New Access

20120207-225943.jpgI now have access to my blog from my new iPad and from my phone. This should give me more access and opportunity to write as time is at a premium these days with two little boys. Will see how much the Holy Spirit prompts me to write again.

God Bless

Been Busy

It’s been 8 months since my last post.  I have been very busy at work until recently and we are expecting another child in a few months. I have not had a desire to write in sometime but now have new access to my blog via my phone.  It just might get me to write more.

Eat My Flesh

Recently I’ve been listening to a whole series of talks by Michael Voris.  Since I go by John 6:54 on the Catholic Internet the following talk really hit home.  It’s called “Eat My Flesh”

http://www.theonetruefaith.tv/podcast/s4e2.mp3

Take a listen or download it to your MP3 player.  If you like it there are a lot more at http://www.theonetruefaith.tv/index.php?nav=04&content=20 or you can have them all download to your iTunes or other MP3 organizer at http://www.theonetruefaith.tv/podcast/totf.xml

In A Hurry

Caught the following in an email that I thought was worth sharing.

In Washington , DC , at a Metro Station, on a cold January morning in 2007, this man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes.  During that time, approximately 2,000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.  After about 3 minutes, a middle-aged man noticed that there was a musician playing.  He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds, and then he hurried on to meet his schedule.

At 4 minutes: The violinist received his first dollar.  A woman threw money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.

At 6 minutes:  A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.

At 10 minutes: A 3-year old boy stopped, but his mother tugged him along hurriedly.  The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head the whole time.  This action was repeated by several other children, but every parent – without exception – forced their children to move on quickly.

At 45 minutes: The musician played continuously.  Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while.  About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace.  The man collected a total of $32.

After 1 hour: He finished playing and silence took over.  No one noticed and no one applauded.  There was no recognition at all.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world.  He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.  Two days before, Joshua Bell sold-out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100 each to sit and listen to him play the same music.

This is a true story.  Joshua Bell, playing incognito in the D.C. Metro Station, was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people’s priorities.

This experiment raised several questions:

      *In a common-place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty?

      *If so, do we stop to appreciate it?

      *Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?

One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made . . . How many other things are we missing as we rush through life?

Plant A Tree, Help A Dog

Holy Week is Here & So are the Attacks

It seems every year at Holy Week the mainstream media starts some new attacks the Catholic Church.  This year they are trying to discredit and take out the Pope by printing lies and innuendo.  Facts are short in many of the articles so I suggest reading some articles that don’t over look the facts.  If you read the NYTimes you are among the lost sheep.  You need to find a the “Good Shepard” and fast.  I suggest the following for supplimental “news” reading this week, that is if your wanting the truth.

http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/2010/03/scoundrel-times

http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=ZDkxYmUzMTQ1YWUyMzRkMzg4Y2RiN2UyOWIzNDVkNDM=

http://catholicanchor.org/wordpress/?p=601

http://www.catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1813

http://www.zenit.org/rssenglish-28796

Good Things Happening In Haiti

Could good things come from an earthquake?  Remember Haiti, sadly I have forgotten to keep them in my prayers.

…According to a news release from Reciprocal Ministries International (RMI), for the first time in Haitian history the country’s president cancelled Mardi Gras and replaced the festival with three days of prayer and fasting….

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Auto Tweets

Added a new plugin to my blog that supposedly automatically does a twitter post for me.  We’ll see if it works.

Update: What do you know it worded the first time.  I love WordPress.

On the Nightstand

I just finished up reading two books.  Jesus-Shock & Fire Within.  If you want to go to the deep end of the pool as it relates to contemplative prayer read Fire Within.  It was way past where I’m from a pray life perspective but I did learn a few things.  Jesus-Shock is a very quick read by Peter Kreeft.  Chapters 2 & 4 were so good I’ve read them 3 or 4 times and I plan to write a few posts on tidbits from the book.  Next I hope to finish You Can Understand the Bible which I have picking up and putting down for a few months now and I’m going to read another of Michael O’Brien’s books Sophia House for a little fiction.  O’Brien’s Fr. Elijah was very good, probably the only book, thats not a children’s book, that I’ve read cover to cover twice.

Bishop Approves Needle Distribution

From CatholicCulture.org there is an article about Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany, who serves as chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace. Bishop Hubbard has approved a proposal by diocesan Catholic Charities to distribute free needles to drug abusers in the hope of preventing the spread of AIDS.

SAY WHAT?

“I understand there will be questions, but this is common sense,” says Sister Maureen Joyce, CEO of Catholic Charities.

Okay folks, in my mind this is just plain wrong. Is this not cooperating with evil? Are they going to hand out condoms next? I think Bishop Hubbard needs to hear from the folks in the pew and from his brother bishops.

Howard J. Hubbard, Bishop of Albany
Tel:  (518) 453-6611
Fax: (518) 453-6795