God Bless America!

I was talking to a friend the other day.  She told me she has started a blog.  I gave her some encouragement and offered to help any way I can.  Then I came home and looked at this blog and realized that I haven’t posted since Memorial Day!  Over a month ago!  If I were an aspiring blogger I would take Deacon Mike’s advice and toss it in the trash can.  I’m embarrassed.

I could make all kinds of excuses for my inactivity but I won’t.  I know better.  This coming November, this blog will be ten years old.  I actually started blogging for my former employer in April 2006, more than twelve years ago.  I think I know how to blog.  I even know how to blog on a regular basis because in my capacity as “professional blogger” I was expected to do it as part of my job.  So, what happened?

Life happened.  Other things seemed to always get in the way.  Believe it or not, these beautiful words of wisdom don’t just flow magically from my fingers.  A good post takes time.  Sometimes a lot of time.

Then there are those fingers themselves.  I’ve developed a neurological condition called Essential Tremor, that causes my hands to shake.  It’s hereditary.  My mom had it too.  Aside from being very aggravating, it makes it very hard to type (or eat).  If I’m going to continue, and I am, I’m going to look into voice recognition software to make this less of a chore.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Declaration_Engrav_Pg1of1_doctored_0.jpgBut, as I often do, I digress.  Today is America’s birthday.  242 years ago a brave group of colonists thumbed their noses at King George and declared our independence.  In doing so, they risked everything.  If this experiment had failed they would have lost their families, their homes, and their lives.

Those original Americans had settled along the East Coast.  The thirteen colonies all bordered the Atlantic Ocean.  There’s no way those Founding Fathers could have imagined the vast land we know today as the United States of America.  They had no way of knowing the natural resources that we would enjoy.

God blessed those founders in their efforts and has blessed our country throughout its history.  But today so many of us want to turn our backs on God.  We want Him out of our courthouses and our schools.  So many forget what He has done for us.

There’s a contentious fight over undocumented foreigners coming into our country illegally.  But whichever side of that argument you happen to be on, here’s one incontrovertible fact.  Thousands of people want to come into our country but nobody’s trying to sneak out.  If the President builds a wall, there won’t be any US citizens trying to climb over it.

So, enjoy your freedom.  Enjoy your ability to come and go as you please.  Enjoy the day off from work but don’t forget the reason for the celebration.

Check out this video:

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I now pronounce you man……and man?

In 2008, the good people of California passed Proposition 8, declaring that marriage could only take place between a man and a woman, just as God intended it to be.  Yesterday Judge Vaughn Walker, an openly practicing gay man, by the way, struck down Prop 8, in effect making it legal for gay “marriage” to take place in the state.

There are so many things wrong with this I hardly know where to start.  But let’s start with the legal system.  52% of voters declared two years ago that they wanted marriage in their state to be a contract between a man and a woman with the possibility of having children.  That’s the way God planned it and that’s the way the majority of Californians want it.

As I understand it, the proposition passed every legal challenge it’s opponents could muster before it was ever put on the ballot.  How could a judge throw it out after it had been subject to such scrutiny?  What if we have a gay judge review it?  That seems fair, doesn’t it?

So, we have a situation where a federal judge, clearly biased in favor of these attempted marriages overruling the wishes of millions of voters.  Make no mistake, this ruling will be appealed, all the way to the US Supreme Court if necessary.  One would hope that somewhere along the way the courts will come to their senses and recognize the simple biological fact that it takes a man and a woman to make a baby.  That’s marriage.

This has nothing to do with anyone’s “rights”, it’s just a simple fact.  God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Bruce.

Cardinal Francis George, President of the U S Conference of Catholic Bishops, said “It is tragic that a federal judge would overturn the clear and expressed will of the people in their support of the institution of marriage.”  Archbishop Joseph Kirtz, Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage commented that “Marriage is more fundamental and essential to the well being of society than perhaps any other institution.  It is simply unimaginable that the court could now claim a conflict between marriage and the Constitution.”

With all due respect to the Archbishop, it’s not all that unimaginable.  There are forces at work here in the United States that would like nothing better than to destroy the institutions that built our country, especially our churches.  It would have been more surprising if the self-proclaimed homosexual judge had ruled otherwise.

Make no mistake, this is about much more than the legal definition of marriage.  Our rights as Catholics, as Christians, and as Americans are being whittled away by activist judges and others.  If marriage falls, what’s next?

Our loyalty is to God and His Church first and our nation second, but watching our enemies, domestic and foreign, tear down our once God-fearing country brick by brick scares me to death.

I know you’ve heard the story about the frog and the boiling water.  If you put a frog in a pan of boiling water he will wisely jump out.  But put him in a pan of cold water and gradually turn up the heat, the frog will sit there until he’s  cooked.

The same goes for the attacks on our freedoms, religious and otherwise.  They want to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance.  You can’t put a Nativity Scene on the courthouse lawn.  School kids get winter breaks and spring breaks instead of Christmas and Easter vacations.  They’re turning up the heat folks and we’re sitting around like frogs waiting for the frog-leg dinner to begin.

It’s not too late.  Again, no disrespect toward Cardinal George, Archbishop Kurtz, or any of our bishops, but a three paragraph press release isn’t going to cut it.  Every Catholic, every Christian, every American needs to pray, first of all that God will deliver us from politicians whose only interest is their own advancement, damn the consequences for our children and grandchildren.  Second, as the largest voting bloc in the country, we have to forget political parties and vote for people who represent US, not special interests.  Finally, we have to be unafraid to take a stand for what we believe in.

I’m not sure who said this, or even the exact wording, but someone once said, “Those who are silent in the face of evil are also evil.”  The evil one prowls the earth and is counting on our complacency.  Let’s not help him get his way!