Sunday, May 31, 2009

Dont' give up loving

As Father Humberto said tonight in his homily, those who are the hardest to love, often need the love the most. Don't give up loving them, as you may be the only one working to love them.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

New Mass Translation Preview

The USCCB has created an area to preview the new translation of the Holy Mass. You can view the changes as they look now by clicking here:

This has not been finalized, but is very interesting to check out. We are going to have to put on our learning hats to learn the differences.

I have been excited about the changes when it was announced that the U.S. Bishops had been given the OK to work on the translation, in an effort to be closer to the Latin translation of the Mass.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Interview with George

Interview with George, the driver of the 1962 Chevy Nomad, involved in this terrible 5-car crash. George is a real hero, getting free from the wreckage and calling the fire rescue plane to douse the flames.

What are you waiting for...Come Home

Are you searching for a church? If you have been searching for the True Church, the church that has withstood attacks from every conceivable place, most especially satan himself, you need not look any further. This church has done something that no man made group or government has been able to do. The Catholic Church today teaches the same moral and natural truths it did 2,000 years ago. It has not changed, because real truth CAN NOT be changed. Even the Great, but infant like United States Government (230 years compared to 2,000) has changed countless times from it's original foundations. The Catholic Church is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow!

Come back home, or come home for the first time. You are prayed for every day. The Holy Spirit is knocking, won't you answer?

Monday, May 25, 2009

God Bless us on Memorial Day

May God truly bless our nation, especially all of the brave souls who have fought and died for the freedoms and liberties we enjoy today.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Ascension of our Lord

"Jesus appeared to the eleven, and he said to them, 'Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. The one who believes and is baptized will be saved: but the one who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: by using my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes in their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.'

So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and proclaimed the good news everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that accompanied it." [Mk. 16:15-20]

Friday, May 22, 2009

A Father's Touch

Don't underestimate the power and influence a father has on his child(ren). We all hear of the tragedy in today's society regarding absent fathers. It is truly one of the most terrible stories I can imagine. I had a nice talk with my best friend recently about the influence a mom and dad have on their children.

A boy, in particular, will learn what a real man is and will determine if he wants to also be a "real man" when he grows up based on what he sees or does not see from his father.

I am not together with my son's mom. I do truly feel that I that I am a "real man" model for my six-year old son. He hears from my lips and sees in my actions every time we are together, examples of how to be a "real man".

I talk about loving his mother. She doesn't really understand this real love, and would be very upset, I am certain, if she knew that I was telling our son that I loved his mommy. However, I really believe one of the greatest gifts I can give my son, is to show him that I do love his mom. I don't understand her and I don't agree with the way she treats him, but as far as he knows, I love her.

I talk about loving Jesus. Jesus and God the Father are my role models along with my dad of what a "real man" should be.

I teach my son how to be a leader and how to think independently. I teach him how to work hard for what he wants. I give him freedom to succeed as well as fail, and he knows I am always there to support and teach him.

Today, he left school early feeling ill. The school called his mom, who left her job to pick him up, take him home, and take care of him. As this was a day I was to spend with my son after school, she called to inform me that he was not feeling good, and wanted to stay at her house to rest. I said that was fine, and to have him call me so we could talk after he rested. I received a call at 1:30, and I expected it would be my son. Instead it was his mom, telling me that he had changed his mind and wanted me to pick him up.

When I arrived, he was very, very clingy to his mom. There have been just a couple times in his life that I have seen him that way. He would look at me and smile, but clung tightly to his mommy. He kept telling her that he was going to miss her. Really weird behavior. She walked him out to my car. He climbed in and I buckled him in. As we prepared to pull away, I rolled down his window so he could say goodbye. We pulled away, and instantly, I mean instantly his demeanor changed. My first words to him were to ask him how he was feeling. He said, "I am great now". He was non-stop from that point on until his mom picked him up a couple hours later. When she picked him up 5 p.m., he was just at lively...a complete 180 degree turn from when she last saw him. How did that happen. I was dad, and he knew and felt the comfort, love and support, and responded immediately after leaving his mom.

Wow, this really brought home what my touch and my presence mean to my son. I knew it already, as this was exactly what my friend and I were talking about just a few days earlier. I am certain he will grow up to be a "real man".

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Letter to the President

This is a letter I sent to President Obama this evening. I know it is long. I took up all but 3 of my alloted 5,000 characters.

Mr. President. Thank you for having this tool to allow us to stay connected. I did not vote for you, and actually had some great email dialogue with friends and family leading up to the election. Some favored you, some did not. As I have listened to many of your speeches and talks through the election cycle and after you election, I have heard on many occasions you speaking of your sincere care for people of this nation and the world. So, much so, that I too could possibly have been persuaded to vote for you.

In one of the email correspondences I had with family and friends just after your nomination, I wrote that you could well end up being one of the greatest presidents in our history. really practiced what you spoke about. Unfortunately, I feel that there are still just too many inconsistencies in your policies and directions.

I really loved it when you have spoken about your upbringing, how difficult it was, and that through your perseverance you were able to overcome those obstacles to reach this pinnacle in you life. In that same speech, however, you spoke of government's responsibility of helping those who are in the same situation as you were. That was a big conflict and problem with me. Can someone work hard, learn, and persevere to achieve their goals, or does that same someone rely on their government to achieve their goals for them. I hope you understand the dilemma that caused. That is just one example of many similar inconsistencies I have seen and heard from you.

Again, I really, really appreciate and applaud the way you seem to personally support those in need, those in poor communities, those with broken families, those who have lost their jobs and more. The way you talk does inspire people, you definitely have the charism of a person who can lead and who others will follow. You can really have a big impact on shaping the future for our great country and the world.

You have already made an impact with stimulus packages, emission control standard changes, fuel efficiency vehicle, etc, etc. All of these type of changes may very well be good for the continued success of our country. I am certain that you will be a supporter, throughout your term or terms, of real human rights issues. You at least lead me to feel that way from the way you speak.

I just simply do not understand, however, that if you believe so much in human rights, taking care of the poor, support of families, and everything that goes along with that type of philosophy, that you feel the need to support a person's right to kill their child. That person never has the opportunity to grow up to achieve ANYTHING. None of the rights and freedoms of our great land will be afforded that person, as they will have been murdered in the safest and most beautiful place - their mother's womb.

This is the BIGGEST contradiction in your platform and philosophies, as I see it. As I have stated, you could be not only one of the greatest presidents, you could be the GREATEST president we have have ever had, if you would truly make the strong stance to really support human rights, right from the beginning. Your charisma and leadership could so positively affect the country and the world and change the tide from the death loving society, to a society of truly believing in and helping our fellow humans on this earth.

It is really unimaginable to think that one person could have that much influence. I know you stated in your address at Notre Dame University, that one person can not change the world. You, however, with a strong position to support human life, along with all of the other wonderful human issues, could indeed have that influence!

This issue has become a matter of choice, however, every issue in the world and our history is a matter of choice. Every choice we make shapes the next person, the next day, the next generation....for good and for bad. Just because we have been blessed to have the ability to make these choices, does not give us freedom to make choices that are disruptive or damaging to our selves, our neighbors, our community, our world.

It starts, and must start with the choice so support life, not the killing of life.

Perhaps you are right that those who support abortion do not believe they are doing anything wrong, and that they are not killing a person. Your influence and direction to support life from conception to natural death, would help to solve that. There will always be those in our world and country who believe that they should be able to do anything to anybody at any time for any reason....just because they want to. Although I have love and compassion for these type of people, they are killing our society.

With your outspoken support for life, people who actually love life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness will gel together behind you stronger than you could ever imagine. It would be truly amazing.

Mr. President, thank you for allowing this forum.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Pro Life Ad airing on American Idol

APA changes their information about existence of a "Gay Gene"

Just one day after I expressed my thoughts on same sex, opposite sex, multi sex, non-sex, personal sex, World Net Daily announced that the American Psychological Association changed it's brochure titled: Answers to Your Questions for a Better Understanding of Sexual Orientation & Homosexuality, to say their is no consensus among scientists that a "gay gene" exists.

The section of the brochure is below. Not only is there no consensus among scientists that a "gay gene" causes homosexual attraction, there is also no consensus that many, many others factors heavily studied are factors in determining sexual orientation. Again, sexual orientation of any type, as I wrote about yesterday. So what causes this? I reaffirm my thoughts that there is not a "cause". If sexual orientation is not caused by genetics, hormones, social or cultural influences, and it is not a mental disease, which the APA strongly states, and I also believe, then what is it! The APA says many feel "little or no sense of choice". I understand how and why they say that, because I certainly have not sensed choice in my sexual orientation. I do, know, however, that I most certainly and vividly remember making choices when it came to sexual matters in my life.

As I explained to a good friend, today, there is no room in this world for discrimination towards any human based on the sexual orientation or preference they feel or choose. I am not saying that if they choose to live a lifestyle other than what was designed and implemented by God, that it is OK. The person is still a person, the actions are what are contrary to the Natural Law. Common Sense, if there is nothing else in the world, shows us that Male and Females were created throughout the animal world for a reason....I think most people gay, straight, multi, non, personal sexuals know in their heart what that is.

American Psychological Association

Answers to Your Questions for a Better Understanding of Sexual Orientation & Homosexuality

"What causes a person to have a particular sexual orientation?"

"There is no consensus among scientists about the exact reasons that an individual develops a heterosexual, bisexual, gay, or lesbian orientation. Although much research has examined the possible genetic, hormonal, developmental, social, and cultural influences on sexual orientation, no findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors. Many think that nature and nurture both play complex roles; most people experience little or no sense of choice about their sexual orientation."

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Carrie Prejean keeps Miss California Title

I am happy that Donald Trump decided to let Carrie Prejean keep her crown as Miss California. Just like it took courage for Carrie to stand up for her beliefs when she was asked if she supported marriage between gay individuals, it also took courage for the Donald to not take the easy road and strip her of the crown. People in the gay community or supporters of this lifestyle choice have been asking for understanding, and tolerance for many years. Many people certainly did not practice this by the outrage and hatred thrown at Carrie after her opinion and belief did not please them.

I am certainly not a scientist, however, I do not believe that any person is given any sexual orientation, straight, gay, multi..or anything in between, on the fringe, or way out there. We are taught by our relatives and our culture who and what we should love. Even if God implanted something in our soul and being to tell us how we should love and live with, I believe it is ultimately our choice.....I know God did give us free will.....even when it comes to this type of choice. Do we choose to love a person of the opposite sex, do we choose to love a person of the same sex, do we choose to love multiple persons, do we choose to simply love ourself, do we choose to love a person our same age, do we choose to love a person older, do we choose to love a person younger, do we choose to love a non person (animate or not). We DO MAKE this choice, just as we are able to and do make many, many other choices in life. Our choice of sexual or love partner(s) is also just that.....our choice. Some of those choices are what God would intend us to make, some are not. We should all pray that we make the choices that God would have us make, after all he is our maker, and we were created for him. We should also be willing and ready to face the consequences if we make the choices that go against God's preferred plan for us.....He does not force us to make the right decisions.

Special Important Prayer Request

Please click here to visit Real Catholic TV to learn about a very important prayer request. Thank you!

Monday, May 11, 2009

USA Today Article

Link here to a column by Richard W. Garnett in Monday's USA Today. He explains further the Scandal at Notre Dame.

The New IBible

Found this new item on patrick madrid's blog site. It is well worth a look. Anything that can help us read, understand and study the Bible!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

God chose woman to be the bearer of life. May he bless all the women who are open to bringing life into the world, and to all those who have already done so. Happy Mother's day, especially to my Mom, Grandma, sisters in law, and other family and friends. May a special Mother's Day blessing be bestowed on the mother of my son: God Bless You, and thank you for being the mother of our son.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Arch Bishop Raymond Burke Speaks out

Link to article about Arch Bishop Raymond Burke, former Arch Bishop of St. Louis, and now a high ranking Bishop in the Vatican. He is speaking out against the choice of Father Jenkins to have President Obama speak and be honored at the graduation ceremonies next week

Keep your prayers, especially the Rosary, going.

Strong Storms in SW Missouri

My thoughts and prayers for all those back home who endured Tornado weather Friday. I vividly remember to this date, a similar day in Springfield in the early 80's. Seeing debris flying over our house on Catalina Circle, and then later seeing the damage in Southern Hills, and especially near Battlefield Mall.

Here is a list of damage reports, provided by KY3 TV, to remind us the damage these storms can do.

Another report from KY3

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Father John Corapi on Notre Dame Scandal

Terrible Two's ???

My best friend asked me tonight if my son, Christopher, ever went through the terrible 2's. Christopher will be seven in August, and I remember how blessed I felt during his third year upon this earth.

I told her that he did not have anything even close to the terrible 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, and now 6's!!!!!

As anyone who knows me, knows... I truly believe that Christopher was a miracle baby, and I count my blessings and thank God for him each and every day!