Friday, July 29, 2011

Hit Piece

For archbishop's camp, the church is the hierarchy
My mother-in-law sent the above link to an article from the Philadelphia Inquirer. It is quite infuriating, but thankfully illustrates why the Church is NOT a democracy. The professor of Faith and Culture at the University of Dayton (a supposed Catholic university, sigh) uses some pretty inflammatory language regarding Archbishop Chaput and his hand in the "demise" of American catholicism, and he does so without giving a single quote or policy of Chaput's that would support his accusations, other than the fact Chaput would deny communion to apostate catholic John Kerry if the former presented himself for the sacrament in Chaput's previous Archdiocese. It's a hit piece and O'Brien comes across as someone with an ax to grind. When writers, such as he, side with the "hard working priests, sisters and lay people of Philadelphia" and fail to see the Church must side with Christ and His teachings alone, they show their true colors and only prove Archbishop Chaput is the right man for the job. Orthodoxy and adherence to authentic Catholic teaching alone will restore the Catholic Church in America. God bless Archbishop Chaput in his new post!

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real} in One Photo

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{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}

Here's my {pretty} baby boy. Bathtime={Happy}time. This expression is so completely {funny}. We did not have much time for photography this week as I was busy being a mom. You can't get much more {real} than that :) Print Friendly and PDF

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Recognition :)

For the most part I've been keeping up with my one photo a week with MCP Project 52. I don't always post the photos here for various reasons: I don't like my photo, I have something better to blog about, I used the photo for {Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}, etc.

Last week's theme was "Get in Close". I didn't even take my photo until the end of the week, and I really wasn't that inspired by the theme until giving it a little thought. As we've been pretty preoccupied with tennis lessons this summer, I decided to capture that idea up close. I liked my photo well enough to submit it. MCP did not choose it for their top ten, but another professional photographer liked it enough to use it in her blog's top ten photos of the week. Honestly, I don't participate in these photo challenges for recognition. I really am just trying to improve my skills and creativity. It does help to get some feed back on my photos, and of course, a little recognition goes a long way in encouraging me to continue this artistic pursuit.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Movie Review: Captain America

I've not much time for blogging this week so here's just a very quick review.

Captain America is the must see super hero movie of the year, thus far. There were several things I truly liked about this film:

1) The super hero character was truly likable. Unlike other recent heroes, Steve Rogers/Captain America was not a flawed character. He was brave, noble, persevering, and unselfish. Conversely the villain was completely despicable. It's difficult to create a more vile villain than a wickedly self serving, power hungry, nazi with evil super powers.

2) The story was well written, enjoyable, and well acted. I especially enjoyed Tommy Lee Jones as crusty Colonel Chester Philips; Chris Evans as Captain America; and Hugo Weaving as the pernicious Red Skull.

3) The humor was subdued and well-timed.

4) Stylistically this film was unique. I loved that the story was set in the 1940s and yet the special effects had a real and cool Star Wars vibe.

5) After Wingnut and I previewed the film, we were able to send our 4 oldest children to see it. I love when Hollywood actually produces a movie I can send my kids to without qualms.

The few things I did not enjoy about the film:

1) We saw it in 3-D. I hate 3-D. It gives me a headache; I can't stand the glasses; and it adds nothing to the story.

2) From a Catholic/Christian standpoint it was bothersome to me that Steve Rogers could not find his self worth and inherent dignity as himself. While his pursuit of becoming big and strong enough to enlist in the Army was not selfish, the message the film sends about the importance of outward appearance and bodily strength is problematic, IMHO. It's too bad Rogers could not find the strength within himself to serve as God created him, but then I suppose he wouldn't have made a very compelling Captain America as a 90 pound asthmatic weakling.

Due to some possibly frightening images and pervasive wartime violence, I would recommend this film for older adolescents, teens, and adults. The USCCB gave Captain America: The First Avenger an A-II (adults and adolescents).

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Proud Boy, Proud Mama

Lil' Wingnut has been taking tennis at our neighborhood racquet and pool club. He usually does very well and is well liked by the coaches and his fellow players, but he tends to be a bit clownish. The head coach chooses a "Player of the Week" each week from his students. He tries to choose a player who has worked hard, followed instructions, and improved their tennis play over the week.

On Monday Lil' Wingnut declared his intention of winning "Player of the Week". I told him he had to work really hard and behave if he wanted to win. I didn't have much hope for him as there at quite a few kids in his group and many of them work hard, are less silly, and are better players all around. Remarkably, Lil' Wingnut was on his best behavior all week. He was still his happy-go-lucky self, but more subdued and more serious about tennis. Like most of the country, we have been in a heat wave here. It was hot and humid all week and not the best tennis weather for little kids, but our lil' guy didn't complain a single time, nor did he use the oppressive heat as an excuse to not play hard. When award time came around, I actually had hope Lil' Wingnut might succeed in his quest. As soon as the coach announced his name, Lil' Wingnut came forward with an expression of complete pride and glee on his face. He could not have been prouder of his award and I could not have been prouder of the hard work and determination he exhibited in working toward his goal.

A proud Lil' Wingnut models his "Player of the Week" t-shirt.
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Thursday, July 21, 2011

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real} 7/21/2011

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I was lying in the grass and saw how pretty the clouds were. This photo is all the prettier with Skoshi A's sweet little face against the background.


We've been making one crafty project a week this summer. Last week it was homemade sidewalk chalk paint. This week was homemade silly putty. We used Wilton Gel Food Coloring, which gave us really pretty pastel shades of green, pink, and blue and then we added a touch of glitter too. The kiddos were happy all day playing with their putty. The recipe made tons to share with their neighborhood friends.


Several of the kids have been taking tennis again this summer. Lil' Wingnut was moved from the tots class to beginners. He's the littlest player by far and so cute to boot. The coaches all love him and he's doing really well. He's a real crack up at times. Here he is demonstrating how to hit an overhead shot.


When you have such a weird product to craft with the kids inevitably turn to weird uses for the product. Skoshi A found her "diseased" leg grossly hilarious.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

This is the Face . . .

. . . of a very sad and angry boy, and why is he sad and angry? We had just dropped Oleander off with the Sister Servants of the Lord at their new Juniorate house in DC. She is traveling with the Sisters to Upstate New York for their summer girls camp. Apparently the little guy is really going to miss his sister. I tried to explain to him that it is ok to miss Oleander, but then he should feel happy for her too. That did not go over very well. The entire drive home he pouted. When Lil' Lamb fussed, as he usually does on longer car rides, Lil' Wingnut would say, "It's ok. She'll be home Saturday or Sunday," as if that was the reason the baby was fussing. What a crack up our lil' man is. What is he going to do when Karate Kid and Oleander leave for school in August? Print Friendly and PDF

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

When Scandal Strikes

It seems every few months the Church is rocked by one scandal or another. The personal failings of those in high profile leadership positions can be disturbing, frustrating, and disheartening. As Catholics we hold those priests, bishops, and cardinals to high standards, forgetting we are all held to the same high standard, Christ himself. Too easily caught up in the cult of personality and bombarded by constant temptation, one can see the persistent desire of the evil one to see good holy men succumb to sin.

How should we, as Christians, respond? Of course we should feel saddened and disappointed, but all too often, I've observed in the online world, there is an atmosphere of frenzied expectation, harsh judgement, and near giddy excitement over the news of the sinner. We all know, or should know, this is not how Christ responds. As followers of Christ we need to hit our knees and pray for the fallen and pray for those that will be lead astray, feel betrayed, or rejoice in the misconduct of those men so many follow and admire. We need to separate ourselves from the feeding frenzy of scandal and instead of indignant criticism and finger pointing we need to dig deep and feel compassion and pity for our disgraced brethren. Let us be reminded of the wisdom of one of Wingnut's favorite idioms: "There but for the grace of God, go I."
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Monday, July 18, 2011

Movie Review: Super 8

JJ Abrams pays homage to Steven Speilberg and the 70s in this science fiction action flick. He really should have left off and sent Speilberg and the 70s a fan letter.

This film is a play on Speilberg's classic alien film E.T. from 1982. In Abram's version the alien loses his way and ends up on earth where is he is discovered by the military. This time said alien is not quite as cute and lovable and does not escape before being tortuously experimented upon. In a desperate bid to save the being, Dr. Woodward, who has a psychic connection to the creature, causes the train transporting the alien to crash. This crash is witnessed by adolescent main character Joe Lamb and four of his friends as they are filming a low-budget zombie movie on Super 8 film. As the military swoops in to clean up the crash, the fictional Ohio town begins to experience mysterious and frightening phenomenon.

The special effects are amazing, as one would expect from Abrams, but all-in-all the movie was a disappointment. It had that unfortunate characteristic of having been done before and done better. Homage or no, Mr. Abrams could have made a much more compelling film.

Of the distractors, and there were many, the most bothersome was the use of almost continual foul language by the adolescent characters. Both Wingnut and I agreed this use of profanity made the characters extremely unsympathetic. It's difficult to feel for a character when one has to cringe at nearly every sentence uttered. I will say that as far as I can recall the main character, Joe, and his puppy-love interest Alice, played beautifully by Elle Fanning, did not utter a single offensive word, mercifully.

A second annoyance were the near constant hat tips to the 70s. Yes, we get it JJ, the movie is set in the 70s. The stream of cultural references was truly unneeded. Guess what? The 70s weren't that great, culturally or otherwise.

Finally, the most serious defect, IMHO, was the overuse of catharsis in the film. There are cathartic scenes between Joe and his father, Joe and his friend Charles, Joe and Alice, Alice and her father, Joe's father and Alice's father, and Joe and the alien--too much already!

I wanted to like Super 8, I really did, but I just could not overlook the many problematic deficiencies. Due to violent and frightening scenes and the shear volume of profanity I would recommend this film to much older teens and adults, if I were to recommend it at all. The USCCB rates this film A-III, adults.

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Our Family Will Not Survive the Zombie Apocalypse

So with the water tank leaking this week we had to turn off the water main to the house. Oh my goodness! I did not realize what having no water would mean to this family! The little kids kept standing at the refrigerator waiting for water to come out of the dispenser all day. I had to constantly remind them the water was off. The older kids were in a panic about not getting showers. Even though we turned to using paper plates, the sink was filled with dishes after only one meal. I couldn't do laundry, run the dish washer, or even wash my hands. After just an hour of this, we decided we would turn the water on when it was desperately needed, and after just one bathroom visit by Lil' Wingnut, it was desperately needed, if you know what I mean. I was running up and down the stairs all day turning the water on and off as needed.

I'm just a little worried. We have become so dependent on running water I seriously doubt we would survive an emergency of any kind, let alone the coming zombie apocalypse.
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Thursday, July 14, 2011

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real} 7/14/2011

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This pretty butterfly/moth was snapped using my phone. I might instagram it for The Pioneer Woman's photography blog contest this week, which is all about phone photography.


This little face always makes me happy :)


This photo of my brother and I makes me chuckle, smile and cry. We had such a wonderful visit and I miss him so much.


I was trying to make a creative profile pic for my instagram account. When I saw the results I had to sigh. Funny how in my mind I always appear as my 18 year old self. This is the very real eye of an exhausted 43 old mother of a 5 month old that does not sleep well. Sigh, I'm looking old.
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Water Works

Since we moved into this house 10 years ago, we've had all sorts of minor emergencies involving water:

1) A fuse to the sump pump blew and after a huge rain storm our lower level of the basement flooded on Father's Day right before Wingnut was to leave on a two week trip.

2) The water line to the fridge developed a hole causing it to leak between floors and eventually into the basement.

3) The gutters were not draining properly causing water to pool at the foundation to the house and then leaked into the basement.

4) The water softener overflowed into the basement.

5) Our air conditioning overflow pipe has been dislodged on multiple occasions flooding the basement.

6) And last night our hot water heater began leaking from the top flooding the basement.

Some of these things have happened more than once and so several years ago Wingnut and I invested in several water alarms and placed them strategically throughout the basement. They have worked incredibly well and we have stopped major flooding several times as these babies go off after contacting the smallest amount of water. Unfortunately, it seems our water woes only occur in the middle of the night and we have been awoken from the deepest of sleep by its shrill alert.

During the heat of summer, our children prefer to sleep in the cool of the basement. They can usually sleep through anything, but last night one of our children was finally awoken by the water alarm. Seeing that it was a very small amount of water, this child removed the alarm from the offending puddle and went back to bed. As you might imagine, this morning we were greeted by a much, much, larger puddle :(

These alarms work wonderfully, but not when they are ignored. Wingnut and I have spent the morning mopping up the flood, researching fixes for the water heater, fielding calls from Service Magic Pros (love them!) and will be awaiting the arrival of the plumber. Oh, joy!

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Monday, July 11, 2011

He's A Star

My brother's company made Seattle Magazine's Top 100 Small Businesses to Work For in Washington (State), in fact, they were #1! When the magazine made their video promo for the award, they used my brother and his boss in a very cute and funny exchange. My brother appears 40 seconds into the video below and Cashlinq's section of the video wraps up at 1:35, so you don't need to watch the entire 5:18 second promo ;)

P.S. This is the same brother that oft comments here on the blog and has his own little fan club.

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Friday, July 8, 2011

3 Bean BBQ Beans

We made this for the Fourth of July and they were fantastic. This comes from one who does not like beans at all! You'll need the biggest dutch oven you can get, otherwise cut the recipe in half. The beans need to soak over night or you can use a quick soak method before moving on to adding the bacon. These beans need to cook for a very long time to soften and develop in flavor.

The full recipe made so much we had plenty leftover for dinner the next night. I took the leftover spice rubbed and grilled ribs we made and took the meat off the bones, chopped it up, and added it to the remainder of the beans and reheated in the oven. Delicious and hearty!

Maurisa's 3 Bean BBQ Beans

1 pound dried black beans
1 pound dried pinto beans
1 pound dried kidney beans
1/2 pound bacon diced
salt and pepper
1 full recipe of Mau's BBQ sauce

Place all three pounds of beans in large pot or dutch oven. Pick through and discard any stray pebbles. Cover beans with water and leave to soak on the stove overnight. In the morning drain and rinse the beans in a colander. Return to the dutch oven, cover with water, add the bacon, 2 teaspoons of salt and 2 teaspoons of black pepper. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer at least two hours until beans have softened. While simmering prepare the bbq sauce. Once bbq sauce and beans have simmered, add the bbq sauce to the beans. Transfer
pot to a 325 degree oven and bake, stirring occasionally for at least one hour, but up to as much as two hours before serving.

Mau's BBQ Sauce

1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 28 oz can tomato sauce
1 6 oz can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1 6 oz can tomato paste
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon oregano

Heat all ingredients in a large sauce pan over medium high heat until they just begin to bubble. Reduce to low and let simmer for two hours. Allow to cool slightly and blend until smooth in a blender. Add the entire batch to a full recipe of beans. We use this sauce for pulled pork and as a condiment for all sorts of bbq goodness.

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real} 7/7/2011

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The play of light and shadow on Lil' Lamb's face was so pretty for his 5 month photo shoot. I loved how these photos turned out. I have a black and white shot from the same morning in my previous post.


My baby brother and my nephew made the trek to the East Coast to visit this week. We were all so happy to see them and spend time with them. I love my family!


Of course traveling across three time zones can really mess with a boy, so can his aunt :) I enjoyed being able to tease my nephew. He has a wicked sense of humor and was an absolute joy to have around.


I need to work on the firework photography :( I forgot to bring my Canon Rebel SLR, for starters. iPhone's may have decent camera's, but they aren't awesome by any means.
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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Lil' Lamb 5 months

Isn't he a beauty?

Of course, I couldn't post photos of the little man without at least one funny facial expression.

He is growing so fast and changing everyday. We love seeing his unique personality blossom before our very eyes. He loves people, loves to be talked to, loves to be held facing outward so that he can see everything around him.

He still hates riding in his car seat and that makes traveling very unpleasant for us all. We decided to take my visiting brother and nephew to see the fireworks in downtown DC on the fourth and Lil' Lamb protested very loudly during the last 15 minutes of the van ride home. He was so mad I was unable to calm him down no matter what I tried. I tried rocking him, nursing him, changing him. We walked around outside, lay on the bed in the dark, and turned on the light in the living room. I tried two different pacifiers and gave him several toys, all to no avail. He cried non-stop for 30 minutes and did not settle down until Wingnut took him from me. Once in his daddy's arms the lil' tyrant turned to me and gave me the most wicked glare. Oh yeah, was he ever mad at me for strapping him into that car seat and boy did he ever let me know it. Yes, it should be interesting watching this temperament develop.
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Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Independence Day!

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
hen in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

— John Hancock

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart. Our parish is named for The Sacred Heart and celebrates with a Eucharistic Procession and a picnic each year in early June. This year our Monsignor led us in prayers for reparation to the Sacred Heart. It is an old and beautiful prayer that brought me to tears as we recited it.

Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart

Most sweet Jesus, whose overflowing charity for men is requited by so much forgetfulness, negligence and contempt, behold us prostrate before Thee, eager to repair by a special act of homage the cruel indifference and injuries to which Thy loving Heart is everywhere subject.

Mindful, alas! that we ourselves have had a share in such great indignities, which we now deplore from the depths of our hearts, we humbly ask Thy pardon and declare our readiness to atone by voluntary expiation, not only for our own personal offenses, but also for the sins of those, who, straying far from the path of salvation, refuse in their obstinate infidelity to follow Thee, their Shepherd and Leader, or, renouncing the promises of their baptism, have cast off the sweet yoke of Thy law.

We are now resolved to expiate each and every deplorable outrage committed against Thee; we are now determined to make amends for the manifold offenses against Christian modesty in unbecoming dress and behavior, for all the foul seductions laid to ensnare the feet of the innocent, for the frequent violations of Sundays and holydays, and the shocking blasphemies uttered against Thee and Thy Saints. We wish also to make amends for the insults to which Thy Vicar on earth and Thy priests are subjected, for the profanation, by conscious neglect or terrible acts of sacrilege, of the very Sacrament of Thy Divine Love; and lastly for the public crimes of nations who resist the rights and teaching authority of the Church which Thou hast founded.

Would that we were able to wash away such abominations with our blood. We now offer, in reparation for these violations of Thy divine honor, the satisfaction Thou once made to Thy Eternal Father on the Cross and which Thou continuest to renew daily on our Altars; we offer it in union with the acts of atonement of Thy Virgin Mother and all the Saints and of the pious faithful on earth; and we sincerely promise to make recompense, as far as we can with the help of Thy grace, for all neglect of Thy great love and for the sins we and others have committed in the past. Henceforth, we will live a life of unswerving faith, of purity of conduct, of perfect observance of the precepts of the Gospel and especially that of charity. We promise to the best of our power to prevent others from offending Thee and to bring as many as possible to follow Thee.

O loving Jesus, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mother, our model in reparation, deign to receive the voluntary offering we make of this act of expiation; and by the crowning gift of perseverance keep us faithful unto death in our duty and the allegiance we owe to Thee, so that we may all one day come to that happy home, where with the Father and the Holy Spirit Thou livest and reignest, God, forever and ever. Amen. Print Friendly and PDF

Permission to Breathe

Watch out world, our 16 year old son has his driver's permit. Just thought I'd throw that out there. You've had fair warning.

In order to get said permit, we had to provide the DMV with an inordinate amount of paper work proving his age, his citizenship, and adequate school attendance. Since he is home schooled, I had to write the local home schooling official with the public school and request a form showing that he was in compliance with state law regarding school attendance. She, of course, sent the wrong form back to us. The DMV rejected our paperwork submitted for the driving permit, but they did register the boy to vote. Really??? Thankfully, JayP turned 16 just a few days later, and as such, no longer required the proof of school attendance form. After taking a quick multiple choice quiz, the state handed him a card giving him permission to drive with a qualified licensed driver (over 21 and having had a license for 3 years).

We just recently had our second homeschool portfolio review of the year. It's a necessary irritation having to prove to the state that we provide "regular, thorough, and adequate" instruction to our children. We've been scrutinized by the public school system for the last 10 years. I'm fairly certain we've got it down. The state continues to require we be reviewed. Whatever. At least the reviewers have all been lovely, supportive ladies and always rave about what our children have accomplished. I should be thankful we don't live in a more invasive, form ridden state. Yet, sometimes I feel like we need permission to breathe.

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