Monthly Archives: November 2015

Deo Gratias

Sitting here trying to think of something new and fresh to say about Thanksgiving.  Watching some commercials about this day and about the crazy shopping on Friday.  Stores open on Thanksgiving.  Stores not open on Thanksgiving.  Door buster specials. Buy one, get one. Get an extra 20% off. Only once a year sales.  Black Friday hysteria.  Camping out in front of stores on the night before Thanksgiving.  People wrestling.

I don’t get it.

We went to the mall last Saturday just to walk, people watch, and look around.  I repeat.  I don’t get it.  Buying things just to be buying.  Spending on things that aren’t really needed.  Going into debt on credit cards for “stuff.”  Garages and basements stacked with this “stuff.”  Closets overflowing with “stuff;” some with the price tags still on them.  Having to rent storage space for extra “stuff.”

So this year I’m thankful for all the things that I am usually thankful for: family, friends, health, and hearth.  I’m also thankful for all the “stuff” I don’t have; “stuff” that I don’t have to dust or store or insure.  “Stuff” that I am not attached to and don’t really want.  And, best of all, I’m thankful that I don’t need any of this extra “stuff” to be happy.

Deo Gratias.

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St Benedict on Silence

St. Benedict says it all about silence during worship.

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Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary

Every year for the past 12, I have begun the Consecration according to St Louis Marie de Monfort on November 5 to renew my “vow” on December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  It’s a wonderful way to approach Advent.  It’s always refreshing spiritually and I find some new nugget for pondering over and meditating upon each year.

I do not take these 33 days lightly because it is a great devotion for deepening commitment to my baptismal vows and living them faithfully.  This Marian spirituality suits me as I have always had a devotion to the rosary since I received my first one at the age of seven.  The rosary has always been for me a powerful weapon against temptation and evil in my life.

So what’s the Total Consecration about?  It’s divided into four sections.  The first 12 days are for emptying oneself of all attachments to the Spirit of the World.  The second seven days are for growing in our Knowledge of Ourselves.  During the next seven days, we concentrate on getting to know Mary better so that we can better serve Jesus through her.  Finally, in the fourth section, it is time to deepen our relationship with Jesus through her.  Each day contains a reading and prayer.  Some of the prayers are “Veni Creator,” Ave Maris Stella,” “The Magnificat,” “The Litany of the Holy Ghost,” “The Litany of the Blessed Virgin,” and, of course, the Rosary.

To learn more go to My Consecration and order your materials to make your consecration.  The next one begins on November 29 to end on January 1.  You will be glad you did.

Ave, maris stella,
Dei Mater alma,
Atque semper virgo,
Felix coeli porta.

Sumens illud
Ave Gabrielis ore,
Funda nos in pace,
Mutans Evae nomen.

Solve vinyl reis,
Profer lumen caecis,
Mala nostra pelle,
Bona cuncta posce.

Monstra te esse matrem,
Sumat per te preces,
Qui pro nobis natus,
Tulit esse tuus.

Virgo singularis,
Inter omnes mitis,
Nos culpis solutos
Mites fac et castos.

Vitam praesta puram,
Iter pare tutum;
Ut videntes Jesum,
Semper collaetemur.

Sit laus Deo Patri,
Summo Christo decus,
Spiritui Sancto,
Tribus honor unus. Amen.




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Contemporary liturgical dance and Funcky Mass

This person is “spot on.” Couldn’t say it any better myself. If our hierarchy is really concerned about the people leaving the Church in droves, they need look no further than our liturgy. “Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi.”



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Okay. What Now, Lord?

On October 31st, I officially stopped doing all paid work.  I’ve been cutting back my hours with Georgia Right to Life for about seven years now; from 4 days a week in the office to three; then, two days from home to one.  It’s been a gradual “retirement.”  And, now I will be going on to their Executive Committee as the Treasurer for the next two years.  Since I’m not ready to leave my active pro-life work this will provide another transition.

I don’t know what will happen at the end of the two years, however, that is not what I’m thinking about tonight.  I’m trying to decide what I’m going to do for the next twenty.  Praise God, I am in excellent health and have longevity in my genes.  So, Lord, what’s the plan?

There have been ideas swirling around in my head for at least the past month or two.  Should I write that novel I have been wanting to write since I’ve been 15 years old?  Maybe, I should teach again.  After all, I am a PhD in Psychology and have taught in Universities.  Perhaps it’s time to give talks about my Catholic faith journey and do some of that formal evangelizing stuff.  Or, I could live the life of a Benedictine Oblate.  (Just kidding. . .maybe.)

God’s plan for this end part of my life has not been revealed to me yet.  So I keep praying, “What now, Lord;” then write a list of Christmas cakes and cookies that I’ll be baking this year.  Now, that’s something that I haven’t done in about five years and am going to really enjoy.  Yum!


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