Monday, June 23, 2008

Persecuted Priests

H/T to Esther for this one.
Trouble in Arlington

It seems that bishops really areas they are often portrayed in Andrew Greeley novels. Instead of doing what is right, they are doing what is easy. This is saddening and sickening. Please pray for all those who have been called by God to serve His church as priests.

Presbyopia




Presbyopia- noun
farsightedness due to ciliary muscle weakness and loss of elasticity in the crystalline lens.
[Origin: 1785–95; presby- (comb. form of pr├ęsbys old, old man) + -opia]

In other words, I am getting old. My prescription is such that I cannot get bifocals. I think I am grateful for this as I get motion sickness and I think bifocals would nauseate me. So, I need one pair of glasses for reading (and computer where I have the most difficulty seeing now) and another for watching TV and driving. I am getting different colors so I can tell which are which.....

I was amazed at how much different things looked with and without the corrections this time. I have never had such noticeable difference before.

Lord,
Thank you for healthy eyes. I may have more difficulty seeing, but over all, my eyes remain healthy. Please help me to accept these changes in vision gracefully. Help me to wear the glasses when they come in, and to not be vain.
Amen.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Happy Birthday YDS


YDS turned 8 on Saturday. They grow up much too quickly.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Freedom isn't free

This was sent to me via e-mail and I thougt it was worth sharing.


Happy 4th of July!................ ......let' s get this started now, So it will be out there on the fourth!!!!



I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG, OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND TO THE REPUBLIC, FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD,
INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!

KEEP IT LIT!!
KEEP IT LIT!
For all of our military personnel, where ever they may be.
Please Support all of the troops defending our Country.

And God Bless our Military who are protecting our
country for our freedom.
Thanks to them, and their sacrifices
we can celebrate the 4th of July.




We must never forget who should get the credit for the
freedoms we have,
and for which we should be eternally grateful.


I watched the flag pass by one day,
It fluttered in the breeze.


A young Marine Saluted it,
And then he stood at ease..
I looked at Him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
With hair cut square
And eyes alert
He'd stand out in any crowd.




I thought how many men
Like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil
How many mothers' tears?


How many pilots' planes
Shot down?
How many died at sea
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves ?
No, freedom isn't free.
I heard the sound of Taps One night,
When everything was still,
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That Taps had meant "Amen,"

When a flag had draped a Coffin
Of a brother or a friend.








I thought of all the Children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I Thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington .
No, freedom isn't free Enjoy Your Freedom &
God Bless Our Troops












Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Hot! Hot! Hot!

According to the local news it is 99 degrees now and will be between 100-105 this afternoon. I don't mind heat, but this is too hot for me. Oh, and did I mention the high humidity and poor air quality? One local school system even closed the schools because of the high heat warnings.

Lord,
Help me to recall this heat when I am cold in the winter, and remind me of the cold during this heat.

Amen.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

The first.....

The first thing I thought today: OUCH! (I had a leg cramp that woke me up)
The first thing I ate today: a donut after Mass at coffee hour
The first thing I drank today: Orange juice at coffee hour after Mass
The first thing I said today: We have church this morning
The first action I did today: Jumped out of bed to try and assuage the leg cramp
The first thing I read today: Church bulletin
The first item of clothing: matching skirt and top for church
The first person I spoke to today: YDS who woke happy but was a handful ALL DAY!
The first chore I did today: cleaned the trash can out after taking out the old bag
The first blog I visited today: Cheryl's then Mary's
First Pleasant surprize: The AHS choir singing that "every creature, everybody praise the Lord" during graduation ceremonies. This is a public school (YAY!)
Tag? anyone who wants to !

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Of Priests and politics

As I was reading this post at Creative Minority Report, I starting thinking about what I truly believe is important in American politics. I had read another post earlier this week that made me realize just how much we all will demonize a person who disagrees with our political views. This was after the Pfleger incident. Anyway, The whole thing has me thinking about my own political views.


I understand the "social welfare" issues that many believe the government should address in the way of more entitlements, but the fact of the matter is, the government screws things up whenever it tries to help. The words, "we're from the government and we're here to help," should send everyone running for the hills.

Personally, I will not vote for a candidate who is "pro-choice." The term "pro-choice" is a lie. The baby, whose DNA only resembles the mother's by half, has no choice. Often, the mother has been lied to regarding the child. She has been told that the baby is not a baby, but a blob of tissue. She has been led to believe that left to grow into a baby, this "blob of tissue" will ruin her life, or is "inconvenient." She has also been told that abortion is a very simple procedure, "no big deal." This lie infuriates me. Abortion is a surgical procedure which carries risks. It can and does kill women. It can cause future infertility or future inability to carry a pregnancy to term. Women who go to clinics in desperation are not informed of these risks, and some of them die as a result. It is horrible to think of all the babies who have so unceremoniously been murdered. It is equally horrible to think of all the women who suffer silently day after day because they realize after the fact the enormity of the decision to abort...to murder their own child.

I have it heard it said that abortion s an issue on which we can expect little change, but I contend that no matter how much a candidate promises to care or people, his or her opinion on abortion tells the real story, for if we do not uphold the sanctity of ALL human life, we really have no respect for ANY human life. All of the lip service in the world about caring cannot change that.

Dear Lord,
Please help us all as we discern for whom we should vote in the upcoming presidential election. Help us to examine the issues at hand and to be aware of the enormity of the ramifications this election could have. May we seek Your counsel as we pray for our leaders.

Amen

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Congratulations to our newest HS grad









My ODD graduated from high school last night. She is attending UMASS Amherst next year to study microbiology and biochemistry....you know...just the easy stuff. LOL. I uploaded a few pictures from the graduation.
Her boyfriend's parents threw her a wonderful graduation party this afternoon. I forgot to bring my camera.

I wish I had better pictures.
Dear Lord,
Thank you for putting such wonderful loving people in my daughter's life.
Amen