Thursday, March 20, 2008

Kelly Clarkson

I have written of Kelly Clarkson before, several times, regarding her video rendition of "Because of You". (That page takes you to a list of all of the previous entries, starting with this one...scroll down for more)

But today, I learned that she will sing Ave Maria for the Pope! You can read all about it at AmericanPapist: Not Your Average Catholic!

Meanwhile, the original video of "Because of You" (not the version with Reba) is on youtube, and you can watch it here... THIS version gives much more meaning, in my humble opinion, to those lyrics than the version by Reba and Kelly. It speaks much more to children of divorce than it does to the other situation.

God bless!

Addendum at 5:55 AM
I just watched another version of this song on youtube, but this one is a 'Sims Family' one, and it is also powerful. The person responsible for the video wrote "It's about a girl who is afraid to open herself up to relationships after seeing the pain a divorce caused her mother."

If you have never listened to the lyrics, it is perhaps time that you did.....

Because of You

I will not make the same mistakes that you did
I will not let myself cause my heart so much misery
I will not break the way you did
You fell so hard
I've learned the hard way, to never let it get that far

Because of you
I never stray too far from the sidewalk
Because of you
I learned to play on the safe side
So I don't get hurt
Because of you
I find it hard to trust
Not only me, but everyone around me
Because of you
I am afraid

I lose my way
And it's not too long before you point it out
I cannot cry
Because I know that's weakness in your eyes
I'm forced to fake, a smile, a laugh
Every day of my life
My heart can't possibly break
When it wasn't even whole to start with

Because of you
I never stray too far from the sidewalk
Because of you
I learned to play on the safe side
So I don't get hurt
Because of you
I find it hard to trust
Not only me, but everyone around me
Because of you
I am afraid

I watched you die
I heard you cry
Every night in your sleep
I was so young
You should have known better than to lean on me
You never thought of anyone else
You just saw your pain
And now I cry
In the middle of the night
For the same damn thing

Because of you
I never stray too far from the sidewalk
Because of you
I learned to play on the safe side
So I don't get hurt
Because of you
I tried my hardest just to forget everything
Because of you
I don't know how to let anyone else in
Because of you
I'm ashamed of my life because it's empty
Because of you
I am afraid

Because of you

Because of you

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

My Sincere Condolences to Fr Daniel Mode

I opened my email not long ago, and found one from my sister that was sent earlier today with a letter from Fr Mode about the death of his mother, Claire.

Fr Daniel Mode was my sister's pastor at Queen of Apostles when I met him and bought his book for myself and my mom, and he graciously autographed them for us. He has since then been called to active service as a Naval Chaplain, first to Afghanistan, and currently on the
USS Truman. (I am NOT sure how long this tour is for, but think that it may only be until June, 2008).

I am not certain that his letter was meant for publication, so I am not posting it here. In it, he included email addresses for himself and his brother and the following request:


Sent to:

LCDR Daniel L. Mode



FPO AE 09524


Donations may be made to:

The Father Capodanno Cause

Archdiocese of the Military

5203 Pumphrey Dr

Fairfax, VA 22032


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Cavalier Daily Cartoons

From WVIR / Charlottesville:

The Cavalier Daily apologized Sunday for offending University of Virginia students after it published a pair of controversial religious cartoons last week.

It all started Thursday morning when students opened the paper and saw a cartoon of Jesus on the cross making jokes like he's in a stand-up comedy show.

On Friday, in the "Letters to the Editor" section, a student wrote in about his distaste of the comic.

Not helping the situation, the student-run newspaper published another cartoon, this one depicting a sexual encounter with the Virgin Mary.

The story is continued at their website.

The Catholic League was on this the same day that the Daily Cavalier published the second offensive cartoon. I really don't want to go into describing the cartoon here, but you can read all about it on their site.


They also give a contact person
Write to Elizabeth Mills at

Victory at UVA

There were apparently two cartoons, one on Mar 13 and another on Mar 14. Both are now removed from the website at the newspaper. The comment by the publishers was updated on Mar 15.

From the newspaper website:

Cavalier Daily statement regarding recent comics

The Cavalier Daily sincerely regrets any offense readers may have taken to two recent comics in the strip TCB published March 13 and 14. The content of the Comics page reflects neither the views of the Managing Board nor of The Cavalier Daily as an institution. When the comics were considered for publication, they were deemed to have met The Cavalier Daily's censorship criteria, which can be found at this address. It is never the intention of The Cavalier Daily to offend, and we regret having done so.

UPDATE (3/15/08): In light of recent and previous concerns, The Cavalier Daily will be reviewing its comics policy.

Comic artists' statement regarding recent comics

The comic artists responsible for the March 13 and 14 TCB comic strips decline to comment on their work at this time.

As noted by The Catholic League, the cartoons have been removed from the Cavalier Daily website:

The title of the cartoon is TCB, and the 'artists' are:
TCB by Eric Kilanski and Kellen Eilerts

HOWEVER, this is not the FIRST time that they have done this... In 2006, just as school was beginning, there were others...



In Catalyst from Sept 2006

This was also addressed other places back in 2006, including here
and at least three different blog posts at Jay Anderson's Pro Ecclesia * Pro Familia * Pro Civitate..... as he has also covered the CURRENT situation here...
AND it was addressed by Crosswalk at the time...

In Catalyst from Oct 2007, the author of those offending cartoons is treated DIFFERENTLY when he offends some other group!


For those who want to know what the 2006 cartoons were all can find a commentary on one of them here, and the 'permanent home' of the three at the same site.

God bless!

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Who ya gonna call? NEVERBORN...Snakebuster!

Happy St Patrick's Day just a tad bit late, but a lot has been going on personally (a death of a classmate). I was trying to put the wicatholicmusings one that I got from Dan a long time ago in my left column again, and not succeeding. I thought I had it, and wanted to link to Dan's blog, and found Snake Busters when I got there... and I love it!

Neverborn is one of my favorites, and an Irish one.. who could resist? Not this Irishwoman!

You can also download it for $5.00 via paypal, if you want to!

Dan, I WILL get my other one to show up on my blog SOMEDAY!

God bless!

Faithmouse Made this for me a LONG time ago...

Faithmouse made this for me a LONG time ago...... like maybe Jan of 2007?? or before?

Ever since Dan made this for me, I have been trying to get the smaller one to show up in my left column on my blog, but it just has not gone where I put it. I WILL get it to show up someday, but until then, I want it on my blog (I may have it in the archives already, but I cannot find it. I THOUGHT it was there.... I am so puter dumb.... )

God bless! And thanks again to Dan--Faithmouse....
OH... I also found another when I went to his blog! IRISH....

("who ya gonna call?".... gotta love it!)

UPDATE!!!!!! MAR 19, 2008 3:52AM....
YES!! (Thank you, Dan, for downsizing it for me... )
One links to Dan's blog, the other links to his website.