Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Years Resolutions

I dread New Years.

Every Year my children are told at school that they must make a new year's resolution.  I used to every year, and the result would always be that by February, at the latest, I would be in the doldrums because a: It was the February Blues, and I had prolly blown my resolution.

Now about seventeen years ago, I asked Bear if he ever got dejected about breaking new years Resolutions.  And he said that every since he made one back in grade school and never broke it he wasn't about to make a new one.

The resolution he made:  Never again make a New year's Resolution. He has kept that resolution for over 25 years, and has never broken it.

I have kept that same resolution for 16 years.

Galadriel made the same resolution a few years ago, but hers only last a year at a time. ( I resolve not to make a New Year's Resolution this year. Which both makes and breaks the resolution at the same time. Since there is no way to keep it and it happens simultaneously, she doesn't have time to get stressed or feel guilty.

Frodo is too young

Arwen, unfortunately is still obligated to make resolutions because her teachers want them to write it down and she has to approve them.  She is constantly trying to come up with one that won't be too hard and yet pass muster with the teacher.  Honestly, I really think this "approval" defeats the whole concept of New Years Resolutions., But around here we all defeat the purpose of the New Year's Resolution.

Don't get us wrong, we still endeavour to become better Christians. We resolve to sin no more or at least to sin less ( I always thought resolving (promising) to sin no more was more wishful thinking than truth, and if you can't tell God the truth what's the point in making the promise in the first place well then.but ... I digress) during confession.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Divinity Diva

Mantilla covered head nod to Hanc Aquam 

I have new blog on my sidebar.  The Divinity Diva has taken up residence in the neighbourhood.  Go and  welcome her.  Introduce youself, tag her for a meme.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory becoming real

Now some of you remember that Arwen's class took a trip to the Cadbury Chocolate Factory, because they were studying the novel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  IN that post I told arwen to stay away from anything blueberry. 

Now if you remember the novel, Wonka had a gum that tasted like a three course meal complete with dessert.

Now Extra Gum has come up with gum that tastes like dessert.

Extra is owned by Wrigley's which is owned by Mars.

Okay, Mars isn't Cadbury but an conglomerate which has gum and chocolate has invented a gum that tastes like part of a complete meal.  What's next, gum that tastes like spaghetti, meatballs, garden salad, and garlic bread.  Geez

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

I hate the holidays. As much as I would love to like the holidays, I really do hate them. I fully understand why there is so much sadness during this time. Why a holiday can't pass without a major fight amongst those who say they live each other the most?

I wish that I could just hop on a bus, rent out a winterized cottage  without phone service and disappear for the next twelve days.

I just deleted what I really feel like doing this Christmas time.

Anyway, Merry Christmas.  Have a most joyous one for all of us who won't or can't.

Remember Somalia.

And Now a Little Voris (facing the) Music

The Church encourages the Christian faithful to promote or sustain a variety of apostolic undertakings but, nevertheless, prohibits any such undertaking from claiming the name Catholic without the consent of the competent ecclesiastical authority (see canon 216 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law). For some time, the Archdiocese of Detroit has been in communication with Mr. Michael Voris and his media partner at Real Catholic TV regarding their prominent use of the word "Catholic" in identifying and promoting their public activities disseminated from the enterprise's production facility in Ferndale, Michigan. The Archdiocese has informed Mr. Voris and Real Catholic TV, RealCatholicTV.com, that it does not regard them as being authorized to use the word "Catholic" to identify or promote their public activities. Questions about this matter may be directed to the Archdiocese of Detroit, Department of Communications.   Archdiocese of Detroit
Back in April I sent Real Catholic TV an email, wherein I quoted Canon Law and asked by what episcopal authority do they use the word "Catholic".

According to Canon Law, no apostolic endeavour or association shall bear the name “Catholic” without the express permission of competent ecclesiastical authority (Canons 216, 300, 803§3, 808). While this norm is not always known or followed, it is meant to protect the faithful against misrepresentation by groups that do not promote the true Faith. Any association bearing the term “Catholic” in its name should have proof of consent by competent ecclesiastical authority.

Can. 216 Since they participate in the mission of the Church, all the Christian faithful have the right to promote or sustain apostolic action even by their own undertakings, according to their own state and condition. Nevertheless, no undertaking is to claim the name Catholic without the consent of competent ecclesiastical authority.
Can. 300 No association is to assume the name Catholic without the consent of competent ecclesiastical authority according to the norm of can. 312. 
I quoted Vox Cantoris from his comment on this post then I went on to ask this.
 I ... ask you, which competent ecclesiastical authority gave you permission to use the name Real Catholic TV.  If you had no such authority, wouldn't that mean you are in contravention of the above mentioned Canon Law. Especially considering the fact that you say the org is all lay people.
 What I got in return was a statement that pretty much said that they would run the question past CARD. BURKE, their friend, and if he thought that it was important, they would take it seriously. I deleted the post, because the comments got sidetracked and in the comments someone else was offended.

Anyway, my argument on this, whether you support Voris or not:

Premises:
1)Canon law, as I've quoted above(# 216, and 300)
2)RealCatholicTV's own statements that they have never sought ecclesiastical permission for ANYTHING that they do,
3)RealCatholicTV's statement that they always follow canon law to be obedient.
4)They are stationed in Detroit,
5)Their ordinary is the Bishop of Detroit
6)The Bishop  is bound to uphold Canon Law

Therefore if the Bishop of Detroit discovers they have no authority to use the name Catholic, and are therefore in contravention of Canon Law (by their own admission), and in order to enforce Canon Law, orders these loyal and obedient (to Canon Law) people cease and desist, will they now obey their bishop as canon law says they must?

And if they refuse to obey and work to seek that permission from the proper ecclesiastical authority, won't that mean they are deliberately in contravention of Canon Law and thereby nullifying premise 3.  And if they stubbornly refuse to adhere to canon law, wouldn't that make them dissidents and thereby by definition NOT  real Catholic.

O BTW:Where is Card. Burke, their friend?  Why doesn't he save Real Catholic TV?

If you type "Voris" in the Blogger search box above on the left you will get this


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Arwen has boy troubles.

First two bullies.

Background.
Boy buys poster. Arwen finds said poster. Arwen places poster on boy's desk.  Poster gone by morning. Boy and his friend want her to pay $5.00 for new poster. Arwen says no. Boys threaten to beat her. Arwen tells teacher, teacher talks to boys: "Arwen owes you nothing." Boys still want money. Arwen pays boys. Arwen tells her friend Ayslinn.


Ayslinn gets money back, and says: Leave Arwen alone or I'll kick you in the privates. ....walking back to Arwen...That's how you deal with boys.


Then a boy with a crush.

She's taken Ayslinn's advice to heart.


Pushing J away: Try that again and I'll knee you in the groin.


Some sage advice from Superchick

Monday, December 19, 2011

Kim Jong-Il is dead


The Dictator is dead.
May God have mercy on his soul.
May God grant the Koreans peace.
May the light of Christ shine in North Korea.
May the Faithful Christians, who are persecuted as traitors, 
Enjoy the freedom to Worship Christ freely.




Friday, December 16, 2011

This Christmas Season, Somalia is suffering a Famine

among the turkey with all the trimmings, among the brightly coloured wrappings and bow, among all the serence creches remember that this past July Famine was declared in Somalia

As in 1985 with Ethiopia, Tears are not enough.
  Lyrics:
As every day goes by, how can we close our eyes
Until we open up our hearts
We can learn to share and show how much we care
Right from the moment that we start

It seems like overnight we see a world in a different light
Somehow our innocence is lost
How can we look away 'cause every single day
We've got to help at any cost

We can bridge the distance
Only we can make the difference
Don't you know that
Tears are not enough

If we can pull together
We can change the world forever
Heaven knows that tears are not enough

It's up to me and you
To make the dream come true
It's time to take our message everywhere

C'est l'amour qui nous rassemble
D'ici a l'autre bout du monde
Let's show them Canada still cares
Oh, you know that we'll be there

We can bridge the distance
Only we can make the difference
Don't you know that
Tears are not enough

If we can pull together
We can change the world forever
Heaven knows that tears are not enough

And if we should try together, you and I
Maybe we could understand the reasons why

If we take a stand,
Every woman, child, and man
We could make it work
For God's sake, lend a hand

We can bridge the distance
Only we can make the difference
Don't you know that
Tears are not enough

If we can pull together
We can change the world forever
Heaven knows that tears are not enough

I don't know what you should do. But maybe you could try this experiment: set an extra place at your Christmas Table, for the man, woman or child starving in Somalia. As all the other plates get filled, leave that one plate empty. If it makes you uncomfortable, then do something. Otherwise do nothing.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Sterility in men caused by women using the pill

Yup.  Apparently the pill's oestrogen ends up in the water table and food chain.

Shouldn't environmentalists who are fighting the whole artificial hormones in foods be up in arms about this.

But feminists don't want this reported because that science is just misogynistic, dontcha know?


The Liturgy of the Hours

From the Breviary:
Lucy died at Syracuse, probably during the persecution of Diocletian. From antiquity her cult spread throughout  the Church, and her name was therefore introduced into the Roman Canon


Her Hours may be prayed from either the Common of one Martyr or from the Common of Virgins.

Monday, December 12, 2011

On blogging and Arwen has a cough, but only at school

When Bear and I started blogging, oh a good 5 years, if not longer, ago, well it was basically because commenting on The Cafeteria is Closed, sorta, kinda, required a/n handle.  I remember the post in particular was about Haugen's Mass of Creation.( I won't call it the Massive Cremation, because as much as I don't like it, it was the Lord's mass set to music, whatever you think of the use of those words or the quality of the music, it was the Lord's Mass, but I digress)

Having children and understanding the inherent risks of on line personalities, I set out to choose a handle.  Since the topic in the commbox had somewhow shifted to "Folk masses"  what better name than Puff the Magic Dragon, and since Bear was a Baritone, what better name than Bear-i-tone.

Anyway, we started the blog first to make it easier to post comments on other people's blogs and then to voice our own opinions, then I thought the Lit. Planning I did for the Choir master at my church would be interesting to others, so I started another for the planning.  then I started my own, leaving Bear to our first one.

I find, unfortunately, that I really have nothing to say at this point.  And even when I have something to say, I don't think anyone really cares, not that anyone really should.  Some agree, some don't, that is fine. I mean in the great scheme of things, my opinions mean nothing.  I am not the magisterium, I am not canon lawyer, I am not even a great mother, or daughter or sister or any in-law relation.  I am not extraordinary. I am not an expert in any field. I am not even a particularly good Catholic.   I am a Catholic Mary,(of John and Mary Catholic) with opinions.  I don't know if that is a good thing or a bad thing.

So where does all this leave me.  In the Third Week of Advent with Nothing to say.  Nothing about Christmas, nothing about The New Year, nothing about anything. I even can't summon up anything to say about the new mass translation.

Oh But I will ask for prayers.  Apparently when Arwen is at school she has massive coughing fits lasting about an hour.  These severe coughs she doesn't have at home. The doctor says the same thing at every visit: Her lungs are clear, yet they aren't dry coughs.

Prayers would be appreciated.  Please no medical advice.

PS. NB: She is in room 412 which is located in the middle building. Galadriel used to have coughing fits in that room and so did I 35 years ago.  I think it's the room. But what do I know?

Friday, December 9, 2011

Is she or isn't she naked

Bet you had to look twice just to make sure.

Sometimes teaching your children right from wrong can get away from you

Arwen: But mom, you don't understand.  Galadriel is really mean.  I think I should be allowed to get even.

Puff: Well, getting even isn't always the best solution. Infact it's revenge.

Arwen: What's so wrong with revenge?

Puff: Depending on the type of revenge, people could get hurt.  But there is a way to show Galadriel that she will have been wrong to hurt you now.

Arwen How?

Puff:  Well it'll take alot of time, but.  Study hard, get an excellent job and when you are older show her what a success you are? Reiterating her own previously stated goal: You could be rich and own the half of the world Bill Gates doesn't own. 

Arwen:  Yeah, I'll become really rich and hire Galadriel as my servant.

Puff:  OOOOOkay. No, that's not what I meant...

I am ANGRY, and I don't like it.

Contrary to public opinion and perception, angry is NOT my natural state.

I have major faults: I am opinionated ( by that I mean I have opinions)
                             I am lazy ( by that I mean, if I have a choice between resting and working, I'll rest)
                         
But I also am loyal and try to keep my promises.  I expect others to do the same.

Early Summer, my sister asked me to take over some of the the duties in caring for our mother.  I couldn't do much while Frodo was less than a year old, but after that sure.

Originally it was: Do mom's grocery shopping. and give her her evening meds Fridays Saturdays and Sundays.

All my sister had to do for me to do this was, when she goes over on Thursday Nights, make sure she leaves the blister packs and the cash.

This she can't seem to grasp.

I suggested that I would pick up the blister packs from the Pharmacy, but she said no because she has to pay for them so it's best if they continue being dropped off at her place.

And as far as I know, the cash has never been left at my mom's.

I either have to nag, nag, nag, or cough up the cash myself, or go pick it up at her place (adding 1.5 hours to my evening) I am a nano metre away from emailing my sister and telling her I refuse to do the groceries anymore.  I've talked, I asked, I've been nice.  I'm either ignored or dismissed.  I'm done.

Prayers. Please.  Anyway God could shake some sense and understanding into my sister's and BIL's head would be good.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

On Insomnia, Anxiety and GIving God the Night Shift

Oh I was sleep deprived for over a year, the ramifications were frightening. In short I developed an anxiety disorder. It was not pretty, it was frightening, and I was frightened by everything, including my own shadow.


I needed meds to help me get back to normal. During my recovery at one point I wake in a panic over something that under normal circumstances was something about I should have been concerned, just not at 2 in the am. I remember praying, very tiredly, and in frustration

Dear God, I know that this concern is important, but I need to get some sleep,  so I offer it to you wrapped in a red bow. Could you please take the night shift and worry about this for tonight, and then you can give it back to me in the morning.

I fell straight back asleep. Funny thing, he never gave that worry back.

Arwen had a theory this morning

Arwen is singing her way down the stairs.
"Oh yeah, PA. day tomorrow, uh, huh, oh yeah, uh huh o yeah uh huh o yeah..."


She hits the ground floor, pops, locks and polka dots, while singing.
"No Galadriel for the whole day, uh- huh oh yeah, uh-huh oh yeah, uh-huh, o yeah...."

Puff: Galadriel has tomorrow off too.

Arwen: Freezes her polka dotting, lowers her arms, hangs her head, rounds her shoulders. 
Bang  goes that theory.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Galadriel is Philosophical in the Morning, Before my coffee

Galadriel: Mom, is it true that when you do something good, no one remembers, but when you do something bad, no one forgets.

 Puff: Well, for me it's more: Everyone knows when I lose my temper, no one knows when I keep it.

 Galadriel: Well, yeah, you're quiet then.

 At that point I headed for coffee, and Arwen headed for her hot cocoa.


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas

...not necessarily feminists ready to march on the streets to shout we are against men, just students intent on leading a normal life.



This is a trailer for the movie dramatisation of the events, "Polytechnique.".

If you know, you need no explanation, and if you don't know, there is no explanation

When this event occurred I was a 2nd year undergrad at York University(all of 18).  The day after the horrendous event occurred; the morning after I spent an entire night not sleeping and literally shaking at what had happened in Montreal to 14 women, for no other reason, but because they were women; as I was walking to my pub for my morning coffee, I passed a trio of men, in lettermen jackets (jocks), talking, and as I passed I heard one of them say: "Man, [he] had the right idea. " And then they broke out into a roaring laugh. I caught the eye of one of the men as I passed.  He quickly stopped laughing, raises his chin to his friends and tilted his head towards me.  The other two turned, saw me and promptly stopped laughing. I wasn't angry with them, I was scared of them.

I won't presume to guess what was going on in their heads. I have no idea what was so funny about what the killer did, or maybe it is hilarious that 14 women died, and another 14 people (4 of them men) were wounded.  Sarto Blais, one of the men who obeyed the gunman when he said "get out," committed suicide a few weeks later, because of the guilt he felt at not staying and protecting the women.

I was too shaken to ask them then, but could someone tell me now, what was so funny to these young men?

Monday, December 5, 2011

I'm lousy with novenas

Even when I sent up reminders.

I arranged for email reminders for the Novena on the sidebar.

Except that I didn't check my email for 3 days.  Jeez

My Husband has a second Post up about the Home Altar he is Building

Yup Bear has been  and continues to progress nicely on the altar, while I have been NOT progressing as I would like.  I could list my excuses: Infact I will.

Frodo,
My Mother
Galadriel,
Arwen
Bear
Housecleaning
Lit. Planning Blog

But waiting did have an upside, I now have concrete and exact measurement from which to plan and work.

The centre panel is  60 cm high X 35cm wide ( the arch is 15 cm deep)
That's 23.5 in high X 13.75 in wide ( the arch is 6 inches deep) for the non metric folks out there.

I have decided on this one, Raphael's crucifixion



From Here.

But ssshh Don't tell Bear- He doesn't Know yet.

On  21 Count AIDA cloth the finished work will be  23 inches high and 14 inches wide, with the added bonus of an arch in the design.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Archbishop Collins is a good Archbishop, but...

I like him, I really do.

I don't always agree with his decisions, but I do believe that his heart is in the right place, fully in the faith and loyal to Rome.

I am not going to talk about his misstep during the HINI scare when he temporarily suspended Communion on the tongue.  (He or his advisors were probably advised by the Toronto Public Health, and they advise from a medical and not a Canonical point of view) - I could talk about that, but I won't

I appreciate that our Archbishop is still surrounded by the previous guard.  But what I really wish is that Archbishop Collins would suspend the custom of giving parish priests permission and authority to confirm confirmation students of their own parish.  When I was a kid a bishop confirmed me.  It was not the archbishop, it was an auxiliary bishop (+ Pearce Lacey) but he was a Bishop.

Galadriel was confirmed by the Parish Priest having been granted full permission to do so.  The reason for this was the previous archbishop's desire to have the children confirmed during the Easter Season. (I understand that New Catholics are confirmed at the Easter Vigil, by the pastor, I am NOT talking about that)

And there was no way the Archbishop and his auxiliaries could confirm everyone in all the parishes in the weeks of Easter, the solution was to grant each parish priest the authority to confirm HIS parish's confirmandi, no one elses.

It is a neat argument.  Very neat in fact.  Set up a desire that can't be fulfilled and then use a provision in canon law that should be used for exceptions and run with it.

The Problem with the argument is it's premise.  There is NO canonical reason or stipulation that demands or requires that confirmations occur during the Easter Season, especially at Pentecost.  I would rather concentrate on the Canon Rule that says the Ordinary Conferror of Confirmation is to be the Ordinary(another word for the Bishop)

As a case in point I give you Archbishop Terry Pendergast's post about Confirmations during Advent.  He doesn't say anything, except that they occurred.


Thursday, December 1, 2011

I'm facebooking

And the only thing I know to do well, is play:

Who want's to be a millionaire?  Apparently not me

Are you smarter than a fifth grader?  Sometimes I am

Bingo: Rarely do I get to click "bingo"

And Price is Right.  Usually my price is dead wrong.

I found a few cousins on line, and I have found that many are PC (and I don't mean Progressive Conservative)

One even posted on her wall what amounts to her support for gay "marriage" and gay adoption.

Geez, and she wants me to "like" it.   Help

I've been accused of teaching my daughter too much

Yup that is true.

Now if they were talking about Galadriel I could maybe understand.  We talk, she talks, I talk, etc etc etc.  She learns, I learn etc etc etc.

But no, it is Arwen who is apparently the associate teacher in the class.  Some students have been known to go to her to explain something the teacher can't, or doesn't do well.

And yet this is somehow a bad thing, and I really must stop teaching her. It interferes with the curriculum. I should just let the schoolteachers do their jobs.

Yeah, I'll get right on that.

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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