Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
What John Paul did...... [now that's what I'm talkin' about!]
What Joseph did......... [pretending to 'vacuum' with blocks]
What Hannah did..........
What Dani did............I also did a little of this............
and a little of this...........What Therese and Sophia did............
and we ended with this............
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Sophia: [feeling the back of her head, speaking to me] Oh! You put a braid in my hair!
Me: Yes, it's a French braid.
Sophia: What's a French braid?
Therese: It makes you speak French!
Sophia: [saying in a "you're teasing" way] Therese.
Therese: See, you just spoke French! You said, "Therese"!
[Her name is the French pronunciation]
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Aren't they just adorable?!
Again, this is one of my "cool" shots taken on Father's Day.
We are so very blessed to have them over for dinner every Sunday - okay, not *just* dinner :o) This is a gift my kids will always remember - the gift of knowing their grandparents. Really knowing them. Thank you God for this gift.
This is one of my favorites from the day!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
this is Paul after I *lovingly hit* him about the B/W finding! [he's gonna kill me for posting this!]
Well, Honey....does that make you miss 'em more? Or are you still figuring out a way to take the first picture off!?
Can Catholics Who Vote for Obama Still Receive Communion?
Editorial by John-Henry Westen
With an election in the United States looming, much is being made of the Catholic vote and what is moral for Catholics as they head to the voting booth. Pope Benedict XVI, just prior to his election to the pontificate, addressed the matter in a doctrinal note to the US Bishops Conference.
Then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, in his capacity as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, intervened in a debate among the US Bishops on the issue of denying communion to pro-abortion politicians in 2004. Simply put, Cardinal Ratzinger said in his letter, titled "Worthiness to receive Holy Communion", that obstinately pro-abortion Catholic politicians, after being duly instructed and warned, "must" be denied Communion.
That same document by the man who is now Pope, suggested in a nota bene at the conclusion of the document that Catholic citizens who vote for politicians who support abortion also make themselves unworthy to receive Communion. "A Catholic would be guilty of formal cooperation in evil, and so unworthy to present himself for Holy Communion, if he were to deliberately vote for a candidate precisely because of the candidate's permissive stand on abortion and/or euthanasia," he wrote.
The Cardinal added: "When a Catholic does not share a candidate's stand in favour of abortion and/or euthanasia, but votes for that candidate for other reasons, it is considered remote material cooperation, which can be permitted in the presence of proportionate reasons.
"The key is that in order to vote for a pro-abortion politician and remain in good enough standing with Our Lord to be worthy to receive Him in Holy Communion, one must have "proportionate reasons". But what can be considered proportionate?
Could it be, as is often said, that because one candidate supports abortion and another, while being against abortion, supports a war effort or the death penalty, that that would be a "proportionate reason" to vote for the pro-abortion candidate over the anti-abortion one? Cardinal Ratzinger answers the question in his document.
"Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia," explained the document. "For example, if a Catholic were to be at odds with the Holy Father on the application of capital punishment or on the decision to wage war, he would not for that reason be considered unworthy to present himself to receive Holy Communion. While the Church exhorts civil authorities to seek peace, not war, and to exercise discretion and mercy in imposing punishment on criminals, it may still be permissible to take up arms to repel an aggressor or to have recourse to capital punishment. There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
One suggestion offered is that a Catholic may vote for a politician who supports abortion in very limited circumstances (for instance in cases of rape), if the only other viable candidate is one who supports abortion in most or all cases.
As Bishop Rene Henry Gracida, of Corpus Christi Texas, explained in September 2004: "Consider the case of a Catholic voter who must choose between three candidates: Kerry, who is completely for abortion on demand, Bush, who is in favor of very limited abortion, i.e., in favor of greatly restricting abortion and Peroutka, a candidate who is completely against abortion but who is universally recognized as being unelectable. The Catholic can vote for Peroutka, but that will probably only help ensure the election of Kerry. Therefore the Catholic voter has a proportionate reason to vote for Bush, since his vote might help to ensure the defeat of Kerry and might result in the saving of some innocent human lives."
Where does that logic come from? Pope John Paul II explained in his encyclical, Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life), when it is not possible to overturn or completely abrogate a pro-abortion law, an elected official, whose absolute personal opposition to procured abortion was well known, could licitly support proposals aimed at limiting the harm done by such a law and at lessening its negative consequences at the level of general opinion and morality. This does not in fact represent an illicit cooperation with an unjust law, but rather a legitimate and proper attempt to limit its evil aspects."
Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput has proposed this definition of proportionate. "What is a 'proportionate' reason when it comes to the abortion issue?," he wrote in January 2008. "It's the kind of reason we will be able to explain, with a clean heart, to the victims of abortion when we meet them face to face in the next life - which we most certainly will. If we're confident that these victims will accept our motives as something more than an alibi, then we can proceed."
Taking some ideas from this creative lady, the kids each made an "I Love You Because..." card for the window-type frame for Paul's Father's Day gift. He absolutely loved it! They also got their dad a beta fish - which just happens to be the same colors as Paul's company's logo - for his new office in the basement. They gave him some good ideas for a name, but he came up with his own: "Invoice" -- :o)
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Hannah's Good Side!
Therese was telling me something about her scabbed knee - how it was bothering her or something [ you know, I don't really listen to them, they're always rambling! LOL]. I told her that we could have them shave her leg and spray some stuff on it. She laughed one of those "stop it Mommy" laughs. Then I said: Do you want them to take your temperature!!!
Eh - they put up with me!
May St. Joseph be with you, guide you and speak to you!! [not like a one on one convo LOL!]
St. Therese...Pray for us
St. Joseph...Pray for us
St. Gabriel...Pray for us
and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel...Pray for us
Friday, June 13, 2008
I'll need to redo this on the video camera. The digital camera automatically shut off in the middle of the show.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
God must have more confidence in me than I have in myself. Because it sure is hard. How do we really know if we're doing our best? Isn't there always room for improvement?
My prayer is that God give us the Matrimonial Graces to raise our children. So they will be prepared in this life to live and defend their greatest gift. Their Catholic Faith - the Blessed Sacrament.
A prayer in Mothers' Manual:
Mother most pure, from your very conception you were guarded from the least
stain of sin. Speak to your Divine Son with me now for the protection of my
children against dangers of soul. You know how greatly sin offends God and you
abhor it. You know, too, how horrible sin is because of all that your Divine Son
suffered on account of it. Ask Him now to defend my children from all dangers of
sin that threaten. Please ask Him to grant the protection of His grace, so that
grievous sin will not possess the soul of my children and prevent us from
sharing happiness together in Heaven!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
We all went to Medieval Times. And we had a blast! They have castles in Buena Park, CA -Lyndhurst, NJ - Toronto, Canada - Kissimmee, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Schaumburg, IL, Baltimore, Dallas and here in ATL. It is extremely pricey. Luckily, for our family of 9, -- plus my sister, but minus Charlie -- they were running a special: one free child per paying adult. So that was helpful, to say the least!
Aunt Karen with the tired one!
The kiddos got their picture with our Yellow Knight - who lost, by the way.