Monday, March 30, 2009

New Project

Check out my NEW BLOG!!

Life Can Be Eerie

Check out this article. It tells about a plane that crashed into a Catholic cemetery and who was in it.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Friday, March 27, 2009

Mother Teresa

"Not very long ago I said Mass and preached for their Mother, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and after breakfast we spent quite a long time talking in a little room. Suddenly, I found myself asking her -- don't know why -- 'Mother, what do you think is the worst problem in the world today?' She more than anyone could name any number of candidates: famine, plague, disease, the breakdown of the family, rebellion against God, the corruption of the media, world debt, nuclear threat, and so on.

"Without pausing a second she said, 'Wherever I go in the whole world, the thing that makes me the saddest is watching people receive Communion in the hand.'"
- Father George William Rutler, Good Friday, 1989 in St. Agnes Church, New York City (a precise transcript taken from a tape of his talk available from St. Agnes Church)

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Great Gifts

I was looking for a plaque of a particular Saint and I came across this. Isn't it beautiful??? I just wanted to share it's beauty will all of you.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Our Lady of Fatima

The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, appeared six times to three shepherd children ("the Three Seers") near the town of Fatima, Portugal between May 13 and October 13, 1917. Appearing to the children, the Blessed Virgin told them that She had been sent by God with a message for every man, woman and child living in our century. Coming at a time when civilization was torn asunder by war and bloody violence, She promised that Heaven would grant peace to all the world if Her requests for prayer, reparation and consecration were heard and obeyed.
"If My requests are granted ... there will be peace"
Our Lady of Fatima explained to the children that war is a punishment for sin and warned that God would further castigate the world for its disobedience to His Will by means of war, hunger and the persecution of the Church, the Holy Father and the Catholic Faithful. God's Mother prophesied that Russia would be God's chosen "instrument of chastisement," spreading the "errors" of atheism and materialism across the earth, fomenting wars, annihilating nations and persecuting the Faithful everywhere.
"If My requests are not granted, Russia will spread its errors throughout the world, raising up wars and persecutions against the Church. The good will be martryed, the Holy Father will suffer much and various nations will be annihilated."
In all Her appearances at Fatima, the Blessed Mother repeatedly emphasized the necessity of praying the Rosary daily, of wearing the Brown Scapular of Mount Carmel and of performing acts of reparation and sacrifice. To prevent the terrible chastisement at the hands of Russia and to convert "that poor nation", Our Lady requested the solemn public Consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart by the Pope and all the Catholic bishops of the world. She also asked that the Faithful practice a new devotion of reparation on the first Saturday of five consecutive months ("the Five First Saturdays")
The heart of Our Lady's Message to the world is contained in what has come to be called the "Secret" which She confided to the three child seers in July 1917. The Secret actually consists of three parts, the first two of which have been publicly revealed. The first part of the Secret was a horrifying vision of hell "where the souls of poor sinners go" and contained an urgent plea from Our Lady for acts of prayer and sacrifice to save souls. The second part of the Secret specifically prophesied the outbreak of World War II and contained the Mother of God's solemn request for the Consecration of Russia as a condition for world peace. It also predicted the inevitable triumph of Her Immaculate Heart following Russia's consecration and the conversion "of that poor nation" to the Catholic Faith.
The last part of the Secret (often called the "Third Secret") has not yet been made public, but was written down by Lucy Dos Santos, the last living Fatima seer, in 1944 and has been in the possession of the Holy See since 1957. Most informed sources speculate that this portion of the Secret concerns chaos in the Catholic Church, predicting widespread apostasy and a loss of faith beginning in the seventh decade of the 20th Century.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Bad Reading Habits

Since January 1st I have started 4 books, but I have yet to finish one. Now, this does not mean that they aren't good books, it's just what I do. My goal is 10 books this year, so I think it is time to set more time aside for reading.

I hope to have completed 3 of the 4 by may.

If anyone has a book they would like to recommend to help me reach my goal, I'd love to hear about it.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Baked Ratatouille

So the other night I was going through the fridge & found some veggies that weren't bad, but needed to be eaten soon. So I chopped them up, mixed them with diced tomatoes, and popped them in the oven.

When we sat down to eat, Paul said "Hey, you made ratatouille" and then I said "I did?". I had no idea what ratatouille was exactly. I thought I was just throwing stuff together. The veggies were really good too!!

So, what I've decided to do is post everything I come up with on my own that is worth making again, not only to share with all of you, but so I have it written down somewhere as well. On the rare occasion that I do write something down, I either end up losing it, or forgetting about it.

Baked Ratatouille
1 Bell Pepper ( I like red)
1/4 cup Onion
1 Zucchini
6 Mushrooms
1 Mild Chili Pepper
14.5 oz. Can Peeled Diced Tomatoes (Italian Style)
Salt & Pepper to taste
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese

* Cut all veggies so they are the same size. (1 inch works for me)
* Mix all ingredients (except cheese) together, pour into casserole dish, sprinkle Parmesan Cheese on top, cover, and bake for 1 hour at 375 degrees.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Madonna & Child

Podno's Law:
One is tolerant or broadminded only of that which does not affect him.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

St. Patrick's Day

A National Holiday in Ireland, St Patrick's Day began as an annual feast day in honor of the Patron Saint, Patrick,(Circa 385-461 AD), in the early 17th century. Usually celebrated on the 17th of March, it was primarily a feast and a holy day for the Roman Catholics in Ireland. Traditionally, families attended church services early in the day and followed up with a big feast throughout the day.

The day of the feast, or St. Patrick's Day, has been moved on occasions at the direction of the church authorities when the holiday falls during Holy Week. This has been done both in 1940 and as recent as 2008; a somewhat controversial decision. One can see from this that St Patrick's Day in Ireland has a more religious tone than the celebrations outside of Ireland, and as celebrations become more secular, more controversy has been generated around the nature of the celebrations.

An act of Parliament created the March 17th holiday in 1903. A law which required pubs to be closed on that day, was passed shortly after and was only repealed as late as the 1970's. So the custom of imbibing huge amounts of liquor on St Patrick's Day was by no means a custom in Ireland. The first St Patrick's Day parades were organized by Irish immigrants in the United States as early as the 18th century. It was not until 1931 that Dublin hosted the first St Patrick's Day parade in Ireland.

Much later in 1996, the first St Patrick's Day Festival was held on March 17th and has grown from a one day to a one week celebration. The festival theme has been introduced by the Irish government as a means to promote Ireland and its culture. But behind all the parades and festivals, St Patrick's Day celebration in Ireland remains primarily, a religious one.

Many government officials as well as representatives of the major political parties of Northern Island and the Republic of Ireland, attend ceremonies at home and as guests of other countries where St Patrick's Day is celebrated. The Irish Taoisigh (the head of the Government of Ireland) is present at special functions both in Ireland and abroad during the week long celebrations and has presented Shamrocks to the US President and House Speaker. It is common practice for the President of Ireland and the Taoiseach to be away from Ireland during their own festivities, celebrating the holiday in different US States, Hong Kong, South Africa and Japan, to name a few.
A visitor to Ireland would have many choices of where to celebrate...

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Birthday Cake!!

This is the first birthday cake that I have made and decorated myself, and I have to say I was very pleased with the results (Paul was too, he ate half the cake on his own). In between the 2 layers of cake was chocolate frosting mixed with cream cheese frosting, and the outside is the same combination except I added some Bailey's to it. I know, I know, why do I always have to add liqueur? Well, I just like the flavor it adds, you just can't go wrong with Bailey's or Amaretto. Since he will always be 18, those candles will last a long time. :)

I hope my hubby enjoyed his birthday weekend. I took him to the library to get some books, 2 for him, 1 for me, & 1 to read together. After the library, I surprised him with a picnic at a park with a pond, so I set up lunch & he read to me.

Then we went home & watched Phil, which was exciting 'cos he was in the lead. When that was over we did stuff around the house, then we just hung out with each other.

Today, Paul stayed home from golf, so he watched me bake his cake. Morning time with him is rare, so I really enjoy those moments. Since he stayed home we decided to go to a new Church that has a TLM at 9:30, usually we go at 12:30. It was beautiful, I think the Church is 100 years old or so. On our way home we stopped for lunch at an Italian place, they had a TV right in front of our table, that meant we were able to see how Phil was doing. He was doing really, really well.

Then Paul & I went home to finish watching the Championship and I decorated his cake. And guess what! Phil WON!!! Go PHIL!!

We went to dinner at Silky Sullivan's (Irish pub). Paul loves it there, and it's the only place he's guaranteed a Guinness. Next it was home to eat cake & open presents.

Paul really did eat half the cake himself, and he had a BIG dinner too. I don't know where he puts it. :)

** Paul, I hope you had a nice birthday. I love you.

Happy Birthday Sweetie!!!

God our Father, the birth of
your Son Jesus Christ brought great
joy to Mary and Joseph. We give thanks
to you for Paul whose birthday
we celebrate today.
May he ever grow in your faith,
hope, and love.
We ask this in the name
of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Bush & Obama Meet The Marines

WOW!!! I think this says a lot.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

St. John Joseph of the Cross

St. John Joseph of the Cross was born about the middle of the seventeenth century in the beautiful island of Ischia, near Naples. From his childhood he was the model of virtue, and in his sixteenth year he entered the Franciscan Order of the Strictest Observance, or Reform of St. Peter of Alcantara. Such was the edification he gave in his Order, that within three years after his profession he was sent to found a monastery in Piedmont. He became a priest out of obedience, and obtained, as it seems, an inspired knowledge of moral theology. With his superiors' permission he built another convent and drew up rules for that community, which were confirmed by the Holy See. He afterward became Master of Novices. Sometimes later he was made provincial of the province of Naples, erected in the beginning of the eightheenth century by Clement XI. He labored hard to establish in Italy that branch of his Order which the sovereign Pontiff had separated from the one in Spain. In his work he suffered much, and became the victim of numerous calumnies. However, the saint succeeded in his labors, endeavoring to instill in the hearts of his subjects, the double spirit of contemplation and penance bequeathed to his Reform by St. Peter of Alcantara. St. John Joseph exemplified the most sublime virtues, especially humility and religious discipline. He also possessed numerous gifts in the supernatural order, such as those of prophesy and miracles. Finally,consumed by labors for the glory of God, he was called to his reward. Stricken with apoplexy, he died an octogenarian in his convent at Naples on March 5, 1734. His feast day is March 5th.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

More Treats!!!

My aunt gave me the recipe for these cookies, and I love how simple & good they are. This is my second time making them, and with this batch I double the size of the of the cookie & the time they cooked.

Yep, they're good. Thanks Aunt Laura!

Cool Whip Cookie
1 Pkg cake mix (Chocolate is really good)
1/2 container of cool whip (4oz)
1 egg.
Powder Sugar
Mix by hand and make into balls Roll in powder suger and bake 350 for 10 min.

Monday, March 2, 2009

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