Brutally cold here this morning. I’ll be working a…

Brutally cold here this morning. I’ll be working at home the next few days while my vehicle receives repairs.

Two quotes for today, both taken from the same b…

Two quotes for today, both taken from the same book on Prayer by Jean Danielou.

The first:

Give Christ to others and save the cross for yourself.

Said by a Father Huvelin.

Too often most of us are intent on giving the cross to each other.

The Second quote:

For this world the great temptation is being sufficient unto itself; through a form of collective pride, humanity claims to be capable of solving its problems on its own.

Jean Danielou

This second quote, I believe explains all of the problems that exist in the Church today. No one preaches our utter dependence upon God in all things. Sometimes, I get the sense that it doesn’t even cross anyone’s mind to think that God might be able to do anything for us. When we rely on ourselves we are doomed to fail, something that is as old as original sin. A spiritual life requires constant prayer and thanksgiving at every moment of life. When we are open to God and his power, some “problems” cease to even be problems and others are solved in ways that are humanly unexplainable.

I meant to post this quote yesterday: The Lord hi…

I meant to post this quote yesterday:

The Lord himself will fight for you; you have only to keep still.

Exodus 14:14

It takes a lot of faith to put this into practice but I have seen it work over and over again. Defying all logic.

Scripture Quote of the Day: I have seen the wicke…

Scripture Quote of the Day:

I have seen the wicked triumphant,

towering like a cedar of Lebanon.

I passed by again; he was gone.

I searched; he was nowhere to be found.


Psalm 37: 35-46

Psalm 37 is an interesting Psalm. In some translations you will find the Hebrew alphabet transliterated above each stanza. Essentially it is the ABC’s of the problem of evil in the world. I have always been struck by this one verse which often has come to mind when the “great” of one day, seem to “disappear” the next. Often we can fixate on the apparent triumph of the evil doers, but it is only for a time.

A live shot of Fort Wayne. You can check to see if…

A live shot of Fort Wayne. You can check to see if it snowed here, or is snowing here..WeatherCam 15

We are supposed to have a significant snow storm t…

We are supposed to have a significant snow storm tomorrow for the first time this year. Up to 8″ is possible.

My new book is listed on Amazon. I have not idea w…

My new book is listed on Amazon. I have not idea who the Michael Swhartz is that is listed as the co-author. That is a mistake. Amazon.com: buying info: Praying in the Presence of Our Lord with Fulton J. Sheen

Very nice here today, but it is supposed to get re…

Very nice here today, but it is supposed to get real cold on Tuesday.

Here it is…, the reliquary and Chair of St. Pete…

Here it is…, the reliquary and Chair of St. Peter. I’m sure many, like me, have seen this backdrop at St. Peter’s and never noticed the “chair” that is the central piece of this work of art (and said to contain a simple wooden chair actually used by St. Peter.)

The internet connection was downall day yesterday …

The internet connection was downall day yesterday at work, so there was no posting here. There were serveral things I wanted to post yesterday, one about the relic of the Chair of St. Peter which was yesterday’s Feast. I’ll have to look up and see if I can find a picture of it online.

Today is the Feast of St. Polycarp. Amy read me an account of his life from Butler’s Lives of the Saints this mornign with a rather amusing quote from God who spoke from the heavens at the martyrdom of Polycarp, “Play the man! Polycarp.” Somehow, that statement portrays God in a different way than we are used to, I think.

Posted on the Geoff Bodine Fanclub site, The Curse…

Posted on the Geoff Bodine Fanclub site, The Curse is over!

Anyone who has followed Geoff Bodine’s career over the past six or seven years would have to conclude that someone had placed a curse on him. Everything that could go wrong with him–did, including nearly losing his life in a horrific crash at Daytona two year ago. Sunday’s Daytona 500 was the first good thing that has happened to him in some time. Then the women win the gold medal in the bobsled designed by him on Tuesday night!

I heard a reporter, present at this news conferenc…

I heard a reporter, present at this news conference this morning present this story and it is interesting to see how it is reported here. Jiang was asked a question about the Catholic Bishops and said nothing. Next a Chinese reporter asked him a scripted question about some internal matter and he responded. Another American asked him about the Catholic Bishops who were imprisoned. Again, he did not answer. Another Chinese reporter asked a scripted question. Finally when the news conference was over, he made the remarks listed below.

I’m not sure why we cooperate with regimes that have no regard for human rights.

FOXNews.com Jiang stonewalled queries from two American reporters about his government’s repression of religion — particularly the detention of Catholic bishops — and his opinion of Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq. Jiang refused at first to answer either question, but returned to them at the end of the news conference.

While Bush listened intently, Jiang said he has read the Bible, the Koran and the scriptures of Buddhism, even though he said he ascribes to no religion himself. Those who were imprisoned, he said, were detained “because they broke the law, not because of their religious beliefs. I have no right interfering in judicial affairs.”

19,000 people are wrongly declared dead every year…

19,000 people are wrongly declared dead every year in the United States! The latest case happened in Long Island:

A Long Island man was wrongly reported dead after another man by the same name died at a hospital and records were mixed up, according to a published report.

A man named Ramon Cruz died in July, according to the Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, N.Y., which then forwarded Cruz’s records to Medicare and other government agencies, Newsday reported Tuesday.

Ramon Cruz, 81, who had not even been hospitalized, discovered the mistake last month when his wife, Noris Cruz, received a letter from the government about his death. The couple found the error humorous until Ramon Cruz’s monthly $732 Social Security checks were cut off, his bank account emptied and his Medicare benefits terminated.

Read the full account here.

Raining here today and close to 50 degrees this mo…

Raining here today and close to 50 degrees this morning, in the middle of February! Go figure.

The request for the bookplates continue to roll in…

The request for the bookplates continue to roll in….no idea where they are coming from.

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