these
goods but actively maintains the okedness of the slicing and dicing of babies for the health of the mother but we would
never vote for someone who said it would be ok to slap your wife occasionally for the health of the marriage.
I pray for Rep Hagan that he may gain sight and I continue
to pray for the bishops that they stay strong.