A conversation at breakfast - Tuesday morning:
Mom- Well eldest daughter (ED), I guess we'll be letting you go to the March for Life!
(ED) - Wow, really?? Great, yippee (or something to that effect)!
Third Dtr (TD) - Wow. Hey, don't get shot.
Mom- I did think about that and I'm pretty sure that if that happened (and it were fatal) she would be a martyr.
TD - Really? CAN I GO???
ED - Thanks a lot everybody!
Someone emailed me this link to PewSitter so I checked it out and it looks like a good spot for Catholic news. They thought, and I agree, that it might be a handy sight to bookmark so as to keep tabs on what is going on in the world that might impact us as a Catholics.
In case you haven't seen it, here is the text of a telegram that the Pope sent to our new President:
On the occasion of your inauguration as the Forty-fourth president of the United States of America I offer cordial good wishes, together with the assurance of my prayers that the Almighty God will grant you unfailing wisdom and strength in the exercise of your high responsibilities.
Under your leadership may the American people continue to find in their impressive religious and political heritage the spiritual values and ethical principles needed to cooperate in the building of a truly just and free society, marked by respect for the dignity, equality and rights of each of its members, especially the poor, the outcast and those who have no voice.
At a time when so many of our brothers and sisters throughout the world yearn for liberation from the scourge of poverty, hunger and violence, I pray that you will be confirmed in your resolve to promote understanding, cooperation and peace among the nations, so that all may share in the banquet of life which God wills to set for the whole human family (cf. Isaiah 25:6-7). Upon you and your family, and upon all the American people, I willingly invoke the Lord’s blessings of joy and peace.
Benedictur PP. XVI
I really do hate blogger sometimes. Not only does it change fonts, but now I can't get this awful indent out of the way! Is there help out there????????????
You just have to love people nowadays. An anonymous tipster in Texas called a social worker to report on a homeschooling family that sent their kids to bed "really early". I just don't understand.
In my ongoing discussion (at least the one in my mind) about the Latin Mass (or I understand it can be called the Extraordinary Form of the Mass), I stumbled upon the thought this past week that the Novus Ordo mass does tend to put the focus on me and what I get out of it. I've also been hearing from others that in the Latin Mass, there is no leeway for the priest's personal style. To that end, a friend sent me a letter that a priest from Connecticut wrote on the subject. In it he says,"If only more people understood that novelties and priestly creativity in the Mass take away from this transcendent reality, and suddenly the sacred act is profaned, taking on the mere personality of the priest. No! As Padre Pio says, "at Mass we are to humbly pray like St. John and Our Lady at the foot of the cross."
Hmmm. That image of St. John and Our Lady could start to bring things into a bit more focus...not a lot, but a little. I'm glad God is so patient with me!
To change the topic completely: At dinner the other night, my sometimes belligerent three-year-old son was informing us that HE was in charge now. "Oh really?" we all replied.
"Yep. I am in charge of the children now and you (meaning me) are in charge of Daddy and his 'Prog Test'."
His WHAT? We thought of googling 'prog test' but were afraid of what we might find...Where do they come up with this stuff?