Culture

American Baseball Bats Selling Fast in UK!

American Baseball Bats are selling fast in UK according to the Telegraph, linking to Amazon.com.uk.

It seems that they could be for self-defence? One review of these said bats states:

This bat is perfectly weighted and will suit any UK shop-owner looking to protect their property.

Thanks to the ergonomic handle, one easy swing should be enough to shatter patellas, skulls or any other bone on your targeted
looter. Personally, I would recommend also investing in some fingerless gloves  for extra grip.

Dear me… getting ready to waaack em? That’s not cricket!

And I also see Telegraph is reporting on residents starting to fight back. It’s a mess… Lord have mercy!

Church

Britain Without Churches

Can you imagine for one moment what England would have been like today without those churches and all that those churches mean? …

“Certainly it would not have been safe to walk the streets. All respect, decency, all those things which tend to make modern civilization what it is would not have been in existence. You can imagine what we should have had to pay for our police, for lunatic asylums, for criminal asylums.”

— Duke of Devonshire, 1800s, quoted in God Is Back by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge.

The above was here.

Culture

On Not Becoming an Obstacle to Others

Bridge is a story about four animal characters trying to cross a bridge, but ending up as obstacles to one another in the process. The moral behind this story revolves around how there are often disagreements or competing paths in life, and the possible results of pride, obstinance, and compromise.

It’s short but conveys a wonderful message. Give it a look see:

Church

London Riots: Archbishop Calls for Prayers

The Archbishop of Westminster, Most Rev Vincent Nichols said in a statement today: “The scenes of the last few nights in parts of London and elsewhere are shocking. The criminal violence and theft that have been witnessed are to be condemned. They are a callous disregard for the common good of our society and show how easily basic principles of respect and honesty are cast aside. ”

“I ask that Catholics pray especially for those directly affected by the violence, for those facing danger on the streets, for those whose livelihood has been ruined, for those whose lives are marked by fear, for those whose parents are worried about the behaviour of their youngsters and for those who, at this time, are being tempted into the ways of violence and theft.”

“In the face of these difficulties, a forthright common effort is needed to ensure that these times bring out the best in our society and not the worst. I am sure that, as Catholic citizens, we shall play our part with clear principles for living, both as individuals and as a society, with honesty, compassion and prayer.”

“May God grant us courage and determination to shape our lives with dignity, self respect and care for the common good.”

The above was here.

For live coverage  of the riots, click here.

Church

Archbishop Issues Statement on US Military Helicopter Crash in Afghanistan

From the Archdiocese for the Military Services website:

Washington, D.C. – His Excellency, the Most Reverend Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop of the Military Services, USA, today issued the following statement on the crash of a United States military helicopter in Afghanistan, killing 30 Americans and eight Afghanis in the single deadliest loss for U.S. troops in the ten-year-old war.

Archbishop Broglio said:

“On behalf of my Auxiliary Bishops, the priests, and the faithful of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, I express my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the valiant members of the Armed Forces and the Afghani citizens who perished in the helicopter crash and the recent fighting in the Tangi Province of Afghanistan. Their death is one more reminder of the terrible tragedy of war and its toll on all people. No person of good will is left unmoved by this loss.

“As we pray for the repose of their souls and the consolation of their families, we also raise our hearts and minds to Almighty God and beg for the elusive gift of peace on earth and harmony among all people.”

As the nation’s only Catholic archdiocese without geographical boundaries, the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, has active military priests and chaplains stationed throughout the country and around the world. Their mission is to meet the spiritual and sacramental needs of 1.5 million Catholics in the U.S. Armed Forces, their families, Catholics in VA Medical Centers, and U.S. Government civilians overseas.

Church

Photos of the Fallen: Americans shot down in Afghanistan

Very sad!

Meet these brave soldiers, who they are, where they from and who they leave behind.

Insurgents shot down a U.S. military helicopter during fighting in eastern Afghanistan, killing 30 Americans, most of them belonging to the same elite Navy SEALs unit that killed Osama bin Laden.

The photo gallery begins here.

RIP.

The Navy SEAL Foundation is worth a visit too here.