Monday, November 23, 2015

getting ready ....

for Thanksgiving dinner.

Oremus pro invicem!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Palmer Method

Now, there are certainly more important things going on in the world, but back to ordinary complaining ....

When I was taught to write in cursive, this is the alphabet I was taught: (although I think the T had a little more flourish at my school.)

Twice my daughter has written a letter to a friend who lives on a street beginning with "Q". Twice the letter has been returned because the postmaster didn't realize the "Q" was a "Q" and not a 2 on envelope's address.
Several times my kids have been asked if they can read and write cursive handwriting-because few can these days-apparently including a postal worker near us.

What is the world coming to!

Oremus pro invicem!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


No, we are not growing them.

Took my wife and teenagers to see the movie last night. Never a huge Peanuts fan myself, it was still heartening to hear my teenage son's laughter ripple over the crowd at some of this innocent humor. I think we all enjoyed the movie.

Not to get mathematical, but I would say that Peanuts is to Toy Story (or UP) as Ant Man is to Captain America. All enjoyable, but clearly different classes in the type.

I don't always agree with Steven D. Greydanus movie reviews, but I think he hit it squarely with this one.

Now the previews for other children's movies (all animated) due out soon, show no promise at all.

Oremus pro invicem!

Monday, November 09, 2015

November 9

We finally fired up the woodstove for the first time this morning. It 63 F in here this morning. Not too cold and we will probably let the fire die before noon.

This is the 16th anniversary of my father's passing (Here pictured in 1942). May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace!

Oremus pro invicem!

Thursday, November 05, 2015

I shouldn't rant ...

but I am self-employed and get my health insurance from the marketplace. I have probably ranted before ....

Here's what you have to deal with: You put in your monthly income-specifying it as monthly income. They ask to confirm it. Then they multiply by 12 and ask if this is your yearly income. Then they divide it by twelve and ask if this is your monthly income.

They ask if you are a US citizen. Then 45 questions later they ask if you are an illegal alien even if you already indicated you are a US citizen.

At some points in the application, the program will invariably lock up. At that point, hold on to your hair, because the only option is to x-out of the website and then re-login. The problem is that even though you think all the previous responses have been saved (after all there is a green check mark next to all "saved" answers), when you log back in, those answers are not saved and you start from scratch or (if you get extremely lucky) from the beginning of one of the sections.

It is not any better if you call in. In the past two years I have applied over the phone. The same thing happens-the program locks up and you call back 24 hours later and start from scratch.

Can I charge the government for my wasted time trying to fill this thing out?

You would think by now the bugs in the program would have been fixed, the redundancy eliminated, and well ..... it is a government thing.

Monday, November 02, 2015

All Soul's day

Praying for the Holy Souls in Purgatory was the special apostolate of the late Requiem Press. Every order included a free copy of our booklet "Daily Prayers for the Church Suffering". Do remember the holy souls today and all during November. A plenary indulgence is available for the holy souls by your prayers-praying for them at a cemetery during the next 9 days (under the usual conditions).

1 Out of the depths I cry to thee, O Lord;  2 Master, listen to my voice; let but thy ears be attentive to the voice that calls on thee for pardon. 3 If thou, Lord, wilt keep record of our iniquities, Master, who has strength to bear it? 4 Ah, but with thee there is forgiveness; be thy name ever revered. 5 I wait for the Lord, for his word of promise my soul waits; 6 patient my soul waits, as ever watchman that looked for the day. Patient as watchman at dawn, 7 for the Lord Israel waits, the Lord with whom there is mercy, with whom is abundant power to ransom. 8 He it is that will ransom Israel from all his iniquities. (Psalm 130)

Update: Attended Divine Liturgy at St. Peter's in Cheraw, SC for All Soul's Day. Father used black vestments-as is appropriate, and faced the tabernacle during the consecration (as is appropriate).

Oremus pro invicem!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The New Guy in Town!

Our first boar here was a Hampshire we named Tarzan (1st pic). He was prolific. We've had a few other boars here for a short time, but none measured to Tarzan. Most recently we have been using Red (2nd pic), who is a product of the best of our own herd. However, it has come time to let his daughters enter the herd, so I needed a new boar.

I called Kewannee Farms in Georgia where Tarzan came from and yesterday arrived home with a new young boar-Thor (next 2 pictures). He is 325 pounds and just ready to come into service.

It was pouring rain yesterday and so I had to stop and rig up a roof for him. He joined his first gilt this morning.

Welcome ... Thor!

Oremus pro invicem!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Pilgrimage of Mercy

This is how I spent my day:

at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Charlotte. The Pilgrimage of Mercy-veneration of the relics of St. Maria Goretti, preceded by the Divine Liturgy in the Extraordinary Form.

Oremus pro invicem!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Introducing our new chimney sweep...

Although we've had a frost the past two nights, I haven't quite got the wood stove ready to fire up. But we are a step closer now as our newest edition of chimney sweep has done his job.

Oremus pro invicem!
Yes! I agree with This .

Read what this Romanian lady has to say to the Synod!

We have our martyrs (although few) in North America also. Yesterday was the feast of the North American martyrs. I posted about our trip to Auriesville, NY 11 years ago here.
Oremus pro invicem!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

For those worried about the Synod ....

Here are two clips (snipped off Rod Dreher's blog in the past few days) which hopefully put things into perspective for us (at least for me):

In the early part of the last decade, a priest friend in New York grew weary of listening to me and another Catholic pal griping about the failures of the institutional Church. He said, in effect:
“Everything you say is true, and if you two sit around waiting for the institutional Church to get its act together, you’re sunk. But you don’t have to do that. You have the Catechism. You can go on tonight and order a library that would have made Aquinas envious, and have it at your home in a few days. You in the laity can do this on your own. What are you waiting for?”


Excerpt from a 2008 interview with the Cardinal of Bologna, about an exchange he had with Sister Lucia, the last surviving Fatima visionary:
Q. There is a prophecy by Sister Lucia dos Santos, of Fatima, which concerns “the final battle between the Lord and the kingdom of Satan”. The battlefield is the family. Life and the family. We know that you were given charge by John Paul II to plan and establish the Pontifical Institute for the Studies on Marriage and the Family.
Yes, I was. At the start of this work entrusted to me by the Servant of God John Paul II, I wrote to Sister Lucia of Fatima through her Bishop as I couldn’t do so directly. Unexplainably however, since I didn’t expect an answer, seeing that I had only asked for prayers, I received a very long letter with her signature – now in the Institute’s archives. In it we find written: the final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family. Don’t be afraid, she added, because anyone who operates for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be contended and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue. And then she concluded: however, Our Lady has already crushed its head.
(My emphasis in the last quote.)

Oremus pro invicem!