Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Power of Prayer

Dear Ones, I am here once again to lift up an amazing woman in prayer.  She is the wife of my husband's cousin.  Her name is Donna.  She and her husband, Michael, are devout Catholics and two of the most beautiful people on God's earth.

Donna just hit a milestone - 3 years since they found the awful "C" word in her body.  She didn't wast time. Once the diagnosis was authenticated locally at St. Vincent's Hospital, she did some research on M.D. Anderson in Houston and to Houston they flew. 

It's impossible for me to tell you .the litany of her experiences, suffice to simply say, it has been extremely painful.  One drug helps one malady but causes another.  It could be so difficult for some people that they might give up.  However, I don't know what Donna and Michael would do if not for their beautiful faith and hope in God.  He has been with them and led them in and out of good and bad while fighting this disease.

I ran into Donna and Michael at our parish not long ago when there was a Fourth Degree, Knights of Columbus celebration held at our church.  I had not seen her in two years. Imagine, when I saw her and I wanted to run and hug her and tell her how much I love her.  The lady that turned around and looked at me was the most jovial and happy lady, joking about wearing a hairpiece on the top of her head.  She is amazing.  .She has been through some of the most horrific pain imaginable and the side effects of medicine and a bone marrow transplant that was eventually performed.

I received an email from Donna yesterday letting me know that more maladies have arisen, and she has decided to let the local doctors at the Cancer Center at St. Vincent's do the testing and send it to M.D. Anderson for their review.  She had been back to M.D. Anderson not long ago where they determined that she needed to go back on her bone marrow rejection medication.  Which causes yet another adversities to battle.

Donna spoke freely of the tests and what she had to endure to save her life.  She says that the first 13 bone marrow biopsies were performed while she was awake.  She describes a horror of a long needle being pressed hard into her hip so that a sample can be drawn for biopsy.  I assume she is now being sedated for the biopsy samples as she quotes that there have been a total of 40!  I don't think I know any other woman who has the stamina, courage and dignity that Donna has displayed throughout her battle.

In the midst of this, her son Daniel who lives in Virginia, decided to marry and they have born two grandchildren to Donna and Michael.  Thanks to the Almighty and Merciful God, she has had those spaces in time when she felt half-way well and she has been able to go and be with her son and his little family a few times.

She continues her involvement in the Outreach Ministry (The Guild of Our Lady of Guadalupe) through her parish, and is also strong proponent for Cancer Policies.  She said that she and Michael had bought Cancer Insurance Policies when they first married.  Imagine, that has probably been thirty years or more if I were guessing and here I am with no such insurance.  She encourages me and everyone to check into it.  She pushes herself to keep mobile, working at her parish one day a week and works with the RCIA, the shut-ins and the sick.  She says, "I feel that if I slow down I will get sick again."

In the worst of times, the Catholic Nuns in Houston have provided her with a small one-bedroom apartment across the street from M.D. Anderson, and they provide a shuttle to take people from the apartments to their appointments.  This is all completely free, and I personally feel that this is a magnificent testament as to the love and generosity of people of the Catholic faith.  
By telling you her story, I find that I am at this moment, so very blessed to be a Member of the Roman Catholic Church.  I ask for your fervent prayers and that you put Donna's name on your parish's Prayer List for the sick.
I know I can count on you - you are my sisters and brothers in Christ.  May the Lord bless and keep you and yours.
In Christ,

Bad News About Grandpa

An elderly man in Atlanta suffered a massive stroke.

The family drove wildly to get him to the emergency room.

After what seemed like a very long wait, the ER doctor appeared wearing his scrubs and a long face.

"I'm afraid Grandpa is brain-dead, but his heart is still beating." the doctor sadly said.

"Oh, Dear God," cried his wife, her hands clasped with shock.

"We've never had a Democrat in the family before!"


Don't ever forget that you are unique.

Don't ever forget that you are unique. Be your best self and not an imitation of someone else.

Find your strength and use them in a positive way. Don't listen to those who ridicule the choices you make.

Travel the road that you have chosen and don't look back with regret. You have to take chances to make your dreams happen.

Remember that there is plenty of time to travel another road - and still another - in your journey through life.

Take the time to find the route that is right for you. You will learn something valuable from every trip you take, so don't be afraid to make mistakes.

Tell yourself that you're okay just the way you are. Make friends who respect your true self.

Take the time to be alone, too, so you can know just how terrific your own company can be.

Remember that being alone doesn't always mean being lonely; it can be a beautiful experience of finding your creativity, your heartfelt feelings, and the calm and quiet peace deep inside you.

Don't ever forget that you are special and you have within you the ability to make your dreams come true.

~ Jacqueline Schiff ~

Friday, October 29, 2010

Urgent Notice From The Cardinal Newman Society

Abortion is WRONG! I can't believe there are jesuits and priests who have been swayed by some unknown catalyst to betray the beliefs of the Holy Roman Catholic Church and The Bible.  Please read this entire article. Then pray for those who have lost their way.

Renewing Catholic Higher Education October 29, 2010

The Cardinal Newman Society - Urgent Notice

The “poster boy” for dissent on Catholic college campuses—Father Charles Curran—has emerged from his exile to launch a pre-election assault against the Catholic Church’s PRO-LIFE efforts.

In a highly publicized speech yesterday, Father Curran attacked the Church’s rationale that abortion must be illegal because it is “intrinsically evil” and claimed that Catholic voters should not give priority to abortion over issues like health care.

Curran provoked a public response from Dallas Bishop Kevin Farrell, who said that “on the taking of innocent human life there is no room for ambiguity.”

And Curran’s speech directly contradicted the Vatican’s Cardinal-designate Raymond Burke, who said in an interview also released yesterday:

“You can never vote for someone who favors absolutely the right to choice of a woman to destroy a human life in her womb or the right to a procured abortion.”

And Father Curran’s attack is not an isolated incident!

Continued HERE.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Message From God

On this day of your life, we believe God wants you to know ...

... that although forgiveness is very hard, it is necessary. Holding onto anger and old hurts hardens your heart and hurts only you. Ask for help in letting go of the anger. Ask to see the situation through the eyes of compassion. Allow yourself to feel the lightness of forgiveness.

I can attest to the accuracy of this topic.  When I learned FORGIVENESS, I suddenly felt free at a bird in flight.  Holding onto bad feelings is not only unhealty physicially, it is unhealthy MENTALLY.  Join my group and learn to be a forgiving child of God. It is completely liberating!


One Bread, One Body

This was taken from One Bread, One Body, Volume 26, No. 6.  It was sent to me by a fellow convert, who also happens to be my husband's cousin from Texas.  This is very powerful.  I know the feeling the Bishop describes below; however, I could never put it into words as he has done so eloquently.

Thursday, October 28, 2010, 

Sts. Simon & Jude
Saint of the Day

Ephesians 2:19-22
View Readings Psalm 19:2-5 Luke 6:12-16
Similar Reflections

"He called His disciples and selected twelve of them to be His apostles." —Luke 6:13

Recently, a bishop was ordained by the Church. He later told people that he cried tears of joy as hands were imposed on him. He spoke of the awe he felt at realizing that the hands laid on his head traced an unbroken chain of succession all the way back to Jesus' first calling of His apostles.

The Lord renews the face of the Church (see Ps 104:30) through the apostles and their successors, the bishops. The Church is built upon "the foundation of the apostles" (Eph 2:20; Rv 21:14). Jesus works closely through the apostles and their successors, the bishops — so much so that He assures us that if we listen to them, we listen to Him (Lk 10:16). However, if we discard or ignore the teaching of the magisterium of the Church, we disregard and reject Jesus Himself and God the Father (Lk 10:16).

Do you know the teaching of the Church? Have you ever studied the Catechism of the Catholic Church? How often do you read and study the Bible? Take advantage of the grace of this apostolic feast day. Listen to the ones who carry on the teaching ministry of Jesus (Lk 10:16). Decide today to daily read the book of the Church, that is, the Bible. Decide today to study the Catechism. Be built into the apostolic Church and "become a dwelling place for God in the Spirit" (Eph 2:22).

Prayer: Jesus, thank You for the privilege of hearing You. May I hear You as You wish to be heard: through the teaching and authority of those You have sent.

Promise: "You are fellow citizens of the saints and members of the household of God." —Eph 2:19 

Praise: St. Simon preached the gospel in Persia, modern Iran.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Message From God

On this day of your life, we believe God wants you to know ...

... that you can be an echo of your past, or the glory of your future. Past is connected to future through the present. At this very moment, at every moment, you are choosing to carry on the past with all its troubles on your shoulders, OR to let it go and see bright future pull your forward. Choose wisely.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

This Day's . . .

The miracles of Jesus were the ordinary works of his Father, wrought small and swift that we might take them in.

~George MacDonald


As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man.

~Proverbs 27:19

Message From God

On this day of your life, .we believe God wants you to know ...

... that you are loved and you are not alone. Even when you feel physically alone, know that you are surrounded by divine love. Like God, love is not visible, but that does not mean it is not there. You are loved.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Daily Grace: Friend of the Cross

I invite you to read a very special post at Daily Grace: Friend of the Cross. As I read, I had the image of Christ from "The Passion" that was branded into my mind flashing through the images of his poor, beaten and broken body. It's a wonderful piece and I hope you will read it.

Abbey ♥


Today, October 25, 2010, Our Lady gave her monthly message to the world during an apparition with the visionary Marija. The message was as follows:

"Dear children! May this time be a time of prayer for you. My call, little children, desires to be for you a call to decide to follow the way of conversion; therefore, pray and seek the intercession of all the saints. May they be for you an example, an incentive and a joy towards eternal life. Thank you for having responded to my call."

Also, here is a video of Mirjana discussing the "Ten Secrets". She says, "don't think about secrets, just pray!"

These things. the visions, they are very serious and are given to the world by a great heart full of love, the Blessed Mother.   Again, I implore you to pray to comeplete conversion, ask the intercessions of all the saints and martyrs, keep your eyes toward God in all that you say and do.  I hope one day my daughter and I can take that wonderful journey to Medjugorje and be present for one of the apparitions.  How powerfully Holy that will be.



Inner Peace
by Gail Brenner

Inner peace. Isn’t that something we all want more of? Who doesn’t like feeling relaxed, happy, and at ease?

The reality for most of us is that inner peace seems to come and go. But if we take a very close look, we can see that peace is always here. In fact, it is our natural state. When our emotional reactions and conditioned patterns subside, here we are, peaceful once again.

Instead of peace being just another experience that pops up on the landscape of our being, consider this: peace actually is the landscape. It is the ground of being that everything else arises in.

Strategies Mask Our Reality

If we want to realize this endless well of peace, we must discover that there is great value in hard things. Our most challenging feelings, stories, and reactions mask the peace we long for. When we stop resisting and avoiding them, we end the inner war. We find that peace has always been here, available, patiently waiting.

Humans are infinitely creative, and sometimes we use this creativity to hide from ourselves. How many ways can you think of to avoid difficult inner experiences? The list is endless! We drink, smoke, snack, get busy, call someone, procrastinate, ruminate, plan, obsess, worry. We bring trouble to our lives in the form of addictions, relationship drama, and stress of all kinds.

The purpose of these strategies is to keep us from feeling pain. And in the avoidance of pain, we are denying ourselves the peace and contentment that are rightfully ours.

Take a look at anything you would define as a problem in your life, and I can guarantee that you are overlooking the feelings that are driving it.

Be in Harmony with Your Inner World

Inner peace means that there is harmony with all experiences that arise. Everything – and I mean everything – is included, accepted, and welcomed in. Nothing is left out. No strategies are used to ignore, push away, or manipulate. When we can relax in the face of any feeling or reaction that appears, peace remains undisturbed. The principle is very simple – if only we put it into practice.

How to Open to All Experience

Do you truly want to know lasting inner peace? Then your job is to learn how to be with challenging experiences. Consider these steps, and watch your life transform.

•Be willing. Find within yourself an openness to be with whatever experiences come your way. Vow to stay open, even if it’s hard.

•Know your strategies. Reflect inward to identify your particular avoidance strategies. Get to know them very well – what triggers them, how they work. Bring loving awareness to yourself as you see how you play out these strategies.

•Peel the onion. Start with an emotional reaction to anything, large or small. Create a huge field of compassion in your mind and heart, and feel the feelings. Don’t pay attention to thoughts about the feelings. Let the thoughts float away, and bring your attention into your body for the actual direct experience of the feeling. If this process is new to you, just try it out for a moment or two.

•Be in your experience. You will feel sensations in your body. You might have memories and feel like crying – or laughing. You might realize that what you have avoided for so long isn’t that painful after all. Know that the only way to be peaceful is to be in harmony
with all experience.



On this day of your life, we believe God wants you to know ...

.....that your love is a gift to the world. Let your love radiate out to all you meet. Let your love touch the hearts of people you don't even know. Let your love reach to the far corners of the earth. Love is what is saving the world


I just got my new cell phone, - and it's one I understand how to operate!!!

At Last, a Cell Phone for Seniors! You REALLY have to be OLD to appreciate THIS joke.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Ohhhh, Ohhh, be careful!

I felt completely helpless as my hubs hung a new light fixture in our foyer.  Since we have a split-foyer, he was on a make-shift scaffold doing this FOR ME!  I have the greatest husband in the world!  I love you, honey! ♥  The scaffold was rather like the photograph, only he was about 20 feet in the air.  If he fell, he was gonna fall on me and I would take the brunt so he would not be hurt.  Thankfully, the fixture is up and working, and I have no one who wants my old one.  It's so 90's!

After that, he was digging a hole for the new telecope flagpole we ordered.  We got it cemented and tied LEVEL.  I was mistaken to think we could hang the flags today.  Directions say "let the concrete cure for five days."  UGH!

We are now about to eat dinner.  I made my famous chopped steak with brown gravy and onions.  I've steamed fresh broccoli and yellow squash, and have some Mahatma Jasmine rice ready to soak up that luscious brown gravy.


Adrienne's Corner: Obama the Marxist

Everyone needs to read this. It's time to stop being complacent about the very IMPORTANT right to vote; it's time to stop following the crowd! If you don't research the vote prior to the time to cast yours', then you ought not be voting!

Adrienne's Corner: Obama the Marxist: "Doug Ross was nice enough to transcribe an interview with Dr. John Drew by Paul Kengor on The Glen Meakem Show. Dr. Drew, who was a classmat..."



The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

~Proverbs 9:10


We pursue so many things, but only one pursuit brings wisdom. Paul reminded the Athenians that God made us to seek after him and find him (Acts 17). The wisdom of Proverbs keeps leading us back to "knowing God" and having a deep and reverential awe toward him as the source of wisdom. Understanding of priorities, needs, purposes, goals, problems, and issues can only occur when we first recognize who the Lord is and know him in our day to day lives.


Holy, Majestic, Righteous, and Eternal God, I confess that I know you so much less than you know me. But your faithfulness in my life, your power displayed in history, your grace shared with so many through the cross of Christ, and your promise to bring me home to you one day all help sustain me. I want to know you so that my life can be lost in your will -- not for my glory or gain, but for your praise, I ask that you make yourself known to me in the things I do today. In the name of Jesus I ask it. Amen.


On this day of your life, we believe God wants you to know ...

.....that letting go makes you wealthier. Wealth is never measured by what you have, but by what you can give away. You are rich with money when you can afford to donate. You are rich with love when you can give love freely. You are rich with God when you can behold your enemy with compassion.

Sadly, most people grow up thinking monetary wealth is what they want FIRST.  Sure, there are lots of Christian people who have wealth, but being rich in money will not bring happiness.  Richness in Faith and Hope of an eternal paradise with God and his Son, Jesus is what truly brings happiness and a wealth in love into our lives.

Friday, October 22, 2010


I want to discuss something, a thing that has grown into the most enormous beast, I don't know if it will ever be contained.  I'm talking about being on the phone/texting WHILE DRIVING! I don't think 99% of the population even realizes how much this distracts one's attention to the road and the other vehicles around you.  Let me give you a little bit of reality.

The following photograph is from a motor vehicle accident involving a casual friend of my son's which occurred on October 14.  The crushed vehicle in front contained the driver (the friend of my son), a female in her early 20's and her child, who was restrained in a toddler's carseat in the back seat of the car. 

The female driver's legs were both broken, she had fractured ribs, a brain bleed and a broken neck.  Yes, by the Grace and Mercy of our Loving Father, she is alive, but she has a long road ahead of her.  As of today, the neck surgery in which they used rods and screws to fuse the neck back together was successful.  No sign of paralysis thus far, thank you Lord God.  But she still faces a lot of painful healing and possible surgeries in the future.

The baby's (a one year old boy) carseat was thrust, somehow, underneath the front dashboard of the car.  By the Grace and Mercy of our Loving Father, he survived.  Poor little one doesn't understand anything that has happened to him, only that he is in pain.  He is in a body cast.  He, too, had a brain bleed and surgery is planned to put casts on both wrists.

You have to admit, looking at the vehicle and hearing of the horrific injuries is hard to stomach.  Let me take you one more level.  You see that big, fancy, black Suburban that is probably a V-8 monster of a machine?  It was being driven by a female who was TALKING ON THE PHONE.  The little car was at a dead stop at a traffic light.  This is a four-lane state highway, and while the speed WAS 65mph, it is reduced by signage to 55mph well before entering this section of road where there are three consecutive stoplights.  This woman, I can't even refer to her as a "lady" - was traveling 70mph and she didn't even brake.  She never saw the light or the car.  AND, she walked away uninjured!

I want you to THINK the next time you want to pick up that cell phone while you're driving, and I want you to ask yourself two questions: (1) can it wait until I pull off the road to a safe place and stop the vehicle? and (2) what would I do if we had no cell phone?  I'll answer the second question because I have lived through the time when there were no cell phones or pagers, all the way into the present where people are talking, much worse, TEXTING while driving on highways where the speed limit is upwards to 70mph.

When I was growing up and for a long time after I was officially an adult, there were no cell phones.  What did we do without them?  We stopped at a payphone or we waited until we got home, to work or to wherever we were going before we were able to find a phone and make that call.  Ask yourself:  "Is this really worth the risk of losing my life?"  I know. It sound so trivial, doesn't it?  Well, it is not trivial, and if you persist in this activity to which you have become like spoiled children, you might be the next victim, and you might not live through it.



Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

~Galatians 6:2


I feel so burdened myself, that sometimes I can't even see others burdens. But Jesus reminds me that if I am to be like him, I will be a burden carrier. This is why he came, why he died, and why his resurrection is so important -- to lift from us the burdens of
sin, death, and depravity. He has blessed us by carrying our heaviest burdens so that we might lighten the load of those around us.


Compassionate Father, help me to see the burdens in the lives of others around me and then respond to those burdens with help. I want to be a blessing to the broken and discouraged, so please help me find my place and my way of serving to your glory. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Thursday, October 21, 2010



Keep going - there is a very interesting article below!


The 545 People Responsible For All Of U.S. Woes
BY: Charley Reese

(Date of publication unknown) -- -- - Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits? Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don't propose a federal budget. The president does. You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does. You and I don't write the tax code. Congress does. You and I don't set fiscal policy. Congress does. You and I don't control monetary policy. The Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president and nine Supreme Court justices - 545 human beings out of the 235 million - are directly, legally, morally and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered but private central bank.

I excluded all but the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it.

No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislation's responsibility to determine how he votes.


Don't you see how the con game that is played on the people by the politicians? Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of Tip O'Neill, who stood up and criticized Ronald Reagan for creating deficits.

The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it. The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating appropriations and taxes.

Pelosi is the speaker of the House. She is the leader of the majority party. She and her fellow Democrats, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetos it, they can pass it over his veto.


It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 235 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts - of incompetence and irresponsibility.

I can't think of a single domestic problem, from an unfair tax code to defense overruns, that is not traceable directly to those 545 people.

When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair. If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red. If the Marines are in Lebanon, it's because they want them in Lebanon.

There are no insoluble government problems. Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take it.

Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exist disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation" or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people and they alone are responsible. They and they alone have the power. They and they alone should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses - provided they have the gumption to manage their own employees.

This article was first published by the Orlando Sentinel Star newspaper.
Sales Tax
School Tax
Liquor Tax
Luxury Tax
Excise Taxes
Property Tax
Cigarette Tax
Medicare Tax
Inventory Tax
Real Estate Tax
Well Permit Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Inheritance Tax
Road Usage Tax
CDL license Tax
Dog License Tax
State Income Tax
Food License Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Gross Receipts Tax
Social Security Tax
Service Charge Tax
Fishing License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Building Permit Tax
IRS Interest Charges
Hunting License Tax
Marriage License Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Personal Property Tax
Accounts Receivable Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
Utility Taxes Vehicle License Registration Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax

Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

What happened? Can you spell 'politicians? ' I hope this goes around THE USA at least 100 times!!!  YOU can help it get there!!! GO AHEAD - - - BE AN AMERICAN!!!


On this day of your life, we believe God wants you to know ...

....that sleep and rest are all part of the divine order. Don't make your waking life and responsibilities so important that you neglect the very real benefits of sleep, rest, and dreaming. The night is your time of restoration. It is essential. God made both day and night for a reason.


Here's a little humor courtesy of Andy Rooney:

As I grow in age, I value women over 50 most of all. Here are just a few reasons why:

A woman over 50 will never wake you in the middle of the night and ask, 'What are you thinking?' She doesn't care what you think.

If a woman over 50 doesn't want to watch the game, she doesn't sit around whining about it. She does something she wants to do, and it's usually more interesting.

Women over 50 are dignified. They seldom have a screaming match with you at the opera or in the middle of an expensive restaurant. Of course, if you deserve it, they won't hesitate to shoot you if they think they can get away with it.

Older women are generous with praise, often undeserved. They know what it's like to be unappreciated.

Women get psychic as they age. You never have to confess your sins to a woman over 50.

Once you get past a wrinkle or two, a woman over 50 is far sexier than her younger counterpart.

Older women are forthright and honest. They'll tell you right off if you are a jerk, if you are acting like one. You don't ever have to wonder where you stand with her.

Yes, we praise women over 50 for a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately, it's not reciprocal. For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed, hot woman over 50, there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some 22-year old waitress. Ladies, I apologize.

For all those men who say, 'Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free? Here's an update for you. Nowadays 80% of women are against marriage.Why? Because women realize it's not worth buying an entire pig just to get a little sausage!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


On this day, God wants you to know....
... that there is no such thing as a problem without a Divine gift hidden within it. You have these problems because you need the gifts they carry within


To love God is something greater than to know him.

~Thomas Aquinas


And Jesus went on with his disciples, to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do men 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 charged them to tell no one about him.

~Mark 8:27-30


Manners are the happy ways of doing things…if they are superficial, so are the dewdrops, which give such a depth to the morning meadow.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Sorry everyone, but I seem to have a "bug" or the flu .... I'll be back soon as I can!

Peace be with you,
Abbey ♥

Monday, October 18, 2010


I received the following from my good friend Syd today, and I wanted to make a statement before you read this dark humor.

With so much upheaval going on in the United States, I have decided that when the mid-term elections take place on November 2nd, I WILL NOT VOTE FOR A SINGLE INCUMBENT!  I am urging you to follow suit, spread the word to your friends and family. This country has not seen a revolution (peaceful!) in fifty years,  It is time to stand up for Faith, Family, Morality, and put fresh ideas on the table via newly elected officials.

Imagine what signal this would send to D.C.!  Do you have the courage?  Disallowing the Ten Commandments in government building, disallowing prayer in schools, the killing of the innocent unborn babies, and the list goes on and on.  You don't have much time; let it begin with you in your small circle of the world. 

The humor is tongue-n-cheek; however, isn't it possible that these scenarious could happen?  God bess and keep you!


Ozone created by electric cars now killing millions in the seventh largest country in the world, Mexifornia, formerly known as California .

White minorities still trying to have English recognized as Mexifornia's third language.

Spotted Owl plague threatens northwestern United States crops and livestock.

Baby conceived naturally! Scientists stumped.

Couple petitions court to reinstate heterosexual marriage.

Iran still closed off; physicists estimate it will take at least 10 more years before radioactivity decreases to safe levels.

France pleads for global help after being taken over by Jamaica. No other country comes forward to help the beleaguered nation!

Castro finally dies at age 112; Cuban cigars can now be imported legally, but President Chelsea Clinton has banned all smoking.

George Z. Bush says he will run for President in 2036.

Postal Service raises price of first class stamp to $17.89 and reduces mail delivery to Wednesdays only.

85-year $75.8 billion study: Diet and exercise is the key to weight loss.

Average weight of Americans drops to 250 lbs.

Global cooling blamed for citrus crop failure for third consecutive year in Mexifornia and Floruba.

Japanese scientists have created a camera with such a fast shutter speed they now can photograph a woman with her mouth shut.

Abortion clinics now available in every High School in United States .

Senate still blocking drilling in ANWR even though gas is selling for 4532 Pesos per liter and gas stations are only open on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Massachusetts executes last remaining conservative.

Supreme Court rules punishment of criminals violates their civil rights.

A couple finally had sexual harmony, they ad simultaneous Headaches.

New federal law requires that all nail clippers, screwdrivers, fly swatters and rolled-up newspapers must be registered by January 2030..

IRS sets lowest tax rate at 75 percent..

Floruba voters still having trouble with voting machines.

I Love This Country! It's The Government That Scares Me! Stop organized crime. Re-elect no one.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

What Happened In The Upper Room?

The Upper Room is perhaps best known as the location of Jesus' last supper with His disciples. But something else happened in the Upper Room just fifty days after Jesus rose from the dead, something Jesus told them to expect and to wait for.

So what happened at the Upper Room? That's where the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost. God's Spirit flowed into the people gathered there, causing them to praise God in all kinds of languages. As a result of this outpouring of the Holy Spirit, over 3,000 people put their faith in Christ.

It wasn't something that Peter and the other disciples could have done on their own, but God used their voices to reach out to people, who came from all over the world at the time, so that they could hear all that Christ had done for them.

After Jesus rose from the dead, He appeared again to the disciples and over five hundred others throughout Jerusalem for a period of forty days. On one of these occasions, Jesus said:

"Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift My Father promised, which you have heard Me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit. ... You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:4-5, 8).

So when Jesus went up into heaven, the disciples went back to the room where they were staying. Luke called it an "upper room" (Acts 1:13, KJV), just as he had done when describing the place where they ate their last supper (Luke 22:12). It was here, apparently, that:

"They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers" (Acts 1:14).

About ten days later, on the fiftieth day since Jesus rose from the dead (the day of Pentecost, which comes from the Greek word for "fifty"), God sent His Holy Spirit, just as Jesus promised:

"When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them" (Acts 2:1).

As they spoke, others began to hear them praising God in their own languages, people from all different parts of the world who had come to Jerusalem for the festivals. Some were amazed, but others thought they had just been drinking too much wine.

Peter, who had denied Jesus just a few weeks earlier, stood up with the other disciples, and spoke to the crowd:

"Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It's only nine in the morning!" (Acts 2:14-15).

He went on to say that this was the work of the Holy Spirit, whom the prophet Joel said would be poured out on the people in the last days.

Peter spoke about Jesus and how, even though Jesus had done many signs and wonders and miracles in their presence, they still handed Him over to be crucified. After telling them at length from the Scriptures who Jesus was and what they had done to Him, they were all cut to the heart. They cried out to Peter and the other apostles:

"Brothers, what shall we do?"

Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call."

With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation." Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day (Acts 2:37-41).

It's a powerful story on many fronts:

- What Jesus said would happen did happen,

- The same Peter who denied Jesus earlier now proclaimed His name to thousands,

- The Spirit came in a way that was both astounding and perplexing to those who saw it,

- About 3,000 put their faith in Christ and were baptized in a single day.

And that was just the beginning. In the days that followed, the disciples continued to do more wonders and miraculous signs:

"And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved" (Acts 2:47b).

Soon, those who followed Christ were taking the gospel beyond Jerusalem to Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth, just as Jesus said they would.

What does this all mean to you? Well, if you've never put your faith in Christ, do it today, just like those who heard the message on the day of Pentecost did! And if you've already put your faith in Christ, tell others about it so they can put their faith in Christ, too!

When we were in Israel, we had a local Israeli guide who took us from place to place and told us so many things that we had never known before. On the final day, our guide said, "Today, my job is finished. Tomorrow, yours begins. Your job now is to go back and tell others what you have learned."

Isn't that the way God loves to work? God could, if He wanted to, put some kind of cosmic loud speakers in the sky, telling everyone that He exists, that He loves them, and that He wants them to leave their sins and come back into a relationship with Him. (And in many ways, He has already done this--see Psalm 19:1-4 or Romans 1:18-20.)

But God's preferred method is to use the voices of people--yours and mine--to tell others about His love for them, and to share with them everything they have heard and learned and known to be true.

As we near the end of this devotional tour of Israel (next week will be the concluding message), I wanted to remind you of why God wanted to teach you all that you've learned about Him so far. First of all, it's for you, so that You will know Him better and fall in love with Him more deeply. But secondly, it's for you to share with others, so they may do the same.

As our Israeli guide said to us, I want to say to you: "Today, my job ends. Tomorrow, yours begins!"

Let's pray:

Father, thank You for pouring out Your Holy Spirit on those who gathered together for prayer in Jerusalem. We pray that You will pour out Your Holy Spirit on us again today so that we may lead others into a deeper relationship with You as well. Give us the wisdom to do it, the courage to do it, and the way to do it. Then help us take the steps of faith we need to proclaim your name throughout the earth. In Jesus' name, Amen.

From: The Ranch Fellowship

Saturday, October 16, 2010


On this day, God wants you to know ....

... that you cannot let this day pass without telling the people you love that you love them. Do not take for granted the people closest to your heart. Nothing is permanent, celebrate them now...



Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

~Psalm 19:14


God does so much for us. He is the Strength and Promise that undergirds our lives. He is the One who has saved us from sin and death. Our worship comes from our gratitude for what he has done, recognition of who he is, and anticipation of what he is going to do. But worship can never be compartmentalized to just fit into church places or quiet times. Worship involves every aspect of life. That is why it is so important for us to tune the words of our mouths and the motives of our hearts to God's will and work. Then private worship, whether alone in quiet or in a group with Christians, becomes the tuning time for our hearts and lives so that our public worship, our lives lived out in the world, will play the song of God to a world who has not yet heard his tune.


O Holy and Almighty God, I want this day to be a day of worship and honor to you. May my life praise you: not just in thought, not just in words, but also in action. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

Welcome A New Friend

I have posted a new link to St. Monica's Tears.  She has a wonderful mission statement at the top of her blog that I feel you will love just as I did.  I felt drawn to her because of her mission statement - our way and goal mesh.  I recommend a visit and perhaps you will find this blogger is saying something to you.

Blessings and Peace!

Friday, October 15, 2010

O'Relly v. Behar and Goldberg

The was a memorable "moment" on The View.  I do not patronize this show due to the rhetorical nature of subjects that are presented.  It is purported to be a show where diverging opinions on varioius topics can be discussed CIVILY!  However, I find it to be an irritating debacle of four or five woment arguing.  It's not educational, nor enteraining, in my humble opinion.   I am a huge O'Reilly fan.  He is and extremely intelligent man; and, I DO LEARN a lot from him, as I patronize his show regularly.  Check out this clip from "The View".



By now, I suspect everyone is familiar with and/or for determining whether information received via email is just that: true/false or fact/fiction. Both are excellent sites.

Advice from VERY IMPORTANT!!

1) Any time you see an email that says "forward this on to '10' (or however many) of your friends", "sign this petition", or "you'll get bad luck" or "you'll get good luck" or "you'll see something funny on your screen after you send it" or whatever --- it almost always has an email tracker program attached that tracks the cookies and emails of those folks you forward to. The host sender is getting a copy each time it gets forwarded and then is able to get lists of 'active' email addresses to use in SPAM emails or sell to other spammers. Even when you get emails that demand you send the email on if you're not ashamed of God/Jesus --- that is email tracking, and they are playing on our conscience. These people don't care how they get your email addresses - just as long as they get them. Also, emails that talk about a missing child or a child with an incurable disease "how would you feel if that was your child" --- email tracking. Ignore them and don't participate!

2) Almost all emails that ask you to add your name and forward on to others are similar to that mass letter years ago that asked people to send business cards to the little kid in Florida who wanted to break the Guinness Book of Records for the most cards. All it was, and all any of this type of email is, is a way to get names and 'cookie' tracking information for telemarketers and spammers -- to validate active email accounts for their own profitable purposes.

You can do your Friends and Family members a GREAT favor by sending this information to them. You will be providing a service to your friends. And you will be rewarded by not getting thousands of spam emails in the future!

Do yourself a favor and STOP adding your name(s) to those types of listing regardless how inviting they might sound! Or make you feel guilty if you don't! It's all about getting email addresses and nothing more.

You may think you are supporting a GREAT cause, but you are NOT!

Instead, you will be getting tons of junk mail later and very possibly a virus attached! Plus, we are helping the spammers get rich! Let's not make it easy for them!

ALSO: Email petitions are NOT acceptable to Congress or any other organization - i.e. social security, etc. To be acceptable, petitions must have a "signed signature" and full address of the person signing the petition, so this is a waste of time and you are just helping the email trackers.

Tips for Handling Telemarketers

Three Little Words That Work!!

(1) The three little words are: 'Hold On, Please...'

Saying this, while putting down your phone and walking off (instead of hanging-up immediately) would make each telemarketing call so much more time-consuming that boiler room sales would grind to a halt.

Then when you eventually hear the phone company's 'beep-beep-beep' tone, you know it's time to go back and hang up your handset, which has efficiently completed its task.

These three little words will help eliminate telephone soliciting.

(2) Do you ever get those annoying phone calls with no one on the other end? This is a telemarketing technique where a machine makes phone calls and records the time of day when a person answers the phone.

This technique is used to determine the best time of day for a 'real' salesperson to call back and get someone at home.

What you can do after answering, if you notice there is no one there, is to immediately start hitting your # button on the phone, 6 or 7 times as quickly as possible. This confuses the machine that dialed the call, and it kicks your number out of their system. Gosh, what a shame not to have your name in their system any longer!!!

(3) Junk Mail Help:

When you get 'ads' enclosed with your phone or utility bill, return these 'ads' with your payment. Let the sending companies throw their own junk mail away.

When you get those 'pre-approved' letters in the mail for everything from credit cards to 2nd mortgages and similar type junk, do not throw away the return envelope.

Most of these come with postage-paid return envelopes, right? It costs them more than the regular 44 cents postage, 'IF' and when they receive them back.

***It costs them nothing if you throw them away!*** The postage was around 50 cents before the last increase and it is according to the weight. In that case, why not get rid of some of your other junk mail and put it in these cool little, postage-paid return envelopes.

One of Andy Rooney's (60 minutes) ideas.

Send an ad for your local chimney cleaner to American Express. Send a pizza coupon to Citibank. If you didn't get anything else that day, then just send them their blank application back!

If you want to remain anonymous, just make sure your name isn't on anything you send them.

You can even send the envelope back empty if you want to just to keep them guessing! It still costs them 44 cents.

The banks and credit card companies are currently getting a lot of their own junk back in the mail, but folks, we need to OVERWHELM them. Let's let them know what it's like to get lots of junk mail, and best of all they're paying for it... Twice!

Let's help keep our postal service busy since they are saying that e-mail is cutting into their business profits, and that's why they need to increase postage costs again. You get the idea!

These tips work!

Thursday, October 14, 2010


I've Learned That. . .
by Omer Washington

I've learned that you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest is up to them. I've learned that no matter how much I care, some people just don't care back. I've learned that it takes years to build up trust and only seconds to destroy it. I've learned that it's not what you have in your live, but who you have in your life that counts.

I've learned that you shouldn't compare yourself to the best others can do, but to the best you can do. I've learned that it's not what happens to people, it's what they do about it. I've learned that you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you'll see them. I've learned that you can keep going long after you think you can't.

I've learned that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences. I've learned that there are people, who love you dearly, but just don't know how to show it. I've learned that sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.

I've learned that it isn't always enough to be forgive by others, sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself. I've learned that no matter how bad your heart is broken, the world doesn't stop for your grief. I've learned that just because two people argue, it doesn't mean they don't love each other and just because they don't argue, it doesn't mean they do.

I've learned that sometimes you have to put the individual ahead of their actions. I've learned that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different. I've learned that no matter the consequences, those who are honest with themselves get farther in life.

I've learned that writing, As well as talking, Can ease emotional pains. I've learned that the people you care most about in life are taken from you too soon. I've learned that it's hard to determine where to draw the line between being nice and not hurting people's feelings and standing up for what you believe. I've learned to love and be loved.


We have to acquire a peace and balance of mind such that we can give every word of criticism its due weight, and humble ourselves before every word of praise.

Dag Hammarskjold


“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

~Jeremiah 17:7-8

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


I received this via email today and the painting is just amazing, I had to share it.  The lives of the unborn being murdered is my NUMBER ONE CAUSE.


Just wanted to share. This just came in from Priests for Life about our picture.

Subject: RE: God's Light of Mercy

Dear Gwyn,

Thanks for corresponding with Priests for Life .

Yes indeed this experience of yours is very moving. The picture is impressive – as well as your testimony.

We want to share a painting with you – it hangs on our Priests for Life headquarter walls in New York. Your picture may be a useful tool in the near future. Make sure to use it at your presentations or pro life witness wherever you go.

Here is the painting:

Please see the reflection below:

This is a pro-life masterpiece that has moved countless people around the world. See how babies are taken by angels from abortion-mill dumpsters into the playground of heaven. Great to post in Churches, pregnancy centers, offices and homes.


In the alley of this abortion facility, God's angels retrieve precious living souls. They are joined by many other angels from all the alleys of the world.

Each angel is holding a precious baby, wrapped in yellow blankets. On earth the unborn babies were wrapped in plastic bags, but now they are wrapped in God's glory. On earth they were trash, but to Heaven, they are treasure.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


It's time for a little light cheese, don't you agree?  Enjoy ole Cletus and Billy Bob again!


Cletus is passing by Billy Bob's hay barn one day when, through a gap in the door, he sees Billy Bob doing a slow and sensual striptease in front of an old John Deere .

Buttocks clenched, Billy Bob performs a slow pirouette and gently slides off first the right strap of his overalls, followed by the left. He then hunches his shoulders forward and in a classic striptease move, he lets his overalls fall down to his hips revealing a torn and frayed plaid shirt.

Grabbing both sides of his shirt he rips it apart to reveal his stained tee shirt underneath. With a final flourish he tears the tee shirt from his body and hurls his baseball cap onto a pile of hay.

Having seen enough Cletus rushes in and says, "What the heck are you doing, Billy Bob ?"

"Jeez, Cletus, ya scared the snot out of me!" exclaims Billy Bob . Then, obviously embarrassed, he says, "Me and the old lady been having trouble lately in the bedroom department, and the therapist suggested I do something sexy to a tractor."

Now don't you tell me you didn't get it!! 

Here I Am, Lord

If He calls you, will you answer
"Here I Am Lord"?


A Poem Worth Reading

He was getting old and paunchy
and his hair was falling fast,
and he sat around the Legion,
telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he once fought in
and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies;
they were heroes, every one.

And 'tho sometimes to his neighbors
his tales became a joke,
all his buddies listened quietly
for they knew where of he spoke.

But we'll hear his tales no longer,
for ol' Bob has passed away,
and the world's a little poorer
for a Soldier died today.

He won't be mourned by many,
just his children and his wife.
for he lived an ordinary,
very quiet sort of life.

He held a job and raised a family,
going quietly on his way;
and the world won't note his passing,
'tho a Soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth,
their bodies lie in state,
while thousands note their passing,
and proclaim that they were great.

Papers tell of their life stories
from the time that they were young,
but the passing of a Soldier
goes unnoticed, and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution
to the welfare of our land,
some jerk who breaks his promise
and cons his fellow man?

Or the ordinary fellow
who in times of war and strife,
goes off to serve his country
and offers up his life?

The politician's stipend
and the style in which he lives,
are often disproportionate,
to the service that he gives.

While the ordinary Soldier,
who offered up his all,
is paid off with a medal
and perhaps a pension, small.

It is not the politicians
with their compromise and ploys,
who won for us the freedom
that our country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger,
with your enemies at hand,
would you really want some cop-out,
with his ever waffling stand?

Or would you want a Soldier--
his home, his country, his kin,
just a common Soldier,
who would fight until the end.

He was just a common Soldier,
and his ranks are growing thin,
but his presence should remind us
we may need his like again.

For when countries are in conflict,
we find the Soldier's part,
is to clean up all the troubles
that the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor
while he's here to hear the praise,
then at least let's give him homage
at the ending of his days.

Perhaps just a simple headline
in the paper that might say:


Monday, October 11, 2010


Today is Lee and my 9th Wedding Anniversary!  We were married one month to the day following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  I'll never forget going out and searching for a home in the midst of long lines at gas stations and the general feeling if insecurity.  I pray we will never be in that place ever again in this country.  My prayer today is that Lee and I live long lives so that, since it took us both so long to find each other, we will have many happy years in store.  People ask Lee, "so, how many years have you been married?"  And Lee says, "How old is dirt!?!" 

Sunday, October 10, 2010


I hope you are watching the special Mass of the Opening of the Synod of Bishops just beginning on EWTN (11:00 a.m. CDST).  Mass is coming from St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City.

God bless you,



Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end. There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.

~Proverbs 19:20-21


"Man proposes, heaven disposes." Most of us rush to give advice and make grandiose plans. The Wiseman reminds us that wisdom comes from submitting to instruction for a significant period of time and then, only at the end of long listening does it come. If you are like me, you would do much better to let your plans ripen a bit more in the light of the Lord before you launch into them. I am comforted that James, the wisdom writer of the New Testament, reminds us that God will give that wisdom if we seek it and not
doubt. But while we pray for wisdom, let's pray also for patience to listen to the Lord's truth in Scripture so we may recognize wisdom when it comes!


Almighty God, teach me your ways and help me discern your paths for my life. I have so many plans and schemes, but I know if they are not from you, they will not stand. Lead me to your wisdom and I will not only seek to know it, but also seek to live it by the power supplied by your Holy Spirit. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.


“Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.”

“Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.”

“Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.”

“A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.”

“Words that soak into your ears are whispered…....not yelled.”

“Meanness don't just happen overnight.”

“Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.”

“Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.”

“It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge.”

“You cannot unsay a cruel word.”

“Every path has a few puddles.”

“When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.”

“The best sermons are lived, not preached.”

“Most of the stuff people worry about, ain't never gonna happen anyway.”

“Don 't judge folks by their relatives.

“Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.”

“Live a good and honorable life, then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time.”

“Don 't interfere with somethin' that ain't bothering you none.”

“Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.”

“If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.”

“Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

“The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin'.”

“Always drink upstream from the herd.”

“Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.”

“Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in.”

“If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.”

“Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, and leave the rest to God.”

“Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.”