Good Fridays: St. Therese goes to space

Howdy and good Friday to you!

True charity

Iraqi troops have donated money to US wildfire victims.  Although it may be a small amount in comparison to the charity the US has shown Iraqis, it’s not the amount that really matters.  It is an example of true charity when even though their own country is struggling so much they still make the effort and gesture to help the needy in a foriegn country.

The Galaxy Wide Web?

NASA is taking the internet to deep space.  Now astronauts can keep their Facebook statuses current and pay their bills on time.

From poppies to pomegranates

Afghans seem to be moving more and more into the world health food market enabling more farmers to (hopefully) move out of the illegal drugs (opium) market.  The US has contributed greatly to encouraging this transition.  This is a great example of how technology and aid can be used in a minimal, organic way (teaching and connecting them with markets) to leverage an existing resource and natural desire within a country to bring about a better world for all.

Philippine Bishops in politics

“The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is assisting an effort to craft an alternative version of the country’s controversial proposed Reproductive Health bill, saying their preferred version will ‘promote authentic human development.'”

Wouldn’t it be great if all local bishops had this kind of involvement in government?

American biships still vocal

Our bishops continue to take action and speak out on abortion, marriage, and other important social issues.

“It is to be anticipated that perhaps not everyone will easily accept this particular teaching. There is too much clamorous outcry against the voice of the Church, and this is intensified by modern means of communication. But it comes as no surprise to the Church that she, no less than her divine Founder, is destined to be a “sign of contradiction.” She does not, because of this, evade the duty imposed on her of proclaiming humbly but firmly the entire moral law, both natural and evangelical. Since the Church did not make either of these laws, she cannot be their arbiter—only their guardian and interpreter. It could never be right for her to declare lawful what is in fact unlawful, since that, by its very nature, is always opposed to the true good of man.”- Francis Cardinal Stafford

Vatican goes green

The Vatican has installed some sweet solar panels.  One of the many ways the Catholic Church embraces science and taking care of our planet.

St. Therese the space traveler

A relic of St. Therese accompanied Colonel Ron Garen (astronaut) into space on his recent shuttle flight.  Therese had written thet she wanted to be a missionary to every continent and remote island – now she’s taken it a step even further.  Pretty neat.

Catholics in politics

We need more catholic politicians like thisnot more like the many ‘catholic’ politicians who have gotten so much press in the recent election.

The Pope is like…really smart

Here are some perhaps prophetic comments from Pope Benedict back in 1985 regarding the problems with a capitalism that is not reinforced by a moral law.

And I can’t wait for the Pope’s next encyclical on social issues.  It comes at such an important time.  It is apparently delayed for revision in order to more specifically address the current global economic crisis.  I have no doubt it will be filled with wisdom that we can all apply to our current challenges.

Have a Good Friday and a great weekend!

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