I love the United States and I think that it is the most moral and righteous super-power in history. But as G.K. Chesterton said, no patriot would ever proclaim my country, right or wrong—it’s like saying my mother, drunk or sober. So there are occasions when we have to criticize. And what we must never forget is that our faith, our Catholicism, our relationship with the Church and with Christ come before our politics and our nationhood. We were wrong in Iraq, and it’s doubtful we can ever put matters right. Hold our heads in shame and ask the people of Iraq—and God almighty—to forgive us. Jesus still rules Iraq as he does the entire world, but his followers will not be there to know. The churches are emptying in Iraq, Mass is no longer celebrated in many of the town and cities. God weeps, and so do his people in the Middle East.
Michael Coren, The West Was Wrong in Iraq (via exfidefiducia)

I agree but I disagree because I don’t think the US is better than other nations. But everything else is very yes.

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I TOTALLY agree completely, we are a great nation and we’re the land of opportunity and prosperity- and hope. I think it’s the best country to live in, I can’t imagine living anywhere else!
But yeah, the whole Iraq thing in this post is true.

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walk-by-faith-always:

Please pray and spread the word!!!

walk-by-faith-always:

Please pray and spread the word!!!

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ollie-murphy:

ive been buying old magazines for collages and i found this

ollie-murphy:

ive been buying old magazines for collages and i found this

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thatcatholicgentleman:

proverbs31v25:

after reading the first few verses of matthew 21, a simple thought struck me;

if our Lord and saviour can remember a little donkey across the village, what makes me think he can forget me?

Note to self: Jesus loves you, even when you’re an ass. 

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croatoancore:

me? have a boyfriend? no, i try to focus on the more important things in life

like crying over character development

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My mother once told me that trauma is like Lord of the Rings. You go through this crazy, life-altering thing that almost kills you (like say having to drop the one ring into Mount Doom), and that thing by definition cannot possibly be understood by someone who hasn’t gone through it. They can sympathize sure, but they’ll never really know, and more than likely they’ll expect you to move on from the thing fairly quickly. And they can’t be blamed, people are just like that, but that’s not how it works.

Some lucky people are like Sam. They can go straight home, get married, have a whole bunch of curly headed Hobbit babies and pick up their gardening right where they left off, content to forget the whole thing and live out their days in peace. Lots of people however, are like Frodo, and they don’t come home the same person they were when they left, and everything is more horrible and more hard then it ever was before. The old wounds sting and the ghost of the weight of the one ring still weighs heavy on their minds, and they don’t fit in at home anymore, so they get on boats go sailing away to the Undying West to look for the sort of peace that can only come from within. Frodos can’t cope, and most of us are Frodos when we start out.

But if we move past the urge to hide or lash out, my mother always told me, we can become Pippin and Merry. They never ignored what had happened to them, but they were malleable and receptive to change. They became civic leaders and great storytellers; they we able to turn all that fear and anger and grief into narratives that others could delight in and learn from, and they used the skills they had learned in battle to protect their homeland. They were fortified by what had happened to them, they wore it like armor and used it to their advantage.

It is our trauma that turns us into guardians, my mother told me, it is suffering that strengthens our skin and softens our hearts, and if we learn to live with the ghosts of what had been done to us, we just may be able to save others from the same fate.

S.T.Gibson  (via modernhepburn)

This really speaks to me.

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oaklandathletics:

Oh snap! Guess what we saw?! Legendary hip-hop artist Biz Markie threw out tonight’s ceremonial first pitch. 

oaklandathletics:

Oh snap! Guess what we saw?! Legendary hip-hop artist Biz Markie threw out tonight’s ceremonial first pitch. 


I was GOING to gp to bed when Brody said “Tune in, we have another interview!”
I thought,”What if it’s Jed and I miss it? I’d be so angry with myself.”
So I waited for the commercials to end, and alas!! JED WAS INTERVIEWED.
My boy Lowrie hit one out of the park today, and my main man Reddick got a couple of hits! They were lined up next to each other, so whenever Lowrie got off the the plate I got to see Reddick.
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They are both so attractive, it’s crazy.

A’S WIN OVER ASTRO’S, 9-7.


Q
What is the best advice you have ever been given, and what advice would you share with others?
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Seeing this makes me realize just how old they’re getting.

Seeing this makes me realize just how old they’re getting.


darkxeysia:

My neighbour is watching motherfucking star wars at motherfucking full volume and it is 2 fucking in the morning what the fuck???

Oh gosh XD


indiesblues:

w1n5t0n-m1k3y:

mayberachel:

bad-ass-strigoi-hunter:

jingle-fox:

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awesomegirlystuff:

What the fuck? Whitewashing? It’s a danish fairy tale! You can’t just throw in diversity for the sake of it. It has to make sense, thats like if people were like “Why are there only Chinese people in Mulan?” Because it takes place in fucking China before anyone immigrated there!

THANK YOU

THANK.

"typical light hair, fair skinned, blue eyes" The only other Disney princesses that fits that description all the way would be Cinderella and Aurora. The only other one close is Rapunzel. Disney does extremely well with making the animated princesses fit the time period and area they are from. Let me show you a thing.

Alright this is Snow White. The whole reason this is her name is because her skin was as white as the fucking snow. She had hair as black as a raven. And lips as red as a rose. Snow White was originally a GERMAN fairytale. Ya know what color they are in Germany? White….

Now this bitch right here is Cinderella. This movie was made in 1950. Ya know what was going on in 1950? Segregation. So I doubt that in 1950 they would make some black fairytale princess considering Walt Disney was white and all the employees at Disney were white, and I’m sorry but in the 1950’s all the white people were racists. Yes, Walt Disney was fucking racist. But that’s because of when he grew up and how things were. He was actually a pretty loving and kind man and I’m sure that he would’ve had an open mind to ending segregation if he had grew up different. FYI Cinderella is French. French people be white.

This chick right here. Her name is Aurora. Her movie was made in 1969. There were still racist little bastards then. But ya know what, she’s also freaking French. And in her original fairytale her hair was the color of sunshine gold, and lips that shamed the red red rose.

Now meet Ariel. She is often times many people’s favorite cause she’s fun and quirky and her hair looks like a fucking fire truck. Her fairytale is Danish. Danish people are white. The Danish fairytale though? It’s actually based off of stories sailors told of seeing this girl with bright red hair and the tail of a fish. Idk, but have you ever seen a naturally red headed black woman. Cause I haven’t….


Now Belle here is the frenchiest of the French. Her story is actually based in France. Not just a nice fairytale that was made in France. Again, French people are white. But you see light hair on her. No. She is brunette! And she has brown eyes. Nuff said.

Now this…. this is Jasmine. She is not white, she does not have light hair, and she does not have light eyes. She is brown. And beautifully so. And she’s not so sweet and fragile either. She is independent and don’t need no man.She is Arabic and she looks like it. I don’t see any white washing here. See this is where white washing would ACTUALLY come into play. If they made Princess Jasmine, based off of Princess Badroulbadour from an Arabic folk tale, and made her white. A white girl in Agrabah. Nope.

My personal favorite. Pocahontas. Again. No white washing. She is nice and brown, and has nice Indian features. Thing about her? She was a real lady. In fact her sequel actually told her story better than the first one.

Meet mulan. She’s Chinese. She saved China. Nuff said.

This lovely lady is Tiana. She made a lot of ground as being the first black Disney Princess. She was from New Orleans. She’s american. This movie was based in the 1920’s and they did her right because she was a waitress, working 3 jobs just to make a few dollars a day. She lived in the slums/the ghetto with all the other colored folk. They kept it right to the time period they were representing but they also made her fa-boo!

Now this chicky is my girl punzy. She is the first Disney Princess since 1991 that was white. I think 20 years time is a good amount of time to bring in another white Princess. Disney had wanted to do Rapunzel for a long time. She’s one of the classic fairytale princesses. Everyone know who this chick was, but there was no Disney movie about her. The reason why they didn’t she make her movie in the 90’s was because she was white. She was just another, golden haired, fair skinned, damsel in distress. I am soooo happy they waited on this one too. Cause after being in the works for so long they took this story about a chick with long hair being rescued by a Prince, and they made her this barefoot, rebellious, bad-ass, sweetheart, that was magical and already a Princess. In fact her “prince” wasn’t a prince. He was a thief. And the coolest thing, so that she wasn’t just a typical blonde princess, they cut off her hair and it turned brown. So now she’s this edgy but sweet brunette, short-haired, girl. Also, the original fairytale is German, so Disney stayed true to it’s roots and kept her in a German setting.

This is Princess Merida. She is Scottish. Technically white. But still not just some American accent, blonde, white girl. She made a big leap in the Princess world because unlike all the others who are all strong too, she didn’t even find love in the movie. Who knows, maybe they’ll make a sequel a few years later where she’s older and more grown up and she gets married. Fun fact, Brave is loosely based around Scottish folklore of King Fergus.

So yeah, white washing would be if they made the beautiful ethnic ladies here just white. Alot of fairytales come from mainly white countries. Disney is just trying to tell a good story. Maybe they should look more into some Arabic fairytales, maybe some African ones. But all they’re doing is staying true to stories and lands.

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