Family Day Roman style

Family Day Roman style

  These pictures are amazing.  Imagine what could have been done with the support or encouragement of the Vatican. These photos were taken only in the Circus Maximus but, for honesty’s record, we must stress that many participants have preferred to attend the adjacent spaces.   “How many people are there today in the square? –   Wondered last night a participant on a social network –   I do not know and do not care much.   But I think just the idea that hundreds of thousands of people to move FREELY, without rich and powerful lobby behind, without the money moguls, without godparents famous rock singers, actors actresses etc etc … it is already in itself a great thing.   I don’t know if Italy will...

Felony charge for Planned Parenthood accusers

This is what it means to expose the darkness of the abortion industry today: Indict the the director of the Center for Medical Progress, David Daleiden and clear Planned Parenthood of any wrongdoing.    “Mr. Daleiden has been praised as a hero by some religious opponents of abortion.”   He is. The comments following this article in the New York Times are all the evidence one needs of how invested this culture of death is in abortion. I stopped after this exchange: Lida shad lakeland Do I go home and celebrate or cry after I abort a human life. I guess it doesn’t matter.                         ——–  ——– M Rudd Fairfax, VA Do whatever YOU choose to do. It’s your body. That’s the point. It...

The long and short of it

The long and short of it

  Looking back on some older posts and thanking Lord for only two more classes to go to complete my Advanced Catechist Certification.. It was and is … all grace.     I just finished a book I’d put off reading for several years, mainly because I’d heard mixed reviews about the author. Read his early works people said, not his later writings. Well, I assumed since I was away from the church so long I couldn’t be bothered filtering through someone’s writings who wasn’t a saint. There’s too much to catch up on; too many mystics who can stir the soul in only one chapter, or doctors of the church who can quench a question before you realize you have one.   But, I needed a book for another class I’m taking, which is why I haven’t written...

The true weapon

The true weapon

  In anticipation of the March for Life in Washington tomorrow, here is a re post from January 2013…   I couldn’t be at the March for Life in Washington yesterday, but wanted to do something besides pray at home..I went to the local abortion clinic which is about ten minutes from my house, where I’ve often prayed during the 40 Days for Life campaign. The facility sits in a plaza off a main highway where when keeping vigil, we’re permitted to stand by the main road, not allowed beyond a certain point in the parking lot.   Yesterday, no one was by the roadside praying, so I decided to sit in my car parked right outside the office of that death mill and pray the rosary. Sadly, as at other times, I witnessed a young woman exit after...

House of Bread

House of Bread

  Can it be we’re so desensitized to hearing Christmas carols played everywhere we go from Halloween on, we miss the depths of truth in these wonderful traditional songs? Here is a little history on the origin of this beautiful hymn. I spent some time today mining it’s wisdom and praying that this Christmas morning, God would indeed “impart to our human hearts the blessings of Heaven,” and “come to abide with us.” Merry Christmas.    Kings College Cambridge,  O Little Town of Bethlehem O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie! Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by. Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light; The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight....

‘Hello darkness, my old friend’

‘Hello darkness, my old friend’

  Hello darkness, my old friend I’ve come to talk with you again   Because a vision softly creeping Left its seeds while I was sleeping   And the vision that was planted in my brain Still remains within the sound of silence —The Sound Of Silence, P. Simon, 1964   It’s been a long and winding Advent journey, one where I have been guided to see how desperately we need bountiful light. Monday will be the shortest, darkest day of the year. When I lived in northern states, I remember people who suffered from SAD: Seasonal Affective Disorder. The common onset of major depression begins in the fall with no abating of symptoms until late winter or early spring. Aside from other treatments similar to that of major depressive episodes,...

Homeless and pregnant

Homeless and pregnant

  Originally titled, “I Met Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Yesterday,” I repost this since I was reminded of the encounter as I drove past the corner today.   Homeless and Pregnant That was the sign she held in her hands; her blond hair blowing in the wind as if waving to me from the sidewalk of the busy neighborhood crossroad. Maybe I didn’t read it right, I thought..Maybe she’s advertising for the fast food place behind her. However, a second look as I waited at the light, confirmed what I’d first read.  The light turned green, but as I drove off I asked the Lord, Now what? What do you want me to do? Instantly, the grace came; probably fueled from thoughts of what I knew could happen to her if the wrong person stopped to help....

The community of Courage

The community of Courage

Father John Harvey   By Bishop James D. Conley The Southern Nebraska Register   The novelist William Faulkner understood the virtue of courage. He understood that to be courageous implies taking a risk; stepping foot into the unknown; pursuing a good even when it might place us in danger.   “You cannot swim for new horizons,” he wrote, “until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.”   Jesus Christ called his disciples to the same kind of courage. He told them to lose sight of the shore’s safety—to “cast out into the deep,” where they would find the abundance of his grace. In him, and because of him, they had the courage to follow Jesus to an abundant life—an extraordinary life—but only because they were willing to risk the unknown.  ...

Desire and fire

Desire and fire

  Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. —Luke 21:33   Why? Why will the the Lord’s words outlast even the stars in the Heavens and the mystery of the oceans, which man in all his great wisdom and knowledge, can only begin to probe. The Words of Jesus have power because they are founded on truth and they– are everlasting. In the homily my spiritual director gave this morning, he said, Since this is true, then the call on our life as followers of Christ, is to consecrate ourselves to the truth.   We must stand then, for what is true.   Whatever the cost.   Imagine the power inherent to us in His Word; it will outlast all we know, see and comprehend. To seek the face of Christ, to meditate on His...

Back from the dead

There was a time I’d skip over stories like this:  The deception known as brain death. I simply accepted the medical profession’s explanation: a total irreversible loss of brain function caused by catastrophic brain injury; in other words– you can’t come out of it.  One might ask, how wrong could the doctors be? After all, don’t they have the the training and knowledge necessary to legitimize our trust in them? Call me a skeptic, but in recent years with a system that seems more focused on increasing profit and a culture that, with every passing day, most models one that seeks death rather than life…I decided perhaps I should explore more on the subject. Would it surprise you to learn that brain death is the very circumstance...

You are my King

You are my King

  I don’t think it an exaggeration to say I’m experiencing some type of dark night of the soul. It’s not important what the dark night is about. Really, it’s not. What is important I’m learning, is that which many saints have taught us throughout the ages: to be faithful to the grace of the present moment and to think of nothing but Christ. I am surrendered to Him. Finally; making His will my own and trusting He will gift me with the necessary grace to overcome my weaknesses. So, before we leave Ordinary Time and enter into the season of Advent, preparing for His coming once in history and perhaps soon again, let me proclaim with all my heart and and soul— You’re dominion is an everlasting Kingdom, that shall not be...