A Few Random Thoughts Before Bed

Very random.

1. obama speaking about education.PLS .do not throw another dime at our schools.I went to a Catholic school that had a tight budget like you wouldn’t believe. The students had a number of things the kids don’t get today.DISCIPLINE,HOMEWORK,RESPECT FOR TEACHERS,HISTORY(and i don’t mean revised history),MATH,READING and LITERATURE.  I’ll put a Catholic school up against a public school anyday and that includes one that doesn’t spend half the money. Sorry Obama. Throwing money at education isn’t going to solve the problem.

2. Obama needs to give it up. Obamacare is toast. It’s 1/6 of our economy and we’re already going down the toilet. He talks about income inequality. He’s created it and uses it to go on his class warfare toot. And PLS; let’s not have any more people quoting Pope Francis when they couldn’t give a fat rats butt when the Church talks about abortion,birth control and same sex marriage. Of course there’s income inequality.The Pope did NOT  say Marxism was the solution.

3. Pls say a few prayers for some friends of mine.One has a very dire situation where a young boy is dying from a brain tumor.He’s home from the hospital because there’s nothing left they can do for him. He’s being given hospice care.We hope for the sake of the family he’ll at least be with them for Christmas.PLS ask Bishop Sheen to intercede for him.You cannot pray publicly to Bishop Sheen(he has not been canonized) but there is no reason we can’t say private prayers to him.

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Prayer to Obtain a Favor Through the Intercession of Archbishop Sheen

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Eternal Father, You alone grant us every blessing in Heaven and on earth, through the redemptive mission of Your Divine Son, Jesus Christ, by the working of the Holy Spirit.   In every age, You raise up men and women outstanding in holiness, whose faithful service has contributed significantly to the mission of the Church.  In this very way, You used the life and work of Your servant, Archbishop Fulton John Sheen.  He inspired great numbers of Catholics and other people of good will to grow in virtue and lead lives pleasing to You and of service to their brothers and sisters in need.  He encouraged them to embrace the ‘Gospel of Life’ by recognizing that in all its circumstances, ‘Life is worth living.’

If it be according to Your Will, Eternal Father, glorify Your servant, Archbishop Fulton John Sheen, by granting the favor I now request through his prayerful intercession (mention your request here).  I make this prayer confidently in Jesus’ Name, through the merits of His Passion, Death and Resurrection.  

Amen.

The other is a friend who wants to buy a home for his family. We are also trying to get financing for a home.The mortgage companies are very tight right now and they’re making it as difficult as possible.We have some good people working with us but i’m afraid in the end they’re not going to have any more say than we do.

PLS ask for the intercession of St Joseph.Finally another friend of mine is hoping to be reunited with her sister she hasn’t seen since they were separated at adoption out to 2 different families.You can read her story here and if you have any information you can contact her through the site. http://boxerpaw6.wix.com/search4sister-susan

The name of her sister is Susan Christiansen(spelling?) Bernard-she may have married so it’s possible the last name has changed.

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Oh, St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God. I place in you all my interests and desires. Oh, St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me from your devine Son all spiritual blessings, throughJesus Christ, our Lord. So that, having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.

    Oh, St. Joseph, I never weary of contemplating you, and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me and ask him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls – Pray for me.

4. I have been holding out hope for a blogging job for the past few months.I have come to believe i was scammed.Disgruntled and disappointed.I can’t fathom why anyone would do this when they knew how much i  needed the job. One of the few jobs i could actually do. The salary wasn’t much but i told the person i wasn’t looking to get rich or make a name for myself anyway. More on this little scam later. He knew i was disabled(Menneire’s)and he knew we were on a fixed income desperate for something.

5. A special prayer; reconciliation with my own family.There isn’t a day that goes by i don’t think about it.

6. Final  really random thought.I have this probably not unfounded feeling the RNC is going to try to shove Chris Christie on us.So help me God if they do i will either stay home or vote Dem. The last 2 elections i was an ABO. Anybody BUT Obama. This time i am an ABC voter.Anybody But Christie.

St Nicholas Feast Day

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    Coming to the city of Myra when the clergy and people of the province were in session to elect a new bishop, St. Nicholas was indicated by God as the man they should choose. This was at the time of the persecutions at the beginning of the fourth century and “As he was the chief priest of the Christians of this town and preached the truths of faith with a holy liberty, the divine Nicholas was seized by the magistrates, tortured, then chained and thrown into prison with many other Christians. But when the great and religious Constatine, chosen by God assumed the imperial diadem of the Romans, the prisoners were released from their bonds and with them the illustrious Nicholas, who when he was set at liberty returned to Myra.”

    St. Methodius asserts that “thanks to the teaching of St. Nicholas the metropolis of Myra alone was untouched by the filth of the Arian heresy, which it firmly rejected as death-dealing poison”, but says nothing of his presence at the Council of Nicaea in 325. According to other traditions he was not only there but so far forgot himself as to give the heresiarch Arius a slap in the face. Whereupon the conciliar fathers deprived him of his episcopal insignia and committed him to prison; but our Lord and His Mother appeared there and restored to him both his liberty and his office. As against Arianism so against paganism, St. Nicholas was tireless and took strong measures: among other temples he destroyed was that of Artemis, the principal in the district, and the evil spirits fled howling before him. He was the guardian of his people as well in temporal affairs.

    The governor Eustathius had taken a bribe to condemn to death three innocent men. At the time fixed for their execution Nicholas came to the place, stayed the hands of the executioner, and released the prisoners. Then he turned to Eustathiujs and did not cease to reproach him until he admitted his crime and expressed his penitence. There were present on this ocfcasion three imperial officers who were on their way to duty in Phrygia. Later, when they were back again in Constantinople, the jealousy of the prefect Ablavius caused them to be imprisoned on false charges and an order for their death was procured from the Emperor Constantine.

    When the officers heard this they remembered the example they had witnessed of the powerful love of justice of the Bishop of Myra and they prayed to God that through his merits and by his instrumentality then might yet be saved. That night St. Nicholas appeared in a dream to Constatine, and told him with threats to release the three innocent men, and Ablavius experienced the same thing. In the morning the Emporor and the prefect compared notes, and the condemned men were sent for and questioned. When he heard that they had called on the name of the Nicholas of Myra who had appeared to him, Constatine set them free and sent them to the bishop with a letter asking him not to threaten him any more but to pray for the peace of the world. For long this was the most famous miracle of St. Nicholas, and at the time of St. Methodius was the only thing generally known about him.

    The accounts are unanimous that St. Nicholas died and was buried in his episcopal city of Myra, and by the time of Justinian there was a basilica built in his honor at Constantinople. An anonymous Greek wrote in the tenth century that, “the West as well as the East acclaims and glorifies him. Wherever there are people, in the country and the town, in the villages, in the isles, in the furthest parts of the earth, his name is revered and churches are built in his honor. Images of him are set up, panegyrics preached and festivals celebrated. All Christians, young and old, men and women, boys and girls, reverence his memory and call upon his protection. And his favors, which know no limit of time and continue from age to age, are poured out over all the earth; the Scythians know them, as do the Indians and the barbarians, the Africans as well as the Italians.” When Myra and its great shrine finally passed into the hands of the Saracens, several Italian cities saw this as an opportunity to acquire the relics of St. Nicholas for themselves. There was great competition for them between Venice and Bari. The last-named won, the relics were carried off under the noses of the lawful Greek custodians and their Mohammedan masters, and on May 9, 1087 were safety landed at Bari, a not inappropriate home seeing that Apulia in those days still had large Greek colonies.

    A new church was built to shelter them and the pope, Bd. Urban II, was present at their enshrining. Devotion to St. Nicholas was known in the West long before his relics were brought to Italy, but this happening naturally greatly increased his veneration among the people, and miracles were as freely attributed to his intercession in Europe as they had been in Asia. At Myra “the venerable body of the bishop, embalmed as it was in the good ointments of virtue exuded a sweet smelling myrrh, which kept it from corruption and proved a health giving remedy against sickness to the glory o f him who had glorified Jesus Christ, our true God.” The translation of the relics did not interrupt this phenomenon, and the “manna of St. Nicholas” is said to flow to this day. It was one of the great attractions which drew pilgrims to his tomb from all parts of Europe.

    It is the image of St. Nicholas more often than that of any other that is found on Byzantine seals; in the later middle ages nearly four hundred churches were dedicated in his honor in England alone; and he is said to have been represented by Christian artists more frequently than any saint except our Lady. St. Nicholas is venerated as the patron saint of several classes of people, especially, in the East, of sailors and in the West of children. The first of these patronage is probably due to the legend that during his life time, he appeared to storm tossed mariners who invoked his aid off the coast of Lycia and brought them safely to port. Sailors in the Aegean and Ionian seas, following a common Eastern custom, had their “star of St. Nicholas” and wished one another a good voyage in the phrase “May St. Nicholas hold the tiller”. The legend of the “three children” gave rise to his patronage of children and various observances, ecclesiastical and secular, connected there with; such were the boy bishop and especially in Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands, the giving of presents in his name at Christmas time.

    This custom in England is not a survival from Catholic times. It was popularized in America by the Dutch Protestants of New Amsterdam who had converted the popish saint into a Nordic magician (Santa Claus = Sint Klaes = Saint Nicholas) and was apparently introduced into this country by Bret Harte. It is not the only “good old English custom” which, however good, is not “old English”, at any rate in its present form. The deliverance of the three imperial officers naturally caused St. Nicholas to be invoked by and on behalf of prisoners and captives, and many miracles of his intervention are recorded in the middle ages.

    Curiously enough the greatest popularity of St. Nicholas is found neither in the eastern Mediterranean nor north-western Europe, great as that was, but in Russia. With St. Andred the Apostle he is patron of the nation, and the Russian Orthodox Church even observes the feast of his translation; so many Russian pilgrims came to Bari before the revolution that their government supported a church, hospital and hospice there. He is a patron saint also of Greece, Apulia, Sicily and Loraine, and of many citiesand dioceses (including Galway) and churches innumerable. At Rome the basilica of St. Nicholas in the Jail of Tully (in Carcere) was founded between the end of the sixth and the beginning of the seventh centuries. He is named in the preparation of the Byzantine Mass.

Source: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=371

Burning Down the House

i’m not bright enough to be a Charles Krauthammer and too lazy to be a Berstein/Woodward but we’re going to get into an analysis of the Obama presidency as a whole.

Before we begin though i have a couple questions.Is there not one person who has the integrity to be a whistleblower and tell the truth about what Obama is doing? What about the Dems in Congress? Are there not any Democrats willing to stand up to him,other than the ones who are just trying to save their own skin? I get that when you have your guy in the White House you want to support him.I wouldn’t expect otherwise;but NOT under any and all circumstances. When Obama says’ jump,’Harry Reid says ‘how high?’ Where were these Dems when Pelosi said you had to pass the bill to see what was in it? Unacceptable.

Anyone-Democrat or Republican-who cares about the American people needs to stand up for them.I think it’s time to talk impeachment. Obama makes Nixon look like an amateur. At least then his own party  called him out and the media was doing its job.

Now we’ll break it down.

Foreign Policy

He’s either disengaged or indecisive. Let’s be honest. He doesn’t really care how his policies affect the United States or any other country for that matter.

It feels like ages ago but recall The Green Revolution In Iran.Obama could have spoken up and sided with the people of Iran.Did he? Nope.

How about Syria? Remember that mess? First he tells the enemy what he’s going to do and sends in Navy warships. Then he says he can act w/o Congressional approval.After which he says he is going to request Congressional approval.Dawdle Dawdle.The ships pull out and he does squat.

Egypt? He backs the Muslim Brotherhood.

Poland? He decides they don’t need  a  missile  defense shield.How about his telling Russia he’ll be more flexible after his election. Two questions: what did he mean by that exactly? Why was he so sure he would win?

 Ukraine? Crickets.

Yet, he goes ahead and gives Iran 6 months to clandestinely go nuclear.You know they will. They just buy time.

Their goal;wipe Israel off the map.They sponsor Terrorism,have our soldiers killed in Iraq and threaten Israel on a regular basis. He thinks the Iranian regime is trustworthy.

He won’t negotiate with Repubicans-they’re terrorists.He calls Iran on the phone like we’ve found our new best friend.

Economic Policy

Cash for clunkers. Remember that one?.He was going to save Detroit.How’d that turn out? He invested in a Solyndra and they went belly up.Beyond that does he have an economic policy? I don’t mean speeches about how great we’re doing.I mean actual policy.Anyone think the cover up of the unemployment numbers during 2012 was illegal?

    Obama’s view of America

All the election meant to Obama was a chance to impose his social experimentation on America. Instead of worrying about jobs; he goes out on a limb for the LGBT community and Planned Parenthood. Now we have more Americans on food stamps and living in poverty than we have in years. Means nothing to him. Obamacare-full steam ahead no matter what the consequences are and that’s after he’s LIED to the American people. Means nothing to him. He even thinks he’s above the law and the Constitution.

Fast and Furious.Benghazi.IRS.NSA. Going after reporters.The lies and cover ups don’t end. What is it going to take before we get someone who will actually stand up and tell the truth? Something in the WH doesn’t pass the smell test.