Tuesday, February 23, 2010
"Incredible, mind-blowing technology is being used in movies these days that convinces you you're seeing something that's not really there, as this series of back-lot scenes from TV-shows and movie sets reveals.
From an entertainment standpoint, I think all this is truly marvelous. I love how they can simulate anything, any location, any situation using green-screen shoots overlaid with computer graphic illustration (and other such technically devised illusions). But this is also a cause for concern if this grand technology were ever employed nefariously in an effort to deceive people on a wide scale — e.g., to make them think they are seeing, let's say, something menacing or enticing in the sky.
Don't get me wrong. I am happy to see these amazing advances in technology which allow us to expand our ability to imagine. I'm just a little leery about the potential for its misuse. In any case, sit back and enjoy a few minutes of cinematographic magic."
Monday, February 22, 2010
Today is the Feast of the Chair of Peter, which celebrates the institution of the Office of the Papacy by Jesus, when he gave Peter the keys (Matthew 16:18-20). Please remember Pope Benedict in your prayers today since he is Peter for us in our time. :-)
Saturday, February 20, 2010
From my friend, Deacon John's blog. You know about Gregorian Chant, but this is before that...Medieval Old Roman Chant...part of our Roman Catholic Heritage! Please listen...it's wonderful and our heritage!
Medieval Old Roman Chant.
Title: "Tractus: Qui habitat in adiutorio altissimi".
Service: Adoration of the Cross
Please note: This is the first part. To watch the 2nd part, please click on the first Video Response
This music video coincides with 10000 views of my profile and 200000 views of my videos. I want to thank everyone for their interest and exclaim once more my admiration for this beautiful and misunderstood genre of music, the old religious chant. In my eyes, it represents one of the most artful and exquisite forms of human spirituality and culture and one of the most eloquent expressions of the love and plea of Man to his Creator and his need to communicate with God.
In this regard I post my videos for all to see: For Christians (Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Protestants etc), for Muslims, for Jews and Buddhists, for Hindus and Confucianists, for agnostics and atheists, because I believe that each can find in these chants common ground: love, respect, necessity, plea, reverence, tranquility.
As an "anniversary" video, I would like to dedicate this chant as a prayer for all those who suffer in any way, especially for the most innocent of all, the suffering children. We have built up a world that causes harm to so many children as we cannot imagine. Let this be a prayer for them all, regardless of nationality, gender or religion.
Please go to the info section of Part II for the text of this chant (Psalm 90) in Latin, Greek and English.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
“There is no doubt that the Church has been scandalized by the abuse of minors by Catholic clergy,” Fr. Fraser said. “What makes this case unique is that there is an additional scandal related to the schismatic activities of the Praise and Worship Center. Consequently, those who support and promote Fushek’s public ministry must be mindful of the spiritual danger and grave harm their actions create by supporting and attending his services.”
Fushek gained prominence throughout the 1980s and 1990s for co-founding Life Teen, an international youth ministry program. Bishop Olmsted suspended his faculties in late 2004 after an allegation was made that Fushek engaged in inappropriate behavior in the presence of a minor at the Mesa parish in 1985. Fushek later resigned as the pastor on June 30, 2005.
In the diocese’s statement this week, Bishop Olmsted expressed his concern for Catholics who may be misled or confused by the continuing actions of Fushek, particularly as they relate to the Praise and Worship Center. Diocesan officials reminded Catholics that any ceremonies — baptisms, weddings, confessions, and the anointing of the sick — performed by Fushek or others at the Praise and Worship Center, are not legitimate sacraments for Catholics and would not be recognized by the Catholic Church.
The bishop asked for the diocese’s Catholics to pray for reconciliation and healing in this situation.
I used to think it would take a global financial crisis to get both parties to the table, but we just had one,” said G. William Hoagland, who was a fiscal policy adviser to Senate Republican leaders and a witness to past bipartisan budget summits. “These days I wonder if this country is even governable.
Visitor logs reveal what pro-life advocates suspected would happen once President Barack Obama took over as presdient. He and his administration have allowed the Planned Parenthood abortion business unfettered access to the White House and top staffers.
Congressman and former Presidential candidate Ron Paul (R-Tex.) reveals how Congress has the power to correct the high court under the Constitution, derived from Article III, Section 2, by limiting the jurisdiction of federal courts on the issue of abortion.
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Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Wherever we are or wherever we are going, we have our cell with us. For Brother Body is the cell, and the soul is the hermit who dwells in it, meditating there and praying to God. Therefore, if the soul does not preserve quiet and solitude in its own cell, of what profit is a cell made by hands?
Saint Francis of Assisi
Legend of Perugia - 80
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Thirty-Three Salutations To the Sacred Heart
HAIL, Heart of my Jesus-----save me!
Hail, Heart of my Savior-----deliver me!
Hail, Heart of my Judge-----pardon me!
Hail, Heart of my Spouse-----love me!
Hail, Heart of my Master-----teach me!
Hail, Heart of my King-----crown me!
Hail, Heart of my Benefactor-----enrich me!
Hail, Heart of my Pastor-----keep me!
Hail, Heart of my Friend-----caress me!
Hail, Heart of the Infant Jesus-----attract me!
Hail, Heart of Jesus dying on the Cross-----atone for me!
Hail, Heart of Jesus in all its Conditions-----give Thyself to me!
Hail, Heart of my Brother-----remain with me!
Hail, Heart of incomparable Goodness-----forgive me!
Hail, Heart most Glorious-----shine forth in me!
Hail, Heart most Amiable-----inflame me!
Hail, Heart most Charitable-----work in me!
Hail, Heart most Merciful-----answer for me!
Hail, Heart most Humble-----repose in me!
Hail, Heart most Patient-----bear with me!
Hail, Heart most Faithful-----make satisfaction for me!
Hail, Heart most Adorable and most Worthy-----bless me!
Hail, Heart most Peaceful-----calm me!
Hail, Heart most Desirable and most Beautiful-----delight me!
Hail, Heart most Illustrious and most Perfect-----ennoble me!
Hail, Heart most Holy, Balm most Precious-----preserve and sanctify me!
Hail, Heart most Holy and most Salutary-----reform me!
Hail, Heart most Blessed, true Physician and Remedy for all our ills-----heal me!
Hail, Heart of Jesus, Consolation of the afflicted-----comfort me!
Hail, Heart most loving, ardent Furnace burning with Love-----consume me!
Hail, Heart of Jesus, Model of Perfection-----enlighten me!
Hail, Divine Heart, Source of all Happiness-----strengthen me!
Hail, Heart of eternal Benediction-----call me to Thee!
Blessed James Alberione
This blog contains thoughts of Blessed James Alberione, the founder of the Pauline Family and is dedicated to him. May all who read these postings be touched by the love of God, experienced by James Alberione, and inspires each one in your relationship with Jesus Christ, who is the Way, Truth and Life.
Check it out! :-)
Examination of Conscience (Making a Good Confession)
This printable article walks you through the Ten Commandments to help you make a good, honest confession.
Maybe a help for your Lenten Confession.
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Friday, February 12, 2010
This starts w/ Pope Benedict XVI as a kid and then young priest...moving along in life...it's fun to see a life unfold...you never know what plans God has for you, because you always feel just like "you"....but, "fiat" has such power! It has the power of God's Will and Plan behind it! :-)
Snow depthsAs of Friday morning, snow covered part of every state except Florida. Alaska, not shown on the map below, is completely snow covered, as are the volcanic peaks of Hawaii.
Storm could mean Snow on ground IN ALL 50 STATES!!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
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Tuesday, February 9, 2010
For my friend, Father J.K., C.PP.S., on this Feast of the Most Precious Blood.
Priest of Jesus Christ,
you are forever marked by His Blood.
The Blood of the Lamb flows through you:
It sanctifies your touch;
It comes to flower on your lips;
It purifies and quickens all that you do
in your sacred ministry.
In the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
you offer the Blood of Christ to the Father.
In the Sacrament of Penance
you apply the healing balm of the Precious Blood to souls
and wash them in It's laver.
Your purity, priest of Christ,
is itself the fruit of your intimacy with the Precious Blood.
It manifests the power of the Precious Blood,
making you, in spite of all your weaknesses,
victorious over the world, the flesh, and the devil.
Cultivate, then, a strong a lively devotion to the Most Precious Blood of Christ.
Apply it mystically -- that is, through your priestly intercession --
to souls in need of healing, deliverance, and inner cleansing.
You are the guardian of the Blood of the Lamb,
responsible for It being treated with the utmost reverence and adoration
in Holy Mass and, in particular, at the distribution of Holy Communion
under both species.
Preach often on the power of the Precious Blood
received in Holy Communion.
Tell souls that the Most Precious Blood of Jesus is
the price of our redemption.
the salvation of the world,
the glory of the Holy Sacrifice,
the vesture of Christ's priesthood,
the beauty of His altar,
the splendour of His saints,
the defeat of Satan,
the reconciliation of sinners,
the healing of those wounded by the evil serpent,
the shining purity of priests,
the life of those who follow the Lamb,
the peace of the troubled,
the remedy for every ill,
the soul's desire,
the astonishment of the angels,
and the joy of the Church.
Priest of Jesus Christ,
you are His minister, set apart to handle and to dispense His Precious Blood.
In making you the minister of His Blood,
Jesus entrusts you with His Life,
so that through you His life might be communicated to souls.
You are the guardian and dispenser of His Blood:
heaven's greatest treasure and the salvation of the universe.
He is the Lamb once slain Who lives forever.
His Blood flows still from the wound in His Side;
It is the stream that irrigates the Church
and brings health to souls weakened by sin.
Cultivate an intense devotion to the Precious Blood.
The Blood of Jesus is the power of your priesthood
and, where His Blood is, there too is the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is communicated most richly in the mystery of the Blood.
When you receive the Blood of Jesus
you receive an infusion of the Holy Spirit;
the Life of Jesus courses in your veins,
making you with Him one Priest, one Victim,
one Son eternally beloved of the Father.
Speak of the power of the Blood of Christ
to heal the soul's wounds,
to bring peace to troubled hearts,
to reconcile enemies,
to transform sinners into saints,
to lift those degraded by vice into the pure and holy happiness of virtue.
Invoke the power of the Blood of Christ to defeat Satan,
to liberate souls from bondage to sin,
and to establish peace where there is unrest and disquiet.
Have a boundless confidence in the might of the Precious Blood.
Wheresoever you invoke the Blood of Jesus,
there will He establish the peace and joy of His Kingdom,
casting out the spirits of darkness who labour incessantly
to bring about the ruin of families,
and of communities,
and of every attempt to overcome evil with good
by living in prayer and in charity.
The Precious Blood is the most potent remedy
for the ills that cause so much suffering in the world;
and that remedy has been given to you, priest of Jesus Christ, in a limitless way.
You are a physician of souls,
sent out to bring healing to the brokenhearted
and freedom to those enslaved by sin.
When the Precious Blood of Jesus touches the lips of a priest,
it purifies them of sin,
and descending into his heart, makes him fit for the Work of God.
Reflect on the immense grace that is yours, day after day, at the altar.
You are marked by Christ's Most Precious Blood in the eyes of the Father.
That same mark of the Precious Blood terrifies demons,
and It accredits you to do all that Christ commands you to do
through His Holy Church.
Priest beloved of the Heart of Jesus,
adore His Precious Blood.
Make known It's power.
Teach souls to have the greatest reverence for the mystery of the Blood.
Call down upon yourself and upon souls
the protection and infinite merits of the Blood of the Lamb.
The Blood of Jesus Christ is fire in the soul of the priest who acknowledges It's power.
Be the priest of His Precious Blood,
just as you are the priest of His Heart,
and of His Eucharistic Face.
These are the mysteries by which you are sanctified
and configured to Him,
Who is eternally Priest and Victim.
By Ernie Suggs
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution5:14 p.m. Thursday, February 4, 2010
The Senate voted Thursday to protect Georgians from evildoers, covert corporations and rogue doctors, seen and unseen, with the passage of a bill that would make it illegal to implant a microchip into someone without their permission.
The bill, ironically sponsored by Sen. Chip Pearson (R-Dawsonville) and Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers, would make it a misdemeanor to implant someone against their will with a microchip, sensor, transmitter or other tracking device. The Senate passed the bill 47-2.
“We are sending the message that Georgia is committed to upholding its citizens’ constitutional rights and protection of their person,” Pearson said. “Advances in technology are moving fast, and while most of these are for the good, we must be careful that it doesn’t come at the harm of citizens.”
But is this really a problem in Georgia?
Pearson said that he knows of no case in Georgia where someone has been involuntarily microchipped. He added that during his preliminary meetings on the bill, no one came to complain about it, and he has heard of no conspiracy plots or theories to put implants in massive amounts of Georgians. The notion that legions of people have been forcibly implanted by the government, aliens or nefarious corporations runs rampant throughout the Internet and in science fiction movies. Think Neo and his forced implantation by Agent Smith in "The Matrix."
“I have no firsthand knowledge of anything,” Pearson said. “I am simply trying to get ahead of this and protect the people. We don’t know what is going to happen.”
Pearson added that any information put inside a chip and then implanted into someone’s body can just as easily be stored somewhere above the skin.
“The benefits of a microchip that can be internally implanted are also available in many external forms,” Pearson said.
There have been a handful of corporations worldwide that have begun developing technology to inject people with implantable devices. In 2004, the VeriChip was approved by the FDA. Proponents say that implantable chips could help in identifying victims of major tragedies like Sept. 11 or the Haitian earthquake, or even wandering Alzheimer’s patients.
Pearson’s bill would clear the way for people who want implants. The bill does not prevent anyone from being able to voluntarily have a microchip implanted -- as long as the implantation is performed by a doctor and is regulated by the Georgia Composite Medical Board.
But opponents say that the devices can lead to unwanted surveillance and even cancer. There are some who say that it has religious implications and that the implantable devices are the "Mark of the beast."
If the bill, SB 235, gets past the state House, Georgia would join Wisconsin, North Dakota and California as states that have passed laws prohibiting the forced implantation of microchips in people.
Pearson said the bill has actually been floating around the Capitol for several years. In 2007, Rep. Ed Setzler (R-Acworth) introduced a bill in the House that didn’t go anywhere.
Pearson is hoping that his bill will be received favorably in the House.
But some critics of the bill wonder what the point is.
“This is a solution in search of a problem,” said Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta), one of only two senators to vote against it, along with Sen. Ronald Ramsey (D-Decatur). “We are spending our precious time -- with a billion-and-a-half-dollar deficit -- with something that is not a problem.”
Monday, February 8, 2010
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I know we’re not Oprah fans here.
But tomorrow the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist will be her guests.
If you tune in, come back and tell us about it here!
8,986,607 candles have been lit from 242 countries, including 13,140 candles in last 2 days.
Our prayers go out to the people Haiti, mourning the loss of life and property in the earthquake's aftermath and seeking to rebuild from the ruins
Today, in a very hectic moment, I ran across this wonderful video called “A Good Day” by Brother David Steindl-Rast.
Invite your kids to watch it with you.
Steindl-Rast is a Benedictine monk who contributes to the website gratefulness.org, which offers many wonderful ways to express your gratitude for your family, your life, and all the other blessings showered on us all.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
God is in my life, says Ringo Starr
(UKPA) – 22 hours ago
John Lennon dismissively sang "God is a concept by which we can measure our pain" - but now his former Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr has revealed after decades of searching, he has become a believer.
Ringo told how he had been looking for enlightenment since he was riding high in the charts more than 40 years ago.
And in an interview with the Los Angeles Times he said his spiritual side was "more prominent" on his new album Y Not.
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Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Viewing the Moon
In addition to the Earth, you can also view the Moon from the Earth, Sun, night side, above named formations on the lunar surface. or as a map showing day and night. You can also make expert and custom images of the Moon.
View from Satellite
To view the Earth as currently seen from a satellite in Earth orbit, choose the satellite from the list below and press the "View Earth from Satellite" button. The satellite database is updated regularly but may not reflect the current position of satellites, such as the U.S. Space Shuttle, which maneuver frequently after reaching orbit.
Very neat to see God's good earth! :-)
Cat predicts 50 deaths in RI nursing home
A cat with an uncanny ability to detect when nursing home patients are about to die has proven itself in around 50 cases by curling up with them in their final hours, according to a new book.
A week of mourning is scheduled to begin as early as next week with a service in front of the destroyed presidential palace.
The event will include a traditional voodoo funeral rite for the more than 150,000 people who died in last month's earthquake, said Max Beauvoir, the supreme priest of Haitian voodoo. Roman Catholic and Protestant leaders have also been invited to participate.
the diocese says it will sell its 32-acre Burlington headquarters overlooking Lake Champlain — a historic property valued at $6 million — and its former Camp Holy Cross in Colchester.
"The diocese hopes the money will generate enough proceeds to settle all these cases," McCormick said.
The 118,000-member church has yet to decide where it will relocate the offices of Vermont Bishop Salvatore Matano and most of its statewide clerical and charitable programs.
Jesus prunes the trees...separates chaff from wheat as He said.....painful...but necessary for our growth....prayers needed...
CNSNews.com - Obama Adviser Stands by Statement That Pope Benedict XVI Is 'Hurting People in the Name of Jesus'
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing - they believe in anything — G.K. Chesterton.
Belief, of any sort, is part of the human psyche. Without faith in God, that belief may lie in science, so that one wonders of the mysteries of the universe whether or not they will be solved in one’s life time. Or that belief may lie in the realm of gods, pixies, warlocks, aliens, or the Easter Bunny. When a person stops believing, it is not that a person believes in anything, it is that they become distracted and thereby believe in lesser things. They believe in little green men and do not believe in little red devils. They believe in flying saucers and do not believe in flying angels. They believe in goddesses and goblins and do not believe in the glories of God.
Recently, there has been a surge of TV shows that promote such distractions whose main premise is aimed at the supernatural, particularly ghosts. On my last count that are no fewer than 6 shows of this sort: A Haunting, Ghost Adventures, Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters International, Ghost Labs, and Paranormal State.
click to read more....but, let's resolve never to settle for second best when it comes to the spiritual life!!!
CHINA - UNITED STATES Beijing threatens Obama: relationships at risk if he receives the Dalai Lama - Asia News
Beijing threatens Obama: relationships at risk if he receives the Dalai Lama
My my my...look at who's calling the shots now, China! What a surprise. We let them have our real estate, we owe them tons of money...now, they are feeling the "master" "servant" attitude...being huge huge commies, no surprise. Let's see what our president Obama does....