Back on Monday

Not well today.Menniere’s PLUS an infection. (Penicillin from ER should take care of that).The ER also recommended Valium for the Menneire’s.Something i had never heard of as being used to treat the disorder but i’ve already called Primary Care Doctor to inquire.For now,think bed rest will have to do.

I keep up several blogs. Two at blogger.One that was inspired by a person that started a group or went by the name A.M.E.N. and it stands for Abortion Must End Now.The other is a general Catholic blog that i thought i would see what i could do with.
Then i decided to try Word Press (here)and make it a general,general blog but I’m Catholic so expect some entries having to deal with the Catholic faith.It goes with the territory.Now add to this myopera.com blog(basically political and personal)and finally one that i just started at Conservative Junction(basically politics as well). All my politics are influenced by my Catholic faith so you’re not going to find much daylight between the 2.

I blog as often as possible. The topic depends on what is weighing on my mind most at any given time.The topics come when they’re least expected. They may be short such as an image that catches my eye or it has a quote that is worth sharing. Or they may be long such as the entry on St Therese Benedicta(one of my favorite saints)and her feast day happened to be on Aug 9.

I try to keep up with Obama and politics. I am never going to take my eye off this guy. I get info then i will post it.

The LSM has given him a pass if not support him and offer his daily talking points. We have state run media. Thank God for the folks on the internet. It’s not always easy to verify the information but i try. i’d rather put it out there until i hear otherwise. We are not going to let Obama get away with murder.

My  husband has his own set of health issues and fortunately we have a terrific aide. I wish i had more time to put into some of the entries but  make do with the time available.Now if the menneire’s wasn’t kicking in with a vengeance i’m sure i’d devote some extra time to each blog. I’m just getting the hang of it too and reading far better blogs to see how they go about theirs. I’d be content with average and improving.

A final thought for the day are concerns i have with my family. This is a daily concern to endure.There isn’t a day that goes by that i don’t think about my parents especially mom since her death was more unexpected than dad’s. There is the broken relationship with my son and his kids. He’s a terrific person. I know he has some flaws but he’s done so well for himself and his family.I think he has been working on those flaws over the years.I think,like many of us,as we get older we take more stock of ourselves too. However,i say this without any bias at all. He’s got some good points in spite of all the odds he had against him.Speaking of flaws;can’t say much.i wrote the book.

I just wish we were talking.I do recall the thing he said most often to me. He always mentioned how he was nothing like me. I said that about my own mother when i was growing up.We were too much apart and not enough alike.

Now i’ve realized a couple things. One is that we’re not CLONES of our parents. On the other hand i find now that the values she and dad passed onto us kids were priceless.

The major realization is that our folks weren’t perfect but they tried as best they could. Finally, something a good friend of mine shared with me. She said that the 4th commandment states,Honor thy father and thy mother PERIOD. It doesn’t have conditions.

It doesn’t say if they’re perfect or flawless or the parents we dreamed about as kids.

It says HONOR,end of story. I would not have thought of that if my friend had not mentioned it to me. Her pseudonym was Storyteller Angel and Angel she was. I learned a lot of good things from her. She and my other good friend, nicknamed Portia, always had some wisdom to share and their advice was a life saver.I consider them my dearest friends.Portia and i considered ourselves sisters because our lives seemed to have so much in common. Both ladies are devout Catholics.

Portia was ready to roll on our new Catholic Pillar and Foundation as an admin.It’s a social network now. We had a message board(aka forum)years ago. Very proud of this one and hope people will join,Catholic or not.

http://cpandf.wall.fm/index

You can customize your own page, blog,add photos,videos and info. Start a group.Chat.Finally we have some terrific topics in the forum that we’d love to have people comment on and open up discussions.

For today i have to check on my husband and if he’s doing ok then i need to get some bed rest.I will be back Monday.We are going to Confession (both of us)Wed and if we’re on our feet enough we will be attending Mass for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary,a holy day. It will be the first time in years! i can only hope we feel well enough.We take communion at home on the First Fridays of every month and anointing of the sick ….as well as Confession if we ask.

Have a wonderful weekend.Hope your weather is as nice as ours. If you would, please remember us(and all shut ins) in your prayers at Mass.

Be All That You Can Be

 

 

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Some things(LIKE THE LITURGY) in the Catholic Church are not open to improvisation. As Fr Z’s blog http://wdtprs.com/blog/ says,say the black & do the red.This is how a priest presents the liturgy.This is what he does as a priest. It’s not the ONLY thing he does as a priest but it’s the MAIN thing he does as a priest.No priest,no Eucharist,no Eucharist,no Church.It’s that important. Catholic worship,that is the offering of the Mass,is liturgical. Mass consists of the Liturgy of the Word(God’s word speaking to us)and the Liturgy of the Eucharist(the presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist).

The Mass is not the priests and it is NOT open to improvisation. The Mass belongs to the Church and that’s a capital C. The laity have a right to object to abuses. They are not served. The Church is not served.

Vatican II was not an excuse for people to go off the rails.(PLS read the documents).There was not a single line in there that said do as you wish during the Mass nor did it say feel free to abuse.

I am going to add a few thoughts to Fr. Z’s. In the 60’s there were several religious communities that upon hearing they could modify their habits threw them out the window. You can hardly tell some religious orders from the laity. They appear to be wearing street clothes and they look as worldly as the secular culture. Some,i noticed,don’t even really live in community. It seems like when they permitted the religious to modify the habit that’s not all that went with it.

The habit is not all there is to a religious community but to wear the habit is to give witness to the world and to separate oneself from the secular community.

It also gives an outward sign of a statement. The statement that  I am a member of a religious community-it is more about us than about me.

There is a reason for a habit to be modified. These days a nun may be driving a car for instance and the habit-because of the length-may be a danger. It makes sense to modify.The nuns of old didn’t drive afterall. On the other hand there is no reason for a modified habit to be greatly different than the original habit.

I do know that there has been a difference since there was too much leeway TAKEN(not given)by some religious orders. BTW. A lot of us Catholics have noticed that the more traditional,stricter,habit wearing orders are growing. Where the modified,dissident orders are on the verge of extinction. A lot of us Catholics know a dissident when we see one too.

(Nuns on the Bus anyone?)

The most successful institutes in terms of attracting and retaining new members at this time are those that follow a more traditional style of religious life in which members live together in community and participate in daily Eucharist, pray the Divine Office, and engage in devotional practices together. They also wear a religious habit, work together in common apostolates, and are explicit about their fidelity to the Church and the teachings of the Magisterium. All of these characteristics are especially attractive to the young people who are entering religious life today.* – See more at: http://the-american-catholic.com/2010/05/21/booming-traditional-relgious-orders/#sthash.KetjbUg3.dpuf

Further,American Catholic reports,

Both men and women seem to be drawn to habited communities. About two thirds of the newer members say they belong to a religious institute that wears a habit. Among those that responded affirmatively, a little more than half indicate that the habit is required in all or most circumstances.

 

Both men and women seem to be drawn to habited communities. About two thirds of the newer members say they belong to a religious institute that wears a habit. Among those that responded affirmatively, a little more than half indicate that the habit is required in all or most circumstances. – See more at: http://the-american-catholic.com/2010/05/21/booming-traditional-relgious-orders/#sthash.KetjbUg3.dpuf
The most successful institutes in terms of attracting and retaining new members at this time are those that follow a more traditional style of religious life in which members live together in community and participate in daily Eucharist, pray the Divine Office, and engage in devotional practices together. They also wear a religious habit, work together in common apostolates, and are explicit about their fidelity to the Church and the teachings of the Magisterium. All of these characteristics are especially attractive to the young people who are entering religious life today.* – See more at: http://the-american-catholic.com/2010/05/21/booming-traditional-relgious-orders/#sthash.KetjbUg3.dpuf
The most successful institutes in terms of attracting and retaining new members at this time are those that follow a more traditional style of religious life in which members live together in community and participate in daily Eucharist, pray the Divine Office, and engage in devotional practices together. They also wear a religious habit, work together in common apostolates, and are explicit about their fidelity to the Church and the teachings of the Magisterium. All of these characteristics are especially attractive to the young people who are entering religious life today.* – See more at: http://the-american-catholic.com/2010/05/21/booming-traditional-relgious-orders/#sthash.KetjbUg3.dpuf
The most successful institutes in terms of attracting and retaining new members at this time are those that follow a more traditional style of religious life in which members live together in community and participate in daily Eucharist, pray the Divine Office, and engage in devotional practices together. They also wear a religious habit, work together in common apostolates, and are explicit about their fidelity to the Church and the teachings of the Magisterium. All of these characteristics are especially attractive to the young people who are entering religious life today.* – See more at: http://the-american-catholic.com/2010/05/21/booming-traditional-relgious-orders/#sthash.KetjbUg3.dpuf

St. Therese Benedicta de La Crux,Feast Day Aug 9

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The name Edith Stein took in the Carmel was St Benedicta De La Crux-an accurate translation is <i>Blessed</i> by the Cross.Today Aug 9 is her feast day.The day she was martyred in 1942 at the Auschwitz concentration camp.She was gassed.

Edith Stein’s life began in  Breslau, Germany on October 12, 1891, the youngest of eleven children in a Jewish family. In 1913 she began studies at the University of Göttingen in Germany. She soon became a student of the phenomenologist Edmund Husserl and was later attracted to the work of Max Scheler, a Jewish philosopher who converted to Catholicism in 1920. A chance reading of the autobiography of Saint Teresa of Avila,Story of A Soul, was the turning point when she made the decision to convert to Catholicism. She entered the Church in 1922. the Church in 1922.

[Later we will take a look at the philosophy of phenomenology since it was also a tremendous influence on Blessed John Paul II-he used this philosophy to develop his Theology of the Body,Human Love in the Divine Plan.]

For eight years Edith lived with the Dominicans, teaching at Saint Magdelene’s, which was a training institute for teachers. She wrote:

Initially, when I was baptized on New Year’s Day, 1922, I thought of it as a preparation in the Order. But a few months later, when I saw my mother for the first time after the baptism, I realized that she couldn’t handle another blow for the present. Not that it would have killed her—but I couldn’t have held myself responsible for the embitterment it would have caused.

In fact, after her conversion Edith continued to attend synagogue with her mother. Meanwhile, she continued to grow and impress as a philospher. In 1925 she met the Jesuit Erich Pryzwara, a philosopher who would have a tremendous influence on Hans Urs von Balthasar. Pryzwara encouraged Edith to study and translate St. Thomas Aquinas; she eventually wrote a work comparing Usserl with Aquinas.

In 1933 Edith entered the religious life with the Carmel of Cologne, Germany. She fell in love with the person and writing of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. She wrote:

My impression was, that this was a life which had been absolutely transformed by the love of God, down to the last detail. I simply can’t imagine anything greater. I would like to see this attitude incorporated as much as possible into my own life and the lives of those who are dear to me.

After taking her first vows, Edith was known as Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. She continued to write, Fr. Connor notes, “continually developing the theme that Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass are in fact one and the same sacrifice. From her religious background, she knew the importance of sacrificial prayer for Old Testament prophets.” She wrote of how Jesus’ sacrifice as the Incarnate God-man was the final, perfect sacrifice that replaced all of the sacrifices of the Old Testament.

Because of the rise of Nazi power, Edith and her sister Rosa, who had also converted to Catholicism, moved to Holland in 1938.She did not want to endanger the community she lived with and it was assumed Holland would be safe.The Nazi’s were rounding up all Christians of Jewish Heritage. Sr Therese  Benedicta was vulnerable when Holland became occupied.   On August 2, 1942, Edith and her sister were taken from the convent by two S.S. officers. She was martyred seven days later.</p>
Source: http://www.ignatiusinsight.com/features/edithstein_august92004.asp

Edith Stein was arrested by the Gestapo on 2 August 1942, while she was in the chapel with the other sisters. She was to report within five minutes, together with her sister Rosa, who had also converted and was serving at the Echt Convent. Her last words to be heard in Echt were addressed to Rosa: “Come, we are going for our people.”
Source: “http://www.vatican.va/news_services/liturgy/saints/ns_lit_doc_19981011_edith_stein_en.htm

Fr. Connor writes: “On October 11, 1998, fifty-six years, two months, and two days after her death at Auschwitz, Edith Stein, Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, was canonized a saint of the Roman Catholic Church by Pope John Paul II.”
Read the entire biography online at http://www.vatican.va/news_services/liturgy/saints/ns_lit_doc_19981011_edith_stein_en.ht

  Books about St Therese Benedicta De La Crux   http://www.catholicfreeshipping.com/edststebeofc.htm

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Missouri authorities plan to file charges in crash where ‘angel’ priest appeared | Fox News

Missouri authorities plan to file charges in crash where ‘angel’ priest appeared | Fox News.

Authorities in Missouri say they will file charges in a car crash last weekend that left a 19-year-old woman critically injured, and the world wondering about the identity of the “angel” priest who prayed with her until rescuers could free her from the mangled wreck — and then disappeared.

Officials are still scratching their heads over the cleric, who appeared out of nowhere. Perhaps more mysteriously, the local fire chief said he does not appear in any of 80 photos from the accident scene.

Ralls County Prosecuting Attorney Rodney Rodenbaugh said he anticipates charges will be filed against Aaron Smith, 26, who crashed his car at 9 a.m. Sunday morning into an oncoming car driven by 19-year-old Katie Lentz of Quincy, Mo., KHQA reports.

Lentz remains at Blessing Hospital, where she was treated for multiple fractures and serious internal injuries.

The crash went global after reports of the mysterious priest who stepped forward when Lentz asked someone to pray with her while firefighters struggled to free her from the wreckage.

“The fire chief, Raymond Reed, had stepped back and came up to me and said he was concerned because he was out of options. His tools weren’t working and by that time, it was almost an hour and said I don’t know how we’re going to get her out,” Ralls County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Adair told KHQA.

Then the priest appeared – although the highway was blocked for two to three miles and emergency responders were not letting anyone past the roadblocks.

“He came and he asked to anoint the girl in the car,” Adair said. “My first thought was that it would possibly send the wrong message to Katie that maybe we had called a priest and thought she wasn’t going to make it. So I went back and talked to the priest and told him we were worried she would think we’d given up hope. He said, ‘I just want to anoint her’and so we just let him come up to the scene.”

Witnesses said he anointed Katie and her rescuers with oil, prayed with them and asked them to remain calm.

At that point the Hannibal fire department pulled up with fresh equipment and was able to free Katie. After getting her in the Air Evac helicopter, rescue workers said the priest was nowhere to be found.

Fire Chief Reed said the department took 80 photos of the scene and the priest did not appear in any of them.

The Diocese of Jefferson City says it has not located the priest involved. “Out of respect for the privacy of any priest who may have been involved and does not wish to come forward, the Diocese does not plan to further investigate this incident. The Diocese is grateful that a priest was able to exercise his ministry in this manner and requests prayers for healing of the victim, as well as prayers of thanks.” said Deacon Dan Joyce.