Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Hypocrisy of Black Liberals

Today the SCOTUS upheld the constitutionality of Obamacare. Not surprising, the four liberal justices were in the majority. What was surprising was that Chief Justice John Roberts was the fifth vote in the majority. Leading up to this opinion, pundits hypothesized that Justice Kennedy would be the swing vote on a balanced court of four conservatives (Alito, Roberts, Scalia, Thomas) and four liberals (Breyer, Ginsburg, Kagan, Sotomayor), and yet Kennedy was among the dissenting minority. Assigned the task of writing the dissenting opinion was Justice Clarence Thomas. If you are unfamiliar with Justice Thomas you should know, he is a Yale Law school graduate, a Catholic, and a conservative black man from Savannah, Ga. You should also know that Liberal America hates him. Why? Because you are never suppose to use the words conservative and black in the same sentence. Following the courts announcement, the following was said about Justice Thomas.

“Clarence Thomas voted against me he is that field nigga that will never be a house nigga but he keeps trying anyway”

‘Clarence Thomas is a successful, google worthy nigga. Does that mean we should be proud of his whipping boy house nigga ass?”

“Bitch.ass Clarence Thomas said it voted aganist it the most uncle tominest shuckin and jivin nigga”

“Clarence Thomas will never change, just as much as the Imperial Wizard of the KKK will never change. Too far gone.”

“Im convinced that Clarence Thomas (supreme court justice) just doesn't want 2be considered black which is the reason why he votes as he does”

Are you disgusted? I am.  I’m also pretty sure Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson will not come out condemning any of these hateful things floating around social media. If any of these statements were being made about Barack Obama, we would hear the first shots of a civil war ringing out tonight. But sadly, unless every black person falls in line with the liberal mindset, they are demonized as a traitor, Uncle Tom, White Man’s whore/slave, and not authenticately “Black”. I’m sick of it. This group-think mentality is ignorant and does nothing to benefit the community. It’s astounding how open-minded and free-thinking liberals are when it involves other liberals. Can we say argumentum ad hominemInstead of targeting the opinion of Justice Thomas and the other dissenters, they instead decide to attack his character. I dislike Obama and his policies but I would never attack him with such vitriol and disrespect.

This crap has to stop.

I’m shaking my head, black folks. 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Random Thursday...

I know a post has been long overdue, and I admit, I’m lucky if anyone continues to read anything I say.  So to push away from this semi-writer’s block I’m taking suggestions. What do you want me to address? I’ve had a few submissions, so I’m opening it up to everyone. Let me know!

I did something incredibly stupid this morning. Like every weekday morning, I got ready for work, walked my dog and then hopped in the car. Normally, I ride in silence with the windows down, enjoying the breeze and think about how the day will unfold. Unlike these normal days, this morning I turned the radio on. Why was this a stupid move? Because music is never played in the mornings. It’s always talking, and more talking. Well, I happened upon a local station which enjoys allowing callers to give them a name and number of someone that they want to essentially entrap in a “I caught you cheating” or “I slept with this guy the first night I met him and I’m wondering why he hasn’t called me back to go out again” public situation.  Listening to the radio is like driving by a horrible accident I can’t stop looking at. The entire time I’m listening, I’m repulsed but thoroughly convinced that this cannot be real. Every  time someone tells another scandalous story, I’m debating with my car whether this is all staged and fake. But even if these callers are actors, I know these stories are real.  People have absolutely no shame anymore.  They publicly discuss their sexual exploits, with full intimate detail. They glorify their promiscuity and adulterous behavior.  What the (Bleep) has happened to society?

Summertime in Arizona sucks.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Devotion to God's Will

Sometimes, if you pray hard enough, you'll miss your blessing.


I shall explain.

As followers of Christ, we strive to live a good virtuous life. A life of obedience and union with God's will. At Mass we pray "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." We read scripture that tells us Christ died because it was the will of the Father. (Matthew 26:39)  We sing  hymns, proclaiming His glory and power. We spend our days asking that the Lord guide and protect us.  When things are going great we praise his name. When things seems desolate we pray for His mercy.

But sometimes we need to sit back and ask ourselves a question.

Isn't every circumstance in our life full of graces and through the will of God?

Yes. Yes. Yes. Everything that happens, except sin, happens through the will of God.

As we pray for our vocations, families, and souls, we need to remember that our petitions must always be, not for our wishes to be done, but that God's holy will be fulfilled in us and by us. If we are too concerned with what we want in this life then we will lose devotion to Him and our desire for heaven. At the same time, it is also possible to be so absorbed in prayer and petitions for Christ to direct you, that you don't recognize when He does. At that point, you are not in union with the Lord, but have settled on conforming your will with his. St. Alphonsus de Liguori once said:

Who is ever offered a gift and then lays down the conditions upon which he will accept it?... Conformity signifies that we join our will to the will of God. Uniformity means more--it means that we make one will of God's will and ours, so that we will only what God wills; that God's will alone, is our will.

So everyday, let us grow deeper in our faith and unite with what God wills for us.

Monday, June 11, 2012

A Modest Proposal

I am a fan of satire. One of my literary desires is to translate C.S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters into a modern correspondence. I'm still mapping that discussion in my head, but I've recently re-read another satirical favorite: A Modest Proposal by Jonathon Swift. I laugh every time I read it.

So, I've just given you two names.

C.S. Lewis

Jonathan Swift

Now, go and stock your home library with everything they've ever written.

But first, click on the link and go read my lastest post at Ignitum Today.

A Modest Proposal for Progressive Prevention of Unwanted Children while Making Them Beneficial to the Public good and Saving Mother Earth.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

For Greater Glory...

If you haven't watched For Greater Glory yet please step away from your computer, phone or ipad and drive yourself to  the nearest theater. Seriously, you'll get to see big names like Peter O'Toole, Eva Longoria, and Andy Garcia. And if you've ever viewed the beauty that is Bella, you'll recognize Eduardo Verastegui.

Andy Garcia is looking at you!

What is so great about this film? It's about the Cristero War. A little known Mexican uprising that occurred after the Mexican Revolution, when the atheist government decided to stymie the Catholic Church and freedom of religion. Ring any bells? Whoa, sounds a little too close to home, perhaps? Don't worry the Mexican government had the cajones to do things our government isn't quite stupid bold or capable enough to do...yet.

Anyhow, this isn't a spoiler post, review of the movie or conspiratorial bashing of our government. Instead, I want to discuss a central historical character whose portrayal was surprisingly accurate. Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio.

Young Jose at confirmation

The short background on Jose is that he was a 14 year old martyr during the war. I'd never heard of him before I saw this movie. Actually, I'd never even heard of this war before, and I love history! 

So I'm totally captivated during the first hour and a half, of this 150 minute movie, until slowly I start to have doubt. Uh oh, I'm thinking. This little kid is getting a lot of screen time and this movie is starting to get a little Hollywood in the last hour. They seriously want me to believe he endured this much suffering in real life? There was really this much focus on a young kid accepting apostasy or death at the hands of the government? Nah, it's the movie gods trying to have a good story

But then as I leave the theater and head to my car, I get a thought. Wait, l need to do a little research on this kid. And then I found it was all true. Why did I think the movie was lying? Because in my rational and moral mind, no rational and moral person would sadistically focus on torturing and killing a child for the greater good of a political agenda. And then slowly I remembered something in the cool breeze of the evening, riding home on the streets of Phoenix:

"When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing — they believe in anything." 

Yes, great and true words from Gilbert Keith Chesterton. What stops a person from attempting to redefine order and morality if they don't acknowledge the established authority of order and morality? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. When I think of  Bl. Jose Sanchez del Rio's sacrifice I'm reminded that if the most innocent of beings can be tortured and killed daily (yes I'm talking about abortions) then why should anyone expect their life to be considered valuable to the next man? How do you expect someone to respect your life when their value of life is subjective?

When Paul spoke to the Ephesians (6:10-20) he utilized the imagery of a Roman soldier to teach the importance of courage and prayer. He needed them to know that they must be prepared to fight a war, not against man, but against the power of spiritual evil. Bl. Jose Sanchez del Rio was that soldier. There is a line often attributed to St. Francis of Assisi: "Preach the gospel, and if necessary, use words." Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio preached the gospel without using words. In doing so, this courageous young man accepted the greatest honor on earth.

He died for Christ. 

Would you be willing to do the same? 

¡Viva Cristo Rey!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Look! Update

You may or may not have noticed but "Look! A Black Catholic!" went under a little maintenance today. Nothing major, I just created two new tabs with my "bio" and "conversion story" (also known as A Catholic Odyssey). However, even more important than the above, I created a link so that I can be reached by email. So check it out (under my stunning headshot) and feel free to email questions, ideas for posts, or just a casual "Hey, how you doin'?" 

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Should a Christian Support Obama?

To do your will is my delight; my God, your law is in my heart! I announced your deed to a great assembly; I did not restrain my lips; you, Lord are my witness." Psalms 40:9-10

So, awesome and brilliant Stacy Trasancos, has given me the honor of becoming a contributor over at IgnitumToday. YAY! I'll be posting over there a few times a month but I'll make sure to link everything here so that you can find the pages. 

The first boxer in the ring is Should a Christian Support Obama? I guess you could say it's a followup to Let's talk about Mr. President.