Saturday, May 31, 2008
I'm telling you this because I care about you.
I don't intend to hurt you by saying this, but if I don't you or someone else might be hurt worse.
Are you listening?
Here it is...
You cannot have it all.
Plain and simple.
Not everybody wins.
In the candy bowl of life, not everyone gets all they want --- or even the kind they want.
That's just how it works.
We make choices in life and out of those choices spring our next set of options. And so it goes from there.
You do not get "do overs" that allow you to keep what you want from your first choice, yet go back for the "goodies" of what were your previous options.
Is that right? Is it fair?
Pretty much so.
Now, don't stomp your feet. Think of the example you are setting for your kids. Just stop it.
Simply put, if you get everything there are going to be others that get nothing.
Today I ran across something that made make a funny face and sigh the words, "Get real."
Perhaps, if it wasn't related to a group that I admire and for which I have regularly played cheerleader for even though not a member of their team, maybe I would have just made the face and quickly moved on. Unfortunately, that isn't the case.
A group that represents homeschoolers felt it necessary to send a letter to the Subway restaurant corporation because Subway excluded homeschoolers from a contest with a prize suited to accommodate a formal school, be it public, private or parochial. $5000 worth of fitness equipment. The letter to the company validly stated the value of homeschooling when it noted that "Homeschooling is a thriving educational option. All the available research shows that homeschoolers are excelling academically and socially." However, it was way off base when it said of the group, "We do not deserve to be overlooked." That is simply feet stomping in an attempt to get the goodies of the previous choices that were not chosen.
The reason homeschooling is thriving is because the benefits of that choice are phenomenal, but in choosing that option a family must know they are forgoing the benies of the other options.
Shhhh... Now hush, just a second. It is my opinion that the greatest benefits are found in the homeschooling option. And not just for the kids and their families. Hushhhh. Please let me talk. I truly believe that homeschoolers, as a group of solidly developed individuals, may be one of the greatest hopes of our society. That said, I have to go on to say that I hope that homeschooling isn't polluted by the whining entitlement attitude so pervasive in our present society. And that letter strikes me as just that.
Yes, Subway is going to cater to the homeschoolers in response to that letter in that they have promised to develop a contest solely for homeschooling families, but what kind of message, really, does that send? It muddies the water of the homeschooling moral float. Really it does.
Homeschooling families make many sacrifices. Daily. It isn't an easy choice, nor is it an easy lifestyle. The long-term benefits are sometimes not so evident when worksheets are spread throughout the house, infants refuse to stop crying during an exam, impromptu science experiments go awry and you can't remember when you last could uttered the words, "Calgon, take me away"and have it mean something. On the toughest of days, it has to get to the parents who are giving their all to give their kids the best they can give. It must be frustrating to know that, in some ways, there are advantages to formal schooling of which your kids can't partake. But the big picture is that a homeschooling family is a family that know the how, what and where of the influences upon the family. I can't see anyone who is thoughtfully raising their kids thinking that whining about a trivial contest is something that they want to influence who the children become.
where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled."
And Mary said:
my spirit rejoices in God my savior.
For he has looked upon his handmaid's lowliness;
The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him.
He has shown might with his arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart.
He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but lifted up the lowly.
The hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent away empty.
He has helped Israel his servant, remembering his mercy,
according to his promise to our fathers, to Abraham and to his descendants forever."
Friday, May 30, 2008
SYDNEY, Australia (May 30) - A woman in a northern Australian city gave birth to a healthy baby girl after a rare full-term ectopic pregnancy, a hospital official said Friday.
Meera Thangarajah, 34, had no symptoms or complications during her pregnancy, so doctors performing a routine Caesarean section Thursday were shocked to find that the baby had developed in the ovary rather than the uterus. Full Story
Pretty amazing stuff. Can you imagine?
Vatican: Attempted ordination of women incurs excommunication
By Cindy Wooden
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican's doctrinal congregation has decreed formally that a woman who attempts to be ordained a Catholic priest and the person attempting to ordain her are automatically excommunicated.
"Both the one who attempts to confer a sacred order on a woman, and the woman who attempts to receive a sacred order, incur an excommunication 'latae sententiae,'" or automatically, said a decree from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Full story
Women priests do not exist in the Roman Catholic Church - period.
Any female saying that she is a priest is obviously not part of the Latin Rite Church. Services by these individuals are schismatic - they have nothing to do with the Catholic Church and are, therefore, separate from the Church. If an Assembly of God minister called himself a Catholic priest, it would be a lie (plus, his congregation would probably have him institutionalized) just as much as it is a lie for any woman to say she is a Catholic priest.
Just because I might call myself purple, I am not purple - no matter how much I like the color.
I don't know the author, but I think this to be quite a nice prayer:
Prayer for Priests
O Jesus, Eternal Priest;
keep all Your priests
within the shelter of Your Sacred Heart,
where none may harm them.
Keep unstained their anointed hands
which daily touch Your Sacred Body.
Keep unsullied their lips purpled with Your Precious Blood.
Keep pure and unearthly their hearts sealed
with the sublime marks of Your glorious priesthood.
Let Your holy love surround them and shield them
from the world's contagion.
Bless their labors with abundant fruit,
and may the souls to whom they have ministered to
be their joy and consolation
and in heaven their beautiful and everlasting crown.
O Mary, Queen of the clergy, pray for us;
obtain for us many holy priests.
I'd also like to share a picture with you -->
In it are Fr. Ian Jeremiah of the Bridgeport Diocese and Msgr. Robert Gribbon of the Harrisburg Diocese. Both are "Mounties" in that they studied at Mount St. Mary Seminary; however, more than 60 years seperate their graduating classes.
As of tomorrow, May 31st, Fr. Jeremiah will have been a priest for two weeks. He served our parish during is his diaconate year. We were blessed to have had him. Please pray for both of these men of God.
He told her, "My divine Heart is so inflamed with love for mankind ... that it can no longer contain within itself the flames of its burning charity and must spread them abroad by your means."
Margaret Mary was told to propagate a devotion to His Sacred Heart. Connected to this devotion, Jesus gave twelve promises for devotees:
I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life
I will establish peace in their families.
They shall find in My Heart an assured refuge during life and especially at the hour of their death.
Sinners shall find in My Heart the source of an infinite ocean of mercy.
Fervent souls shall speedily rise to great perfection.
I will give to priests the power of touching the most hardened hearts.
The all-powerful love of My Heart will grant to all those who shall receive Communion on the First Friday of nine consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they shall not die under my displeasure, nor without receiving their Sacraments; My heart shall be their assured refuge at that last hour.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
I offer this article teaser in the spirit of "Keep the Faith":
Adult Stem Cell Research Shows Gains in Treating Lou Gehrig's Disease
Vancouver, Canada -- A new study shows more success for adult stem cells, an ethical and more effective means of stem cell research than embryonic. A unique pilot study has established a safe pathway for using bone-marrow stem cells to slow down and potentially treat Lou Gehrig's disease. Also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), the condition is a fatal neurodegenerative disease without cure.
Dr. Neil Cashman, professor of neurology at the University of British Columbia and director of the ALS program at Vancouver Coastal Health and VCH Research Institute, headed the study. He published the results in the latest issue of the medical journal Muscle & Nerve. In the study he and his colleagues tested the use of a growth factor stimulant in ALS patients and found that bone-marrow stem cells became activated with no adverse effects to patients. “Our idea was to use a growth factor stimulant to increase the number of circulating stem cells from within the body’s bone marrow where they would have the potential to travel to the site of injury and begin repair, slowing down the progression of ALS,” says Cashman. “This pathway, if one day successful, may provide a new therapy that will avoid the ethical debate surrounding embryonic stem cells,” he explained. Full story at LifeNews.com.
The premise is that when a family in the 1970's moves to a new neighborhood they find that "swinging" is part of the subculture. The tone of the commercials is that everyone is doing it and if someone isn't then they are missing out on something good.
Swinging does go on, and it did in the 70's. No question, but that doesn't mean that it ought seen as valid fodder for network produced entertainment. I am opposed to it being made to seem as if it is normative behavior. The reason being is that once it is seen as a norm in on a television show, it opens it up to being acceptable in other realms. To promote aberrant behavior is to foster societal degradation.
By choosing to broadcast this show, CBS is showing that there are no boundaries as to what they will put in your home. "Pushing the envelope" isn't a relevant phrase in this case. The envelope has been shred and tossed out with yesterday's garbage --- so as to make room for the biggest pile of trash for which advertisers would empty their pockets.
I don't even want to imagine what will be the next big show to be developed for public consumption.
Unfortunately, this is what we have proven to networks and advertiser that we want. We spend Sunday evening with a bunch of Desperate Housewife, Monday we can hang out with some Gossip Girls then chill at One Tree Hill, on Tuesday we search for souls with the Reaper, hump day finds us with Men in Trees, Thursday offers a Supernatural way to get Lost, the Ghost Whisperer helps us end the work week. I'm not sure if we just don't critically look at what we are offered or if this is really what we want. I hope it's not.
We don't like to speak the truth about evil because we're going to hurt somebody. Let me tell you, you are going to hurt somebody, but that Somebody is God. If you would rather hurt God than your neighbor, there is something wrong with your spirituality. It's your obligation to speak the truth and everyone can either take it or leave it. But truth must be in us.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
To hear God's word and to receive His salvific Eucharist in the grandeur of nature - it refreshes the soul.
Everyone joined in as Father prayed the "Hail Mary."
Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruitof thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death.
Before ascending the ladder, Father blessed the crown.
Immaculate Mary, thy praises we sing;
Who reignest in splendor with Jesus our King.
Ave, ave, ave, Maria!
Ave, ave, Maria!
In heaven, the blessed thy glory proclaim;
On earth we, thy children, invoke thy fair name.
Ave, ave, ave, Maria! ...
All received Father's priestly blessing. Fr. Jack made himself available for individual blessings, too.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
At This Our Solemn Feast
by Thomas Aquinas
At this our solemn feast
let holy joys abound,
and from the inmost breast
let songs of praise resound;
let ancient rites depart,
and all be new around,
in every act, and voice, and heart.
Remember we that eve,
when, the Last Supper spread,
Christ, as we all believe,
the Lamb, with leavenless bread,
among His brethren shared,
and thus the Law obeyed,
of all unto their sire declared.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
One of Mother Seton's favorite spots in the Emmitsburg area was the Grotto. When she first moved to the area in 1809, she and her sisters lived for six weeks near what is the present day entrance to the Grotto.
The Grotto was a place of relaxation, a weekly retreat following Sunday High Mass. Mother Seton would regularly catechize her boys and the local children beside the brook whilst sitting upon a large rock that came to be known as hers. Having brought their meal with them, the sisters would cook it, eat, pray and enjoy the splendor of the mountain.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son Our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Sprit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen.
Our Father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation,but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile show us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Although I never walked it myself, it certainly seems that the steps from campus up to the Grotto are the toughest part of the walk. Just the same the pilgrims arrived somewhat energized by having walked in the foot steps of a saint.