“[T]o model our political systems upon speculations of lasting tranquillity would be to calculate on the weaker springs of human character.” – Alexander Hamilton

“Raising taxes on capital formation reduces the rate of capital formation. Raising taxes on income reduces incentives to work. Unfortunately, because so many Americans buy into the politics of envy, politicians have a leg up in enacting measures that cripple economic growth.” – Walter Williams

“I practice charity regularly. I believe in sharing. But when government takes our money by force and gives it to others, that’s not sharing.” – John Stossel

“The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.” – Albert Einstein

“Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil; our great hope lies in developing what is good.” – Calvin Coolidge

“Liberty is the hardest test that one can inflict on a people. To know how to be free is not given equally to all men and all nations.” – Paul Valery

“The United Nations Global Warming Conference got underway on the island of Bali. It’s located in the Indonesian archipelago. Who else but the United Nations would go to a tropical island in December and then complain about warm weather.” – Argus Hamilton

“My feeling is we’ve bowed too far to the idiots. This is true in politics, journalism, and just about everything else.” – Peggy Noonan

“Every silver lining, it seems, comes with at least a little bit of cloud.” – Ed Feulner

“Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said it best himself in Monday’s Roll Call: ‘Have we stopped the war in Iraq? No. Have we gotten health care? No. Have we improved education? No. But we have been able to do what we’ve done. We’ve done a lot of things.’ If I were a netrooter, I’d be so frustrated that I might post a really, really angry comment on a blog in ALL CAPS.” – Jonah Goldberg

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Today the Church remembers of the appearance of Mary to the Mexican peasant Saint Juan Diego (who feast is December 9th) in 1531. While the Spanish had been in Mexico for quite a while, they had not had much lock in converting the natives to Christianity. Juan Diego was one of the few who had come to know Jesus, and Mary used him to carry His message further. (I’m summarizing the story briefly.) Through a series of miracles, she convinced first the local Catholic Bishop of the truth of Juan Diego’s claims and then the rest of Mexico. Within a decade, most Mexican natives had been Christian. I heard one priest make the point that we had just lost millions of people through the Protestant split, and we gained even more as a result of the Mexican people accepting the Faith. God does indeed watch out for His Church.

(To the right is the image miraculously left on Juan Diego’s tilma. To this day, we’ve been unable to reproduce the materials used to create it. See the Sancta link below for more information about the miraculous nature of this image.)

More Information:
Our Lady of Guadalupe – Catholic Online
Sancta.org (devoted to Our lady of Guadalupe)
More from Catholic Online

Cross reference the Bible with writings of the early Christians

BIBLIACLERUS is a website by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy that will allow users to search the Bible and find commentary on verses by the Church Fathers, past Papal writings, other Magesterial documents, Church Councils and other worthy commentaries. It also makes available the New American Bible and the Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition. It also has the Latin translation. Also available are the 1917 and 1983 Codes of Canon Law.

I’m going to spend a lot of time on this site. I’m going into full Catholic Geek overdrive mode.

Hat Tip: Amy Welborn