Tuesday, October 31, 2006

When The Saints Go Marching In

Happy All Saints Day! I love this number by Louis Armstrong from 1959.

Humor for the Day

From my inbox:

HEADLINES FROM THE YEAR: 2029

Ozone created by electric cars now killing millions in the seventh largest country in the world, Mexifornia, formerly known as California.

Spotted Owl plague threatens northwestern United States crops and livestock.

Baby conceived naturally. Scientists stumped.

Couple petitions court to reinstate heterosexual marriage.

Iran still closed off; physicists estimate it will take at least 10 more years before radioactivity decreases to safe levels.

Castro finally dies at age 112; Cuban cigars can now be imported legally, but President Chelsea Clinton has banned all smoking.

George Z. Bush says he will run for President in 2036.

Postal Service raises price of first class stamp to $17.89 and reduces mail delivery to Wednesdays only.

85-year $75.8 billion study: Diet and Exercise is the key to weight loss.

Average weight of Americans drops to 250 lbs.

Japanese scientists have created a camera with such a fast shutter speed, they now can photograph a woman with her mouth shut.

Massachusetts executes last remaining conservative.

Supreme Court rules punishment of criminals violates their civil rights.

Average height of NBA players is now nine feet, seven inches.

New federal law requires that all nail clippers, screwdrivers, fly swatters and rolled-up newspapers must be registered by January 2036.

Congress authorizes direct deposit of formerly illegal political contributions to campaign accounts.

IRS sets lowest tax rate at 75 percent.

Florida voters still having trouble with voting machines.

Protect Your Daughters: Vote Yes on Proposition 85

Proposition 85 - Diana Lopez: My daughters' secret abortion

In California, a young girl - even a 12 year old – can be taken by anyone – a school employee, a boyfriend, a sexual predator – to receive a secret taxpayer funded abortion, without a parent knowing and being able to protect her from further sexual exploitation. This is wrong.

Vote yes on Proposition 85.

Via Prolife Blogs.

Christian Student Sues Missouri State U After Punished for Opposing Homosexual Adoption

SPRINGFIELD, MO, October 31, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Missouri State University student Emily Brooker is a Christian who stood up for her faith despite outrageous retaliation by her professor and other faculty at the university.

One of Brooker's MSU professors, Frank G. Kauffman, assigned to his students a project promoting homosexual foster homes and adoption. The project required the entire class to write and individually sign a letter to the Missouri Legislature in support of homosexual adoption, a letter Brooker refused to sign due to her religious objections. [more]

How can they possibly infringe on her rights this way and expect to get away with it? I suppose that because she is a Christian she has no rights. It's odd that diversity is such an important aspect of our society, but when it comes to Christians, we are expected to imitate secular society and our religious beliefs are not tolerated nor are they respected. I also thought the purpose of a university was to promote independent thinking, not to make clones out of everyone! I am praying that she wins this lawsuit.

Marriage is Defendable on Human Reason Alone, Says Bishop

MADISON, WI, October 31 (CNA) - The definition of marriage should not be altered as it is defined by natural law, which is based on human reason, said Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison in an open letter to the people of Wisconsin.

“These are not tenets of our ‘faith’ which we are defending,” he said, adding to the defense of marriage, the protection of all human life from conception to natural death, and the abolition of the death penalty. “They are universal truths, based on reason alone.

“They are based on the fact that every human person has an unsurpassed dignity; upon the fact that every human being is sacred from the moment from conception to natural death,” he continued. “Otherwise nothing else we do to care for other human beings makes any sense. This is a truth of reason; it is true for every human being.” [More]

My Comments: I like the way Bishop Robert Morlino explains this and it is wonderful that our Bishops are speaking out more on pro-life issues. Wisconsin residents really need to hear this, as do the rest of us throughout the world.

Pro-life Quote of the Day: Archbishop Burke

"The passage of Amendment 2 would be a moral disaster for our state... If Amendment 2 succeeds in the state of Missouri, which has the reputation of being pro-life, then the proponents of human cloning and the destruction of embryonic human life will surely be emboldened to undertake the same deadly initiative in other states of our union."

~ Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, from his column in the St. Louis Review

Holy Father Names Cardinal Hummes Prefect of the Congregation of Clergy

The Holy Father has named Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes, a Franciscan, to become Prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, replacing the retiring Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos. In this position, he will head the Vatican Office in charge of priests around the world.

Cardinal Claudio Hummes, was born on August 8, 1934, in the town of Montenegro, outside Porto Alegre in southern Brazil. The son of German immigrants, he was raised on a farm with 13 siblings.

He was ordained as a Franciscan at the age of 24 on August 3, 1958 and holds a doctorate in philosophy from the Antonianum, Rome, and a specialization in ecumenism from the Ecumenical Institute of Bossey in Geneva, Switzerland. He taught philosophy at the Franciscan seminary in Garibaldi, at the major seminary of Viamão and at the Pontifical Catholic University of Porto Alegre.

He currently now heads the Sao Paulo archdiocese-- reported to be the largest diocese in the world, in terms of Catholic population.

Sources: Vatican, the Holy See, Catholic World News, Wikipedia

HOLY FATHER'S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR NOVEMBER

OCT 31, 2006 (VIS) - The Holy Father's general prayer intention for November is: "That, everywhere in the world, an end be put to all forms of terrorism."

His mission intention is: "That through the effort of believers, together with the living forces of society, the new and old chains which prevent the development of the African continent may be broken.

Conversing with Jesus - Prayer Intentions


Today I am praying to Jesus through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Mother, for the following intentions:


For healing for Harry L. who has leukemia and is currently undergoing chemotherapy with serious side effects. I am praying for his continued strength and that of his family.

For healing for Paula who has had surgery on her eye and is receiving radiation for good test results.

For healing for Cleo, a young woman who has a brain tumor.

For Bill's special intentions.

For favorable election results - that pro-life candidates be elected and that pro-life issues will be passed by the voters.

For an end to abortion and an increased respect for human life.

For the conversion of all those who are entrenched in the culture of death.

For an abundance of graces all those who are working so dilligently to get pro-life candidates elected and pro-life measures passed.

For all previous prayer intentions listed here.

Thank you for praying with me for these special requests. If you have a special need, please feel free to contact me at catholicfire@cox.net and I will be happy to pray for your intention. God bless you!

Monday, October 30, 2006

Saint of the Day: St. Wolfgang, Bishop and Reformer




Born in Swabia, Germany, St. Wolfgang studied at Reichenau under the Benedictines and at Wurzburg before serving as a teacher in the cathedral school of Trier. He soon entered the Benedictines at Einsiedeln (964) and was appointed head of the monastery school, receiving ordination in 971. He then set out with a group of monks to preach among the Magyars of Hungary, but the following year (972) was named bishop of Regensburg by Emperor Otto II (r. 973-983).

As bishop, he distinguished himself brilliantly for his reforming zeal and his skills as a statesman. He brought the clergy of the diocese into his reforms, restored monasteries, promoted education, preached enthusiastically, and was renowned for his charity and aid to the poor, receiving the title Eleemosynarius Major (Grand Almoner). He also served as tutor to Emperor Henry II (r. 1014-1024) while he was still king. Wolfgang died at the village of Pupping in upper Austria, on October 31, 994.
He was canonized in 1052 by Pope St. Leo IX (r. 1049-1054).

Patronage: carpenters, paralyzed people, paralysis; stomach diseases, stroke victims, strokes, diocese of Regensburg, Germany

Representation: church; hatchet

Sources: Catholic Online, Catholic Forum, Catholic Encylopedia.

HOW DO THEY STAND ON MORAL ISSUES?

Photo courtesy of Operation Rescue.


Candidates for Attorney General in Kansas

Democrat Paul Morrison

Pro-death*
-- Abortion


Oppose
--Require abortion clinics to provide the same medical documents that ALL other medical clinics provide to law enforcement agencies.

Support -- Reduce sentences for violent criminals (murderers, rapists, etc.)

Republican Phill Kline - Current Attorney General

Pro-life -- Abortion

Support -- Require abortion clinics to provide the same medical documents that ALL other medical clinics provide to law enforcement agencies.

Oppose -- Reduce Sentences for violent criminals (murderers, rapists, etc.)

* Kansans for Life uses the term "pro-choice". I have used the term pro-death, which is synonmous with pro-choice, as the child has no choice or rights, but is sentenced to death. The pro-death advocate the murder of the unborn child, who is a living, growing developing human being.

Source: Kansans for Life

Related Posts:

Special Report: What The Secular Press Won't Tell You about “Catholic” Paul Morrison, Attorney General Candidate in Kansas

Corruption in the Kansas Attorney General's Race? "Catholic" Democrat Morrison Accepts "Blood" Money

"Catholic" Democrats Accept "Blood" Money to Finance Their Campaigns

ABORTION LAWS TAKE SECOND PLACE TO DOLLAR SIGNS

Kline Memo Cites “Tiller’s Blood Money” Revealing Morrison’s Plan ...

Kansas Abortion-Sexual Abuse Probe an Issue in Attorney General Race

Special Report: What The Secular Press Won't Tell You about “Catholic” Paul Morrison, Attorney General Candidate in Kansas

Paul Morrison was born in Dodge City and grew up in Hays, Plainville, Bonner Springs and Kansas City, Kan. He graduated from Washington High School in Kansas City, Kansas. He and his wife, Joyce Morrison, currently live in Lenexa and are "instructors in a marriage preparation program" at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Shawnee in the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas.

Morrison, 51, joined the district attorney's office shortly after graduating from the Washburn University School of Law in 1980. He was an assistant district attorney under Dennis Moore until 1989, when Morrison took over the top spot. He is now a U.S. congressman. Morrison was unopposed in his 2004 re-election bid. He would not be up for re-election until 2008. Morrison, a pro-abortion supporter who recently switched parties to run against pro-life incumbent Republican Attorney General Phill Kline.


The Information that the Press Has Been Attempting to Hide or Cover up:

Morrison has been accepting "blood money" from late-term abortionist George Tiller for his campaign.


Operation Rescue has confirmed this, learning of the details through the investigation and research of Kansas blogger Meadowlark.

Morrison was charged with sexual harassment and later fired the person who filed the harassment suit. See below.


Megan from the Megan & Raubin show at WIBW AM 580 in Topeka interviewed the alleged victim Kelly Summerlin today. That interview is now online. Click here for the MP3 links to listen to Kelly Summerlin, in her own words.

Why did Morrison switch parties? To obtain campaign money from late-term abortionist George Tiller. What does Tiller get out of this? Morrision will not investigate Tiller - he will simply look the other way and allow Tiller to continue to do his baby killing and to hurt, maim, and kill women as he has always done in the past. Yes, he has gotten away with murdering both babies and women. He refuses to disclose any information to the Attorney General's office so he can continue protecting the rapists and the sexual predators who abuse women and children.

How can pro-death Morrison, who is in cahoots with Tiller, possibly be Catholic?

As a Catholic, the most ethical thing for Morrison to do right now would be to drop out of the race, return Tiller's campaign money and go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation immediately to admit to and repent of his wrong doing. He is bringing scandal to himself, his family, and authentic Catholics everywhere. I know that the Archdiocese of Kansas City is dealing with a lot right now, so I would also like to ask your prayers, as Catholics, for both the leaders and the members in that diocese. I am sorry that Paul Morrison has brought even more scandal to your diocese. ("Catholic" Democratic candidate for pro-abortion Governor Kathleen Sebelius also resides in this diocese.) Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on them!

As for Kelly Sumerlin -- at the very least Morrison owes her a personal apology or if that's too hard for him to handle right now, how about starting with a letter of apology? You're in my prayers, Kelly. I believe that he harassed you and fired you because he felt guilty about his attraction to you. Your story is very real and very heart-breaking. Since he has not done it for you, I do it now. I am sorry, Kelly. What happened to you should have never taken place.

I have only one question to ask you, Paul Morrison:

"What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul in the process?" (Mark 8: 36)

~ copyright 2006 Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

ELECTION 2006 INFORMATION & PRAYERS

John McIntyre has an excellent post up on Two Very Different Ways to Look at This Election at Real Clear Politics. Here is a sampling:

In 2004, there was a lot of talk about whether pollsters were correct to use traditional "likely voter" screens in their samples or whether a less restrictive "registered voter" model would turn out to be more accurate given the massive increases in voter registrations we saw posted all over the country. There's not much discussion of the subject at all this cycle, perhaps due to the fact that it's a midterm and not a presidential year, but it comes to mind because of the conflicting signals in this election and trying to get at just who is going to vote Nov. 7.

In some ways there are two very different ways to look at what is going to happen on election day. 1) Republicans are in big trouble. The generic ballot shows a huge lead for Democrats (over 15%) with fewer than 10 days until the election.

Republicans in contested races are either trailing or polling in the mid-40's, and given the national mood toward the GOP as seen in the generic ballot, it is reasonable to assume that these races will break for the Democrats. With the close races tipping the Democrats way they are poised for substantial pickups in the House of 25 seats or more and perhaps the six seats needed for a majority in the Senate. [More]

Let's all go to the polls and vote the "Catholic" vote - pro-life!
Moneybags has an election novena up at his blog, A Catholic Life. Fr. Frank Pavone has a prayer novena for the election at his site Priests for Life.

Also, be sure to watch:

The Catholic Vote Part 6: Things You Can Do Today
Airing Schedule: Watch on EWTN Friday, November 3rd at 10:00pm ET and Saturday, November 4th at 2:30am ET.

Gospel of Life topics (seen on Sky Angel satellite, Angel One)Topic: Get out the Vote. Guest: David Barton, WallBuildersAiring Schedule: Watch on the "Angel One" channel on the Sky Angel Satellite System (www.skyangel.com) - Monday, October 30th at 3:30am, Tuesday, October 31st at 2am, Thursday, November 2nd at 8:30am and Saturday, November 4th at 7:30pm (all times Eastern).

Life on the Line radio program.

Go to www.lifeontheline.com/listen/index.html for stations and airing times.Topic: Election 2006 Initiatives. Rev. Pavone offers last-minute counsel on the mid-term elections. Airing Schedule: Listen on Saturday, November 4th and Sunday, November 5th.

Listen to Gospel of Life episodes on the web! www.gospeloflife.com/tv

Check out Fr. Frank's election video on You Tube.

Other 30 second videos by Fr. Frank:

Election 2006 - Christian Duty

Election 2006 - No Separation of Church and State

Check out the 2006 candidate information here.
Dona Nobis Pacem

ANNOUNCEMENT: RENEWAL OF OUR COUNTRY'S CONSECRATION TO OUR PATRONESS, THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION



The World Apostolate of Fatima is pleased to announce that the US Papal Nuncio, His Excellency Archbishop Pietro Sambi will be officiating the Mass for the renewal of our country’s Consecration to Our Patroness, the Immaculate Conception. All are invited to come to our nation’s Basilica, The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, in Washington, D.C., Saturday, November 11, 2006 at twelve noon.

All bishops have been invited to participate at the Mass. However due to scheduling conflicts, the bishops may sign the Consecration prayer for their dioceses, which has been provided to them by the World Apostolate of Fatima which will be offered at the Mass. The prayer for the Consecration was composed by our bishops in 1959 at the dedication ceremony of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception whereby they consecrated the country to Our Patroness, the Immaculate Conception. However by this consecration on November 11th our country will be Consecrated to the Heart of Our Patroness which is our apostolate’s primary mission for world peace.

During World War I His Eminence Francis Cardinal Bourne who was the Primate of England Consecrated England to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary which he claims and many others as well that it stopped World War I. The Armistice for World War I was signed after the Consecration on November 11th incidentally the same day which this Papal Nuncio chose to officiate the Mass for the United States.

During the 1720’s the Bubonic plague was rampant in Marseille, France. Out of the town’s population of ninety thousand, fifty thousand of them were dead in a matter of months. The Archbishop consecrated Marseille, France to the Sacred Heart to end the plague which it did without any medical means or vaccinations.

The Country, Portugal was Consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary before World War II and was protected from the war. So let us with great joy and excitement proclaim this country’s renewal will happen for we are being obedient to the Fatima message. Amen.


To view the document the bishops will sign, please select this link: Prayer for Renewal

NICARAGUAN LAWMAKERS APPROVE ABORTION BAN

Oct. 30 (CWNews.com) - Nicaragua's parliament has approved legislation banning nearly all abortions, despite intense political pressure from foreign-aid donors.

The vote in favor of the pro-life bill capped an energetic lobbying campaign in which 300,000 Nicaraguans signed a petition in support of the legislation. But just prior to the vote, lawmakers received a message signed by the local representative of the UN Development Program, and by envoys of several donor nations, urging defeat of the measure.

The legislation was enthusiastically backed by the Catholic hierarchy. More surprisingly it was endorsed by leaders of the leftist Sandinista Party, which was looking to avoid a clash with the Church in the weeks leading up to November 5 presidential election, when former Sandinista President Daniel Ortega hopes to return to power.

The focus of the lobbying campaign now shifts to President Enrique Bolanos, who can sign the legislation into law.

My Comments:

If they can do it in Nicarauga, we can do it here, too! Hopefully, we will soon be celebrating a ban on abortion in South Dakota and in other areas of the United States. Pray and fast for an end to abortion in this country and a return to the restoration of a love for human life.

Conversing with Jesus - Prayer Intentions

Today I am praying to Jesus through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Mother, for the following intentions:

For the Holy Father and his special intentions.

For the repose of the soul of Regina LaVallee, a healthy 45 year-old young woman who died very unexpectedly this past weekend, and for peace and comfort for her family and friends.

For peace in our nation and world.

For an end to abortion and for an increased respect for human life.

For special graces for all the pro-lifers who are working so dilligently to spread the the Truth to bring the light of Christ into our culture of darkness.

For the conversion of all those who are entrapped in the culture of death.

For favorable election results and for the election of pro-life candidates.

That voters in MO will Vote "No" to Amendment 2.

That voters in South Dakota will vote to ban abortion there.
For an increase in vocations to the priesthood and the consecrated life.

For a special intention.

For all previous prayer intentions.

Thanks for praying with me for these special intentions. If you have a special prayer need please email me at catholicfire@cox.net and I will be happy to pray for your intentions. God bless you!

Joke for a Monday

WHO DOES WHAT

A man and his wife were having an argument about who should brew the coffee each morning. The wife said, "You should do it, because you get up first, and then we don't have to wait as long to get our coffee." The husband said, " You are in charge of cooking around here and you should do it, because that is your job, and I can just wait for my coffee."

The wife replies, "No, you should do it, and besides, it is in the Bible that the man should do the coffee."

The husband replies, "I can't believe that, show me."

So she fetched the Bible, and opened the New Testament and showed him at the top of several pages, that it indeed says.........."HEBREWS"

God may have created man before woman, but there is always a rough draft before the masterpiece.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Saint of the Day: St. Alphonsus Rodriguez


St Alphonsus, or Alonzo as he was called in Spain, was born at Segovia in Spain, on 12 July, 1531. From childhood he was devoted to our Lady, the Virgin Mary. He loved her as his mother. This childlike devotion to her was the mainspring of his sanctity.

Alphonsus was destined to be an example of Christian perfection in various states of life. On the death of his father in 1545, he was called home from Alcala where he was studying, by his mother burdened with the care of eleven young children, and though a boy of fourteen, he was placed at the head of the family business, which involved the buying and selling of wool. At the request of his mother, Alphonsus married a virtuous young woman called Maria Suarez. His married life of four years was marked with much suffering. His wife died leaving behind a son; his mother too died leaving behind her eleven children. He was about 32 years old when his mother died. He bore his cross willingly.

Alphonsus now started a more fervent life. He wanted to become a Jesuit. Twice he was refused admitance due to his old age, but Providence came to his rescue. The Provincial admitted him on January 6, 1571. At the age of thirty-seven, Alphonsus entered the Jesuit novitiate and after six months he was instructed to go to the Jesuit college of Montesion in Palma on the island of Majorca off the coast of Spain, to complete his novitiate training. Alphonsus did all the experiments of his novitiate life like the others. At the end of his novitiate, in 1573, he pronounced the three vows of religion. He did different kinds of work in the College and in 1579 he was made doorkeeper at the college and remained in this office until his death.

Nothing could be more insignificant in the eyes of the world and more monotonous in itself than such a life. By his deep interior spirit that animated him, the Brother transformed and ennobled it with his spirit of prayer, deep union with God, devotion to Mary, specially the Rosary, made him to live constantly in the presence of God even in the hardest times. His spirit of obedience was remarkable. His love for his fellowmen and his spirit of penance inspired many to follow him. People in high positions came to him in their troubles and difficulties to seek his advice. He exercised a powerful influence for good upon his own brethren, many of whore reached a high degree of sanctity. Of these the greatest was St Peter Clever, a fellow Jesuit, whom Alphonsus prepared to become the apostle of Slaves in the New World. Many owed their vocation to priesthood and religious life to him.

The year 1617, the last of his life, was for him one of great suffering. Thus ended a life of suffering, labor, love and service in the vineyard of the Lord on 31 October 1617; he died invoking in a loud and lingering voice the name of Jesus.

He was beatified in 1825, and was canonized by Pope Leo XIII on 15 January, 1888 together with his spiritual disciple, St Peter Claver.

Source

Our Holy Father prays for the world's kidnap victims


Pope Benedict XVI, condemning kidnapping worldwide, said on Sunday he was praying for victims of abduction and their relatives everywhere.


"From several sides I am getting requests to intervene in favor of people who are victims of kidnappings in different countries around the world," the pontiff said at the end of his traditional Sunday blessing, speaking from his window overlooking St. Peter's Square.

"While I reiterate the firmest condemnation of this crime, I remember in prayer all the victims, their families and friends."
Crime syndicates in Italy's southern region of Calabria or Sardinia have been blamed for most of Italy's kidnappings. Sardinia's rugged inland is home to gangs of bandits who kidnap for ransom and in the past kept their victims for months or even years before they were rescued or ransomed.


As many as 60 people were kidnapped each year in Italy in the 1970s. Victims in some cases were mutilated, tied to cots, beaten and made to go hungry.

The most famous case was that of J. Paul Getty III, grandson of the late American oil billionaire, who was kidnapped in Rome in 1973. Getty's captors cut off one of his ears and mailed it to a newspaper in Rome. Getty, 16 at the time of his abduction, was freed after five months and payment of $2.7 million.

Abductions are frequent around the world, particularly in Iraq, where they are practically a daily occurrence and victims have included priests.

Source

I am uniting my prayers with those of Our Holy Father and pray that the dignity and sacredness of each human life be respected and upheld.
Why am I Catholic? (by KaterinaMarie)
Hillary vs. Partial Birth Abortion

Sunday Humor

Twenty Ways to Maintain Your Sanity in This Crazy World:

1. While waiting in a long line at the check-out in a store, pass the time by making friends with the other customers. Start a conversation by telling them all the gory details of your last bout with the flu or your last surgery. This can be a wonderful form of entertainment, especially if you use descriptive language and authentic sound effects, moaning and groaning loudly.

2. To liven up your day, tell everyone you have a rare terminal disease - scelaramustidigitosis. You must not do any strenuous labor like housework or cooking for the rest of your life and you are allergic to everything but chocolate.

3. Have a Howard Dean Hog-Calling contest, but don’t be surprised if Hillary comes running.

4. Put large containers on your desk or work area at home marked "Tips" and "Treats". Be sure to put up a sign stating your flexible office hours, for example, 3-3:15 p.m.

5. When the telemarketers call invite them to dinner. Ask if they prefer liver or seafood cat food. Tell them you usually like to serve your guests Gravy Train but you just finished off a 25 lb. bag last night.

6. In the memo field of all your checks write "For drug smuggling".

7. Finish all your sentences with "Towanda!”

8. When someone asks you a question, make the most grotesque expression you can imagine and scream out, "We are the President!"

9. As often as possible in crowds, talk and sing to yourself out loud and answer every question you ask. Laugh hysterically when you are in an elevator or an enclosed area with a stranger.

10. Order a Diet Sugar-free Salsa Shake whenever you go out to eat.

11. Have a grape stomping contest! Dress up in old clothes as a gypsy or as an old Italian lady and invite your best friend. Get anything slimy, stomp on it, and throw it at one another. Yell at one another in Italian.

12. Sing along at The Opera and don't limit yourself to only female or male parts, hum along with the orchestra, too. Improvise, harmonize, and feel free to change the lyrics and the melody. Add a little rap, a little jazz, a little blues. Get out the harmonica and play along.

13. Attend a poetry recital and ask why the words don't rhyme. Tell the poet what a real poem should sound like by reciting "Jack and Jill went up the hill..."

14. Paint your face, cover your body with mosquito netting, and play African music while dancing to the beat of the drums.

15. On weekends, tell your family and friends that you don't have time for housework - You have to go mud wrestling with Thunder Bottom.

16. Have your friends and family address you by the name you had in your first life "Cleopatra" or "Queen Isabella".

17. When the envelope arrives from the Publisher's Clearinghouse Sweepstakes scream at the top of your lungs "I won! I won!"

18. When leaving the movie theater following a scary movie, scream out, "Run for your lives, they're after us!" Better yet, scream this out during the movie - several times for effect.

19. Tell your children at the dinner table that due to the family budget and the current state of the economy, one of them must go out on the streets and beg for food. Dress them up as St. Francis of Assisi or as St. Clare and load them down with baskets.

20. And the final way to maintain a healthy level of sanity is... tell everyone you have inherited a fortune but just don't have a clue as to how you're going to spend all that money because you have decided to become a hermit.

Enjoy! This is great therapy!

~ Copyright Jean Heimann 2006

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Bob Casey, Jr. Supports New Jersey Homosexual Marriage Ruling

Fidelis, a national Catholic-based advocacy group criticized U.S. Senate candidate Bob Casey, Jr. for his support of same-sex unions, which mirrors the decision by the New Jersey Supreme Court, ordering the state legislature to grant homosexual partners all the benefits of traditional marriage. The ruling handed down in the case of Lewis v Harris stopped short of legalizing same-sex marriage, but ordered the state to effectively create de-facto same-sex marriage laws by forcing New Jersey to treat traditional marriages and homosexual unions identically.

Fidelis President Joseph Cella stated: “Bob Casey’s position on homosexual marriage is identical to that of the New Jersey Supreme Court and sets the stage for homosexual marriage to be legalized in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and many other states. Casey’s support of ‘same sex unions’ encourages activist courts like New Jersey to force legislatures into legalizing homosexual marriage.”


Casey’s stated position on the issue is: “I don't support gay marriage, but I also don't support a constitutional amendment banning it. That would be tremendously divisive. However, I do support same sex unions that would give gay couples all the rights, privileges and protections of marriage.”

Cella said: “Catholics in Pennsylvania should be shocked by Casey’s complicity and effective support for this attack on traditional marriage. The people of his own state want to ban homosexual marriage, while Casey supports the policies set forth by this activist court in the border state of New Jersey. Moreover, Casey is opposed to both the State and Federal marriage amendments that would prevent homosexual marriage in Pennsylvania. In fact, Casey has said on the record that if elected he would actually work to defeat the Federal Marriage amendment.”

A headline story in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer quoted Alicia Heath-Toby, one of the plaintiffs stating: “I’m certainly excited by the unanimous decision that we deserve equal rights. But to do anything less than marriage is not equal.” The Inquirer reported that homosexual activists and some legislators are already prepared to press for legalizing homosexual marriage.

“Bob Casey should say ‘I am prepared to do whatever it takes to protect the traditional institution of marriage for the people of Pennsylvania.’ Instead he sides with homosexual activists who view the New Jersey ruling as a stepping stone to homosexual marriage,” Cella stated.


Cella noted: “It is interesting to note that in June of 1995 former Governor Casey, the deceased father of the current candidate for the U.S. Senate, founded the Campaign for the American Family and the Fund for the American Family to protect the traditional family. Now his son has staked out a position on homosexual marriage that would tear down the traditional family.”

Via Fidelis.

My Comments:
This is shocking! What a disappointment he must be for his family! He certainly has taken a stand that totally contradicts the strong family values and the high morals that his dad worked so hard to uphold.

Saints of the Day: Sts. Simon & Jude, Apostles

El GRECO
Apostle Saint Simon
1606 - Oil on canvas
Museo del Greco, Toledo

The name of St. Simon usually appears eleventh in the list of the apostles. The first cousin of Jesus, he was born at Cana and is surnamed "The Zealot." He preached in Egypt, Spain, and Lybia, leaving behind him the fertile hills of Galilee, where he had been engaged in the healthful cultivation of the vineyards and olive gardens. He later rejoined his brother, Saint Jude, in Persia, where they preached and died as martyrs together.

EL GRECO
Apostle Saint Thaddeus (Jude)

1606 - Oil on Canvas

Museo del Greco, Toledo

Sts. Simon and Jude left the comfort and safety of their secure environment to go out into the world and to preach the gospel, converting many hearts. As simple farmers, they appear to be the least likely candidates to be called to perform such a great task for the Lord. However, the Lord chooses the simple and and the weak and empowers them with grace to do the "impossible." Let us pray that we, too, will be obedient to the Lord in the little tasks He calls us to do each day so that we, too, can carry out His will in our lives and draw others to Him -- an accomplishment which would otherwise be impossible without our permission and acceptance of the gift His grace.

St. Jude is the patron saint of hospital workers, desperate situations, and impossible causes.

St. Simon is the patron saint of sawers and tanners.

Prayer

Father, You revealed yourself to us through the preaching of your apostles Simon and Jude. Help us follow their example, to draw others to You through our actions today, as we perform our daily duties and endeavor to carry out your holy will in our lives. Amen.

Novena to St. Jude

Friday, October 27, 2006

Breaking News: St. Louis Cardinals Win the World Series!

St. Louis Cardinals players celebrate winning the World Series against the Detroit Tigers in Game 5 in Major League Baseball's World Series in St Louis October 27, 2006. REUTERS/John Sommers (UNITED STATES)
St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols throws to first base after diving for a ball hit by Detroit Tigers Placido Polanco during the seventh inning of Game 5 in Major League Baseball's World Series in St. Louis October 27, 2006. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES)

St. Louis Cardinals' So Taguchi scores on a base hit by Preston Wilson in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers during Game 4 in Major League Baseball's World Series in St Louis October 26, 2006. (Mike Blake/Reuters)


St. Louis Cardinals Scott Rolen hits his RBI single in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers to drive in teammate David Eckstein in Game 5 in Major League Baseball's World Series in St Louis October 27, 2006. (Mike Segar/Reuters)

ST. LOUIS. (Reuters) - The St. Louis Cardinals' won their first
World Series' in 24 years, beating the Detroit Tigers' 4-2 on Friday to win the best-of-seven Major League Baseball championship 4 games to 1.

Hillary Humor


Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
indicated that she would not oppose efforts by Eliot Spitzer, the odds-on favorite to become the new governor, to enact a same-sex marriage law in New York.


I have one thing to say to New Yorkers:

(Sung to the tune of "She's too fat for me.")

"I don't want her, you can have her, she's too nuts for me,
I don't want her, you can have her, she's too weird for me."

"Take her, please, and keep her faraway from away from the Midwest." I wish Ralph Kramden were still around - he'd take her to the moon.

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Hillary Fires Back

Responding to claims from her election opponent that she used to be ugly and had plastic surgery, Hillary Clinton said that she was "cute" in high school. But the only person who thought so was Mark Foley.

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Spencer's Gaffe

Senator Hillary Clinton's election challenger, John Spencer, told a reporter that Mrs. Clinton must have received "millions of dollars" in plastic surgery. Of course that's ridiculous, because if it were true those doctors would have a heck of a malpractice suit on their hands.

Source for the last two posts: Jake's Comedy Corner

Conversing with Jesus - Prayer Intentions



Today I am praying to Jesus through the intercession of Mother Mary for the following intentions:

Father Burns Seeley, CRSJC, who is extremely ill.

For A.'s uncle who is who is dying from a deteriorated/shredding aorta and for her brother who is dabbling in scientology.

For an end to abortion and the closing of all abortion mills.

For Bill's special intentions.

For Ukok's special intentions.

For our Community chapter in France this week and those participating in it.

That the South Dakota ban on abortion will pass.

That voters in Missouri will vote No on Amendment 2.

For all previous prayer intentions listed here.

Thanks for praying with me for these special intentions. If you have a prayer need, please email me at catholicfire@cox.net and I will be happy to pray for you during daily Mass and at Eucharistic Adoration.

Saint of the Day: St. Frumentius, Bishop and Patron of Ethiopia

Called “Abuna” or “the fa­ther” of Ethiopia, he was sent there by St. Athanasius. St. Frumentius was born in Lebanon. While on a voyage in the Red Sea with St. Aedesius, his brother, he ended up in the East African country due to a shipwreck. Both he and Aedeius survived.

They were taken to the king at Axum, and became members of the court. When the king died, the two brothers stayed on as part of the queen's court. She permitted them to introduce Christianity to the country, and open trade between Ethiopia and the west.

Frumentius convinced St. Athanasius to send missionaries from Alexandria, and was himself consecrated as the bishop of Ethiopia. He converted many people to Christianity before his death in 380. He is the patron of Ethiopia. His brother, Aedius, was also canonized.

ACIP Recommends Aborted Fetal Vaccine for Shingles

Gov't Panel Recommends Shingles Vaccine

By GREG BLUESTEIN From Associated Press

ATLANTA - An influential government advisory panel voted Wednesday to recommend routine vaccines to protect older adults against shingles.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to recommend the vaccine for adults 60 and over. The committee's recommendations usually are accepted by federal health officials, and they influence insurance coverage for vaccinations.

Shingles is a painful, blistering skin rash that is most common in people 60 and older. It usually goes away after four weeks, but one in five shingles sufferers develops excruciating long-term nerve pain known as postherpetic neuralgia. Complications also can include scarring and loss of vision or hearing. [More]

Comments made by Children of God for Life:

The ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) has recommended the Shingles vaccine, Zostavax made by Merck Inc. - it uses aborted fetal cell lines MRC-5 and WI-38. Note the vaccine clinical trials shows it worked in only 50% of the people, which is not exactly a sterling track record. But our question is how does one know whether those people who got the shot and did not come down with the disease would have ever gotten shingles anyway? Not all people who contract chickenpox as children get shingles as adults. And many who are vaccinated for chickenpox also come down with shingles.

I'm So Excited!

National Pro-life Radio Announces Launch

Gearing up for Election Day 2006, National Pro-life Radio.Net will debut as the nation’s first all pro-life radio network.

"National Pro-Life Radio.Net is the first ever 24/7 radio network devoted to the pro-life cause,” said Dr. Paul Schenck, who is CEO of the internet radio network and Executive Director of NPLAC on Capitol Hill. "You will hear from all the movers and shakers in the pro-life movement because NPLR.Net is the place where all the pro-life voices meet."

On the program roster is veteran pro-life attorney Stephen Peroutka, who is heard coast to coast as host of "Face the Truth", Fr. Frank Pavone, host of radio and television programs including "Life on the Line" and "Gospel of Life" and Dr. Alveda King, niece of the late MLK, Jr. Other program personalities include Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics, Kimberly Zenarolla, Executive Vice President of National Pro- Life Action Center, Michael Peroutka of Institute on the Constitution and Rev. Rob Schenck of Faith and Action.

Via Pro-life Blogs.

YES! A few of my favorites are listed here and others I am eager to get to know. This is truly the answer to prayer! Praise the Lord!

Five Little Known Things

My thanks to Esther for tagging me with this fun meme.

1. I have worked at a number of jobs throughout my life: I have been employed as: a waitress, quality control inspector, secretary, bookkeeper, hospital tray passer, car hop, U.S. Census Enumerator, tutor, teacher in elementary school, high school, and junior college, but spent most of my professional career working as a psychologist in a variety of different envirionments.

2. I wanted to be writer even before I could write and wrote my first poem at age 9 entitled "A Kitten".

3. My favorite books as a teenager were: The Story of a Soul, Mr. Blue, Black Like Me, The Robe, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Agnostic, The Silver Chalice, 1984, Brave New World, Animal Farm, Dr. Tom Dooley - My Story, Confessions - St. Augustine, Hiroshima, Annapurna, Kon-Tiki, and The Good Earth.

4. I love to sing and dance and often to create my own lyrics and apply them to the tune of a popular song. Most of the time they are funny.

5. I am a night owl and often get up in the middle of the night to read, write, or pray (If I'm not already awake.)

I will tag Jay, Julie, Moneybags, Barb, Fidei Defensor

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Holy Father Challenges the West to Respect Life in the Face of Relativism, Subjecticism, & Materialism

Vatican City, Oct. 26, 2006 (CNA) - Meeting this morning with Frank De Coninck, the new ambassador of Belgium to the Holy See, Pope Benedict XVI noted the challenge of western societies to respect human life in the face of relativism, subjectivism, and a superabundance of consumer goods.

The Holy Father said that there are certain challenges that “concern the future of human beings and their identity." Now that, "enormous technological progress has revolutionized many practices in the field of medical science,” certain ethical, “norms that once appeared untouchable have been relativized,” the Pope said.

“In Western societies, characterized by their superabundance of consumer goods and by their subjectivism, human beings find themselves facing a crisis of meaning," while, he continued, "laws are passed that put respect for human life into question."

"The Church, on the foundation of her long experience, and of the treasure of Revelation she received ... firmly underlines her convictions concerning human beings and their prodigious destiny," said the Pope. "When Belgian bishops speak in favor of the development of palliative care to enable people ... to die with dignity, or when they participate in the debates of society" in order to draw attention to that invisible moral frontier before which technological progress must bow: the dignity of man, "they seek to serve the whole of society by identifying the conditions for a real future of freedom and dignity for mankind. With them, I invite political leaders ... to give attentive consideration to their responsibilities and to the challenges these questions pose," the Holy Father said. [More]

SEBELIUS VS. BARNETT: HOW DO THEY STAND ON MORAL ISSUES? UPDATED

Candidates for Governor of Kansas
Republican Dr. Jim Barnett


Opposes Late -Term Abortion
Opposes Tax- Payer Funded Abortion
Supports Limitations on Minor's Access to Porn on the Internet
Supports Requirements for Registration of First Time Sex Offenders
Supports Ban on Embryonic Stem Cell Research That Kills Human Embryos
Opposes Human Cloning Opposes Expansion of gambling in KS
Opposes Rasing home & farm property taxes
Supports Conceal & Carry
Opposes Use of tax money to purchase or display pornographic materials in State University classrooms













Kathleen Sebelius


Supports Late -Term Abortion
Supports Tax- Payer Funded Abortion
Opposes Limitations on Minor's Access to Porn on the Internet
Opposes Requirements for Registration of First Time Sex Offenders
Opposes Ban on Embryonic Stem Cell Research That Kills Human
Embryos
Supports Human Cloning
Supports Expansion of gambling in KS
Supports Rasing home & farm property taxes
Opposes Conceal & Carry
Supports Use of tax money to purchase or display pornographic
materials in State University classrooms

Via Kansans for Life.

Fidelis of Michigan on Granholm: "A Record of Betraying Catholics"

Calls for Release of '99 Knights of Columbus Letter

In the wake of a new television commercial by Governor Jennifer Granholm boasting of her commitment to protecting abortion on demand, along with her headline appearance yesterday at a pro-abortion rally at Michigan State University, Fidelis of Michigan, a Catholic based advocacy group decried her betrayal of Catholics on the abortion issue.

Fidelis of Michigan President Joseph Cella stated: “In May of 1999, as Attorney General, Jennifer Granholm proudly proclaimed in a letter to the 3,000 Michigan Knights of Columbus gathered on Mackinac Island that she unequivocally supported life ‘from the moment of conception to the natural end of life.’ Once again, Governor Granholm has bitterly betrayed them by stating that abortion is ‘a deeply personal and private decision that should be made by a woman and her doctor and not by politicians.’

The Knights of Columbus is the nation’s largest lay Catholic organization with 70,150 members in Michigan.

“We call on Governor Granholm to release her 1999 letter read to the Knights of Columbus so that Michigan Knights and other Catholics across the state can see for themselves how she cannot be trusted to defend human life,” Cella stated.

Following Granholm’s participation in the rally at MSU, Cella said she should be serving as an example for Catholic students rather than teaching them to thumb their noses at one of the core social teachings of the Catholic Church.

Cella also cited several other occasions that Granholm has betrayed Catholics on the abortion issue including, helping raise funds for the pro-abortion group EMILY’s List, vetoing the partial birth abortion ban and appointing the head of Planned Parenthood of Michigan, the state’s largest abortion provider to serve as Executive Director of the Michigan Women’s Commission.

In the document Catholics in Political Life, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops stated that Catholic leaders must: “teach clearly on our unequivocal commitment to the legal protection of human life from the moment of conception until natural death.”

Cella added: “The fact that Governor Granholm is recklessly and selfishly peddling her abortion on demand agenda without any concern whatsoever for the teachings of the Catholic Church is disgraceful.”

Via Fidelis.

My Comments:

Granholm must be related to KS Governor Kathleen Sebelius who calls herself "Catholic" and "pro-life" but supports abortion on demand. (Sebelius also accepts blood money for her campaign from late-term abortionist George Tiller.) Actually, it's just another familiar characteristic of members of the Democratic party -- talking out of both sides of your mouth, lieing and deceiving the people. I just hope she has a chance to go to Confession before she dies and changes her ways very soon. Surely she must know that God can see through this and we all meet our Maker at the last judgement and have to account for our actions on this earth or doesn't that matter? Does one lose their fear of the Lord and their soul when they become a Democratic politician? I guess when you are as powerful as she is you can say or do anything you want and it doesn't really matter - the important thing is that you get re-elected. I wonder how many "atheists" are out there posing as "Catholics?"

"Catholic" Democrats Accept "Blood" Money to Finance Their Campaigns

Life News has a post up today which confirms a post I wrote on earlier this week in regard to AG nominee Paul Morrison accepting blood money from late-term abortionist George Tiller. Some may think it a little odd that both the "Catholic" nominee for Attorney General and the "Catholic" incumbment Governor Kathleen Sebelius who is up for re-election are both accepting "blood" money from Tiller. Actually, when so-called Catholics turn Democrat in Kansas it isn't at all unusual that they convert to pro-death politics. Pro-death is synonymous with the Democratic party in Kansas just as it is throughout the country today, which is very, very sad, but a reality.

Saint of the Day: St. Evaristus, Pope and Martyr


St. Evaristus lived in the second century. He was from a Jewish family in Bethlehem. They were living in Greece at the time of their son's birth. Evaristus was brought up in the Jewish religion. His father was so pleased with the boy's virtue and knowledge that he sent him to the best teachers. Evaristus became a Christian when he grew older. So great was his love for his new faith that he decided to become a priest. At Rome, where he performed his ministry, everyone grew to admire and love him. So it was that when the pope was martyred, Evaristus was chosen to take his place. He felt he was completely unworthy of being pope, but God knew better. These were times of persecution for the Church. Such bad lies were spread about the Catholic faith that the Romans thought nothing of putting Christians to death. Every man who became pope was almost certain of being arrested. For about eight years, Pope St. Evaristus ruled the Church. His zeal was so great that the number of believers grew larger every day. At last, however, he was captured. The jailers were amazed to see the joy on the holy old man's face as he was led to prison. St. Evaristus thought himself very privileged to have been found worthy to suffer and die for Jesus. No better gift could have been given him than his martyrdom. Pope St. Evaristus died in 107.


Often our lives take unexpected turns, but if we find our strength in God, he will give us his peace.

Via Daughters of St. Paul.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Cardinal Keeler Asks Catholics to Join Him in Prayer for Pornography Awareness Week

Baltimore Cardinal calls for offensive against pornography


CNA- Cardinal William Keeler of Baltimore has asked Catholics to join him during Pornography Awareness Week in praying that the nation will experience “a resurgence of purity and renewed commitment to chaste relationships and true love.”

Pornography Awareness Week will run from Oct. 29 to Nov. 5. Thousands of people are expected to express their concern about easy access to pornography and the negative impact it has on marriages, families, children, and individuals by wearing white ribbons. The ribbons, the cardinal said, are in protest against “the increase of obscenity” in American culture and in favor of a renewal of chastity.

“The idea that pornography does not cause serious problems is a myth,” the cardinal said in his short message to parishes.

Pornography portrays women and children as cheap sexual objects and undermines the wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities, the cardinal indicated. Furthermore, he said, studies have shown that the largest group of viewers of Internet porn is young people between ages 12 and 17, and that most parents are unaware that this issue is affecting their children. Studies have also indicated that pornography consumption can lead to sexually aggressive actions toward others, especially women. [More]

For help with pornography addiction check out
Pornnomore.com .