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I had hoped to finish my first post in a series where I will explain Catholic beliefs to non-Catholics but I haven’t been feeling well the past few days.

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Secularism reduces all things to matter and removes God from the equation.  When Satan tempts us and we give in we separate ourselves from God.  There is a bit of the enduring influence of Satan in every person who follows in the example of The Original Sin, by their own will ascribing what they deem to be good and evil.  Adam and Eve were tempted by the serpent.  They failed to follow God’s only command, to not eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Instead of trusting in God’s will Adam and Eve gave into temptation.  When they disobeyed God’s will, bit into the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge they used their wills to decide what was right and wrong. Adam and Eve’s actions showed that they thought they knew better than God.  People today who ignore God’s will and believe it is their prerogative to decide with their own will what is good and bad are following in the footsteps of Adam and Eve.

Father Barron directly quoted an infamous passage in the Supreme Court’s decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey – “At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life…”, words specifically attributed to Justice Anthony Kennedy,  citing it as a perfect example of persons trying to play God in determining what is ethical or unethical according to their own will.  Does liberty give us the right to do wrongs? Evil?  Participate in moral relativism? Going by the quote above it is reasonable to extrapolate that it is acceptable for each of us to try everything regardless of whether it is moral or immoral just so we are able to experience it, so we are able to feel it.  According to Justice Kennedy his concept of liberty would give us the right to try theft, assault, or murder just to find out what it is like. Huh?  Using our conscience we should be able to know that some things are obviously wrong so there would be no need to experience that which would harm our soul.  It is unethical to harm others in the name of liberty.

After Adam and Eve sinned they felt shame.  In addition to feeling shame it makes sense that they would also feel uncomfortable and exposed. When each of us sins we feel exposed and uncomfortable.  That little voice inside each of us tells us that we did something wrong.  The voice inside then tells us to correct the wrong.  The voice also tells us to avoid committing the same sin in the future.  When Adam and Eve felt uncomfortable and exposed this let them know that they had sinned. We experience the same thing.

 

 

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An interview with Cardinal Dolan on “Meet The Press” aired this morning on NBC.  He was asked for thoughts on the University of Missouri football player Michael Sam who had come out as gay recently.  Cardinal Dolan responded “good for him” and “bravo.”  Cardinal Dolan said the Bible says not to judge.  That isn’t necessarily correct.  There is one place in the Bible that says not to judge but you have to take into account the context in which this was said.  We are not to use do not judge broadly so as to attribute it to circumstances it does not apply.  Here are a couple of scripture passages:

John 7: 24 “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”

Leviticus 19: 15 “You shall do no injustice in judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor.”

As you can see the two scripture passages above DO NOT condemn judging others.

In response New Catholic at the blog Rorate Caeli wrote this: 

OK, then. Naturally, the Cardinal did not have to say anything at all regarding a specific individual, even if asked. But silence and discretion are one thing, explicitly refusing moral discernment is another, and raising such refusal to the status of “good” and “bravo” is quite noteworthy for a Prince of the Church, because it is in itself a moral judgment, a positive moral judgment.
It is quite easy to see that no moral debate in which the Catholic Church takes part, of any kind and on any level, can ever anymore advance even one inch if the parameters become simply an isolated reading of “not judging” – and much less if “not judging” is elevated to the positive judgment of “good” and “bravo.” Politicians quote a pontiff when casting immoral votes, and what can the Church say, from now on, on any legal matter (that presupposes a moral order)? It can always be used to stop any social debate. What can poor pastors and vicars say regarding any sin, even personally to a parishioner, when the isolated presentation of “no sense of judgment” becomes normative? Or even regarding, for instance, an inclination that our judgmental Catechism of the Catholic Church defines as “objectively disordered” (regardless of the practice or not of the “intrinsically disordered” acts attached to it)?

And if you do not like this post, who are you to judge us?…

[Op-ed update: Cardinal Dolan, in this age, it is keeping the faith that deserves a "Bravo".]

Bravo New Catholic!  Politicians and laity sure do know how to twist and pervert the words of authority figures in the Church in order to support agendas that are contrary to the faith.  Going by his words it seems that Cardinal Dolan is talking as if he believes the Catechism is wrong when it says homosexual relations are “intrinsically  disordered.”  Yes, we are called to love every human being.  But it is wrong to cheer on a sexual orientation which the Church condemns as “objectively disordered.”  Loving everyone does not mean approving of everything they do.  

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Explore your higher latitudes . . . be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, open new channels, not of trade but of thought.

Henry David Thoreau 

Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

Edmund Burke

It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.

Henry Ward Beecher 

Psalm 86:15   But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

Isaiah 40:31   But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

Romans 12:12   Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Ephesians 2:10  “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

 

 

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Seeking wisdom to know what is the best path for us to take can take a long time, can be frustrating, can be complex when you get mixed signals or a variety of suggestions, and can take a toll on the body physically and emotionally.  How do we know we are following God’s plan for us?  How do we know we are making the correct decisions?

Since my physical pain hasn’t decreased I have been thinking and praying on what God could possibly be calling me to do.  First, I had to take an assessment of myself, of what I am able and unable to do.  I can no longer do the types of jobs I have worked for the past 18 years since they would involve standing constantly.  Then I had to dig deep down inside me to figure out what I enjoy, love to do, and have a passion for that I would like to have as a career.  Third, I had to make sure my plan is feasible.

After thinking and praying lots and lots I have decided that I want and need to go back to college.  I have decided that I want to major in journalism and theology.  I have a number of credits already so depending on whether I attend school full-time or part-time it should only take me at most 2 years to finish my degree.

Now I have to apply to colleges.  I have two in mind – Duquesne University and Franciscan University.  Duquesne is much closer but I’m not sure how many of my credits they will accept.  Franciscan is about 45 minutes to an hour from where I live but I would only have to commute their 2 or 3 times a week.  Plus, most if not all of my credits would be accepted there. I already have an associate degree and additional credits from Franciscan.  I am going to apply to both and see what happens. It’s in God’s hands.

In praying to the Father, Son, and Holy spirit for guidance God sent me to this scripture passage:

Wisdom 7: 7-12

Therefore I prayed, and prudence was given me;

I pleaded and the spirit of Wisdom came to me.

I preferred her to scepter and throne,

And deemed riches nothing in comparison with her,

nor did I liken any priceless gem to her;

Because all gold, in view of her, is a bit of sand,

and before her, silver is to be accounted mire.

Beyond health and beauty I loved her,

And I chose to have her rather than the light,

because her radiance never ceases.

Yet all good things together came to me with her,

and countless riches at her hands;

I rejoiced in them all, because Wisdom is their leader,

though I had not known that she is their mother.

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Psalm 113 sun

Praise the Lord!
Praise, O servants of the Lord,
praise the name of the Lord!

2 Blessed be the name of the Lord
from this time forth and forevermore!
3 From the rising of the sun to its setting,
the name of the Lord is to be praised!

4 The Lord is high above all nations,
and his glory above the heavens!
5 Who is like the Lord our God,
who is seated on high,
6 who looks far down
on the heavens and the earth?
7 He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the ash heap,
8 to make them sit with princes,
with the princes of his people.
9 He gives the barren woman a home,
making her the joyous mother of children.
Praise the Lord!

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I have been struggling very much these past couple of weeks.  My one year anniversary for having my hysterectomy was on Tuesday September 24th.  I am still dealing with a tremendous amount of physical pain and quite a bit emotional pain.  My doctors are pretty sure that I have fibromyalgia.  If all the blood tests come out negative that will be their determination.  I have been leaning on God and talking to him in prayer.  I probably need to be quiet and listen more often after talking to Him.  I’m very bad with there being silence for more than a little while.  I know God is watching over me while I go through this storm in my life.  I am grateful for a number of things even if my health isn’t up to par.

Psalm 16

You Will Not Abandon My Soul

hMiktam1 of David.

16 Preserve me, O God, for in you I itake refuge.

2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;

jI have no good apart from you.”

3 As for kthe saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,

in whom is all my delight.2

4 The sorrows of those who run after3 another god shall multiply;

their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out

or ltake their names on my lips.

5 The Lord is mmy chosen portion and my ncup;

you hold my olot.

pThe lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;

indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.

7 I bless the Lord who qgives me counsel;

in rthe night also my sheart instructs me.4

tI have uset the Lord always before me;

because he is at my vright hand, I shall not be wshaken.

9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my xwhole being5 rejoices;

my flesh also dwells secure.

10 For you will not abandon my soul to ySheol,

zor let your aholy one see bcorruption.6

11 You make known to me cthe path of life;

in your presence there is dfullness of joy;

at your right hand are epleasures forevermore.

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Praise Him in Storms

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The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18

The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. Proverbs 24:16

I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

… but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31

 

This past year has been a rough one for me.  In about a week it will mark a year since I had my hysterectomy.  For some reason my health problems continued after the surgery.  Even with all the downs in my life this past year God has given me the grace and strength to push forward and be positive about life.  I still get depressed because of the pain and the loss of not being able to have children but whenever I’m down in the dumps I pray and ask God to show me the way, to help to get through the tough time and He does.  I have grown closer to our Lord over this past year.  My doctor advised me to lean on God and that is what I have done.  God is awesome!! No matter what we are going through in life today God has something spectacular in store for us in His time.  We are called to be patient and trust the Lord.  Yes, that is tough when you go through turmoil but God is always there for us and will help each to get through the tough times.  He has definitely guided me during this past year.  

Right now I am still dealing with a number of health issues and that is the reason I haven’t visited many blogs in the past couple months. I know God is with me and has special plans for me.  Today I have to think about my health and take care of myself the best I can so for now I will have to limit my blogging. God Bless. 

 

Lordstrength

 

 

 

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All of a sudden I found myself crying, mourning the loss of my not being able to conceive, have a child(ren), and having a hysterectomy due to endometriosis.  I try not to cry.  I try not to let the fact that I was unable to conceive and now am unable to have children due to the horrible condition, endometriosis but sometimes it hits me like a ton of bricks.  I talked to God in prayer and He guided me to Sirach 51.

[Sirach 51]
{51:1} The prayer of Jesus, the son of Sirach: I will confess to you, O Lord and King, and I will give praise to you, O God my Saviour.
{51:2} I will acknowledge your name. For you have been my Helper and Protector.
{51:3} And you have freed my body from perdition, from the snare of the iniquitous tongue, and from the lips of those who forge lies. And you have been my Helper in the sight of those who stood nearby.
{51:4} And you have freed me according to the multitude of the mercy of your name: from those who roared and prepared to devour,
{51:5} from the hands of those who sought my life, and from the gates of tribulation that surrounded me,
{51:6} from the oppression of the flames that surrounded me, and so I was not burned in the midst of the fire,
{51:7} from the depths of the bowels of hell, and from the defiled tongue, and from lying words, from an iniquitous king, and from an unjust tongue.
{51:8} My soul shall praise the Lord, even unto death.
{51:9} For my life was drawing near to hell below.
{51:10} And they surrounded me on every side. And there was no one who would help me. I looked around for the assistance of men, and there was none.
{51:11} Then I remembered your mercy, O Lord, and your works, which are from the very beginning.
{51:12} For you rescue those who persevere for you, O Lord, and you free them from the hands of the Gentiles.
{51:13} You exalted my habitation upon the earth, and I made supplication that death would pass away.
{51:14} I called upon the Lord, the Father of my Lord, so that he would not abandon me in the day of my tribulation, nor in the time of arrogance without assistance.
{51:15} I will praise your name unceasingly, and I will praise it with thanksgiving, for my prayer was heeded.
{51:16} And you freed me from perdition, and you rescued me from the time of iniquity.
{51:17} Because of this, I will give thanks and praise to you, and I will bless the name of the Lord.
{51:18} When I was still young, before I wandered astray, I sought wisdom openly in my prayer.
{51:19} I asked for her before the temple, and even to the very end, I will inquire after her. And she flourished like a newly-ripened grape.
{51:20} My heart rejoiced in her. My feet walked in the right path. From my youth, I pursued her.
{51:21} I bent my ear a little and accepted her.
{51:22} I found much wisdom within myself, and I benefited greatly by her.
{51:23} I will give glory to him who gives wisdom to me.
{51:24} For I have decided that I should act according to wisdom. I have been zealous for what is good, and so I will not be confounded.
{51:25} My soul has struggled for wisdom, and in doing so, I have been confirmed.
{51:26} I extended my hands on high, and I mourned my ignorance of her.
{51:27} I directed my soul toward her, and I found her within knowledge.
{51:28} From the beginning, I held my heart to wisdom. Because of this, I will not be forsaken.
{51:29} My stomach was stirred up while seeking her. Because of her, I will hold a good possession.
{51:30} The Lord has given me a tongue as my reward, and I will praise him with it.
{51:31} Draw near to me, you who are untaught, and gather yourselves into the house of discipline.
{51:32} Why are you reluctant? And what do you have to say about these things? Your souls are exceedingly thirsty!
{51:33} I have opened my mouth, and I have spoken. Buy wisdom for yourselves without silver,
{51:34} and subject your neck to her yoke, and let your soul accept her discipline. For she is close enough to be found.
{51:35} See with your own eyes how I have labored only a little, and have found much rest for myself.
{51:36} Take up discipline, as if it were a great sum of money, and possess an abundance of gold in her.
{51:37} Let your soul rejoice in his mercy. For you will not be confounded by his praise.
{51:38} Accomplish your work before the time. And he will give you your reward in his time.

God is the only real being who we can depend on 100% all the time.  Human beings are flawed by nature so they will always disappoint us at some point in our lives.  The Savior saves.  He saves each of us and yes, we are called to glorify and praise Him for God is our Father and he knows what’s best for us.  My sister made a an astoundingly awesome point to me when I saw her last.  She said maybe God allowed me to go through a smaller pain, the pain of not being able to conceive instead of having me undergo the huge loss of a miscarriage or miscarriages.  My sister really put things into perspective for me.  God is definitely watching out for me.  He is watching out for each and every one of us.  I think God knew that I wouldn’t be able to handle a miscarriage.  Praise the Lord!!

Then I got to thinking I wonder how much sorrow, loss, troubles and evil that the Lord has saved each of us from?  God is our Healer. He is our protector.  I am so very thankful to Him for all the wonderful blessings in my life.

I was reminded of the St. Michael the Archangel Prayer.

St. Michael the Archangel, 
defend us in battle. 
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. 
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, 
and do thou, 
O Prince of the heavenly hosts, 
by the power of God, 
thrust into hell Satan, 
and all the evil spirits, 
who prowl about the world 
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen..

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