Sunday, November 30, 2008

As the Father loves me, so I have loved you

Divine Significance
By Kevin Whelan

What attracts me most to the study of Theology of the Body is the sense that I am involved in something larger than myself. It catapults me far beyond “being good,” and makes me a key agent in Christ’s work of redeeming the world.

I start to see this everywhere in my life. The other day I was reading John 15: 9 “As the Father loves me, so I have loved you,” and I started wondering, “What if this were said about me?”

I’m not trying to redefine the meaning of this verse. The Church is the sole teacher of scripture and, so far, they’ve done a good job without my help. Nevertheless, there is within this passage a meditation on my fatherhood. From the Church, we know that this verse teaches us the Fatherhood of God, but the Catechism teaches that “The divine fatherhood is the source of human fatherhood.” (CCC 2214) Since my fatherhood comes from God, what happens when I apply this verse to me?

Just think about it. What happens (sometime in the future) when my sons and daughters say to their friends, colleagues, wives, parishes or children, “As my father loves me, so I love you?” Am I satisfied with that standard? Have I set the bar high enough? Do I approve of myself as a role model to teach them ‘how to love’ ?

Right here is where my body comes face-to-face with its Divine Significance. The combination of my physical presence and my divinely sourced fatherhood make me a physical presence of God to my children. I am His “incarnation” (e.g. making into flesh) to them. I make that which is invisible (e.g. God’s love) visible to them.

Before I get too far ahead of myself, I acknowledge that Jesus does these things perfectly and I don’t. That is a huge understatement. Nevertheless, through His redemption, I am able to reflect some aspects of His perfection. My vocation as father is one key way that I follow Jesus’ command to be Christ to others and to take up my cross. I can do this only because I have been redeemed in Christ.

A Father in the Flesh
My vocation is to make into flesh the Divine authority my fatherly office gives me. This is a God given responsibility. We still hear too often of fathers who want to be their children’s best friends. My children can get other people to be their friends; I am uniquely placed in their lives to be father. I am called to correct, teach, discipline, coach, encourage, motivate and praise. The proper exercise of my authority makes visible His invisible love.

I am not placed in my house as a divine-right despot. Mine is the authority of a servant. The Church teaches that authority is granted for service. We need only observe Jesus, our greatest Authority; He washed the feet of His Apostles. Just as our priests repeat this act in Church every Holy Thursday, I repeat it in my house (my domestic church). I wash the feet of every person in my house and no one washes mine, because there is no lower servant than me.

As I Love Them, So Will My Wife and Children Love
This whole concept shouts to us of the Divine Significance of our bodies. My body is made for action. Fatherhood is less about what I say and more about what I do. I have heard that the word love has only been considered an emotion in the last 100 years. Prior to that love was considered a verb, that is, an action. I’m not sufficiently literary to verify the truth of this concept, but it sure makes my decisions easier. I don’t have to ponder the depth of my emotions if I don’t “feel like” loving my children. All I need do is love them…that is to say, take action.

The Bible does not say, “Hear how these Christians love one another.” It doesn’t say, “Think about how these Christians love one another.” I can’t find where it says, “Feel how these Christians love one another.” Although the body is capable of these things, scripture only says, “See, how these Christians love one another.” I have to take an action for someone to see it. Of course, we need look no further than the cross when we look for an example of love as an action.

Because of the enormity of this Divine Significance, I take no more important action every day than to pray. Misuse of my fatherly office, because it comes from God, will have dramatic consequences both for me and those I serve. The key for me is to return to the source of the authority. I go to God daily, many times a day, asking that He grant me the grace to properly exercise this awesome authority. By relying on God to help me to love well I might someday enjoy hearing my children say, “As my father loves me, so I love you.”

The Way, the Truth, the Life!

By Mark Shea

John 14:6

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.

One thing that puzzles many people about the Catholic faith is that the Church teaches, on the one hand, “Outside the Church, no salvation” while on the other hand holding out hope that any person of good will, visibly Christian or not, may well get to Heaven. How do we reconcile this apparent contradiction? Basically, we do it by remembering an old saying: “We know where the Church is, we do not know where it is not.” That is, we understand that the Church in union with the successors of the apostles and of Peter is the sacrament of salvation that Jesus has given the world. But we do not for a moment pretend that Jesus himself is somehow constrained to operate only through the visible Catholic Church. We are bound by the sacraments. God is not. Thus, God can be at work in the heart of any person who is attempting to act in truth and love. And as they do so, they are (through the Spirit of Christ) acting in a way that is in union (however imperfectly) with the Church. And so, any person, from any culture, religious background, or era, who gets to Heaven will get there for only one reason: because Jesus saved them even if they had no idea that it was Jesus who was doing it until they met him face-to-face on Judgment Day. But when they do recognize it, they will recognize as well that whatever label they applied to themselves here on earth, the deepest truth about them was that they were members of Jesus Christ and of his body, the Catholic Church. Knowing that Jesus is “The Way” should help us in pointing people to the answer to their problems.

Advent begins!

Thanks to The Curt Jester for the use of his Advent wreath!

Today is the start of the new liturgical year—(toot) HAPPY NEW YEAR! (toot)—and as Fr. Guthrie said in his homily, "it's a new beginning." We get to start fresh, begin anew.

Fr. Guthrie also pointed out how we (the Catholic Church) are "counter-cultural" because for us this time of year is Advent, not yet Christmas. We are preparing ourselves for the coming of Christ by cleansing and purifying our souls through the sacraments and spending quiet time in reflection and prayer. Yes, I said QUIET time. How much more counter-cultural can we get when the rest of the world is running around like crazed animals shopping, decorating, hosting and attending parties and going non-stop all day, every day?

It makes sense to me to take this time to slow down, prepare and focus on what's really important and then AFTER the birth of Christ we celebrate Christmas.

I challenge you to keep this season as simple, peaceful and joyful as you can. Don't go in debt to buy expensive presents that will be forgotten or unused in a couple of weeks time. Buy or make simple, inexpensive gifts from the heart and give as much help to your favorite charity(s) as you can. Those gifts will go further and do more for those you help than you will ever know and it will bring peace to your soul as well.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Friday Funny

Alaskan position open

Position:  Surveyor
Salary:  $200 per hour (tax-free)
Qualification:  Must be fast on your feet

Isn't it comforting to know that when you are about to become a bear's breakfast your buddy is standing there taking photos? 

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Eucharist!

Eucharist is the Greek word for thanksgiving.

Since the Mass is all about the Eucharist I thought I would share this Mass kit for kids that is coming out. It's so cute and could help foster some young vocations to the priesthood.

Click here for more information.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Monday, November 24, 2008


Check it out! My sister sent me the link to God's Yellow Pages. : )

This is actually a great resource when you are in need of a quick spiritual boost for whatever reason. Thank you to the person who designed this site.

We Can't Have the Hours Back, So Use them Well

Below is another great post from Jennifer's blog which is actually a guest post. A moving story that I felt compelled to share.

I originally "met" Jenny Reosti through an email shortly after her seven-year-old son died unexpectedly in 2007 of a condition called SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epileptic Patients). Over the past year we have corresponded regularly, and I have been so touched and inspired by her faith in the face of tragedy that I asked her to do a guest post to share a bit of her wisdom and her son's story with all of you.

We Can't Have the Hours Back, So Use them Well
by Jenny Reosti

I feel that I owe it to my son to make some positive changes in my own life after his tragic death. I have spent a lot of time thinking about what God wants me to do and the message I have received is to spread the word. Tell others not only his story but let them know how precious each day is. There is a prayer I say with my children at the start of the day that has really hammered God's message in my head:

Lord, thank You for another day
within this life of mine.
Give me the strength to live it well,
whatever I may find.

Bestow from Your abundance
whatever I may lack.
To use the hours wisely,
for I cannot have them back.

Lord, thank You for another day,
in which to make amends
for little slights or petty words,
inflicted on my friends.

For sometimes losing patience
with problems that I find.
For seeing faults in other lives,
but not the ones in mine.

Lord, thank You for another chance,
in which to try to be
a little more deserving
of the gifts You've given me.

For yesterday is over,
and tomorrow's far away,
and I remain committed
to the good I do today!

Ben definitely lived his life to the fullest. He did all things whole-heartedly, whether going to Mass, playing with friends, or just pretending in his imaginary world. So many times each day, I will catch myself not appreciating all that God has bestowed upon me. I am working on enjoying the moment rather than planning for that perfect moment that may never happen.

The day Ben died was an ordinary Saturday, with the exception that the piano tuner was coming by to fix our piano. I remember wanting to have the house looking clean for when he came. I am forever grateful that I took the 15-20 minutes to watch Ben and his 7-month-old brother play together in my room, rather than try to run downstairs and clean. Jack had just started sitting well, yet Ben was watchful for any signs that Jack might fall. They were playing so sweetly and I just watched and thought about all the great times these two would have together. I could never have imagined that in 2 short hours, all these dreams would never come true.

Ben came into this world screaming and didn't stop complaining for a year. Then, like a switch being turned off, he stopped crying. He was suddenly happy, funny, and loving. It was such a joy to see all the sorrow gone and this zest for life developing. Then, when he was 14 months old, he had a seizure while he was sick with a fever. The doctors reassured us that this was a common thing to happen with a fever. But over the next days, he continued to have seizures even though the fever was gone. After many tests and a hospital stay, the doctors put Ben on seizure medication and sent us home. By the age of 3, he was diagnosed with epilepsy but the seizures were almost completely controlled by his medication and he lived the life of a normal kid.

Saturday morning. Ben came to me a little later and said his head hurt. The other kids had recently had head colds and so I figured he was the next one to get the cold. I gave him some medicine for the headache. He wanted to lie down so he went to his room. I went downstairs at that time and finally did a fast clean-up before the tuner arrived. He stayed about 90 minutes. It was getting close to lunch by the time the tuner left. I called for Ben but he did not answer me. I went upstairs but I had this horrible feeling that something was wrong. I found Ben in his bed, dead.

We now know that he died of SUDEP, which stands for Sudden Unexpected Death in Epileptic Patients. We had never been told that this was even a possibility. Our little world as we knew it was shattered. Over the next days and months, I had so many thoughts and feelings. They were mainly things that usually seem so small. I didn't tell him good-bye. I didn't get to say "I love you" or hold him as he left us.

Life is so precious. It is easy to get caught up in the day to day tasks and forget what is most important. Ben was a very affectionate child. He did not hold back on the hugs, kisses, and smiles. I truly feel that Ben wants me to let others know that those little things you do each day are so important. We can't have the hours back, so use them well.

I believe that God is also asking me to raise awareness of SUDEP and to provide a support group for those who are grieving because of SUDEP. This is a huge undertaking for me. I will take it one step a time and pray for God's guidance. At this time, I have a blog page set up in remembrance of Ben that I am slowly transforming into a site to provide support and information about SUDEP. Please stop by at

Ahhh, cute!

This is an email I had waiting for me from my mom when I got to work this morning. It's a good way to start a Monday morning. : )

An older, tired-looking dog wandered into my yard; I could tell
from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home and was
well taken care of.

He calmly came over to me, I gave him a few pats on his head;
he then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the
hall, curled up in the corner and fell asleep.

An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out.

The next day he was back, greeted me in my yard, walked inside and resumed his spot in the hall and again slept for about an hour.

This continued off and on for several weeks.

Curious I pinned a note to his collar:

'I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is and ask
if you are aware that almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.'

The next day he arrived for his nap, with a different note pinned to his collar:

'He lives in a home with 6 children, 2 under the age of 3 -
he's trying to catch up on his sleep. Can I come with him tomorrow?'

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Bringing Home our “Used-To-Be Catholic” Brothers and Sisters

By Anne Costa

In the course of my everyday travels over the past few months I’ve run into more than a few “Used-to-Be Catholics”. Many of them offer this self-descriptive title on their own; some with a hint of nostalgia in their voice, others with a not so hidden hint of anger. Some of them now belong to other churches, but most of them do not belong to any church at all, preferring to “go it alone” in the religion department.

How sad.

I know because I used to be one of those “Used-to-Be Catholics” and it’s brutal out there. Trying to navigate through all of the cultural clutter and stay balanced along the slippery slope of relativism is a mind numbing, spirit crushing experience, to say the least. While tip-toeing through the minefields of muddled truths and dodging the ruins of collapsing morals and dilapidated social institutions, one can lose one’s soul without even knowing it. That’s why when I meet those used-to-be Catholics, I immediately begin to pray for their safe return home.

It’s no coincidence that I am using metaphors of war as I write this article for we are truly in a battle for Catholic souls. It isn’t enough for those of us who, by God’s mercy and grace, found our way back to Holy Mother Church or for those of us who never left, to turn our heads and hearts from those who are still searching or wandering lost in the desert lands of the New Age of some other distraction. We must take spiritual and physical action to bring those souls back home.

It’s no secret that many who have left have good reasons for doing so. Some have been betrayed, hurt, or led astray by the very ones entrusted with their faith formation. Others have left out of sheer neglect, genuine confusion, or simple ignorance of what they were walking away from. But no matter how good the reason, no real good can come from it because whatever they encounter out there will be second- rate at best and more likely soul stealing in the end.

So what about you? Do you have a sense of urgency in your heart for your “fallen-away” brethren? Do you wonder what you can do to bring them back to the fullness of the Truth that is the Catholic faith? Your greatest evangelism “weapon” in this war is to live a fully-engaged Catholic life. By that I mean not to cut corners or apologize for the “rigidity” of the Church, but to delight in and celebrate the clarity and perfection of the wisdom and Truth set forth by the teachings of the Catholic Church. It means not to live out a lukewarm faith or to try to “pass” in the secular culture so as not to threaten or alienate anybody, but to wear your Catholic heart proudly on your sleeve and boldly carry the Bread of life into the mainstream of your own life to feed the spiritually starved and the perpetually thirsty ones who have lost their way.

In this jubilee year of St. Paul, we have before us an open invitation and a timely challenge: to do what St. Paul did; that is preach Christ, not so much by what we say, but by what we do and who we are. Pope Benedict put it this way – that in the example of St. Paul, we are called to “place Jesus Christ at the center of our lives, so that our identity is marked essentially by the encounter, by communion with Christ and with his Word” (The Apostles, Pope Benedict XVI).

Remembering what it was like to be a “Used-to-Be Catholic” is a mighty motivator. Remembering that there are people out there who have never really met or known Jesus in the Eucharist or who have forgotten or experienced a crisis of faith that led them to leave Him might be the motivation that you need to bring them home. Let this year of St. Paul be a year of welcoming back our brothers and sisters so that they may be “anxious about nothing” and experience the “peace of God, which transcends all understanding” (Philippians 4:6,7). With our prayers and our hearts, let us welcome them back with open arms!

Hate the Sin but Not the Sinner!

This is such a difficult line to walk. I like the way this article explains it.

As Jesus showed us by His own life, true love takes many shapes. But we are blind to too many of them. We feel comfortable with the Jesus Who cured the lepers, gave sight to the blind, healed the crippled, and brought the dead back to life. We feel at ease with the Jesus Who gathered the little children around Him and blessed them, and we are comforted by the Jesus Who forgave the most notorious sinners over and over again. We like the kindness that Jesus shows to His mother in changing the water into wine at the wedding feast, just because she asked. And we’re touched by His tenderness to her as He hung upon the Cross.

But there is another side of Jesus that makes us want to avert our eyes, because we don’t exactly know what to do with it. And that is the angry Jesus, as we see Him in today’s Gospel, casting the chiseling moneychangers out of the temple, or denouncing the hypocrisy of the religious leaders who were no leaders at all, or reprimanding Peter who wants Him to take the easy way out and run away.

We have learned to be afraid of all anger and to make no distinction between its good and bad varieties. Jesus made that distinction clear for us. Bad anger contains hate and wishes another person harm. Good anger is always aimed at behaviors, not persons. It hates the sin but not the sinner. Indeed, good anger can be for the good of those who are in the wrong, because it can wake them up — if they’re willing to listen.

Anger is a powerful tool and it can be misused so easily, but so can our inclinations toward passivity even in the face of great evils. Hate the sin, but love the sinner, and you’ll never go awry.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Friday Funny

This is on the Catholic Fire blog.

Dear fellow employees:

As the CEO of this business that employees 140 people, I have resigned myself to the fact that Barrack Obama will be our next President and that our taxes and government fees will increase in a BIG way.

To compensate for these increases I figure that the clients will have to see an increase in our fees to them of about 8% but since we cannot increase our fees right now due to the dismal state of our economy, we will have to lay off six of our employees instead. This has really been eating at me for a while, as we believe we are family here and I didn’t know how to choose who will have to go.

So, this is what I did. I strolled through our parking lot and found 6 Obama bumper stickers on our employees’ cars and have decided these folks will be the first to be laid off. I can’t think of a more fair way to approach this problem. These folks wanted change; I gave it to them.

Oh, come on, I have to get at least 1 Obama jab in now that the election is over. : )

Another great quote I came across

"I was angry at God and scared to death. Why was he allowing these terrible things to happen to me? What else was going to happen?

One of the few things that kept me from telling God where to stick it was the beauty of Catholic devotions such as the Rosary."

We all have those days when we are tired, frustrated and feel like we can't take it any more. We want to tell God to just stick it. And we can! As long as we also persevere, pray and let it go when we feel stronger. God will love us even more than he already did, which is immense. How great is our God?!

Thursday, November 20, 2008


I like this little video about confession. It's a quick, powerful reminder of why confession is so good. And, yes, it's TOUGH to go confess your weaknesses and sins! I still get very nervous, and probably always will. But that feeling of release and being right with God after confession makes it all worth it.

Your heart will tell you when it's time to go to confession, listen to it and GO!

Meditation of the day

The Word Among Us
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008

According to St. Irenaeus, “The glory of God is a human being fully alive, for our true life is the vision of God.” We catch that “vision of God” in the gospels, where we see in Christ an example of a man who truly was “fully alive.”

The gospel stories show us, for example, that it simply isn’t true that the holier we get, the more stoical and emotionless we become. Look at today’s story about Jesus weeping over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41). Here is the holiest man alive, and we see him filled with sadness and grief! Or think about the anger he showed when he drove the merchants out of the temple (John 2:13-17). So why do we sometimes fear our emotions or try to hide them?

When God made us in his image, he declared everything about us good. Yet the wound of original sin gave rise to selfishness, inordinate desires, and hostile aggression. Because of human sin, we’ve all been hurt in our search for love, and we’ve all experienced how destructive emotions can be. And so, to protect ourselves, we often build strongholds and defenses.

The problem with this strategy is that our fortresses can also keep us from the natural expression of true feelings. Kept bottled up for so long, these feelings sometimes jump out in defensive counter-attack and leave us feeling even more guilty. All the while, unhealed hurts and unmet needs remain locked up in our hearts. In the final analysis, our fortresses can leave us feeling cold, lonely, and only partially alive.

God wants to make us fully alive so that we can show the world what a healthy, balanced Christian life is like. He wants to free us to rejoice and mourn, to become angry at injustice, and to show our love for everything that is true and right and beautiful in this world. The next time you encounter a situation that provokes you to an emotional response, don’t deny your feelings or condemn yourself for not being holy enough. Instead, bring your reactions to the Lord. Ask him to purify them, and let him make you fully alive!

Monday, November 17, 2008

My album cover

Greg and Jennifer had a fun post on their blog with an internet "game" to play. I joined the fun, the above is my result. You will have to go read their blog in order to make any sense of this. : ) You really should join the fun, too, and let us know if you do!

Band name: Acanthomintha

Acanthomintha is a genus of the Lamiaceae, or mint family. The Acanthomintha genus is commonly referred to as Thornmint. There are a number of species within this genus, including the endangered species Acanthomintha duttonii. All four thornmints are native to the California Floristic Province. The origin of the genus name is from the identical Greek word meaning thornmint.

Album title: choice is makin' you

"Everything you do in life, every choice you make, has a consequence. When you do things without thinkin', then you ain't makin' the choice. The choice is makin' you." Mark Steven Johnson, Ghostrider, 2007

Friday, November 14, 2008

Friday funny—How to get the printer to work

My co-worker sent this to me. Maybe I'm just tired since it's the end of the week but this made me laugh really hard. I hope you get a good Friday laugh out of it as well. Have a great weekend! : )

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A letter from Jesus

Why are you confused and shaken by life's problems?  Leave to Me the care of your affairs and all will go well.  When you abandon yourself to Me, everything will be resolved calmly according to My designs.  Do not despair, don't pray to me excitedly as though you would want to require that I fulfill your desires.  Close the eyes of your soul and tell me calmly: JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU.
Avoid anxiety and thoughts about what may happen later.  Don't spoil My plans, wanting to impose your ideas on Me.  Let Me be God and act freely.  Abandon yourself confidently on Me, rest on Me and leave your future in My hands.  Tell Me frequently: JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU.
What hurts you the most is your reasoning and your own ideas and your desire to do things your way.  When you tell me, Jesus, I trust in You, don't be like the patient that asks the doctor to cure him but then suggests to him how to do it.  Let Me carry you in My arms, don't be afraid—I LOVE YOU.
If you think things are worsening or are becoming complicated in spite of your prayer, continue to trust.  Close the eyes of your soul and trust.  Tell Me continuously, at all times: JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU.
I need to have free hands in order to act.  Do not tie Me to your useless worry.  Satan wants just that: to agitate and disturb you, deprive you of peace.  Trust in Me alone, rest in Me, abandon yourself to Me.  I perform miracles in proportion to the abandon and trust that you have in Me.  So, do not worry: let Me have all your anguish and sleep calmly.
Tell Me always: JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU and you will see great miracles.
I promise this to you on My love.


Monday, November 10, 2008

Let's turn to St. Michael

Recently, I've been feeling very drawn to the St. Michael prayer and wasn't sure why until I came across the following information on the Human Life International website. Thanks, God!

Dear Friends,

Catholic pro-lifers naturally turn to Saint Michael, the prince of the heavenly host, in our struggle against the principalities and powers of the culture of death. Pope Leo XIII composed a magnificent prayer to Saint Michael and ordered it to be recited after the celebration of the Mass. Pope Pius XI asked the faithful to pray it for the restoration of religious freedom in Russia, and it was popularly tied to the Fatima prayer intention of the conversion of Russia whose "errors" were spreading throughout the world. Since the Soviet Union was the first country to legalize abortion, we can rightly see in the modern abortion industry an extension of the "errors" of atheistic communism.

Although no longer obligatory, since 1965, an increasing number of parishes and individuals are going back to praying to Saint Michael after Mass. Pope John Paul II himself urged the faithful in 1994 " recite it to obtain help in the battle against the forces of darkness and against the spirit of this world."

Human Life International is convinced that invoking Saint Michael's protection is necessary in the Church's victory over the satanic attacks against innocent human life that characterize our modern world. Please join us in reciting the Saint Michael Prayer with the intention of respect for human life from conception to natural death and the conversion of abortionists. We are distributing free prayer cards which can be ordered in English, Spanish, French, Italian or Portuguese. (Click here)

We also ask you to sign our petition to re-establish the universal practice of saying the Saint Michael Prayer after Mass. (Click here) It would be most appropriate for the Holy Father to ask Catholics everywhere to unite in a powerful prayer to cast out the greatest evil of our times, the slaughter of almost two billion innocent children whose blood cries out to heaven.

Saint Michael, guardian and defender of the Church of Jesus Christ, Pray for us!

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer
President, Human Life International

Saturday, November 08, 2008


This website shows a summary of what laws are allowed/denied in each state and the pro-life ranking. FOCA (see post below) would obliterate ALL of those laws that each state has voted for. That's just not right no matter how you look at it!

FOCA petition

Dear Friends,

I'm writing to let you know about a terrible piece of legislation called "The Freedom of Choice Act" (FOCA).

FOCA would establish the right to abortion as a fundamental right (like the right to free speech) and wipe away every restriction on abortion nationwide.

It will eradicate state and federal abortion laws that the majority of Americans support and prevent states from enacting similar protective measures in the future.

Please read the expert analysis by Americans United for Life (AUL) and sign the Fight FOCA petition at:

Please share this with everyone and have them sign the petition as well.

Thank you!

Friday, November 07, 2008

There is water here

Another great post (and pictures) from Jenn at the Conversion Diary blog, this time about adoration. One of the best gifts of the Catholic Church.

I am grateful to Jen for using her God given talent of writing to post articles like this that so beautifully explain the Catholic faith. And what it's like to come home to this amazing world of belief, hope and truth as an adult convert.

Since I wasn't granted the talent of writing, I love that I can link to posts like this and, hopefully, spread the word to more people.

Modern technology can be wonderful, when used properly!

Friday funny

An email forward to lighten your Friday. Who comes up with these things?

Investment tips

With all the turmoil in the market today and the collapse of Lehman Bros. and Acquisition of Merrill Lynch by Bank of America this might be some good advice. For all of you with any money left, be aware of the next expected mergers so that you can get in on the ground floor and make some BIG bucks.

Watch for these consolidations later on this year:

1. Hale Business Systems, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Fuller Brush, and W R. Grace Co. Will merge and become: Hale, Mary, Fuller, Grace. (This could be a successful merger! :)

2. Polygram Records, Warner Bros., and Zesta Crackers join forces and become: Poly Warner Cracker.

3. 3M will merge with Goodyear and become: MMMGood.

4. Zippo Manufacturing, Audi Motors, Dofasco, and Dakota Mining will merge ,and become: ZipAudiDoDa .

5. FedEx is expected to join its competitor, UPS, and become: FedUP.

6. Fairchild Electronics and Honeywell Computers will become: Fairwell Honeychild.

7. Grey Poupon and Docker Pants are expected to become: PouponPants.

8. Knotts Berry Farm and the National Organization of Women will become: Knott NOW!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

It's not over

I got this email from my friend, Will Gardner, and wanted to share it because I thought it was great and expressed some of my thoughts today. Thanks, Will!

It's not over.

Well let me first say what is. This election is history. And yes, the hope for ending abortion in this country by all intents and purposes may have been set back another decade or two.

The future aborted children didn't lose this election because God willed it, they lost it because people have free will and God has rarely ever taken that most important right of all away. If God didn't give every man free will, we wouldn't ever have needed to vote in this election..

10 plagues hit the Egyptians who enslaved the Israelites before they got a clue, and it wasn't that God screwed up on the first nine. Again, it was because God gave them free choice. But everyone will answer to God for their own Obama vote. However, let's not dwell on others, let's improve ourselves.

As long as we have lungs to breathe our duty to save unborn children is not over.

We need to make the best use of the next few years. We need to first relax, take a deep breath and pray. We need to forgive those who do not understand what an Obama presidency really will mean. We need to look at our mistakes we have made, yet not be too harsh on ourselves so we don't lose our morale. We need to learn to communicate God's will better to others. Then, after all of this, we to need fix our mistakes and work much, much harder.

Dear relatives and friends, today it feels like ground zero in my heart. But trust me, as long as we are on the side of God and the truth, it's not over.

A great quote I came across today...

...sitting here reminding myself that the Lord knows I can be stupid but loves me anyway.

Yep, I can relate! Love it!

Saturday, November 01, 2008

It's time to face the reality!

Snippets from Do you truly know what you are supporting?
By Matthew Warner

When this whole “war on terror” began we were faced with a very harsh reality on 9/11/2001. Over 3000 Americans were murdered in a single day by terrorists. It was no longer possible to ignore these threats anymore. Our entire world and lives changed due to this event. And spurred on by our compassion and spirit, we confronted them. And now we have not had another attack on our soil since.

Everyday in this country over 3000 babies are killed, but yet we don’t react the same way? Why not? I would suggest that it is because we have not been forced to face this reality. We have enjoyed our freedom to ignore it for too long

Well I’m asking you (not forcing, of course) to face this reality now - if you can. Whether you are pro-choice or pro-life, we should all be able to face the reality of what we are voting for. We each have a moral culpability for the consequences of the votes we make - whether we choose to be informed or not.

And maybe our human brains aren’t supposed to see these harsh realities. We just weren’t made for it. I agree. But, unfortunately, that’s not because we aren’t supposed to face them. It’s because stuff like that isn’t supposed to happen to humans, period.

Eduardo Verastegui, a famous actor, has released a new video. It is entitled “Dura Realidad” - Hard Reality. He talks about the issue of abortion in it. But the most stirring part is a section in the middle that shows a glimpse of the reality of abortion. What is shown very graphically here is exactly what you are voting for, or against, in this election. It is real.

I know there are other issues. I know many of these issues have hard realities of their own. But nobody can watch this video (and then multiply it by 3000 times every single day) and then say that any other issue compares. If they can, then I don’t believe they are living in reality.

(One more warning: This video has extremely graphic images. Please do not watch if you can not handle it.)

I was hesitant to even link to this video because I will no doubt be accused of trying to only shock people or scare people with it. But if the truth shocks us, it probably means that we needed to be shocked. So here is the truth: Hard Reality

P.S. I also realize that watching a video does not make abortion as much of a reality as it is for those that actually face and perform abortions. But I think it gets us a lot closer. Please continue to pray for mothers who are considering or have faced abortions and for the doctors and all of those who support abortions.