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A Plea to My Country

Well! I totally dropped the ball on this past Sunday's Catholicism Explained; my apologies for that. I played around with the idea of posting one today, but I decided to just save it for next Sunday.

However. I am going to post something - vaguely religious? - today. In reparation for my sin of sloth. So! Here goes. I don't...think...I have posted this before...

Oh. One other thing. This essay is written specifically as a plea to America, but most of it can be taken as a plea to mankind in general.

America! Oh, America! My country, my country, what has happened to you? Do you not see the sword buried deep in your heart, do you not feel your lifeblood gushing from this wound - do you not understand that unless this fatal flow is staunched it will soon be too late?

Ah, my country. You never do see the greatest perils which threaten your safety, not until they have come far too close, not until much irreparable damage has been done. Shall the groaning of the slave ever be avenged…

Catholicism Explained - Sacred Tradition

Time for the next Catholicism Explained post! (I really ought to work on getting these up earlier in the day. Oh well.) If you're interested in reading older posts, we discussed the Real Presence here and here.

Today we're going to talk about Sacred Tradition.

(Does anyone else think of The Fiddler on the Roof  when you hear the word "tradition"?)

Basic Church Teaching
Sacred Tradition, basically, is the teaching of Jesus Christ handed down from generation to generation through the Apostles and their successors. The Catechism of the Catholic Church has this to say:

"In keeping with the Lord's command, the Gospel was handed on in two ways:

- orally 'by the apostles who handed on, by the spoken word of their preaching, by the example they gave, by the institutions they established, what they themselves had received - whether from the lips of Christ, from his way of life and his works, or whether they had learned it at the prompting of the Holy Spirit';

Beautiful People - June (Also Tristan's Bio)

Say! 'Tis time for the June Beautiful People post already! (I say "already" because I've been ridiculously busy and time has flown ridiculously fast. Usually time drags between BP posts.)

This month I have decided to cheat a little. You remember that character bio I promised would go up soon? The one dedicated to Rosalie's brother, Tristan? Well! Here it is. Instead of posting a boring old bio to introduce you to Tristan, I'm going to answer these questions about his childhood and use that as his background information.

(That doesn't mean we're skipping the interview, though! Do please ask Tristan any questions you can think of in the comments. Unlike his sister, Tristan does not talk much. Therefore we will need a lot of questions to make the interview sufficiently long.)

A bit of background: Tristan is the (extremely young) general of the Bonadorian army. His father was made king when he was one or two years old, and from then until the time he was tw…

Catholicism Explained - Is the Eucharist Literal or Symbolic?

In our last Catholicism Explained post, we discussed the Catholic teaching on the Eucharist. We're continuing that conversation today and focusing on the question, "Why does the Church believe that Jesus' presence in the Eucharist is literal and not just symbolic?"

It's a very good question. In this post, we'll be investigating the whys behind the Real Presence through three main topics: Jesus' teaching as recorded in Scripture, Jesus' teaching as preserved through Sacred Tradition, and, as a plus, Jesus' teaching confirmed through Eucharistic miracles.

Jesus' Words

At the Last Supper, Jesus' words were very literal: "This is my body." He didn't say, "This is a symbol of my body;" He said "this is my body."

In Chapter Six of John's Gospel, Jesus teaches very clearly on the Real Presence: "I am the bread of life.Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died.But here is the bread tha…

Rosalie's Interview

Yes, I'm actually posting Rosalie's interview - a month after the bio went up! I'm in "a tearing hurry," to quote Little Women, and therefore this is being posted without any pictures or colors or anything at all interesting. But at least it's being posted, right?

Thanks to all who provided the questions! They're quite interesting, as always.

Now! Without further ado, here's Rosalie's interview. (Hey that rhymed...)

Me: Well, Rosalie, are you ready to be interviewed?
Rosalie: *giggles* Of course. If you're ready to interview me.
I ought to be. These questions have been waiting for forever! All right, let's get started. What is your favorite memory of your mother?
Rosalie: *claps hands together*
Oh, what a lovely question. It's a terribly hard one, though - I have so many memories of Mother. *lays finger on her lips*
Hm. Well, I suppose the first thing that comes to mind is walking around in the flower fields with her. There are…