nope.’Puter hasn’t been delivered yet. Wrote one short poem.Posted the Hound of Heaven and an entry re the Divine Mercy. Now one of my heroes, Charles Krauthammer, is going to spend a whole HOUR on The Five! Can’t miss this.It will be worth commenting on later-that is,if the computer STILL hasn’t arrived yet.
Better yet. Word is Mia Love may win a seat in the House for Utah this time around!!!!
Correction:I had her down for the Senate.It’s the House.
I fled Him, down the nights and down the days;
I fled Him, down the arches of the years;
I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways
Of my own mind; and in the mist of tears
I hid from Him, and under running laughter.
Up vistaed hopes I sped;
And shot, precipitated,
Adown Titanic glooms of chasmed fears,
From those strong Feet that followed, followed after.
But with unhurrying chase,
And unperturbèd pace,
Deliberate speed, majestic instancy,
They beat–and a Voice beat
More instant than the Feet–
“All things betray thee, who betrayest Me.”
I pleaded, outlaw-wise,
By many a hearted casement, curtained red,
Trellised with intertwining charities
(For, though I knew His love Who followed,
Yet was I sore adread
Lest having Him, I must have naught beside);
But if one little casement parted wide,
The gust of His approach would clash it to.
Fear wist not to evade, as Love wist to pursue.
Across the margent of the world I fled,
And troubled the gold gateways of the stars,
Smiting for shelter on their clanged bars;
Fretted to dulcet jars
And silvern chatter the pale ports o’ the moon.
I said to dawn, Be sudden; to eve, Be soon;
With thy young skyey blossoms heap me over
From this tremendous Lover!
Float thy vague veil about me, lest He see!
I tempted all His servitors, but to find
My own betrayal in their constancy,
In faith to Him their fickleness to me,
Their traitorous trueness, and their loyal deceit.
To all swift things for swiftness did I sue;
Clung to the whistling mane of every wind.
But whether they swept, smoothly fleet,
The long savannahs of the blue;
Or whether, Thunder-driven,
They clanged his chariot ‘thwart a heaven
Plashy with flying lightnings round the spurn o’ their feet–
Still with unhurrying chase,
And unperturbèd pace,
Deliberate speed, majestic instancy,
Came on the following Feet,
And a Voice above their beat–
“Naught shelters thee, who wilt not shelter Me.”
I sought no more that after which I strayed
In face of man or maid;
But still within the little children’s eyes
Seems something, something that replies;
They at least are for me, surely for me!
I turned me to them very wistfully;
But, just as their young eyes grew sudden fair
With dawning answers there,
Their angel plucked them from me by the hair.
“Come then, ye other children, Nature’s–share
With me,” said I, “your delicate fellowship;
Let me greet you lip to lip,
Let me twine with you caresses,
With our Lady-Mother’s vagrant tresses’
With her in her wind-walled palace,
Underneath her azured daïs,
Quaffing, as your taintless way is,
From a chalice
Lucent-weeping out of the dayspring.”
So it was done;
I in their delicate fellowship was one–
Drew the bolt of Nature’s secrecies.
I knew all the swift importings
On the wilful face of skies;
I knew how the clouds arise
Spumèd of the wild sea-snortings;
All that’s born or dies
Rose and drooped with–made them shapers
Of mine own moods, or wailful or divine–
With them joyed and was bereaven.
I was heavy with the even,
When she lit her glimmering tapers
Round the day’s dead sanctities.
I laughed in the morning’s eyes.
I triumphed and I saddened with all weather,
Heaven and I wept together,
And its sweet tears were salt with mortal mine;
Against the red throb of its sunset-heart
I laid my own to beat,
And share commingling heat;
But not by that, by that, was eased my human smart.
In vain my tears were wet on Heaven’s gray cheek.
For ah! we know not what each other says,
These things and I; in sound I speak–
Their sound is but their stir, they speak by silences.
Nature, poor stepdame, cannot slake my drouth;
Let her, if she would owe me,
Drop yon blue bosom-veil of sky, and show me
The breasts of her tenderness;
Never did any milk of hers once bless
My thirsting mouth.
Nigh and nigh draws the chase,
With unperturbèd pace,
Deliberate speed, majestic instancy;
And past those noisèd Feet
A voice comes yet more fleet–
“Lo naught contents thee, who content’st not Me.”
Naked I wait Thy love’s uplifted stroke!
My harness piece by piece Thou hast hewn from me,
And smitten me to my knee;
I am defenseless utterly.
I slept, methinks, and woke,
And, slowly gazing, find me stripped in sleep.
In the rash lustihead of my young powers,
I shook the pillaring hours
And pulled my life upon me; grimed with smears,
I stand amid the dust o’ the mounded years–
My mangled youth lies dead beneath the heap.
My days have crackled and gone up in smoke,
Have puffed and burst as sun-starts on a stream.
Yea, faileth now even dream
The dreamer, and the lute the lutanist;
Even the linked fantasies, in whose blossomy twist
I swung the earth a trinket at my wrist,
Are yielding; cords of all too weak account
For earth with heavy griefs so overplussed.
Ah! is Thy love indeed
A weed, albeit amaranthine weed,
Suffering no flowers except its own to mount?
Ah! must Thou char the wood ere Thou canst limn with it?
My freshness spent its wavering shower i’ the dust;
And now my heart is a broken fount,
Wherein tear-drippings stagnate, spilt down ever
From the dank thoughts that shiver
Upon the sighful branches of my mind.
Such is; what is to be?
The pulp so bitter, how shall taste the rind?
I dimly guess what Time in mist confounds;
Yet ever and anon a trumpet sounds
From the hid battlements of Eternity;
Those shaken mists a space unsettle, then
Round the half-glimpsed turrets slowly wash again.
But not ere him who summoneth
I first have seen, enwound
With blooming robes, purpureal, cypress-crowned;
His name I know, and what his trumpet saith.
Whether man’s heart or life it be which yields
Thee harvest, must Thy harvest fields
Be dunged with rotten death?
Now of that long pursuit
Comes on at hand the bruit;
That Voice is round me like a bursting sea:
“And is thy earth so marred,
Shattered in shard on shard?
Lo, all things fly thee, for thou fliest Me!
Strange, piteous, futile thing,
Wherefore should any set thee love apart?
Seeing none but I makes much of naught,” He said,
“And human love needs human meriting,
How hast thou merited–
Of all man’s clotted clay rhe dingiest clot?
Alack, thou knowest not
How little worthy of any love thou art!
Whom wilt thou find to love ignoble thee
Save Me, save only Me?
All which I took from thee I did but take,
Not for thy harms.
But just that thou might’st seek it in my arms.
All which thy child’s mistake
Fancies as lost, I have stored for the at home;
Rise, clasp My hand, and come!”
The Hound of Heaven
Halts by me that footfall;
Is my gloom, after all,
Shade of His hand, outstreched caressingly?
“Ah, fondest, blindest, weakest,
I am He Whom thou seekest!
Thou dravest love from thee, who dravest Me.”
Francis Thompson (1859-1907)
spend some time on bended knee
hear His whisper in the breeze
See the tree -it grows so tall
see yourself-you seem so small
like the tree,we always fall
we can carry the wood of the cross we bear
refresh ourselves,convert our hearts,start over
live in the present,is this our prayer?
A simple poem. 12.18.2013
Jesus call to mercy,as revealed to Saint(Sister)Faustina Kowalska
“I demand from you deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to excuse or absolve yourself from it.
I am giving you three ways of exercising mercy toward your neighbor:
the first — by deed, the second — by word, the third — by prayer. In these three degrees is contained the fullness of mercy, and it is an unquestionable proof of love for Me. By this means a soul glorifies and pays reverence to My mercy.
Many souls … are often worried because they do not have the material means with which to carry out an act of mercy. Yet spiritual mercy, which requires neither permissions nor storehouses, is much more meritorious and is within the grasp of every soul.
If a soul does not exercise mercy somehow or other, it will not obtain My mercy on the day of judgment. Oh, if only souls knew how to gather eternal treasure for themselves, they would not be judged, for they would forestall My judgment with their mercy” (1317).
You told us that your mission would continue after your death and that you would not forget us. Our Lord also granted you a great privilege, telling you to “distribute graces as you will, to who you will, and when you will.” Relying on this, we ask your intercession for the graces we need, especially for the intentions just mentioned. Help us, above all, to trust in Jesus as you did and thus to glorify His mercy every moment of our lives. Amen
Friends computer hasn’t arrived yet.Thought i would take a few minutes before it does get here and comment on Pope Francis remarks about ‘trickle down’ economics. Pope Francis seems to believe that in capitalism(or specifically ,unbridled capitalism)that the glass just continues to grow.Father Z seemed to be saying some of it has to spill out;thus help the impoverished.
My thinking is this. According to the Catechism the Church looks upon an economic system that justly recognizes the dignity of the human person. This means 2 things; you don’t have an economic system that ignores the poor nor an economic system that assists the poor but takes away their dignity in doing so.
I would say that we in the United States(i can’t speak for other countries)are comfortable and as long as we’re comfortable we don’t worry much.Myself included.Ads are intended to create needs we don’t really have.
I don’t think most of us can understand poverty unless we actually live it.The problem is even if the upper 1% gave all of their income-which we have no right to demand-to fight poverty it wouldn’t solve a thing.Liberals have this all wrong.If you’re going to address poverty-aka the war on poverty-then you have to address the causes. Obama believes in redistribution of wealth.Hello…that’s THEFT. Charity is not taking from one and giving to the other.Charity is what you do out of love for another person. Government programs are designed to take from one group and give to another group.THEFT pure and simple.
What we need to do first is address some of the causes. Drugs,alcohol, babies born out of wedlock with fathers taking off,divorce and a dependency mind set are causes that can be addressed.You will always have a group of people who truly need a hand.The Catholic Church doesn’t look to government first to give a hand.
The Catechism points to subsidiarity:
Excessive intervention by the state can threaten personal freedom and initiative. The teaching of the Church has elaborated the principle of subsidiarity, according to which “a community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life of a community of a lower order, depriving the latter of its functions, but rather should support it in case of need and help to co- ordinate its activity with the activities of the rest of society, always with a view to the common good…1885 The principle of subsidiarity is opposed to all forms of collectivism. It sets limits for state intervention. It aims at harmonizing the relationships between individuals and societies. It tends toward the establishment of true international order.
In a nutshell,the Catholic Church teaches that sharity begins at home.The Federal Government should only step in and do what a family,local community or the state government can’t do.Government should definitely not create dependency. It should neither ignore the poor nor create generations of poverty;once you teach dependency it’s hard to break the cycle.We seem to be going that route.Maybe we need a change of heart.Government programs are not designed for that by a long shot.Jesus called for conversion.To be a little less comfortable. We’ll take it from there tomorrow. I’ll be going back to the Catechism-then we’ll take a look at Pope Francis experience w/ poverty in his own country and see if we can’t unravel his trickle down comment a little more.
for the little girl on life support in Ca. She has been declared brain dead-her parents want to keep her on life support.Hospital wants to take her off and they were responsible for her condition.
It will take a miracle.Say this prayer and please share with everyone!!
Prayer to Obtain a Favor Through the Intercession of Archbishop Sheen
(For Private Use Only)
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.
Also include in your intention with this prayer a friend of mine’s nephew who has an inoperable brain tumor.They are going to try radiation.For now he is at home on hospice and is only 11 yr old.
Got through eye doctor appointment.Glasses should arrive in 6-10 days.Maybe longer because of holidays. I can hope sooner,but not holding breathe.They’re good people down there and it’s not their fault. The good news is vision is not any worse. YAAAAY! I have macular degeneration in one eye and retinitis pigmentosa in the other. However,that things haven’t changed in the last 2 yrs is excellent and new glasses will make a big difference.
We came home and tried to scan off photos on our printer. Husband’s computer seems to be having an issue.The drivers for his usb ports don’t seem to be there. I’m not even sure that’s the ONLY proiblem.Rather than monkey around with it,we moved the printer and hooked it up to my computer. For some reason it would not scan from the printer-but it would scan if I used scan from the computer.Now we have to set up the fax here and I’m hoping we don’t run into any more problems. It’s an EPSON WF-2540.A pain.
When we finally got that problem out of the way it was time to start the chocolate turtles. It went pretty much the way everything went today.Not a good recipe.Tomorrow will see if we can doctor em up and do some kind of fix. Then we can do one of two things;give them the heave ho to the garbage or continue on and take a photo of our iced cookies AND turtles. If worse comes to worse we’ll just put up the recipe for the decorative icing and take a photo. IF you don’t see the turtles you will know.
I’ll have to do this Thursday.The aide has her computer coming here tomorrow and I have to set it up for her;meaning my monitor and internet will be tied up all day.Excited for friend.I can’t wait to get started.At least the first part of the day was good news and yes it was.Grateful. It was also really good news to see the court stand up for freedom of religion against the HHS mandate.Couldn’t ask for better news. Be sure to check out the photos we scanned under the blog entry Dec 16.Surprise.Birthday guy.Hope to do more in near future.
With that,back on Thursday.
New York City, N.Y., Dec 17, 2013 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A federal judge in New York has issued the first permanent injunction against the federal contraception mandate, a ruling that religious freedom advocates are praising as a major victory.
“There is no way that a court can, or should, determine that a coerced violation of conscience is of insufficient quantum to merit constitutional protection,” wrote Judge Brian Cogan of the Federal District Court in Brooklyn in a Dec. 16 ruling.
He explained that the controversial mandate “burdens plaintiffs’ religion by coercing them into authorizing third parties to provide this coverage through the self-certification requirement, an act forbidden by plaintiffs’ religion.”
Judge Cogan issued the ruling in a case brought by the Catholic archdioceses of New York and Rockville Centre, as well as associated Catholic institutions within the archdioceses. The lawsuit challenged the federal contraception mandate, arguing that it amounts to an unconstitutional violation of religious freedom.
The mandate, issued as a directive under the Affordable Care Act, requires employers to offer health insurance plans covering contraceptives, sterilization, and some products that may cause early abortions.
In his ruling, Cogan dismissed the complaints of the archdioceses themselves, because they are already exempt from the mandate in its finalized form, which was released by the Obama administration after an extensive revision process.
However, he granted permanent injunctive relief to the remaining plaintiffs that were not already exempt: Cardinal Spellman High School, Monsignor Farrell High School, Catholic Health Care System – or ArchCare – and Catholic Health Services of Long Island. The injunction protects the organizations from the demands of the mandate and from the penalties for failing to comply with it.
This marks the first time a judge has granted a permanent injunction in a case challenging the mandate, although other institutions have received temporary injunctions. Some 89 cases against the federal regulation have been filed by a total of nearly 300 plaintiffs across the country. Many are still working their way through the court system. The Supreme Court has announced that it will hear a challenge to the mandate brought by two for-profit business owners, with a ruling expected next summer.
In the New York case, the federal government argued that it had adequately provided for the religious freedom of the organizations through an “accommodation” offered to non-exempt religious employers, whereby they would act to trigger a third-party administration to provide the coverage. The plaintiffs argued that the plan still required them to facilitate the coverage that they found morally objectionable.
In his ruling, Cogan commented that despite the accommodation, the Catholic organizations faced “substantial” burdens on their religious beliefs and “coercive pressure” to comply with the mandate. He noted that the institutions were given the options of violating their religious beliefs or paying thousands of dollars per employee per year in fines.
The judge rejected the Department of Health and Human Services’ claim that there is no viable alternative to the mandate in providing access to contraceptives and related products. Rather, he stated, “numerous less restrictive alternatives are readily apparent,” such as the government directly providing contraceptives to individuals.
“It would set a dangerous precedent to hold that if the Executive Branch cannot act unilaterally, then there is no alternative solution,” Cogan commented, adding that “Congress may pass appropriate legislation” if the Executive Branch is unable to create an alternative on its own.
He also rejected the argument that alternatives to the federal mandate would be less effective or too burdensome on women. If such alternatives “only entail filling out a form,” he suggested as an example, the “burden of filling out that form should fall on those who have no religious objection to doing so.”
Joseph Zwilling, communications director for the Archdiocese of New York, welcomed the ruling in a Dec. 16 statement.
“The court has correctly cut through the artificial construct which essentially made faith-based organizations other than churches and other houses of worship second class citizens with second class First Amendment protections,” he said.
“Religious freedom is our ‘First Freedom,’ guaranteed in the Constitution of the United States,” he confirmed, adding that the decision reiterates that freedom of religion is not merely the freedom to worship, but also “must include how we act in accord with our religious beliefs.”