Friday, June 21, 2013

Make no mistake: if He rose at all
it was as His body;
if the cells' dissolution did not reverse, the molecules reknit, the amino acids rekindle,
the Church will fall.
It was not as the flowers,
each soft Spring recurrent;
it was not as His Spirit in the mouths and fuddled eyes of the eleven apostles;
it was as His flesh: ours.

The same hinged thumbs and toes,
the same valved heart
that - pierced - died, withered, paused, and then regathered out of enduring Might
new strength to enclose.
Let us not mock God with metaphor, analogy, sidestepping, transcendence;
making of the event a parable, a sign painted in the faded credulity of earlier ages:
let us walk through the door.

The stone is rolled back, not papier-mache,
not a stone in a story,
but the vast rock of materiality that in the slow grinding of time will eclipse for each of us
the wide light of day.
And if we will have an angel at the tomb,
make it a real angel,
weighty with Max Planck's quanta, vivid with hair, opaque in the dawn light, robed in real linen
spun on a definite loom.

Let us not seek to make it less monstrous,
for our own convenience, our own sense of beauty,
lest, awakened in one unthinkable hour, we are
embarrassed by the miracle,
and crushed by remonstrance.

- John Updike

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Well, That Was Fun!

 Yesterday we headed up to Hershey, PA, for another fun-filled summer day.
Brendan and Paul are blest to get tickets from Fr Jay, because they serve Mass, and John and I got discount tickets on the same deal.
The weather was supposed to be bad, with thunderstorms moving through the area, and back here at home it apparently rained most of the day. While it wasn't sunny, it was actually perfect weather for our purposes. It was warm, but overcast, and the rain held off until 9pm!

We got out the door a bit later than we might have, because we have dear Maggie to think about. Tim was going to be late getting my car from the tire shop and the mechanic.
On a very good note, there is nothing seriously wrong with my car!! YAY!

So, the boys found their respective friends when we got to the park. They spent a little time in the wave pool, and then they all took off to the far reaches of the park to go on the rides.

I caught up with them later, and got some pictures....and a bit of video.

Hershey Castle


Brendan and Kevin in the Front

Good Ride!

Off to the Sidewinder

Evening at the park, and the view from the "Kissing Tower"

It was such a nice day. We are all home, safe and sound. get ready for Texas!!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day (weekend)

What a great weekend it has been!
We have had a whole lot of fun, and celebrated some of the best people!

Yesterday we joined the Hoppel family for a tubing party on Deer Creek. The kids had so much fun, and it was just nice to be there with some very nice families.
The adults didn't go on the water, but the kids went on one run that ended up being about four hours!
It was a perfect day. Warm, but not hot.

It was also a day to celebrate Danielle Hoppel's 18th birthday! Such a special young lady.

Today, of course, is Father's day, and we were home most of the day. We had some rain, so the pool was not really very well attended. Brendan and I went up for a bit, and then came back in time to fix dinner.
Nina and Lilly were grilling out on their back patio, and I made grilled pork chops. They were amazing! Then Tim had his coconut cream pie for dessert, and open his gifts. Lilly and Nina came up later to say hi, and Lilly and Grandpa played a round of wii golf.
Tim deserves to have a nice Father's day, for all that he does for us!

The upcoming week should be a busy one. We are getting ready to head to TX in a week, and then when we get back we will be just in time to get ready for Camp Veritas! Busy Summer! But very, very good.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

That's a Wrap!

2012/2013, it was a great year!
Onward and upward!
I am so proud of the boys.
They had a very good year of learning and experiencing new things. We spent a lot of time learning with new people and in new ways.
We have gotten through Saxon Math 7/6, Algebra 1/2 and Geometry.
We did some really wonderful literature and the kids wrote some excellent papers.
John got into robotics and learned so much about applying the engineering that he was learning in class.
All three boys made great progress in Piano and Karate.
And so much more!

Next year we embark on a new co-op adventure!
I am so excited about all that we have planned.
But for now, Summer vacation!!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Sacred Heart Of Jesus, We Put Our Trust In YOU!

I found this on THIS BLOG and wanted to make sure I shared.
I have read this before, and every time I do it blesses me.

Pope Francis A Witness To A Eucharistic Miracle!
[reprinted from The Catholic Eternal Truth blog]

In 1996 in the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires, Argentina, when the present Pope Francis was Auxiliary Bishop under Cardinal Quarracino, an amazing Eucharistic miracle took place. He himself had it photographed and investigated and the results are astonishing. At seven o’clock in the evening on August 18, 1996, Fr. Alejandro Pezet was saying Holy Mass at a Catholic church in the commercial center of Buenos Aires. As he was finishing distributing Holy Communion, a woman came up to tell him that she had found a discarded host on a candle holder at the back of the church. On going to the spot indicated, Fr. Alejandro saw the defiled Host. Since he was unable to consume it, he placed it in a container of water and put it away in the tabernacle of the chapel of the Blessed Sacrament.

On Monday, August 26, upon opening the tabernacle, he saw to his amazement that the Host had turned into a bloody substance. He informed Bishop Jorge Bergoglio(Now Pope Francis, Auxillary Bishop that time), who gave instructions that the Host be professionally photographed. The photos were taken on September 6. They clearly show that the Host, which had become a fragment of bloodied flesh, had grown significantly in size. For several years the Host remained in the tabernacle, the whole affair being kept a strict secret. Since the Host suffered no visible decomposition, Cardinal Bergoglio(Who became Archbishop by that time) decided to have it scientifically analyzed.

On October 5, 1999, in the presence of the Cardinal’s representatives, Dr. Castanon took a sample of the bloody fragment and sent it to New York for analysis. Since he did not wish to prejudice the study, he purposely did not inform the team of scientists of its provenance(the source of sample was kept secret to the scientists). One of these scientists was Dr. Frederic Zugiba, the well-known cardiologist and forensic pathologist. He determined that the analyzed substance was real flesh and blood containing human DNA. Zugiba testified that, “the analyzed material is a fragment of the heart muscle found in the wall of the left ventricle close to the valves. This muscle is responsible for the contraction of the heart. It should be borne in mind that the left cardiac ventricle pumps blood to all parts of the body. The heart muscle is in an inflammatory condition and contains a large number of white blood cells. This indicates that the heart was alive at the time the sample was taken. It is my contention that the heart was alive, since white blood cells die outside a living organism. They require a living organism to sustain them. Thus, their presence indicates that the heart was alive when the sample was taken. What is more, these white blood cells had penetrated the tissue, which further indicates that the heart had been under severe stress, as if the owner had been beaten severely about the chest.”

Two Australians, journalist Mike Willesee and lawyer Ron Tesoriero, witnessed these tests. Knowing where sample had come from, they were dumbfounded by Dr. Zugiba’s testimony. Mike Willesee asked the scientist how long the white blood cells would have remained alive if they had come from a piece of human tissue, which had been kept in water. They would have ceased to exist in a matter of minutes, Dr. Zugiba replied. The journalist then told the doctor that the source of the sample had first been kept in ordinary water for a month and then for another three years in a container of distilled water; only then had the sample been taken for analysis. Dr. Zugiba’s was at a loss to account for this fact. There was no way of explaining it scientifically, he stated. Also, Dr. Zugibe passionately asked, “You have to explain one thing to me, if this sample came from a person who was dead, then how could it be that as I was examining it the cells of the sample were moving and beating? If this heart comes from someone who died in 1996, how can it still be alive?

Then did Mike Willesee inform Dr. Zugiba that the analyzed sample came from a consecrated Host (white, unleavened bread) that had mysteriously turned into bloody human flesh. Amazed by this information, Dr. Zugiba replied, “How and why a consecrated Host would change its character and become living human flesh and blood will remain an inexplicable mystery to science—a mystery totally beyond her competence.”

Then Doctor Ricardo Castanon Gomez arranged to have the lab reports from the Buenos Aires miracle compared to the lab reports from the Lanciano miracle, again without revealing the origin of the test samples. The experts making the comparison concluded that the two lab reports must have originated from test samples obtained from the same person. They further reported that both samples revealed an “AB” positive blood type. They are all characteristic of a man who was born and lived in the Middle East region.

Only faith in the extraordinary action of a God provides the reasonable answer—faith in a God, who wants to make us aware that He is truly present in the mystery of the Eucharist. The Eucharistic miracle in Buenos Aires is an extraordinary sign attested to by science. Through it Jesus desires to arouse in us a lively faith in His real presence in the Eucharist. He reminds us that His presence is real, and not symbolic. Only with the eyes of faith do we see Him under appearance of the consecrated bread and wine. We do not see Him with our bodily eyes, since He is present in His glorified humanity. In the Eucharist Jesus sees and loves us and desires to save us. (Archbishop Bergoglio became a Cardinal in 2001, this miracle was published after many researches, by that time he became a Cardinal, that's why he is addressed as cardinal in this post) Also watch where Dr.Castanon, Atheist turned Catholic explains this miracle!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Summer Recital Pieces...

Well, Brendan and Paul had their Summer recital tonight, and since we had less than optimal seats for filming, I made everyone play again when we got home....
It builds character, and then since I was feeling especially homeschoolish, I even had John play...

So this is Paul doing his piece, sans music, on our piano. He did a great job at the recital too!

This is Brendan playing "The Elephant",

And here we have John, who was playing something....else.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Pray On...

I strongly suspect that if we saw all the difference even the tiniest of our prayers to God make, and all the people those little prayers were destined to affect, and all the consequences of those effects down through the centuries, we would be so paralyzed with awe at the power of prayer that we would be unable to get up off our knees for the rest of our lives.
- Peter Kreeft

Thursday, June 6, 2013

What's Happening Across the Street?

Our Across-the-street-neighbor has decided to expand his already large garage, and the first step in the process is to clear the area of trees. So a tree removal company showed up this morning to do their part. We'll be watching how this progresses....

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

It's June

And I haven't posted anything, anywhere in days.
I haven't been on Facebook, except to leave comments, and I am so bad about blogging lately.

School is ALMOST over. We had our promotion ceremony with TORCH, and Brendan graduated from 8th grade!

John has a few more Math lessons, and he has to finish an essay for Literature.
Brendan and Paul have a Piano recital this Sunday to finish out their year.

I am starting to think about the coming Fall, but not too hard.
I am going to be working on a few classes with some other families, since our big co-op has folded.
We are going to do American History with all three boys, and American Lit for MS and HS.
I am also thinking about the Biology class that I am going to be teaching at our house.
We did a frog dissection last week, and as of that experience, I have decided that further dissections will be done online.
Paul and John seemed to enjoy it though. They named their frogs Kermetta and Gerardine, and had all kinds of fun exploring.

I think we will have Spanish  in our co-op. John and Brendan both need a language, for high school.
We will keep working on Music and Karate with the teachers that we are working with.
The boys are making good progress.

I need to make a plan for how I want to approach school and get things under way.
There are things to coordinate with other families and we need to sit down and plan.

But first, we are going to Hershey Park, to let the boys run wild on the rides.
Then we are going to take a little trip to Texas, and see some adorable Cookes.
Then we have a trip to New York to attend Camp Veritas again. What a special time that will be!
John and Paul are going to be attending a science workshop on Aberdeen Proving Ground.
Paul's program focuses on Engineering and John's is Cyber-tech.

Robotics will resume this Summer with all the boys taking part this year. That will be crazy!
It's such a good experience though.

We are just going to try and have a really good summer.
Pool time, family time, learning time, and time to relax. I may even read a few books.
It's a good thing to have a break.