Thursday, June 26, 2008

Feeling Old

Today my youngest sister finished 6th grade. I can't believe it, soon she'll be in Junior High, she'll become moody and think she knows everything. Why can't they just stay cute and sweet? But then I'm sure someone said the same thing about me once! I guess I'm just feeling a bit old today. I'm fifteen years older than her, but sometimes I people think I'm 18/19 still, and I usually get carded at restaurants, but not today! I went to lunch with my sister-in-law and she asked me to order her a mixed drink while she got up, so I did, and the waitress didn't even pause for a moment to even think about asking for my ID. What's up with that? Aren't restaurants supposed to card people if they look under 30? HELLO!!!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

St. John the Baptist

John the Baptist was the son of Zachary, a priest of the Temple in Jerusalem, and Elizabeth, a kinswoman of Mary who visited her. He was probably born at Ain-Karim southwest of Jerusalem after the Angel Gabriel had told Zachary that his wife would bear a child even though she was an old woman. He lived as a hermit in the desert of Judea until about A.D. 27. When he was thirty, he began to preach on the banks of the Jordan against the evils of the times and called men to penance and baptism "for the Kingdom of Heaven is close at hand". He attracted large crowds, and when Christ came to him, John recognized Him as the Messiah and baptized Him, saying, "It is I who need baptism from You". When Christ left to preach in Galilee, John continued preaching in the Jordan valley. Fearful of his great power with the people, Herod Antipas, Tetrarch of Perea and Galilee, had him arrested and imprisoned at Machaerus Fortress on the Dead Sea when John denounced his adultrous and incestuous marriage with Herodias, wife of his half brother Philip. John was beheaded at the request of Salome, daughter of Herodias, who asked for his head at the instigation of her mother. John inspired many of his followers to follow Christ when he designated Him "the Lamb of God," among them Andrew and John, who came to know Christ through John's preaching. John is presented in the New Testament as the last of the Old Testament prophets and the precursor of the Messiah. His feast day is June 24th and the feast for his beheading is August 29th.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Serenity Prayer

God grant me
the Serenity to
accept the things
I cannot change...
the Courage to
change the things
I can...
and the Wisdom
to know the

Saturday, June 21, 2008

You Have To Watch This!

This little girl is sooooo cute, I cried watching/listening to her. Partially because "An American Tale" was my favorite movie as a kid and I love the song.

I hope it brings a smile to your face!

The Holy Trinity

I heard someone ask a question similar to this, so I thought I'd look into it, and this is what I found. If anyone has any comments to make regarding the answer to this question please don't hesitate!

Why do Catholics believe that God is three Persons, called the Holy Trinity? How can God be three Persons and still be one God?

Catholics believe there is one God consisting of three distinct and equal divine Persons--Father, Son and Holy Spirit--because on numerous occasions God has described Himself thus. The Old Testament gives intimations that there are more than one Person in God. In Genesis 1:26, God says, ``Let us make man to our image and likeness.'' In Isaias 9:6-7, God the Father revealed the imminent coming into the world of God the Son. In Psalms 2:7, we read, ``The Lord hath said to me: Thou art my son, this day have I begotten thee.'' And in the New Testament, God reveals this doctrine even more clearly. For example, at the baptism of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit appeared in the form of a dove, and the voice of God the Father was heard: ``This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.'' (Matt. 3:16-17). In Matthew 28:19, God the Son commanded the Apostles to baptize ``in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.'' And in 1 Cor. 12:4-6, the Bible refers to God with three names: Spirit, Lord, and God-- corresponding to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Three divine Persons in one Godhead may be incomprehensible to the human mind, but that is to be expected. How can man fully comprehend God's infinite make-up when he cannot fully comprehend his own finite make-up? We have to take God's word for it. Also, we can satisfy ourselves as to the feasibility of God's triune make-up by considering various other triune realities. The triangle, for example, is one distinct form with three distinct and equal sides. And the clover leaf is one leaf with three distinct and equal petals. There are many physical trinities on earth, therefore a Spiritual Trinity, who is God in Heaven, is not against human reason--it is simply above human reason.

Friday, June 20, 2008

How did this get started?

How did the story of Storks delivering babies to their parents start? I'm trying to find out but I'm not having much luck. Please help!

Here are a couple little facts about Storks!
*There are about 100,000 White Storks in Poland, so no wonder it's their national bird. Equally unsurprisingly, when the cold winter arrives in Eastern Europe, the storks fly down to Africa for an extended winter holiday.

*When storks' eggs hatch, the young are called goslings rather than chicks.

I'd really like to hear more facts if anyone has any.


My husband and I were married in the beginning of February and we moved into our house shortly after, and it's finally a home. Neither of us had any furniture so we've had to start from scratch. Each piece was bought separately plus we had to wait for delivery, I was starting to feel like we were going to be eating on a card table forever. Oh, we sat there to watch TV too! The downstairs of the house is pretty much done, now we're just waiting for the upstairs furniture. I can't wait!! We've been using TV trays as nightstands. It has been a fun journey though and I'm really happy that we got to furnish our home together.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

St. Romuald

St. Romuald was born at Ravenna about the year 956. In spite of an infinite desire for virtue and sanctity, his early life was wasted in the service of the world and its pleasures. Then one day, obliged by his father, Sergius, to be present at a duel fought by him, he beheld him slay his adversary. The crime made such an impression upon him that he determined to expiate it for forty days, as though it were entirely his own. For this purpose he retired to a Benedictine monastery of St. Apollinare, near Ravenna, where he became Abbot. After founding several monasteries, he laid the foundations of the austere Order of Camaldoli in Tuscany. Like all the saints, he fought a lifelong battle against the assaults of devils and men. In the beginning of his spiritual life he was strongly assailed by numerous temptations, which he conquered by vigilance and prayer. More than one attempt was made on his life, but Divine Providence enabled him to escape from the danger. Like many servants of God, he also became the victim of calumny, which he bore in patience and silence. In his old age, he increased his austerities instead of diminishing them. After a long life of merit, he died in the monastery of Castro, which he founded in Marquisate of Ancona. His death occurred on June 19, about the year 1027. His feast day is June 19th.
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