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Established May 1, 1914

Holy Cross (Lithuanian) Roman Catholic Church

Holy Cross Lithuanian Catholic Church
1924 Leo Street Dayton, OH 45404

Established May 1, 1914

This page is done as a commemoration and a semi-permanent monument to a wonderful, historic Church that is in danger of being closed. This is not the official Holy Cross website, which may be found at the link below:

http://olrdayton.com/holy-cross-lithuanian/

Go to the link above for Mass times, bulletins, contact or other Parish information.

This page is dedicated to the many generations of Holy Cross parishioners.

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Text by Elinor Sluzas; Photography by Eric Geiger.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Holy Cross Church is a showcase of Lithuanian architecture and art. All of the windows at Holy Cross are hand-made leaded stained glass, depicting the design of the unique Lithuanian Crosses as seen in traditional Lithuanian way-side shrines.

Holy Cross - Front

Exterior

Holy Cross Lithuanian Roman Catholic Church was built in 1912-1915 and remodeled in 1964-1965. It incorporates Lithuanian folk motifs and design. The architect was a Lithuanian, John Mulokas of Chicago, and the contractor was Valerian Sodeika, also of Chicago.

The simple rectangular gable-front church sits on a high foundation; basement windows are at ground level. The building is constructed with glazed brown brick and colored mortar. The advancing center bay has glass and metal double doors with Lithuanian folk emblems engraved into the glass. The brickwork on the advancing bay is Flemish bond with advancing headers. Above the doors is a brick panel in several shades of blue. Similar panels in yellow and blue brick on the left and right receding bays. These panels display Lithuanian design as do the square polychromatic brick columns which support the heavy wooden beams which hold the wide overhanging gable end. A cartouche on the left side of the gable facade reads “Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church. Lithuania. 1914.”

The left and right sides of the church have ten bays. Bays 1-4 and 6-8 are rectangular faceted slab stained glass windows. On the left side, bay 5 advances and is a doorway which leads into the basement. This advancing bay is Flemish bond with advancing headers and has polychromatic brickwork with Lithuanian emblems. The opposing bay on the right side is double doors flanked by brick pilasters. These doors lead into the sanctuary. Vertical brick soldier courses band the church just above the windows and above the foundation. A frame addition is at the rear and extends out from the left rear of the church.

First Trinity Window - The Father

The Church is capped with a bell tower which also incorporates Lithuanian design. The height of the steeple is 29 feet 7 inches.

Interior

The interior of Holy Cross is a center aisle plan flanked by wooden pews. Behind the main altar is a faceted slab glass panorama of crosses representing the most common symbols on the Lithuanian landscape – the crosses which appear along the roadsides, in yards, on hillsides and in cemeteries. The panorama is a highly stylized interpretation of a now famous hill in Lithuania which is covered with crosses reflecting the more than 2,000 types found in that country. The panorama is flanked by faceted slab glass vertical panels.

Left: The first of the Trinity windows: God the Father.

The sided windows display Lithuanian style shrines and include Catholic symbols such as the Holy Trinity, Veronica’s Veil, the Crown of Thorns, the Crucifixion Nails, the Easter Lily, and the Seven Sacraments. The heavy stained glass was imported from France. The windows were made by Adolf Valeska Studios of Chicago.

The altars and communion railing were designed by John Mulokas. The cross above the main altar was made by Buracas. The side altars, Our Lady of the Gates of Dawn and St. Casimir’s altar represent important figures in Lithuanian Catholic Culture. They are Flemish veneer and were fabricated by Javarauskas of Chicago. The bas-reliefs of Our Lady and St. Casimir were made by Peter Vebra. The Tabernacle and the Sepulchre with the martyr’s relics from the former main altar were transferred to Our Lady’s altar, and the sepulcher from the old altar of Our Lady was transferred to the present main altar.

Left: God the Son.

The pews, chairs and kneelers are oak. The floor is covered with vinyl tiles. The design in the center aisle was by Mrs. Brone Jamaikis of Chicago. The decorative woodwork at the confessional, located on the left side of the sanctuary, and at the door on the right side was done by parishioner John Kvietys and the contractor Valerian Sodeika according to the architect’s design.

At the rear of the church are a baptistery and a crying room.

Shrine of the Three Crosses

On the East side of the church is the Shrine of the Three Crosses constructed in 1965 in honor of the golden Jubilee. These crosses honor “all the martyrs for the faith in the countries occupied by the Soviet Communists,” The shrine was designed by Lithuanian architect Alfred Kulpavichus of Toronto. The three crosses represent the three crosses that were erected on a hill in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, in honor of the Franciscan Fathers who were martyred for the faith in the fourteenth century. These three crosses were destroyed by the Soviets in 1950.

Left: God the Holy Ghost.

The style and ornamentation of each cross include ornamentation and styles of crosses found in the three major regions of Lithuania: Zemaitija, Aukstaitija and Suvalkija. The cross on the left incorporates motifs from crosses in the region of Vilnius and the southern

Above: Shrine of the Three Crosses.

part of Aukstaitija. It has a plaque done in relief of Our Lady of the of the Gates of Dawn in Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital. The middle cross has motifs of central Lithuania and the eastern and southern parts of Aemaitija. The upper statuette is of the Meditation Christ, or the Christ of Sorrows. The lower statuette is of St. Casimir, the patron saint of Lithuania. On the sides and back of the St. Casimir statuette are the symbols of the Passion – the chalice, the cross with the crown of thorns and nails, and the monogram of Christ, “XPZWK.” The third cross has the motifs of a part of Lithuania called Dzukija. On the front of the cross is a statuette of Our Lady of Siluva, a village in the region of Zemaitija. Siluva is the National Shrine of Lithuania. On the other side a statuette of Our Sorrowful Mother, a Peita in Lithuanian folk style, frequently found on shrines in Lithuania.

Left: The Crown of Thorns.


The shrine displays the following inscriptions:

In memory of All living and deceased parishioners and friends of this parish.

Three crosses destroyed by the Communists in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Parish Golden Jubilee 1964-1965.

In honor of
The martyrs for faith and freedom in Lithuania
And the other captive nations.

Remember and pray.

Lietuvos Kankiniams 1965.

Left: Veronica's Veil.

Holy Cross National Registration

Holy Cross Lithuanian Roman Catholic Church is on the National Register. The statement cites Criteria A, C and G. Holy Cross is one of five ethnic parishes in Dayton which document the immigration of Eastern Europeans into the city between 1885 and 1915. These

immigrants transformed the ethnic character of Dayton’s population. Until the arrival of the Eastern Europeans, the Germans, Irish and English had blended to form a relatively homogeneous urban population. The coming of the Eastern Europeans introduce new people with unfamiliar ideas and customs and completed the formation of Dayton’s white cultural mosaic. This “new” immigration contained numerous Eastern European groups, but those which had the heaviest impact were the Hungarians, Lithuanians and Poles, most of whom were Roman Catholic.

Left: The Nails of The Crucifixion.

The first Lithuanians (two in number) arrived in Dayton in 1886. By 1894 there were 24 Lithuanian families and about fifty single men totaling about 125 Lithuanian persons. By circa 1917 there were 140 families with 706 individuals. Most of these immigrants came either directly from Lithuania or from other American industrial cities. The majority settled in North Dayton, an industrial suburb bounded by the C&O Railroad on the north, the B&O Railroad on the west, the Mad River to the

east and south to Keowee and First streets. Located adjacent to the city’s main industrial district, these Easter European immigrants found jobs in the factories and foundries which made up Dayton’s rapidly expanding industrial base. The earliest immigrants worked at Barney and Smith Car Works.

Left: The Resurrection, represented by the Easter Lily.

For a time, the Lithuanians living in North Dayton worshipped at the territorial parish, Holy Rosary, and then later at St. Adalbert Polish Catholic Church. Dissatisfied with this arrangement, however, they also began to work for the establishment of their own parish church where they could follow the traditions of home. To that end, they organized St. Peter’s Fraternal Society on December 7, 1902 and began to work towards the organization of a Lithuanian parish. They purchased an eight lot tract of land (1.1 acres) at the southwest corner of Leo and Rita streets, but permission to establish the parish was not granted until 1911. The parish was not officially established until May

1, 1914. Through regular monthly payments by some members, fundraising activities such as socials and picnics, and contributions by Lithuanians in Springfield, Columbus and Cincinnati, the money was finally raised for the construction of the building. William L. Jaekle was engaged as the architect. Construction began in 1912, and the church was blessed March 21, 1915.

Right: Baptism.

The church took on its present appearance when it was remodeled in 1963-1964. Incorporating a fascinating blend of Lithuanian folk art design, it honored the many churches closed by the Soviet Union and the many faithful Catholics being persecuted in Lithuania. The architect was John Mulokas, a Lithuanian architect from Chicago. Most of the work was carried out by Lithuanian craftsmen. In 1965, the Shrine of the Three Crosses was erected in celebration of the parish golden Jubilee.

The “ethnic” or “nationality” parish was perhaps the most important institution for the preservation of Eastern European language and culture. Just as importantly, however, it also eased the

immigrant’s adjustment to the sometimes bewildering and even hostile urban environment. A network of clubs and societies made the Holy Cross parish “the center of religious, cultural and patriotic activity for the Lithuanians of Dayton and vicinity.” These organizations included the Knights of Lithuania Council 96, the Knights of Lithuania Juniors, the Lithuanian Roman Catholic Alliance of America Lodge 191, the Lithuanian Anglers Club and the Theatrical Circle. Many of these organizations are still active.

Right: Confirmation.

Holy Cross, with its stylized interpretations of Lithuanian Catholic symbols, possesses high artistic merit and is a valuable record of Lithuanian-American ethno-religion. As it appears today, the building is the best possible documentary artifact of the strength and durability of the ethnic parish and its ability to preserve Old World culture while becoming a vital part of the American urban environment. Unlike the Eastern European churches constructed during the 1885-1915 period of immigration, it also documents the continued

importance of cultural plurality in American society throughout the twentieth century and adds to our understanding of the importance of this plurality in the formation of American life and culture. It clearly negates the old assimilationist model which states that assimilation was completed by the second generation. Instead, it documents cultural persistence past the first generation and illustrates how the nature of ethnic identity has changed from generation to generation.

Right: Penance.

Because it contributes significantly to our understanding of the Eastern European ethnic community, the remodeled church is being nominated under the criteria set forth in Bulletin 22: “Guidelines for Evaluating and Nominating Properties That Have Achieved Significance Within the Last Fifty years.” This bulletin states that “Fifty years is obviously not the only length of time that defines historic or makes an informed dispassionate judgment possible.” Accordingly, the “National Register Criteria for Evaluation encourages nomination of recently significant properties if

The Eucharist Window

they are of exceptional importance to a community, a state, a region, or the nation.” The 1966 National Historic Preservation Act “Specifically encourages the recognition of locally significant historic resources that by appearance or association with persons or events provide communities with a sense of past and place.” The National Register Criteria for Evaluation does not describe “exceptional,” but it does state that:

“In nominating properties to the National register, we should be settled in our belief that they will possess enduring value for their historical associations, appearance, or information potential.”

Right: Eucharist; represented by the legendary Pelican, who would stab herself to feed her young on her own flesh and blood.

The Holy Cross Lithuanian Roman Catholic Church, constructed in 1912-1914 and remodeled in 1963-1964, is a standing record of a century of the Lithuanian presence on Dayton’s urban scene. With its brilliantly colored

stained glass windows and carved altars displaying Lithuanian motifs and symbols, it is a permanent record of the amazing vitality of this small parish which has endured for over a century. The fact that this church was remodeled to reflect Lithuanian folk art and culture instead of following the typical American church design of the 1960s serves to document cultural persistence past the first generation and adds to our understanding of our national history as an immigrant nation. The Shrine of the Three Crosses, designed to reflect the three provinces of Lithuania, is further evidence of close ties with a homeland left behind many years ago.

Right: Matrimony.

Holy Cross is one of only three Lithuanian parishes in Ohio St. George’s and Our Lady of Perpetual Help are located in Cleveland; Holy Cross is the only parish in southern Ohio and is therefore the center of Lithuanian culture for a large section of the state. At this time, it has approximately 250 parishioners and offers one mass in Lithuanian each week. Despite its present vitality, however, it is a fragile resource for its future is uncertain. As the doors close forever on more and more Catholic churches and as the congregation grows smaller, it will become increasingly difficult

for Holy Cross to maintain as a separate parish. When the current priest retires, it is unlikely that they will be able to secure the services of another priest, which will weaken its ability to continue in the preservation of Lithuanian traditions and language.

Right: Holy Orders.

The ethnic churches left behind by the Eastern European community are the most visible reminders of these immigrants’s contribution to Dayton’s history and cultural diversity. Holy Cross stands as a reminder not only of the Eastern European immigration which occurred in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but of the importance of this cultural plurality. As time passes, however, it seems likely that this ethnicity, so much a part of the fabric of American urban life, will continue to fade. The churches these groups leave behind will be the best record of their ethnicity and its contribution to the history of an immigrant nation.

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The Anointing of the Sick Window

Holy Cross is one of the few Churches to still have a traditional Midnight Mass.  There is a candle-lit procession in a darkened Church—the children of the parish carry candles, gifts and banners, and one of them places baby Jesus in the manger.

Right: Extreme Unction (Last rites; Annointing of the Sick.)

Another beloved tradition is Easter Sunrise Mass.  On Holy Saturday the body of Christ is lying in the tomb, and there is a three-hour Eucharistic Vigil At The Tomb. The Sacred Host, in a Monstrance,  is displayed above  the tomb, but covered with a thin veil signifying that Christ, the Light, has left the world.  Easter Sunday Morning the tomb is empty, and the veil is off the Monstrance, signifying that He is Risen, and the Light has come back into the world.  The Sacred Liturgy begins with a solemn procession carrying the Most Blessed Sacrament around the Church and back to the Altar for a Benediction, and the Blessed Sacrament is restored to the Tabernacle.

And then the glorious Easter Sunrise Mass begins. 

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Standing in the Church, facing the altar, the seven stained glass windows on your left are represented by the images above on the left side of this page; the seven stained glass windows on your right are represented by the images above on the right side of this page.

Left Side Altar and Icon
Our Lady of the Gates of Dawn

Right Side Altar and Icon
Saint Casimir
(Patron Saint of Lithuania, Poland, and Holy Cross Church)

Holy Saturday EucharisticVigil. The veiled Monstrance signifies that Jesus is not in the world. “And he said to Peter,

Holy Saturday three-hour Eucharistic Vigil. The veiled Monstrance signifies that Jesus, the Light, is gone out of the world. “And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, "So, could you not watch with me one hour??” –Matt 26:40

The Empty Tomb at Easter Sunrise Mass
He is risen!  Alleluia!

The Manger at Christmastime

Lithuanian Ornaments

Hand made Lithuanian Christmas Ornaments

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words; however, pictures do not do this Church justice. You have to see it. Eric Geiger’s photographs, as originals, are absolutely spectacular. However, I had to size them and “compress” them in order to get them onto this Webpage, and they lost a lot in the translation, having become so much smaller.

But even Eric’s magnificent original photos are not as gripping as the images you take in when you stand in this Church and behold them for real, with your own eyes.

If you are ever in the neighborhood, come on in and see us. You don’t have to be Lithuanian.

Come and see.  

Regards,

Vic



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Date: Sun Nov 27 12:11:22 2011
From: Vic Biorseth
Comment:

Updated the webpage to say that Holy Cross Church is “on” the National Register, rather than “nominated for” the National Register. The words that were used with permission on this page were written quite a few years ago, and since then Holy Cross has been entered into the National Register.

Regards,

Vic


Date: Wed Apr 11 20:57:29 2012
From: Liam
Email:
Location:
Comment:

I'm part of the parish and this is one beautiful little church.


Date: Tue Jun 05 01:42:43 2012
From: Lenehan'sfolly
Email: Mjlenehan@gmail.com
Location: Woodbridge, VA
Comment:

Hello, long ago we attended church at Holy Cross in Dayton. Does anyone know if Father Mike is still around? Thanks.


Date: Tue Jun 05 05:12:21 2012
From: Vic Biorseth
Comment:

Lenehan'sfolly:

Fr. Mike is still here, until after Mass on June 24, when he will be transferring to another parish in Wilmington. We will all miss him very much.

Regards,

Vic


Date: Tue Jun 05 01:59:25 2012
From: Jk
Email: Mjlenehan@gmail.com
Location: Usa
Comment:

Wow...I was really just looking for information about Holy Cross. I was married there ages ago and forgot how beautiful the church is/was. Your blog is so full of anger and hatred of the world that it saddens me. I wish you peace in your heart and healing of your soul.


Date: Tue Jun 05 05:24:51 2012
From: Vic Biorseth
Comment:

Jk

This site hates only evil. Do you love evil?

Regards,

Vic


Saturday, December 15, 2012
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Friday, March 29, 2013 - Good Friday
Included new pictures of the two side altars and their icons. 


Saturday, May 11, 2013
Added picture of Christ in the tomb for Holy Saturday Vigil.

Monday, November 04, 2013
Updated with pictures and added content to reflect recent changes to our little Church Booklet in preparation for the 100th anniversary in 2014. 


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Vic has Iron Weights for sale; Mama says they have to go. Lots of iron weights for sale; all have to go at once, in one sale.

The challenge describes Capitalism as illusory and Marxism as solid. The mixture of religion just adds to the confusion of all good realists.

Indifferentism and Moral Relativism eats away at Catholic Culture. Catholicism stands against Indifferentism. Where do you stand?

My poor old truck is again starting to look like a poor old truck. After half-a-million miles, we're now approaching another decision time; another paint job, or a new truck.

Battle Line: Where the advancing secular army meets Judeo-Christian moral norms. The Secular Position (or Agenda) involves Proactive, Aggressive Anti-Theism, and not merely "neutral" Atheism.

A return to the American Ideal means a severe reduction in Government. To return to positive growth and progress means, necessarily, purging our nation from all Marxist-Socialist philosophical influence and a return to the American Ideal.

Why this hatred of Palin? What galls modern women of the Left about Sarah Palin? The blind hatred of Palin we’re seeing expressed is not merely because of hatred and intolerance of the pro-life religious moral standard.

A Palin Parker Ticket? My Dream Candidates for 2012. Why a Palin Parker ticket is better than any professional politician Republican ticket you can come up with for 2012.

Elitism Vs Palinism: Why the Left and the Elites Loath and Fear Sarah Palin. It isn’t just Marxism Vs Palinism; it’s also established intellectual elitism vs Palinism. The elite need someone to look down upon.

How is it that opposing amnesty for millions of illegal aliens is "arrogant"? If my pro-Catholic, pro-American, anti-alternative-ethos position is "arrogant," then, exactly what is the position of those who claim superiority or even equality with it?

Here we see Bush family class captured in a simple private citizen’s photo. George W. (and Mrs.) Bush quietly demonstrate Bush family class without hoopla or fanfare.

Marxists love crisis, and they love an oil spill crisis most of all. Marxists even create and drive crisis. Their favorite crisis of all must be the Oil Spill Crisis, which is even better than a Banking Crisis.

American Military Assault Weapons originally intended in the 2nd Amendment. To miss the point of the 2nd Amendment is to miss the point of the whole Constitution.

For God and Country – More Thoughts on America, and on National Existence. For God and Country: Comparisons of martyrdom and heroism, Sovereign Nationhood Vs. Internationalism, distinct people-hood Vs. the Global Village, and Godliness Vs. godlessness.

The Godless Left leads the young and naive to their utopian Hell. For an honest comparison of the effects on youth, we need to look to the history of the Godless Left versus the Religious Right.

The Rabbi Meir Kahane Open Letter to the World is a must read. No decent world history course is complete without the Rabbi Meir Kahane Open Letter to the World.

Aleksandr I.Solzhenitsyn warns the American Worker and American organized labor. Solzhenitsyn speaks to us as a worker from the “Worker’s Paradise” of Communism; words of warning for all who understand the meaning of the word Liberty.

World Revolution returns with a vengeance: the rebirth of Marxism. Marxist world revolution returns, and faces far less opposition than in 1848 or the period between the Great Wars.

Our argument against public despair, hopelessness and pessimism re the future. Despair is a mortal sin, the opposite of the virtue of hope; it is a sin unto the death of the soul, a repudiation and rejection of God’s grace.

On Threats to America's National Existence. A look at the nature of our national existence, what makes us America, physical threats to that, and the possibility of just going out of existence.

On the ethics of language: English dictionary Vs. Political-Correctness taboos. Language evolves, yet morals are (or should be) fixed. This poses questions re the ethics of language.

Thinking Catholic direction: threats to America, Church, Ethos, even History. The Thinking Catholic Direction is multi-faceted, facing threats to American National Existence, Catholic Liturgy, our common Guiding Ethos - emphasis changes to meet the threat of the moment.

Catholics learn and practice Glossalalia, in the Life In The Spirit seminars. Life in the Spirit seminars, fueling the Catholic Charismatic renewal, bring tongue-speaking "Glossalalia", and being "Slain in the Spirit", to Catholicism.

The website is going on hold for at least the next five weeks. Business calls, and I must respond. Will be traveling, and not taking the laptop this time.

Current Website Status. Still too busy for individual responses to questions, comments & criticisms.

Our 2006 Ohio Voter Guide. The choices are quite clear, and the 2006 Ohio Voter Guide was easy to produce.

On carrying my Lord, Jesus Christ, in my pocket. As a Eucharistic Minister, I am on occasion carrying the Lord Jesus in my pocket. It's a wondrous thing.

A 2006 Christmas and Hanukkah wish. May the Holy Days we celebrate remind us all of who we are, and how we are different from other peoples.

Current Democratic Party platform reveals anti-Semitic streak among Liberals. In their voting, their speechifying, and in the slant of their controlled mainstream media reporting, the current Democratic Party Platform is made clear to all observers.

The "Left", and The DaVinci Code, The Passion, and Cartoons of Mohammed. You can tell a lot about a movement by its public words.  The Passion? "Unreservedly Bad." The DaVinci Code? "Unreservedly Good." Anything to do with Islam? "No Comment."

Who's driving the Health Care bus? Health insurance companies "grading" doctors? Health insurance companies grading doctors: a legitimized conflict of interest. A preparatory step toward the nationalization of the health insurance industry?

On the forced use of medical boiler plate language rather than simple notes. The "little dictators" from insurance companies and government bureaucracies force MDs to use stilted, verbose, medical boiler plate language in their own documentation.

Home For Christmas 2008. Website Getting Active Again

Hydrogen power could be, and should be, the wave of our automotive future. Any move toward hydrogen power is a move toward a cleaner and more efficient fuel, and away from our dangerous dependency on oil.

Thoughts in remembrance of 09/11/2001, five years later. The changing shape of the war, the changing shape of the enemy.

The Jewish Shabbat. Description of Jewish Shabbat (Sabbath) from my Holy Land item supplier.

Kerry lies again, and then lies about his lies, in concert with the SLIMC. There he goes again! Kerry lies again and again about American servicemen and veterans; he just can't help himself.

Kerry's Lies: The Old, Vietnam-Era Anti-War Chickens are Comming Home to Roost. POW Lawsuit Could Force Kerry To Come Clean - by George "Bud" Day, Chairman, Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation.

What's going on with Mel Gibson? Is he really an anti-Semite? I am surprised that Mel Gibson is an alcolholic.  But I am never surprised at any words that come out of the mouth of any drunk.

Still Worrying Over NuVo Consequences. The Holidays have gone by, several days have passed, and the SANE  NuVo Initiative still stands pat.

The Dem's October Surprise involves another flip-flop of their public "standard". The clearly pro-sodomy Party that openly seeks the "Gay" vote goes Victorian for another pre-election October Surprise ploy.

Some Problems with NuVo: the so-called Null-Vote Initiative. A "philosophical" movement aimed at keeping religious conservatives from voting? Seriously? Let me state my problems with NuVo.

Come, let us sit and reason together. Jews and Christians of various stripe and spot can say to each other, 'Come, let us sit and reason together.' But we can't do that with the Moslems.

Regarding SANE works dropping NuVo: Nul Vote Initiative dies with a whimper. If you can't really present a good argument, sit down. On SANE Works dropping the NuVo Initiative: a program that works hard to SOUND pro-American while ACTING to oppose American National Existence.

Even experts grossly underestimate the Marxist zeal of the American Left. The sharp Left turn happened in the Hoover-FDR era, and the Marxism of the American Left has been deepening ever since.

Thinking American, in a nutshell: When one has lots to say, but time is limited. The older I get, the busier I get. Answering multiple questions as a thinking American, but in a hurry.

"We are an Easter People, and Hallelujah is our Song." (John Paul the Great) Our absolutely unique and singular Easter story, and the incredible force with which it struck human history.

Witnessing, grieving and weeping for our dieing culture.  What might it take to call a whole people back from the brink of cultural death?

If we have an inherent right to something, then, who must supply it?  Rights and Responsibilities exist in paired sets; a right does not exist in the absence of a related responsibility.  If indeed we have a right to our job, then, someone must provide it. Who?

So how come we have all these homeless people if our system is so great? The strong "Utopian Idealist" firmly believes that absolute worldly perfection is actually possible.  Therefore, there should never be any such thing as a hungry or homeless person.

Taking a look at Illegal Imigration and Tax Problem solutions. In our view, the minimum wage and income tax have outlived their usefulness, and only contribute to the illegal alien problem. 

First journal / blog entries when the thinking catholic blog first opened up. Notes to readers about what I was doing. 

On-going WebSite work and planned WebPages as of 09/07/2006. Adding items to book store. 

Vic's busted finger status - life goes on. Another busted finger status report, since the original one rolled off of the 50-entry BLOG update records.

Website Status as of 02/05/2009. No more Bookstore; no more Contact Me; no more complexity.

Website Status 03-09-2009. Just a note to bring you up to date on website status 03-09-2009.

Website Status 04/06/2009. Busy driving daily now; most website work will be weekend and as available.

The Plastic Bags and Eco Doom theory: will plastic bags end life as we know it? Plastic Bag and Eco Doom predictions tell us that plastic grocery and garbage bags will still be buried in the land fills and dumps a thousand years from now.  Well … so what?

Farewell Smokey Biorseth; Rest In Peace.  Hello Coal Biorseth; Welcome Home. As we were laying our beloved Smokey Biorseth to rest in his grave beside the lilies, a carbon-copy of Smokey, in younger form, emerged from the lilies.

Honky Biorseth really runs this house. If you want to know what's in any cabinet in the house, just ask Honky Biorseth.

Kill the illegal alien marketplace, and illegal aliens will leave on their own. Why should we "imagine" life with no Mexico? Shouldn't the Mexicans be trying to imagine no such thing as the USA?

More Marxist infiltration of higher education. Public school and the media are not the only places dominated by Marxist thought; even Catholic institutions are infected.

Of Families and Fortunes, and Inheritance Vs. Redistribution. Families and Fortunes are despised by Marxists, because Marxism demonizes the family, demonizes fortunes, and even demonizes profit.

Website Status Update 11/09/10. Just a Website status update; where we are and where we’re going.

Regarding the 2010 Tax Deal Pledge Breaker: Pledge? What Pledge? How can Republican deal makers even face us? We need to hang a Tea Party target on all professional politicians for 2012.

Pray for peace in Jerusalem, and for deliverance of Israel from harm. To pray for peace in Jerusalem is to pray for deliverance from Obama.

A tale of Promised Financial Melt-Down Debt Ceiling Nonsense and Happy Marxists. Everyone, on both sides, believes the Debt Ceiling Nonsense.  Why?

God and Nature: on the Nature of Things, established by the Creator of Things. God and Nature: on man’s Perversion of the Nature of Things, even with the best of intentions.

Our Ohio voter Guide for the 2012 Election. The 2l012 Ohio Voter Guide – The Choices Have Never Been Clearer, or more critical.

Evangelization enters the animal kingdom with the first bear prayer. It is fitting that the first bear prayer would be a prayer of thanksgiving.

Is the Internet down in Lithuania? Sudden loss of Lithanian traffic suggests the internet is down in Lithuania. 

The rise of the Femi Nazi Green Beret, and the decline of military victory. The first Femi Nazi Green Beret will be awarded out of fairness, not excellence.

Food Insurance: Is this stuff really any good? All of us conspiracy-theorizing, global-calamity doomsday-preppers need their Food Insurance.

We just had to try to do Robert Irvine's Plastic Wrapped Baby Back Ribs. Put plastic wrapped baby back ribs in the oven? What? Are you nuts?

Thoughts on the first Eucharist, established by the Last Supper.  The first Eucharist was recognized by the Apostles for what it was on that holiest Holy Thursday.

Tea-Party-Candidates-04-18-2014.  The Constitution is not going to be restored to legal preeminence unless we replace leadership incumbents of BOTH PARTIES.

Ecce homo; Behold the man.  Ecce Homo.  Behold the Innocent Lamb, who takes away the sins of the world.

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