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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Teaching Death to Nursing Students with Leo Tolstoy

Many saints who were priests encouraged their brethren to preach frequently about death. After our birth and baptism, death is the most important hour and one for which we need to be well-prepared. Nursing students will often be the last contact in life except for family and close friends. A proper attitude toward death and respect for the dying patient is absolutely crucial. Please pray for those in the medical profession. In our culture of death, many are being trained not to preserve and protect life, but to hasten death. Fight the culture of death and love and respect those who are near life's end. 

Teaching Death to Nursing Students with Leo Tolstoy

To make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.  ~ T. S. Eliot
We’ve come to the close of our annual month-long reminder of the obvious: We’re all going to die. It’s a truism that we learned as kids in Sunday school and CCD—the first of the four Last Things: death, followed by judgment, and then heaven and (rather, or) hell—although we Catholics are reminded of death year round. It’s front and center in our liturgy, our creed, and even our routine devotional prayers. “Pray for us sinners,” we repeatedly implore the Blessed Mother in our rosaries, “now and at the hour of our death.”  

Monday, November 30, 2015

# GrowUp: College Isn't Supposed to be Daycare!

A great open letter from a college president:

Everett Piper's Open Letter will definitely hurt the feelings of narcissistic babies pretending to be grownups eager to learn. They need to get off college campuses and re-enroll in pre-school where the teacher will firmly remove them kicking and screaming from Mommy's arms and set them on the road to self-control. Parents who have twenty and thirty-somethings still living at home, I hope you charge them rent or tell them to grow up and move on. They need to learn to live in the real world where something is expected of them more than doing their own laundry. (Please, Mom, you aren't doing their laundry too are you?)

They're Doin' the Climate Hustle!

A new documentary debunking man-made global warming will premier just in time for the Paris summit gathering all the Chicken Littles to scream, "Climate change is going to kill us all!" Climate Hustle presents a growing number of scientists challenging the assumption that CO2 is damaging the planet. Check out the website here. And then read what prominent scientists have to say about the nonsense.

John Coleman has a great video on how the global warming scam is based on lies and how it got started. The engine driving global warming is money and politics. Check it out. He's not very hopeful about his and other skeptics' efforts changing things. What will change things is the same thing that destroyed Paul Ehrlich's population scare. Time and exposure. False prophets ultimately do themselves in. The population bomb was a dud and the man-made global warming/climate change hysteria will undo itself as well. How many frigid winters will people have to experience before they realize they've been scammed? And why? It's the money, stupid! There's no money in normal. There's big money in scaremongering.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Are You Ready for His Coming?

Is any of us ever completely ready? I doubt it. We continually need to convert. I pray this Advent will be a time for me that results in my being more ready on Christmas Eve for Christ's coming than I was on this first Sunday of Advent. What will you do to be more ready? How will you sweep out the dust bunnies and cobwebs soiling your soul? I will be reflecting on that today. Lord give me the eyeglasses of truth that make me aware of my self-deception. Give me the broom of prayer and the dust rag of repentance that help me clean and sweep my house and make it ready to welcome you. And help me to meditate with song and reflection during the coming days and weeks. Maranatha! O come, Divine Messiah!

From the Tongue in Cheek Department: A New Christmas Greeting

As Advent begins and the secular world begins already to celebrate Christmas, or the winter holiday as they say, Fr. Tom offers us an interesting:

President Obama has repeatedly asserted that Islam is a religion of peace.
If this is so, should we not try to make our Christmas celebrations more
inclusive by stopping our imposition of the Christian "Peace on earth"
and, instead, loudly proclaiming in crowded shopping malls during the
Christmas season, "Allah hu Akbar"? I believe that people would respond
quite dramatically [And how!] to such a pro-active effort to make Christmas more
inclusive. It is just a thought to help all of us stay politically correct
during the holiday season and to bring a smile to the face of our President. [And, of course, we all want to do that, eh?]

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Civil Unrest Under Obama is No Accident! Fight Back with Faith!

If you want to understand what makes Barack Obama tick, you need to read Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals and Reveille for Radicals. These two books explain exactly how the community organizer works to keep people off balance and at each other's throats. Demonization is part of the plan and Obama is expert at that. And who are the demons?

Friday, November 27, 2015

Being a Good Steward Begins in the Kitchen

Stop! Don't throw away that bird!
When I was a little girl, my mother always encouraged us to clean our plates. Throwing out food was verboten. Considering there were twelve mouths to feed (my parents, myself, and my nine siblings), I'm sure our astronomical food bill was part of her motivation. But she also thought of those less fortunate. Wasting food was throwing away money that could be given to feed the poor.

We, as children of course, didn't have a clue about the "starving Armenians" and would gladly have sent our unwanted lima beans and black-eyed peas to fill up their plates, but as an adult I know exactly what my mom meant.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Our First Act of Thanksgiving Must Be to God!

I hope the first thing you do today is go to Mass. Eucharist means "thanksgiving." What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving Day than to offer thanksgiving to God for His many blessings through the Sacrament of the altar He left us.  And to help you reflect on that I offer some thoughts from the saints. May Jesus Christ be praised!
"Would that I could exhaust myself in acts of thanksgiving and gratitude towards this Divine Heart, for the great favor He shows us, in deigning to accept our help to make Him known, loved and honored; He reserves infinite blessings for all those who devote themselves to this work."                      St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
"The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for what he is sending us every day in his goodness."                             St. Gianna Beretta Molla
"In all created things discern the providence and wisdom of God, and in all things give Him thanks. "                                                                     St. Teresa of Avila
No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.      St. Ambrose
In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God.      St. Paul
Traditional Grace after Meals:

We give you thanks, Almighty God, for all your benefits, who lives and reigns forever. And may the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

#"Brain-Death" is a Fraud: Educate Yourself on End of Life Issues

Zack Dunlap, declared "brain-dead",
recovered from his injuries.
Two weeks ago, the Catholic Media Coalition held a meeting on End of Life Issues. We need to get the word out about the "transformation" of modern medicine from patient-oriented to preserve and protect life to $$$-oriented with limited treatment and hastening death. I gave the introductory talk. What's happening is deliberate with a well-organized cadre of death-dealing foundations like George Soros' Open Society, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, etc. They aren't content with killing off the little ones in the womb. Their targets now are the "useless eaters" and the injured who can be "farmed" for their valuable organs. You'll note in the video a chart from 2011 showing just how much money one young body filled with healthy organs can provide to the transplantation industry.