Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Daily Meditation


Dear children, guard yourelves against idols.
-1 Jn 5:21


Reflection. The world knows many idols which it serves. Some of them are: power, esteem, money, pleasure, ambition, and passion for another person or for one's own "ego".
The true Christian know and senses only one: Christ, only Christ, the total Christ. Whom or what do I serve the most?


Prayer. My lord and Savior, free me from every wordly spirit. Let me follow You with faithfulness and total didication.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Facebook

I have been neglecting my blog terribly & I miss it. But I discovered the wonderful world of Facebook & I'm hooked. My free time for the computer has been spent there. I like it for so many reasons. Just this morning I got to chat with my cousin that I haven't seen (or talked to) in I don't know how many years (8+?). It was a lot of fun!! What a great way to keep in touch with people.

Are any of you on Facebook?

Friday, April 24, 2009

My New Name


Everyone in the blog world knows me as Rita, but my real first name is Molly. Rita is my Confirmation name. When I first started this blog I thought going by Rita would be like a new identity. Don't get me wrong, I like who I am, but I now realize that I've been hiding behind the name Rita when posting, insofar as it allowed me to state opinions without making them my own.
So from now on I'm going to step up, & step forward, as me.
Molly!

That Catholic Show - Candles and Light

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Journal Writing

Every once in a while (like every 6 months) I decide I want to keep a journal, so I do for about 1 week and then I forget all about it. Part of the problem is I'm never quite sure what to write. Do I write in it everyday? Do I write about every little detail of my life? I sometimes don't have much to say at all, and even if I do it doesn't mean I want to have every little thought put on paper. But for some reason I think I should keep a journal of some sort.
Well, guess what?? I've started a new journal!!

This time I have a plan. I will only make comments on 4 topics.
1. High (high point of the day)
2. Low (low point of the day)
3. Accomplishment (of the day)
4. Tomorrow (tomorrow I will...)
5. If there happens to be something I'd like to go into more detail on then I'll write just a few sentences.

This should simplify the whole journal writing for me & I think it's enough information to be an interesting read in the future.
I'd love to hear about any of your journal writing systems or habits.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Obama: Rescuing Dogs and Rending Babies

A profound and poignant article by Selwyn Duke from New American:

What a society talks about — and what it fails to — both speak volumes about it. And lately, the news has been replete with stories about the Obama’s new canine acquisition, a Portuguese water dog the first family has fittingly named Bo. Yet while the little curly-haired purebred is creating a tempest in a teapot — because Barack Obama said during the campaign that he intended to get a “rescued” dog, such as one from a shelter — few talk about a type of rescue to which Obama won’t even pay lip service.

Of course, it certainly is fashionable to lament the plight of abandoned animals, and for sure, no humane person wants to see any of God’s creatures suffer needlessly. Yet, shouldn’t this sublime compassion extend to His children as well? I speak of abortion.

On the very day the Obamas got their dog, more than 4,000 babies died in America’s abortion mills. In fact, Planned Parenthood reveals in its Annual Report 2007-2008 (pdf) that its "clinics" performed 305,310 abortions in 2007. It also divulges that to help it perform this work, it received $349.6 million of taxpayer money in the form of government grants and contracts for the year ending June 30, 2008. In other words, many of the abortionists who have authored the deaths of more than 50 million babies since the Roe v. Wade court ruling have been partially financed with our money.

Click here for FULL article.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver


"I like clarity, and there’s a reason why," began the archbishop. "I think modern life, including life in the Church, suffers from a phony unwillingness to offend that poses as prudence and good manners, but too often turns out to be cowardice. Human beings owe each other respect and appropriate courtesy. But we also owe each other the truth -- which means candor."

Friday, April 10, 2009

Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Most Holy Rosary (Online)


Click here for an online audio version of the Most Holy Rosary. The Mysteries are already selected based on the date, and you can choose the speed at which the voice you here is speaking.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Dr. Laura Defends the Pope on the Condom Statement

The Pope, The Rabbi and Condoms

by Dr. Laura Schlessinger
April 3, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) -

During his recent African trip, Pope Benedict XVI said that the distribution of condoms would not resolve the AIDS problem. The Pope has made it clear that abstinence is going to be the best way to fight AIDS. Google “Pope” and “condoms,” and you’ll never run out of reading material excoriating the man for his observation and opinion. Many health advocates have gone ballistic in their criticism of his comments. They feel it is one thing to promote abstinence as part of the Catholic religion, but that it is an entirely different thing to preach it to the world. On a person-by-person basis, wearing a condom does, of course, offer some protection against contracting various venereal diseases and (of course) unwanted pregnancy. It is also true that condoms sometimes break, slip, or are put on incorrectly (taut to the very end). Everything has its limitations…except abstinence.

I remember listening to a rabbi describing a situation that occurred to his kosher family. His 7 year old child was invited to a birthday party for a classmate at one of those fast-food hamburger establishments. When he came to pick up his child at the end of the party, one of the mothers - clearly annoyed - chastised him for the pain he caused his son. “All the children had hamburgers, chicken nuggets, french fries and dessert, and your little boy had to sit there and eat none of it. Imagine how terrible your son must have felt? How could you do this to him? Food is food. There is nothing sinful about food. What you are doing to him is just cruel.” Just about at the end of her tirade, his son bounded up to him, gave him a huge hug around the waist, and said “I had a great time. This was a fun party.” The woman blanched and walked away. The rabbi followed her and gently told her the following: animals will eat whatever is around, even if it will make them unhealthy. Humans are to rise above animals and become masters of their urges. Imagine my son in a dorm room where harmful illicit drugs are being passed about. We already know that peer pressure and urges will not force him to relent and give in to the impulse. Learning at his early age to control impulse and desire is not a harmful trait - many times, it might be a life-saving one. Look at him. He enjoyed the company of your son and the rest of the children without giving up his values. He looks happy and satisfied. We really need to bring up our children to be masters of their instincts, not slaves to them, don’t you think? The woman scowled, but listened to him.

Yes, in any one instance, a condom could protect, but in the overall scheme of humanity, why do so many people wish to push away the enormous protective power of moral values? When the Pope suggests that human beings are best off saving their sexual passion for the stability of a covenant of marriage, he is making a statement that the act of sexuality is elevated by the context, and ultimately protects both man and woman from a myriad of hurtful consequences from venereal diseases to unwanted pregnancies (complete with abortions, abandonment, single-parenthood, and homelessness to name a few).

The naysayers all have one thing in common: they refuse to want, believe or accept that human beings can commit to a higher spiritual state of thought and behavior. The Pope believes in us more than that. I am not Catholic, so this is no knee-jerk defense of my spiritual leader. The truth is that he is simply correct and too many people don’t want to hear it, because they want to live lives unfettered by rules. It is sad that they don’t realize that this makes them a slave to animal impulse versus a master of human potential.

see Dr. Laura's blog here:http://www.drlaurablog.com/

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Making The Sign Of The Cross


I have noticed that some people make the sign of the cross twice and/or end it by kissing their fingers or thumb. I’ve even seen people who cross from right to left at the part of “Holy Ghost”. Well I’ve always been a little curious as to why so I did a little digging, and this is what I came up with. Oh, please feel free to add comments or corrections if necessary.

I actually didn’t find much about making the sign of the cross twice, except on Orthodox websites. When venerating icons (statues/pictures) the sign of the cross is made twice, then kiss the icon (never on the face) and make the sign again. I also found something that states that the sign is made twice while entering the Church to give reverence.

Ending the sign of the cross by kissing your thumb is primarily an Italian or Hispanic practice. At the end of the sign of the cross a kiss is given to the thumb nail, as if a kiss was given to the nails on the cross. Nothing I found mentioned fingers.

No information was found on crossing from right to left so if anyone knows about it please share it for all to see.

None of the information I found came from any official documents, but from surfing the web and reading other peoples comments, so please don’t hesitate to correct or add any useful information.

Quotes That My Sweetie Would Like


"A room without books is like a body without a soul."
— Marcus Tullius Cicero

"I have always imagined that Paradise will be some kind of library."
— Jorge Luis Borges

"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book."
— Groucho Marx

"Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them."
— Lemony Snicket

"No furniture is so charming as books."
— Sydney Smith

Monday, April 6, 2009

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Happy 17th Birthday Graphics


Happy Birthday Kelsey Lynne!
I hope today is as wonderful and full of fun. I can't believe my Baby Sister is 17. A part of me wishes you could have stayed 3 forever, but then I wouldn't have the same friend that I have today. I love you very much!!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

A Patriotic Moment

Please remember to PRAY for the brave men & women who are risking their lives everyday.

"We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm."

~George Orwell

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