Here's a picture of our Jesse tree (sorry the picture is so dark!). Not your typical Jesse tree, but it was this tree or nothing else. The tree is one of those old antique aluminum ones. My husband has a bunch of Star Trek, Star Wars, planes, space craft, etc., type ornaments that we used to hang on this tree, but we haven't gotten it out for about five years. Now, it is our Jesse tree. You can see one of the Jesse tree ornaments hanging on the very bottom. For some reason, the kids want to hang all the ornaments on the bottom branches, so all of them are in a clump there. This is probably because it is at eye level for them since the tree is sitting on top of an old dresser.
Today we will write our letters to the Christ Child for St. Nick to gather. It may just be one big collective letter this year. That idea would harken back to the space theme of the tree...Borg, collective, resistence is futile. It's a geek thing.
And, speaking of geeks. Beloved geek (aka hubby) was home for a good part of the day yesterday finishing two papers he had to do for his grad classes. He had one due last night and one due today, so he was on the computer all day and I couldn't blog or nuthin'.
Maybe we need to rethink this Luddite stuff and get another computer.
To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant.
~Cardinal John Henry Newman
2010 Cannonball Award
Father Solanus Casey
"Even suffering is part of the truth of our life. Thus, trying to shield the youngest from every difficulty and experience of suffering, we risk creating, despite our good intentions, fragile persons of little generosity: The capacity to love, in fact, corresponds to the capacity to suffer, and to suffer together." ~Benedict XVI
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Fides et Ratio Encyclical
Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth.
Thank you everyone that voted for the Kneeler at the Cannonball awards!!
Words of Father Corapi, for all my politician friends and relatives and those who vote for them
"Catholic office holders, whether presidents, senators, congress men or women, or judges at any level must adhere to Catholic teaching or run the risk of separating themselves from the Body of Christ. In such egregious and chronic cases of gross moral evil such as instituting and perpetuating abortion and the structures of sin that surround it, it is quite probable that such Catholic officials are excommunicated in virtue of the acts themselves. A latae sententiae (automatic) excommunication is likely triggered when they vote for laws, funding, and structures that enable and perpetuate such obvious and egregious evil (Cf. Code of Canon Law, Canons 1364,1398; Canon 1329, par. #2). They are in turn forbidden from approaching the sacraments as the result (Cf. Catechism of Catholic Church #1463)."
"It is not morally possible for any Catholic to support abortion, euthanasia, fetal stem cell research, human cloning, or same-sex marriage. There are no ways around this, no justifications whatever. Why? For the simple reason that the Church holds these things to be intrinsically evil. They are evil in themselves, and no circumstances or subjective conditions can ever change that."