Sunday, May 31, 2009
Come, Thou holy Paraclete,
and from thy celestial seat
send thy light and brilliancy:
Father of the poor, draw near;
giver of all gifts, be here;
come, the soul's true radiancy.
Come, of comforters the best,
of the soul the sweetest guest,
come in toil refreshingly.
Thou in labor rest most sweet,
thou art shadow from the heat,
comfort in adversity.
O thou Light, most pure and blest,
shine within the inmost breast
of thy faithful company.
Where thou art not, man hath nought;
every holy deed and thought
comes from thy Divinity.
What is soilèd, makes thou pure;
what is wounded, work its cure;
what is parcèd, fructify.
What is rigid, gently bend;
what is frozen, warmly tend;
strengthen what goes erringly.
Fill thy faithful who confide
in thy power to guard and guide,
with thy sevenfold mystery.
Here thy grace and virtue send;
grant salvation in the end,
and in heaven felicity.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
After a life of being pro-choice, I began to seriously ponder the question. I oppose the death penalty because there is a slim chance that an innocent person might be executed and I don't believe the state should have the authority to take a citizen's life. So don't I owe an nascent human life at least the same deference? Just in case?
You may not consider a fetus a "human life" in early pregnancy, though it has its own DNA and medical science continues to find ways to keep the fetus viable outside the womb earlier and earlier.
But it's difficult to understand how those who harp about the importance of "science" in public policy can draw an arbitrary timeline in the pregnancy, defining when human life is worth saving and when it can be terminated.
The more I thought about it, the creepier the issue got.
Newsweek, for instance, recently reported that 90 percent of women whose fetuses test positive for Down syndrome choose an abortion. Another survey showed only a small percentage of mothers even used the test. So what happens when 90 percent of parents test their fetuses? Does it mean the end of the disease or are we stepping perilously close to eugenics?
H/T to Michael Liccione (via Facebook)
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I don't think it would, but then, o' course, I'm just your typical white woman.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Roaming around a cemetery, you can make new friends. I made several today, including Private First Class Edward J. Vargas and his wife, Florence.
I never met Mr. or Mrs. Vargas, but it was a privilege to bring to their grave a pot of flowers Alden gave me. Thank you, Mr. Vargas, for your service..and Mrs. Vargas? A pleasure!
Requiescat in pace.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
After reading this very sad Boston Globe story a few days ago, I found a comment on a story published in the Seattle Times last October. I've reproduced the comment in full, below.
The Times story's headline is "What should be done with excess frozen embryos?"
My question is: "why are we tolerating a system that makes this question necessary?"
Read this and, perhaps, weep:
I am sitting here heart broken. About a week and a half ago My husband and I recieved information from our clinic that we have a month to make a decision. We have eight frozen embryo's from our failed IVF last year. We need to decide if we will discard them, donate them, store them, or try to use them.
My hearts desire is to try to use them. I am a stay at home mom, and my husband has been laid off from his job since November. We have sacrificed all of our finances on the proceedure from last year.
I feel completely hopeless. What I am going through right now is way more difficult than the loss of my two babies to ectopic pregnancies, or the loss to the failed IVF proceedure. I have eight babies. Eight possible children, eight possible siblings for my six year old son who is willing to give up toys and fun for the opportunity.
How can I sign off to just dispose of my babies when I would give my left arm for the chance to try again. How could I just donate them to someone else. In my heart I honestly feel that is the same as adopting out my little boy, it is not an option.
I never had a clue I would be put in this horrible position and feel completly stupid, and utterly hopeless.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
"...as the president began his commencement address, at least three protesters interrupted it. One yelled, "Stop killing our children." The graduates responded by chanting "Yes we can..."
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Today, in celebrating the Feast of Saint Matthias, the Apostle who took Judas' place, we learn that he was one of two disciples proposed for the position. (See Acts 1:15-26)
Peter, head of the Church, knew that the man appointed had to have been with Jesus from the time of His entry into public ministry—that is, from His Baptism by John—until His Resurrection and Ascension. Critical, this requisite, since the New Guy had to be an eye witness to the Good News.
Of the two nominees, one guy had three, count 'em, three names!
"They proposed two, Joseph, called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus..."
And then there was plain old Matthias.
All we know about Matthias is that he, like Joseph-Barsabbas-Justus, was with Jesus from the beginning of His public life. Still, this rather unknown fellow was chosen by God, through the infallible actions of the new Church led by the Vicar of Christ, to become one of The Twelve. Tradition tells us that Matthias spread the Good News in what is now Turkey and Russia, receiving the crown of martyrdom somewhere near the Black and Caspian Seas.
Who was this nobody?
We don't know exactly...except that we know God chose him to take his place among the princes of His Church. No miracles are ascribed to Matthias. No sermons nor writings of his remain for our edification. He is mentioned in the Bible—what?—once?
And yet every Roman Catholic priest today celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass wore red vestments in his honor. He is one of The Twelve. The guy with just one name.
Nobody is really a nobody.
From the life of Saint Matthias we can learn that, no matter how lowly our station is in this life, we should be open to the choice of God to carry on the work of our Master.
While searching for something to add to this blog, Google asked me politely: "Did you mean: Saint Matthew?"
No, I meant Matthias. In Hebrew, the name means "gift of Yahweh."
Saint Matthias, pray for us.
Monday, May 11, 2009
In case you haven't heard of her—and I am proud to admit that I never did until today—let so-called "comedian" Wanda Sykes describe herself to you:
“Everybody that knows me personally, they know I’m gay...Now, I gotta get in their face. I’m proud to be a woman. I’m proud to be a black woman, and I’m proud to be gay.”Among her fans—I'm guessing maybe they number perhaps six—is our fearless leader, Barack H. Obama.
Here we see him roaring at her "comedic" remarks such as:
- hoping Rush Limbaugh's kidneys fail
- wanting Sean Hannity waterboarded by Keith Olbermann
- stating that if her child had a choice between getting in a car with Dick Cheney and a car with a stranger, she would tell her child to choose the stranger
- saying that the absent Sarah Palin had "pulled out at the last minute," and that "somebody should tell her that’s not really how you practice abstinence”
Friday, May 08, 2009
Hope for Boston: Catholics publically show opposition to "Jerry Springer" travesty, appeal to Our Lady of Fatima
A group of disgruntled Springer supporters went up to Joseph Gallagher, a young student who was protesting the show, and said: "You haven't seen the show, so how do you know it's bad?" The Catholic 12th grader responded: "I don't need to drink poison to know its bad for me."
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Monday, May 04, 2009
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Saturday, May 02, 2009
Friday, May 01, 2009
O glorious Joseph! Who concealed your incomparable and regal dignity of custodian of Jesus and of the Virgin Mary under the humble appearance of a craftsman and provided for them with your work, protect with loving power your sons, especially entrusted to you.
You know their anxieties and sufferings, because you yourself experienced them at the side of Jesus and of His Mother. Do not allow them, oppressed by so many worries, to forget the purpose for which they were created by God. Do not allow the seeds of distrust to take hold of their immortal souls. Remind all the workers that in the fields, in factories, in mines, and in scientific laboratories, they are not working, rejoicing, or suffering alone, but at their side is Jesus, with Mary, His Mother and ours, to sustain them, to dry the sweat of their brow, giving value to their toil. Teach them to turn work into a very high instrument of sanctification as you did.
CatholicTV's "The Road to Cana," premiering this month, attempts to answer these questions from a Catholic perspective. According the producers, Ignatius Productions, "the series is unique in that it focuses on life before marriage rather than during marriage." For example, show contributor Father Benedict Groeschel suggests that “marriage prep should start when you are single”.
"The Road to Cana" themes include:
- The perfect person
- Do looks matter?
- What women and men want
- Choosing wisely
- Approaching dating
- Internet dating