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This blog is the ramblings of a Catholic from Kentucky. You never know what you might see here, most likely it will be about how my faith applies to the world around me. Whatever you see, the views expressed here are solely mine.



Updated: 2016-09-07T23:27:44.296-05:00

 



Lenten Massive Fail!

2009-06-25T15:13:13.977-05:00

Okay, so posting any blog entries during Lent was a massive fail. Partly because it is hard to pull up any Catholic sites here at work. They are being Websensed under the group "Traditional Religions." And the other part is becuase I've been refereeing massive amounts of soccer games this season and getting in extremely late and tired pretty much everyday. I do intend to get into these topics again. Happy Easter, all!

Paix du Christ!



Ash Wednesday

2009-06-25T15:13:13.977-05:00

Well, it's been a little while. Okay, it's been a long while. But, I'm going to try to start doing something on this blog during lent this year. Yes, part of my lenten resolution is to blog. I'm not planning on blogging everyday or all the time. But, just starting back up slowly. I think I'm going to bring back two segments that I used to do. One is Terse Verse where I take a simple verse from the Bible and try to make sense of it on my own or tell you how it talks to me. The other segment is Theology Thursday where I do something similar with some other kind of Church document. So, basically, this blog will be a Tues. and Thurs. event. Well, at least for this lent. And hopefully I can keep it up for at least these 40 days.

Paix du Christ!



Finally, the Bible being put in its place?

2009-06-25T15:13:13.978-05:00

Hong Kong is trying to decide if the Bible should be classified as indecent due to the mention of violence, sexuality, incest, rape, etc. At least people are starting to realize that the Bible isn't all that boring reading, you can't get all 3 of the elements of a good book in the Bible (sex, death, and religion). But, maybe not for the right reasons. If the Bible was deemed indecent in Hong Kong, it would mean that it would have to be sold from behind the counter with a sealed wrapper with a printed warning and could only be sold to people over 18. Just like an issue of Playboy.

But, there is a difference. The Bible doesn't glorify these sexual acts or include explicit details. If the Bible gets these restrictions put on it, then it would make sense to put the same restrictions on newspapers that mention the rapist that was arrested yesterday. And there could be more, where would it stop?

Paix du Christ!



Drunken Vandals in Rome

2009-06-25T15:13:13.978-05:00

(image) Four drunken visitors to Rome from Eastern Europe were arrested when they tried to take a screw driver to the papal emblem on the beautiful Fontana della Barcaccia (seen above) at the world known Spanish Steps. The fountain was commisioned by Pope Urban VIII in the late 1620's.

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Fatima Sex Ads

2009-06-25T15:13:13.978-05:00

Talking about money being the root of all evil. An advertising company has decided to print maps of the shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima. So far so good, but what are the advertisements on the side? Sex ads. These unofficial maps are confusing pilgrims and making them mad. This company really needs to replace their marketing department, obviously their demographic studies are done by monkeys. It doesn't take a genius to figure that people devout enough to pilgrimmage to Fatima, are not going to be into abhorent sexual behavior.

Paix du Christ!



Reasons NOT to use Ads by Google

2009-06-25T15:13:13.978-05:00

Check out the link in the title. This is an article from wikihow about how to address the Pope, cardinals, bishops, priests, and deacons whether verbally or in writing. Now, look at the side bar on the right that has Ads by Google links. Currently, there are 5 links and ALL 5 have something to do with finding registered sex offenders. You've got to be kidding me. This page says nothing about sex, abuse, or anything to that matter, and yet this crap still pops up. This has really got my ire going right now. There's absolutely NO reason for it.

Paix du Christ!



What a vigil!

2009-06-25T15:13:13.978-05:00

Easter Vigil at IU was very awesome, the siging and reading was great, the priests were fantastic and there were 11 people being baptized and 11 more candidates. Thats a total of 22 people entering the Church ON a college campus! Congratulations to all who have recieved sacraments this Easter Vigil!

Paix du Christ!



Second Anniversary

2009-06-25T15:13:13.979-05:00

I can remember the day 2 years ago like it was yesterday. It was extremely happy and extremely sad all at the same time. Today is the 2nd anniversary of the death of JP2. He is one of my role models. I was very saddened to found out that he had died as he did so much to work for Christian unity and harmony across the world in general. He is arguably (and definitely in my opinion) the most infulential person in the 20th century. But, I was very happy to hear that he no longer had to suffer. I'm sure more than the pain his illnesses caused him, it was even more painful for him not to be with the people giving his weekly addresses that he began and the traveling that he was well known for. The world definitely misses his smiling and kind face, but now we have a great intercessor for peace in heaven.

Pope John Paul the Great, pray for us!

Paix du Christ!



Welcome home, Lilly!

2009-06-25T15:13:13.979-05:00

Wow, this morning, my Mom passed on some news that she found out last night! Apparently my brother's fiancée is receiving 3 sacraments in less than a week. Reconcilliation, Eucharist, Confirmation. That's right apparently, she's entering the Church on Easter Vigil. And we are just finding out!

We knew they were attending RCIA classes, but at first it was just for informational purposes, so she would have a way of finding out about the faith. Which is fine, you can attend the RCIA program without an intent to join the Church. However, they never told us that she changed her opinion and decided to join. My brother has been trying to talk us into spending Easter with them in Bloomington. Which, Mom was thinking about, but I was fighting because it didn't make any sense since the majority of our family will all be in the same town that's only a 2 hour drive from them. But, he finally let us in on why.

This is very exciting news. Congratulations Lilly, we'll all be there for you and I'll be praying for you this week (but I always am praying for family, too)!

Paix du Christ!



Catholics in Dramas

2009-06-25T15:13:13.979-05:00

Every once in awhile, you'll see some people in TV Dramas mention that they are/were Catholic in some of the dialogs. Here are just a few examples.
Lost: Mr. Eko in Lost was a Catholic in childhood, but was allowed to be taken by some mercenary rebels at a young age to save his brother's life. Among these people, he ended up becoming a drug runner and murder. His brother however became a priest. On the island, Mr. Eko decides to tell people he is a priest, although he obviously is not.
CSI: Grissom from CSI was Catholic at some point and recognized some ligature marks on a neck as matching those of rosary beads, he really doesn't follow his childhood faith anymore, seemingly because he mostlikely has fallen into the trap that science and religion can't co-exist.
I was thinking about these events because I was watching the lastest episode of Law & Order: SVU and Detective Stabler is Catholic. Now, I know he attended his son's Confirmation before, but I didn't get to catch that episode. Maybe someone can enlighten me on what happened in that one. He and his wife are either separated or divorced, which still happens to the most devout, but is pretty sad. He visited his parish priest (I think his name is Fr. Dennis) in some advice for his current case in investigating a murder of a homosexual prostitute and an outspoken protestant minister against homosexuality. When he was with the minister at the New Souls church trying to get the minister to confess, it kind of surprised me that he made the sign of the cross and dropped to his knees, but even more surprising was that he just rattled off the whole Act of Contrition. I was surprised, because most dramas don't have the decency or courage to make their Catholic main characters devout. I'm not suggesting that Det. Stabler should be canonized or anything, but I usually have to read that prayer off a card when I'm in the confessional or at least go over it before I go. Also, that prayer made sense in that context and the priest was portrayed fairly normally and not stuck in the fifties or stuck up. It was well done. If you go to the site in the link within the month, you should be able to watch this episode online, check it out!

Paix du Christ!



Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!!!

2009-06-25T15:13:13.979-05:00

Don't forget to celebrate this marvelously brave and courageous Saint! There are plenty of St. Patrick legends (Driving all the snakes out of Ireland, Using the clover to describe the trinity), surronding this real person, but they all make great faith stories and teaching stories.

Like I said, Patrick was a real person living in the late 4th century to mid 5th century. And his life was probably quite different than you think if you've never looked into who he is, such as he wasn't actually Irish!

There are 2 letters he wrote the contents of which have survived to this day. You can find these letters at Wikisource, or in audio book format at LibriVox (You should definitely check out this reader!). You can also check out encyclopedia entries about St. Patrick at Wikipedia and New Advent.

Go check him out, he was an outstanding evangelist of the Christian faith!

Paix du Christ!



Do sidewalk pro-lifers really acheive anything?

2009-06-25T15:13:13.979-05:00

I get this question all of the time. The answer is YES.

I can give you loads of turn-around stories that I personally have seen. Does that mean that if you go to the local abortion mill this Saturday, you will see a young lady make the choice of life? Of course not, somedays you'll see a handful of girls choose life, somedays, you won't.

One recent story of sidewalkers being successful happened on a Tues. night here in Huntsville. Litterally, 3 people shut down the abortion mill for the days. We recently discovered that they've started killing babies on Tues. as well as Sat. On this particular Feb. Tues., 3 Lifers showed up outside on the sidewalk aroun 4:30pm. About 5 or so victims entered over the course of time. About 7:00pm, it was obvious that the abortionist wasn't there, since none of the victims had started to come out. About 7:30 someone from inside came out and said something like, "You know he's (the abortionist) not going to show up with anyone out here." So, no one left. A little after 9:00, the victims gave up on the abortionist to show up and left.

If this is such a liberating and positive thing for women, then why wouldn't the abortionist want anyone to see him? Why would he hide? Shouldn't he be proud of the fact that he kills babies and leaves women physically and emotionally wounded? No. He must shroud his face and hide in the darkness. Dr. Jekyl can't let anyone see the murderous Mr. Hyde and be labeled an abortionist.

This abortion mill was shut down for the day, not by blocking entrances, not by convincing victims not to go in, not by yelling or threatening, but only because the abortionist was ashamed of what he does and did not want to be seen.

So, yes, even just a presence on the sidewalk makes a difference and saves lives.

Paix du Christ!



Catholic Radio on the net

2009-06-25T15:13:13.980-05:00

You may know that SIRIUS Satelite Radio is where it is at if you're Catholic. EWTN has had a channel there for awhile, and the Archdiocese of New York has put up their own Catholic channel next door called the Catholic Channel at the begining of the liturgical year.

You also probably already know that you can listen to all of your favorite EWTN programs with your computer by streaming from their website.

However, as of St. Valentine's Day (for all of the calendar-challenged guys out there, that's today, pick up a gift after work/classes) both EWTN and the Catholic Channel will be offered online at SIRIUS!!!

Sure, I'm excited, I already have a radio and subscription, so now I can check into the shows while at work or away from my radio. If you don't already have a SIRIUS radio you may not be excited, BUT this means you can sign up for the free 3-day trial at SIRIUS and actually check out the Catholic stations during the trial. Not planning on paying a large chunk of cash for radio hardware and still not convinced to use the trial? You don't have to have a radio to take advantage of the Catholic channels. You obviously have a computer and an internet connection, which means you can pay for the cheaper $6.99/mo. and still hear the great Catholic programs. Don't forget all of the nice music stations you get with that as well, there's genres and music you won't find on conventional radio.

Check it out. What can it hurt? It's just a free 3-day trail!

Paix du Christ!



21 Years of Adoration

2009-06-25T15:13:13.980-05:00

Holy Spirit Catholic Church had an afternoon Mass and reception to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the perpetual adoration chapel. That's right, for 21 years, people have been praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament 24/7/52 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year) There is always someone keeping vigil with Jesus in the eucharist. So, if you're in Huntsville, AL at 3am or any other wierd hour, you can stop by the chapel (knock on the door if it's during the night hours) and pray before the blessed sacrament. It's the best secret in the town. I'm glad to say that I help out with an hour at 4am every Wed. morning. Once your body gets used to it, the extra hours 1 day a week isn't so bad. It re-charges my week right in the middle, to have my own personal time with Jesus.

May the chapel stay open for 21 and many more years!

Paix du Christ!



Army barricades way to church

2009-06-25T15:13:13.980-05:00

Sunday morning, on the way to church, there were road closed signs, barricades, and police blocking the roads to church. But that didn't stop us, we parked down the street and walked right through the barricade determined to fulfill our Sunday Obligation. Once past the road blocks we were met by army men and armed vehicles. But still we wouldn't let that keep us from freely practicing our religion.

Okay, now for the punch line. In Huntsville they had quite a few streets closed off for the weekend through the heart of downtown. They were trying to use a city type setting to do some kind of practice and testing. From what I've heard it was testing some new procedure to try scanning vehicles for IEDs and such.

Too bad I didn't have my camera, my phone was left at my apartment charging and I was running a little late for church (made it in just after the processional). There was a great opportunity for a photo. There were army men and an armored vehicle in the lot across from the church and I know I could have gotten a photo with the army vehicle in the foreground and the church in the background making it look like we are under martial law.

Either way it still made Sunday morning a little more usual than normal, but I still had to think about and pray for other people in the world who this is a reality for.

Paix du Christ!



Prayer to End Abortion

2009-06-25T15:13:13.980-05:00

Please join in saying the perpetual novena to end abortion today and every day.

Prayer to End Abortion

Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of my life,
And for the lives of all my brothers and sisters.
I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion,
Yet I rejoice that you have conquered death
by the Resurrection of Your Son.
I am ready to do my part in ending abortion.
Today I commit myself
Never to be silent,
Never to be passive,
Never to be forgetful of the unborn.
I commit myself to be active in the pro-life movement,
And never to stop defending life
Until all my brothers and sisters are protected,
And our nation once again becomes
A nation with liberty and justice
Not just for some, but for all,
Through Christ our Lord. Amen!

Paix du Christ!



34 years and finally some hope

2009-06-25T15:13:13.980-05:00

34 years ago was the Roe v. Wade decision that Americans can mercilessly kill innocent, defenceless, young American babies for no reason what-so-ever. Today, I'm spending the day in fasting and prayer for the end to all of this non-sense.

Over the past week, I went to an excellent rally on the courthouse steps here in Madison County to which about 75 people showed up. Also, in Birmingham there was a rally and march with thousands of people. Quietly and peacefully walking through the streets past the Summit (if you remember, that was the abortion mill that was forced to close this past year because of malpractice). There are only 2 abortion mills left in Birmingham, down from 7 over the past 15 years. Praise God! One of those is currently on probation. The walk also took us past one of the abortion mills which wasn't closed, this location is the only place with hecklers and pro-abortion signs. Both places that do abortions in Birmingham were closed for the day. I was very satisfied with being a part of the walk. There were even quite a few doctors walking in their smocks in support, many of them had the letters OB and GYN embroidered near their name. The walk was led by young people carring a casket of an aborted baby followed by women who have decided to be silent no more. Across the country many others will be showing their support today as well as this past weekend. in D.C. and San Francisco hundreds of thousands will be walking together.

This year, there is hope. As we walk, pray, and fast, please remember the cases currently going on in the Supreme Court. Gonzales v. Carhart and Gonzales v. Planned Parenthood were heard on Nov. 8th and have not yet been decided. These cases will hopefully get rid of the absolutely horrible practice of partial-birth abortion. There is also another case out there on the same grounds, but has not yet been heard.

This week, stop by YouTube to watch some excellent videos. These videos were created by a 19 year-old girl, whose mother was pregnant at 19 and single and and everyone around her telling her to have an abortion. She fought society and made her own choice to give her baby the gift of life. YouTube.com

Paix du Christ!



Biblical Armageddon begins!!!

2009-06-25T15:13:13.981-05:00

And where is it starting? Kentucky of course!

At least it feels like it. Man the stories. In the past week, I-65 has closed down both ways twice in the county where my parents live. There was a firey accident involving a few semis. One was med-flighted, but no one died. Then, a train with chemicals derails and burst into flames releasing toxic smoke, again not killing anyone. And the next day, a school bus crashes with 3 students dying in another part of Kentucky. Also, they released the audio recording of the plane that crashed taking off from Lexington last year.

There's got to be something in the water back home in Kentucky, sheesh!

Paix du Christ!



It's Christmas Time Again...

2009-06-25T15:13:13.981-05:00

Advent ended in a flurry this year. Sunday morning, Ethan was baptized!!!! I'll have to get some pictures up of my new godson. I'm so happy and so honored to be asked. In the past couple of week, I've held Ethan more than all of my cousins combined, probably. And I love every minute of it, babies are so precious. Afterwards there was a party (of course) and I hung out with the family until I had to go back to Mass, this time for Christmas and this time to sing in the Choir at a packed Mass as the only Tenor X.X Straight afterwards, I jumped in my car, drove for 4 hours straight in order to... you guessed it... go to Mass. I arrived just in time for Midnight Mass with my parents at my hometown parish.

Christmas morning is probably the first that I've slept time I've slept in on Christmas until about noon when Mom had to wake me up. We had Christmas morning without my brother for the first time. He had spent the previous week with his new fiancée and her family in MI, so they would be driving down Christmas Day. Once we get to my grandmother's house, we eat Christmas lunch and open presents, there weren't as many to open since all the aunts and uncles decided to donate to charities instead of having so many gifts under the tree, which is cool. After my grandmother opened the last present, the phone rang, and we could hear her from the other room. One of her nephews called to tell her that her sister had just died. Apparently they ate a Christmas breakfast, she decided to go lay down, and later when they went back to wake her up, she had already started turning blue. That changed the mood for a couple of hours. She had all kinds of cronic health problems, and she went peacefully, so we were all pretty grateful. But once everyone had their composure back together, we ALL gathered in the living room to pray along with a couple of Hail Marys. And then my grandmother started making plans to take a plane trip to Houston and back in the middle of the Holiday airport mélée.

We had to leave to make it back home before my brother made it in, but they were held up and ended up being 2 hrs. late and we had dinner with my other grandmother. The rest of the week was busy, but pretty normal for the holiday, both my brother (with his girl) and I were able to stay the whole week, so that was great.

That is my Christmas story and it was really nice this year.

Paix du Christ!



Happy Birthday!

2009-06-25T15:13:13.981-05:00

It's been a while since I've posted, but Christmas has been CRAZY, but wonderful! Of course today is the 9th day of Christmas. No matter what the stores are displaying, or what the radio stations play, we are still IN the Christmas season, so keep those decorations up and keep those CDs (or flash drives) spinnin'!

Think about it, Christmas is when we celebrate Jesus' birth as a baby. Who here has been pregnant or been close to someone whose pregnant? Before hand is all of the preparation: showers, making sure the nusery is stocked, you have the diapers and strollers that you need, you have doctor visits to make sure the baby is okay, you have to have plans of how to get to the hospital and what you're going to do, and the list goes on. It's all the getting ready. After the baby is born, there is a period of excitement with people wanting to see and hold the baby, there are gifts, congratulations, cakes celebrating the birth and all kinds of joy and festivities, this is the period when you see all of the "It's a Boy/Girl" and other baby decorations and streamers go up, not before.

The secular seasons (you know... what the stores do) where Christmas starts after Halloween, Valentine cards start to be sold after Christmas and so forth really doesn't make a lot of sense, unless you are trying to milk people out of their money. The liturgical seasons that the Church has set up emulates the real life scenario we looked at above. Advent is the preparation during the 4 weeks before the birth of Christ. We too need to clean the cobwebs out of the nursery before Christ is born in our hearts and so forth, BEFORE the birth of the baby Jesus. Christmas STARTS on Christmas Day not end, and for the weeks following, we celebrate with joy the birth of the baby Jesus. We clammor to hold Jesus in our hearts, we rejoice in his new life within us every year.

Continue to celebrate Christmas for the rest of this week, but remember to spread the joy of Christmas (which is Christ) throughout the ENTIRE year!

Paix du Christ!



Belated St. Nicks

2009-06-25T15:13:13.981-05:00

Man, things have been busy since Thanksgiving. This past weekend, 2 babies were saved on our sidewalk, what a tribute for the day after the celebration of the Immaculate Conception.

Usually, I don't get gifts for St. Nick's Day. Before, I've left candy for my college roommates, and bought small stuff for people in Church. However, this past Dec. 6, I got 2 of the best gifts ever! At a church event, a friend came over afterwards and asked if I would be the godfather of her 3wk. old son Ethan. If that wasn't enough, later that night, my brother called to say that he just got engaged that day. So, this year, God gave me a godson (this will be gosdon #2) and a future-sister-in-law all in the same night to celebrate St. Nick's day!

Paix du Christ!



My Prayerbook

2009-06-25T15:13:13.981-05:00

I have a regular weekly hour of Adoration at 4:00 Wed. mornings. So, I thought that maybe the day before each week, I can post some topics that I will be praying for, hopefully you might also take some of my intentions and feel free to add to my prayer list in the comments field and I'll take them along with me.
  • Canada Sean and his family.
  • RA soldiers across the world.
  • A fruitful SQPN/RA fund drive.
  • Engaged couples to continue to discern their vocation.

Paix du Christ!



LEE HIGH BUS UPDATE: Announcements

2009-06-25T15:13:13.982-05:00

(image) This afternoon started off on a sad note. Shortly afternoon, an announcement of another student death by injuries. The fourth student to die from the accident is Crystal Renee McCrary at the age of 17.

The NTSB is still on the ground at the site, at their press conference, they listed some steps the investigation will have to take. Not really much useful information. They said they are here just to gather information and the probable cause will not be determined until the final report comes out which can take quite some time.

Although Lee High School decided to still have classes today (which I think is a good idea to give the students somewhere to go and have something else to focus on other than their drepression), they did decide to cancel tonight's Basketball game. Along with convening for classes, the school said that they would have many counselors on hand throughout the day for students.

Please continue to join with me in praying for everyone involved.

Paix du Christ!



LEE HIGH BUS UPDATE: The Mass

2009-06-25T15:13:13.982-05:00

Mass last night was nicely done. They were able to get some one there to do music and Fr. John did well trying to fit in talking about the tragedy although he had found out about it just before Mass. Quite a few Lee High students (15-20) showed up, some were Catholic, and many were not. Many people were touched to tears, some of which new some one that was serriously hurt or killed, and others who were just touched by the tragedy. Before Mass, a newspaper team from Chattanooga were interviewing a lady who knew one of the girls that died, I believe it was Taniesha. The parish secretary and youth minister decided that we couldn't give permission to the media to take pictures or video without first consulting the pastor who was not present. So, they delegated me to tell them and the Birmingham NBC crew that showed up who were supposed to be getting shots of a service for some National coverage. Luckily, during the Liturgy of the Word, Fr. Glen, the pastor, showed up and gave them permission so the music minister took them up to the choir loft at the Alleluia and they came down during the Liturgy of the Eucharist. After Mass, they interviewed the principal of Catholic High School about his feelings as a principal in the area and then the youth minister. So, if you see something that looks like a Catholic Mass on NBC, that would be St. Mary of the Visitation.

Paix du Christ!



LEE HIGH VUS UPDATE: The Next Morning

2009-06-25T15:13:13.982-05:00

Last night, the Police were able to talk to the driver of the small car now described as an orange Celica. Both the driver and passenger of the Celica were students and they have confirmed that both students were on route to the same destination. Neither of these students are being charged or held. Nicole's, now reported to be 19 instead of 18, family at first had said that she was pregnant, but her sister says that is not true. However, Nicole was the mother of a 4 year old. Taniesha's age has been released as 17. Both Christina and Nicole's funeral arrangements have been finalized and announed, although Taniesha's are not known at this time. I believe there is only one student in critical condition which they are worried about. They say the driver is in bad shape, and unable to talk, but we don't know much more about his condition.

This morning, the NTSB begins it's investigation into the accident. They will start on the I-565 ramp where it all started. They will also sample paint and metal off both the Celica and the bus to see if the vehicles did touch or not.

Paix du Christ!