Thursday, December 4, 2008
First, read the article, the continue reading below.
A study done of 2,400 teens found that the younger a girl begins to date, the more likely she is to have sex before graduating from high school.
Of girls who began dating at age twelve, 91% had sex before graduation; compared to 56% who dated at age thirteen, 53% at age fourteen, 40% at age fifteen and 20% at age 16.
So this precocious little boy is writing a book which will cause our daughters to be un-wed teen mothers. Great! Let's promote him all over the national media.
This is NOT overreacting. This is the frog in the pot of water again. The heat has just been turned up and we didn't even notice.
Congratulations, TODAY Show. You've just begun pimping the nation's 9 year-old girls.
Monday, December 1, 2008
The equipment has been ordered and should arrive in the next couple weeks. Once I get everything connected and learn how to use it all (I have a pretty good idea, but I'm sure there will be a learning curve) I'll get to work on the content.
The precise feel of the programs is yet-to-be-determined, but I assure you I will work hard at making in the best it can be for all of you.
I'll also be looking forward to interviewing men of God who will inspire us all. I'll start lining up guests very soon.
If you are able to assist financially in order to help new this reality reach more men, I would be humbled. You can contact me directly for more information at (503) 640-3456.
I am stepping out in faith with this aspect of the ministry. I know there is a growing need for the RCM message to reach men outside of my geographic restrictions, and this allows me to do just that.
Stay tuned and I will keep you updated as things progress.
May you all have a blessed Advent season!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
It's the use (or mis-use) of the "C" word.
Yes, it's the loose usage of the term "Catholic."
The other day on the radio I heard two disturbing facts. One is that something like 58% of "Catholics" voted for Obama. The other is that 60% of "Catholics" are consider themselves "pro-life."
Well, obviusly there is something wrong here. It's the use of the word "Catholic." I move that when it comes to polls and the like, we use the wording "people who consider themselves Catholic." Because we've all talked to people who, when we bring up our Faith, say "I'm Catholic too." And when we ask what parish they belong to, they say "Oh, I don't go anymore."
Then they are not Catholic.
The 40% who are Pro-Abortion are not Catholic. The 55% who voted for Obama are either not Catholic, or are VERY mis-guided and mis-informed. Those who are informed and blatantly choose to vote for a Pro-Death candidate so that they can have more money in their bank accounts are going against the Church they profess to follow. And it's not simply a turning away from the Church, but from Jesus Christ who founded it.
If you don't like what the Church teaches then go somewhere else. Or start your own church. There are plenty of people out there making their own religions and being very successful at it. Hey, Joel Osteen fills arenas around the country for his brand of Self-Help Religion. Check out his business model.
The point is, they don't speak for me. I'm a Catholic and I do NOT want to be lumped into the category of people who supposedly represent my Church. You've kidnapped my Faith, and I want it back!
Do you hear that Biden and Pelosi? I know, I know - 60% of people "who consider themselves Catholic" agree with you.
See what I mean?
Monday, November 10, 2008
Of course not, but why not?
The reason is that we as a society have come to see marriage as a"contract" and not a "covenant". A contract is an exchange of goods, where as a covenant is an exchange of persons. In marriage we give each other totally and completely to the other. No do-overs, or fingers crossed behind your back. There is no receipt or 30-day money back guaranty. Two people becoming one flesh. This one flesh union cannot be separated. The Bible tells us as much (Matthew 19:6 and Mark 10:9).
But our separation anxiety is so much more acute with the loss of a job. Possibly because we have been taught that we can easily get another spouse, "but a great job comes along once in a lifetime." Spouses are replaceable. Jobs are not.
So why do we give up so easily at marriage? Divorce statistics continueto hover around 50%. Almost two third of all divorces have pornography as a contributing factor. And 75% of divorced men say they had extramarital affairs during their marriage. With these numbers the answer is clear and daunting. The answer is the sin of selfishness. And the purveyors are men.
We love money and sex more than our wives. We may pay lip-service agains tthe idea of being "shallow" or "self-centered", but the reality speaks differently. When the lights are out or the wife is away, we turn on the computer, or go to the strip club, or go see out mistress. Men - we arethe problem. Additionally, we have allowed this erroneous "masculine" ideal to permeate the "feminine" world. Now women are beginning to treat men as we have been treating them for a long time - like possessions. Objects. How's that for equal rights?
The key is for good and Godly men to stand up to each other and those around them and say, "Enough!" To march and pray outside of adult book stores, strip clubs and abortion clinics. To hold each other accountable. To not simply "preach to the choir" of our fellow Christians, but to speak loudly and clearly with our mouths (and wallets) to anyone who'll listen.
The book of James 1:22 states, "prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves." Take your faith to the streets and tell the world that you wife or husband mean more to you than money or sex. And, yes - even more than your job, for my spouse is not simple apaycheck, but "bone of my bone, and flesh of my flesh."
Thursday, November 6, 2008
- The location is confirmed as St. Joseph Parish in Vancouver, WA.
- Although Tarek Saab has had to cancel his appearance, I have the pleasure of announcing that Apologist and author, John LaBriola, will be graciously taking his place. I am so excited to have John at the conference speaking about spiritual warfare!
My personal appearance schedule has been altered due to my new position with Northwest Family Services (www.NWFS.org). Here is an updated list:
- December 19th, 2008. Catholic TV program "This Is The Day"
Topic: Men's spirituality and the Real Catholic Men Conference.
- February 5th, 2009. St. Anthony's "Theology on Tap"
Prime Time Sports Bar and Grill, Forest Grove, Oregon
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Talk: "Enough About Me: Living the Hard Teachings of Christ"
- The Febuary 21st event and St. Matthew has been cencelled and will hopefully be re-scheduled.
- I have also recently been interviewed by the National Catholic Register for an article about the increasing movement of Catholic men's conferences throughout the nation.
- I will also be occasionally contributing to the Oregon Faith Report (www.OregonFaithReport.com). Check out the site for great information on Christian activities throughout the area. I'll be posting links to my articles on this blog and the RCM website.
I guess that's all for now. May God continue to bless you!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
1. The Catholic Church will still have the fullness of Truth.
2. Prayer will still work.
3. The Holy Spirit will still move.
4. God will still inhabit the praises of His people.
5. There will still be God-anointed preaching and prophesying.
6. There will still be singing of praise to God.
7. Mary will still be our tender, all-loving Mother.
8. The saints will still intercede for us.
9. God will still pour out blessings upon His people.
10. There will still be room at the Cross for every soul.
11. The True Presence of Jesus Christ will still be waiting for you in Tabernacles around the world.
12. Christ will still call us to forgive and love in a radical way.
13. Jesus will still love you, no matter what.
14. Jesus will still save the lost when they confess and turn to Him.
15. Peter will still be The Rock upon which the Church was built, and the powers of hell SHALL NOT prevail against it.
... and God approves this message!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I am hard at work looking for a replacement and will let you all know when one has been confirmed.
Thank you all for your understanding.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Carroll explores two questions central to his decision to leave the priesthood: How did Christianity come to inspire violence and war? What was the Catholic Church's role in fomenting anti-Semitism? From the time of Rome's first Christian emperor, Constantine, through the Holocaust and to today's "war on terror," these questions are answered in often-horrifying detail.
How sad that we as humans continue to focus on the humanity of man (sins, faults, failings) rather than the divinity of Christ and His teachings. How sad that so many are stuck in the past.
I can't tell you how many times - when speaking about the Catholic faith - someone bring up "selling of indulgences".
Get over it! Move on! It was a mistake. Ever made one of those? It was not a teaching of the Church, but an invention of man for selfish means.
God makes no mistakes. We do. God does not foster hate. We do. God does not create flaws in His Church. We do.
Let's place the blame where is should be placed (us), and not on His Bride (the Church). We should all be more forgiving. We should all be more loving.
"The greatest of these is Love."
Thursday, August 28, 2008
During the on-the-air discussion, anchor Tom Brokaw reminded the Speaker that Catholic Church doctrine stated that human life began at conception. To this the speaker replied the church had only come at that conclusion within the past fifty years.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Where to start?
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
- The word "Real" alienates those who think of themselves as "less than", and angers those who see the word as an accusation that men who do NOT attend are not "Real".
- "A Call to Arms" is a violent, military reference that will turn off those who are against the war in Iraq.
- Who needs men's spirituality? It's just like Eucharistic Adoration or belief in the Magisterium - not really necessary.
- Why are you excluding women?
- Do you REALLY believe in the Church and the God that you profess to believe in? And if so, don't you want to follow that Church and God to the best of your ability?
- If not, whose rules are you following? Yours? Do you think you have a better idea than the Church Christ created about what is right and wrong? (see Genesis - Original Sin)
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
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Friday, March 7, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
YBOR CITY, Fla. - A southwest Florida church issued a challenge for its married members this past Sunday: Hanky-panky every day. Relevant Church head pastor Paul Wirth says the 50 percent divorce rate was the catalyst for The 30-Day Sex Challenge.
"And that's no different for people who attend church," Wirth said. "Sometimes life gets in the way. Our jobs get in the way."
Oh, and the flip side of the challenge? No rolling in the sheets for the unwed.
Church member Tim Jones and his fiancée agreed to take on the challenge, though he acknowledges it'll be a tough month. But he added: "I think it's worth trying to find out other things about each other."
Where do I begin with this one?
Calling the Marital Embrace "Hanky-panky" and somehow correlating the divorce rate to the amount of sex a couple is having is mind-boggling. So periods of abstinence between husband and wife equals a miserable marriage? Now I get it! That's why the Protestants and Evangelicals (for the most part) are just fine with birth control. That way there is no need for the mutual respect of each other's bodies. We're just our spouses personal playground.
And, duh, "No rolling in the sheets for the unwed." Are you kidding me?
Don't get me started on Mr. Jones in the last part. He is clearly lost.
I've heard it said that the biggest reasons the secular world doesn't take the Christian world seriously is due to our own hypocrisy. We parade around as the arbiters of morality, yet we have no concept of God's plan for us in the area of sexuality any more than MTV does.
Catholic men - are you ready to speak the truth no matter what the cost? This is one area where we all need to be educated, so that we can educate others.
Monday, February 18, 2008
What does it take to transform a die-hard agnostic into a fervent apostle of Christ? How does God's grace literally transform hearts - one step at a time? In this amazing new conversion testimony , you'll literally be on the edge of your seat as a former "Deadhead" and drug-addict candidly shares how he was unexpectedly led to the Roman Catholic Church and eventually into a Roman collar as an ordained priest. An incredible odyssey of faith, Fr. Donald Calloway's radical conversion can be compared to that of a modern St. Augustine as chronicled in his famous Confessions.
Sex, Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll
The son of self-proclaimed "hillbillies" from the back woods of West Virginia, Donald Calloway was raised without any religion or a father figure to model. Finally baptized as a Protestant at the age of ten, he never received any formal Christian instruction. And when his family moved to California, he slipped into the "MTV lifestyle" - sex, drugs and rock music. This pagan rebellion intensified to total mayhem when his family relocated to Japan and he ran away from home.
Satisfaction of the senses became young Donald's rule of life that escalated to a life of crime. Constantly on the move to avoid arrest, he and his friends soon got connected with the Japanese Mafia. During this time of endless wanton wandering filled with wine, women and song, Donald's mother became Catholic and fervently prayed for her fifteen-year-old prodigal son to return home. Like a modern-day St. Monica, she trusted that God would touch his soul with the grace of repentance.
Embrace the Grace
After many failures at drug rehab, Donald sought solace as a Grateful Dead groupie even as God was miraculously moving his entire family to convert to Catholicism! Resisting any attempts to be evangelized and turning once again to petty robbery in order to survive, in 1992 this rebel without a cause reached a breaking point in his life. Fortunately, he discovered a book on Marian apparitions and devoured its powerful message of repentance. The Blessed Virgin Mary had literally stolen his heart and introduced spiritual concepts like heaven, hell, repentance and sin. There was no turning back!
Full of unexpected twists and turns, No Turning Back will inspire you to recognize and embrace the countless graces God grants in your own life. Part of a new generation of priests, Fr. Calloway's amazing story powerfully manifests Our Lord's infinite mercy and faithfulness. Order No Turning Back: Confessions of a Catholic Priest today and share this inspiring and unforgettable journey with your lukewarm family members, fallen-away friends and any lost souls that need a powerful reminder of God's love and faithfulness.
Rev. Donald Calloway, M.I.C., is the assistant rector of the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA. As a convert to the Catholic Faith, Father Calloway left a rebellious life of wine, women and song to embrace God's saving truth. After studying at the Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH and the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., he was ordained to the sacred priesthood in 2003.