Sunday, November 30, 2008

Rush Limbaugh, Intellectual

from American James Lewis
Rush is the sharpest political commentator we have today. He is a public intellectual in the old sense: A fine, original thinker who constantly reveals new truths that slip past the mindless media. He can communicate with whoever bothers to listen, as tens of millions of people do every week, throwing a sharp light on the biggest questions we face. And he's entertaining and funny.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

another clear minded Catholic priest...

Parishioners of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Modesto have been told they should consider going to confession if they voted for Barack Obama, because of the president-elect's position condoning abortion.
"If you are one of the 54 percent of Catholics who voted for a pro-abortion candidate, you were clear on his position and you knew the gravity of the question, I urge you to go to confession before receiving communion. Don't risk losing your state of grace by receiving sacrilegiously," the Rev. Joseph Illo, pastor of St. Joseph's, wrote in a letter dated Nov. 21.

Rev. Stephen Blaire, bishop of the Stockton, Calif., Diocese is wrong and one of the the reasons fifty four million Catholics voted for Obama.
Bishop Blaire, Obama terminate America one baby at a time.

Pope Benedict & capitalism, Adam Smith style

Amidst all the panic-induced foolishness, it's worth considering that Benedict XVI is the second pro-capitalist Pope in a row. Like the free market's greatest defenders, however, he simply recognizes that it — like most of man's worthwhile endeavors — fails without a religiously-rooted ethical foundation.

grandmothers helping raise grandchildren...

If a daughter, daughter in law or parent of a child allow you to help raise a child, the grace of God is with you. The blessings of the Lord are bountiful and undiscernable.
For menopausal, post menopausal and way post menopausal grandmother, there is a hormonal benefit of taking care of a baby.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Something Catholic about Thanksgiving...

by Taylor Marshall... ht: & Eric Wilson
An interesting bit of trivia is that the first American Thanksgiving was actually celebrated on September 8, 1565 in St. Augustine, Florida. The Native Americans and Spanish settlers held a feast and the Holy Mass was offered.
A second similar "Thanksgiving" celebration occurred on American soil on April 30, 1598 in Texas when Don Juan de OƱate declared a day of Thanksgiving to be commemorated by the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
The Catholic origins of Thanksgiving don't stop there. Squanto, the beloved hero of Thanksgiving, was the Native American man who mediated between the Puritan Pilgrims and the Native Americans. Squanto had been enslaved by the English but he was freed by Spanish Franciscans. Squanto thus received baptism and became a Catholic. So it was a baptized Catholic Native American who orchestrated what became known as Thanksgiving.
All that being said, Thanksgiving is traditional Protestant and marks the tradition of religious toleration (something in which the Puritan pilgrims did not actually believe - they set up a "theocracy").

Anti-Cancer Foods

aol article here...
I eat and use some of these...
japanese green tea
garlic, onions, leeks, shallots, chives
fatty fish
Turmeric in curry powder
oranges,lemon, grapefruit, tangerines
soy products
Brussels Sprouts, Bok Choy, Chinese cabbage, Broccoli, and Cauliflower

Blessings before and after meals

Prayers before meals here...
BLESS us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts which we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

After meals...
WE give Thee thanks, almighty God, for all Thy benefits, who livest and reignest for ever and ever. Amen.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

my first American Thanksgiving, 1969

Thanksgiving Day, 1969, I worked my regular 3p-11pm shift at Passaic Beth Israel Hospital, a small 200 bed community hospital in a 3 hospital city of Passaic. My hospital had the best free meals on Thanksgiving of the three local hospitals. Hospital provided foods were kosher complaint. My friend Eria works the am shift at St. Mary's Hospital and said so. Passaic General don't gave out free meals, I'm told.
Best free meal or not, turkey with all the trimmings just do not taste good to my two month old just arrived via TWA from the Philippines tastes bud. Ham was more acceptable but not kosher. Chicken in a salad was just as nauseating to a pregnant 23year old.
Atr had the day off and spent the afternoon with friends at Gregory apts. Some friends had already spent previous year Thanksgiving in America.
This unique American holiday has a Filipino Catholic equivalent of celebrating thanksgiving on the feast day of a saint. The difference is Filipinos as a community in barrios or towns celebrate different days of feast for saints. My barrio's saint is Our Lady of Fatima celebrated on May 13. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church walking distance from out efficiency three floor walk-up is close enough in symbolism and spiritual affinity. Besides the feast day, July 16 is near my birthday.

Thanksgiving 2008, November 27,

American Thanksgiving Day celebrated fourth Thursday of the month of November.
History of Thanksgiving Day here...
George Washington's Proclamation here...
Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation here...
Benjamin Franklin's real story of Thanksgiving here...
Rush Limbaugh's 'The Real Story of Thanksgiving here...
President Bush proclamation here...

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Penance before communion

A married Catholic priest - Fr. Dwight Longenecker of South Carolina.
Brought up in an American Evangelical home, I went to Bob Jones University--the jewel on the buckle of the Bible Belt. While there I came down with a severe case of Anglophilia from reading too much C.S.Lewis and Tolkien and T.S.Eliot. I went to study theology at Oxford, was ordained as an Anglican priest and stayed in England for twenty five years. After ten years wearing a dog collar I was received into the Catholic Church. I spent ten years as a layman writing articles and books no one reads. Then the call came to return to the United States. In December 2006 I was ordained as a Catholic priest. I am now chaplain at St Joseph's Catholic School in Greenville, South Carolina, and I am on the staff of St Mary's Greenville.

We support you, Fr. Longenecker and Fr. Newman, in words and prayers.
God have mercy on us.

Friday, November 21, 2008

apo #2 birthday today!

Today is Presentation of Mary.
Hail, holy Mother! The child to whom you gave birth is the King of Heaven and earth forever.
Lord, may the prayers of the Virgin Mary bring us protection from danger and freedom from sin that we may come to the joy of your peace. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Act of Contrition

O, my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I detest all my sins because of your just punishment, but most of all because they offend you, my God, who are all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin.

prayer after confession or reconciliation...

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Parable of the Talents

Jesus told his disciples this parable:
"A man going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one--to each according to his ability. Then he went away.
After a long time the master of those servants came back and settled accounts with them. The one who had received five talents came forward bringing the additional five. He said, 'Master, you gave me five talents. See, I have made five more.' His master said to him, 'Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master's joy.'"
Matthew 25:14-15, 19-21

Parable for a capitalist...
not so, says Fr.Ignatius at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Talent during our Lord's time represents currency. However, talent represent our lives, how we reproduce our lives on earth...

Friday, November 14, 2008

Nature's God in first paragraph of ...

The Declaration of Independence,
Action of Second Continental Congress, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America.
When in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.

I am church going Catholic, registered Democrat until ‘o8 primary election, has not voted a Democrat president since Carter and intensely Pro-Life.
No avalanche of words from anyone can change my heart and mind.
For Catholics, this ‘Nature’s God’ the forefathers of the USA mentioned is the same God, the Father, God, the Son and God, the Holy Spirit, we love, adore and worship. The same God, the Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, Christianity and Christian morality emanate.
America is a Christian Country!
For Catholic statistics in USA...
67,117,016 Catholics (22% of the U.S. population) half voted for Obama and Biden, a non-conforming, supposedly practicing, rosary carrying catholic.
We, Catholics are, will and must continue the Pro-Life movement to ensure there will be progeny and legacy for the future of the USA.
God have mercy on us.