Showing posts from September, 2021

Finding Hope on a Messy Road

  If I may say so, honestly, without complaining, it has become quite a challenge to find my way to work lately.  It seems that every street I re-route to, there is new construction. Near my house, they started some piping project months ago.  Barrels go up, barrels go down.  It changes from day to day, but all I really want to see is paving trucks.  The road is such a mess. You can imagine my excitement when my husband came home and told me the paving trucks are out!  Yay!  I thought it was a project that wouldn't happen until next year, but at last, my painful waiting will soon be over. There's something about being given hope that changes one's perspective.  I have moved from grumbling to happy anticipation. The way I see it, we need hope today.  People are angry, discouraged, frightened, anxious and down-right sad. So where do we find hope? Well--and I don't want this to sound cliche--we find hope in Jesus.  It is from God that we find hope and when thing

'I feel called to make my life a little simpler. This comes from trying to be a follower of a poor man.’ Sunday Reflections, 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

    Mocking of Christ Titian [ Web Gallery of Art ] I gave my back to those who strike,   and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard;   I hid not my face   from disgrace and spitting.   (Isaiah 50:6. First Reading). Readings   (Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland) Readings   (New American Bible: Philippines, USA) Gospel   Mark 8:27-35   (English Standard Version Anglicised: India) Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples,  “Who do people say that I am?”   And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.”   And he asked them,  “But who do you say that I am?”  Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.”   And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him. And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after t

Healthcare & Discrimination? Really?

I've been following what is going on in Texas with the law banning abortions after cardiac activity is detected (about six weeks).  Many people are outraged claiming that it hurts "people of color, low income and the marginalized." Although I don't remember the exact numbers, I read about one abortionist who was upset because normally he did something like 75-85 abortions per day , and since he can't do them anymore, he has to explore other options with the women for their healthcare . First of all, I am happy for the lives saved by the ban. Praise God! Secondly, calling abortion healthcare (or reproductive health) is a tired and ridiculous ploy to hide a gruesome reality.  Women are not stupid and we really should no longer be buying into that marketing scheme.  How much do you suppose that abortionist was making anyway? If you guessed between $500 and $2500+ per abortion , per day , you'd be right. It doesn't take a mathematician to see that t

Centennial of the Legion of Mary, 7 September 2021

  Legion of Mary altar At the very first meeting of the Legion of Mary an altar just like that in the photo, except for the words 'Legio Mariae' and the Vexillum, the standard of the Legion, was used. Every meeting since then, at whatever level, has such an altar, with the Vexillum included. The Legion of Mary held its first meeting on the evening of 7 September 1921 in Myra House, St Nicholas of Myra Parish, Francis Street, Dublin, under the name of the Association of Our Lady of Mercy that became the Legion of Mary in 1925. Present at that first meeting were Fr Michael Toher, Frank Duff, a 32-year-old civil servant, and a group of women, all young except for 64-year-old Mrs Elizabeth Kirwan, a widowed New Zealander and a nurse. She was appointed president of the group. The  website  of the Legion of Mary  states :  The object of the Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active co-operation in Mary’s and the Church’s wor

Does This Make Sense?

  I don't know, maybe it's me, but doesn't it seem strange that a guy participating in the running of the bulls would wear a mask?  I mean, don't you have bigger things to worry about if you are running from that massive animal? I believe in wearing masks, don't get me wrong, but while being chased by a bull? I guess you can't be too careful.  I suppose the runner was incredibly confident in his athletic prowess. Anyway, whatever work you do that is running you down, I hope you can take a break from it this weekend and find some quiet where you can listen to God and refresh your soul.   Janet Cassidy

COVID-19: Attitudes, Frustrations, and Perspective

Since I'll be talking about COVID-19, variants, and the pandemic, clarifications may be in order. I had COVID-19 vaccinations in May and June, because I thought it was a good idea. Politicos, partisans and crackpots have been throwing accusations and assertions about the pandemic at each other. I'll be talking about that, but I'm not 'political.' I've neither been proclaiming that one political party is in league with the Antichrist, nor denouncing another as a tool of fascists and racists. And, although I think the COVID-19 pandemic is real, I haven't been dreading America's impending doom and destruction. More at A Catholic Citizen in America .

Jesus is bringing someone back into the circle. Sunday Reflections, 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

  Mark 7:31-37 in Filipino Sign Language Readings   (Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland) Readings   (New American Bible: Philippines, USA) Gospel   Mark 7:31-37   (English Standard Version Anglicised: India) Then Jesus returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis.   And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him.   And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue.   And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him,  “Ephphatha”,  that is,  “Be opened.”   And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly.   And Jesus charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it.   And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes th

Did God Make A Mistake?