Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Pro-Life Generation



This is such a message of HOPE!
God Bless these young people, and all those that come after them.
The tide is turning and the Truth is shining through!

Lenten Weather



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 H/T Barbara@Mommylife

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Prayer For Japan

I thought this was important to post. We just have no idea what it must be like....
Thanks to Barbara at Mommylife

Prayer for Japan

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Making the rounds on the Internet - I was unable to find the attribution, although I learned this is adapted from a prayer written after the Haiti earthquake.
Most of us live such comfortable lives here that we need to purposely remind ourselves and our children not to grumble about small things, but to keep it all in perspective and to pray for those who face adversity most of us have never come close to:
Prayer for Japan

Lord, I just want to say THANK YOU,
Because this morning I woke up and knew where my children were.
Because this morning my home was still standing,
Because this morning I am not crying
Because my spouse, my child, my brother or sister, my parent does not need to be buried or to be pulled out from underneath a pile of concrete,
Because this morning I was able to drink a glass of water,
Because this morning I was able to turn on the light,
Because this morning I was able to take a shower,
Because this morning I was not planning a funeral,
But most of all I thank you this morning because I still have life and a voice to cry out for the people of Japan .
japan earthquake 2.jpgLord I cry out to you, the One that makes the impossible, possible,
The One that turns darkness in to light,
I cry out that You give those mothers strength,
That You give them peace that surpasses all understanding,
That You may open the streets so that help can come,
That You may provide doctors, nurses, food, water, and all that they need in a blink of an eye.
For all those that have lost family members, give them peace, give them hope, give them courage to continue to go on!
Protect the children and shield them with your power.
I pray all this in the name of Jesus!!!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Oh Glorious Day!


Yes! It's the feast of the Annunciation! Thanks be to God for the gift of His beloved Son, and thanks be to our Blessed Mother for her "yes" to God.
Chosen by the Spirit for the Son. Blessed are you among women.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Dedication

Today was a very big day for our parish.
Good Shepherd, Perryville, was graced with the presence of our Bishop, Francis Malooly, as he dedicated our Altar and all the wonderful things that have come our way through the blessing of many people in many places.
Father Jay made in back from New York, where he has been caring for his mom. She is very ill.
Our two seminarians were there,



as well as several of our local priests and the two priests that were instrumental in Fr Jay's life as he became a priest. And of course, our Deacon, Luke Yackley.


It was a wonderful day.
Brendan has a terrible cough, and he had to stay in the back with Tim the whole time, but he did get outside long enough for a quick picture with the bishop.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Paul Tries Out!

Today was Little League try-out day for Paul. He was right in there with all the guys and he throws really well! Catching is going to take some work, but we can do that!


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The Way of The Cross- App

Last night I downloaded a new Stations of the Cross app to my iphone and I LOVE it!

It is brand new from Ave Maria Press.
The stations are Scriptural and not exactly the same as the ones that we traditionally do at our parish, but they are based on John Paul II's version of the Way of The Cross.
The artwork is beautiful and is done by Michael O'Brian and the text is by Amy Wellborn.




I took my phone to bed last night and meditated on the Stations for my night prayers.
What a wonderful way to walk with Christ through Lent!

Friday, March 18, 2011

I Tried....

 

So after I watched the video above, I thought about what they said. If everyone would just spend an additional $00.18 a day on American goods, we could help add 200,000 jobs to the marketplace. I decided that whenever I could, I would choose American items over items made elsewhere.

If you watch the entire series of videos on YouTube, you will see that this isn't so easy.
Barbara Curtis at "MommyLife" has them all in one place. 
We need a new toaster, so since I was at Walmart, I thought I would pick one up. I grabbed one that looked like it would do the job, put it in the cart, and then, when I was moving through another part of the store, I remembered that I wanted to look for the USA label, so I headed back over to the kitchen section, and began looking. Yes this is the aisle.


I probably looked at 10 toasters. I even would have bought one that wasn't perfect, if there had been one made here in this country.

I came home and looked on Amazon. I looked on blogs. I Googled "Toasters made in America". Apparently I picked the wrong appliance to start my effort. There are NO toasters made in this country. Well, OK I did find this blog post that directed me to a place in Tennessee, but the lowest price is a bit out of my range, 350.00 for a two-slice toaster. I don't really need toast that bad...

Anyway, I did find a couple of things at Walmart that are made here :

Oh, yes and the Purina One cat food.

I am going to start looking at the different stores and see which of the bigger ones have more of our home made merchandise. If I have any luck, I'll pass it along.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Signs of Spring!

 Lilly in her St Patrick's day duds!  She looked so cute! She was showing off her green.

 Tulips and Lillies! 

 The trees are showing their buds off!

 More tulips...


 Lilacs

Hydrangea

Monday, March 14, 2011

Someone's Still Here....

40 Days for Life reports that a baby is still safe, warm and growing today, through the intercession of so many people....
Keep praying, every prayer counts!

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ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA
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Prayer volunteers at the 40 Days for Life vigil in
Orange County were caught by surprise as the doors of
the abortion center flew open and a frightened young
woman literally ran out as fast as she could ...

... barefoot!

A young man came out looking for her. The barefoot
runner was his girlfriend, and she was there for an
abortion.

Eventually, she was found nearby, and vigil participants
offered to get her something to eat. When they sat down
to their meal, the young woman told her story.

She was six months pregnant and was already on the table
at the abortion center. She had an IV and was in the
process of being sedated. But she was still alert enough
to realize ...

.. she simply couldn’t go through with it.

"God's grace poured into her heart," said one of the
40 Days for Life volunteers. The young woman found the
strength and courage to remove the needle from her arm,
to quickly get dressed (except for her shoes!) and run
out to safety.

"Our prayers from outside helped her get that courage
to leave the table and run away," said the volunteer.
"I realized how important our role is."

Sunday, March 13, 2011

As We Wait in Joyful Hope....


I was thinking the other day about how easy it is to get pulled into a sense of foreboding about the future.
Reading the news online these days, especially with global unrest, financial instability, and horrendous natural disasters, such as the devastating earthquake in Japan, one is so tempted to view the current situation as a sign that God has decided to let us go our way and try making it without Him. There is so much to fear and to be uncertain about, if you let the cacophony of the effects of sin and chaos pull you in.
There is undoubtedly an oily residue of sin blanketing the world that seems to be beyond anything that the human race has ever seen before.
We are bombarded with images and stories of evil unleashed, and it's effects. How can the world go on this way? How can there be anything but punishment due to this race that has grown from a willful toddler to a flat-out rebellious teenager over the course of history? Aren't we due for some serious tough-love?
Probably.
I imagine that we will continue to be a race of selfish children.
But God will also continue to be a loving Father. I think we tend to attribute our own emotions to God in a way that makes Him too much like us.
I don't think we can grasp how big God really is, and how much He can love. We can't possibly imagine a God who can take the amount of sin and corruption that we are dishing out and not just lose His temper and slap us a good one.
Maybe it's the difference between God's relationship with us collectively, and His ability to deal with each one of us individually with the Love and Mercy of a Father.
I think we can tend to become overwhelmed by the big picture, seeing the whole world in all it's ugliness, while God is to be found in the macro.
He is there, where there are people praying in front of abortion clinics. He is there when a legislator risks his, or her, next election to stand on principle and vote the Truth. He is there at every Mass, every service, every time a prayer is said. He is there as the rescuers dig through the rubble in Japan, and He is there while parents cry over a child with cancer.
We find Him now in the small pictures, and He is coming again, someday, to take control of the big picture. That is where our hope lies.

Considering the number of people that have come and gone, over the course of history, since Jesus ascended to His Father, there were times in every one of those ages, when the people of God were certain that this MUST be it. God MUST have had enough, and it was time for the tribulation. And, it was. Every single soul that is born into life on this Earth must undergo tribulation. Every age is the last age for those that live in it. We are all called to "repent and believe in the Gospel", as "we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ."
He is coming. He said He would, in the same way that He left, when the fullness of time has passed. He did NOT give us a timetable. A timetable would be a distraction and would give us WAY too much information. We are small children that can't conceive of the grand equation that God has worked out for His creation.

He is coming. For each and everyone of us, and that is what we need to focus on. We are the children of the small picture. We are to be focused on the macro, taking Christ to the world wherever He is needed. Everyone of us needs to be looking at the place that we are planted and "Pray as if everything depended upon God and work as if everything depends upon you". "Wait in Joyful Hope!" Really! Nothing is bigger than God, and that is cause for JOY. 
There can be joy even in our trials as we work to further the Kingdom and show forth His goodness. What better time to live than a time in which people need God the most? It is an honor to be His ambassadors of Truth to a world that is under siege by the father of lies.


Mary has given us many messages about prayer, fasting and faithfulness to her Son. She is our loving mother and wants to guide us to eternal life. Her messages should not be taken out of the context of God's mercy. While dire consequences await all those who refuse God's love, we are 
only responsible for the time that we are given and the place that we are living during that time.


Let us use our time during the season of Lent to shed God's love on a suffering world, in our given time and space. Let God be God, because, no matter what we are asked to bear, He is with us. He is the Father that wants us to live in Joyful Hope.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Plans

It seems to me, that every time I turn around, I am trying to come up with a plan to tackle something that either needs doing now, or will need doing down the road a piece.


We are doing a study on the book "Unplanned" by Abby Johnson. (Is that a title that is speaking to me or what?) Not much to do for it, but we have to have it on the schedule. I am really looking forward to talking to people about it, and hearing their impressions. I think it may be a great motivator to get people praying for those enslaved by the abortion industry.

We are looking forward to Dad's visit in April, and I want to get a little work done on the house before he gets here. I want to at least get carpet on the stairs going up and down, because the stuff that is there is literally falling apart. Planning to work on the house requires the cooperation of more than just me though and Tim is so busy right now that I don't want to add one more thing to his plate. I think having the carpet done is a good project, because someone else will be doing it!

I have discovered a wonderful book by Cardinal Wuerl on the Mass and I think I want to use it for next year for Religion. It is very easy to read, and I think all the boys would get a lot out of it, but I need to do a little adapting to help it fit the bill for the younger boys, which means I am going to have to do some writing. I will need to write a study guide and tests for each chapter, and I will have to make it fit three different age levels. SO...some summer planning.

We are going to host a marriage retreat at Good Shepherd in the Fall. There are lots of details to pull together, and I am not one to procrastinate, so I am planning out the plans....

A trip to Texas...That's another plan that I want to pull together, that relies on a lot of outside influences, and I can't just make the plan, I have to wait to make the plan....UGH! I am not a good waiter.

So I have a lot of plans....and you know what they say: "If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans."
It's OK, I'm adaptable.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Fr Barron on Lent

Ash Wednesday Thoughts From "40 Days for LIFE"


REFLECTION by David Brandao, 40 Days for Life


The toll of abortion cannot be measured. We hear

estimates of almost 50 million innocent victims, but
that's only one aspect of the harm that has unfolded
in abortion's wake. There are also the mothers and
fathers of these millions, as well as the
grandparents, brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles,
cousins. Unborn lives destroyed. Lives of the living
shattered.

It's overwhelming and depressing, but even in the

midst of such unfathomable darkness, the church
teaches us to have hope. Yes, it was indeed Calvary
that followed Christ's 40 days in the desert, but
without Calvary there would have been no Resurrection
-- His victory over death that opened the gates of
heaven to those who believe in and follow Him.

The psalmist encourages us to go humbly before God as

we seek His will: "A clean heart create for me, O
God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me... Give
me back the joy of your salvation and a willing
spirit sustain in me... O Lord, open my lips, and my
mouth shall proclaim your praise" (Psalm 51:12, 14,
17).

We are called to be God's messengers; or as the

Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: "We are
ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing
through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ: be
reconciled to God" (2 Corinthians 5:20).

That is the true message to all we encounter at the

abortion centers and in our communities who have been
deceived by the Culture of Death. We don't bring
condemnation; we bring God's good news.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Don't Quit Your Day Job....

Don't know how many people know about this, but I thought I would share. We have been driving by this huge billboard on Rt. 40, for a couple of months, that says that judgment day is a-comin', and they have a date....May 21, 2011. We didn't really know what all the hoopla was about, but now I have found the source of the information, and they are serious! These people have a fleet of motor homes, and they are doing the "Doomsday Tour 2011". They claim to be the real deal.
So, obviously you can quit worrying about all that Mayan nonsense, because the "Doomsday Campers" are rolling with the real story. They have deduced this directly from scriptural evidence that they alone have been able to interpret, with a bit of effort, and maybe just a little imagination. Read on:

According to the Church's website, there are two 'proofs' that May 21 2011 is the judgment day.

According to them, Noah's great flood occurred in the year 4990 B.C., 'exactly' 7000 years ago.

At the time, God said to Noah he had seven days before the flood would begin.

Taking a passage from 2 Peter 3:8, in which it is said a day for God is like a thousand human years, the church reasoned that seven 'days' equals 7000 human years from the time of the flood,making 2011 the year of the apocalypse.

In its second 'proof' the exact date is revealed by working forward from the exact date of the of the crucifixion - April 1, 33 AD.

According to their reasoning, there are exactly 722,500 days from April 1, 33 A.D. until May 21, 2011 - the alleged day of judgment.

This number can be represented as follows: 5 x 10 x 17 x 5 x 10 x 17 = 722,500.

The church then argues that numbers in the bible have special meanings, with the number 5 signifying atonement or redemption, the number 10 signifying 'completeness' and the number 17 equaling heaven.

There is another scriptural reference in the bible...something about not knowing the hour or the day.

I'm probably going to make plans for June anyway.....
Great Article by Bishop Farrell....

What is Lent all about?

In short it is about repentance, forgiveness and baptism. It is one of the most ancient Christian observances recognizing the need to prepare for Easter, the celebration of Jesus' Resurrection, the greatest of Christian feasts.

In 325 the Council of Nicea first proposed a 40 day preparation period for Easter. The number 40 has special religious significance for Christians: Moses spent 40 days fasting on Mt. Sinai waiting on God, Elijah walked 40 days to the Mountain of the Lord and most importantly Jesus fasted and prayed for 40 days in the desert before he began his ministry.

As is the case with all Christian observances, Lent has changed over time until it took its present form in the Western Church of the 40 days prior to Easter. Originally Lent began on quadragesima (fortieth day) Sunday, but Sundays being feasts were not counted, so in the sixth century Pope St. Gregory the Great moved the first day of Lent to the previous Wednesday to make it a full 40 days.

The first liturgy for Ash Wednesday appeared in the tenth century and in the 11th century Pope Urban II called for the distribution of ashes on that day. Although Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of Obligation, many Catholics treat it as one and would not think of missing being marked with ashes on the forehead. Originally, ashes were sprinkled on men's heads and only women received them on the forehead, but the sprinkling for men soon gave way to the forehead. Ashes symbolize the first theme of Lent, repentance. They are the traditional symbol of repentance in the Old and New Testaments.

Read the rest here.....

Monday, March 7, 2011

Anticipation

The Monday before Ash Wednesday, and I am finding myself really looking forward to Lent this year because of "40 Days for Life". I love the anticipation of all that will happen when hundreds of thousands of people join together from all over the world to pray for an end to abortion. Every day there will be reports of the many answers to those prayers. God is so faithful!

The boys are all discussing what they will give up. John is giving up his allowance. Paul is giving up spending his allowance, Brendan is giving up pancakes, which may not sound like much, but he eats pancakes every single morning for breakfast.

We will also be doing a full Rosary every night for our bedtime prayers. We usually do a few decades, but we will add more and pray for "40 Days" as our intention. I am hoping to get to as many parish events for Lent as we can.

I hope this is going to be a season of growth for us, individually and as a family.

I pray that all Christians, all over the world, have a very blessed and holy Lent, so that the Easter miracle can be lived to it's fullest!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

This Is a New Thing....

I've long been the mom of young ladies. I was one myself.
Getting through the teen years with Laura and Nina wasn't really even challenging. Yes, there were a few small rebellions, there were some mistakes, but they were the kind that you expect, and we weathered them, and here we are on the other side and they are doing so well.

So, I am now about to be the mom of a teenage boy. Yes, come June, John will be thirteen and the other two are going to be fast on his heels.
I haven't done this before. I have lived in a house with teenage boys, three of them. This is different though.
I am doing my best to stay on top of all the details, but I am sure glad that I have Tim, who has actually been one.

They are three wonderful guys and they do their best to be helpful, and let their mama know that they love her. It's a new thing, but I think it's going to be great!