Monday, July 30, 2012

Why We May Fight the HHS Mandate

"The entire and sole point of the HHS Mandate 
is to make open and naked war against the Church 
and punish her for her beliefs about sexual morality.
The Church has a duty 
to resist such an act of war 
against her teaching."
 Mark Shea
  - - - read more here

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

It's a Bird, it's a Plane . . it's a Fast?

I think the called it a Fast, 
because our sacrifices 
give added speed 
to our Prayers

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

RePost : Offer it Up

As I seem to have thrown my back out again, I thought I would re-post this from 2010, as at least a reminder to myself that my suffering can be a blessing to others if I remember to not only accept, but to "Offer it up" as well. . . . of course any prayers for quick healing are more than welcome.

"Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake,
and in my flesh I am filling up
what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ
on behalf of his body, which is the church"
Col 1:24
Once upon a time not so young D'art was engaged, and through the process, and calling off of the wedding, learned that people can be hurtful, spiteful, can lie, can steal, can disrespect and betray . . . generally do everything that my own sins did to Christ.

I can honestly say that if I took all the wrongs done to me before, and multiplied them by 100, it would still come short to what happened back then. Even until this past winter I was still suffering from battle fatigue, not being able to really talk , and definitely not trust, anyone . . .and my fathers death and my own similar health diagnosis, I confess, made me not so trusting of God either.

Knowing change had to be made, the plan for coming to this lil' glimpse of paradise on the Chesapeake and starting a business was formed. Moving here was both stressful and a lil scarey, especially as my previous future wife had depleted most of my savings, but I knew it was a good choice to be free of the "me first" mentality of city life.

Less than a month after the move, my boss had me work at our warehouse in Virginia, and with in a few hours someone asked me for a small, but heavy, box of Glass . . ."POP!" . . not only goes the weasel but my back too. I worked through the day hoping it was just a minor thing, but than we had the blizzard a day later, and shoveling a couple feet of snow turned my back from bad to worse.

Two herniated Discs = Pain, pain, and a lil' more pain.

As I prayed for the strength to endure, and learn, from this, that still small voice kept saying "Offer it up for -------, suffer for -------"

"What, you want me to offer my sufferings up for her?" I thought "but you know what she did, and than did at Dad's funeral . . .for her?????????"

"yes, for her" was the answer, and it slowly, obediently, became my answer too

When the pain drove me to the ground
" I suffer for --------"
When I couldn't sleep from lack of any position even mildly comfortable
" for ------ I offer to you Father"
When tears ran down my face as I tried to drive to work
"Lord, for ------- receive my sufferings"

This lasted for three months . . . .three long, and painful months, but ended the same day Lent ended. My back was much better, but silly me, I prayed to our Lady to let me keep a lil' of the pain, so I can remember the gift of this suffering. She faithfully answered my prayer, and everyday I wake with a lil' reminder of what Christ did for me, and asks me to do for others.

Most of the anger and resentment towards the sad lil' girl hiding in a woman's business suit has passed, with a touch of bittersweet being the faint feelings of love I first had on the day we met, and now I continue to ask our Lady daily to pray for her, in the hopes we both get to sing together, all tears then dried, with Her and the Son forever.

So, next time someone really attacks you, attack them back
. . . with love, with prayer, and by "Offering it Up"
No, it ain't easy,
but neither was hanging on a cross.


Saturday, July 21, 2012

More Killings during Batman

Just in :
Yesterday approximately 4,000 innocents were
mercilessly burned alive
and/or violently ripped apart
while their clueless fellow Americans
were watching the new Batman flick.

Sadly, it will happen again today
 . . . even sadder still, most folks don't care.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Jeremiah 20

You seduced me, LORD, and I let myself be seduced;

you were too strong for me, and you prevailed.

All day long I am an object of laughter;

everyone mocks me.

Whenever I speak, I must cry out,

violence and outrage I proclaim;

The word of the LORD has brought me

reproach and derision all day long.

I say I will not mention Him,

I will no longer speak in His name.

But then it is as if fire is burning in my heart,

imprisoned in my bones;

I grow weary holding back,

I cannot!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Don't Paint my Apple, Mac

"An Apple is still an Apple,

regardless of how many times you call it an Orange,
regardless of how many people
or late-night talking heads call it an Orange,
regardless of how many same-fruit laws are passed,
regardless of how many people are jailed or lose their jobs
for their traditional view that it is after all an Apple,
regardless how many narrow-minded Politicians or bigoted Presidents
distort scripture while spray painting it Orange.

An Apple is still just an Apple"