Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Stop HHS

Please make sure to contact your senators TODAY and tell them to vote for the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act.

Visit www.stophhs.com for more information 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Planned Parenthood's Latest Propaganda

Lord, have mercy. Check out this article about Planned Parenthood's latest condom propaganda.

Suffice it to say that their slogan is "sex that safe should be shared"

Sex with condoms IS NOT SAFE. Give me a break, Planned Parenthood!!! Stop insulting the young American public.

Lenten Currency Exchange...

Happy Lent! Perhaps many of you have discovered (as I have) that old habits die hard, so to speak. How easily we cling to our idols and the "currency" of our past.

I was thinking of it, like this--

As we go through life, we acquire and use a certain "currency" that gets us through life. It's a currency of acceptability, success, power, achievement, likeability- whatever masks we wear that help us feel loveable and get other people to like us. There is nothing wrong with people liking us, don't get me wrong. But when we live with these masks and use this currency as the value of our self worth, it becomes a problem.

Perhaps we could see it like holding onto American dollars, which only have a relative, but no intrinsic value. The value of the American dollar is relative and changing and could be revoked at any time (which isn't too hard to imagine). If the value and power of the American dollar is revoked, all we are left holding are pieces of pretty green paper.

Compare this to gold. Gold has an intrinsic value. It has always been valued, comes from the earth and is treasured.

Using this analogy- gold is who we really are. Our value comes not from comparing ourselves to others but that we are made in the image and likeness of God. We are loveable and valuable not for what we "do" or can offer others, but intrinsically in who we are. We shine because are His children.

So, this Lent, perhaps God would like to receive our American dollars that we tightly clench in our fists, for fear of losing "value" and reveal our true worth in gold. He leads us out into the desert and "speaks tenderly" to our hearts. He does not wish to force Himself on us or strip us of our dignity. He only wishes us to open our hands and hearts to give Him what never satisfies in exchange for what eternally satisfies.

As we stumble and struggle through Lent, may we turn to Him, ask for help and let ourselves be loved.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Glenn Beck Interviews Former Victoria Secret Model

A couple weeks ago I posted an article about Kylie Bisutti, a beautiful young woman who left Victoria's Secret modeling because of her faith and growing desire for modesty.

check out Glenn Beck's interview with her-

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/victorias-secret-model-who-quit-over-faith-tells-beck-theres-no-happiness-in-getting-half-naked/

Young Girls Asking Their Question...

More proof that we as women seek a deep answer to The Question, "Am I beautiful?'

But this article broke my heart. Where are these girls' fathers? A girl's father is the first man who anchors the answer to this question.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/disturbing-youtube-trend-tweens-post-am-i-ugly-videos-looking-for-feedback/

Saturday, February 18, 2012

IPF and Fr. Mark Toups

Just wanted to give a shout out to the awesomely holy and humorous gift to the Church that is Fr. Mark Toups. Check out this incredible video from the Institute for Priestly Formation (IPF) with whom Fr. Mark is affiliated. Love, love, love it! The world in desperate need of solid, holy and authentic men to embrace the call of God and become priests.

 

Contraception Mandate Response Part 2

Here is part two in this ongoing topic.....

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Nicki Minaj and the Grammys

Nicki Minaj raised a lot of eyebrows Sunday when she arrived at the Grammys dressed in a red cape by Versace with the "pope" on her arm.

The 23 year-old rap and hip-hop star didnt end there. Her performance at the Grammy awards included a fake confession, exorcism and levitation.

Response from critics was swift and harsh.

What was that all about?

She commented to one source,
“I had this vision for [the Roman character] to be sort of exorcised—or actually he never gets exorcised—but people around him tell him he’s not good enough because he’s not normal, he’s not blending in with the average Joe. And so his mother is scared and the people around him are afraid because they’ve never seen anything like him. He wanted to show that not only is he amazing and he’s sure of himself and confident, but he’s never gonna change, he’s never gonna be exorcised. Even when they throw the holy water on him, he still rises above.”

Interesting analysis....from what i understand, Nicki has "alter egos" and one of them is a man named "Roman" and so the presentation at the Grammys what his story.

But a couple things catch my attention in her explanation- "not good enough because he's not normal" and "even when they throw the holy water on him, he still rises above."

Aside from what I believe is a manifestation of the addiction of fame and needing to do something more outrageous every time to stay in the public eye (and knowing this kind of act would cause a lot of stir, mission accomplished), I think those words above say something.

Nicki is revealing part of her heart. She is revealing a part of herself that doesn't feel accepted and feels pressure to conform to whatever is deemed "normal". In this light, religion represents oppression, darkness and destruction. How far this is from the truth of the heart of the Father.

Wikipedia states:  While growing up, Minaj's home life was often chaotic, with her parents constantly fighting.[50] As a means of escape, she would create characters and live her life through them.[50] In an interview with New York she stated, "To get away from all their fighting, I would imagine being a new person. 'Cookie' was my first identity – that stayed with me for a while. I went on to 'Harajuku Barbie,' then 'Nicki Minaj'. Fantasy was my reality."[50]

Speaking of, I would like put out an APB for her father, Mr Miraj (original last name). Mr Miraj! please come and get your daughter. She needs her dad. Please come out to Hollywood and rescue her heart.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tuesday's song

this song has been in my heart for days. Checked out the lyrics out this morning-- the relevance to my heart made me laugh and it's fun to listen to!

Enjoy!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Contraceptive Mandate Response Update---

The White House announced today that it is "accommodating" religious objections to the recent mandate of forced birth control coverage in health care plans.

Read two articles about the "accommodations" here-
Foxnews

The Blaze

Read these articles very carefully and strive to understand what is really being said here (do i feel another homemade video coming on?)

Here is a comment by Catholic League President Bill Donahue. Whatever your personal opinion of Mr. Donahue may be, I think his comments are very correct:

“President Obama’s latest ploy just adds insult to injury. If the insurance plan of a Catholic institution must cover services it deems immoral, then such a healthcare plan is offensive, plain and simple.
The Catholic League, for example, uses Christian Brothers as its insurance carrier. So if a future employee of ours were to demand free abortion-inducing drugs, and she is allowed to request free drugs from Christian Brothers, then the rest of us would, in effect, be subsidizing her abortion.
This is outrageous and will not stand judicial scrutiny. When it comes to the First Amendment, there is no such thing as a half loaf. We want now, and in the future, the same rights we have enjoyed since the beginning of the republic.”

President Obama encouraged people not to let this issue be a "political wedge" (as if! Please do not insult the intelligence of the American people, Mr. President) but that all this is is just "basic fairness" for women.

I tell you this, please do not lose site of the real issues here! This is not about health care, this is not about "basic fairness", this IS about a political agenda to force a Church institution to against core beliefs that are founded in God. If this mandate passes, IT IS ONLY THE BEGINNING of further destruction of true freedom and respect for life. Let us not kid ourselves.

The government is not a benevolent institution granting us rights. God grants us rights to life and freedom. He created us in relationship and communion and love. We yearn for these things. We are not fighting people here. We are fighting principalities and powers. This is an organized and concerted attack from the evil one from the pits of hell upon the sanctity of life and the beauty and nobility of the marital act.

Let us not be useful idiots. We must study, learn, breathe in the Truth who is Jesus and allow the beauty of the truth to convert our hearts every day.

Get the word out!

The Day The Music Died.....

We have all heard the song, "American Pie" but check out this VERY interesting study of the song from the radio show yesterday of Glenn Beck. It makes a lot of sense. here is the original song below. Apparently, it's not just about the death of Buddy Holly.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Archbishop Sartain Releases Statement Regarding HHS Mandate

Our Archbishop in Seattle, has released his statement on the grave matter of the recent mandate from HHS.

Below is the link to his document and also a link to his column on this matter in the Archdiocesan newspaper--

http://www.seattlearchdiocese.org/Archdiocese/Sartain/Docs/ABS_HHS.pdf

 http://www.seattlearchdiocese.org/Archdiocese/Sartain/Docs/02_09_2012.pdf

Shelter Of Your Love.....

This song was in my heart this morning. Jesus encouraging us to run for the shelter of His love.....

 

How I survived, Oh, I dont know.
Still I'm glad to say, I'm still here today.
I tried to pretend, but it was just a show.
Now I, I just cant hide. I had to swallow my pride.
And I had to:
Run for the shelter of your love. (x4)

You know I'm a man, I dont like to brag.
But it's been cold and empty out here, it's been a drag.
A man dont fight and run away. He will live to fight another day.
Well it's these words I sing that keeps me holding on today.
I know that I can:
Run for the shelter of your love. (x4)

The shelter of your love. (Longing for the shelter of your love.)
The shelter of your love. (Talking 'bout the shelter of your love.)
The shelter of your love.

I know that I can:
Run for the shelter of your love. (That's what kept me holding on so strong.)
Run for the shelter (So strong, so long.)
Run for the shelter of your love.
Run for the shelter of your love.
Shelter of your love (talking 'bout the shelter of your love)
The Shelter of your love (fade)

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Is This Heaven?

What rivals the Super Bowl the most are the commercials that are aired during the game. Every year, a big build-up commences to the almighty "Super Bowl Commercials" where advertisers this year paid 3.5 million dollars for a 30 second spot, a chance to feature their product in front of the nation's largest TV audience.

Personally, I thought most of the commercials this year were pretty lame. I think our favorite was the guy buying the car when his other self popped out from behind him and began singing. see below--



but of course, every year features several commercials dripping with sexual innuendo and overt immodesty, the godaddy.com ads being part of this norm. It still makes me sad to see NASCAR driver Danica Patrick and fitness coach Jillian Michaels supporting and promoting the indecency. Why do we as women claim we want respect and then resort to shamelessly showing our bodies to get attention? It doesn't make sense.

In one of the godaddy.com commercials, two young men are transported to a surreal place surrounded by scantily clad, seemingly willing women. And in front a lingerie-attired Danica Patrick, they both exclaim, "Is this heaven?"

Sorry to say, gentleman, but that is it anti-thesis of heaven. Heaven is so much more.

One of my professors at the Augustine Institute, Dr. Jonathan Reyes- a holy and incredibly gifted, wise and articulate man, was expounding on a thought by Pope Benedict XVI and explained how when we seek to get rid of God and make an autonomous life for "ourselves", our lives become a prison because they are too small.

The human being is destined to live for Something beyond itself and when we cut our life-line, our world becomes narrow, restrictive and oppressive. These are the fruits of selfishness and self-centeredness. And they often creep upon us like a cold breeze on an otherwise sunny day.

When we are stuck in prison, all we can imagine is self-gratification as "freedom." However, when we step our into the expansive space of life in God, we see that it's only in true self-giving, in authentic love and gift that we find freedom. Our desires center less in grasping than in giving.

Thank God Heaven is beyond our prison. Jesus desires us more than we can ever imagine.....

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Peyton Manning's Advice For Men....

I love Peyton! We will only be seeing his brother tomorrow but here are some words of wisdom from Peyton's Pep Talk series......love it :)

Upcoming Retreats

Some of you have asked about upcoming retreats-

I will be giving a Lenten retreat for women at St. Madeleine Sophie Parish in Bellevue on March 2-3rd, find out more about it and register here.

Our Lady, Star of the Sea Parish in Bremerton, WA is hosting a weekend retreat for High School girls April 20-22nd. Find out more about it and register here!


Friday, February 03, 2012

Contraceptive Mandate Response....

I just couldn't take the propaganda being promoted by the media and the government about the mandate forcing the Catholic church to include birth control within health care provisions.....so, i made a video.

Political Pressure=Mission Accomplished

the Susan G Komen foundation announced today that it has reversed its decision to stop funding to Planned Parenthood. funny how the spokesperson for PP accused them of bowing to political pressure...who's bowing now?

My video thoughts to be published soon....

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Occupy Protestors Throw Condoms At Catholic School Girls

How funny that many "pro-choice" advocates remark that a pro-life stance harms the condition of women (no mention of the innocent children who are murdered), yet how many 40 Days for Life participators have you seen throw stuff at those who disagree with them? None that I know of......

Read the story here......

Former Victoria Secret Model Now Realizes The Dignity Of The Body....

My body should only be for my husband and it's just a sacred thing..It was pretty crazy because I finally achieved my biggest dream, the dream that I always wanted, but when I finally got it, it wasn't all that I thought it would be. Especially being married I just wanted to keep my marriage sacred because divorce rates now in America are pretty high, and I just want to do everything I can to keep my marriage special..."

God bless her, wow......

Check out the article on Kylie Bisutti here.....

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Birth Control Pills Recalled, Komen Foundation Ends Grant To Planned Parenthood

two interesting articles that surfaced today-

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer recalled over 1 million packets of birth control pills, claiming that there may not be enough contraception hormone in the pills to prevent pregnancy. The company urged women to "begin using a non-hormone contraceptive immediately" (this so strikes at the heart and foundation of true love- the urge to protect oneself immediately- God help us all....)


The Susan G. Komen foundation is announcing the end of its partnership with Planned Parenthood (a fact that many people didn't even know, they kept it well hidden).

To which PP responded, "We are alarmed and saddened that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation appears to have succumbed to political pressure. Our greatest desire is for Komen to reconsider this policy and recommit to the partnership on which so many women count," Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement released by the federation.

Ms. Richards, they are not succumbing to political pressure, your organization is under review for misuse of funds and blatant coverups of sexual abuse and rape. (see undercover video at www.liveaction.org) Studies show that abortion and birth control pills have links to breast cancer. By and large, it seems your Planned Parenthood organization is more interested in making money than really helping women. Many of us women are waking up and seeing the truth.