August 12, 2016 · 7:26 pm
Tonight, I’m going to make a short story long.
We own a 21 year old car, a Corolla. It has 257K miles on it and we are expecting to get another 50K before it dies and we park it on the side of the road with a sign that says “first come, first serve.” It hasn’t had air-conditioning in almost 10 years. Ten years ago it didn’t matter so much because we were younger. Now, it does, so we only go out in the heat before noon or after 7 p.m. That, too, is okay. The two back windows haven’t been able to come down in about 4 years. Now, the driver’s side window doesn’t come down. It would cost us almost $300 to get it fixed. That is about what the car is worth. So we have one window that we can open.
Yesterday, when I was at Adoration, Jesus and I discussed the car. Charlie and I had had the discussion on Wednesday, when we were talking about whether or not getting another used car was a wise use of our resources right now. (We pray every night that God will show us how to use our resources wisely.) I realized that since the heater works quite well on the car, we only have to get through about 2, possibly 2 1/2 months before cooler weather. I came home from Church and purchased a portable car fan for circulating the air from Amazon. We decided that we will make a decision in the spring unless a newer used car drops itself in our lap. I believe in miracles so who knows?
On Friday, we go up into town to run any errands that we need to do. We left the house about 9:30 a.m. under very cloudy skies. The clouds kept the sun off of us and the heat down in the car. We had 6 stops to make. At the last stop, the sky looked very threatening for a storm. I told Charlie as we walked into the store that I had a feeling that it wouldn’t start raining until we were home. When we came out, the sky was still dark and cloudy, and the car, even with only one window open was comfortable. No rain.
I told Charlie that today, God was blessing us with the clouds to keep us cool. He replied, “He’s always blessing us. In fact, I think God can’t stop Himself from blessing us.”
The sun came out when we pulled into the driveway and it has been sunny and hot the rest of the day.
August 11, 2016 · 10:11 am
Found this blogger today, because of a comment made on one of my posts. Am following. Hope you do, too. This stuff is great!
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August 10, 2016 · 7:57 pm
I went to the Women’s Club meeting last night at my Church (Catholic, of course.) Thirteen years ago, I joined. Stopped going to the meetings about 8 years or so ago. I always pay my dues though. (It’s only 20 dollars and then I get a copy of the minutes, etc. and can keep up with what they are doing in case I want to go back.) Most of the time in the past 8 years, I went to the first meeting of the year and paid my dues in person. However, last night was the first time I went to a first meeting in two years. They have all new officers, so I thought it might be different. So, I went.
And, it started out fine. One of the past presidents did a wonderful program on why we should and do make the Sign of the Cross. We all got to read one of the 21 reasons and as we went around the room to read, the whole thing began to fall apart. So, we are talking about our worship of a Triune God. (Get it, right? Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.) Couldn’t get any plainer. Then someone, who should know better, reminded us that a wonderful Muslim woman told her that we all pray to the same God. WOW! NO WE DON”T. What doesn’t this good Catholic woman not understand about a Triune God? Of course, since I wouldn’t be coming back to the meetings the rest of the year, I let it pass. Someone else can deal with her delusion
That wasn’t all. They pass a jar around for donations to the Madonna Fund. This fund used to provide locally for mothers with small children who needed financial help. Last night, I found out that the Madonna Fund is given to the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) for use overseas. Since 98% of CRS employees give to pro-abortion candidates during an election and CRS also promotes contraception and abortion overseas, I could never give to the Madonna Fund again.
It’s never easy for me to go to a Catholic organization’s meeting, when it espouses positions that aren’t Catholic. (sigh)
Maybe next year?
August 6, 2016 · 11:06 am
Here is the picture and explanation from http://www.morningoffering.com
Feast of the Transfiguration
The Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord takes place on August 6th, an event mentioned in all three Synoptic Gospels. After revealing that he would be put to death in Jerusalem, Jesus took the three disciples of his inner circle to the summit of Mount Tabor in order to reveal his glory to them. Peter, James, and John saw Jesus transfigure before them, radiant in the fullness of his glory as he truly was, the Son of God. Next to Jesus were Moses and Elijah as witnesses to Christ’s fulfillment of the Old Testament law and prophets. St. Matthew writes of the event by saying, “He was transfigured before them. And his face did shine as the sun: and his garments became white as snow.”
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August 5, 2016 · 10:51 am
Just heard Father Pavone’s talk on the Catholic responsibility to vote. He makes a lot of good points and has given me something else to think about. Thought you’d like to listen.
August 2, 2016 · 2:21 pm
Each day, there are wonderfully inspired thoughts that bombard my consciousness. However, whenever I want to put them on paper they elude me and mock me.
There has been something stable about my mental state during the last few months, though. That is a deep, dark feeling of discontent. I retired at the end of last year and was asked and elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the organization that had been my employer for 10 years. This has kept me busy as their Treasurer and, no matter how much I protest to the contrary, I have enjoyed it, although this has not quelled the discontentment.
At the beginning of the year, I began attending the monthly Mass and meeting of the Discalced Carmelites in the area trying to discern if I had a vocation in this order. It became clear to me that I was too much of an activist to belong. I felt like a fish out of water because it seemed to be all prayer and not much of getting out of the pew and into the street. Prayer is their apostolate. Thought I was ready for the monastic lifestyle. I was very wrong.
There is the Women’s Club at St. Matthew and the K of C Women’s Auxiliary at St. Matthew. I belong to both. In these organizations, there seem to be too much action and not enough prayer. I was going to look into St. Vincent de Paul in our parish, but I have a feeling that they aren’t going to be satisfying either and my discontent will just continue.
As far back as I can remember, I have wanted to be a teacher. I did eventually accomplish that goal and worked for a few years as a university professor of psychology. I also volunteered for Religious Ed at my parish for years. I would love to teach the Faith again or, at least, give talks on it to people. I think if I was doing that, my prayer life at home would suffice for the balance that I need. Could that be like my Goldilocks’ moment? Would that be “just right?”
July 28, 2016 · 8:19 pm
Charlie and I read two Chapters in the Bible each evening. We are about halfway through Jeremiah. This book has 59 Chapters so that means for the past 15 days we have been wading through Israel’s apostasy, unfaithfulness, and stubborn idolatry, the godlessness of Judah and Jerusalem, Judah’s impending punishment, and the cup of the Lord’s wrath.
Each evening, we look at each other and sigh, because it sounds pretty much like what is America today.
One of my favorite Chapters so far is 24–the good and bad figs. The bad figs “will be made a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth, to be a reproach, a byword, a taunt, and a curse in all the places where I shall drive them.. And, I will send sword, famine, and pestilence upon them, until they shall be utterly destroyed from the land which I gave to them and their fathers.”
The Lord exhorts us to repentance. One of the things that He wants from us is to stop shedding innocent blood. He tells us that if we turn away from our sin and turn back to Him, He will relent and not punish us forever.
Believe it or not, reading Jeremiah has produced in me a joyfulness. It’s hard to explain. I think it’s because there is always hope. The Lord shows us the way to that hope. We have to turn to and trust in Him. That is true joy!
July 26, 2016 · 3:45 pm
I just looked at my most recent blog post on this site and realized that I haven’t posted anything since April. It’s not as if my life has been so busy that I couldn’t write. I think I was totally wrapped up in unimportant things like Facebook and just didn’t do what I really like to do which is reading, writing, and art.
I have started creating again. In fact, I just finished making an Art-Journal for a friend of mine for her birthday. (BTW, she loved it!) That got the juices flowing again and I’m ready to finish some of the projects that have been hanging around since I retired last October and start some new ones.
I am reading at least a book a week. That’s a good thing. Working my way through some series that I had been wanting to read for years.
Now, we have to tackle the writing part of the big three. Thought I’d begin today with some random thoughts that I have been having. Fortunately (or unfortunately) my mind is always busy; so much so, that sometimes I can’t quiet it enough at night to get decent sleep. However, I digress.
So here are my thoughts in an entirely random order.
- We watched “Superman versus Batman” last night. Not the worst movie I have ever seen. I don’t understand the “hype” over it though. I’m glad that we didn’t pay movie theater prices to see it.
- This election cycle has me stymied. How did we get here where our only choices for President are a narcissistic business man and a narcissistic criminal? Really, the only principled vote for me is to not vote for either. As I have explained to others, I have been working in the pro-life movement for 40 years. In all that time, not a single pre-born baby has been protected by law. The most that our lawmakers have done is “regulate” abortion. They have never understood that one doesn’t regulate evil and expect to retain one’s soul. No matter who is in the White House or Congress, my work will continue as I try to save lives (and souls) one at a time. I’m reminded of what John Adams said. Only a moral people are able to govern themselves. We have ceased to be moral as a nation so we have ceased to be great. Greatness cannot be restored until we turn back to God.
- I pray for our Pope, Francis. He has managed to sow confusion where there should be none. Of course, as a mother of 6, all of whom are in irregular unions, I would love that he would be right and that they aren’t living in a state of objective mortal sin. However, I believe that Jesus spoke the truth and so I pray continually for them and their spouses that they return to the faith that they were baptized in and get their messes cleaned up before it’s too late.
- Another mess that has me stymied is gay faux marriage and transgenderism. Sodom and Gomorrah have nothing on this world that we live in now. I know that people have been homosexual since the beginning of time; however it wasn’t in my face all the time. Just like I want to keep my life in the bedroom private, I wish they would, too. Sodomy is the only sin that has its own parade. And, make no mistake, it is a sin. I know that the Church dances around it by calling the act but not the inclination a sin. Jesus, though, told us that even if we lust in our hearts, we commit sin. Doesn’t matter who one lusts for, man or women, does it?
- I was going to say that I don’t understand the whole bathroom thing. This wouldn’t be totally accurate, though. This is just another thing to distract us from what is truly going on in our country–total moral decay and the total breakdown of decency and the family. This has been going on for about 50 years. Fifty-eight million dead babies later. . .is it any wonder that we are sliding to perdition on a highway greased with Pam? (I think I’m mixing a whole lot of metaphors, but you get the idea.)
I think that’s enough for today. I plan on writing much, much more in the future. I’ve given up Facebook, so I will have more time for the things that matter. I might lurk on FB once a week for a half-hour so I can keep up with what some of my grandchildren are doing. And, then again, I might not. They know how to reach me if it’s important.
Can I get a great AMEN!?
April 25, 2016 · 11:45 am
“When will we realize that one of the greatest mission fields in the West is the pews of our churches every Sunday morning?” Paul David Washer, The Gospel’s Power & Message
Source: One of the greatest mission fields
March 24, 2016 · 7:46 pm
“Unfortunately, the ten-cent-store Jesus being preached now by many men is not the Jesus that will come to judge the world. This plastic, painted Christ who has no spine and no justice, but is a soft and pliant friend to everybody, if He is the only Christ, then we might as well close our books, bar our doors and make a bakery or garage out of our church buildings. The popular Christ being preached now is not the Christ of God nor the Christ of the Bible nor the Christ we must deal with finally. For the Christ that we deal with has eyes as a flame of fire. And His feet are like burnished brass; and out of His mouth cometh a sharp two-edged sword (see Rev. 1:14-16). He will be the judge of humanity. You can leave your loved ones in His hands knowing that He Himself suffered…
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