Today would be my mother's 75th birthday. She passed away just over 20 years ago. She was the middle child of seven. My grandmother had three children in rapid succession (practically Irish triplets!) then a series of miscarriages and a nearly fatal ectopic pregnancy. Then, after my mother was born, my grandmother had a few more miscarriages until three more children joined the family.
My grandmother's mother died when my grandmother was only four and was named Catherine. When it came to naming my mother, the name Catherine was bantered about. My Swiss grandmother agreed to name my mother Catherine on the condition that she not be nicknamed at all. It was Catherine or it was nothing. My Irish grandfather agreed, albeit with a twinkle in his eye. So my mother was named Catherine Anne. It was only a short time later and my grandfather started calling my mother Nancy, which I am told is an Irish nickname for Anne. So, true to his word, he didn't nickname Catherine but did nickname Anne.
When my mother got to school, she wouldn't answer the nuns who called her by her given name of Catherine and would only answer to Nancy. Sorry grandma, they out-foxed you!
Happy birthday mom. May eternal light shine upon you.
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."