Friday, November 21, 2014

Judicial Tyranny!

South Carolina Amendment 1 of 2006 amended the South Carolina Constitution to make it unconstitutional for the US state to recognize or perform same-sex marriages or civil unions. The referendum was approved by 78% of voters.
Who and by what corrupted authority does the judiciary to strike down the just will of the people!
We need to stand up for our rights! All across this nation courts manned by just a few (who are beholden to special interests and political favors) are once again changing the laws voted upon and written by great majorities of the people.
Freedom is being lost daily. Laws are being made for and by the rich and powerful special interests who only have their own interests and those of greed and power at heart.
Beware fellow travelers. The days are numbered....
Oremus pro invicem!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Crowders Mountain, NC

Matthew, Thomas, and I just got back tonight from an excursion to Crowder's Mountain State Park in NC. We had last been there in April 2007 (see the report here ).

I should have read about our previous trip before heading out yesterday. The firewood at the park was still unseasoned and hard to burn, and once again we forgot salt.

It was a great trip. We hiked into the campground (about 1 mile from the park office) around 4:00 PM. We cooked some pork plate steaks wrapped in aluminum foil on the coals, rounding the meal out with brown beans.

This morning we took the 2 mile hike to the King's Pinnacle. It was strenuous for this old man who is out of shape! I note though that the hike took the same amount time as it did 7 years ago (when I also complained I was out of shape.)

It is good to home and warm (It rained most of the night and was very cold this morning.)

Oremus pro invicem!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Yesterday (I seldom blog on the weekends) was the 15th anniversary of my father's death - Eternal Rest give to him, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him!

Today you can find fishing stories-originally told in some form here (years ago) at  Those Catholic Men.

Oremus pro invicem!

Monday, November 03, 2014

The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple:

They searched for Him for three days. (For 3 days His body lay in the tomb.)

The Christ-child knows His true Father in Heaven, yet He remains subject to Mary and Joseph.

The Fourth Commandment of God: Honor your father and mother.

Parents (me!) honor your children; Teach them the way of the Lord. Do not nag them lest they loose heart! (St. Paul)

Honor your God!

O Mary, bring the peace of the Holy Family to our home.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

All Saints Day

So we travelled to Columbia for All Saints Day Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church. While some of Columbia was being snowed on, we got rained on while participating in the last day of a 40 days for life prayer vigil. We don't get much chance to pray outside of abortion clinics as there are none close to us (Thanks be to God!).
It was cold. I recall way back in the 70's when Ellen McCormick of NY was running in the Democratic Presidential primary on a pro-life ticket. We (my siblings and I) were volunteered to hold her signs at the polling place. It was February and it was cooooooold and snowing. I think I was partnered with my sister Judy. I recall my hands freezing, but we had a good time. And of course I was disappointed when she didn't win.

Here's another installment of a rosary meditation.

The Presentation of our Lord in the Temple:

Mary's joy, that has lived from the Angel's first visit through the birth of her Son, has a shadow of sorrow cast today. She is told a sword of pain and sorrow will pierce her heart as she will watch the suffering of her Divine Son.

Again the Cross. Most of us are born to live, but her Son is born to die on the Cross.

Can I accept God's will when it is not pleasant, or do I abandon my prayer when I am not consoled?

Go to the Mother of Sorrows and ask for strength.

Mary, my mother, pray for my perseverance.

Oremus pro invicem!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

All Saints Day!!!!!

It is one thing to abrogate the obligation for a Holy Day of Obligation for certain reasons. It is another to move the Holy Day to a Sunday so that all can celebrate it. And while I might not agree with either of these options in general, what is happening this year is an outrage.
So the Holy Day obligation, All Saints Day, is abrogated because it falls on a Saturday. However, just because the obligation is gone doesn't mean the Holy Day is eliminated! Try to find a Saturday morning Mass this year in order to celebrate the Solemnity. We finally found one over 60 miles away-but the only reason they are having Mass is that it is 1st Saturday-laudable in itself, but it should be because of All Saints Day.
And to take the cake, this past Sunday at Mass they had a 2nd collection for All Saints Day (because there would be no Mass on All Saints Day to take up the collection.) So what exactly is the collection for?
I could make more comments, but I think the facts speak for themselves!
Oremus pro invicem!

Monday, October 27, 2014

My youngest daughter claims that the 3 most exciting material things are, "horses, guns and IV's".

Now to another rosary meditation;

The Nativity:

Joy to the world! The Savior is born!

The King is born alone in a stable, and He will die among thieves. But today is for joy.

God's love for us does not stop even to give us His only Son. God had asked Abraham for his only son as a test, but did not take him.

God gives Christ to us freely. We know how we treated this gift 2000 years ago. What about today? Do I give back what I have been given? How do I treat the gift of the Holy Eucharist?

Mother of our Savior, take us to your Son to worship and adore Him.

Friday, October 24, 2014

More Rosary

Since the beginning of September we have processed 6 hogs, the latest being this morning. Only 1/2 of them being our own. We know how to do it, so we help out friends when we can. But boy, I think we are a little tried of doing pigs, especially in this warmer weather.

But onto the next mystery of the rosary:

The Visitation

Mary is not pretentious or proud. Immediately after being told that she will be the mother of the Messiah, she goes to assist and to serve her cousin who is pregnant with John the Baptist.

The Mother of God serves. Her Son, the Divine Son, serves also-even unto death on a cross.

How do I serve? Does my position of authority at home and at work make me a servant or a tyrant?

O Mother of my Savior, help me to serve God and those in need for love of Him.

Oremus pro invicem!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Holy Rosary-Meditations

Several years ago (more than 10) I used to pray the rosary on my commute home from work in the car. Distraction was king.
I decided to write out for myself some simple meditations for each mystery so I had something to grasp while I fought the distractions.
Over the next several days/weeks I will reproduce those scribbles here, one mystery at a time. They are nothing special, but they helped me then (and now) to focus on the mystery at hand.
 (I have nothing for the Luminous mysteries as these predate that time.) So here is the first.
1. The Annunciation 
Fiat - Be it done unto me according to thy word!
Total self-giving and commitment from a 14 year-old Jewish girl.
How is my commitment? To my marriage? To my children? To giving my time in prayer and works to God?
Can I commit my love and all of myself to God?
O Mary, conceived without sin, help me to accept God's will in my life and dedicate myself to Him.
Oremus pro invicem!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Holy Matrimony

We are (and have been) in a crisis concerning marriage for many years, but the crisis is peaking. Yet at this critical time some bishops are seriously considering weakening the sacrament and institution of marriage in the Holy Catholic Church instead of standing firm and proclaiming the beautiful truth about faithful marriage.

Recall that only ONE bishop in all of Catholic England would stand for Truth in the time of Henry VIII. Do we have any courageous bishops today?

1. There is no mercy without Truth! Mercy is given to those who are sorrowful, not those who  persisting in sinful living.

2. There has been a proposal that divorced and remarried couples could come and be blessed at Mass instead of receiving Holy Communion. I wonder; my catechism said if you are not in the state of grace (and are in fact persisting in mortal sin), such a blessing has no efficacy.

3. Instead of making the obtainment of annulments easier (as some are proposing-further weakening the sacrament), why isn't the proposal made that uncatechized and/or immature couples would not be allowed to be married .... and then make a major and continuing effort to catechize the faithful on marriage.

4. Admittedly there are those whose spouse had abandoned them and their children. While no one wants another to suffer, we must realize suffering joined with Christ brings salvation. Yet some bishops would deny the innocent spouse the opportunity to further sanctify their life and join their suffering with that of our Lord, offering all for the offending spouse. This may be hard, but our Lord was clear that all of us must take up our cross. No cross - no crown!

5. The proposals which are being floated and discussed will make troubled marriages collapse all the sooner because their will be little incentive not to seek an easy annulment or 'regularize' a second marriage.

6. I just don't understand why the Church would help the forces of the evil one further destroy the domestic church. This is big and could rend the Church apart.

There is suffering; there is injustice; there is struggle. But if you believe in the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, you must believe His promises. His promises involve the cross. His teachings are not always easy, but if we have faith and follow Christ, true, lasting joy will be ours.

We bring people to the fullness of Communion by giving everything we have and teaching the Truth-with gentleness and understanding (if not for the grace of God, there go I), not by making excuses and diluting the Truth.  Only the Truth will set us free.

Oremus pro invicem!