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Monday, April 24, 2017

I saw God at the pet shop Friday night

Mother Teresa said, “Where there is love, there is God.” I saw God at the local pet shop Friday night where I stopped after work to buy food for our family’s pet rabbits.

The aisle with rabbit food also has food for guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils and ferrets plus cages and various products for each type of animal. I was looking at bunny treats when God quietly slipped into the aisle and stood beside me. He appeared as Love.

An old hunched over woman shuffled into the aisle. She had close cropped grey hair in no particular style, old Bermuda shorts, a T-shirt and a dingy pink sweater. The right side of her face was darkened with some sort of bumps on her skin and she had very few remaining teeth.

We were beside each other, kind of shoulder to shoulder but facing opposite directions since she was looking at hamster cages on the other side of the aisle. I looked at her and she looked at me. We both smiled. Then I went on trying to choose pet food for the rabbits.

Suddenly a boy about age 7 raced into the aisle. He was excited and trying to make up his mind which of the 3 hamster cages he liked best. One cage had a circular staircase with a box at the top for the hamster to sit in, another had an attached ball so the little thing could run to its hearts delight and the third had several tunnels and tiny box houses on top.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

On this Divine Mercy Sunday Let's Pray for Mercy on Holy Mother Church

The Church is in crisis primarily because of the casual treatment of the Eucharist. Several cardinals and bishops are boldly expressing their concern about the loss of faith and calling for more reverence in the liturgy. Lex orandi, lex credendi, lex vivendi, "as we worship, so we believe, so we live."

Robert Royal and Fr. Gerald Murray discuss this on The World Over in the video (after the page break). It is well worth reflecting on during your Divine Mercy devotions today.

Love the Holy Mass. Approach the altar in fear and trembling and with deep gratitude, because to eat the Body of the Lord and drink His Blood unworthily is a disaster for your soul!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

How Does the Evil One Mess with You?

Two hives down with contents now in the belly of the beast!
If you're a beekeeper like I am, there is one thing that really messes with your bees. (Well, there are other things, but this one is a weapon of mass destruction.) I'm talking about bears! A bear got into our bee yard during the night between Spy Wednesday and Holy Thursday. We had four hives in the bee yard. He wiped out one completely and munched through about a dozen frames of nectar/pollen. He upset another hive turning it upside down which may have protected the bees since he couldn't pull out the frames without righting the box. He dragged half a dozen frames into the woods where he apparently munched in private and left several other demolished frames in the bee yard.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Guest Post: Evolution vs. Intelligent Design

by David Martin

Pope Francis made waves in October 2014 when he told the Pontifical Academy of Sciences that
evolution was set in motion by God through a “big bang.” He said, “Evolution in nature is not at odds with the notion of creation because evolution presupposes the creation of beings that evolve.”

The problem is that God did not create beings that evolve. Supporters of Francis’ statement argue that the discoveries of science in nature do not contradict creation. This is true if something factual is discovered in nature, but evidence supporting evolution or the “big bang” theory are not among these discoveries, no more than evidence supporting aliens has ever been discovered.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Fathers and Doctors of the Church Rejected Evolution

Adam and Eve began to experience the
effects of sin from the moment they
disobeyed God and were expelled from
the Garden of Eden: disease and death!
They taught that creation was the work of God alone, that the "works of nature" (according to St. Thomas Aquinas) presuppose creation. You can't extrapolate from the natural order back to the beginning of things.

Harmful mutations, disease, etc. are all due to sin. The "bondage of decay" is due to original sin. As soon as Adam and Eve were driven from the garden, they began to suffer the consequences of sin: degeneration and ultimately death. Of course they were so physically perfect it must have taken hundreds of years for their bodies to deteriorate to the point of death.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says nothing about evolution per se, but it says plenty about creation that points away from evolution:
We believe that God needs no pre-existent thing or any help in order to create,nor is creation any sort of necessary emanation from the divine substance. God creates freely "out of nothing." (CCC 296)
 Just like Genesis says!

When the Tail Wags the Dog...Be Careful Whom You Trust.

How many untruths have you swallowed whole today? How many have you "forwarded?"

OnePeterFive has an important article by Steve Skojec about a website that claimed to provide inside information about scandalous goings on at the Vatican. And Just Like That, Fra Cristoforo Vanished

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Evolution is Incompatible with Catholic Doctrine

All the Fathers of the Church believed in the Biblical teaching of Genesis chapter 1. There is nothing contradictory between science and creation. However, there is definitely a contradiction between evolution and Catholic truth. And trying to have it both ways with theistic evolution which ultimately denies original sin since evolution requires eons of chance changes with interim organisms dying and new ones arising. At the ripe time of evolution, God then infuses a human soul into a creature that becomes in His image and likeness. (See my previous post on why evolution makes no logical sense to a Catholic believer.) Lots of problems. Theistic evolution denies the immortality of Adam and Eve as originally created and denies original sin as the origin of death, since death preceded Adam and Eve. Evolution is a direct attack on the faith and must be vigorously repudiated by serious Catholics!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Beekeeping Adventures: Captured Our First Swarm Today!

We are feeling proud of ourselves tonight even if we didn't exactly look like pro beekeepers as we muddled through capturing a swarm. But it all worked out and we now have an additional colony in our bear-protected bee yard. If you're interested in beekeeping at all, check it out. 

Nonsense on the Internet and the Loss of Reason!

Mean nuns preparing for a day of terrorizing the faithful.
I occasionally visit the blog of a silly Catholic woman just to see which orthodox members of the faithful she is attacking at the moment. She means well, I'm sure and says she goes to daily Mass. I have no reason to doubt her word. I'm sure she considers herself orthodox, but that doesn't prevent her cheerleading for the latest Francis outrage and condemning clergy and laity who dare to call him on things (like St. Paul called out St. Peter).

Her latest diatribe involves why Catholics are falling away from the Church today compared to the vibrant Church of yesterday before Vatican II. Lo and behold, the filled churches of yesteryear were not due to the reverence of the Mass or the piety of the people, or the inspiring preaching and sacred music. No, they were filled to the brim out of...get ready for this....

Rampant Female Genital Mutilation in Tennessee - I told you so.

I’m not one of those people who shies away from saying, “See, I told you so.” I just don’t say it with the same singsong voice I did as a child, because now it isn’t a taunt. It’s a factual statement: “See. I told you so.”

When I’m right I know I’m right. I knew I was right when I said it and no one believed me because orthodox Catholics are not to be taken seriously, not to be believed. So when other people who have more clout and believability than I do say the same thing and it makes the newspaper headlines, goes viral on the Internet or hits the nightly news, I smugly feel I have the basic human right to say, “See. I told you so.” But then I like to be really sure that they know they were wrong in not believing me in the first place, so these days after the “See. I told you so,” factual statement I often add:  “You didn’t believe ME when I told you, but since so-and-so said it and it’s on the news, you believe THEM. So why didn’t you believe me to begin with?”