Archive for May, 2012

Popular for the Light Reason

May 31, 2012

As part of my job I take clients out for dinner here in my hometown.

As well, I enjoy frequenting places that just happen to be popular with the locals.

What almost always occurs, by the middle of dinner, my clients will say something like…”Why don’t you run for mayor, you know everybody in town?”

On a recent dinner out, the waitress we had was brand new and we’d never met.

The clients joked that she probably knew me.

Just for fun I wanted to prove them wrong, so I called her over and since I was at a high table I put my arm around her shoulders and politely and asked, “Do you know my name?”

“No” she said, “we’ve never met”…that is, until that very second when I introduced myself.

I also told her how happy I was with the great service she’d provided that evening as our waitress.

The smile she gave back was worth the price of admission.

The Lord never missed an opportunity to establish His Word because He was God’s Love embodied in human flesh.

We have one chance with everyone we meet, to make a first impression.

As Christians, we should always be known for being good citizens and living testimonials to Who we serve.

When we go out in town and no one knows us, chances are we’re hiding our gifts under a bushel basket…which would be a direct act against Christ’s command to let our light shine.

A bright light also means better service at restaurants.

No harm there.

Common Sense Isn’t Hate

May 30, 2012

Over the weekend my wife and I had the privilege of seeing family in another State.

The town we visited had a beautiful park with a walking trail that streteched for miles through lush wooded areas.

As we approached one of the trees I looked up and saw a brown female cardinal.

They’re the ones that don’t look nearly as pretty as the bright red males.

I said to everyone in the group–“look around…there has to be a male nearby, they always travel as a couple.”

Sure enough, the female flew off toward another tree and right behind it came the more colorful male.

My experience with nature and the facts of life about this particular species helped me come to my conclusion.

Since birds don’t speak to one another one must also conclude that their courtship and “marriage” is “ordained” by nature.

I wish I could count how many generations of cardinals have followed this same pattern.

Would I be out of line to say millions upon millions upon even more millions?

Probably not, based on the age of the earth.

Yet today, when we who love history and nature and tradition, see something in the human species that does not agree with nature, we’re not making a scientific observation at all if we say it seems odd, we’re considered biggots.

I guess there are a few more “bird brains” in charge than I had hoped.

If two female cardinals decide they want to spend their lives together that’s their business.

That’s probably never happened,  but even if it did, it’s irrlevant to nature and other cardinals because they’ll die off with no confused offspring…nature won’t allow it.

Here’s what ruffles my feathers–when a tiny minority of people who claim to be morally superior swoop like vultures into ours schools, with an agenda to unteach our vulnerable chicks what’s been taught for countless generations about how we as a species are to survive.

I wonder if guilt has anything to do with a certain “dirty bird” obsession to change people who don’t agree with them?

Wait, I’m not allowed to imply that sin is a sin.

Sorry cultural police…I’m flying at the wrong altitude today.

I don’t mean to hurt your feelings.

In fact, it’s out of love that a friend would point out a behavior that could be “damnable.”

Fear not, Christ died for your sins.

Here’s the real agenda…repent and ask Him to forgive you.

It’s never too late, until it’s too late.

Vacationing on the Cheap

May 29, 2012

I never knew that one of the benefits of a child getting married and moving away would translate into a cost savings for our family vacations.

This past weekend my wife and I traveled to Ohio to visit our son, daughter-in-law and 7-month-old grandson.

In times past, when traveling, we’d have to rent a hotel room and a car.

No small fee.

Since my son picked us up from the airport and now has a home with a guest room, those costs are gone.

Also, since we now visit a house and not a hotel, there are home-cooked meals to enjoy, not just dinners out with all kinds of tax and gratuity to worry over.

One of the lies of Satan is that having children is far too costly.

He hates souls, even those not yet procreated.

Never forget that in the long run, a house filled with children is a promise of wealth.

Some things, wealth that is, are measured in ways other than cash in a bank account.

I don’t know of a single classmate or friend who can say that their children and grandchildren aren’t the greatest thing that ever happened to them.

God must love us to bring us such joy.

Let us be people smart enough to embrace what we have.

Dominic with his Grandma and Jiddoo

What Have We to Hide…from Google?

May 28, 2012

Recent revelation about the encroachment search engine giant Google is making into people’s private lives, with regard to Internet use, is making a lot of people squirm.

Just the other day, with hesitation, I clicked onto something someone sent me on Facebook, just to preview it, not actually watch the video.

I thought it was inappropriate, so I deleted it.

Within a few minutes I received a message from a “friend” who said he was “un-friending” me because of that link.

I still don’t even know what it was exactly, or how he knew I clicked on it.

Imagine the horror if folks across the world had to reveal everything they’ve ever done on the Internet?

I don’t agree that Google should be allowed such leeway.

Privacy is very important.

But…here’s the deal.

I don’t care what happens with regard to the courts, or laws, or any other safety nets we surfers think we have…I will never believe that Google has stopped recording everything we do.

It’s beyond their ability to dissolve data.

Since some of us, me included, turn our back on God to serve ourselves way too often, maybe if we convinced ourselves that God was almost as powerful as Google, (I’m kidding of course) we’ll straighten up and fly right.

Perfection is impossible, but Jesus still wants it.

Check out today’s Gospel reading from Mark 10, about a man who tried to prove to God he was perfect.

Since the Lord knows our every secret, the most important thing that separates Him from Google is His ability to forgive.

Since Google has no feeling, that function will never be available as an app.

As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up,
knelt down before him, and asked him,
“Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus answered him, “Why do you call me good?
No one is good but God alone.
You know the commandments: You shall not kill;
you shall not commit adultery;
you shall not steal;
you shall not bear false witness;
you shall not defraud;
honor your father and your mother.”
He replied and said to him,
“Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.”
Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him,
“You are lacking in one thing.
Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor
and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”
At that statement, his face fell,
and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples,
“How hard it is for those who have wealth
to enter the Kingdom of God!”
The disciples were amazed at his words.
So Jesus again said to them in reply,
“Children, how hard it is to enter the Kingdom of God!
It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle
than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God.”
They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves,
“Then who can be saved?”
Jesus looked at them and said,
“For men it is impossible, but not for God.
All things are possible for God.”

The Battle of the Wives on Memorial Day

May 27, 2012

Right on cue, the left-wing news media has decided they’d like to let everyone in America know how plush a life style Ann Romney has enjoyed.

The latest is a lengthy news article about expensive horses she’s owned.

It’s interesting that when a woman is married to the Republican candidate she’s just a spoiled brat, but when she’s married to the Democrat, she’s a trend setter.

Was there a wealthier more privileged bride than Jackie Bouvier?

Her family fortune and background make the Romney’s look more like the Hatfields or McCoys.

There actually was a time when Democrats, like JFK, believed that successful people weren’t automatically evil.

On this Memorial Day Weekend, let us all recall how proud we are because of the men and women who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve freedom in our country.

Let us also remember that if the left wants to make this race about whose wife is a better person, it was not Ann Romney who said, the night her husband effectively clinched his party’s nomination, “for the first time in my adult life I can say that I’m really proud of my country.”

Jackie never would’ve said that, she understood the purpose of Memorial Day.

In case you think it was just a slip of the tongue, here’s proof she said the same thing twice in one day.  Listen to the uneasy reaction and tepid applause in the second speech.  It was shocking even to their base.

God Forbid–A Virgin

May 26, 2012

The national headline this week, that an olympic athlete is a 29-year-old virgin, shouldn’t really be highlighted at all.

Single girls are supposed to be virgins.

So are single guys.

Do I sound like a prude?

Maybe, but, I also happen to be a father.

Ask any dad if he wants his daughter to be a virgin until marriage.

If he’s not a progressive liberal, the answer is pretty obvious.

In fact, this week, while traveling, I had the pleasure of meeting a young lady from Kurdistan who moved to the U.S. when she was 8.

We chatted a bit as we waited for a flight in front of a CNN enslaved big screen.

When they put up a poll result that showed Obama leading Romney in a swing state, she said to me “Do you believe that?”

Somewhat surprised I replied “Oh, you’re a conservative?”

She responded “I don’t really know what I am.”

I asked her this question “When you take something, do you believe you should pay for it?”

“Yes” she replied.

“Then you’re a conservative” I concluded.

She smiled.

As I parted, I told her I hope God helps her find a wonderful husband some day and that she deserved it.

She smiled wider.

Even the girls on Good Morning America this week, talking about the 29-year-old olympic athlete, were downing the men in her life that split when they found out she wouldn’t have sex with them.

It’s natural to want to save yourself for the best.

Go to any father-daughter dance in America and find me one dad promoting his daughter as an easy mark and I’ll pay you $100.

Sometimes money, sex and fame actually do take a back seat to integrity.

So rare these days.

The “and Guest” Wedding Invitation

May 25, 2012

I have no idea when the tradition started, but I well recall in the 70’s, long before online dating web sites existed, that wedding invitations to single folks would be addressed to you “and Guest.”

I loved it.

I guess it was impolite in those days to assume a young man or woman, in their twenties and up, would not have (or require) a serious friend to escort to such a formal occasion.

In my case, that assumption wouldn’t have been wrong.

When my cousin Mary Jane got married, she and her husband were kind enough to include me and a mystery girl I’d yet to select.

Somehow the penned obligation took pressure off, yet still put it on–at the same time.

When approaching a victim (girl) I could blame the date proposal on the envelope’s presumption, but if I showed up alone, I’d look pathetic.

Stuff like that was just “understood.”

The young lady I invited, a dark wavy haired Italian girl, with whom I was a student in college and doing church bus ministry in Pittsfield, politely accepted my hand–in someone else’s marriage.

It was fun…in fact, even a bit romantic.

Within minutes of me walking into the reception at the ITAM Lodge, I could sense the rumors flying around the room…the stares and the whispering gave it away.

Though we’d never dated before, because of the atmosphere, I too got sucked in and started to hold her hand, even when we weren’t dancing.

A week later, when I asked her out for a second date, she told me she had boyfriend.

Oh?

That was awkward…at first.

I never thanked that young lady publicly.

In fact, I prefer not to mention her by name.

Here it goes.

Dear dark wavy haired Italian girl, if you’re reading this, God bless you for understanding old world traditions and humoring a fellow Christian.

We made a wonderful couple that night and I don’t think your boyfriend ever found out…until now.

The Heavenly Data Plan

May 24, 2012

One of the decisions we all make in our wired world today is a how we’ll stay connected.

I often get notified, when I overuse my phone, that my text message inbox is 80% full and needs to be managed

Just yesterday, when checking voice mail I realized there was an excessive amount–twelve.

As I replayed them, somehow, through the magic of Verizon’s memory banks, eleven of them were voice messages from a year ago I had deleted.

It was a bit creepy knowing someone has the power to hang on to them against your will.

In the world of computers, nothing is ever really deleted.

God has that same power but His is to the “n’th” degree, with no limitation.

He stores every conversation, including those we’ve had in our hearts, in the world’s largest server…His Omniscience.  (That means unlimited power.)

The thought of that should scare everyone, even an atheist who doubts His premise.

We have choices.

We can have all of those conversations played back for us on our day of reckoning, by choosing to stand by our human goodness.

Or, like Peter–when He first met Jesus, he shouted, get away from me Lord for I am a sinner–we can realize our own depravity and beg God for His Mercy.

Each time I call in for tech support, I’m prompted to press various numbers to get there.

With God, we dial in the second we speak His name in reverence…just like the good thief on the cross.

His prayers were answered before anyone had a chance to condemn his boldness.

Press 1 for stubbornness, believing there is no God.

Press 2 for procrastination, acting as if we’ll eventually get around to Him.

Press 3 for the Blood of Christ, to wash away every bad decision we’ve ever made.

The Right Way–The Wrong Way–The Army Way

May 23, 2012

Yesterday we learned that Colin Powell is not ready to endorse Barrack Obama in 2012.

Geez…he said in 2007 he endorsed him because of his race and that it would be historic if he were elected.

How right he was, a new trail has been blazed.

Along with being the first 12.5% Black President (the remaining 87.5% is Arab and Caucasian) he’s also the first President to do what all other President’s combined couldn’t…run up $5 Trillion in debt in three years.

He’s also managed to inflame every serious Christian in the country with a mandate that “bullies” their conscience with regard to abortion and a politically motivated “surprise” that traditional marriage is no more Holy than a variation to it.

I appreciate anyone who can make the rank of General in the U.S. Army, reason being, they had to earn every stripe.

Colin, you’ve done everything you can to tarnish your once great reputation and for that you’ve no one to blame but yourself…in fact, imagine the outrage if the Army said they made you General for the same reason?

If the stars were aligned again and you could have a “redo” I wonder what you’d say?

Voting for skin color makes about as much sense as choosing a President based on their astrological sign…it’s 100% not the Army way.

Bullying at the Wrong University

May 22, 2012

One of the first things fans of Notre Dame football learn is that Jesus loves touchdowns.

That’s why there’s a mural of Him with hands raised to the heavens in one of the end zones.

Six points…to inspire the Fighting Irish.

As long as we’re pressing the issue about the interests of our Lord, do you know what His favorite soft drink is?

I’ll give you a hint…it tastes like chocolate milk and comes in a can.

Give up?

A few of you got it…it’s Yoohoo Soda.

Why you say?

Easy..because He said “Come to me all ‘you who’ are thirsty?”

Ba-dump-bump!

Sorry this post took such a presumptive twist.

Many of you may not like the idea of jokes about Jesus.

Please accept my apologies.

Speaking of dangerous stand-up routines with a presumptive twist, one thing the President never planned, when he launched is phony Republican War on Women, by deliberately “bullying” Catholic Institutions of America, was one particularly beloved University fighting back.

Bullies hate it when their victims huddle-up and then come roaring back at them, especially when they have the power to send that bully to the sidelines with a concussion.

Bottom line…the President tricked the board of directors at Notre Dame into believing he should speak there in 2008.

That didn’t mean Catholics across America joined his pro-choice baby killing revolution, it just meant Obama thought he had a friend in Jesus.

It was merely an olive branch by the University and a poorly chosen one too I might add.

Obama also underestimated the most powerful force at any University with a longstanding reputation…the Alumni.

My bet?…some of the more successful graduates dialed in, after the HHS attack on Catholic Institutions, saying something to the board like…”this is a huge embarrassment for us…fix it!”

The result?…43 Catholic institutions filed suit against the President.

The 800 pound guerilla in the room?…Touchdown Jesus is one of the plaintiffs.

Bullies never win in the end…Yoohoo Mr. President…how’s that game plan working out?

Fighting Irish may be a bit loud and obnoxious, but they don’t take kindly to their Mother Church being shoved to the floor.

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/forty-three-catholic-organizations-file-lawsuits-against-hhs-mandate/