Monday, April 27, 2009
Sooo many faithful priests attend and guide us, quite a few from EWTN! The speakers are VERY impressive this year and you can read about each of the scheduled talk topics at this link.
It's hard to describe what a treat it is to be surrounded by so many people who truly appreciate homeschooling and honor the Catholic faith. And, it comes right at a time of year when we need that encouragement...not to mention the deals and delights at the FIELD of vendors tables. Dr. Ray Guarendi is sooooo much funnier in person!
It's also a great way to meet some of our online friends. But, if you can't go, consider getting the conference recordings. My husband listens to them in car rides all year long. Consider this the continuing educational credits you need for your job as a homeschool parent! ;)
If you're looking for a shot in the arm to invigorate your home educating, you won't be disappointed! (No, I do not work for IHM, but this is one of the events of my year that I truly look forward to and ya gotta pass along a good thing, right?!)
This year I will again have a Blogiversay prize for one of you who joins me in Something About Mary! Stay tuned....
Friday, April 24, 2009
The President said today:
"It is the grimmest of ironies that one of the most savage, barbaric acts of evil in history began in one of the most modernized societies of its time, where so many markers of human progress became tools of human depravity: science that can heal, used to kill; education that can enlighten, used to rationalize away basic moral impulses; the bureaucracy that sustains modern life, used as the machinery of mass death, a ruthless, chillingly efficient system where many were responsible for the killing, but few got actual blood on their hands."
Someone should read that back to him.
IMAGINE (and please pray and sacrifice) that his heart would soften to 4,000 unborn children who die DAILY in abortions, partial birth abortions and born alive and left to die under his pro-abortion ideologies......
FOR GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY - LIVE ( 2 hrs)
From the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament,
Missa Cantata High Mass in the extraordinary form for Good Shepherd Sunday.
Sun 4/26/09 8:00 AM ET / 5 AM PT
Mon 4/27/09 12:00 AM ET / (Sun) 9 PM PT
"Most Catholics have not seen this heavenly celebration in over 40 years," said Father Calvin Goodwin, a professor at the Society's international English-speaking seminary (where training took place) located in Denton, Nebraska. "We are very excited to help EWTN and to support the Holy Father's call for a wider presence of this form of the Mass. This is a cause for great joy."
Referred to as "The most beautiful thing this side of heaven"....it is the identity of the Catholic Mass up until the last 40 years.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
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Isn't it sad that companies you would want to support, that SHOULD be proLIFE, support the abortion industry and the death merchants of planned parenthood?!
UNICEF- "UNICEF Calls for Legal Abortion in Dominican Republic
By By Piero A. Tozzi, J.D. and Paola Ocejo
(NEW YORK – C-FAM) Despite direct intervention by a top United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official, the Dominican Republic appears poised to adopt a new constitution that protects human life “from conception until death.”
While Dominican lawmakers were debating the merits of such a provision and the nation’s penal prohibition of abortion, Nils Kastberg, UNICEF’s regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean, interjected himself, calling on Dominican legislators to consider liberalizing abortion"....read more at http://www.c-fam.org/
MARCH OF DIMES - http://www.lifeissues.org/marchofdimes/index.html
The MOD began its "Screening to Kill program" or "Search and Destroy" operations with the creation of so-called "genetic hygiene" or "genetic counseling" centers at major medical institutions throughout the United States. Here, pregnant women thought to be at risk for certain genetic disorders such as Down syndrome or Tay Sachs disease could undergo prenatal diagnosis via mid-trimester amniocentesis, abort any suspected "defective" fetuses, and carry to term only "normal" progeny. Such eugenic-based programs presupposed the existence of liberal abortion laws permitting abortion well into the second and if necessary third trimester of pregnancy. 
SUSAN G. KOMEN - Susan G. Komen for the Cure awarded 72 grants to Planned Parenthood afflilates during the years 2000 through 2005 here and here Komen claims that money raised by affiliates who give money grants to Planned Parenthood is for breast services only. However, Planned Parenthood documents in its 2005-2006 annual report that 9,900 more abortions were performed and 81,500 fewer breast exams were provided in 2005 than in 2004.
ALTERNATE BREAST CANCER ORGANIZATIONS: Click here for breast cancer organizations that do NOT support abortion facilities or destructive human embryo experimentation.
Sadly, you even have to be careful about buying those GIRL SCOUTS cookies..... their promotion , of the sexually explicit book, It's Perfectly Normal to 10-14 year old girls is shocking.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
This post, by Father Longenecker, on our modernist priests is also sooooo poignant! http://gkupsidedown.blogspot.com/2009/04/resurrection-and-theological-sleight-of.html
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
8 Things I am looking forward to:
1. Attending the Chaplet homeschool conference on Saturday!!! There will be great speakers, Mass in the Extraordinary form in the Latin Mass parish of Mater Ecclesiae and all the time I'll have to chat with my friends in the car rides and when we go out to dinner after the conference.
2. The Hope of heaven and seeing those I miss.
3. Weekends and my husband making breakfast, praying the family rosary on the way to Latin Mass on Sundays and talking with all our friends after Mass.
4. An evening bonfire on my deck with my family.
5. My youngest son's first Holy Communion.
6. The Church reclaiming it's Catholic Identity.
7. End of our 3rd year homeschooling.
8. A time when Life is respected and protected from conception to natural death.
8 Things I did yesterday:
1. Started up week 27 of homeschooling after a long Easter break
2. Enjoyed the rain. I like the mood it creates, the cozy grey and the sound of it on the roof.
3. Watched City of Embers with my kids after school
4. Made grilled chicken and fettucine with alfredo sauce and peas for dinner
6. Remarked how I really like my kids.
7. Told my husband I was in love with him
8. Feel asleep with my 4 year old daughter, snuggling together as we watched TV
8 Things I wish I could do:
1. Convert hearts
2. Join my mother in visiting my sister in L.A.
3. Live more simply, declutter more and be more organized
4. Have my home decorated by a cool TV show (I know, how ridiculous are these two juxtapositioned next to each other?!)
5. Be better about food and exercise.
6. Be holier in prayer and reactions.
7. Live beachfront
8. Travel to exotic locales
8 Shows I Watch
2. The Office
3. American Idol
4. occasionally a rerun of Seinfeld
5. Netflix, Pius Media, & Faith and Family Flix with the kids
6. They watch SpongeBob and Tom & Jerry so I do too while brushing hair
7. NHL hockey and Golf to be near my husband
8. lots of YouTube, like Tim Hawkins
8 tags - my frequent commenters, you gals who bring smiles to me daily. THANK you and God bless you! (Jamie, Christine, Sarah JOT, Regan and Sarah you've all been tagged so ...)
1.Jenny of Just a Minute
2. Dawn at A Helping Hand
3. Ruth of Just Another Day in Paradise
4. Laura of Homeschooling with Joy
5. Renee of Go East, They Said
6. Cheryl of The Cherry Blossoms
8. Melissa at Shabby Blue Bungalow
Monday, April 20, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
The student group, however, requested that the meeting be held in a large classroom and open to all members of the coalition groups.
Leaked: ND Prez Comment on USCCB Document Prohibiting Honoring Pro-Abortion Politicianshttp://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/apr/09040808.html
ND Bishop Clarifies: Demonstrate Sure, But Don't Disrupt Graduationhttp://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/apr/09041404.html
Bishops Bruskewitz, Aquila Issue Stinging Condemnations to "Formerly Catholic" Notre Damehttp://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/apr/09040906.html
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
"Despite massive growth, ubiquitous global brand awareness, presidential endorsement, and the world’s greatest repository of illegally-pirated video content, Google’s massive video folly is on life-support, and the prognosis is grave....
The problem lies with the bean-counters. According to a report by Credit Suisse, YouTube is on track to lose roughly $470 million in 2009. "
Sad indeed if YOUTUBE were to go under. Yes, it's a place to view carefully but I utilize it almost everyday for homeschooling!
* When my children's curriculum suggests a classical piece of music to listen to I can not only play it but show them the symphony and alternate versions!
* When they are directed to memorize poetry or Shakespeare they are assisted invaluably be hearing it done by others, even famous actors. What a context and cadence it brings to them!
* When we are reading about a period of history and a famous character, that character can come alive to them via newsreel footage on YOUTUBE...Mussolini's smug head nodding speech...Hitler and his hial hand movements...so that's what they look/sound like...
* Recently, we even found math lessons that totally bridged an area of confusion for my youngest son and my preschooler loves the little ABC and phonics clips we find....
We enjoy it outside of homeschooling as well, so I hope YOUTUBE can reorganize to continue to bring to us all the GOOD things that it does.
Propaganda....meant to stir people up.
STILL, can you remain quiet in the face of another Holocaust? !
The time is coming to make some hard choices of self-sacrifice.
Homeland Security has sent THIS to EVERY police department to fuel the fire against ProLIFE demonstrators.
1 And there came to him the Pharisees and Sadducees tempting: and they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. 2 But he answered and said to them: When it is evening, you say, It will be fair weather, for the sky is red. 3 And in the morning: Today there will be a storm, for the sky is red and lowering. You know then how to discern the face of the sky: and can you not know the signs of the times? 4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign: and a sign shall not be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet. And he left them, and went away.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Please contact Jeff Zucker, NBC Chief Executive, and ask him why his star, Jay Leno, is raising money for an organization that attacks pregnancy care centers.
Ask NBC, What Does Jay Leno Have Against Pregnant Women?
April 13, 2009
As the king of late night comedy, Jay Leno has few living peers. He is watched and beloved by millions of American viewers, which makes it difficult to understand his support for an organization that seeks to shut down facilities that have as their sole purpose to give a home and guidance to young ladies who find themselves pregnant with nowhere else to go.
On April 29th Jay Leno and his wife are hosting a fundraiser for the Feminist Majority Foundation, a radical pro-abortion group that not only advocates for abortion on demand, but also for the closing of pro-life pregnancy centers. This month the Feminist Majority Foundation sent an e-mail to its 400 campus affiliates planning a nationwide protest against facilities that dare to offer women alternatives to abortion and the support they need to choose life.
Please let NBC know that is unacceptable, Please contact Jeff Zucker, NBC Chief Executive, and ask him why his star, Jay Leno, is raising money for an organization that attacks pregnancy care centers.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
My 4 year old daughter was in my arms, on the couch today as we watched the old version, Jesus of Nazareth. At the crucifixion, with Our Blessed Mother Mary she began to cry. (How can you not?)
"Why did they kill Jesus? I am sooo sad" she cried. I cried with her as she quickly recovered, "We'll just have to wait till Sunday!"
O, how my heart goes out to my Mother, Mary ... filled with love for my Lord.
That image of Our Lady holding Our Lord.
Mother and Son.
She through whom all Graces flow and The Redeemer.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
For a truly in-depth analysis read the above link on the largely unobeyed RUBRICS of VIRI SELECTI (choose men) regarding today's Mass.
What did Christ do today?
The Baltimore Catechism tells us he instituted the Eucharist and the priesthood with 12 male apostles.
Has the Pope, the Vicar of Christ on Earth ever washed the feet of women? http://www.adoremus.org/97-03_pokorsky.htm What has happened to obedience to the Holy Father?
Reclaim our Catholic Identity and pray for obedience to the Magisterium!
On this day, one may gain a plenary indulgence, under the usual conditions, by reciting the Tantum Ergo (Down in Adoration Falling).
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
In the comments of the post readers ask Father to share how he thinks the Catholic Church can "fix the division?" I so hope to hear some suggestions too! This is not the first time I have heard a solid, orthodox priest say that our Church is divided.
I have been thinking about how much of a cross it is to reclaim our Catholic Identity and how, just like The Cross, it will be sooooo worth it.
The church, as The Body of Christ itself, I am told must also suffer...be betrayed and abandoned and scourged, suffer and die...to be redeemed.
It is an agony in the garden to think of such things happening....
But...Thy Will be done.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Some days you get the elevator...some days the shaft.
Some days you're the dog, and some days you're the hydrant.
Some days you're the windshield. Some days you're the bug.
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Friday, April 3, 2009
With this priest, at this chapel with no altar rail, we approach our homeschool pastor for Holy Communion. My 4 year old daughter is in front of me, her arms criss-crossed over her chest to indicate a blessing. Father knows her well, knows all of us well after 3 years of seeing him more than monthly, confessing with him monthly...
She recieves her blessing with the usual sweetness from our loving pastor and then she responds.
It's instinctual....to respond to Love with love.
She takes another step forward and hugs him, a little girl enveloping a tall priest around his knees.
I suck my breath in, filled with emotion. I too can not help but respond to the love. Her eyes are closed and she's smiling, head tilted up. Her pastor looks down at her with no shock, but gratitude and serenity. My eyes are moist with tears and he smiles as my eyes meet his at my turn.
When met with the blessing of Christ, His Eucharistic presence so near, His Alter Christi so engaged in emmanating Him my four year old daughter instinctually responds in recognition.
In her mind, she "sees" Christ.
If you saw Christ, you'd hug Him too!
We were made to love Him...