Death Masks

I watched a documentary about death masks because I heard that Marie Antoinette has one. I was hoping I would see her death mask because I’m really curious about how she really looked like. Unfortunately the documentary I watched didn’t feature Marie Antoinette’s death mask. They only have men’s death mask, such as Lincoln’s, Washington’s, Julius Caesar, etc. Graphic artists worked on the death masks; scanning it in 3D into a computer and reconstructing the face using special software. They animated the faces to make them look real. They looked very much alive! It really amazed me. But, as much as it’s fascinating to see the face of men that lived in the past, knowing that the masks were actually molded from their corpses makes my skin crawl. They’re really eerie. One of the death masks even has an eyelash attached to it, just imagine! Eeek! Nevertheless, the documentary was a good watch and I still want to see Marie Antoinette’s death mask, if indeed it’s true that she has one.

Striving to be a good Catholic is striving to be a good Christian

As a Catholic, I’ve been told a million times that I’m going to hell by evangelicals that call themselves “The real Christians”. You know the type that will send you to hell faster than you can utter the word “brimstone”, that is if they can. But whenever I encounter them I try my very best to be nice since I am a very civilized person but most of them are really rude and in-your-face. They even prefer to be called just “Christians” and not by the denomination they go to in an attempt to own that word. They seem to be succeeding in that because a lot of people seem to be thinking that Catholics and Christians are not the same. Even some Catholics call those evangelicals “Christians” like Catholics aren’t. It’s appalling. Anyway, these evangelicals insist that others should believe their every word; their every lie and share their prejudice against others or else. They also seem to be trying people’s patience so that when people get fed up with them and they get shouted at, or even get their beliefs questioned, they can cry persecution. They seem to think that being emotional about their blind faith is an effective defense for their beliefs. I know that there are lots of anti-Catholics from other groups everywhere (even some Catholics are staunchly anti-Catholic) but nothing beats the anti-Catholicism of these so-called evangelicals that are trying to own the word “Christian”. These evangelicals spread their venom in the guise that they do it out of concern for the souls of us, poor Catholics, and these same evangelicals think that being rude to Catholics is okay because Catholics are hell-bound anyway. It’s sad that these evangelicals actually succeeded in fooling so many Catholics away from Catholicism, the only Church that Christ Himself established. Anyway, I don’t want to sound sanctimonious, even though I think I am beginning to. Truth of the matter is I never gave these evangelicals any thought until recently when an evangelical, who finally revealed what denomination he belongs to, which is Baptist, insisted that I declare to people that my religion, Catholicism, is not Christian. Like hell, I would! He can wish to whatever devil is behind him that I declare such falsehood about my religion but that ain’t gonna happen. Nevah! I may not be a perfect example of what a Catholic should be but I will never turn my back away from the very thing that molds my very character; my very being. My faith is not a result of unquestioned beliefs nor fear of hell. It’s a result of years of doubting, questioning and seeking answers. I looked for God and I found Him in Catholicism, where the fullness of God’s Truth is revealed and continuously being revealed. Being a Catholic is being a Christian because Catholicism IS Christianity. I trust in Jesus’ promise, “The gates of hell will not prevail against His Church”, so no matter how much effort anti-Catholics exert on destroying Catholicism they will not succeed because there’s no power on this earth is greater than God’s. Amen and amen.

French Movies

I wish I can understand the French language! I have been watching movies and documentaries about Marie Antoinette that are spoken in French and I don’t even understand a word they’re saying. I also tried watching the movie “Charlotte Corday” but I couldn’t understand what’s going on so I stopped. It’s very frustrating. I think I need to enroll myself in French language class instead of Spanish. Supposedly my friend and I will be enrolling for Spanish language class on this month of May but I’m having second thoughts about it because I really want to understand all the French movies I want to watch. Subtitles are not always available in the French movies I prefer watching.

Hmmm… I really must make a decision as soon as possible.