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- By George Dunlap, May 24, 2019. Matrix the question was “red pill or blue pill”, today’s generation’s question is, ” …is abortion killing a living child, or, just removing a mass of “nothing”” . Like I said, Red Pill or Blue Pill. Sohrad Ahmari is a good writer and has thought this issue out very well. This is a good read….. if you dare?
The movie reveals the culture of death that lies at the core of our secular-liberal modernity. We cannot look away
This spring marks the 20th anniversary of The Matrix. It was 20 years ago that the hacker Neo (Keanu Reeves) picked the red pill over the blue, and was given an unforgettable glimpse of a world in which robots enslave untold billions of human beings, extracting their life force to fuel their evil empire. The Matrix drew on a well-worn science-fiction trope, as old as Metropolis, in which the hero discovers the hideous truth lurking just beneath the pleasant surface of daily life.
“The Matrix is everywhere,” Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) tells Neo. “You can feel it when you go to work, when you go to church, when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you to the truth.” Everyday reality, in the Wachowskis’ startling vision, is an illusion designed to mask the process by which robots quite literally turn human beings into disposable batteries.
Unplanned – the new movie based on the memoirs of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood employee of the year turned pro-life activist – is this generation’s Matrix. Abby Johnson (ably played in the movie by Ashley Bratcher) is our Neo. As for the empire of intelligent machines that has pulled a veil over its dehumanising activities, well, that would be Planned Parenthood.Continue reading
By George Dunlap, May 20, 21019, Do we stand and watch or say “enough is enough”! As many of you know this is a topic very dear to my heart as a Catholic and Citzen of the World. We have the power and we must pray to God to bless us the mental strenght to Say NO! We must not wait for permission, but pray for action.
By Robert Royal Monday, May 20, 2019
Something out of the ordinary happened this past week. On Saturday, over 10,000 people walked the streets of Rome in defense of children in the womb. Italian lay people have organized a march for nine years now, and it grows – despite no support from the Italian bishops – including the pope. On Friday, Francis did encourage members of the Catholic Medical Association to “defend life,” though so vaguely that you couldn’t tell whether he was talking about abortion, euthanasia, immigration, climate, poverty – or all of them (more of this below). But as usual no Italian bishops participated in the Marcia– they’ve been saying that they don’t want it to be seen as only “Catholic,” though why is not clear. And that they prefer to work through elected officials rather than public protest (though they seem to support other public demonstrations, e.g., on immigration and poverty, and don’t have any natural partners in government now that the Christian Democrats have splintered). Italian television, accordingly, didn’t even mention the march occurred. The lone Italian prelate in the past, Archbishop Viganò, was missing, for good reasons. None of this was out of the ordinary. And neither, basically, were the large pro-life marches in London last week and Ottawa. There are marches in many other countries in Europe and Latin America as well, though we rarely hear about them outside of the Catholic press, and not very much even there. No, the real novelty is that Alabama essentially banned abortion last week with a bill that was passed by the legislature and signed into law by governor Kay Ivey who, like large numbers of women, believes abortion is the taking of innocent human life.Continue reading
By George Dunlap, May 6, 2019. This conversation between Eric Metaxes and Peter Kreeft, Author, Symbol or Substance, on the Eric Metaxes Radio Show, is about the book Symbol or Substance, just released, a possible dialog between. C. S. Lewis, Billy Graham, and Tolkien. It is more than an explanation of what transubstantiation is; it’s a more refined explanation in a dialog form, of the different understandings of what truly (a Catholic truth…) transubstantiation represents in the House of God at the alter. This you tube conversation is more that a conversation about a book, it’s a conversation about why we as Catholics are truly unique in our faith, yet as Christians we all are Blessed in Jesus Christ.
By: George Dunlap, May 2, 2019 Reading this article by George Weigel I begin to understand how all those Germans must have accepted the death camps in their towns, as the Nazis, during WW II, killed millions of Jews, and others. They accepted then, as we accept today, that if I close my eyes…..it’s not real. By the Grace of God, forgive us Dear Lord. George Weigel’s article below is something…..we all need to fully understand, Unplanned is a battle cry to millions of fellow Catholics that we must stop this KILLING with the TRUTH. Please join me in prayer….
By George Weigel, May 1, 2019, TRUTH-TELLING AND BIG ABORTION
For over a half-century, what styles itself the “pro-choice” movement has thrived because of its extraordinary ability to mask what it’s really about—the willful taking of innocent human lives in abortion—through various rhetorical deceptions.
Planned Parenthood clinicians ask frightened and often ignorant young women, “Would you like us to restore your period?” Legislators in thrall to Big Abortion dollars vie to keep sidewalk counselors away from abortuaries, in order to maintain the pretense that what goes on inside those chop-shops involves no more than unwanted “tissue.” The governor of New York celebrates the passage of a bill that would legally permit abortions up to the moment of birth because this is all a matter of “women’s reproductive health.” The governor of Virginia babbles about letting children who survive abortions die, thinking himself humane because he insists that the victims will be kept comfortable. Last month, a Georgia state senator decried legal protection for unborn children who display “what some call a heartbeat.”
George Orwell, call your office.Continue reading
December 4, 2019
George Dunlap April, 24, 2019
Poetry as an art form seems to be lost in the mire …compared to the great painters, poetry is a beautiful art form. I enjoy reading poetry when my mind is troubled and in disarray. Joyce Kilmer is a new favorite of mine.
Joyce Kilmer, is one of Sam Guzman’s favorite catholic poets, and is one of America’s own Catholic poets. He is the American Chesterton or Belloc.
As Winds That Blow Against A Star
Now by what whim of wanton chance
Do radiant eyes know sombre days?
And feet that shod in light should dance
Walk weary and laborious ways?
But rays from Heaven, white and whole,
May penetrate the gloom of earth;
And tears but nourish, in your soul,
The glory of celestial mirth.
The darts of toil and sorrow, sent
Against your peaceful beauty, are
As foolish and as impotent
As winds that blow against a star.
When most of us think of the Catholic literary giants of the last century, we think of Englishmen like J.R.R. Tolkien, G.K. Chesterton, or Hilaire Belloc. But the Englishmen were not the only great men of letters— an American, Joyce Kilmer, should be included among them.
Kilmer was a soldier, essayist, prolific poet, and literary critic, and while he is largely forgotten today, he was considered one of the greatest literary figures of his time. Interestingly, like many other great Catholic literary giants, Joyce Kilmer was a convert to Catholicism. He is largely remembered for his poem Trees, and many of his poems deal with his faith or with the beauty of nature. He died in 1918.
By George Dunlap, April 23, 2019 –
April 17, 2019 Fr. James V. Schall S. J. died, my first read of one of Fr. Schall’s books was, Another Sort of Learning, on my quest to a deeper understanding of my Catholic faith and awareness of my lack of a solid Catholic education; I found direction, I looked for answers. During my journey I found many writings by Fr. Schall. I read and re-read Another Sort of Learning and like many others was hooked on Fr. Schall’s teachings. Below are a few of the articles about Fr. Schall, I trust you may find his life enlightening in our Lord Gods love. Pray for me.
(from The Catholic Thing) James V. Schall, S.J. 1928-2019, who served as a professor at Georgetown University for thirty-five years, was one of the most prolific Catholic writers in America. Among his many books are The Mind That Is Catholic, The Modern Age, Political Philosophy and Revelation: A Catholic Reading, Reasonable Pleasures, Docilitas: On Teaching and Being Taught, Catholicism and Intelligence, and, most recently, On Islam: A Chronological Record, 2002-2018.
Fr. James Schall on Books and Teaching– April 19, 2019 Roland Millare
In Praise of Father Schall – by George Weigel 7 . 28 . 10
Who Will Convert Us? The Life of James V. Schall, S.J. By Ken Masugi| April 18th, 2019
by Mark Bauerlein April 5, 2019