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A Farewell to Tumblr

It has been roughly two years since I started this Blog on Tumblr.

I’ve had a growing sense that I need to leave Tumblr. It’s just too easy to waste massive amounts of time on this site. Around this time last year, I left all social media in order to re-focus. I kept Tumblr because I decided that the blog was a good thing. What I really needed was a means to write posts- Tumblr is absolutely capable of this, but It’s much too scatterbrained.

While Tumblr has wasted a large portion of my time, I cannot ignore the positives. I met the TumblrCatholics, chugged out quite a few posts that weren’t too shabby, and had a good time. Alas, it cannot be. Tumblr and I cannot go on. I will leave this blog up as a resource. 

I will continue to blog at Catholichero.wordpress.com. I’ve found it to be a somewhat suitable replacement for Tumblr. You will be able to contact me there. 

I will no longer post at Thewayofescriva.tumblr.com, either.

God bless you all. Thank you.

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Anonymous said: How's your day been? Something wrong? Something bothering you? Is there something that you really feel like telling the world?

Woah there! Hello!

I know you’ve asked about my day, but it’s only just begun… SO… I’ve had a really crazy week. I had a lot of problems with my car and then I ran it into someone else’s car and there’s a mark bit larger than a large loaf of bread on the side of their car. I have an essay and a speech and an exam due next week. I’m going on a NET interview retreat this weekend. It’s been a very stressful week. And I have virtually no money.

As for something I really feel like telling the world… Don’t be so cold! I tell the Men of the world to grow beards, be Heroic, be virtuous, be responsible, and be romantic. Spout poetry and chivalry. To the women of the world, I say this: You’re beautiful. Have high standards. Men should have to strive to be worthy of you- and not just in romantic relationships. We should strive to be worthy of living with such beauty in our midst.

God bless you, Anonymous. 

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Anonymous said: Hi :) what do you know about Óscar Arnulfo Romero?

Hello!

Nothing, but then I made a Google search. Servant of God Óscar Arnulfo Romero was a Bishop of the Catholic Church in South America who seems pretty cool. He was assassinated during the celebration of the mass…  a smooth transition… I would love to go like that…

Here is more information about him:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%93scar_Romero 

What is it that you seek?

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Anonymous said: Are you going to be a priest?

I do not know.

There are two aspects of the call that must be present- 

1. The desire and zeal of the individual for the life being considered.

2. Confirmation of that call by the Church. Is the individual ready/capable/therightstuff and is the call authentic?

At the time that I graduated High school, I had #1. However, the vocations director sent me to college for a year to see if I could handle the course work. #2 wasn’t present.

Currently, I would now be accepted into Seminary formation. #2 is now present. However, #1 is not present. I no longer have the desire to be a priest. I love the priesthood! I really do! I just realized that I was seeking it for all the wrong reasons. I would have to rationalize my way way into it. The desire may come later on, though.

God bless you!

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The Makeup/Insecurity Controversy

I’ve made short posts about makeup in the past and how Women don’t need it, etc, and they’ve never really had the impact I intended. That is, they really didn’t have an impact. However, thanks to a lot of brain-churning and, more importantly, very good discussion provided by dear friends at St. Thomas University’s TOB group, I finally have a post that is substantial. All of the posts that I had written in the past were superficial and lacking meat. They missed the heart of the issue entirely. Enjoy! 

If a Girl thinks that she needs to wear makeup to enhance her beauty or because she needs to feel needed, loved, secure, or beautiful, then the solution is not for her to stop wearing makeup. There’s a bigger fish to fry. She needs to feel loved, needed, cherished, and beautiful. telling her to stop wearing makeup will do no good because makeup is not the root of the issue. This is a controversial topic because it implies that every girl wearing makeup is insecure. However, there is no living girl who is truly secure, unless she is a walking saint. There is no girl on earth that is truly herself. We are all insecure, and it’s no secret.

Become who you are! -JPII

I cannot judge a woman because she is wearing makeup. I cannot reduce her to that. I can only be consistent in manliness and treat every women as best I can in accord with the reality that every woman is a princess, a daughter of the star-breather, an unrepeatable mystery, a human person, an unknowable “I”. Makeup is not bad in and of itself, but can be a means to an end. The end is what must be evaluated.  Makeup should not be used for the wrong reasons. I understand and have been told by several girls that they just like to wear makeup just because it’s fun or makes them feel girly or feminine, or whatever other reasons. Whatever the reasons are, they must be encountered by the individual.

Ladies, you should not feel the need to wear makeup in order to feel pretty.

You are not a canvas, to which beauty is applied.

You are Beautiful, a masterpiece, rather than the means to one.

It is possible that makeup may be used to accent and highlight features already present, which would actually require more creativity and thought. You would have to make the effort to acknowledge what’s good in order to bring it out. This is only a thought on the matter, though. It should not be used to cover up, alter, enhance, or change you as if you aren’t good enough without it. You are more than good enough. You are beloved.

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pokemontecristo:

catholichero:

pokemontecristo:

catholichero:

pokemontecristo:

catholicleighann:

Jason Evert - Modesty and Romance

Yet another amazing video from Jason Evert! I have seen this many times and he continues to give such great advice regarding chastity, theology of the body, modesty, etc. Such a breath of fresh air. Definitely check out his other videos on youtube as well as the books he writes with his wife.

Ok this was a post I made in July of last year and never even realized that catholicleighann totally took out my caption and wrote encouraging words about this man and his videos. This is sexism and misogyny. He is not someone to look up to. Women don’t wear clothing for men. They’re not doing it to give men a sneak peek. And men shouldn’t be guessing what’s under her clothes when she dresses modestly. Women can wear whatever the fuck they want whenever the fuck they want for themselves, not others. If you look at a woman and think she’s doing it because she wants you to look at her a certain way, then I’m gonna punch you because I think your ignorant talks are an invitation to throw a fist at the face.

Hey Pokemontecristo, there are a few misconceptions about this video that we need to clear up. I can understand that you might be angry because you think that Jason Evert is reducing Women to less than they are, when they’re actually freaking awesome. Indeed. I would like to explain to you why that is not what Jason Evert is saying. 

Modesty is Honesty, and what we wear as well as how we talk, move, and do things does communicate things. How others perceive us based on this cannot be ignored.  All of these externals(objectivity) are revelation of an internal life, an “I”, an unknowable perspective(subjectivity). Objectification reduces us to mere externals, and objects without subjectivity are dead. Objects can be used, and when people are used it is obviously not good for them. Dressing in a decent manner is merely a means of being honest based on the perception of the observer, which can’t be ignored because we live in a world with other people. If a woman were to walk in a room completely naked, some men might get the wrong idea, especially in our culture. Women do not dress for men, don’t get me wrong- no more than men dress for women- they simply must be mindful of the perception of others(not just men) as a secondary factor. In the part of the video when Jason Evert talks about girls who dress immodestly as “man-begging”, he’s not actually saying that they are. He’s describing a - highly stupid- perception of certain men in our society. When a woman dresses modestly, she is being honest and suggesting that she is more than just a body or a conglomeration of external characteristics, but also has a mysterious internal life that is gradually revealed only through relationship. 

Also, when you say that “They’re not doing it to give men a sneak peek. And men shouldn’t be guessing what’s under her clothes when she dresses modestly.” Jason Evert would actually agree with you. 

From what your saying, it gives me the idea that women need to watch what the way they dress because men’s perception of them is more important than their self confidence. I don’t want to come off as rude, and if I do please feel free to call me out. The reason a topic like this involving women makes me so upset is because I lived my life raised by women. My mother and grandmother. I now have a baby sister. I want her to dress however she wants without her first thought being “how will strangers perceive me”because dressing for others is the first step to losing your self confidence. I’ve spent my life being careful with what I do and how I dress because I feared others would think poorly of me. It was a depressing point in my life. Now that I’m older I’ve been able to grow out of the whole “dressing for others” mind set. If it was bad for me, it’s 100 times worse for women. A person’s character and self respect should not be shown through the clothes they wear, but through the conversations and experiences had with them. Jason Everett instills a judge-a-book-by-its-cover mentality and I just simply disagree with it.

Ah! Not rude at all. I am a self-proclaimed mama’s boy. I feel like we’re getting somewhere. No, the primary purpose of wearing clothes should never be to impress others or create a false image. It should absolutely be an expression of individuality, I suppose. However, because of the implications, whether or not we are dressing in a way that suggests we are dignified human persons(and not objects to be used) cannot be thrown by the wayside. Stressing over whether people think good or bad about you because of how you dress should not be a problem, and I’m sorry you suffered that. It is 100 times worse for women, and it makes me sick. Jason Evert actually aims to get rid of the “judge-a-book-by-it’s-cover” mentality, because men are too busy judging women by their bodies(and the amount of clothes they wear, rather than the style, sometimes) to have conversations and personal interactions. We’re not talking about covering up the body with baggy, frumpy clothes like the body is a bad thing, either- just moderation and balance. In essence, while a person should be known primarily through relationship(conversation and experiences), why can’t they also show dignity in dress? Should not the outside reflect and hint at the inside in some way? It’s about being the same externally as you are internally- authentic, the same person though and through. 

I just feel like there shouldn’t be a “balance” between dressing and not dressing modestly. All fashion should be seen as one’s personal choice and not necessarily a hint at the kind of person they are. There was a post on tumblr that, even thought it related to rape and rape culture, I feel could have a spot here, that has a picture of a boy wearing a shirt that said “Kill Me” ab e argued that if we wouldn’t kill someone because of how they dressed, why would we rape them? In our instance, just because someone dresses one way doesn’t mean they are a certain way. For example, I wear jeans and hoodies all the time. Does it mean I’m cold or sloppy for constantly choosing to dress in long pants and sweaters? No, i just like wearing them because I think I look good in them and they feel comfortable. Also, in the video Jason says that women should be fought for and that the only way they’ll be worth fighting for is if they dress modestly, because if you dress in clothes that show skin, there’s not much to fight for.

"The ultimate source of a persons self esteem is her character, and how she lives. If you define your worth by what others think of you, you’ll always fall short and feel unstable because your worth will lie in the hands of others. It will be outside of you. If you base your worth on who you are and how you live, then you become in control of your own happiness. Granted, it can be tough at times, but loving yourself is ultimately a decision before it will become a feeling."

-Jason Evert

He doesn’t say that women wouldn’t be worth fighting for if they don’t dress modestly. He says, basically, that when women dress immodestly with the intent of drawing attention in order to feel self-worth, they remove the fight themselves. Men should treat all women with respect and dignity regardless of how they dress.

(Source: youtube.com)

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pokemontecristo:

catholichero:

pokemontecristo:

catholicleighann:

Jason Evert - Modesty and Romance

Yet another amazing video from Jason Evert! I have seen this many times and he continues to give such great advice regarding chastity, theology of the body, modesty, etc. Such a breath of fresh air. Definitely check out his other videos on youtube as well as the books he writes with his wife.

Ok this was a post I made in July of last year and never even realized that catholicleighann totally took out my caption and wrote encouraging words about this man and his videos. This is sexism and misogyny. He is not someone to look up to. Women don’t wear clothing for men. They’re not doing it to give men a sneak peek. And men shouldn’t be guessing what’s under her clothes when she dresses modestly. Women can wear whatever the fuck they want whenever the fuck they want for themselves, not others. If you look at a woman and think she’s doing it because she wants you to look at her a certain way, then I’m gonna punch you because I think your ignorant talks are an invitation to throw a fist at the face.

Hey Pokemontecristo, there are a few misconceptions about this video that we need to clear up. I can understand that you might be angry because you think that Jason Evert is reducing Women to less than they are, when they’re actually freaking awesome. Indeed. I would like to explain to you why that is not what Jason Evert is saying. 

Modesty is Honesty, and what we wear as well as how we talk, move, and do things does communicate things. How others perceive us based on this cannot be ignored.  All of these externals(objectivity) are revelation of an internal life, an “I”, an unknowable perspective(subjectivity). Objectification reduces us to mere externals, and objects without subjectivity are dead. Objects can be used, and when people are used it is obviously not good for them. Dressing in a decent manner is merely a means of being honest based on the perception of the observer, which can’t be ignored because we live in a world with other people. If a woman were to walk in a room completely naked, some men might get the wrong idea, especially in our culture. Women do not dress for men, don’t get me wrong- no more than men dress for women- they simply must be mindful of the perception of others(not just men) as a secondary factor. In the part of the video when Jason Evert talks about girls who dress immodestly as “man-begging”, he’s not actually saying that they are. He’s describing a - highly stupid- perception of certain men in our society. When a woman dresses modestly, she is being honest and suggesting that she is more than just a body or a conglomeration of external characteristics, but also has a mysterious internal life that is gradually revealed only through relationship. 

Also, when you say that “They’re not doing it to give men a sneak peek. And men shouldn’t be guessing what’s under her clothes when she dresses modestly.” Jason Evert would actually agree with you. 

From what your saying, it gives me the idea that women need to watch what the way they dress because men’s perception of them is more important than their self confidence. I don’t want to come off as rude, and if I do please feel free to call me out. The reason a topic like this involving women makes me so upset is because I lived my life raised by women. My mother and grandmother. I now have a baby sister. I want her to dress however she wants without her first thought being “how will strangers perceive me”because dressing for others is the first step to losing your self confidence. I’ve spent my life being careful with what I do and how I dress because I feared others would think poorly of me. It was a depressing point in my life. Now that I’m older I’ve been able to grow out of the whole “dressing for others” mind set. If it was bad for me, it’s 100 times worse for women. A person’s character and self respect should not be shown through the clothes they wear, but through the conversations and experiences had with them. Jason Everett instills a judge-a-book-by-its-cover mentality and I just simply disagree with it.

Ah! Not rude at all. I am a self-proclaimed mama’s boy. I feel like we’re getting somewhere. No, the primary purpose of wearing clothes should never be to impress others or create a false image. It should absolutely be an expression of individuality, I suppose. However, because of the implications, whether or not we are dressing in a way that suggests we are dignified human persons(and not objects to be used) cannot be thrown by the wayside. Stressing over whether people think good or bad about you because of how you dress should not be a problem, and I’m sorry you suffered that. It is 100 times worse for women, and it makes me sick. Jason Evert actually aims to get rid of the “judge-a-book-by-it’s-cover” mentality, because men are too busy judging women by their bodies(and the amount of clothes they wear, rather than the style, sometimes) to have conversations and personal interactions. We’re not talking about covering up the body with baggy, frumpy clothes like the body is a bad thing, either- just moderation and balance. In essence, while a person should be known primarily through relationship(conversation and experiences), why can’t they also show dignity in dress? Should not the outside reflect and hint at the inside in some way? It’s about being the same externally as you are internally- authentic, the same person though and through. 

(Source: youtube.com)

Video

pokemontecristo:

catholicleighann:

Jason Evert - Modesty and Romance

Yet another amazing video from Jason Evert! I have seen this many times and he continues to give such great advice regarding chastity, theology of the body, modesty, etc. Such a breath of fresh air. Definitely check out his other videos on youtube as well as the books he writes with his wife.

Ok this was a post I made in July of last year and never even realized that catholicleighann totally took out my caption and wrote encouraging words about this man and his videos. This is sexism and misogyny. He is not someone to look up to. Women don’t wear clothing for men. They’re not doing it to give men a sneak peek. And men shouldn’t be guessing what’s under her clothes when she dresses modestly. Women can wear whatever the fuck they want whenever the fuck they want for themselves, not others. If you look at a woman and think she’s doing it because she wants you to look at her a certain way, then I’m gonna punch you because I think your ignorant talks are an invitation to throw a fist at the face.

Hey Pokemontecristo, there are a few misconceptions about this video that we need to clear up. I can understand that you might be angry because you think that Jason Evert is reducing Women to less than they are, when they’re actually freaking awesome. Indeed. I would like to explain to you why that is not what Jason Evert is saying. 

Modesty is Honesty, and what we wear as well as how we talk, move, and do things does communicate things. How others perceive us based on this cannot be ignored.  All of these externals(objectivity) are revelation of an internal life, an “I”, an unknowable perspective(subjectivity). Objectification reduces us to mere externals, and objects without subjectivity are dead. Objects can be used, and when people are used it is obviously not good for them. Dressing in a decent manner is merely a means of being honest based on the perception of the observer, which can’t be ignored because we live in a world with other people. If a woman were to walk in a room completely naked, some men might get the wrong idea, especially in our culture. Women do not dress for men, don’t get me wrong- no more than men dress for women- they simply must be mindful of the perception of others(not just men) as a secondary factor. In the part of the video when Jason Evert talks about girls who dress immodestly as “man-begging”, he’s not actually saying that they are. He’s describing a - highly stupid- perception of certain men in our society. When a woman dresses modestly, she is being honest and suggesting that she is more than just a body or a conglomeration of external characteristics, but also has a mysterious internal life that is gradually revealed only through relationship. 

Also, when you say that “They’re not doing it to give men a sneak peek. And men shouldn’t be guessing what’s under her clothes when she dresses modestly.” Jason Evert would actually agree with you. 

(Source: youtube.com)

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hnogamaliel said: SSPX what's the matter?

HERESY?!

From what I know about it after a quick google search, the SSPX or Society of St. Pius X is a group that believes that Vatican II was a heretical council. Unfortunately, the leaders of the SSPX are currently in Schism with the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.

If that was what you were asking, good!

If you want to know more, ask again.

If that is not what you were asking at all, please re-phrase your question.

If whatever, God bless you.

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A Thing I learned Today About Marriage

I was chilling in my car on the way to college school after dropping my friend off at High school after morning mass this morning while thinking about the nature of the person and relationships as trinitarian and TOB when all of a sudden I turn on a Catholic radio station and they’re talking about MARRIAGE.

There was a priest talking, and I only got to hear the intro, but I learned something amazing.

Catholic Priests are IN PERSONA CHRISTI. In the person of Christ. There is really only one Priesthood, the Priesthood of Jesus Christ. I’ve known this for a while. Pretty cool. Of course that’s only the surface, but it’s still cool.

Bear in mind that Marriage is sanctifying. It’s Heaven prep.

Just as there is only one Priesthood, there is only one MARRIAGE. Just as a priest lives in the image of the eternal Priesthood, every Married couple lives in the image of God and his people. The eternal bridegroom and his Beloved. Now, we see as in a mirror, but then face to face. The implications are tearing me apart. It’s a missing piece that’s been a thorn in my side for a while.

So I got really excited.