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Thursday, November 27, 2008

President Lincoln and Why We Love Him

Here's a little slice of history to go with that pie. This is the 1863 proclamation which set the precedent for America's national day of Thanksgiving. Make no mistake - he made a national holiday to honor and praise God. The ACLU would have been all over him for that.

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

Happy Thanksgiving

Seems fitting as I am sitting here with a full belly to once again offer thanks to God for the many gifts with which He he has graciously blessed me and my family. I am sooo grateful:

To know that I am a child of God
To attend Mass with my family
To have a roof over my head
To be gainfully employed
To have the love and affection of wonderful friends
To be healthy and happy in my own skin
To enjoy a fire in the fireplace
To play Jeopardy with the kids (and beat them shamelessly)
To Watching the beginning of our Heroes Season II DVD (whoa I'm way behind)
To recognize that I am very small and my God is very huge and He indulges me most of the time.
To have the ability to laugh at myself; God knows He does.
To suffer some of the infirmities of life even tho I complain way too much.
To live in the greatest "experiment" of a country and enjoy the freedoms that others have earned for me.
To give back.
To rest.

To have 4 "followers"; may heaven help you and God bless you!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

We need to learn the new way of being pro-life - The Curt Jester

President-elect Obama has named the executive director of Emily's List -- Ellen Moran -- as White House communications director.

We need to learn the new way of being pro-life - The Curt Jester: "President-elect Obama has named the executive director of Emily's List -- Ellen Moran -- as White House communications director."

Sunday, November 23, 2008

I Love You, Lord

I Love You Lord, and I lift my voice
To You, O Lord, O my soul, rejoice.
Take joy my King in what You hear,
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound in Your ear.

Happy Feast of Christ the King!

Catholic Culture : Liturgical Year

Necessary Viewing

As you digest a bit of turkey this week and prod our sluggish economy along a bit on black Friday, won't you consider taking in an amazing movie?... The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. This movie is a must see. I dare you not to draw parallels between what happened to the Jews in the 1940s and what has happened over the last 35 years to millions of babies in utero. The central theme of all of this comes down to one word: VALUE. In the movie and in real life, we humans have somehow come up with a wacky way of determining who has value. Those greedy Jews...hmmm maybe not. Clingy babies that wreck our lives....nada. How about the elderly with all of their health care demands. Oh, don't forget the disabled, the paraplegics, the mentally challenged, those with low IQs, those with freckles and red hair and those with headaches.

The movie will make you cry. And then it just might make you act.

film critic and blogger Barbara Nicolosi writes this...

Church of the Masses: Shaken Awake by <em>The Boy in the Striped Pajamas</em>

Going the Distance for Life

Take the time to view; as my Pastor quoted, "we don't win by playing a good defense." We need put points on the board; here are some great ideas.
Thanks Cindy.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Cardinal Arinze on Liturgy (Dance, Music, Holding Hands)

Our Lady of La Salette, Pray for us.

Antebellum America 2009?

Ok, I'm tired of thinking about about why the big wigs at GM/Ford/Chrysler decided to converge upon DC in separate private jets. Perhaps you, like me, are starting to think these folks have the intelligence of garden tools. Now, on to what should be on page 1, above the fold...

Strong language from the Vatican catches up to us again, 2nd time in one week. Are we at the proverbial fork in the road?

The Coming "War" Between the Obama Administration and the Catholic Church

The Dash

Last Wednesday was a sad day for my friend, Laura. She said goodbye to her husband of 17 years due to a massive stroke that he suffered as he was driving home from an evening meeting. Jack touched literally hundreds of lives by his witness to service to the poor in spirit. He will be missed.

Thanks, Char, for sending over "The Dash" which was read at his funeral last night. Many of us have heard this in one fashion or another, but it does bear repeating and is a beautiful message about what falls in the middle of those two bookends of birth and death.

Jack...thanks for your fine example. Rest in peace.

The Dash
copyright 1996 Linda Ellis

I read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
from the the end.

He noted that first came the date of her birth
and spoke of the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
that she spent alive on earth...
and now only those who loved her
know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own;
the cars....the house...the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard...
are there things you'd like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
to consider what's true and real,
and always try to understand
the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger,
and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives
like we've never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,
and more often wear a smile...
remembering that this special dash
might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy is being read
with your life's actions to rehash...
would you be proud of the things they
say about how you spend your dash?

Christmas Cards for Troops

Remember the troops on your Christmas Card list this year...

A Recovering American Soldier
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue,NW
Washington,D.C. 20307-5001

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Victory Through Defeat

"No fighter is more divine than the one who can achieve victory through defeat. In the instant when he receives the deadly wound, his opponent falls to the ground, himself struck with a final blow. For he strikes Love and is thus himself struck by love. And by letting itself be struck, love proves what had to be proven: that it is love indeed."
Fr. Hans Urs Von Balthasar

Boston College's "Secret"

I wonder if he regretted this as soon as he said this...

“We thought it was a tasteful line of clothing that college students wear,” he said, denying that the college had any knowledge of the “short shorts” bearing the name and image of the college’s mascot, the Eagles.

“We never authorized undergarments,” he said, adding that the university does not disclose how much it makes from sales of licensed apparel.

Ok, so we are to assume either they are totally ignorant or that they think we are totally stupid.

link to full article....

Boston College denies knowledge of licensed lingerie deal: "“We"

Friday, November 14, 2008

In the Days of Noah...

So did you happen to catch today's Gospel? I found it to be ironic that I received this interesting little story (thank you Cindy) from the Netherlands on a day when we are reading Luke 17: 26-37: "In the days of Noah, so it will be in the days of the Son of Man...eating, drinking, marrying and giving in marriage up to the day that Noah entered the ark..." I won't spoil the rest; go and read.

Do you think the Dutch were as rough on Mr. Huibers as they were on Mr. Noah? I guess time will tell.

SeaWayBLOG: The man who built Noah's Ark in Holland

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Helmet of Salvation

You're doin it wrong.

ADF Fights for You

ADF is a legal alliance of Christian attorneys and like-minded organizations defending the right of people to freely live out their faith. Launched in 1994, ADF employs a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.

Prayer points for ADF

The Alliance Defense Fund depends on the prayerful support of men and women throughout the country. God's grace truly accomplishes the miraculous when we submit to His leading in our ministry.

Please join us by praying for success in the fight for religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, and traditional family values.

In addition, we ask that you remember ADF in prayer for the following:
Wisdom in the many legal battles ahead
Support and encouragement for our many allies and participants in the Blackstone Legal Fellowship and the National Litigation Academy
Funding for the work God has called us to do
Alan Sears and the executive leadership of ADF

Ron and I consider Alan and Paula dear friends and true warriors for the faith. Please join us in praying for them and for all those whose constitutional rights are threatened.

Visit them on the web...

The Pharisees Show up in CA

Bible Students:
Remember when we were studying Luke Ch 6 and the little part about Jesus healing the man with the withered hand on the Sabbath? Reading their corrupt hearts, Jesus asks the Pharisees if it is lawful to do good or to do harm, to save life or to destroy it. His point was not so much in revealing the the correct answer, though that is what we get from the exchange. What seems bigger here is that Jesus revealed the malice of their hearts. The pharisees were acting, um...a bit intolerant, wouldn't you say? After all, the law was meant to be followed - is it not? How can we have this healing stuff going on when we're supposed to be resting. How dare the Lord of glory emancipate people from their bondage when we're supposed to be in mandatory NAPTIME. The Pharisees got so ticked off at Jesus' intolerance of their behavior, that they were infuriated and plotted to put an end to Him.

Fast forward to yesterday...Heard on the radio that some Californians were real ticked off at the bigoted Christians for having their way with the Marriage prop. So much so they were infuriated and stomped all over a nice lady's cross. How audacious of her to show up at their rally with that inconvenient symbol of healing and emancipation. How....intolerant.

RealClearPolitics - Articles - Marriage Wins in California

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Join Me in Being an Envoy

A few evenings ago, my husband and I had the pleasure of catching up with Patrick Madrid, a best-selling Catholic author and publisher of Envoy Magazine. He is the director of the Envoy Institute of Belmont Abbey College and is developing a cadre of collaborators to be fellows of the Institute and contribute actively to the Institute's programs, publications, conferences, and online activities. Their Institute's Board of Advisors provides a sounding board and strategic direction on an ongoing basis.

I strongly encourage all readers out there to link to Patrick's website below and subscribe to Envoy Magazine. You can even give it a test drive if you want to just have a look-see. Simply stated, Envoy's mission is to prepare us to "be always ready to give a reason for the HOPE that is you" emphasis mine, (1 Peter 3:15). With nearly 70 million Catholics in America, the astounding majority of us do not practice our faith. That is truly a shame. If you're part of the majority or know someone who is, I'd like to offer you some hope through a challenge: consider a gift subscription to Envoy. You won't be disappointed.

Friday, November 7, 2008

The Cosmic Liturgy!

The Liturgy is where It's at!

A great article from a blog that I follow...

Benedict XVI said it clearly in the homily that he delivered on June 29, 2008, on the feast of Saints Peter and Paul: his vocation is to "to serve as liturgist of Jesus Christ for the nations." The striking expression is from Paul, in chapter 15 of the Letter to the Romans. And the pope has made it his own. He has identified his mission as successor of the Apostles precisely in being the celebrant of a "cosmic liturgy." Because "when the world in all its parts has become a liturgy of God, when, in its reality, it has become adoration, then it will have reached its goal and will be safe and sound."


The New Liturgical Movement: The Liturgical Year Narrated by Benedict XVI

Thursday, November 6, 2008

What happened to our heads?

New addition to the Book of Blessings - for Children in the Womb; couldn't have come at a more appropriate time. Especially when the crosshairs are now focused directly upon the womb.

And this just in...we Catholics are not off the hook...we need Catholic leaders committed to telling us the truth no matter what. Catholic leaders who wear the Roman collar AND "Joe Catholic" (ugh) sitting in the pew. It's a both/and blame game and I believe it is time to accept the consequences and the new challenges now confronting us.

"Faithful Citizenship" stated that, under certain circumstances, a Catholic could in good conscience vote for a candidate who supports abortion rights for "other grave reasons" as long as they do not intend to support that position (34-35).

It's a strange argument that allows Catholics to send a politician with an undeniably extreme abortion record into the Oval Office and yet somehow bear no responsibility for what happens to unborn children as a result. One can only wonder what "grave reasons" the bishops could have had in mind that would outweigh the 4,000 unborn children who are aborted each day.

Read the whole article. - With Catholic Help...