Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Where can I get some?!?!

Engrish.com had this good funny today that made me laugh. As I see it, the best place to get some happy (or, more accurately, joy and peace) is your local Catholic Church. I recommend going TODAY, I already did. : )

Happy day all!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Quote of day—Time with Jesus (and Mary)

When I spend time with Jesus — and Mary, who’s never far from her beloved Son — I open myself to the reality of presence as a spiritual connection. When I reach out my arms, forgetting that I’m all grown up now; when I let go and stop trying to do it all myself; when I humble myself and ask for help — it is then, in that moment of grace, that I feel the arms that never let go of me, that were always there. It is then that I see the loving gazes of Mother and Son (and Father!); it is then that I get a notion of the love God must have for me.

It is the delight of the ordinary, the experience of Jesus being interested in the silly little details of my life, which comes to mind when I hear the title Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament. Saint Peter Julian Eymard honored Mary with this title, pointing us to her intimate relationship to — and with — the Eucharist and reminding us of her role as a model for us. She shows us how to trust, even when we may not understand God’s plan.

From Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Ecce Homo

Behold the Man scourged, taunted, denied and crucified for us.

This is a good photo to meditate on while praying the sorrowful mysteries of the Rosary.

Drug problem

Click on the photo to enlarge and read.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Things that make you go hmmmm...

I am happy I received this email today because it made me smile. I seem to have a bad attitude the last couple of days so anything to make me smile is good. I hope it works for you also!

Spread the Stupidity

Only in America
......do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.

Only in America
......do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke.

Only in America
......do banks leave both doors open and then chain the pens to the counters.

Only in America
.....do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.

Only in America
.......do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in packages of eight.

Only in America
......do they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering.


Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?

Why don't you ever see the headline 'Psychic Wins Lottery'?

Why is 'abbreviated' such a long word?

Why is it that doctors call what they do 'practice'?

Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?

Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?

Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?

Why isn't there mouse-flavored cat food?

Why didn't Noah swat those two mosquitoes?

Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?

You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes? Why don't they make the whole plane out of that stuff?!

Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?

Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together? (This is a really good question!!!)

If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?

If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?

Now that you've smiled at least once, it's your turn to spread the stupidity and send this to someone you want to bring a smile to (maybe even a chuckle)...in other words, send it to everyone. We all need to smile every once in a while.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Christopher West on ABC Nightline

Watch the video of Christopher West talking about the Catholic teachings of sex and marriage.

Christopher also posted a few clarifications on his website:

Christopher West and the Theology of the Body Institute are pleased that a wider audience will be exposed to their work through the article posted on ABC's website and the segment which aired on ABC's Nightline. It is our hope that it will encourage people to take a deeper look at the Church’s teachings on the sacredness of human sexuality as God intends it.

In an effort to correct any editorial comments which may appear misleading, the following few points will help clarify the actual teaching of The Theology of the Body:

Christopher West is not a sex therapist. He is a Catholic educator, author, lecturer, and faculty member of the Theology of the Body Institute. The TOB Institute is an educational organization and does not engage in sex therapy.

John Paul II's Theology of the Body is intended for every human being,regardless of his or her state in life and regardless of what sexual tendencies one might experience in this fallen world. The TOB povides not only a vision of God's glorious plan for human sexuality and married love, but a vision of what it means to be human and what it means to love in the image and likeness of God.

From beginning to end, Sacred Scripture unfolds a glorious love story, a story about the "marriage" between God and humanity, Christ and the Church. By inviting men and women to particpate in this love, Scripture shows us the "path of love" -- including the path for spouses in their sexual intimacy. However, in a cultural climate fixated on the mechanics of sex rather than on authentic marital love, to describe the Bible as the "ultimate sex guide" can be misleading. It is certainly a guide to love, and, indeed, to the "ultimate" love: the love revealed in Christ.

The Song of Songs presents an unabashed biblical celebration of the chaste love of a husband and wife, including multiple references to the intimacies of "tasting" the goodness of the other. To construe this as an endorsement for "oral sex" (as the culture uses that term) can be more than misleading. Please see Christopher West's book Good News About Sex and Marriage (chapter 5) for the full context of his answer to this question.

The Song of Songs is of great importance to a proper understanding of Christianity. Indeed, the saints and mystics of the Catholic tradition have written more commentaries on the Song of Songs than any other book in the Bible. It is in the very center of the Bible for a reason. Calling it the "centerfold" in Scripture, Christopher intends to redeem the common understanding of the word "centerfold," which is usually associated in popular culture with pornography. In no way is it meant to compare the sacredness of the Song of Songs with the distortions of pornography.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Only those who give up their own life find it

Day after day it is necessary to learn that I do not possess my life for myself. Day by day I must learn to abandon myself; to keep myself available for whatever he, the Lord, needs of me at a given moment, even if other things seem more appealing and more important to me: it means giving life, not taking it. It is in this very way that we experience freedom: freedom from ourselves, the vastness of being. In this very way, by being useful, in being a person whom the world needs, our life becomes important and beautiful. Only those who give up their own life find it. Let us entrust ourselves to Jesus the True Shepherd.

              POPE BENEDICT XVI

From Magnificat, May 3rd reflection.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Friday Fun: Cat in the box

Just.too.cute! My old lady cat has no energy for such fun foolishness anyomore. : )

Have a great weekend, all.