Saturday, November 28, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I am thankful for...
1. Having a work break and a thinking break. I don't know how people with electronics around them all the time survive. I NEED wilderness.
2. Visiting mom and dad in the country. Can't wait for Mom's home cooked meal Thursday.
4. Finishing my first real class in theology. Though I have taken some classes before religious in nature, they weren't high end academic type classes. Definitely was challenged, hope I passed!!
5. Living in a country, where as of now, I still have options about my life, religion, freedoms, health, job.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Science Proves Adult Stem Cells More Promising than Embryonic, Says Vatican Official
Rome, Italy, Nov 22, 2009 (CNA).- The president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, said this week that the work by two scientists has shown adult stem cells to be much more promising for medical treatment than embryonic stem cells. The use of adult stem cells poses no ethical difficulties and has already contributed to advancing treatments for degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s.
In an article published by L’Osservatore Romano, the archbishop cited the work of two scientists, James Thomson of the United States and Shinya Yamanaka of Japan. Yamanaka was able to create adult stem cells in rats and later using human skin, which he called induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, constituting a significant scientific development.
Read on at the link in the title...
What are Embryonic Stem-cells?
Sunday, November 22, 2009
In this life sometimes we come across Saints and sometimes we come across those men and women who act Saintly. Either way the acts that they do show God and His loving nature.
When man is able to express God's loving nature well, we are all closer to the Kingdom of Heaven. That is why marriage is so important so that the two people can inspire the love of God in each other and exude that love outward to their children and others.
Thank goodness for inspiration from others and from the Holy Spirit. I can say I have been inspired by many people, especially those that I have and do love, like family and friends. The hope and joy that come from their simple acts of love for God have a much greater power to inspire than they will ever know.
Sometimes when I feel fear or doubt, I rush mentally to look to the saints. St. Louis de Montfort always inspires me because he had a temper and unfilled missionary dreams. St. Therese of Lisieux inspires me in her youth and vitality in daily prayer and thankfulness. St. Francis de Borgia inspires me in his fasting and piety. And they all always lead me back to the Cross of Christ and the knowledge that one drop of His blood is salvation of man for all time.
It is important though to see Christ in those you love so that you are daily, hourly inspired to be better and exude that love of Christ that compels man to act on God's will for their lives.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
John Paul II specifies the many electronic means we have to advocate Christ toward those who need him most. It is also our duty as faithful Catholics to disseminate the teachings of the Church to the faithful. The reprinted Novus Ordo is an exciting event that will lead to varied interpretation, but the faithful will be depended upon to decipher truth in words.
In Baton Rouge, the current annointing is a desire for 24/7 Catholic radio. The cable stations have bumped out local Catholic channels on the television, so this means of media is a great opportunity to reach many souls. Baton Rouge Catholic Radio is located at this website: http://blog.brcatholicradio.com/
This opportunity cannot pass us by. With the message of Christ in one city, it can be passed throughout the world on the internet and podcast into the hands and thus the hearts of men. The opportunity to support any means that will uphold the rightful teaching of Christ's established Church, is an opportunity worth supporting.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
New Book by Scott Hahn
I don't have a speed suit like the ultra 'cool' Rusty Venture, but if I did boy would I be struttin it. Just think if we could all invent cool things and be attacked by the guild of calamitous intent, life might lead us all closer to Christ.
I would like to admit here: that I watch a cartoon on the internet. If it helps, my brother got me into it, but it is not for people who are offended by any little ole blasphemas thing. It has it's interesting points. My favorite episode so far is when they try to raise money by having a kids camp and one of the kids gets torn up by an experimental ape man that hasn't seen the light of day for 30 years. They send a juicy clone home with the parents.
Okay, maybe your thinking my sense of humor is a little morbid. Well, it is. But I am a true optimist in seeing the joy of the super scientist is not the scary robots or the mutilated humanoids, but it is the knowledge that God created Science-Fiction. And thank goodness for that. Dr. Venture lovingly offers a wet wipe to his son,(the 17th clone I believe) to wipe away the fear he has thrown up on his polyester speed suit. Pretty close to the prodigal son, because now the super scientist son can enter his profession with knowledge that there is someone loving who really gets him.
I used to think my dad was like superman, then I became a certain age and started to understand life a little better. Now I think he is totally a super scientist and I hope it runs in the family.
Monday, November 16, 2009
So I asked my Mom to pray for me. She said, "I pray for God's blessings on you every day." And then today, she called me just to tell me she prayed for something specific for me that I want. I think this is the first step to get in good with Jesus, because how can he refuse a mother?
When my parents were Brasil for several years working, I was in college and I missed my Mother's hugs the most. I worked one job until very late at night. Sometimes at midnight I would get to the perpetual adoration chapel in Kenner and just sit by the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. One night, I just needed a hug from my mom and I hugged the statue. Our Lady hugged me right back and it felt like my Mom's hugs! The best!
Our Lady always watches over us all and even though I ask her to pray for me for many things, she knows what is best just as well as Christ. I pray that she continues to draw people to Christ and maybe one day I'll get to receive a hug from Her in Heaven!
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Just found a cool new website called Argent by the Tiber. The link is located in the Web Nebulas section of this site. Hope I get a chance to read it more extensively soon.
Also, my home parish has just placed in a small alcove a number of 1st class relics. St. Augustine of Hippo, St. Pio of Pietralina, St. Faustina, A True Relic of the Cross, St Therese of the Infant Jesus and some other awesome saints I can't recall now. I asked all of them to pray for me so that I might not repeat the many faults I have!
It is nice to see so many faces from so many places in my parish, which is what originally led me to the Tiber site. I came across this interesting image. I know some may have seen it before, but I hadn't and I am a sucker for any kind of map.
I am one who can't wait to see the new demographics for Louisiana in 2010 as a reflection of hurricane Katrina. But I came across this map because I like to dream about moving to some other state, but I can never bring myself to endure too much cold. Besides, who would want to live anywhere beyond 100 miles of New Orleans anyway?
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
by Emily Dickinson
Like mighty footlights burned the red
At bases of the trees-
The far theatricals of day
Exhibiting to these.
'Twas universe that did applaud
While chiefest of the crowd,
Enabled by his royal dress,
Myself distinguished God.
It's all I have to bring today,
This, and my heart beside,
This, and my heart, and all the fields,
And all the meadows wide.
Be sure you count, should I forget-
Some one the sum could tell,-
This, and my heart, and all the bees
Which in the clover dwell.
I held a jewel in my fingers
And went to sleep.
The day was warm, and winds were prosy;
I said: "Twill keep."
I woke and chid my honest fingers,-
The gem was gone;
And now an amethyst remembrance
Is all I own.