Sunday, July 24, 2011
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July 8, 2011
Liberals in the last Congress enacted "efficiency" standards, scheduled to take effect in 2012, that will diminish Americans’ standard of living and dictate the types of light bulbs we can and can’t buy. These environmental "standards" will start eliminating 276 versions of the Thomas Edison incandescent light bulbs in 2012; the drop-dead date for our favorite 100-watt light bulb is just a few months away.
However, because of the hard work by activists like you last year in electing conservatives to the House of Representatives, the new House majority is working to restore our light bulb freedom.
Congress is expected to vote on the Better Use of Light Bulbs (BULB) Act as early as Monday. The bill will protect our access to light bulbs of our choice and will guard against mandates that force Americans to use bulbs that contain dangerous mercury.
The BULB Act will restore consumer choice and competition, and it deserves support from both parties. The bill will ensure that no federal, state, or local lighting requirement can mandate the use of bulbs that contain mercury.
If Congress acts this year, we can make sure the market – not a government mandate – gives consumers their light bulb choices. Members of both parties should support H.R. 2417, so be sure to call your Congressman even if he or she is liberal.
Call your Congressman today and Monday. If possible, visit a Town Hall meeting while your Congressman is at home this weekend and urge him or her to vote YES on H.R. 2417, the “BULB Act.”
Capitol Switchboard 202-224-3121
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
The superior of S. O. L. T. has issued a statement further elaborating the allegations against Fr. Corapi. They are still allegations, but pretty damming ones. I don't know whether or not he is guilty, but things don't look good. I hope that people remember that the message he preached was not his, but Christ's. Whether or not he lived up to it, the truth of the Gospel remains.
The thing that haunts me the most is that it could have been me. Heck, it still could be me. We are all subject to temptations by the world, the flesh, the devil, and our own fallen nature. We priests have our own temptations. We want to be liked. We want to be appreciated. We want to have an impact. We even want glory and validation. (Why hasn't the nuncio called me about Baker yet?) Little petty desires that can be used to divert us from Christ. Fame, cash, and an above average ability to speak would only throw gasoline on that fire. Thank God I am not a 'rock star'. I don't think I could handle it any better than my brother John evidently did. Time to pay more attention to the Church's traditional wisdom concerning clerical and religious life. No, we don't all need to live like monks, but more discipline is definitely called for.
Oh yes, and it could be you too. We can only pray that we won't succumb when subjected to temptation and are given the means to fulfill those desires. "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."