Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Is McGuinty a Bully


What I find odd is that this is a debate over what the anti bullying clubs can be called.

My problem with anti-bullying clubs being called Gay-Straight.  is several fold

Firstly, it presupposes that ALL and ONLY bullying that occurs in school is based on the child's sexual attraction. This is not true. My daughter was horribly bullied at school, and NEVER for her sexual preferences.  She was bullied for, to name a few: (being Irish, for being Italian, for being blond, for not being beanpole thin, for having acne, etc, basically for being different but not gay) The bullying was severe, and included threats.  The very name GAY-STRAIGHT very clearly limits that support to be received within the group. Within the gay-straight alliances, only gays will be getting support from the straight people in the group. The group is by definition exclusionary in name and purpose.  I am sorry, but somebody has to say this:  being gay is NOT THE ONLY reason kids are bullied, in our schools. If the main "difference" discussed in GAY-Straight alliance meetings is how the straights need to not bully gays, where would bullied straight children, bullied for other difference get help.  Just asking

Secondly, Gay-Straight Alliances Umbrella group is horribly anti-catholic.  For Catholics to belong to an anti-catholic organization, or an organization that is openly hostile to Catholic teaching, can be grounds for excommunication. How are children supposed to navigate those waters alone and with no adult compassion and pastoral guidance. To offer Catholic -children ( and we would assume that the majority of the students would be Catholic as it is a catholic board,  with SSA only one anti-church option for support does all our children a disservice. The only choice offered to the SSA student would be : be excommunicated or get no support. Yeah some help, some support. 
Thirdly, The TCDSB presented McGuinty with the ulternate "Respecting Differences" Clubs.  The proposal has the backing of Reclaim the Rainbow Toronto which supports the term Respecting Differences. I find that in the general concept of offering Christian compassion and pastoral guidance to people with SSA, shouldn't Catholic organizations who are manned by and have members who have SSA have more of a say regarding what groups can and should be called to better help against bullying stemming from sexual preferences.  McGuinty seems to be knee jerking to the politically correct verbage and names. Respecting Differences opens the groups to all other reasons for bullying.

But, than again what do I know??

Monday, May 28, 2012

On What I Owe the Triune God.

A few years ago, I was tagged for a meme. The Why I Love Jesus Meme.

The Meme went like this

I had to share 5 things I "love" about Jesus. 
My answers


1) HE loved me first.
2) HE suffered, was crucified, died, was buried, went to hell and back, and rose from the dead for me.
3) HE listens to me when I speak to HIM.
4) HE always answers my requests, though admittedly, He sometimes says "no"
5) HE has never forsaken me. 

The first 4 reasons are straightforward catechism rote answers.  Really they are what we are supposed to answer.  In fact I was once complemented on the perfectness of the answers.  
The last one though is not rote learned catechism. I honestly believe He has never forsaken me, not even when I walked away from Him and stayed away, wanting nothing to do with Him for those 10 years. 

Most people don't see that statement as anything other than in the ethereal idea that  God doesn't forsake His creations.  I mean how many people actually have felt and pondered what would happen if God were to just give up on us? What would happen if |He were to declare His experiment a disaster, and like the master craftsman who is disappointed with his work, tossed everything into the trash, turned out the lights and decided to start all over in the morning?

30 years ago I left the church.  I walked out the doors after mass on a Sunday morning and never went back for ten years. I spent the next ten years searching for I don't know what.  Knowledge? Truth? The future?  I still don't know.

It was 20 years ago, I started my return to the church, basically because attending Church meant the world to Bear, and he wanted to marry in the church, so for Bear, and to humour him I went back. But I told myself, that it was nothing.  But I started to believe again. My soul started to yearn for my God again.  My faith grew, without any effort on my part, actually I fought against it.  But IN the end I was back, much to my surprise. 

Then 10 years ago, just as my faith was the strongest it had ever been.  It hadn't even been that strong on my confirmation day,  I suffered  dark night of the soul; I  took up residence in a most disturbing mansion of the interior castle, a harsh spiritual dryness parched my soul- whatever is your preferred phrase. 

I came to the harsh realization that I could never be worthy of heaven.  On my own, I could never survive the struggle for my soul.  In short I came to the horrible understanding that the enemy really was waiting to snatch souls at the most simple provocation.  And for months this is where the the realization stayed. The realization of this truth gripped me a paralyzed my soul. For months I could not get past the total desolation of my soul.  I prayed more and more, and yet it felt like I was talking to the wind, the wall, the air, myself.  I stopped feeling God.  My words, my supplications were falling on non-existent ears. He had walked away from me, like I had walked away from Him.  But it wasn't the same.  Even when I had refused him, He still extended to me His protection and love and mercy. He hadn't left me alone.  Now I understood what it would have meant if he had abandoned me when I abandoned Him.

I came to the harsh and horrible realisation that I would never, on my own, be the saint God wanted me to be. I alone could not defend myself against evil.  I would never be able to atone for leaving him and for all that hell through which I dragged myself. The enemy had been there waiting.  I could have fallen so easily.  It is easy to see the enemy in his true form and say I reject you, but what about when he appears in his beautiful form.  When in disguise, can we recognize the truth before falling. 

Then I saw clearly that God was willing it all.  I had no idea if  God had ordained my spiritual suffering or just permitted it.  It didn't matter.  It brought me to the realization that God controls all. Nothing happens without God's permission.  Even when we turn away from Him.  Even when we unwittingly put ourselves in evil's path,  God protects us even as we ignore asking for His protection. And if He permits temporary suffering, it is always for the purpose for which He does everything. He does all this because He actually gives a damn about us, me, this insignificant creature put together from random atoms that found cohesiveness in this physical body.

It's been ten years since my dark night. And all I can say is:  it is very much better to have God in my life then to have Him leave.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

We really miss Arwen, while she's in Tennessee

Galadriel is home from School, playing with Frodo in Frodo's room. Puff is upstairs answering emails.  Checking her researcher's email for commissions. Checking blogs etc etc Puff hears the front door open and close

Puff: Hon, you home?

Bear:  Yeah

Puff heads down the stairs.

Galadriel: Running down the stairs: Dad you're home!

Puff: Looking around Galadriel:  Where's Frodo?

Galadriel: In his crib. 

Bear: Go get Frodo.  Aside from the fact that Frodo can climb out of his crib and has been known to empty out his diaper pail.  He really can't be left alone in his room.

Galadriel:  Where's Arwen ?...

Backgrounder: Understand her usual phrase is: Where's Arwen? Get her to do it.

Bear: Stares at her with a "You didn't just ask that did you? look on his face.

Galadriel laughs: What?

Puff: Where is Arwen?

Galadriel:  laughs. Um, Tennessee.

Galadriel Trudges up the stairs.

Puff, Bear. Galadriel: I miss Arwen!

Friday, May 25, 2012

My Sister is Stressed

Apparently I have no idea the stress she's been under (She actually said this., she made it sound, like I have no clue what stress is).  I guess I just don't understand stress.  After all, according to my sister, I apparently have no stress.  I mean it's not like I have a job.  Really! I mean, really?  I could really bitch about this.  But instead, please pray for her.  Maybe if she weren't so stressed out, she'd stop calling me and complaining about how difficult everything is and she just can't handle anymore. She is one of the reasons I can proudly share this

Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right, Here I am Stuck in the Middle

On one hand we have  Call to Action

And on the other we've got Michael Voris

Jeez. If you want an understanding of how to be gay and Catholic I would suggest listening to a faithful homosexual man. The Sheepcat Catholic commentary by a former gay activist and his wife. Who better to explain having SSA and being faithful to the gospel

Destination: ImagiNation TV

Check Out the Videos on DGlobalFinals  Youtube channel

You can also peruse the
DI Newspaper For thursday
DI Newspaper For Friday

O forgot to mention Arwen's team competed in the main challenge on yesterday. And I think they will have their instant challenge today.

Prayers for the team would be appreciated.  1) Whether they win or lose, that they accept gracefully.
2) for a very safe trip home

The Avengers (3D)

Go watch, excellent.  If you like explosions, and etc etc etc

Thor  hammer
Hawkeye Arrows
Captain America with Shield
Dr, Banner and the Other Guy
Romanoff the Black Widow, assassin\
IronMan His Iron Suit

Enemy Loki (Thor's adopted brother)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The New Canon Law: Part IV:The Teaching Authority of the Church

Pursuant to the post below:

Canon: 1325: para 3

The Catholics shall not enter into any dispute or conferences with non-Catholics, especially public
ones, without permission of the Holy See, or, in urgent case, of the Ordinary. (Canon 1325.)

What in the Heck does that mean?

As Catholics, when we are baptized and more directly when we are confirmed we accept the mandatum to preach the gospel.  How can we if we can't enter into a dispute with non Catholics.

What does it mean to enter into a dispute or conference with non catholics?  I thought it meant, catholics are not allowed to debate non catholics unless they have the pope's (or Bishop's permission)  I mean if that is the case, then, jeez arguing with some people who visit my blog is wrong??? That sounds not right.

Canon Law is confusing, in general

God sent Moses 10 commandments, and exactly how many pages of laws and regulations did the Israelites come up with.

The Jesus reduces those ten two a measly two (Love God, Love your neighbour) and the Catholic Church comes up with over 1000 pages of catechism and how many pages of canon law, and excathedra statements.

I'm tired of defending God


Don't get me wrong.  I love and fear God.  I am just so very tired of not being able to defend Him when atheists bash Him.  I know God doesn't need me to defend Him. But man why let atheists pounce on the people who simply want to believe.

Why save one kid, and let millions suffer and die?  Honestly, when I pray for me /mine I pray for me/mine. I just hope me/mine will be one of  the ones He helps. There is an Italian prayer to the Miracle worker, St. Anthony.  O Sant'Antonio tu che fa tredici miracoli al giorno, aiuta tutto il mondo e` non scordarti di me.  O Saint Anthony, you who performs 13 miracles a day, help the whole world, and don't forget about me! How many times have we ( you and I ) prayed "You can if YOU want to, please want to"

So Jesus cured some blind and lame and cast out some demons, what about all the others? Valid question.  Bottom line is because He didn't want to. Why doesn't He always want to?  Honestly my answer is : Who the hell knows, and only an athiest would ask as though he deserves to know.  Don't I want to know?  No actually I don't. It really isn't important.  I mean they can answer and accept that they can't explain the beginning of the universe but they can't accept that we don't understand God's mind- Pot meet kettle.

Why is He so far away?  Why doesn't He interact with human beings anymore?  I don't know.  I went through my dark night a few years ago.  So this question hits me hard.  Why did I feel He had turned his back on me?  Was that just me, or was that coming from Him??  Am I happy I experienced that-- NO-- Am I glad I got through it-YUUP-  Other than that, heck I want to know why God doesn't  interact on a global level more often.

Honestly, I think it would be grand, and neato, if He just yelled down from Heaven:

YO, listen up you primitive screwheads, the Catholics are right, get with the program! O and while I'm here:  Yo Israelites, Your messiah came already,  Sheesh, Solomon was right, you are a stiff necked people.

And I would write what I would like Him to say to the Islamists, yeah, right... like I'm going anywhere near that one!

And why say yes to some and no to others?

I mean we have all asked these same questions.  And as theists we agree that God hasn't and doesn't reveal His reasons for what He does or doesn't do.

As Faithful Catholics (notice I said faithful, not Real) we submit to the will of God.  But atheists by definition don't want to submit. It may not be the reason they don't believe, or rather, it may not be the whole reason they believe He doesn't exist,  because if He did they would have to submit, and somehow submission is completely unacceptable to them.  It demeans them.  Where we submit because it is completely logical to do so.  He is in charge of everything any way, so really, what are we giving up when we submit- nothing..  The atheists,  on the other hand, haven't figured out that what happens to them is still determined/permitted by God, whether they believe or not.  Because they don't understand the THEREFORE they refuse to acknowledge the WHEREFORE and WHO.

Then they expect us be able to lay bare to them the mind of GOD.

Jeez, I am sick and tired of the atheists constantly coming up and demanding we explain and defend the mind of God.  I wouldn't even dare to ask God to open His mind to me.  The last human being to whom God opened His mind, well, we crucified him, and the second last, well she was driven temporarily insane. so understanding God is not exactly good for man's (or woman's )health.

Besides why should they get an explanation that satisfies them, when He doesn't fully explain Himself to us faithful ones.  If we can accept not having answers why do we (OK, I) feel compelled to explain?  I mean the answers are from a logical point of view pretty pathetic, and makes God look like a lunatic psychopathic dictator.  He picks and chooses,and the reason is for Him to know and the rest of us to just accept it.

I sympathize with them.  They haven't gotten past the : Because God Said so, part of accepting God.  And trust me, that is the biggest part of accepting GOD.  Letting God have His way in all things, and not whining about it. I'm still working on that one.  Don't get me wrong:  I accept God's will in all things, but just between you me and the keyboard, it doesn't mean I don't whine and gripe about it, if only for a short time.  Please I know I am working on it. God knows I am working on it.


I am scared

A fear has taken hold.  It has frozen me.

Prayers would be appreciated

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Arwen is in Tennessee

They arrived safe and sound.  Please wish my daughter's team luck in the DestiNation Imagination Global Finals.  There are about 15000 kids descended upon UT in Knoxville.  And UT tweeted that they were having trouble with the wifi. Jeez, how did they not figure that was going to happen. Join me is wishing Arwen and her team lots of luck and lots of fun,  DI will be livestreaming tonight

puff is on twitter and I

can't get the widget on my sidebar properly.  The shell shows up not the tweets.  Honestly I feel like a twit, with no tweets

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Canadians: Petition in Support of Motion 312: To Amend Section 223 of Canada's Criminal Code according to 21st Century Medical Evidence


Whereas Canada’s 400 year old definition of a human being says a child does not become a human being until the moment of complete birth, contrary to twenty-first century medical evidence;

And whereas Parliament has a solemn duty to reject any law that says some human beings are not human;

Therefore, we call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to confirm that every human being is recognized by Canadian law as human by amending Section 223 of our Criminal Code in such a way as to reflect twenty-first century medical evidence.

Motion put forward by Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth

Please go here to download the petition. Ask your pastor if he could mention the petition in the Sunday announcement and/ or the bulletin.  Ask if you can collect signatures after mass.  Let's get this motion passed
If you want some background go to this page and click on the links on the SideBar.
Now we know, let's do. 
I mean really, if the House of Parliament have the competence to change the definition of marriage from one man and one woman, to two  persons because the times have changed.  Isn't it only right that the definition of human being also be changed and modernized? 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Earth Quake In Emilia Romagna, Northern Italy

Magnitude: 5:9 OR 6 depending which source you read
Time: 4 AM yesterday
Dead: 8 confirmed so far.  Lux Aeterna
Evacuated: 3500

Sources:Bloomberg and the Toronto Star

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Please Pray for Atheists.

If any one on this planet needs prayers, it's atheists.  I mean we pray for them on Good Friday, let's continue.

I'm no good at confronting them.  Maybe the Most Holy Spirit can do something with a meddlesome little troll of an atheist.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Arwen is Leaving for Tennessee

Things to do today.

Pick up three pairs of shorts.
Purchase a personal fan
Purchase batteries for said fan and Arwen's camera.
Purchase another 25.00USD for Arwen.
Finally decide whether or not to download Skype on Arwen's and Galadriel's notebooks, so we can communicate while Arwen is down south.

Unrelated to Tennessee
Go to bank for mom.
Go grocery shopping for mom
Go handle night meds for mom
Go to sister's to discuss mom.

I want to crawl under a rock and disappear.  How does that old tv ad go?  Calgon, take me away!

Anyway in anticipation of this hectic day, last night I bought an Italian rum cake.  And it's all mine ( Okay maybe Arwen will be allowed to have a piece.


Meeting with sister ended in fight.  

Friday, May 18, 2012

3 1/2 time outs: On a Friday, but hey I am a rulebreaker

1))))I downloaded Skype only to uninstall later.  Really.  ANything that would purposely use my webcam, I am not sure.  Though It would be great way to keep in touch with Arwen when she is down in Tennessee.  May redo later. Who knows

2)))Speaking of Arwen leaving for TE.  The bus leaves at 9:00p.m. sharp from a parking lot at the corner of the Queen's Highway 401 and the teams from Arwen's school is the first group to be pick up.  I asked if it would be alright for her to wear PJ's on the bus since she'll be asleep on the bus.  Odd part would be arriving in Tennessee, in PJs.  Maybe I should just send her track pants for her to sleep in. 

3))Of recommended things to bring is a small battery powered personal fan.  Apparently the temps are going to be 27-32 * C Above seasonal. and humid.  It's also planning to rain.

1/2) On an unrelated note.  We are going over to my sisters tonight. Every time My family has great and exciting stuff going on, ;leave it to my sister to invite us over to discuss something only she thinks is a problem.

Oy vey. Prayers tonight would be great.

Monday, May 14, 2012

On Same Sex Marriage

I went to university and I became friends with people in fine arts.  And sure enough I came in contact with a fair number of persons with SSA.  My closest friend who was gay, who died over a decade ago, actually I can't believe it's been over 2 decades, of AIDS, was dead set against gays marrying.  He said these things at different times in the four years that I knew him.

~The gay lifestyle stands against the norm, therefore, by definition, it is NOT normal.
~Getting married isn't gay.
~Getting married is for straight people
~The whole thing about being gay IS the freedom to not be married.
~Getting married runs contrary to the "gay" concept."

I can't defend his position and he is not here to defend his position.  But I put it out there for you guys to ponder.

Discuss amongst yourselves. I need to see a man about a cat.

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Arwen's Last Ba-rum-pa` Before She Leaves for Tennessee

Arwen is leaving for Tennessee eight days today.  She will leave on Monday 21 (Victoria Day) and be back the following Saturday ( gone a wh9ole 6 1/2 days)  We were going to school after stopping at the Passport office to pick up her passport

Puff: I am going to miss you, pumpkin.  And a whole week with no ba-rum-pa`s on which I can blog.

Arwen: Ba-rum-pa`. There you go. A "ba-rum-pa`" to blog.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

I am Slowly Going Crazy, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Switch

Crazy going slowly am I 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Switch

I got this email from My American Cousin. It sounded familiar so I`ll reproduce here


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

I've been debating

With myself.  I am a stay at home mom.  I take care of my son, and my mother , and later in the day, the girls, and I'd say I take care of Bear, but to be totally honest he takes more care of me.  The feminist in me, and as I've said in other posts, I am a 95 percenter feminist, cringes when I admit that.  But truth is not determined by feminist theory.

Anyhoo.  For most of the day, I am busy, but there are about 4 hours a day when I could do something.  Preferably I would like do something that would earn me some money.  I was surfing for ideas, and after looking at paid survey sites.   I came across blogging for pay. I thought about that: I mean I blog, and I do know stuff.  Weird Stuff, Off the Radar Stuff. Come to the realization that life is stranger than fiction stuff, but I know some stuff.  Heck I even have a blog where I offer suggestions on Music for the Liturgy. Okay I have not written much on that one.On this blog I have pages on the GIRM analysis- more of translations and side by side comparisons but hey it's an analysis of sorts.

I wonder if I worked for if I'd be any good.  I'd have to be more disciplined and put time aside to research and blog, but I think I could put the time into it.  I am wondering you if I would be any good at it?

I will leave it up to God.  If He agrees that this would be a good way to help support the family then hopefully I will be accepted at and if not then I'll be turned down.  I can't see any other way than to throw my hat over the fence and go for it.

Oh let me add

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Arwen to the Left of Me, Bear to the Right, Here I am Stuck in the Middle.

There was a new MP3 player on the table., still in its box.

Bear: Pharoah gave it to me.  Said to give it to the family.

Puff:  Ooh, can I have it.

Bear: Sorry Hun, Arwen called it.

Puff: When did you say it was for whomever wanted it? Is this one of those times you said something while I was at nonna's (my mother's)?

Bear Kinda.

Arwen: Sorry Mom, I didn't think you'd want something this modern.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Anybody Out There

When lies come about

Talking to my sister (SPuff)  about our mother.

Puff: The PSW says that we need to order the single sue lancets, so I| am going to take mom to the doctor so that he can put them on her perscription lists. I gave the pharmacist a head's up about the request and he said he'll put a package aside and deliver it with her med dosette,  I asked how much they'd be and he said "I'll give them to her."  Is that some sort of code.

Spuff: Yeah, it just means that will provide them. How many lancets come in a box?

Puff About 200

Spuff: Why do they finish so quickly?  I only  ever use the lancet pen.

Puff:  I take mom's blood sugar every night before meds.  Where is the lancet pen??? ( I find this to be an odd statement since I broke the pen months ago so I think maybe she bought a new one)

Spuff:  In the glucometer case.

Puff: There is no pen in the case.

Spuff:  The Meter came with one, where is it.

Puff:  It broke.

Spuff: How, when??

Puff:  My fault, I dropped it, about three months ago.

Spuff:  Oh. Okay then.

The gall of her.  She doesn't even recognize when she's been caught in a lie.???

Friday, May 4, 2012

When You have trolls in your commboxes

1. Ignore them.  Do not take the bait.  Let them be.  Advise your other readers to ignore him/her.  Trolls can not abide being ignored.  Leave them alone and they'll go home.

2. Pray for them. Respond in the commbox (either yours or someone elses) by printing out a prayer.  Most trolls on Catholic Blogs or even Blogs by Catholics are not Catholic, so pray for them using especially a prayer which invokes the concept of having the Saints pray for us, or  my favourite Come Holy Spirit, Creator, Come  This particular mode of troll treatment may not remove the troll, but forces the Troll to actually read the prayer, and having read the prayer, it is almost reciting the prayer.  And if the Troll is an atheist they won't want to be drawn into that.

3. Recite/Type Proverbs 6:6-12.  This proverbs cites those characteristics which God dislikes as well as the one He destests: The soul that sows discord among others.

These are my ideas for dealing with trolls, if you have some other ways of dealing with trolls, other than just delete them before they can taint your commbox, please list in comments

Red Letter Day, almost the whole day long

Once, a few years ago Galadriel (a teenager of 13 years) told me her humble mother that I was right about something.  I was elated, I was overjoyed, I was ecstatic.  I never thought I would be given a more perfect and beautiful compliment.  Then yesterday happened.

Galadriel:  I worked on my assignment at school and I saved it at school, but when I tried to go back to it, it wasn't there.

Puff: You could have emailed it to yourself and it would have been saved on sky-drive, or how about using the USB flash drive you know, that's hidden in your pink pen

Galadriel: Yeah, that's a smart idea.

Puff: Hold up, did you just call me smart

Galadriel (Backpeddling) No, I just said you had a smart idea.

Puff:  This is a red letter day, my daughter just called me smart, uh-ha oh, yeah, uh ha oh yeah.

Galadriel: No I didn't

Puffgiving her a look;  Come on admit it.

Galadriel Okay I called you smart


Later walking home with Arwen after school

Puff: I am still happy about Galadriel calling me smart.

Arwen  Well it's not like your stupid.

Barum- pa

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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