4 Mar 2015

Looking and Listening Lessons during Lent

My friend Sister Mary John Paul wrote an intriguing and thought-provoking article for our Associate newsletter. She let me share it here. Coincidentally (?) it echoes the theme of a book I’m reading now called Becoming Beholders. The book develops the idea that everything, person, and occasion can be a channel of grace, a sacrament. In it a line from a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., is quoted: “These things, these things were here and but the beholder/Wanting.” The poet wrote this when he watched a beautiful harvest scene on a lovely day and realized the beauty of it was lost on him as he dwelt on the past and dreaded the future. Enjoy Sister’s thoughts!Click to continue

'Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!' Sunday Reflections, 3rd Sunday of Lent, Year B

From The Gospel of John (2003) directed by Philip Saville
Gospel John 2:13-25 
The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.  In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” continue reading the gospel
Christ Driving the Moneychangers from the Temple Rembrandt, c.1626. Pushkin Museum, Moscow [Web Gallery of Art]
In 1990 I went to renew my driving licence in Dublin. It took about twenty minutes, as I had to go to three or four different persons. But everything was orderly. Now you only have to go to one and the procedure, apart from filling up the form, takes less than a minute.
Full post here.

3 Mar 2015

My Million Dollar Plan

I don't have a bucket list, per se. Sure, there are things I'd like to do, but I won't feel my life a failure if I don't get to do them.  However, I have formulated what I call my "Million Dollar Plan."  These are the things I would do, if I ever were handed a million dollars.

Read more at Veils and Vocations.

The Purgative versus the Illuminative Way

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In our study of Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle, we have come to the end of the third mansions, the end of the Purgative Way. The fourth mansions begin the second stage of the spiritual life, the Illuminative Way. How are these stages different?

Souls in the Purgative way are beginners–yes, even those in the third mansions. They may be very zealous about following God, but they have not yet advanced very far. Thus far they have been combating sin and attachment with the ordinary grace God gives Christians. They have had to work hard. But eventually they come to a place where that is no longer enough. They have advanced as far as they can without greater help. Then God steps in and begins to cleanse them himself.

Pere Marie-Eugene writes:
We come now to the souls that are in the first three Mansions, or in the first phase of the spiritual life. To say that there is in them a mystical life would be formally to contradict Saint Teresa who characterizes this phase by the predominance of the activity of the human faculties aided by the grace of God.” (I Want to See God, 484)

Continue reading at Contemplative Homeschool.

Straight to the Heart of Lent

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Pope Francis encourages us to pray from the heart. In his Message for Lent 2015, he invokes the Sacred Heart of Jesus:
During this Lent, then, brothers and sisters, let us all ask the Lord: "Fac cor nostrum secundum cor tuum": Make our hearts like yours (Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus). In this way we will receive a heart which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalization of indifference.
I'm guessing a bunch of us have never seen--let alone prayed--the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, so let's get to it! Some words may be unfamiliar, so use the handy little glossary as needed.

Join me at Praying with Grace to discover the version available from the Apostleship of Prayer, which accommodates group prayer or inspires profound 
private prayer, just you and Jesus.

2 Mar 2015

Want a Difficult Lenten Discipline? Just Try Self- Publishing

A good self-mortifying exercise for Lent? Look no further than your local self-publishing site.
Actually, Smashwords  publishing is wonderful, explaining every step with diagrams and in ordinary terms  in a Smashwords Style Guide...but I am a technological idiot. After days of fumbling, forcing myself to work as if I was technologically intelligent, I finally self-published a short, free e-book on Smashwords.  The bonus of this ordeal is now, if anyone is stuck while trying to self-publish, just ask me..I made all the mistakes.  continue reading
“Melanie Juneau—motherofnine9—knows that a woman’s ground of creativity lies as close as her child’s heart. In her delightful stories and memories of mothering nine children, she shows how a Christian mother bathed in love brings all the power and light embodied in her faith to that most important sphere of hope, the family.”—Isabel Anders, author of Blessings and Prayers for Married Couples 

Truth v. Lies

LIES                                                               TRUTH
You are not worthy.                                        You are worthy.  I died for you.

You are not loved.                                          I died because I love you.

No one  loves you.                                           I AM your Father.  I love you.

You are alone.                                                 With Me, you are never alone.

Read More at:  His Unending Love

1 Mar 2015

Dear God, You Know It's March, Right?

house hidden by snow
Does God know it's March and Spring should be here soon?

It's March 1st and another snowstorm is sweeping across the eastern United States. It's cold and snowy and bitter outside, and if I could have reached through my dashboard to the Christian DJ who predicted "gusty breezes in the week ahead," I might have shaken him pretty good.

"Gusty breezes???" Who is he kidding. The euphemism isn't fooling any of us this far into the season.
And euphemisms weren't the only thing from some long past English class that floated through my head this morning.

It's March 1st, and I'm also reciting the cliche, March comes in like a lion, but goes out like a lamb, as if saying it will make it come true, but while I'm saying it, I'm really thinking, "blah blah blah," as I wonder yet again how many more days I'll have to turn up the heat in the morning and how many more times we'd wait to hear whether school will be delayed - AGAIN!

And I can't help but look up and say,
"Dear God, you know it's March, right?"
"Dear Jesus, there will be warmer days ahead, right?"
And as the dreary gray skies and bitter cold winds rattle our bones, I can't help but wonder what God is thinking up there!
And I'm not alone!

Please join me for the rest on Single Mom Smiling  God Bless...

Saint Teresa of Ávila’s Legacy

This March is the 500th anniversary of the birth of Saint Teresa of Ávila, Carmelite nun and Doctor of the Church. One of her legacies to the Church is her teaching about prayer.
In Teresa’s final book, The Interior Castle, written near the end of her life, she summarized her life of prayer. In it she imagined that her growth in love of God had been a journey from the outskirts of a crystal castle to its center, inhabited by her King. The castle image with its many rooms symbolized her soul. The King was God who beckoned Teresa to come to him and to be spiritually united with him.
Responding to her King’s call meant that Teresa first had to leave the dark, cold, noisy place outside the castle, where she spent so much time. Steadfast prayer was the key to unlock the castle door. Once inside she prayed faithfully. Quietly and persistently Teresa traveled through the castle’s rooms, each representing a stage of growth in her personal relationship with God.
Read the rest at From the Pulpit of My Life.

A Thrilling, Inspiring Video Trailer: Altaration

10985205_10153234929070832_5555931360811790824_nI shared a powerful video  by Ascension Press called "Will You Follow" a few weeks ago. It is a dramatic, vocation video aimed at teens, part of a soon-to-be-released five-part series called Altaration designed to enliven teens with a love and enthusiasm for the Mass.

This 3-minute trailer for Altaration is  extremely moving, thrilling actually. Mark Hart speaks in the power of the Holy Spirit. His words rang in my heart and lifted my spirits with fresh insights into the true meaning of the Mass. His words cast a fresh light on what is really happening on the altar and lit a new fire of love for the Father, Christ and the Eucharist within me

The video shows flashes of other young people and priests, real men, real role models who will appeal to teens.

Nothing Short of a Celebration

Each time I say a deeper yes to God, I battle thoughts about what to expect. Will a giant cavern suddenly open up beneath my feet? Will I be asked to hike barefoot through burning deserts?

I really should know better by now.

Funny that I seldom consider (when I'm uttering deeper yeses) the truth that God's will is always for my good....
(click here to continue...) 

Painting: Jules Cyrille Cave

Raqa, Anger, and Whitewashed Tombs

Once in a while I run into the notion that emotions, particularly strong or unpleasant ones like anger, are bad — or 'beastly,' not something people should experience.

Reality check.

Emotions are part of being human. There's something seriously wrong with someone who lacks emotions. It can be a sign of hebephrenia, or other serious disorders.

We may seem less emotional as we mature: but that's because most of us learn how to manage our emotions. Or mismanage them....

More at A Catholic Citizen in America.

Prayers from a Night Worrier

Are you a night worrier? My mother has never had any trouble falling asleep at night. But once in a while, if she’s unlucky enough to wake up during the night, that’s it for sleeping. She calls them “racing thoughts.” Turning, churning, and tumbling in her mind at a pace that won’t stop.
What is it about the middle of the night that things always seem so dire? We awake with a feeling of dread. A worry that seemed small during the day seems to blow up in the dark of our bedroom. Taking on a menacing shape. Like that monster from our childhood, threatening to creep out and grab us in our sleep. Larger problems seem insurmountable, even hopeless.        Read more

'I have tried to follow when you called.' Sunday Reflections, 2nd Sunday of Lent, Year B

Transfiguration of Christ, Paolo Veronese,1556,
Cathedral of Santa Maria, Montagnana, Italy 

Gospel Mark 9:2-10   
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He did not know what to say, for they were terrified.  Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus. continue reading

Bishop Edward Galvin (1882 - 1956)

After his ordination in 1909 for his native Diocese of Cork in the south of Ireland Fr Edward J. Galvin, born on 23 November, the feast of St Columban, 1882, was sent on loan by his bishop to the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York. In those days it was common for young Irish diocesan priests to be sent to English-speaking countries until there was a vacancy at home, a situation that certainly doesn't exist any more in Ireland.

Full post here.

28 Feb 2015

Seeing with new eyes: Reflections on the Sunday Gospel Mark 9:2-10 by Father Steven LaBaire

In preparation for Mass this weekend, Father Steven LaBaire of Holy Family Parish in Worcester offers his insight on the gospel reading:

"In the ancient world, the journey up a mountain often symbolized “enlightenment” or “seeing” things in a “new” or different way from previously. In this Sunday’s gospel, Jesus takes his students (disciples) up a very high mountain. (Mark 9:2-10)"

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27 Feb 2015

This Name is Medicine

A Matter of life and Death

When he was only twenty eight, the Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky was, condemned to death. It was the spring of 1849. He was condemned for reading ‘subversive literature and frequenting suspect gatherings of anarchists’. There was nothing in these charges, but at the time the Tsar, like other monarchs, who had survived the aftermath of the French revolution, was still paranoid. Two days before Christmas he was taken to the place of execution. The prison yard where he was to meet his death, was arranged with funereal decorations to suit the occasion and strike further terror into the condemned. The whole thing was a farce, a pantomime, ordered by the Tsar. It seemed to appeal to his obscure sense of theatre.
As the executioners raised their rifles the procedure was suddenly interrupted by a messenger, hot foot from the palace, with a reprieve - the charade was over. The sentence was commuted to eight years hard labour in Siberia. Later Dostoyevsky said that day, December 23rd 1849, was the happiest day of his life, for on that day he experienced both death and resurrection. It influenced him for the rest of his life.  read on 

Is it really all in the details? Wisdom from the story of St. Bernadette Soubirous of Lourdes

How we live our interior spiritual lives matters a great deal, right down to the last detail.

song of bernadette

I have taken on as my Lenten journey the study of St. Bernadette Soubirious. This journey was inspired by a Facebook post back on February 11 by Father James Martin, SJ. In honor of the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes he recommended the viewing of "The Song of Bernadette," a critically acclaimed 1943 movie starring Jennifer Jones. He wrote, "The film, based on the book by Franz Werfel actually corresponds very closely to the real-life story of St. Bernadette Soubirous, with only a few exceptions."  ...

I am reading Werfel's book along with a book by Abbé Francis Trochu:

saint bernadette soubirous by francis trochu

My desire is to get into the interior life of this saint. Bernadette's life was one of fidelity to those small details that make one a saint.

Click here to read a wonderful example of her way of holiness--what does this example inspire you to do?.

From Trilobites to Whales: Getting Bigger

Those trilobites were huge: in the Cambrian. These days, foot-long critters are common, and not particularly big.

Scientists thought related species of animals generally got bigger as they evolved: now a team has evidence to back up that assumption. We still don't know why critters usually get bigger, though.

That, and seven "croc" species sharing the same turf in the Amazon Basin — before the Amazon was there — is what I picked for this week's post....

More at A Catholic Citizen in America.

26 Feb 2015

Time For a Laugh

I should not have given up killing mice for Lent

Prayers to Know as a Catholic Family

Recently, I have been compiling all of the prayers I want our kids to have committed to memory, that I believe we should know. I feel firmly that we would be in grievous error if our children were not baptized, attending Mass faithfully, and praying at mealtime.  But I don’t want to stop there. I don't want to do just the bare minimum when it comes to their rich faith. I want them to be hungry for knowledge and wisdom. I want to help them to come to a rich understanding of Catholicism. Thus, I have been compiling the things (besides the Catechism) that they are committing to memory.

Here is the list.
You can view and/or print my Memory Work document here, on GoogleDocs. I included English and Latin versions for some of the prayers.

{read the rest at pictureaskyline}

25 Feb 2015

Who is My Neighbor?

Jesus told the parable of the Good Samaritan: 

But wanting to justify himself,* he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
* (A lawyer asked this question.)

 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii,gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’ Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
Luke 10: 29-38

So, who is REALLY my neighbor?  In this day and age, we don’t find many people to whom we can minister in this way, so, in our modern age, who REALLY IS my neighbor.

Read More At: His Unending Love

A call to prayer from the monastery’s bell-- prayerful disciplines for Lent

monastery bell Cristian Bortes Manastirea Neamtului July 2008
What comes to mind when you hear the word “discipline?”

Punishment? Do you think of those times as a child when you were disciplined by your parents for doing something wrong?

Dull, repetitive actions such as practicing a musical instrument or working out to keep in shape? Perhaps even prayer, like reciting the rosary, feels like such a discipline, an endless repetition of Our Fathers and Hail Marys.

I was resistant at first to applying discipline to my spiritual life. How can a discipline be heartfelt? I remember watching “The Nun’s Story” with Audrey Hepburn and noticing the way she chafed at the bell ringing for prayer. ....

Lent offers a wonderful opportunity to establish a prayerful spiritual discipline. I would like to offer my regimen as an example. Click to continue.

WARNING: Signs of Eating Disorder Ahead. Seek Help. Find Hope!

25 Potential Signs of Eating Disorder On The Way
But first, before moving forward to learn of these common warning signs that can alert us to the presence of a possible eating disorder and need for help, a few words of caution for us all…
including look at 25 Red Flags [Physical, Psychological, & Behavioral Signs] + more.

Lessons from Snow: A Mixed Blessing

Now that Boston is buried under more than 100 inches of snow and my Cleveland driveway is coated with it yet again, I decided to reflect on snow. A good snowfall is one human experience that Jesus never had since he lived in a desert climate. The most he probably ever knew of snow was seeing snow-capped Mount Hermon in the distance. But yesterday ten inches of snow fell in Jerusalem—a rarity! To me the most remarkable thing about snow is its beauty. Individual flakes are delicate works of art. Together they form blankets of pure white, covering everything and sparkling in sunshine.  Snow's loveliness is a reflection of its Creator who is all beautiful. The three men thrown into a fiery furnace for their faith sang, "Hoarfrost and snow, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever" (Daniel 3:70). Also, there's nothing so cozy as being in a warm house and, through a window painted with lacy ice, watching large, soft snowflakes drift to earth.Click to continue

24 Feb 2015

Focusing on Blessings and Growing in Virtue

 I have never been a big fan of New Years resolutions. (I do realize it’s February but stay with me!)  I can never seem to keep those resolutions. It can be so defeating to begin something big at the start of a fresh year and then “fail” at whatever change I have made. A year is a L O N G time!  Plus there are SO many things I want to work on, how do I decide which ONE thing to work on all year through? Why do we feel such a need to start fresh on the first day of a new year, or even the start of a new month or week?  I am so grateful God’s Mercies are new EACH MORNING! We are offered a fresh start each and every day! That just gives me such comfort. If you want to read more about what my family is doing to focus on blessings and grow in virtue click here.

How is your Lent going?

How is your Lent going?  I know it's only a week in, but I'm asking for a friend.
Not really.  I'm asking for me because mine got off to a rocky start and I'm hoping I'm not the only one.
You can read and comment here at Being Catholic ... Really.

Lay people and the third mansions

My most recent post at SpiritualDirection.com was about the one path to holiness. Everyone, I wrote, is called to deepen their relationship with God through prayer. Everyone becomes holy by prayer and virtue. As always when this subject comes up, some want to argue that Teresa of Avila’s teaching on the mansions was not meant for lay people.

Lay people are too busy to be expected to pray much, the argument goes. So they must be content with offering their day to God and the like.

Now, I have no problem with lay people offering their day to God, making their work a prayer, praying as they work, et cetera. Of course we should do that. But I do have a problem with the notion that only monks, nuns, and priests are called to contemplation, or that only they need to spend much time dedicated to mental prayer.

So I was happy to read the second chapter on the third mansions in Interior Castle. In this chapter, although Teresa is writing primarily for her cloistered nuns, she uses lay people in her examples.

Continue reading at Contemplative Homeschool.

The "Hygiene Hypothesis" Blows Lent Wide Open

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Driving to work yesterday, I heard a story on NPR about scientists studying the "hygiene hypothesis." The thinking behind the hypothesis goes like this:
  • Developed countries have detergents, sanitizers, and machines to clean things in ways humans have never cleaned things before.
  • We also don't hang out around livestock like our ancestors did Back In The Day.
  • Children who grow up in these super-clean environments lose contact with good old-fashioned GERMS, tricking their bodies into thinking every microbe in town is hazardous.
  • Thus, their adorable little immune systems go berserk: #eczema #allergies # asthma

Are we too clean?

Please join me at Praying with Grace to reflect and comment on how our faith might be too sterile, as well. Do children need to suffer?

My Confession and Penance


23 Feb 2015

Did You Know that There's a Saint for Toothaches?

Her name is
St. Appollonia.
I found this in my new prayer book,
"Healing Prayers." 

This book bears the impramtur of the
Most Reverend Bishop William C. Skurla, D.D,
Bishop of the Eparchy of Van Nuys.

I carry this book with me in my purse. 
It is a treasure trove of prayers for all that ails you,
whether it be spiritual, mental, physical, or emotional.
Only 96 pages long, this is not a book you read, but it is a book you use.

This beautiful prayer book begins by talking about healing through history and explains why we are in need of healing today.

The book has the standard, ancient 
prayers and scriptures.
Then there are instructions on how to pray using the scriptures.

Read More at:: His Unending Love

22 Feb 2015

The Greater Art of Falling Down

In Akido, there is a concept called, "the art of falling down." Falling down is considered an art because if falling is done with skillfull intention instead of just being caught unaware by a blow, the person who falls will be safer. 

During this Lent, I have been following Blessed Titus Brandsma's meditations on the Stations of the Cross. He wrote these meditations in Scheveningen Prison, awaiting his execution. Tonight, I read about the "seventh station," where Jesus falls for the second time. Blessed Titus wrote that Jesus allowed himself to be overwhelmed by the weight of the cross and to fall. 

I hadn't contemplated this before, but of course He did. Our Lord God incarnate, maker of miracles and who later resurrected would not do or allow anything to be done to Him without intentionality. Jesus intentionally fell down. 

Falling is an art. Not just for our "safety." Not just so we can learn lessons in life. Not so we can build the courage to get up again when we "fail." No. There is more.

There is a greater art of falling down. 
Falling down may be the most important thing we ever do. 

However Great the Crowds that Surround You

'You must withdraw, mentally rather than physically,
in your intention, in your devotion, in your spirit... 
You enjoy this solitude if you refuse to share in the common gossip, 
if you shun involvement in the problems of the hour 
and set no store by the fancies that attract the masses; 
if you reject what everybody covets, 
avoid disputes, make light of losses, and pay no heed to injuries.... 
However great the crowds that surround you, 
you can enjoy the benefits of solitude if you  
refrain from curiosity about other people's conduct and shun rash judgement.'

St. Bernard

Dim Day of the Soul

Sometimes it's easier to see at night. It depends on what you're looking for.
"O guiding night! O night more lovely than the dawn!"
(Translated from "Dark Night of the Soul," St. John of the Cross)
I decided that this year's Lent would be a good time to upgrade my prayer life. (February 15, 2015)

That could have been a topic for this post: except that I couldn't think of anything to say about it. Not that 'clicked.'...

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21 Feb 2015

The Secret of True Love

Many years ago when I used to run courses for school leavers, I used to begin by asking the boys and girls to tell me when they were last really happy. I remember one boy said that it was when he was fishing with his father, another when watching one of his favorite films, and yet another when he was playing football with his friends. One of the girls loved a day of retail therapy with her mother, another loved playing the piano, not for her exams, but for the sheer pleasure of it. Finally one girls said her happiest moments were spent on holiday with her boyfriend. Strangely enough it always used to take them a long time to see the common denominator - the reason why doing all these different things had given them all so much pleasure. For a greater or less period of time they had been so absorbed in something, or someone else, that they simply forgot about themselves. In the discussions that followed they usually came to the same conclusion, namely that, this happiness could be found and perpetuated more in loving someone else than in anything else.  read on....

20 Feb 2015

Fish Sticks Friday!

When I was a kid, Lent was one of my favorite seasons in the Church.  Of course, at that time, you had to abstain from meat during the entire season of Lent.  It took some creative cooking for that to happen.  I remember eating a lot of beans and cheese sandwiches for supper.  I attended Catholic school, so my mother never worried about what was served in the cafeteria as it would always be in compliance with the Church.

As a child, I celebrated the season of Lent with great joy!  I remember going to the grocery store with my mother as she struggled to balance the food budget, made a little easier without the absence of beef, chicken,or turkey.  She’d ask me what I wanted to eat on the weekends.  I’d always answer, “Fish sticks.”  So, by default, Friday became “Fish Stick Friday.”

Along with a helping of beans, salad, and bread, fish sticks became the go to meal for Fridays.  I remember watching my mother eat our meal on Fridays.  She ate the beads and salad and bread, but on more than one occasion, she would offer me what was left of her fish sticks.  I saw that  most of the fish sticks were left in her plate, but I happily chowed down on the left overs. 

Read More at:: His Unending Love

Give Up Soda For Lent and For Life!

What might soda really be costing us??
 Just say... No.
In the news, yet another reason to give up on soda...
Popular soda ingredient poses cancer risk, still.    
Current research analysis suggests that soda drinkers consuming 1 or more cans per day are possibly being exposed to 4-methylimidazole, a potential carcinogen. 
Excerpts from latest news release from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health provided. 

Setting Earth's Thermostat

Events like the Pinatubo eruptions of 1991 happen about once a century — on average — roughly.

Some scientists say that next time there's a Pinatubo-scale eruption, we should deploy a fleet of instrument-carrying aircraft, balloons, and satellites: to see exactly what happens when sulfur dioxide and other chemicals get dumped into the upper atmosphere.

We know that the stuff causes regional and global climate changes: but we don't know exactly how the process works.

There's more than pure scientific curiosity behind wanting this knowledge. Earth's climate is changing, which is par for the course: but we're at a point where our actions can affect climate.

The job at hand is leaning how Earth's climate works, how it changes, and what causes the changes. Then we'll decide what to do about that knowledge....

More at A Catholic Citizen in America.

19 Feb 2015

From the Hub to the Heart

unnamed (72)I am pleased Ellen Gable Hrkach of Full Quiver Publishing asked me to be part of a book-launch blog tour for Andy LaVallee’s book, From the Hub to the Heart. His new book  tells of a journey from “fast living to living the fast”. Although I have not read it yet, I can’t wait because  the reviews are fantastic. Others on this blog tour, who have read his book, love Andy’s warm, personal voice. They are riveted by his dramatic conversion and the power of both the Holy Spirit and Mother Mary in his life.
Andrew LaVallee lived the fast life.A man of extremes, LaVallee grew up in a tough neighborhood and he drank, swore and gambled his way through most of his adult life. He achieved financial and worldly success in his bakery distribution business. After his conversion, LaVallee embraced the Catholic faith of his youth and felt God calling him to promote fasting.,... continue reading