Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I'm celebrating Christmas in Iraq this year
I'm fortunate, for our priest will be here
Off to the chapel at midnight for Mass
A day different from the others at last
We pray for faith, hope, love and for peace
We know He will return and wars will cease
Until His justice reigns, we're here in this land
Defending Iraq and home in these blowing sands
Sixteen months or so they say
But I'm still here this Christmas day
Peace on Earth and goodwill towards men
Until His Second Coming. Amen
Saturday, December 20, 2008
I came up with an idea this morning of adopting a blog. I thought about it for a while and came to the conclusion that this sort of thing should start within St Blog's Parish before it moved out into the greater blogosphere.
By adopting you would keep the author(s) in your prayers and link to their site on your sidebar (if you have a site). But you would also read their blog with some frequency, maybe blog on one of their posts, and comment on his or her blog as you see fit.
Here's the basic ground rules:
1) You pick a blog and leave a comment under this post marking which blog you adopted. I am not going to assign the blogs out. I am deploying soon and I don't think I'll have time for that.
2) If someone has already taken that blog please move on and find another one there are plenty out there. I know everyone wants to adopt the Curt Jester, but lesser known bloggers need your prayers too. That's not to say that that you can't still pray for Jeff at the Curt Jester on top of your adopted blogger.
3) Tell other bloggers in St Blog's Parish. I have a lesser known blog and I don't have the visibility of the Curt Jester or American Papist. Besides, I am leaving soon and I don't know how much time I will have for blogging.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
After I commented, the next day I looked again on sitemeter at the search terms that led people to my humble blog. I noticed one of the phrases is "Che compared to Christ" which took them to my post titled "Che compared to Christ??!!"
I googled that search to see what else would come up. I found a video on YouTube that really grabbed me. Other than that there wasn't much else interesting, I thought.
Here's the video:
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
I actually contributed this week. I haven't done that in a while. I have been slacking.
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Every year we see pictures and car magnet with the catchphrase "Keep Christ in Christmas". What about the other part of Christmas...Mass. Even if someone reduces Christmas to Xmas. The Mass and Christ truly present in the Mass are still in the word. That's not to say I am defending the Xmas abbreviation. I find it repugnant and a blatant attempt to remove anything religious from our culture. What I am saying is that our majority Protestant culture in the United States conveniently overlooks the Catholic origins of Christmas and denies the Catholic foundation of all Western culture.
Keep Mass in Christmas...
Adopt a Catholic Blog
Sunday, November 30, 2008
I just discovered the Mary Moments Carnival today. Its a monthly Carnival dedicated to the Blessed Mother. Check out November
I filed it under Catholic Carnival because I didn't want to create another category (I already have too many) and its still Catholic and a Carnival.
Adopt A Catholic Blog
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
- The Holy Land
- Arctic Ocean
- Indian Ocean
- Antarctic Ocean
- Falkland Islands
- Lalibela, Ethiopia
- Possible site of Ark of the Covenant in Ethiopia
- Ruins of Ephesus
- St Petersburg
- Chichen Itza
- Pyramids of Egypt
- New York
- New Zealand
- Ulan Baatar
- Lome, Togo
- Rio de Janeiro
- Washington, DC
- New Orleans
- Valley Forge
- American Battlefield Cemetery in Mexico City
- Village at the bottom of the Grand Canyon
- Las Vegas
- San Marino
- Nazca Lines
- Monte Cassino
- Charleston, SC
- Fulda, Germany
- Oberomergau, to see the Passion Play
- American Battlefield Cemeteries in Europe
- Crazy Horse
- Stone Mountain
- All 50 States-27 down, 23 left
- Pearl Harbor
- Easter Island
- St Helena Island
- Leaning Tower of Pisa
- St Pierre et Miquelon
- Taj Mahal
- West Point
- Costa Rica
- Victoria Falls
- Amazon River
- Lake Itasca
- Cape Canaveral
- Dodge City
- Great Salt Lake
- Dead Sea
- Maccu Piccu
Friday, November 14, 2008
This award acknowledges the values that every blogger shows in his/her effort to transmit cultural, ethical, literary and personal values every day.
The rules to follow are :1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person that has granted the award and his or her blog link.
2) Pass the award to other 15 blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgment.
Remember to contact each of them to let them know they have been chosen for this award.
My 15 blogs of choice:
- Catholic Cavemen
- B Movie Catechism
- The Curt Jester
- Infused Knowledge
- Transitus Tiber
- Steve Ray's Blog
- Dominican Idaho
- Aussie Coffee Shop
- Adrienne's Catholic Corner
- Maureen Martin
- Idaho Hicks in Austria
- Sonitus Sanctus
- Ironic Catholic
- Holy Cards for your Inspiration
- Alive and Young
There are still lots and lots of Catholic blogs out there to adopt.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
With that said, what I have read has given me something to think about in regards to sacrifice. There is a lot said about sacrifice in these first three books.
Exodus says at least three times that I can recall that the Israelites are to dedicate, that is sacrifice, their firstborn from their animals and among their children. Donkeys however can be redeemed by sacrificing a lamb instead and their firstborn children MUST be redeemed. As St Paul wrote, Jesus is the "firstborn of all creation". While God has been merciful to His people and not allowed them to sacrifice their children, He sacrificed His Son, His Firstborn for us.
Of course, Jesus' sacrifice of Himself on the cross was the lasting Sacrifice for all eternity and His Body and Blood offered on our altars is a continuing participation in that one Sacrifice. I couldn't help as I read through these books, but to notice parallels between the Old Testament sacrifices and the Eucharist.
As Isaac carried the wood that was for sacrificing himself up the hill, he asked his father Abraham where was the animal for the sacrifice. His father answered him that, "God will provide the lamb." Over course we know that later, the Lamb of God, carried the wood of the cross up Calvary hill and sacrificed Himself and we share in this Sacrifice every time we partake in the Eucharist.
Also, Leviticus prescribes sacrifices for sins of the people, priests, and individuals. These sacrifices are no longer called for since Christ's Sacrifice is for all sin. Fat from the animals and certain organs were placed on the altar to burn, but the meat was eaten by the priests. Christ as both Priest and Sacrifice now offers us his flesh eternally as His Sacrifice of Self for our sins.
I forget where exactly, but somewhere in Exodus around the Ten Commandments chapters, Moses sprinkled the Israelites with blood from a sacrificed animal as part entering the people into the Old Covenant. I thought about that compared with receiving Christ's Blood internally as part of renewing the New Covenant. I am not sure if there's anything to that, but I thought it was an interesting comparison.
At one point the Law called for the sinner to publicly declare his sins before the sacrifice. I like confession better today.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Not only did this instructor barge into the office as some sort of "Anti-Prayer Police", but then followed her around looking for something other reason. In most places that would be considered stalking. Of course, in most places it would also be considered common courtesy to wait until later and politely explain that you disagree with these other people.Lawsuit claims California college threatened to expel students who prayed
Alameda County, CA, Oct 12, 2008 / 08:27 pm (CNA).- Two students filed a federal lawsuit this past Monday against the publicly-funded College of Alameda alleging that school officials at the California school threatened to expel them for praying...
That month, student Kandy Kyriacou visited an instructor to give her a Christmas gift. Kyriacou found the instructor alone in her shared office. When the instructor indicated she was ill, Kyriacou offered to pray for her.
The instructor bowed her head and Kyriacou began to pray. They were then interrupted by another faculty member, Derek Piazza, who entered the room and said “You can’t be doing that here!”
Kyriacou left to join her friend and fellow student Ojoma Omaga. Piazza followed Kyriacou and repeated his rebuke. The students related that they were surprised by his intimidating behavior.
Three days before Christmas, both students received letters notifying them of the college’s retroactive “intent to suspend” them. While school policy requires such letters to state factual bases for the charges, the letter only vaguely accused the students of “disruptive or insulting behavior, willful disobedience . . . persistent abuse of college employees.”
It sounds like someone needs a hobby.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Off to that ancient land
From whence came Abraham
Like Saint Joan of Arc before
I am going off to war
Jonah preached in that land
And I shall walk that same sand
Like Father Emil Kapaun before
I am in an Army at war
Friday, September 12, 2008
Btw, that thing hanging around her neck is a medal given to her and her husband, Todd to recognize them as Honorary Members of the Brigade.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Among the many great posts is the Chant workout (appeals to my dry sense of humor), a couple of posts about Gov. Palin (it will be neat to see her in person tomorrow at our deployment ceremony), and a post on the Epistle of St James.
Oh and of course yours truly also had a post featured.
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Saturday, September 06, 2008
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Sunny, know that you are in prayers.
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam,
Monday, September 01, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Adrienne's Catholic Corner
I don't write many personal posts. I am a private person, but I saw a mention to Paulcaholic (author of Sober Catholic) on Adrienne's blog and remembered her series about the 12 Steps of AA and I was inspired to write. Longtime readers will notice this is considerably longer than most posts. Sorry, I tried to keep in mind as Laertes quipped that "[b]revity is the soul of wit."
As some of you might know, I don't drink. I mentioned it in passing once before on this blog. I made the conscious decision to stop drinking. I never went to meetings nor was I ever confronted by anyone about the problem. I decided one day that enough was enough.
Before I get much further let me just state that I have nothing against alcoholic drinks per se or against the people who drink them. For instance, I am happy for Bill and the Saint for their new found mutual appreciation of beer. Btw, Happy Birthday Bill! Not to mention that the Savior chose for His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity to appear in the guise of wine. I believe that alcohol is not evil as it was created by the Lord, but what we do with it can easily become sinful.
I quit drinking once before in college after having blacked out. Its never good to have to have your friends tell you what an a@# you made of yourself. That lasted about six months and I was back at it.
Then after I graduated college and I had gone to the Pre-Theology program at Mt Angel. I think many parishioners would be scandalized to know how much some Seminarians drink. I didn't have a car so I didn't get out to bars and drink as much as some, but the socials that were held always enough and I wasn't shy about getting tipsy or worse. Most of the others were responsible but myself and a few others were not.
At a fancy dinner for something or other (we were always having nice dinners, so between them blurring together and my blurred memory I don't recall what it was for) I started out outside with about 4 or 5 glasses of wine and a beer. Then we went inside and kept going strong.
I'll just say about the events that followed that no one important found out and that I made a fool of myself. Of course this lead up to a RAGING hangover the next morning. I was so sick and hurting so bad that I skipped morning prayers and daily mass. I barely managed to get myself to class.
Everyone in class could see my color and tell that I was very ill. Most knew why.
Strangely, I didn't decide to quit then. But that night was the last time I drank. A few months later when I had left the Sem and I was making a Eucharistic Visit at a parish near my hometown, I remembered that I had quit before, realized again that I have a problem, and that I had promised as penance that I would swear off the stuff and I resolved to do it for good this time. I prayed for the Lord's help because I knew that I couldn't do it alone; I had already tried that.
The difference this time is definitely my wife. I met her about 2 or 3 months later and since I have known her she has always been VERY supportive of my resolution. No one actively supported me before, but she has since I have known her. There are many reasons why I thank God for her and this is one of them (not a small reason either).
When others ask me for a reason why I choose not to drink anymore, I always think of the Savior's words:
42 And if thy hand scandalize thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life, maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into unquenchable fire: 43 Where there worm dieth not, and the fire is not extinguished. 44 And if thy foot scandalize thee, cut it off. It is better for thee to enter lame into life everlasting, than having two feet, to be cast into the hell of unquenchable fire: 45 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not extinguished. 46 And if thy eye scandalize thee, pluck it out. It is better for thee with one eye to enter into the kingdom of God, than having two eyes to be cast into the hell of fire: 47 Where the worm dieth not, and the fire is not extinguished.
Mark 42-47 Douay Rheims Translation
And as St Paul warns us in Ephesians 5:18, "And be not drunk with wine, wherein is luxury; but be ye filled with the Holy Spirit"
Friday, August 29, 2008
...and yes, that is right. Canada really is our #1 source of oil.
So of the top 10 sources of oil, only 2 are in the Middle East (3 if you count N. Africa as Middle Eastern). And of the top 15 only 3 are on the Arabian Peninsula and 6 are Muslim countries. While on the other hand, 2 of our top 3 are right next door and 5 of the top 15 are in Latin America.
|Crude Oil Imports (Top 15 Countries)|
(Thousand Barrels per Day)
|Country||Jun-08||May-08||YTD 2008||Jun-07||YTD 2007|
Thursday, August 28, 2008
The first known married Baptist minister turned married Catholic priest is about to be ordained (September 6).
David Harris is the only man to be ordained as a priest in the Archdiocese of Louisville this year and only the second Protestant convert ordained as yet in that Archdiocese.
The article is here.
One part I found very interesting about the article:
It has to be an awkward family life. Dad/Husband is a Catholic priest while everyone else is still Baptist.
His wife and sons remain Baptist, but support him, as do other relatives.
"I'm real happy for him," said his brother, Mike, of Louisa. "My brother has always had a fantastic heart for people."
David Harris said his mother had the most difficulty with his conversion.
"We talk about it, we pray about it," he said. "At this point she's real supportive."
Saturday, August 23, 2008
What picture would I use for my holy card, should I make it to sainthood, and of what cause(s) would I want to be patron of?
I would want to be patron of Soldiers and military families. I should probably also put myself down for patron of procrastinators, but I'll do that later.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
If you look at a Saint of the Day site, you would know that today is the feast day of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux. He is a great reformer and a Doctor of the Church, but today is also the feast day of Saint Christopher.
In case you didn't know, his name is Greek for "Christ Bearer". That is because according to his biography he literally carried the Christ child accross a river. However, it can apply to us Christophers today in a more metaphorical sense. We may never carry around God Incarnate, but we can carry Christ spiritually to others and to the world at large. Its a very missionary name when you stop to think about it.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Friday, August 08, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
With that said, here's the second saint quiz. This time I decided to add another saint pic just for fun.