Archive for the ‘Poverty’ category

When you don’t believe in God, you’ll believe in ANYTHING.

October 9, 2009

I’ll be going on a much needed vacation next week and won’t have the chance to post much, but I find what follows to be a humorous parting shot.

I imagine you’ve all heard of NASA’s moon bombing which occurred earlier this morning?  Well, the UK Register has reported on a whole collection of people who are thoroughly against the project.  And it just goes to show you, that the title of this post is soooooo true.  Some of the things these people advocate in stopping the bombing are:

What can we as surrealists or lunatics or astrologers or naturalists or anarcho-primitivists or Greens or werewolves or pagans or psychics or UFO groupies or other concerned members of the general public do?We must soothe the Moon, we bandage her. We implore other celestial bodies and entities to aid her. We will not let her endure this crime or its grim aftermath alone.

We need to communicate to the Moon. Talk to her in our dreams, trances, or meditations, and prepare her for this shock and wound as best we can. Hold her, send out imaginative protection to her, and put our dream bodies out there in front of the bomb. Collectively, we can sabotage the bombing or by imagining all manner of things going wrong, or encouraging the Moon to increase her own magnetic shields. Sing to her. Give her back just a tiny portion of all that she has done for us. We are all created from Moon dust

From the Register article:

Nutjob Parade Those readers who’ve been following NASA’s LCROSS lunar pole-prang mission, which saw a brace of spacecraft crash into the Moon’s south pole earlier today, will be aware that the effort wasn’t popular in all quarters.

In particular the self-styled “Chicago Surrealist Movement”, claiming to speak for “surrealists, lunatics, astrologers, naturalists, anarcho-primitivists, Greens, werewolves, pagans, psychics, UFO groupies and other concerned members of the general public” launched an impassioned and beautifully written appeal to “Stop NASA Bombing the Moon!”, which we enjoyed so much we reported it earlier in the week.

As a result we’ve had a good deal of feedback on the topic of moon assault, which we thought we’d share with you while the world waits for the results of the crater strike.

First up is commentard Bill Fresher:

The moon is a huge water balloon. If they pop it with a bomb it’ll burst, the water will fall into Earth’s atmosphere, heat up on entry and turn to steam, which will cook us all. Please stop NASA.

Many noted the traditional association of the Moon with femininity. An individual known as “Jemmifer Scott” wrote in on this subject, saying:

as a woman i feel violated that NASA feel it’s acceptable to bomb the moon.i demand this is stopped. i think we should get an INJUNCTION against NASA.

Click the link for more fun!  I also happen to think I got the category tag for this post correct, don’t you?

The least of my brethren

February 12, 2009

Amid America’s greed-induced economic collapse and expansion of the culture of death, we may tend to focus on our own sufferings, real as they may be for some of us.  Then one reads an article like this one, and our sufferings, though still very real, don’t loom as large.  As a husband and father, reading about suffering like this, my heart breaks for these people.  Seeing pictures like these makes it even worse, though they are not really very graphic at all.  Imagine the anguish, the frustration, the fear.  I can’t even begin to imagine my children having to endure something like this.  These people epitomize the “blessed” of the first Beatitude – “the poor in spirit.”  They are absolutely helpless, and must depend entirely on the Lord and on others for assistance.

 

In his Message for Lent this year, our Holy Father points to something we can do to show our unity with these suffering people:

At the same time, fasting is an aid to open our eyes to the situation in which so many of our brothers and sisters live……Voluntary fasting enables us to grow in the spirit of the Good Samaritan, who bends low and goes to the help of his suffering brother.  By freely embracing an act of self-denial for the sake of another, we make a statement that our brother or sister in need is not a stranger. It is precisely to keep alive this welcoming and attentive attitude towards our brothers and sisters that I encourage the parishes and every other community to intensify in Lent the custom of private and communal fasts, joined to the reading of the Word of God, prayer and almsgiving.

 

Unfortunately, we may have no concrete way of helping these Zimbabweans.  The people to whom they fled, the ones most able to help them, are refusing to render any assistance at all.  May the Lord inspire the hearts of the South Africans with compassion and self-giving love.