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Right now I am dealing with life one day at a time.  Trying to figure it out.  Trying to figure out how I go forward, how we go forward.  Talking to God takes quite a bit of effort.  Listening to God is even harder.  Kevin and I are separated not by choice but due to life’s circumstances.  Sickness, unemployment, problems with finances, and eviction.  I never thought this would happen to me.  I now know hard times can fall on anyone.  I so thought life would be different from this.  I know God is *there* but He seems distant.  I know God is watching over us and guiding us.  Even though I know this I doubt.  I ask “How can this be?” “I am going through this crap and He’s letting me go through very hard times.”  Yet I have this feeling that God is in charge and things will be better.  Eventually.  But impatiently I wonder when.  And hope it happens sooner than later.  To help me get through this time I have been praying, reading, and talking to family and friends.  God Bless.

 

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Is this climb up the mountain ever going to end?  I feel like as time goes by life just gets tougher.  Those who have been following this blog for a while know that my health issues have worsened over the past five years.  Then you add onto that financial, car, and apartment issues. Even though at the present time I feel like I’m climbing up Mt. Everest I can feel God’s presence, Him saying “Be patient. Trust me. Things will be better soon.”  I have definitely been relying on my faith to help me get through this.  God is good. God is love. God is there for us to lean on.

Due to my dealing with some major issues I have for the most part been absent from the blogosphere.  Hopefully things will be resolved soon and I will be back to blogging regularly.  God Bless.

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Between my being a bit busy with helping with faith formation and my pain issues I haven’t posted for a while.  Monday and Tuesday faith formation sessions had their last classes for the year.  Plus, the church is getting ready for the white elephant sale and spring-a-rama so there was a lot going on those two days.

I celebrated my birthday on Thursday.  My sister flew in from Texas and we are at our parents place now, and our other sister is coming up later today so I am having a wonderful time.

Thursday May 1 was also the feast day of St. Joseph The Worker and International Workers Day.  Those two celebrations go hand-in-hand.  I wonder if it was more than a coincidence that International Workers Day was chosen to be on May 1.

Pope Francis tweeted a message for those in political positions who can enact legislation which would affect employment, bringing more jobs for the unemployed.

“I ask everyone with political responsibility to remember two things: human dignity and the common good”.

 During a meeting with Italian steelworkers the Pope again echoed the utmost importance of employment saying, “to reaffirm that employment is an essential reality for society, for families and for individuals. Work, in fact, directly regards the person, his/her life, freedom and happiness.”

Pope Francis continued:

“The primary value of employment is the good of the human person,” he said, because it “realizes a person,” intellectually by making demands on his or her attitudes and creative and manual abilities. Employment, then, should not be considered simply as a means for obtaining profit, but above all a purpose that affects man and his dignity. And if there is no work, this dignity is wounded!”

He said: “Anyone who is unemployed or underemployed risks, in fact, being placed on the margins of society, becoming a victim of social exclusion. Many times it happens that people out of work – I think especially of the many unemployed young people today- slip into chronic discouragement or worse, apathy.”

From Catholic Online:

Since Joseph does not appear in Jesus’ public life, at his death, or resurrection, many historians believe Joseph probably had died before Jesus entered public ministry.

Joseph is the patron of the dying because, assuming he died before Jesus’ public life, he died with Jesus and Mary close to him, the way we all would like to leave this earth.

Joseph is also patron of the universal Church, fathers, carpenters, and social justice.

We celebrate two feast days for Joseph: March 19 for Joseph the Husband of Mary and May 1 for Joseph the Worker.

Joseph was foster father to Jesus. There are many children separated from families and parents who need foster parents. Please consider contacting your local Catholic Charities or Division of Family Services about becoming a foster parent.

 

Here is historical background on what spurred the creation of International Workers Day — http://www.iww.org/history/library/misc/origins_of_mayday

There were protests around the globe in honor of International Workers Day.  You can look here to see which countries held protests.

 

 

 

 

 

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Our national debt has reached $16.4 Trillion. I came across this video while surfing the net. I’m pretty sure that this was shown on TV back in 2011. Since there will be another debt ceiling showdown between the Democrats and Republicans soon I figured that it would be an appropriate time to post this video, which has a great explanation on the federal debt crisis in the U.S.

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I found this information via Catholic Bandita.

Things are heating up in Michigan. Democrats threatened violence in response to Right-to-Work legislation, viaHotAir, and violence is indeed what we’re seeing. Watch as conservative activist Steven Crowder asks union thugs not to tear down the Americans for Prosperity Tent. The response to Crowder is violent, including a brutal sucker punch as he enters the AFP tent, near the end of the video.

H/T Catholic Bandita 

 

 

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Mitt Romney believes being successful is a good thing while President Obama consistently demonizes the successful while thinking that the successful didn’t make it on their own – for some reason trying to downplay or diminish their success. Please vote for a person who believes in both America and the American people, a person who believes it is a good thing to be successful. Vote for Mitt Romney!

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