Monday, October 31, 2011

Galadriel Needs Prayers This Week

Galadriel is going through a very stressful and taxing week, all school related.  Prayers most welcome.

Today and tomorrow are the worst.

Saturday, October 29, 2011


Frodo weaned. Babbling away.  Obeys simple commands: Give me five, Give mummy a kiss/ hug.  No!, Lie down, etc etc.  First word seems to be "good"  Said: Hi  Though I am concerned he might be a little delayed in speaking, but I am told the babies with older siblings and boys develop speaking later.  Also he is hearing two languages, English and Italian.  Has three "molars" growing in at the same time  - Now has 10 teeth.  Getting over the croup. Climbs stairs, and can slide off the couch.

Galadriel is having trouble with Functions and Relations- Bear will be teaching her at home for this weekend.  Her study ethic has improved of late.

Arwen is doing very well in School - A few weeks ago she got her EQAO results
Reading 3+/4-
Writing 3+
Mathematics 4

Bear: Is Contemplating the meaninglessness of his existence, pondering the darkness of the stuff that grows between his toenails.

Me: Anxiety waning, Panic attacks lessening. Sleeping better. Last week made Hallowe'en costumes (Zombie Alice) Need to make Cheshire cat for Frodo.  Research Assignment  in progress.

Monday, October 24, 2011

I'm not blogging for a bit.

Nothing serious.  Just nothing for a while.

Bear's Cousin Is very Ill

Bear's cousin is very ill.  The hospital has still no idea what he has.

My MIL said that his blood work has been sent to the US. She didn't know why the US. And that concerns me.

With all the wonderful and excellently qualified labs in Canada, the hospital, in which he is staying, found it necessary to send his blood work to the US. The only reason I can hazard for that to happen is they are sending it to the CDC.  But I have no proof of that.  

Prayers would be most welcome.  Finding out what is wrong with him would be an excellent first step.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Madame Curie and Our Lady were both Wives and Mothers

"You are just a housewife and a mother: what do you know?"

Living on an university campus can make for interesting discussions.  Most of the time, when I find myself having a discussion with a student (either undergrad or grad) they are pretty much pleasant and respectful.  As long as all they know about me is that I have 2 BAs (Psych 88) English(97).  But as soon as they find out I am a wife and mother, my opinions are dismissed.  I find this very insulting attitude of the academic world. As though one's intelligence and mental acumen are somehow destroyed upon accepting a golden ring and producing offspring.

To the intellectual chauvinists I say: You overbearing,self righteous son of Science: Go tell Madame Curie that she should be quiet and  just do the cooking and cleaning for Pierre. Women don't lose brain cells by putting on a gold ring, and they certainly can tend children and continue to contribute to the intellectual community. Would you tell Madame Curie that when she speaks she is merely expelling hot air?

I wish I could complain that this only happens in academic circles.  Unfortunately it also happens in the religious circles.  I find that even the most devout, Catholics,not just men, but unmarried women who feel that once a woman accepts the vocation of wife and mother she should not engage in any religious discussion, and she is very often unceremoniously dumped as having anything important to say.

To these instead I say:
You overbearing, self righteous son of Adam, go say that to Our Lady's face. Our Lady's vocation was that of Wife and Mother. Go tell her that after her fiat and bearing Christ she is of no more value or worth to the Church.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Another Blogger headache

Here I was working on my blog, when up near the top of my page comes this mustard yellow strip which says that blogger no longer supports my browser.  And that I should switch to Google Chrome.  So Now I've changed to Google Chrome.  I would have preferred IE 9 except that the two times I tried IE 9 my computer had to be reset to Factory condition to get it working again.


I still can't get the damn share buttons onto my individual posts.

Jeez Louise.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Testing a theory

Well, here goes nothing, Okay, anyone out there know what the secret handshake is to get the Share buttons to show up under a post.

Mary333, you've got them, how did you get them

Third Typical Edition of the GIRM as Approved for Canada GIRM 43

Read the DISCLAIMERs, and sources, and rationale HERE

The Third Typical Edition GIRM Latin My Translation of The LATIN Typical Edition The GIRM With Adaptations Approved for Canada
43. Fideles stent ab initio cantus ad introitum, vel dum sacerdos accedit ad altare, usque ad collectam inclusive;
43. The faithful stand from the beginning of the introit chant until the celebrant ascends the altar and pronounces the collect (opening Prayer):

43. The faithful should stand from the beginning of the Entrance chant, or while the Priest approaches the altar, until the end of the Collect;
ad cantum Allelúia ante Evangelium; dum ipsum Evangelium proclamatur; dum professio fidei et oratio universalis fiunt; necnon ab invitatorio Oráte fratres ante orationem super oblata usque ad finem Missae, praeter ea quae infra dicuntur.
during the singing of the Alleluia before the Gospel; while the Gospel is being proclaimed; during the recitation of the Profession of Faith and while the Prayers of the Faithful are made; and again at the invitation: Pray Brethren before the Prayer over the gifts until the end of Mass, except as stated below.
for the Alleluia chant before the Gospel; while the Gospel itself is proclaimed; during the Profession of Faith and the Universal Prayer; and from the invitation, Orate, fratres (Pray, brethren), before the Prayer over the Offerings until the end of Mass, except at the places indicated here below.

Sedeant autem dum proferuntur lectiones ante Evangelium et psalmus responsorius; ad homiliam et dum fit praeparatio donorum ad offertorium; atque, pro opportunitate, dum sacrum silentium post Communionem servatur.

They sit during the Readings before the Gospel and the Responsorial Psalm; during the Homily and the preparation of the gifts at the offertory, and if opportune, during the post communion Sacred silence.

The faithful should sit, on the other hand, during the readings before the Gospel and the Responsorial Psalm and for the Homily and during the Preparation of the Gifts at the Offertory; and, if appropriate, during the period of sacred silence after Communion.

Genuflectant vero, nisi valetudinis causa, vel ob angustiam loci vel frequentiorem numerum adstantium aliasve rationabiles causas impediantur, ad consecrationem. Hi vero qui non genuflectunt ad consecrationem, inclinationem profundam peragant dum sacerdos genuflectit post consecrationem.

The Faithful kneel at the consecration, as long as they are not impeded by health, limitation of space, of large numbers of faithful present, or other reasonable motives. Those who do not (can not) kneel at the consecration; make a profound (deep) bow when the celebrant genuflects after the consecration.

In the dioceses of Canada, the faithful should kneel at the Consecration, except when prevented on occasion by ill health, or for reasons of lack of space, of the large number of people present, or for another reasonable cause. [53]However, those who do not kneel ought to make a profound bow when the Priest genuflects after the Consecration.

Est tamen Conferentiae Episcoporum, gestus et corporis habitus in Ordine Missae descriptos ingenio et rationabilibus populorum traditionibus ad normam iuris aptare.[54] Attendendum tamen erit, ut sensui et indoli cuiusque partis celebrationis respondeant.

It is expected of the Episcopal Conferences to adapt the gestures and attitudes of the body (postures) described in the Rite of the Mass, to the culture and reasonable traditions of the various peoples according to the norms of rights [53]. Nevertheless these adaptations should be made in a manner that such adaptations correspond to the sense and character of each part of the celebration.

PUFF'S NOTE:  It should be pointed out the the directive for the Episcopal Conferences found in the typical to adapt the gestures and attitudes is obviously not in the GIRM as approved for Canada.
Further note that the gestures and attitudes to be OBSERVED in Canada are, in short, no different than what is listed in the Typical Edition of the GIRM in Latin

Ubi mos est, populum ab acclamatione Sanctus expleta usque ad finem Precis eucharisticae genuflexum manere, hic laudabiliter retinetur.

Where it is the habit that the people remain kneeling from the Proclamation of the Sanctus to the End of the Eucharistic Prayer(Great Amen) and before Communion, when the Celebrant announces the This is the Lamb of God, such a practice is laudably to be conserved.

Where it is the practice for the people to remain kneeling after the Sanctus (Holy, Holy, Holy) until the end of the Eucharistic Prayer and before Communion when the Priest says Ecce Agnus Dei (This is the Lamb of God), it is laudable for this practice to be retained.

Ad uniformitatem in gestibus et corporis habitibus in una eadem celebratione obtinendam, fideles monitionibus obtemperent, quas diaconus, vel minister laicus, vel sacerdos durante celebratione proferunt, iuxta ea quae in libris liturgicis statuuntur. To obtain uniformity in gestures and postures in the same celebration, the faithful follow the instructions of the Deacon, or another lay minister, or the celebrant given according to the established norms of the Missal. For the sake of uniformity in gestures and bodily postures during one and the same celebration, the faithful should follow the instructions which the Deacon, a lay minister, or the Priest gives, according to what is laid down in the Missal.

A Shot of my High School Religion Class

Setting: Grade 11 Religion Class
Section Abrahamic Religions
Subsection: Judaism

It's Friday(NB: On Fridays Mr. E would leave the class open for questions to clear up anything that might have been misunderstood during the week. The Q& A was then followed by debates.  It was quite common for girls who had no questions to tune out of the Q & A and whisper amongst themselves.)

Mr. E: Anyone need something cleared up.
Girl 1:  Raising her hand: Ah, sir, could you explain "circumcision" again.
Mr. E: It's a ceremony performed on Jewish boys........Mr. E was going to continue, but he was curtly cut - off by the
Girl from the back of the class who had been engaged in a private conversation:  Figures they'd ONLY do it for boys!

Mr E: turns around and bangs his head on the blackboard.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award

Mary 333 at Beautiful Gate has presented me a :

I have absolutely no idea how she can consider me stylish, but I am flattered in any case.

As you can prolly guess there is a meme to this.

Reveal 7 things about oneself
Pass the Award to 5 other Bloggers

As I mentioned to Mary333 on her blog, I don't have 7 interesting facts.  So I may have to update this post later.

1:  I've have some supernatural experiences which people generally don't believe, so I don't generally elaborate. I am unsure but I think I was visited by Our Lady and I have seen my elder daughter's Guardian Angel watching over her crib
2: I have miscarried 4 children and I gave them all names: Christopher, Christina, Genevieve and Agatha.

3:I have premonitions of death.  If I dream or rather have a "vision" of a black animal - someone is going to die  I
I have only just realized that maybe praying for them might be the way to go.

4:When I was sixteen I was present at my first death.  A friend I knew had what has come to be known as AIDS.  Though at the time they didn't know what it was or how it was transmitted.  I went to the hospital to see him, and he was in the final stages- dementia had set it.  I was in gown and mask, and gloves. This was over 25 years ago At one point G cries out "O God Forgive Me."  and started thrashing.  Not knowing what to do, whispered in his ear: "God forgives you."  G. calmed down and breathed his last.

5. I struggle to be charitable with those who are less intelligent than I, which prolly means I am an arrogant prat.

I don't have 2 others, I'll Update later

Those to whom I present the award.

0: Well I WOULD present one to DIMBULB, but he'll prolly be really mean and give it back to me ;).
1: Although I am married to him, and might therefore be biased, I present one to my Husband Bear.
2: I present one to the Redneck
3: I present one to Fr.Phillip Neri Powell, OP
4: I present one to Left-Footer
5: I prseent one to the Ranter.

I cheated a little, at least 2 of those I nominated prolly never read my blog - so they'll never know.


All that I understand, I understand because I love.

On Corporal Punishment for Sins

We all know the ethereal punishment for the sins we commit.  But what about Corporal Punishment for the sins we commit.

I was reading a post on Curt Jester, when I read a comment which suggested that the Wall street Protestors are guilty of covetousness and therefore should be punished by “39 lashes each followed by a cold shower from a fire hose with lots of lye.”

I responded to the commenter by querying what corporal punishment would be mete for someone committing the sin of arrogant pride.

Covetousnes is a sin, but it isn't illegal, so if this commentor is right that sinners should receive corporal punishments well, ....that lead me to think what corporal punishments would be appropriate for the following sins.

The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:2-17 NKJV)
1“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.
2“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments.
3“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
4“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
5“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
6“You shall not murder.
7“You shall not commit adultery.
8“You shall not steal.
9“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10“You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.

Or if we wanted to make things a little easier, we could arrange this by means of Cardinal Sins:
Greed '

I will note that committing murder, and stealing lying under oath whe testifying are criminal acts and therfore punishable by law, the punishments are not corporal, except for murder in states (nations) that steal have the death penalty, and Arab states that will detach a hand of theft and whipping for adultery.

So put your suggestions in the commbox

On God's Strength

It always gives me great comfort to know that God will never send me any tribulation that HE and I cannot overcome.

Societal Norms are out of whack

Something is horribly wrong with the societal norms of this day.

When the Playboy Bunnies at Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion

show less skin than the average girl at the beach

Sunday, October 16, 2011

On re-discernment of one's vocation

When a priest suffers from a doubt of vocation, he is generally sent to re-discern his priesthood. IF after some time, he discerns that his doubt was not due to a lack of real vocation but something else, he is given help to resume his pastoral duties .

But if he should discern that indeed he made a mistake he will be released from his vows and set free. In some cases he may even be free to marry.

Now, If I shoudl feel that I might have made a major mistake in choosing as my vocation the role of wife and mother, what do I get----------tough noogies.

There is something wrong here!  More later, after I think about it!

Canada's Worst Driver------7

Ooooooh crap!

Canada's Worst Driver 7 starts up in 2 measley weeks.

Good gravy, what sin did I commit that I must endure 8 weeks of shere hell, okay maybe just purgatory.

Bear, Galadriel, and Arwen love the show.  Frodo will watch it during the commercials. 

I was a fan until last year.  Really, it is just depressing to know that these people have been on the road unbeknownst to me.  At least when I didn't know that such people existed I could be blissfully ingorant of the true dangers of walking across the street.

But after 6 years, Season 7 fills me with dread.  Really, I mean really 7 WORST drivers in 7 years. I mean- really.

On Assuming the Patience of the Saints.

Husband: You are supposed to be as kind and supportive as Our Lady.

Wife: I would gladly be more like her, if you were more like St. Joseph, and never said a word!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

I have no doubt that Galadriel is a teenager.

Puff: Galadriel, Arwen and I are going out, you will be taking care of Frodo, for an hour, until Dad comes home.

Galadriel: Yay, I'll be alone for an hour.

Puff: Cocks her head sideways and points to Frodo.

Galadriel: I meant I'll be grown- up free for awhile. I, Puff continue looking at her, honestly I was waiting for her to finish- that's all...  I didn't mean to suggest that... I only meant...Why is being a teenager so hard? nodding to Frodo: Frodo has the perfect life, he gets everything handed to him For added effect she gives him an Arrowroot cookie. Turning to Arwen... Arwen has it easy. Back to Frodo ...He isn't complicated...I hate being a teenager, it's like being on an emotional roller coaster.

This is where Arwen pipes up: You think being eight and a half is easy?

And the two of them descend into a contest of who suffered the worse bullying?

And I've got 21 fracking years of teenager in the house

6 months after Galadriel turns 20 Arwen turns 13 and 6 months after Arwen turns 20 Frodo turns 13.


10,000 “Impossible” Novenas to St. Jude!

Starting Wednesday, I am joining over 5,000 Catholics to pray the St. Jude Novena!
I’m looking forward to the answered prayers from this amazing saint! With so many faithful Catholics around the world praying this novena, I thought you’d like to join too!
Do you have any ‘impossible causes’ to pray for?
You can sign up for handy email reminders to get the the novena prayers here: St. Jude Novena
Now that you’ve signed up, I’d like you ask you a little favor. We are trying to get 10,000 people to pray this novena together. Right now, there are about 5,200 signed up. Will you help me get more?

About Sacrifices to God

The very first sacrifice offered to God was Cain's sacrifice of the field, which God rejected.  Scripture doesn't tell us why God rejected it, just that it did not find Favour with God.

His brother's animal sacrifice, by necessity a blood sacrifice, God accepted. Again Scripture doesn't tells us God's reasoning.

For the next thousands of years, the ancient Jews reasoned that what God wanted was blood sacrifices.

Infact, we see that blood offerings were still required in Christ's earthly time. Our Lady and St. Joseph offered 2 pidgeons for Christ's circumcision.

Now at the Last Supper, what Christ would have been eating was a Paschal Meal, which according to Scripture they were to eat the paschal lamb, with unleavened bread (matzot)and bitter herbs (marror).  The modern seder has more to it, but I would assume that these three basics are ever present.

Whatever else there was on the table at the Last Supper there must have been Unleavened Bread, The Paschal Lamb, and bitter herbs, though scripture also tells us that there was wine.

Christ took the BREAD and WINE (both of the field -Cain's offering) and offering thanks and praise, offered it to  God. Cain's offering was finally made acceptable when Christ made it perfect.


For millenia God consumed the Blood Sacrifices offered by the people.

Now, God not only accepts the grain offering, but once perfected into the Most Perfect Blood Sacrifice as the Body and Blood Of Christ, we, not GOD consume the sacrifice.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Do you think saints compete in heaven?

My sister was praying to the saint to help her find something important.  She promised to make a donation to him(?) in return to his help. 

A few days later she finds that for which she was searching. True to her promise she sets out to write a cheque to a Charity in the saint's name.  She makes cheque out to the Saint's Oratory

She put the cheque in a letter and then in an addressed envelope.  She asks her son to mail the letter.

When he gets back, he asks, "Why did you send money to St. Joseph's Oratory?"

"Because he helped me find something."

"Ah, wouldn't that be St. Anthony?"

"Oh great (realizing she goofed, and gave a donation to the wrong saint), I can hear it now:

She voices the two saints: St. Anthony sounds like a New Jersey Italian and St. Joseph sounds like a New York Jew.

Yo, Joe, what you doin? You cuttin' in on my action now, ay-oh!

Oy vey Tony, you want I should give it back?"

"Only you would make fun of the saints, mom!"

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Day 2011 - Canada

To all Canadians:  Happy Thanksgiving Day.
It's about the Harvest which, in Canada, comes earlier than in the States.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

The Ontario Liberals form the Government

Albeit, a minority government - by one seat.

Well, in Canada in general, Liberal Minorities tend to be better than any party's Majority Government.

I didn't think that the voters would send McGuinty's Liberals back with a majority. And there is no way Ontario would send in an NDP government.  We still haven't recovered from the mess of NDP Rae, where our credit rating was dropped to AA, and Harris/Eaves slash and burn left voters weary, which is why McGuinty had gotten 2 majorities in a row.  I think the Progressive Conservatives could have gotten a minority is Hudak hadn't had the same campaign as Ford (cut taxes and reduce waste) which has resulted in threatened closure of libraries, museums, day care spaces, annihilation of the Transit City LRT etc etc etc.

So in the end, though I didn't vote for the Libs, I think the voters voted in the government that will best serve Ontario, fortunately, that IS a MINORITY Liberal government.

I can live with that.

Someone is bound to bring up the whole strongarming the Catholic School Boards.  Yeah, he did. And yes, I hate it. But the NDP would force a whole lot more and the Conservatives would slash aid to the poor.  There is more to governing Ontario than the School Boards. Besides, as Canon Law points out, it is the duty of PARENTS to instruct children in the faith. Even though I send my children to Catholic schools I still teach them catechism at home tot he best of my abilities. 

I am still not happy, but there was no good solution to this one.  But, as William Blake said, governments are of little conxequencee.  A bad government cannot hurt a wise man, and a good government cannot help a fool.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Texting Codes for Seniors

Since all the "kids" have all their little texting codes . . . like BFF, WTF, LOL, etc. - Here are some codes for seniors:
ATD - At the Doctor's
BFF - Best Friends Funeral
BTW - Bring the Wheelchair
BYOT - Bring Your Own Teeth
CBM - Covered by Medicare
CUATSC - See You at the Senior Center
FWIW - Forgot Where I Was
FYI - Found Your Insulin
GGPBL - Gotta Go, Pacemaker Battery Low
GHA - Got Heartburn Again
HGBM - Had Good Bowel Movement
IMHO - Is My Hearing-Aid On?
LMDO - Laughing My Dentures Out
LOL - Living on Lipitor
LWO - Lawrence Welk's On
OMSG - Oh My! Sorry, Gas
ROFL . . . CGU - Rolling on the Floor Laughing . . . Can't get Up!
WAITT - Who Am I Talking To?
WTFA - Wet the Furniture Again
WTP - Where's the Prunes
WWNO - Walker Wheels Need Oil
GGLKI - Gotta Go, Laxative Kicking in!

Canadian Gov't To Open Office of Religious Freedom

Cf: Archdiocese of Toronto Blog: ...: It seems that most every day we see a story globally about violence related to religious movements, causes or motivation. While we have our ...

So does that mean that Catholic School Boards will be protected from provincial governmental threats to cut funding if the refuse to adopt policies contrary to Catholic teaching... I thought not

Monday, October 3, 2011

Hallowe'en Costumes (2011)

Arwen has decided her Hallowe'en costume for herself and Frodo.  And no it isn't from the LotR.

She wants to be Alice in Zombieland

Frodo can be the Zombie Cheshire Cat.

We worked out a deal.  I'll make the Alice in "Wonderland" costume and a cheshire cat costume.

She looks up the makeup for a zombie and Bear does the make up.

Galadriel hasn't finally decided, but the last thing she was mentioning was she wanted to be a a highschool student zombie.  If she continues with that, her costume means her school uniform and zombie make-up

Well, the kids are settled (mostly- unless Galadriel changes her mind)

Now, all that's left is Bear and Puff ( and no, we don't use our blogger handles ever.)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Conversations This Morning- Two for the Price of One

Arwen and Puff:

Puff: Arwen, how do you feel.

Arwen: My throat and ears hurt.

Puff: But, yout fever's gone?

Arwen: Yeah.

Puff: I was so glad to find out, at the doctor's, that you put on some weight.  Yay.  You need to put on some weight to be healthy.  Eat more junk food to be healthy!

Arwen: That's is the weirdest thing I have ever heard a parent say!

Puff: Frodo is being unreasonable, an demanding, and I can't figure out what he wants.

Galadriel: Oh, so he's a teenager!

Puff: Well, then stop conditioning your siblings to behave like teenagers

Galadriel: I'm not conditioning them, I'm just there!

Scripture to keep in mind

Six things there are, which the Lord hateth, and the seventh his soul detesteth: [17] Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, [18] A heart that deviseth wicked plots, feet that are swift to run into mischief, [19]A deceitful witness that uttereth lies, and him that soweth discord among brethren. [20] My son, keep the commandments of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother. ***Cf:Douay-Rheims Proverbs 6: 16-20


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