PRAYER FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

I never thought we would need this kind of prayer in the U.S but we do and many people are praying this one every day. Give it a try, we could use more prayer. We have taken our freedoms in this country for granted and now we are loosing them. One of the Founding Fathers was asked if they gave us a Republic and he said: “yes, if you can keep it.” If we don’t pray and take action we will loose it.  Can we safe it for our future generations?

FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

“Almighty God, Father of all nations, For freedom you have set us free in Christ Jesus. We praise and bless you for the gift of religious liberty, the foundation of human rights, justice and the common good. Grant to our leaders the wisdom to protect and promote our liberties. By your grace may we have the courage to defend them for ourselves and for all those who live in this blessed land.  We ask this through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, our patroness. And in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, with whom you live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”

 

DRAWN BY CHRIST TO THE FATHER

From: Magnificat

“Accepting the sacraments means first of all agreeing to be sought out by God and accepting the opportunity offered us by Christ to rejoin God

Practice enables man to discover that he is not alone in his existence, that Someone awaits him, and that his life is a twofold act. It suggests to man that he should not be merely a spectator, but a co-worker in his destiny. This is the great novelty of Christianity, as Saint Paul proclaimed it:  ‘We are co-workers with God.’ God gives us our freedom so that we may use it at each moment  of our great human experiences;

before evil, with penance;

before human love, with matrimony;

before fatherhood, with baptism;

before the struggle against the anguish of death, with the sacrament of the sick;

before the responsibility for our brothers, with confirmation and holy orders.

Face to face with all these great experiences, we are led to be co-workers in humble, day-by-day, coherent acts, for example, in sharing the meal with the friends of Christ.”

by: Father Bernard Bro, O.P.

Spend some time with the Holy Spirit.

 

CONNIE’S MEMORIES CONT’D

Just a quick  memory today. Sometime between ages 5 and 12 my father bought his own shoe repair shop. He had to work Saturdays so Sunday mornings after Mass was when he did the work around the house and yard.  Every spring and fall we helped him put the storm windows on and take them off, wash the house windows and in the fall, wash the storm windows. In case no one knows what I am talking about, storm windows were made with glass and a wood frame with bolts and hooks to hook them to the windows. They fit each window specifically so they all have to be marked.  This doesn’t sound like much fun, but my brother and I loved working outside with my Dad.  He let us climb out on the porch roof, through the small bathroom window and put up and take down the windows on the second floor above the porch. He used to climb up on a ladder and put the other ones up and take them down from the second floor.  Sometime after I moved out, they replace them all with the insulated windows.  It probably took two Sundays because my father liked to have a beer and read the paper for a short while before dinner. My mother always had a big family dinner at noon on Sundays.  This may sound boring to kids now but working with my father was fun for us on Sunday mornings and great memories for my brother and I.

 

DESTRUCTION OF AMERICA

From a friend in Iraq on face book:  On the same day two IED’s exploded in Boston killing 3 and wounding 16+/- 12 IED’s were exploded in Iraq killing dozens. while the events in Boston are serious and tragic, they are none the less minor by world comparison. Long term wise our Country will be more harmed by this administrations systematic destruction of America’s international relationships. Alienating Israel, and England while building relations with the Muslim brotherhood, or representing us at a communist dictator’s funeral are prime examples of their failed practices.

I almost feel as though the American populace as a whole is so overwhelmed with daily minutia that they have detached from any form of reality other then the limited circle of daily drama.  If seeing blood vessels in your chicken wing turns your stomach, then my friends, you have disconnected from the facts of life, and from reality. I know there are serious events abound, but don’t let the adrenalin of local events narrow our world field of view. The world is watching as we alienate our friends and open ourselves up to our enemies.  I  have never been a soap box kinda guy, but frankly it’s gotten to the point of alarming…..”

IED”S EXPLODED WHERE? THE WORLD IS WATCHING….

From a man in Iraq on face book:  “On the same day two IED’s exploded in Boston killing 3 and wounding 160+/-, 12 IED’s were exploded in Iraq killing dozens. While the events in Boston are serious and tragic, they are none the less minor by comparison. Long term wise our Country will be more harmed by this administration’s systematic destruction of America’s international relationships. Alienating Israel and England while building relations with the Muslim brotherhood, or representing us at a communist dictator’s funeral are prime examples of their failed practices. 

I almost feel as though the American populace as a whole is so overwhelmed with daily minutia that they have detached from any form of reality other than the limited circle of daily drama. If seeing blood vessels in your chicken wing turns your stomach, then my friends you have disconnected from the facts of life, and form reality. I know there are serious events abound, but don’t let the adrenalin of local events narrow our world field of view. The world is watching as we alienate our friends and open ourselves up to our enemies.

I have never been a soap box kinda guy, but frankly, it’s gotten to the point of alarming…”

 

MY LIFE AND MEMORIES, CONT’D

Back to the garden for a moment. I told you that we had a big garden that ran along the back of our house, we must of had 6 to 10 rows of corn and on Labor Day weekend we had a family corn roast. My father built a brick fire place on the right side of the garden(it’s still there today) and our family and relatives would put corn on one of those long forks, after taking the corn husks off the corn, and roast it over the fire. Very Delicious, if you haven’t tried it you should. 

The corn roast first started out small, my brother, myself, mother and father and perhaps a relative or two, by the time my father got too old to have the corn roast at their house our family had grown to 45 or so, we set up tables outside and had hot dogs, hamburgers and such plus of course desert. But that’s another story.

On the right side of the garden my grandmother had planted a tulip garden. It must have been at least 10 x 15 if not longer. It was beautiful in the spring, the rest of the year I can’t remember what it was used for. My mother continued to take care of it until she had too many children and had no time to garden.  There was also a big flower garden on the side of the house that my grandmother had also started.(by the way, this was my father’s mother and it was her house. My mother moved in when she married my father and by then my grandmother must have been in her late 60’s  which was old in those days. She had 8 kids by the way.) The garden was beautiful and my mother tended that until she got too busy. I know that I used to help her weed, but I think she used the garden as an excuse to get away from house work and get outside.  In my memory I can see the flowers and the most beautiful ones were the bleeding hearts, a plant that had actual little hearts growing on it.

About the barn:, when it was torn down, I must have been fairly young, but I remember my brother and I helping to pull out the old rusty nails with hammers. I expect that my father put us out of the way, and we probably didn’t do much but we certainly thought we were helping.  Can you imagine today letting kids pull out rusty nails? (and yes, we had our tetanus  shorts and we were very healthy) The old barn boards must have been shared with the helpers, but I remember lots of them stored(without nails) under the shed for use when needed. The nails that were still good were kept and used again also. 

My most fun memory with the old boards is when my brother and I decided to build a cabin in the side yard near the back. The other side from the flower garden. I have a photo of my brother on the roof and we did a pretty good job. I think we must of been 8 and 10 or 10 and 12 by then, we thought it was pretty cool.  I don’t remember tearing it down, but I expect we had to at some point. because there is a lilac tree planted there now.  When I find the photos, I will post some of them.

DID YOU KNOW?

I came across this in a Sunday Church bulletin that I had saved in my bible.

“BE PROUD OF BEING CATHOLIC:  (Excerpts of an article written by Sam Miller, prominent Cleveland JEWISH businessman: “………….Why would newspapers carry on a vendetta on one of the most important institutions that we have today in the United States, namely the Catholic Church? 

1. Did you know-the Catholic Church educates 2.6 million students everyday at the cost to our Church of 10 billion dollars, and a savings on the other hand to the American taxpayer of 18 billion dollars. Our graduates go on to graduate studies at the rate of 92%, all at a cost to us. To the rest of the Americans it’s free.

2. The Church has 230 colleges and universities in the U.S. with an enrollment of 700,000 students.

3. The Catholic Church has a non-profit hospital system of 637 hospitals, which account for hospital treatment of 1 out of every 5 people-not just Catholics-in the United States today. “

Do you realize what will  happen if the Church refuses to provide abortion pills and contraceptives as ordered by the HHS mandate? Some Bishops say they will go to jail before including those services in their health insurance programs for employees. Because our schools and hospitals provide education and services for everyone, not just Catholics, The Church does not qualify for the narrow exclusion in the plan.  Do you really think Obama wants to have a legacy of being the first president to jail Catholic Bishops?