May 7, 2014

Our Lady of Czestochowa saves babies

Our area of the woods has been blessed this week to have Our Lady of Czestochowa with us.
I went to visit the image in a local parish close by and learned many things about this wonderful gift to our Church. I knew very little about the history of Our Lady of Czestochowa, but one of the more interesting tidbits I found is that Catholic tradition places St Luke as the artist who painted the image.

While I have seen images online of the cross in the sky below, thinking maybe they were photoshopped, this was forwarded to me by people I trust, people that would have no reason to lie or make up something like this.

This is the only abortion mill open locally and many great things have been happening here although there are still over 3000 abortions performed here a year.

The comments below were on an email we received from a friend....

As we were praying the Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy with Fr. West yesterday, we noticed that there was an almost perfect cross in the sky, apparently from a jet, right above the abortion center. In addition, two mothers chose life for their unborn children yesterday. Thank you Mother Mary for this special grace. Our Lady of Czestochowa pray for us. 











“And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky” 
Matt 24:30 Blessings, Ed along with a magnificent sign from God . . . NEVER CEASE PRAYING!  

Apr 30, 2014

Live life like it's Lent

Sorry for this Lenten reflection during the joyous Easter season….I tried to get it finished before now but life happens…. Since I seem to be working my life away right now, my Lenten thoughts sometimes cross over between my work and home/personal life. Such was the case today when I was thinking about how crazy busy were are at work and all the wasted resources that we are using because of being so busy. We would not functioning and following correct procedures as we normally would. We are doing what we have to, right or wrong, to make sure our orders get out to the customers. We are trying to clean up “messes” after the fact. Sometimes, we just have to write off things as a loss…..”haste makes waste” as the saying goes and I’m a firm believer in that. Our Lenten season can be like that also. In our busy ordinary times of the year, we may sacrifice whatever we need, in order to get the kids to their ball games, dance recitals, teen activities, ect. We may spend money we don’t really have to buy the latest and greatest gadgets; to replace furniture, applicances or even a car that we could probably live with for a while longer. We spend more time and energy (and sometimes money), than we have. But, do we make the same kind of sacrifices to go to confession or make it to Mass on time? During Lent, it seems like we strive harder to go to daily Mass or at least a morning Mass on Saturday. We might pray at the abortion clinic or work in the food kitchen to feed the poor. We give up sweets, miss a meal or not eat out for dinner. We live our lives on the bare minimum. Jesus and the Apostles lived on the “bare minimum” throughout their journeys. The disciples were sent to preach the Gospel they were told to “Take nothing for the journey,* neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money, and let no one take a second tunic. Living to spread the Gospel and help others in their needs. If we ran our lives, our families, our businesses, our Government, our spiritual and moral lives, like our Lenten season; on the bare minimum, watching every little detail of our lives, I think everyone could live more fulfilling lives.

Apr 5, 2014

40 Days for Life Campaign

If you haven't already, please make sure you get out to your local abortion "clinic" and be a part of the
40 Days for Life Campaign.http://www.40daysforlife.com/
There are many reasons to participate, but some people find so many excuses not to.
It may take you out of your comfort zone; it may be raining, snowing or just plain freezing cold on your day.You may be scorned, ridiculed or (one of the most popular that I have seen), shown that you are
#1 in peoples book.

But, to put the truth in perspective, you are trying to save babies lives and help a mother not to ruin her life. She is a mother already if she is trying to get an abortion. The baby is a baby already if the mother is trying to get an abortion.
You are doing Gods work by trying to share the Gospel of life.

If those aren't enough reasons, here are some more concerning the mother that gets an abortion;

Symptoms of Post-Abortion Trauma

Bouts of crying
Depression
Guilt
Inability to forgive yourself
Intense grief / sadness
Anger / rage
Emotional numbness
Sexual problems or promiscuity
Eating disorders
Lowered self esteem
Drug and alcohol abuse
Nightmares and sleep disturbances
Suicidal urges
Difficulty with relationships
Anxiety and panic attacks
Flashbacks
Multiple abortions
Pattern of repeat crisis pregnancy
Discomfort around babies or pregnant women
Fear / ambivalence of pregnancy 
Please contact Silent No More Awareness at 1-800-707-6635
  • Silent No More reaches out to people hurt after abortion, encouraging them to attend abortion after-care programs. Invite those who are ready to break the silence by speaking the truth about abortion's negative consequences and the path to healing.
  • We educate the public that abortion is harmful emotionally, physically and spiritually to women, men and families, so that it becomes unacceptable for anyone to recommend abortion as a 'fix' for a problem pregnancy.
  • We share our personal testimonies of hurt and healing to help others avoid the pain of abortion.
 

Sep 18, 2013

The anatomy of a sin

Here is an awesome breakdown of a sin in process. I think we can all look back on a sin we have committed and relate to this. The sin doesn’t even have to be a mortal sin; even venial sins fall into this arrangement.
Thanks to, Servant of God, Fulton J. Sheen for this;

Eve looks at the forbidden fruit; it is beautiful to behold. More and more she turns herself from the voice and thought of God to the fragrancy and imagined sweetness of the forbidden fruit. The lingering thought passes into a vivid imagination, the vivid imagination into a burning wish, the burning wish into a half-formed purpose, the half-formed purpose into a hasty act. Swiftly the crisis is upon her, as all such crises are, and the deed was done irrevocably until time shall be no more.

I bet if we could conform our wills to God’s will, and follow the same process (of course replacing the sin part with virtue) we can beat sin every time.
I am thinking it would look something like this;

Eve looks at the forbidden fruit; it is beautiful to behold. More and more she turns herself to the voice and thought of God from the fragrancy and God given sweetness of the forbidden fruit. The lingering thought passes from a vivid imagination, the vivid imagination into an offering up to God, the burning wish into a prayer for strength, prayer for strength, into a moment of prayer of thanksgiving for the Lords help in turning from the temptation. Swiftly the crisis is adverted and the deed was not done.

….what a wonderful world it would be….

Sep 4, 2013

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Jul 31, 2013

Homosexuality in the local parks

In the battle for morality, especially concerning homosexuality, the media plays an important part in public opinion. Of course, they have their liberal spin on things.

Well, a situation in our neck of the woods caught my eye in the local news: http://www.wave3.com/story/22869380/jcps-teacher-among-6-charged-for-sexual-encounters-in-parks

First the rest area's weren't safe, now the local parks. We already know the public schools aren't safe.

We are told that homosexuality is not harmful to society, but those of us who are not blinded by media bias know better.

Since I like to use the media against itself, I am glad that they printed this comment for an officer involved.
"Families, children, people that were seeing these events and they contacted us directly," said Officer Jim Schreck of Indiana DNR."

So, if homosexuality is so acceptable to lawmakers, why is there public outcry when things like this happen? I'm sure there would be a public outcry against a married man and woman if they were being lewd in public, but I'm not seeing those stories on the news. My point is, immorality shouldn't be acceptable anywhere; but I am predicting that as homosexuality and other disordered preferences in human behavior are being accepted as "the norm", there will be a concern and rise in crime among the general public. It continues to prove my point that Christians are not the "crazy, violent, intolerant" homophobes that the media would portray. We have faith, we have reason, we have the truth. Society will continue to follow the lies of the media unless we Christians step out of our comfort zone and engage them with the message of Jesus Christ.

Jul 26, 2013

GO POPE FRANCIS, YOU REBEL!

While looking at the local news stories online to see what rubbish was being tossed to the public currently, I came across this headline;

“Rebel pope urges Catholics to shake up dioceses”

So, of course being curious (and a glutton for punishment), I went ahead and read the article.
WHAT made Pope Francis so radical?
Well evidently he…
“urged young Catholics to shake up the church and make a "mess" in their dioceses by going out into the streets to spread the faith. “

OH MY GOODNESS, NOT THAT!!!

Anarchy is right around the corner.
We can’t have Catholics (especially young Catholics) spreading the faith.
What is this world coming to?

Sarcasm aside, this was an awesome message that of course the media tried to do their normal “spin” on; but I think it flopped…IMO.

The article went on to state “Francis was elected pope on a mandate to reform the church”.
REALLY? Hmmmm

What they presenting is a false hope for cafeteria Catholics and Church “reformers”; those who want more married priests and women priests and whatever else ticks them off about Catholic Church teachings they don’t agree with.

Didn’t they see what happened the last time they “hoped” for “change”?
I think this hope and change is also going to be not what they wanted…but I think it will be what they need.

Pope Francis is continuing on with PJP II’s call for a new evangelization and Benedict XVI’s call for charity, making the way for the re-Christianization for our lost brothers and sisters in the world.

Faith, hope and love in Jesus is the message the world needs to hear.
Truth. Charity and love of our neighbor is going to bring the peace the world needs.

I think that is what Pope Francis is wanting his flock to be.

Jun 17, 2013

The Catholic Church knows best

Nathan said to David:

“Thus says the LORD God of Israel: ‘I anointed you king of Israel.
I rescued you from the hand of Saul.
I gave you your lord’s house and your lord’s wives for your own.
I gave you the house of Israel and of Judah.And if this were not enough, I could count up for you still more.
Why have you spurned the Lord and done evil in his sight?
You have cut down Uriah the Hittite with the sword; you took his wife as your own, and him you killed with the sword of the Ammonites.
Now, therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah to be your wife.’
Then David said to Nathan,
“I have sinned against the LORD.”
Nathan answered David:
“The LORD on his part has forgiven your sin: you shall not die.”

Once again, the Catholic Church knows best.
In this past Sunday readings, we have yet another example of a Catholic sacrament: Penance or Confession. A sacrament that many Catholics are not using often enough....

Even though Nathan has to "prompt" David into making the confession, King David does confess his sin, and seems truely repentant.
Then the Lord gives him absolution through the ministry of Nathan.
Of course King David's "penance" is a lot harsher than anything we will probably experience, but, the Lord brought him through it and now King David is (I believe) basking in the glory of God for eternity. 

May the Lord bring us all to confession regularly so that he may make us all saints and one day bask in the great glory of God!

May 9, 2013

2013 Kentucky Catholic Homeschool Conference

It's that time of the year again!!!!
If you live in Kentucky or are going to be in Louisville from out of town, please stop by and see us.

Calling All Families!


Dr. Greg Popcak, best selling author of Parenting With Grace and well known Christian Pastoral Counselor, is our keynote speaker for Friday June 7th! Other wonderful speakers attending the 2013 Kentucky Catholic Homeschool Conference include Maureen Wittman, Paul Schaeffer, Brigadier General Patrick J. Dolan, Steve Bertucci,and Dr. Mark Ginter.

Check out the Special Needs talks, Teen Track and list of Vendors

Check out our teen events! Space is limited for teen events so register now!

You do not have to be a catholic, homeschooling parent to appreciate these fantastic talks on faith, love and spirituality! Special discounted pricing available. Everyone is welcome! Help us spread the
word!!

www.louisvillecatholichomeschooling.com

Mar 14, 2013

Welcome our new Holy Father, Pope Francis!




  • Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, was Archbishop of Buenos Aires.
  • He is a Jesuit and is 76yrs old. The first Jesuit Pope ever.
  • Pope Francis, Jorge Bergoglio, was born in Buenos Aires, one of the five children of an Italian railway worker and his wife.
  • Bergoglio is the first Pope from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than 1,000 years.
  • He was created and proclaimed Cardinal by Blessed John Paul II in the consistory of 21 February 2001, of the Title of S. Roberto Bellarmino (St. Robert Bellarmine).
  • He has lived for more than 50 years with one functioning lung. He had the other removed as a youngster because of an infection.
  • He told Argentineans not to travel to Rome to celebrate if he was appointed but to give their money to the poor instead.
May God Bless our new Papa!!!!!!!!
Please pray for him and our Church.

    Feb 21, 2013

    ....more Ash Wednesday apologetics....


    The Wednesday after Quinquagesima Sunday, which is the first day of the Lenten fast.
    The name dies cinerum (day of ashes) which it bears in the Roman Missal is found in the earliest existing copies of the Gregorian Sacramentary and probably dates from at least the eighth century. (from http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01775b.htm)



    Don’t ask me why, but for some reason I did a search for “Ash Wednesday Services” on my web browser. I already knew where I was going to Mass so why I did it, WHO KNOWS?

    Anyway, it was funny (or not), that most of the churches listed first were: Lutheran, Episcopalian, Presbyterian and even one Baptist church.
    EVERYTHING except for Catholic Churches......

    Now, how can all these other churches be having Ash Wednesday Services when the distribution of ashes started in the Catholic Church around the 8th century?
    Their churches weren’t even around till the 1500’s…….

    If they truly know that all these rituals came from Catholic tradition, and they bash the Catholic Church for being “ritualistic”, doesn’t that make them hypocrites?

    Why would you go to a wannabe church that has the distribution of ashes; that has “communion”; that has “confession” but they do not have the Apostolic succession with the authority to carry out these “rituals” given to them by the Lord God Himself?

    If the Catholic Church has always had these “rituals” and your church hasn’t, don’t you think you should investigate more fully why you are not going to the ONE, HOLY, CATHOLIC AND APOSTOLIC CHURCH?

    If your church is making false accusations about the Catholic Church, why would you want to be a part of that hypocrisy?

    There is no perfect church because there are no perfect people, but there is only one Church founded by Jesus himself.
    That is the Catholic Church.

    Happy Lent!

    Feb 13, 2013

    Ash Wednesday apologetics

    Jesus said to his disciples:

    “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them;otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.----Matthew 6;1


    While today's readings for the Mass focus on our sinfulness and our need for our Saviour Jesus Christ, something else caught my eye. I noticed that today's Gospel reading is a great apologetic for the "faith vs. works" debate. Of course as Catholics, we believe that we need both, that they are one in the same. We don't separate them as the Protestants do.   Just the first line of the chapter states that "you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father" if we do not do righteous deeds (good works) for the right reason; for the love of God and neighbor. That tells me that there is some kind of recompense (reward) for good works.

    That doesn't mean that we can "work our way into Heaven" as our misguided Protestant friends accuse us of, but it does give more evidence that we must have both to live out the Christian faith in it's fullness as the Catholic Church teaches.


    Jan 21, 2013

    All show, no go.......


    President Barack Obama to use two Bibles for oath

    The sad part is, he doesn’t believe, at least in his actions, neither one of them.
    True hypocrisy………
    America will reap what he sows.

    HIDE YOUR SCISSORS!


    Look out!

    Start hording your scissors because the government is coming after them!!!!

    OK, this may be silly and I do not wish to make light of the recent shooting tragedies in our country. My heart goes out to all those who suffered loss especially of their children.

    As a father of 5 (soon to be 6), I can assure you that I would be the first outraged and possibly the saddest of all if anything happened to one of my children. I can’t imagine…….

    But, when our elected officials make a “knee-jerk” reaction as they are making, American’s need to step back from the media frenzy and use common sense. There is real proof that gun control is not the answer.

    There is real proof that maximum penalties for gun use in crimes is a great deterrent.
    Guns aren’t’ the only weapons out there. Just look at what happened in 2001. AIRPLANES were used to kill about 3000 people.

    Did the government outlaw airplanes? NO!!!!
    That would be crazy!

    They tightened the security and started paying attention to the safety of the passengers.

    What has our President done to thwart future attacks on the public especially our schools and daycares, our malls and sports arena’s?

    What has our states done on the local levels?

    Are our schools any safer now than they were before the shootings in Sandy Hook?

    I believe that is where we should be focusing our attention, not in stomping on our Constitutional rights.

    I am not a gun owner (yet) although I am feeling like I may have to become one thanks to our government. I know many other people like myself that were not gun owners before the “knee-jerks” in Washington, but now they are.

    So our government officials think this was a good idea?

    Extremism is not what this country was founded on. We have truly lost our way.

    We have taken God out of our schools, our politics and even some out of their religion, but when something goes wrong where do people go to find help, to find peace?

    Back to God.

    Jan 9, 2013

    InPRIVATE browsing

    What is in-private browsing?

    Why do we need in-private browsing?
    “InPrivate Browsing enables you to surf the web without leaving a trail in Internet Explorer. This helps prevent anyone else who might be using your computer from seeing where you visited and what you looked at on the web.” (from Microsoft.com)

    Until the other day when I was looking up how to disable it on our computer, I was thinking that the only reasons to use it were;
    1) Porn
    2) Getting your spouse a secret gift.

    As I investigated disabling this feature (which is on most newer browsers including IE8 and Firefox), there was a mention of not being able to have your personal information left on public computers.

    Fair enough, but really, is it worth it to open the door of pornography or anything else that our children shouldn’t be exposed to for the sake of convenience or privacy?
    Privacy is very important for your personal information so why would you go on a public computer and take the risk?
    If someone wants your information bad enough, they will get it anyway.

    Why can’t the web designers come up with programs that make our children (or personal information) safer on the internet instead of continuing to put these temptations in front of them (us)?

    We adults on the other hand have the duty to make sure that our children are safe and that we ourselves don’t use new technology for evil either.

    My word of advice is to find out how to permanently delete this feature off your computer before temptation comes knocking on your web browser.

    I have found that all browsers having this feature have an easy way to turn it off, but your computer savvy teen will find that fix in no time.
    Permanently disabling this feature is the challenge. Some ways are easier than others. Do a good and exhaustive search before attempting any of it though.
    I just read that IE8 will disable this feature if the parental controls are set correctly but I have not tested that theory yet.

    Another piece of good advice that I heard in a talk the other day is;

    “Never go to the store, watch tv or surf the net without a specific goal in mind”.

    I think the old saying “idle hands is the devils workshop” is the thought on this advice.

    Dec 4, 2012

    Happy Advent/Merry Christmas!!!

    "Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap."  Luke 21;34

    In a time when we are supposed to be doing penitential rituals and practices, we are instead doing the opposite.

    We are out shopping, hoping not to be mauled in the violence of “black Friday” or missing the “great deals” of Cyber Monday. Instead of downsizing our lives, we are just collecting more stuff and deepening our debt.

    We forget about the debt we owe to Jesus, the “reason for the season”.
    The debt he paid for us without charging us any interest fee.

    Just for the record, I am not really opposed to the gift giving although it has become out of hand.

    In a discussion with my family at dinner time, I was faced with the argument that the magi brought Jesus gifts, which I fumbled through with a quick but not so satisfying answer.

    Well, as the Lord would have it, a better answer came along in something I read a few days later. The writer of the article asked the question, “how many presents did you buy for Jesus this year”?.
    I’m betting that there is nothing under most people’s Christmas trees for Jesus.

    Jesus gave us the greatest gift of all, the gift of salvation, but all we give to Him is our selfishness, our greed, our lack of piety.

    Let us all make a commitment starting this year, that among the hustle and bustle of our future Christmas’s, that we do not forget to give Jesus a Christmas present…..the gift of ourselves to His will, to reign with Him in Heaven.

    He has done His part, now let us do ours.

    Oct 15, 2012

    Gardasil warning

    Catechism of The Catholic Church;  2399 The regulation of births represents one of the aspects of responsible fatherhood and motherhood. Legitimate intentions on the part of the spouses do not justify recourse to morally unacceptable means (for example, direct sterilization or contraception).


    I pray that one day the world will  stop accusing the Church and investigate why she teaches what
    she does. What a wonderful world it would be....


    Can Gardasil cause sterility? A case from Australia reported in the British Medical Journal raises the possibility that the vaccine, which has been given to millions of young girls around the world, may in some cases cause “ovarian failure.”
    Teenage Girl Becomes Infertile after Gardasil Vaccination
    by Steven Mosher and Elizabeth Crnkovich

    Gardasil has been controversial from the beginning. While other vaccines protect against diseases spread by casual contact, Gardasil was developed to protect against a sexually transmitted disease called Human Papilloma Virus or HPV. Merck & Co., the manufacturer, has been very effective at lobbying governments around the world to make the vaccine mandatory for school attendance. Despite the frequent objections of doctors and parents, it has been administered to tens of millions of 11- and 12-year-old young girls around the world.

    Now comes the case of a 16-year-old Australian girl who suffered "premature ovarian failure" after receiving Gardasil. Her ovaries have shut down, her eggs have been destroyed, and she will never be able to have children.

    Dr. Deirdre Little, the Australian physician who treated the girl, has published a complete account in the British Medical Journal. (BMJ Case Reports 2012; doi:10.1136/bcr-2012-006879) Her report explains that the girl's menstrual cycles were regular until she received the Gardasil vaccination in the Fall of 2008. By January 2009, her cycle had become irregular. Over the course of the next two years, her menses became increasingly scant and irregular, until by 2011, she had ceased menstruating altogether.

    Early menopause is highly unusual. In this case, the girl was in excellent health, and had no family or personal medical history that could explain this premature menopause. Her first effort to obtain medical assistance for her amenorrhoea resulted in the doctor advising her to take oral contraceptives. Had she agreed, such drugs would have masked the problem and most likely the possible cause as well. But she declined.

    It should be noted that many young girls are told, as she was, to take oral contraceptives as an antidote to what is called in the medical field, oligomenorrhoea, which means infrequent or very light menstruation. Most probably take their physician's advice, which means that there may be many more cases of "premature ovarian failure" than we now know, since the contraceptives mask the symptoms.

    In the Australian case, after testing the levels of numerous hormones, and the function of various internal organs, the girl was diagnosed by Dr. Little as having "premature ovarian failure", which is defined as "the presence of menopausal gonadotrophin levels in association with over 3 months of amenorrhoea or oligomenorrhoea before age 40 years." Further testing confirmed that all of her eggs—every last one—were dead. She was and is totally and irrevocably infertile.

    This case was reported to the local vaccine manufacturer in Australia, called the Therapeutic Goods Administration, to find out what they knew about the vaccine's effect on a woman's reproductive system. Very little, it turned out. The TGA had records of various tests on rat testes, but no records of the effect of the vaccine on rat ovaries.

    It is very rare for a healthy 16-year-old girl to go through menopause. It is also a personal tragedy of the first order, one that will only grow in magnitude as she marries and yearns to start a family.

    While Dr. Little could not confirm that Gardasil caused the destruction of the girl's reproductive system, she was able to rule out all other possible causes. The circumstantial evidence implicating Gardasil is strong.

    The world has just celebrated what the U.N. has designated as the "International Day of the Girl Child." In the resolution announcing this day last December, the General Assembly stated that it "Invites all Member States, relevant organizations of the United Nations system and other international organizations, as well as civil society, to observe the International Day of the Girl Child, and to raise awareness of the situation of girls around the world." (emphasis added) The resolution talks of empowering women, enabling them to make decisions, supporting them, recognizing their human rights, and ending discrimination.

    Tens of millions of young girls have received the Gardasil vaccine since its approval by the FDA six years ago. If even a tiny fraction of them have experienced infertility as a result, then these "girl children" have been denied a very fundamental right, that is, the right to decide how many children they want to have.

    In the case of the Australian girl the effect is irreversible. She has lost an integral part of her womanhood, while still but a child. Women deserve better.











    Oct 5, 2012

    NJ teachers had sexual relations with students, colleagues covered it up……

    Big news story breaking. Just type it in a search engine for the details but as a summary; the story is that 3 male teachers had sexual relations and misconduct with female students.


    But, if that is not bad enough, this is something that other teachers and I’m sure other students knew about, but they kept it secret.

    So, the government puts in place sexual education for students, now all the way down to the earliest years of grade school; and we have numerous cases of sexual abuse in school.

    The government takes God and prayer out of schools; and mass killings and sexual abuse are rampant in these same schools.

    I know that Americans are not THAT stupid.

    They may “turn a blind eye” as the news story states, but surely even those that wish to be “blind” can see the correlation with all that is going on.

    Wake up America!!!

    The next victim could be your son, your daughter, your sister or yourself.

    Take a stand, step away from the herd mentality and yell FIRE in this crowded room called America before it is too late; Before your sentimentality leaves you picking up the pieces of a broken life.

    Aug 15, 2012

    The "tolerant" become more intolerant

    A very sad and disturbing story is breaking right now.
    Read more here http://www.lifenews.com/2012/08/15/security-guard-shot-at-pro-life-groups-dc-headquarters/

    Let's see if Obama visits the FRC security guard in the hospital or demonizes the individual whom done the shooting.
    I am betting not.

    Please pray for all involved.

    Aug 13, 2012

    Homosexuals, why special privileges?

    Now, before I start, let me just state that I lived as a secular wild child for almost 30yrs of my life. So before someone whines that I'm some over zealous Christian wingnut, please understand that I am not condemning, just trying to get a point across. I am not unknowing about worldly things by any stretch of the imagination.
    Just as homosexuals and their sympathizers feel that their lifestyles and their own personage is being attacked, so do we Christians (especially us Catholics). We feel our faith and our families are in danger.

    So, in loving charity I would like to know; why does the homosexual community and their sympathizers think they should have special privileges concerning marriage?
    Just because they have sexual intercourse?

    What about a pair of good friends, childhood friends, whom have grown up together and have become roommates or housemates?
    Why shouldn't they have the same benefits as married couples?
    They love one another (emotionally and platonically), but they don't have sexual intercourse. Should they be discriminated against just because they don't want sexual intercourse with each other?
    They don't have to have to get physical to show their love....maybe just a hug would do.

    That to me is the biggest difference between a loving friendship and being homosexual. I know there are other reasons that homosexuals would argue over, but the fact is, that homosexuals are of the same sex and they love each other but in a disordered way.

    Then, you have all the lies perpetrated by the homosexual community and their sympathizers such as the web site http://www.whymarriagematters.org/pages/just-the-facts.

    The statement "No religion would be forced to marry same-sex couples, or recognize same-sex marriage within the context of their religious beliefs." has already been proven to be a lie.
    Homosexual activists along with President Obama and his administration are always ready to pounce on
    anyone that stands up against their forced agenda.

    There are already cases being discussed and decided upon....
    http://www.redstatereport.com/2012/01/gay-marriage-forced-on-churchs/

    Homosexuals are usually the ones that resort to violence or hate speech in their protests.
     
    So, in a society that wants "tolerance" why does marriage matter?

    Why not let anyone marry anyone or anything?
    Why not let Chester marry his parakeet?......that would be the tolerant thing to do.
    But, not everyone in favor of gay marriage is for that. Hence, there goes someone else who will be discriminated against.
    Where will it end?....our country in chaos I suspect.

    Next

    You have the health risks that living the homosexual lifestyle brings. Sure, immorality between heterosexual couples is also a risk and I don't condone that either, but how many elderly homosexuals have you seen? There are great risks in homosexual intercourse.
    There is great danger in putting bodily "fluids" where they are not supposed to be. Any medical textbook teaches that.

    But, if you do marriage the right way, staying chaste for your future spouse, and they do the same, the benefits are tremendous. Not monetary, but in the happiness of life, of love and in eternity.
    So, what is marriage?
    Let's let the USCCB tell us in their wisdom;

    Marriage is a lifelong partnership of the whole of life, of mutual and exclusive fidelity, established by mutual consent between a man and a woman, and ordered towards the good of the spouses and the procreation of offspring....
    AND
    Marriage is not merely a private institution, however. It is the foundation for the family, where children learn the values and virtues that will make good Christians as well as good citizens.
    The importance of marriage for children and for the upbringing of the next generation highlights the importance of marriage for all society.


    There are many, many other issues that homosexuals and their advocates will bring up (such as "not all marriages bring forth life") but there are many, many other websites that deal with those specific issues and can do a much better job of explaining them than I can. I'm only a lowly blogger hoping to help someone along their journey to the deeper mysteries of the truth of life and our culture and why I believe what I do.

    May 30, 2012

    Parents of special needs children beware!

    From ParentalRights.org

    ALERT: CRC End-Around Now in the Senate!


    We have sounded the alarm about the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child, which would take away parental rights if it were ratified. With your support we have secured 37 cosponsors on SR99 to make sure that ratification never takes place.
    But the current administration has introduced an end-around called the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). President Obama sent this treaty to the Senate for ratification on May 18, 2012. Like the CRC, the CRPD would seriously curtail the right of parents to direct the upbringing of their children, though under CRPD it is mostly the parents of special needs children who would be affected.

    CRPD calls for numerous protections for people with disabilities. Many of these protections are included in U.S. law as part of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). However, CRPD also includes numerous provisions drafted by the United Nations which would concern many U.S. citizens. Like the CRC and CEDAW, if ratified, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities would become the supreme law of the land under the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause in Article VI, would trump state laws, and would be used as binding precedent by state and federal judges. Since it is a treaty, the U.S. Constitution requires that it must be ratified by two-thirds of the U.S. senators present at the time of the vote, or 67 senators if all 100 U.S. senators were present.


    Ten Specific Problems with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    1. Any remaining state sovereignty on the issue of disability law will be entirely eliminated by the ratification of this treaty. The rule of international law is that the nation-state that ratifies the treaty has the obligation to ensure compliance. This gives Congress total authority to legislate on all matters regarding disability law—a power that is substantially limited today. Article 4(5) makes this explicit.

    2. Article 4(1)(a) demands that all American law on this subject be conformed to the standards of the UN.

    3. Article 4(1)(e) remands that “every person, organization, or private enterprise” must eliminate discrimination on the basis of disability. On its face, this means that every home owner would have to make their own home fully accessible to those with disabilities. If the UN wants to make exceptions, perhaps they could. But, on its face this is the meaning of the treaty.

    4. Article 4(1)(e) also means that the legal standard for the number of handicapped spaces required for parking at your church will be established by the UN—not your local government or your church.

    5. Article 4(2) requires the United States to use its maximum resources for compliance with these standards. The UN has interpreted similar provisions in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to criticize nations who spend too much on military issues and not enough on social programs. There is every reason to believe that the UN would interpret these provisions in a similar fashion. The UN believes that it has the power to determine the legitimacy and lawfulness of the budget of the United States to assess compliance with such treaties.

    6. Article 6(2) is a backdoor method of requiring the United States to comply with the general provisions of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. This treaty enshrines abortion rights, homosexual rights, and demands the complete disarmament of all people.

    7. Article 7(2) advances the identical standard for the control of children with disabilities as is contained in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This means that the government—acting under UN directives—gets to determine for all children with disabilities what the government thinks is best.
    Additionally, under current American law, federal law requires public schools to offer special assistance to children with disabilities. However, no parent is required to accept such assistance. Under this section the government—and not the parent—would have the ultimate authority to determine if a child with special needs will be homeschooled, attend a private school, or be required to accept the program offered by the public school.

    8. The United States, as a wealthy nation, would be obligated to fund disability programs in nations that could not afford their own programs under the dictates of Article 4(2). This is what “the framework of international cooperation” means.

    9. Article 15’s call for a ban on “inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment” is the exact same language used in the UN CRC which has been authoritatively interpreted to ban any spanking by parents. It should be noted that Article 15 is not limited to persons with disabilities. It says “no one shall be subjected to ….” This means that spanking will be banned entirely in the United States.

    10. Article 25 on Education does not repeat the parental rights rules of earlier human rights treaties such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights or the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. This is an important omission. Coupling this omission with the direct declaration of “the best interest of the child” standard in Article 7(2), this convention is nothing less than the complete eradication of parental rights regarding the education of children with disabilities.

    In light of this threat to parental rights, we implore you to contact your U.S. senators and urge them to oppose this dangerous treaty. You can call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for them by name, or you can find their direct DC number by clicking on your state at ParentalRights.org/States.

    Michael Farris
    President
    ParentalRights.org

    P.S. - Between the imminent introduction of the Parental Rights Amendment in Congress and this immediate threat being raised in the Senate, our resources are being stretched. Please take a moment now to make a generous donation to support our continuing efforts as we protect your parental rights. We cannot win this struggle without you!

    May 17, 2012

    Thomas Merton on this site, really?

    I am always hesitant to put Thomas Merton on this blog due to the fact that he ended up causing great scandal to his Order and to the Catholic Church, but I do believe that he did write some marvelous works before his fall, so please forgive me for this.
    These 2 snippets are from his book "No Man Is an Island" and I find them as relevant today as they were back in 1955 when the book was written.

    The Church understands human love far better and more profoundly than modern man, who thinks he knows all about it. The Church knows well that to frustrate the creative purpose of human generation is to confess a love that is insincere. It is insincere because it is less than human, even less than animal. Love that seeks only to enjoy and not to create is not even a shadow of love. It has no power. The psychological impotence of our enraged generation must be traced to the overwhelming accusation of insincerity which ever man and woman has to confront, in the depths of his own soul, when he seeks to love merely for his own pleasure. A love that fears to have children for any motive whatever is a love that fears love. It is divided against itself. It is a lie and contradiction. The very nature of love demands that it's own creative fulfillment should be sought in spite of every obstacle. Love, even human love, is stronger than death.
    Therefore, it is even more obvious that true love is stronger than poverty or hunger or anguish. And yet the men of our time do not love with enough courage to risk even discomfort or inconvenience.
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    How is it that our comfortable society has lost its sense of the value of truthfulness?
    Life has become so easy that we think we can get along without telling the truth.....
    .......If  living were a little more precarious, and if a person who could not be trusted found it more difficult to get along with other men, we would not deceive ourselves and one another so carelessly.
    But the whole world has learned to deride veracity or to ignore it. Half the civilized world makes a living by telling lies. Advertising, propaganda, and all the other forms of publicity that have taken the place of truth have taught men to take it for granted that they can tell other people whatever they like provided that it sounds plausible and evokes some kind of shallow emotional response.

    May 8, 2012

    Blessed are the pure in heart


    Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God….

    I have always placed this, the 6th Beatitude, in the context of more at the end of our lives, even more so after we have died.

    After watching my 2 girls as babies and toddlers, I am convinced that it can also be applied to the beginning of our lives. Not that it can’t be placed at anytime in our lives, but the middle years, with all that we become inundated with in life, makes being pure hearted very difficult.

    Ever since the girls were old enough to be able to notice the world around them, there have been moments when they just look into the sky and smile and have a peaceful presence about them. They point, they laugh but I never see what they see.

    They have always had a joy at seeing a statue or picture of Jesus, Mary or any of the saints.

    Even now, no matter how much our 9 month old may be crying and upset, I can walk over by our statue of the Divine Child Jesus and she will calm down and even laugh with joy….it is truly amazing.

    I have always thought that babies and toddlers can see the invisible world, the world that the rest of us cannot see, glimpses of Heaven. I believe that truly the pure in heart can see God, not only when we get to Heaven, but here on this earth.



    Apr 3, 2012

    Kentucky Catholic Homeschool Conference

    Please come see us at the "2012 Veritas! Catholic Homeschool Conference".

    If you currently homeschool or thinking about it or are just curious to see if homeschoolers are a little weird, like they are stereotyped to be, please come see for yourself.

    Oh, did I mention that Archbishop of Louisville, Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D. will be one of the speakers?
    That's right, Vice-President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and staunch defender of traditional marriage,  Archbishop Kurtz is always wonderful to listen to.


    WHY FAMILY???

    Want to find out?
    Please visit (our favorite Priest friend) website....

    http://www.whyfamily.com/

    Mar 22, 2012

    Babies Saved in Louisville

    Here is some GREAT NEWS from the fruits of the 40 DAYS FOR LIFE vigil;

    I'm so excited to share this news with you all and ask that you share it with the Respect Life groups you have helped get involved with 40 Days for Life. There were FIVE BABIES saved today - including 2 sets of twins! One of those moms was at 21 weeks already - she chose life! There was also a turnaround on Monday - I'm told that a woman showed up early to get information about abortion. As you know, EMW isn't open on Monday - but we had faithful prayer warriors out there at 7 am and they were able to guide her to A Woman's Choice. I'm told she is making an adoption plan for her baby.


    So far, in Louisville, there are 12 babies saved during this campaign - God is SO good when his people are humble and faithful (and even when they aren't!) Please share this news with those you helped to recruit for this campaign - everyone needs to know that prayers are answered!


    We would like to finish this campaign strong! I know you have all done amazing things to encourage your friends and family to stand with us - we still have ten days to go and we need you until the end! Thank you sincerely for all you have done so far! Look at the calendar and fill an hour if you can
    :-). Encourage your friends to consider giving one more hour (I beg shamelessly for the babies.)
    Bless you all!
    Jenny
    http://40daysforlife.com/louisville/

    Mar 7, 2012

    Death with dignity?

    From http://www.deathwithdignity.org/
    "The Death with Dignity National Center was formed out of a profound commitment to the idea that personal end-of-life decisions should be made solely between a patient and a physician."

    .....so, to most of America, this sounds like a "good" thing. I mean, you know, it's my life and I should be able to "choose" what to do with it?
    Sound familiar?

    What about  Barbara Wagner?....The 64-year-old Oregon woman, whose lung cancer had been in remission, learned the disease had returned and would likely kill her. Her last hope was a $4,000-a-month drug that her doctor prescribed for her, but the insurance company refused to pay.

    What the Oregon Health Plan did agree to cover, however, were drugs for a physician-assisted death. Those drugs would cost about $50.00 !!!!!

    It seems that "personal end-of-life decisions should be made solely between a patient and a physician."

    It seems now that the decision is up to the physician and the insurance company. The patient is left with only one option....maybe two if they hit the lottery.

    So, once again our country, our society has put a price on the life of a human being.
    First the unborn baby in the womb. It is cheaper to "terminate" (kill) a baby than it would be to raise the child.
    Now, it is cheaper to kill a person who has a life threatening disease than it is to let them live a while longer.

    Now the President and a majority of our government wishes to "kill our consciences" with their newest attack on Christianity.

    Once again, the human being moves down a spot and the Declaration that this country was founded on;
     We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
    .....has been trampled....

    WE THE PEOPLE are not being given the right to life from conception to natural death, but most Americans don't seem to mind...at least in their actions. They say they wouldn't get an abortion or they wouldn't commit suicide, yet their actions politically say something different.
    If you vote for a candidate that is openly pro-abortion/pro-euthanasia, you are going against Church teachings and are committing a grave sin. There is no gray area in this realm of life.

    Feb 24, 2012

    Respect for the Rights of Conscience Act

    From Brian Burch, President
    CatholicVote.org ;

    Every bishop in the country just received an urgent letter from Cardinal Timothy Dolan.


    Here's what he wrote:


    In the United States, religious liberty does not depend on the benevolence of who is regulating us. It is our “first freedom” and respect for it must be broad and inclusive—not narrow and exclusive. Catholics and other people of faith and good will are not second class citizens. And it is not for the government to decide which of our ministries is “religious enough” to warrant religious freedom protection.


    Those are powerful words from Cardinal Dolan. But he also had a very urgent request. He called upon every Catholic in America to immediately contact their legislators to support the Respect for the Rights of Conscience Act.


    The Senate is expected to vote Tuesday or Wednesday of next week on this legislation, which would repeal the HHS mandate – and provide conscience protections for ALL Americans.


    The legislation is sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri and it would protect the rights of conscience for religious organizations and for businesses so they wouldn't be forced by the federal government to pay for medical procedures which violate their moral beliefs.


    My sources in Washington tell me that we are in need of several critical swing votes, especially the following Senators.
    Here are ten Senators we need to contact IMMEDIATELY:


    202-224-2043 – Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota
    202-224-2523 – Sen. Susan Collins of Maine
    202-224-5344 – Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine
    202-224-5824 – Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana
    202-224-4041 – Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut
    202-224-3954 – Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia
    202-224-6154 – Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri
    202-224-5274 – Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida
    202-224-2353 – Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas
    202-224-2644 – Sen. Jon Tester of Montana


    If you get a busy signal, try calling the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.


    If one of these Senators represents your state, it is critical that you call their office and tell them to Vote YES on the Blunt Amendment.


    Please also forward this message to all of your friends and family. We need everyone to call.
    If you don't live in a state on this list, but know someone who does, please forward this message immediately.
    We're also running web-based ads in these states encouraging people to call their Senator to protect religious liberty.
    Please consider a gift of $14 or $28 to fuel this campaign.

    Senator Blunt's legislation would stop the HHS mandate's assault on our religious freedom. It would protect the rights of conscience of all Americans.

    Feb 22, 2012

    dept of redundancy


    Once again, an Obama administration agency is trying to mandate it's evil upon society.
    And once again, it is the HHS trying to cram it's (Obama's) ideology down Americans throats.


    We continue to hear the same ol' song from that department, that they are looking out for the "good of the public". 
    They obviously haven't heard of the "Silent No More" group or Rachel's Vineyard.
    ......or even of the 1st Amendment of the Constitution.

    The HHS continues to be redundant in it's agenda to crush religious freedom and make all Americans pay for abortions on demand. 
    This is a travesty of justice and a slap in the face of Democracy. 

    Archbishop Sheen once said that the way to destroy your enemy is to get people on the inside. 
    He was speaking more about a coop or military situation, but I think it is very real that this is happening today with our government. 
    Our President has his agenda and has put his cronies in place to slowly dismantle the fabric of American freedom. 

    WE THE PEOPLE are the ones who can make a difference, or sit back and watch our country go down the tubes. 
    Please do the right thing.....vote the dissenters out of office, turn to God, and repent....

    Also, please take a minute to sign the petition here:  https://www.stophhs.com/



    Feb 14, 2012

    HAPPY ST VALENTINE DAY!!!!!

        
    The Origin of St. Valentine


    The origin of St. Valentine, and how many St. Valentines there were, remains a mystery. One opinion is that he was a Roman martyred for refusing to give up his Christian faith. Other historians hold that St. Valentine was a temple priest jailed for defiance during the reign of Claudius. Whoever he was, Valentine really existed because archaeologists have unearthed a Roman catacomb and an ancient church dedicated to Saint Valentine. In 496 AD Pope Gelasius marked February 14th as a celebration in honor of his martyrdom.

    Feb 8, 2012

    Three-state sweep for Rick Santorum

    We knew he could do it.
    Congratulations to Rick Samtorum, his family and all those making his campaign successful.

    Most of all, as Rick mentioned in his speech last night, thanks be to God.

    All things are possible with God....Rick Santorum has a long way to go for the Presidency but I think this helped him gain momentum.

    Keep those prayers going for Rick Santorum and his bid for the Presidency.

    Jan 31, 2012

    Marian Grace


    If you get a chance check these wonderful musicians out http://mysteriumonline.com/.
    They are on tour now.

    My wife met them at a gas station (don't ask) and had a pleasant conversation with them and was given one of their cd's which now is a fixture in our cd player.

    May God Bless them and keep them safe on the road.

    Who says having lots of children is a burden?




    One of my new years resolution (for this blog) was supposed to be to get back to the real reason that I entered into the blogasphere.....to promote the Catholic faith.

    I usually do not like to make this blog a political soapbox but, since I can't separate the Catholic faith from my daily living in the secular world, sometimes I have to rant or, like I'm about to do, to give a "shout out" to a particular situation or person or group that lifts my Spirit and removes my thoughts on how the world is going to hell in a handbasket.

    One headline read;
    Rick Santorum's Daughter Hospitalized; Duggar Family Fills in For Candidate on Campaign Trail

    First off, let's all say a prayer for Bella for her health to improve....that the Lord may put good medical personnel in charge of her care...and prayers for strength for the Santorum family through this (yet another) trial in their lives.

    Now, on to the crux of the matter...

    For some time now, my life has consisted of work, eat, spend a few minutes with the family, pray and get to bed hopefully by midnight so I can wake up at 5am and do it all over again.
    So, I can't imagine having 3 times as many children, or being on the road campaigning and trying to juggle family time.

    The Santorum family and the Duggar family are doing just that.

    They are remarkable families that are giving their all and showing America what we as a country and a society should be; not that everyone is called to have large families or become the President of the United States, but to sacrifice for a goal that is for the good of a larger cause. To go that extra mile and step in and help one another when necessary.

    When I think about what I want the the future of America to look like and compare that to the candidates running for election, I can only see one candidate that represents my view of my countries future.
    Rick Santorum.....
    Please pray for his election and get out and vote.

    God Bless



    Dec 22, 2011

    Wishing Christmas was over?


    “I will be glad when Christmas is over”

    That is the phrase (in one form or another) that I have heard many times this year. I have been feeling a little like that also so I can relate in a way to that statement.

    The problem is not Christmas.

    The problem is the secularization of Christmas.

    The shopping, the traffic, the political correctness. It is enough to make you despise Christmas if you forget about the reason for the season.

    That is exactly what the dark forces of evil are trying to do. As usual, Satan takes something good that God has given and flipped it around into a tool of destruction for the human soul.

    Society has taken Christ out of Christmas and replaced Him with Black Friday (24 injuries/deaths this year alone) and other sources of gluttony, avarice, envy and discontent.

    It seems such a waste to buy items for people that either don’t need anything or that just don’t want what you bought them.

    It is sad to see a child with a frown on their face sitting amongst mountains of wrapping paper and toys because they did not get the exact thing they wanted.

    What a long way from Jerusalem we are these days.
    Instead of traveling to see the NEW BORN KING, we are traveling to the malls to rack up more debit on our credit cards that we are already having trouble paying off.

    Instead of spending time talking, laughing and enjoying our families; instead of attending Mass in remembrance of the day our Savior came to this earth, we are sitting in front or the TV watching the big “Christmas day ball game”.

    Instead of enjoying Christmas, we are looking forward to it “being over”.

    If we continue to let unbelievers, the media, the shopping mall and Walmart take Christ out of Christmas, it will soon “be over” and will be nothing but another “holiday” and not the “Holy Day” that was celebrated by the 3 wise men over 2000 years ago.

    This Christmas please celebrate Jesus and let's all pray for our country that it will not become secularized as Europe and other countries have become.

    God Bless you and your family.

    Have a happy Advent and a Merry Christmas!!!!!!!

    Nov 11, 2011

    HAPPY VETERANS DAY!!!

    Today being a special day for our country’s veterans, I have had something on my mind that just won’t go away. A thought that seems appropriate for this day of remembrance of the service of our country’s hero’s.


    This country was founded and lead by men of integrity, men who were not afraid to stand up for what they believed in.
    Men that fought and died for this country. Men that left their families in order to protect their freedom and their future. Men that sacrificed themselves for the good of their country.

    Throughout this country’s history, men and women have sacrificed their time, talents and even their lives to serve this country. They have left behind wives, husbands, children; even unborn children; babies that they would not get to hold until their service was over.

    Some would never come home again…….

    It seems to me that while there are still many that appreciate, with great gratitude, the sacrifices made by our military men and women, the rest of the country looks upon military service as a burden, not to be tried.

    They protest and want to bring our troops home, which I am not condemning, but to do so at the price of our country’s security.

    They have no loyalty to God or country. They try to undermine our nation’s morals and foundation.

    Now, to the crux of the matter, the original thought in my mind;

    I think when we choose leaders in this country, especially for the office of President, why would we not want someone whom served in this country’s military?

    If a person is so much in love with their country, that they would risk their life to protect it’s people and freedoms, why shouldn’t they be appreciated enough to get your vote?

    Of course there are a few factors that go along with the reasoning behind this, such as the respect and dignity of life from the moment of conception to natural death. We can’t let service to the country over-ride the life issues.

    While I don’t want to belittle this great Veterans Day, I wonder why we ever elected a President that has no loyalty to this nation, whom went abroad to bash this nation, and whom has never served this country (or stuck his neck out) to show his pride in this country.

    I hope we do a better choice of selecting future leaders for the greatest nation in the world,

    The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ONE NATION UNDER GOD!!!

    GOD BLESS ALL VETREANS AND ALL MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES WHOM HAVE SERVED OR ARE STILL SERVING THIS GREAT NATION.

    THANK YOU!

    Nov 8, 2011

    The Screwtape Letters (part VI)

    18) The Enemy's demand on humans takes the form of a dilemma; either complete abstinence or unmitigated monogamy. Ever since our Father's first great victory, we have rendered the former very difficult to them. The latter, for the last few centuries, we have been closing as a way of escape. We have done this through the poets and novelists by persuading the humans that a curious, and usually short-lived, experience which they call "being in love" is the only respectable ground for marriage; that marriage can, and ought to, render this excitement permanent; and that a marriage which does not do so is no longer binding. This idea is our parody of an idea that came from the Enemy (God).

    Now, more than ever, music, books, movies; all the forms of communication, have a huge influence upon our culture. As mass communication grows, so does the evil of decadence.

    While poetry, books and music can certainly lift our hearts and minds to the Divine, it can also lead us down the road to destruction. Satan once again is out to confuse the good with the bad.

    Today's modern poets and writers spew nothing but illicit and explicit garbage in their works.

    Have you listened to what is on the radio these days?
    Have you seen the popular movies and television shows airing these days?
    Have you glanced over at the magazine rack in the store lately?

    You will be hard pressed to find any of these that do not reference something sensual or offensive. Most of the time, you will find it hard to see anything that isn't offensive to anyone with morals.

    Now imagine our youth (as well as the rest of us) being bombarded by all these images, these idea's, these
    false ways to happiness, to love.

    No wonder there are so many broken marriages, unhappy people, depressed children. People now-a-days
    try to live their lives according to what they see in all this media.
    But, what they fail to see, is the lives behind the music, videos, actors and actresses. Those peoples lives are in shambles and those who idolize them, who try to live the lives they see, are going to go the way of the current. Dead bodies (and souls) float downstream.

    The attack of Satan on sacrament of marriage has taken on many forms, especially in our recent times.
    Satan has turned "love" into just a fleeting moment or word instead of the eternal "love" that God speaks of throughout the Scriptures.

    Love is a word meant to be descriptive for us in relationship; relationship with God, with our spouses, with our children and with our fellow mankind.

    Now, once again, Satan has taken something good and turned it into a catch phrase; we "love" our pet, we "love" our house, we "love" our favorite TV program; we "love" to do this and that.
    We cannot have a relationship with our car, home, or I-POD.

    Modern culture has rendered the word "love" meaningless; so meaningless, that our youth has no idea what love actually means. The sacrificial aspect of love is lost. The very cause of love (God) is forgotten.

    So, as Screwtape points out, when all the meaningless "feelings" of love is gone, so does the marriage.
    Satan has convinced the culture that "love" is nothing more than a word or a feeling, so people have no idea what the basis of their marriage is for other than feeling good and having fun together.

    Without the foundational, sacramental basis of marriage, which is God, your marriage will have a hard time surviving the non-fun, non-exciting times and days of our lives.

    There is so much more I could comment on this, but just be aware of what you are committing yourself to when you make a covenant with the Lord. It is binding forever.

    There is also something that most people don't think about when it comes to marriage;
    abstinence.

    Most people scoff at the thought of becoming a priest or religious because "there is no way they can be abstinent"; that is just not normal.
    Of course they are talking about cultural "normality" and not "normal" according to Gods plan.

    So what does abstinence have to do with marriage?
    Is that normal?

    It may not be "normal" since we are called to give all of ourselves in marriage, but there are times when we can or even are hurled into it.

    Abstinence in marriage can occur if you use NFP for your family planning.
    Abstinence can also be sacrificial if agreed upon by husband and wife for a kind of fasting (for lack of better terminology).

    There is another reason for abstinence in marriage, which Satan will test your "being in love".
    The unplanned abstinence brought about by an accident, physical or mental situation or disease.
    This is when a husband and wife find out truly how much they are in love; how much they are loved; how well the foundation of their marriage actually is.

    Most younger couples never think about that since it seems they have their whole lives ahead, but it could happen at any time; and this is probably one of the most thought provoking situations that one should think of when contemplating marriage. The true test of your love is, if you are willing to sacrifice the pleasures of the flesh and live Gods covenant through the wandering in the desert to the valley of death.

    Nov 1, 2011

    Occupy jobs, the other percent

    I will try to be charitable as I delve into the “fashionable” new cult known as “Occupy Wallstreet”, but this situation really “burns my britches”.
    While I am sure that there are a few people that are actually sincerely concerned with the issues that this latest ploy of the leftist has brought forward; but, for the most part, the rest of the cohort are just paid political activists or blind sheep being lead to the slaughter.

    I used to get mad at seeing large corporations that would lay off thousands of people only to see the guys at the top of the ladder getting unfathomable bonuses at the end of it all.

    That is not right. I agree. No argument there.

    My beef is the fact that these “occupiers” are not protesting in front of any of the other
    “1 Percenters”.

    Where are the protests in front of all the pop stars and athletes homes such as Forbes wealthiest celebrities?

    1. Oprah Winfrey
    2. Tiger Woods
    3. Madonna
    4. Rolling Stones
    5. Brad Pitt
    6. Johnny Depp
    7. Elton John
    8. Tom Cruise
    9. Jay-Z
    10. Steven Spielberg
    11. Tom Hanks
    12. Grey's Anatomy Cast (what the heck is this about?)
    13. Howard Stern
    14. Angelina Jolie
    15. David Beckham
    16. Phil Mickelson
    17. David Letterman
    18. Bon Jovi
    19. Donald Trump
    20. Celine Dion

    We have a whole athletic league (NBA) shut down because they want to make more money as if millions a year isn’t enough.

    I haven’t heard a word about George Soro’s, Planned Parenthood, Solyndra or any other person or business associated with the far left. It’s alright for them to have money or waste millions of tax dollars, right?

    A large number of those from the “occupiers” that I have seen interviewed are college, or post college students looking for a free ride.

    We have raised a nation of ENTITLEMENT babies, who are afraid of a little hard work and want everything handed to them. They think the rest of us owe them something.

    I say WORK FOR YOUR MONEY. That is the way it has always been.

    We should always help the most vulnerable and poor, but we shouldn’t have carry the burden of ignorant people that would rather sit in a park, smoke pot and be intimate with whomever, wherever they can.

    I have to get up very early in the morning and work a job that isn’t exciting, isn’t appreciated and doesn’t pay me what I would like, but it does put a roof over our heads and food on the table for my family and that makes it all worth while.
    Maybe the “occupiers” should OCCUPY JOBS (even if they are below their expectations) and work their way to the top instead of expecting to be entitled to something the rest of us has worked our lives for.

    I can assure you that I am not anywhere close to being a 1 percenter, but I can assure you that if the “occupiers” are the 99%, I’m not in that percentile either.

    So, where do the rest of us fit?

    Uncle Sam fits us into the 15% (what I pay in taxes) that is actually funding this country (and the “free riders” ).
    Here’s the new slogan for the “fifteen percenters”: OCCUPY JOBS!



     
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