October 29, 2008
***Nota Bene: Pictures are coming soon.... (I'm sick of politics too... oh, wait, I'm always sick of politics!) In the name of organizing my office, I misplaced my camera-to-computer cord *again* and Aragorn's laptop didn't send all the pictures to my computer.***
October 27, 2008
Please join us in a Rosary Novena for the Election from October 27th through November 4th. May our country be protected from evil and all human life be protected, respected and loved the way He intended! Every life is sacred in His Heart, may it be so in ours!
October 26, 2008
And out of his mouth proceedeth a sharp two-edged sword, that with it he may strike the nations. And he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness of the wrath of God the Almighty. And he hath on his garment and on his thigh written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before Thine altar. We are Thine, and Thine we wish to be; but, to be more surely united with Thee, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to Thy most Sacred Heart. Many indeed have never known Thee; many too, despising Thy precepts, have rejected Thee. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to Thy sacred Heart. Be Thou King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken Thee, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned Thee; grant that they may quickly return to Thy Father's house lest they die of wretchedness and hunger. Be Thou King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof, and call them back to the harbor of truth and unity of faith, so that there may be but one flock and one Shepherd. Be Thou King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry or of Islamism, and refuse not to draw them into the light and kingdom of God. Turn Thine eyes of mercy towards the children of the race, once Thy chosen people: of old they called down upon themselves the Blood of the Savior; may it now descend upon them a laver of redemption and of life. Grant, O Lord, to Thy Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give peace and order to all nations, and make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: "Praise be to the divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to it be glory and honor for ever." Amen.
He will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life.
He will establish peace in their homes.
He will comfort them in all their afflictions.
He will be their secure refuge during life, and above all, in death.
He will bestow abundant blessings upon all their undertakings.
Sinners will find in His Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
Lukewarm souls shall become fervent.
Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.
He will bless every place in which an image of His Heart is exposed and honored.
He will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.
Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written in His Heart.
In the excessive mercy of His Heart that His all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on the First Fridays in nine consecutive months the grace of final perseverance; they shall not die in His disgrace, nor without receiving their sacraments. His divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.
October 23, 2008
In the words of Fr. John Corapi:
Among the most important titles we have in the Catholic Church for the Blessed Virgin Mary are Our Lady of Victory and Our Lady of the Rosary. These titles can be traced back to one of the most decisive times in the history of the world and Christendom. The Battle of Lepanto took place on October 7 (date of feast of Our Lady of Rosary), 1571. This proved to be the most crucial battle for the Christian forces against the radical Muslim navy of Turkey. Pope Pius V led a procession around St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City praying the Rosary. He showed true pastoral leadership in recognizing the danger posed to Christendom by the radical Muslim forces, and in using the means necessary to defeat it. Spiritual battles require spiritual weapons, and this more than anything was a battle that had its origins in the spiritual order—a true battle between good and evil.
Today we have a similar spiritual battle in progress—a battle between the forces of good and evil, light and darkness, truth and lies, life and death. If we do not soon stop the genocide of abortion in the United States, we shall run the course of all those that prove by their actions that they are enemies of God—total collapse, economic, social, and national. The moral demise of a nation results in the ultimate demise of a nation. God is not a disinterested spectator to the affairs of man. Life begins at conception.
This is an unalterable formal teaching of the Catholic Church. If you do not accept this you are a heretic in plain English. A single abortion is homicide. The more than 48,000,000 abortions since Roe v. Wade in the United States constitute genocide by definition. The group singled out for death—unwanted, unborn children.
No other issue, not all other issues taken together, can constitute a proportionate reason for voting for candidates that intend to preserve and defend this holocaust of innocent human life that is abortion.
I strongly urge every one of you to make a Novena and pray the Rosary to Our Lady of Victory between October 27th and Election Day, November 4th. Pray that God’s will be done and the most innocent and utterly vulnerable of our brothers and sisters will be protected from this barbaric and grossly sinful blight on society that is abortion. No woman, and no man, has the right to choose to murder an innocent human being.
May God grant us the wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and counsel to form our conscience in accordance with authentic Catholic teaching, and then vote that well‐formed Catholic conscience.
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God Bless You
Fr. John Corapi
Be sure to read Mary Ellen's Stop Drinking the Kool-Aid!
Just a snippet:
I have been reading and listening and watching those who claim to be practicing, devout Catholics make their case for voting for Obama. I have to say that one and, all they are without a doubt, full of crap.
They need to put down the Kool-Aid and high tail it to confession because they are leading people into sin and it's going to come back to bite them in the butt at some point.
I have been reading some of the most twisted, delusional, illogical thinking that these "scholars" use to justify their support of a candidate whose platform contains the most abhorrent anti-life policies that can possibly be dreamed up by the most die-hard abortion advocates. I would have a great deal more respect for Kmiec and Kaveny if they just admitted that they knew it was wrong to endorse a pro-abortion candidate but were doing it anyway. In the case of pro-abortion politicians, such as Biden, Pelosi, Kennedy and others why not just come out and say, "I know it's wrong but it's how I'm going to get elected so I'm going to make this my platform anyway." We then could at least call them honest. Honest in a morally corrupt and power hungry way but at least they would be acknowledging what we know they know.
October 19, 2008
We had 9 altar boys who did a splendid job after months of practice.
Part I - The End of the Most Holy Rosary Through the Asperges
Processional Hymn: "Hail! Queen of Heaven" Dr. Lingard
Part II - The End of the Asperges Prayers Through the Gloria
Mass of the Angels Kyrie and Gloria
Part III - Collect Through the Beginning of the Sermon
22nd Sunday after Pentecost
Continuation of the Sermon
Part V - End of the Credo Through Offertory and Incensing
Offertory Hymn: "Ave Verum Corpus" W.A. Mozart
Part VI - Preface Through Consecration Prayers
Mass of the Angels Sanctus
Part VII - Consercration Prayers Through Communion
Mass of the Angels Agnus Dei
First Communion Hymn: "Panis Angelicus" Fr. Lambilotte
Second Communion Hymn: "Ave Maria" Jacques Arcadelt
Part VIII - Communion Through Salve Regina
Third Communion Hymn: "Adoramus Te Christe" Dubois
Recessional Hymn: "Holy God We Praise Thy Name"
(sorry my pictures didn't turn out very good!)
"Those of you who have been moms for a long time. Do you think you were a better mom before the internet?"
October 18, 2008
On Sunday October 19th, a paid advertorial was in the paper. This was a public letter of thanks to our Bishop.
Priesthood Sunday Prayer Vigil- October 26th, 1 pm
St Patrick Catholic Church
404 East Main Street
October 17, 2008
Finally we came up with the brilliant idea to ask our neighbors *who have DSL* if we could put in a 2nd line (or whatever it is) and use a wireless router. They were all for it and so was Verizon. However the kindly old gentleman who originally tested our DSL line came back. I asked if he was going to install it in the neighbor's shed "Nope, no one told me anything about a shed. You have the line here, right?" he said with a twinkle in his eyes. "Yes, sir."
And Finally today we actually have a DSL connection. It's not yet on my computer but will be shortly. I'm enjoying my last sentimental minutes multi-tasking with slow dial-up. I've heard rumor that it's 12 times as fast as what we have now. Wow.
Now to get my ancient computer updated so I can make those cute smiley faces rather than these :) sideways things... priorities, priorities!
October 16, 2008
"Galadriel, wouldn't you like to cross hatch the background for a smoother look?"
"No, it looks more like pine-needles this way."
I was working with Frodo on his English lesson on commas. He had to answer a question and write a sentence using commas.
"Name 3 things a bird can do."
"A bird can fly, chirp and beak-pull."
"Yes, he can pull things up with his beak."
"Name 3 things a baby can do."
"A baby can cry..." when across the room Sam interrupts with "mess his pants and eat things off the floor."
October 5, 2008
I suddenly heard one of the littles hollering that Bilbo made a mess. Sure enough he had *gotten the cap off* a bottle of Eucalan wool wash (it's another story why the wool wash was in the school of all places!)
He had dumped nearly the whole works on the floor.
Don't let him fool you, this is *not* remorse!
No one knew why Bilbo was "singing" ah-ah-ah with this bottle against his face and he didn't offer any ideas either though we all were entertained.
A Beautiful Shower
This cake was so beautiful! Unfortunately my camera did not do the cake justice. The leaves were made of fondant which I think looks like a lovely medium to work with but knowing my lack of skill in all things decorous, I haven't yet attempted this. The cake tasted good, too!
The food spread was incredible! Absolutely delicious and presented beautifully.
Chicken salad on croissants, water chestnuts rolled in bacon with a barbecue sauce, mini quiches and ever so much more.... as you can see!
My sister-in-law's home is a work of art in itself so a truly lovely place for a gathering.
Me 'n my sisters-in-law.
My sister-in-law-to-be and I can't wait!!
The party was really fun. I had a great time sitting with this lovely lady. She was so hilarious and there is nothing I enjoy more than a good time laughing. I happen to be one of those people who loves to play what most people consider silly shower games. Well, not me, I just love those games!
How neat is this... a chocolate fountain! And in the background a punch fountain.
This year's corn maze was a dragon fly maze. The kiddie maze was a frog princeling (upper right hand corner) The family that owns this maze is really great to visit with. And they are so funny!
Our homeschooling group met at a local corn maze. Unfortunately some of my family was still in the midst of a cold so we went only with halfsies but that's still at a politically incorrect 4 children! I highly recommend a corn maze, it really is a lot of fun!
The farm where this corn maze is is really lovely. These horses were gorgeous! And HUGE! Their heads were some 6 feet up! They actually still use these horses for their fields.
Trekkin' along. I was in the age 5-11 group of girls. We did eventually get out of the maze!
Anyone left behind will be found in November when they combine the fields!
The older children waiting... and waiting... and waiting...
After the maze there was a picnic lunch but being that I left more than 1/2 the children at home we disappointingly missed this part of the day. I missed it most of all as it's really a lovely group of ladies who always have some joy to share.
Good Bye til next year!
My little Frodo loves to wear a suit... he must get that somewhere on my side of the gene pool!
Children's socks are the bane of my existance. I found this pair of "matched" socks. Apparently blue and the same length is good enough. Any men out there reading this.... do these *really* match?
Everyone, even the dog likes to be up on the round bales.
Little boys can be so doggone cute...
My husband is a *hopeless* romantic... note the stress on hopeless! (*snicker*) He went out of town for a very long couple of days and this is what he brought back for me. I really do think it makes an improvement though. My children would probably think the Hitler mustache rather appropriate too.
One size fits all.
October 1, 2008
I was searching for jogging strollers *again* (we are probably on our 5th one) when I stumbled across this beauty! A jogging stroller for your *dog*. What happened to the $9.99 leash?
picture from The Company Store
And now you can even take little poochie outside when it is cold out for he can be warmed up in his very own parka with fur lined hood and all! www.TheCompanyStore.com
I truly have seen it all now!