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Storms, COVID-19 and Politics

Several decades back, while I was living with my parents in Moorhead, Minnesota, a radio announcer read the day's weather forecast....

After finishing the official forecast, the announcer paused before rhetorically asking "what? No burning hail?" Or maybe it was "fiery hail." Something like that....

...Maybe it's the sudden and temporary sunshine, but I'm even almost upbeat about the COVID-19 pandemic. Folks here in Minnesota aren't dying of the disease nearly as fast as we were a month or two ago....

...The politics thing is pretty much inevitable. There's a presidential election on, so sound and fury is the order of the day....
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Fourth of July and Virtual Fireworks

My Fourth of July plans include watching an episode or two of Marvel Ultimate Spider-Man, contemplating the whichness of what while sitting on the front stoop, relaxing and getting a few chores done.

And enjoying a virtual fireworks show. Probably one of these....

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Celebrating during a Pandemic

This Saturday is the Fourth of July: America's Independence Day.

It's a day for picnics and parades, barbecues and ice cream. We celebrate with fireworks and carnivals, picnics and concerts, fairs and baseball games.


This year will be different. Plans and Parade PermitsBlow Hot, Blow ColdFireworksParade Permit PerplexityStreet Legal Vehicles and Skimmed NewsVanilla Ice and Common SensePatriotic? Me?!DefinitionsViewpoints and ObligationsBig Country, Small WorldLiving in Small Town Minnesota, and Loving It"...My Family Celebrating!"RememberingAnd In Conclusion More at A Catholic Citizen in America.

Where is God in All This Chaos?

In these times of the Coronavirus, civil unrest, and injustice for the marginalized, we might ask, “Where is God?” How can so many people become sick and die without healing, in such a short amount of time? Why do looters and rioters wreak havoc in the dark of night, taking advantage of righteous causes? Why after 400 years, do we, as a nation, condone any form of systemic racism? When faced with the unfathomable, it is normal human nature to ask, “Where is God?” Why? Because we feel abandoned. And yet, it is not us who are abandoned, it is us who abandon God. Where is God? God is at the bedside of every person suffering from the Coronavirus. For those who die, He is there to greet them and bring them to eternal life. And, for those who recover, He heals them. For those who seek to wreak havoc, God weeps, as looting and rioting offend God. Such acts violate the Seventh Commandment. How so? Well, such actions seek to steal/destroy property owned by another. Why doesn’t God stop people …

Courage is Needed, Just to Leave the House

With so many states reopened for business, defying the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Guidelines, one must take caution when leaving the home. The Coronavirus has not retreated. It waits, in hiding, ready to ambush us. Until we have a reliable means for treatment, or a vaccine, we risk illness, or possibly death. The question is: How much risk are you willing to take? For my husband and me, we are in the high risk group, as we are both over 60 years of age. Therefore, for us, courage is needed, just to leave the house. Courage is Needed My husband and I are not alone. Like many others, the extent of our new routine is a weekly trip to the grocery store, the post office (after hours), and our Church Office to drop off our donations in the mail slot. We keep our interactions with others to a minimum. So, for us, our greatest and only exposure is when we venture on these three weekly trips. Yet, all essential workers are at risk every day. For them, courage is needed consistently. Thes…

Prisoner in your own home or a chance to grow? (Spanish) ¿Qué trajo la cuarentena para ti?

Por Blanca Ahumada Otero en BLANCA EL AMOR GANA DE YOUTUBE

Love always wins...over loneliness (Spanish) El amor gana sobre la soledad.

Blanca nos invita a reflexionar sobre los nuevos tipos de soledad en la edad moderna de las telecomunicaciones.... 

¿Todos más comunicados pero más solos que nunca?
 ¿Cómo podemos evitar la soledad y el aislamiento en la era de las Redes Sociales?

Por Blanca Ahumada Otero

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It's just a different kind of annoying (normal)

Journal during coronavirus pandemic, part 3

One thing that I have noticed with being pregnant this time around is that I have had little trouble sleeping up until this point, and being able to sleep hard and well and long is feeling to me like a superpower.  I am not tossing and turning when I turn in at night.  Yes there have been days of nausea, and moments of discomfort.  But everyone in my family is very understanding of my need for more sleep.  It may be hard in some ways, but it's just a different kind of annoying. AND I get a baby daughter out of it! Some might say I'm making light of it, but another way of looking at this moment in my life is that I reject any opportunity to complain, focus on negativity, or become consumed by fears. 

So the same could be said about the coronavirus.  It's annoying. It's hard.  But it's like life. It's a different kind of annoying.  It's a different kind of normal. I think we can all reframe our mentality about it.  I&…

Coronavirus - It's No Joke!

Today is April Fool’s Day, but the Coronavirus is no joke! I’ve seen the footage of young people partying in Florida on Spring Break. I’ve also seen the footage of people congregating in large groups to see the cherry blossoms in Washington, DC. Hello people!!! We have a crisis here that calls for individuals to think more of others and less of themselves – a call for humility. Those partying in Florida, went back home after Spring Break and now run the risk of giving this virus to their parents and/or grandparents. People congregating in large groups place themselves at higher risk of contracting this pandemic of a disease. Coronavirus – Call to Action Everyone needs to follow the latest advice put out by the... Read more...

Pandemic Perspectives

COVID-19, a coronavirus disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, is still spreading.

Thousands have died. Nearly 900,000 have been infected. A great many more are affected, directly or indirectly. Some are behaving badly.

We cannot cure this disease. We can only endure it, or die trying.

That's the bad news.

The good news, part of it, is that this isn't the 14th century. We've learned a bit since the Black Death was spreading across Eurasia. Quite a bit, actually.

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Dreary Outside, Self-Isolating Inside

I'm writing this partly as a followup on Thursday's "Self-Isolation in the Family" post. And partly because I got frustrated with what I'd been trying to write today.

My son is still sick, and it's a damply dismal Saturday afternoon. Outside temperature is 40 degrees Fahrenheit, 4 Celsius....

...The family’s self-isolation went up a notch when Bishop Kettler said that churches should close their doors....

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Self-Isolation in the Family

COVID-19, the pandemic coronavirus disease, has come to my house. Maybe.

My son has been sick. Yesterday he had a telephone checkup. I don't know what the official term is for a medical interview conducted via telephone.

He's been told to self-isolate....

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Let love win in your life (Spanish) El amor gana.

Blanca nos invita en esta ocasión a aprender a saborear la vida, hasta en las dificultades y problemas, porque vivirlos intensamente nos lleva a aprender y apreciar lo bello y valioso que tenemos, aunque sea cosas pequeñas.

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Por: Blanca Ahumada Otero

In this difficult times...Mexico Semper Fidelis (Spanish) Recordemos en estos tiempos...México siempre fiel! JPII

Thoughts on CV: all of my thoughts on hope in a time of crisis

Rutledge Falls, Manchester, TN

Finding Peace and Hope
This weekend, Stephen and I took a hike to Rutledge Falls. With the torrential downpour we had the days and nights leading up to it, it was in peak form. In a hectic time, I felt the whispers of peace and the rush of sanity while out in nature. Here are some thoughts which began to form in my mind over the quietness of the weekend.
During this time of trial and pandemonium, are you keeping your children safe? Are you keeping loved ones and the elderly safe in the wake of the pandemic? Are you doing your part, by not being too dismissive about the current Coronavirus scare and lockdown?

On a spiritual level, do you have peace?

Do you feel paralyzed by fear and anxiety during this time because of what you are hearing on the news or from those close to you? Is God truly with you and with us during this time?
Remember that not only is God with you, but he has many promises for you.  “The least of these will be the greatest.” “I have come t…

Staying In this Weekend

(My desk: clutter/knickknacks/curios and all.)

The COVID-19 pandemic didn't affect my weekly routine until last Tuesday. That's when Bishop Kettler announced that public Masses in the diocese are suspended until April 13.

The St. Faustina Adoration chapel here in Sauk Centre closed the next day. The good news there is that our Perpetual Adoration schedule hasn't changed.

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Mass Suspended: COVID-19 and the Common Good

Catholic churches in the St. Cloud diocese aren't shutting down.

Pastoral care will continue.

But today our bishop announced that public Masses won't happen in the diocese until after April 13....

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'Lord, I believe.' Sunday Reflections, 4th Sunday of Lent, Year A

Healing of the Blind Man (scene 7) Duccio di Buoninsegna [Web Gallery of Art]

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GospelJohn 9:1-41 [9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38]  (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition, Canada)
As Jesus walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. [His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ Jesus answered, ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.’] When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, saying to him, ‘Go,…