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I have spent most of my career as a French professor and a research librarian, and have been reinventing myself as a writer. I’m...

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Disclaimer of previous entry, IN CASE YOU MISSED IT!

DISCLAIMER: First of all, SHEESH! I forget how some of you think! Anyway, I had to add this addendum to my Friday meditation in the previous entry. I also add things to my comments for those who feel they DO have serious sins. We all make mistakes and God understands this, even if He does expect us to repent and make atonement of some kind or other. This is why the Lord appeared to St. Faustina, so that everyone would know about His great mercy, and how the greatest sinner has the greatest right to His mercy. So not one need fear being lost if they turn back to God and repent of whatever the hey they’ve done in life. God’s love for us is immense and infinite. Fear not, beloveds. Now, here’s the rest of the disclaimer:…

This is just a Friday meditation. It is not any kind of confessi

Be Kind, Please Rewind

DISCLAIMER: First of all, SHEESH! I forget how some of you think! Anyway, I had to add this addendum to my Friday meditation in the previous entry. I also add things to my comments for those who feel they DO have serious sins. We all make mistakes and God understands this, even if He does expect us to repent and make atonement of some kind or other. This is why the Lord appeared to St. Faustina, so that everyone would know about His great mercy, and how the greatest sinner has the greatest right to His mercy. So not one need fear being lost if they turn back to God and repent of whatever the hey they’ve done in life. God’s love for us is immense and infinite. Fear not, beloveds.…

This is just a Friday meditation. It is not any kind of confession of serious or criminal guilt. I kee

The "Spirit" of a Thing

As we are approaching Halloween, and children are thinking of spooky spirits, I thought it might be fun to point out some awesome spirits to put in your pocket before you venture out on All Hallow’s Eve.…

Since the time of Christ, there have been many amazing wonders worked in His name. In this blog, over time, I’ve mentioned some of them. Recently, I came across another one, one of whom I’d never heard. His name is Father Paul of Moll, and the title of the book is “Father Paul of Moll 1824-1896; Benedictine Wonder-Worker”. It’s by Edward van Speybrouck.

Though I haven’t finished the book yet, it is a renewed source of inspiration, which I felt I needed at this point. Fr. Paul wrote often of the great love of God, and one must ponder some of his statements to that effect, such as,

“Go

The Social Contract

On my way home today, I happened to be at the bus stop with about 20 middle school students. I’ve been around these kids before at the same stop and they’re kind of rowdy at the end of the day, as you would expect. What you don’t expect is to see them trying to tear down the property owner’s fence. Every day, this one particular kid tears off another board from the fence. I think he was the one who tore down the first board. Right about now, about one third of the boards have been ripped off.…

So today, not only was he trying to knock off another board, but several others joined him and were kicking at the whole fence, which soon was going to be in danger of toppling over if they continued as they were doing. So I got up and told them to stop, which was met with what you might consid

The Intelligence of the Animals

You may enjoy my favorites, which link to the pages of some very talented folks. One of the latest, “Dolphin”, is a wonderful capture of a Dolphin smiling for the camera, as though the creature understands the photographer wants a picture. Some creatures take to the sea with an affinity and agility we can’t really quite match. It occurred to me the other day that in some ways, the creatures are superior to our frail humanity. We imagine ourselves superior in intellect, but again one has to question that when we see crows and kias making and using tools.…

Years ago, scientists used to say that animals didn’t have feelings. Well, you had to be truly unconnected to any species whatsoever to believe that. I’ve watched kittens and their parents be a true family, full of affection for one

A Morning Thought

I was just thinking about a reading this morning. We sometimes wonder what’s true and what’s not true, what we should do and what we should not do, what’s the right road and what’s the wrong road. There’s a sure guide:
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“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teaching.” —Hebrews, Ch 13

You may get up and walk away. Jesus did not stop his Apostles from walking away when He gave the Bread of Life discourse. He just turned to Peter and said, “Will you also leave?”

I was just thinking about all of this this morning in my readings. It may not be useful to you at the moment, but it gives pause for thought.

How Do We Know Life Has Meaning?

Do you know anything about the fabled Atlantis? According to Edgar Cayce, it really did exist, and it has an amazing story. For the actual Cayce readings, you can go to the Association for Research and Enlightenment:…

https://www.edgarcayce.org/the-readings/his-rea...

There is a fee to join. However, there are also books written about the Cayce readings in regard to Atlantis.

Why bring this up now? There is a modern correspondence to something Atlantis was trying to overcome, only at the present time, there are those in our government trying to recreate the very thing the Atlanteans worked so hard to heal.

What were they trying to heal? Well, it’s an interesting story about a time when men mated with animals and produced creatures who suffered so horribly, the Atlanteans sought the he

You Can't Roller Skate in a Car Herd

Today on the way to the library, I saw a car herd. I mean, it was at an unexpected spot, about seven cars, all parked along my path in a tight little herd. They were driverless, but they did have a herder, much like the cattle in the pasture. They were all brand new and lovely Subarus. I wanted one. But I can’t have one, because I don’t have the mon-ay. I don’t have the Monet either, so don’t send the art police after me. (Now my sister, who is into illusions, will call the cops and say, “SHE STOLE IT! SHE STOLE THE MONET! IS ONE MISSING?” My sister is a little dingy.)…

Meanwhile, back at the mall, I had a lovely time looking for a birthday present I never bought. But I DID have a great Chinese lunch, (and no, sis, I did NOT eat a Chinese PERSON! It was CHICKEN, Orange Chicken.) I

Our Lady of LaSalette

Our Lady of LaSalette. Have you ever heard of her? It was an apparition in France, in the Pyrannees Mountains to two herders. The site itself is so much more amazing and inspirational than any photo can capture. I was fortunate enough to visit there around the year 2000. I wanted to see all the sites I had read about as a child, and I can promise you I was not at all disappointed! It was one of the most memorable experiences of my entire life, and I will never forget it!…

The story came to mind again recently when someone I know very well had begun using a certain curse, which used the Lord’s name in vain. Every time this person did that, I felt as though someone had hit me. I hated it so much that I began growling at the person about their total lack of thought to using the Lord’s n

What is a Human Soul Worth?

Mothers love their children unconditionally, in general, and for their entire lives. It doesn’t matter what the child does, because love remains alive. That doesn’t mean you don’t discipline your child if necessary, but hopefully, you do so with love, and then that child will go out into the world and treat others the same way. This is the general idea. We all see mothers who love their children and always refuse to give up on that love. So it is with God.…

We don’t always realize our worth, not just to our parents, but to God. That thought alone should warm our hearts and our lives, no matter where we are in life, and it should help us pull ourselves up from any problem. St. Jerome was a very holy scribe who was given visions of the final judgment, along with other visions. A quot

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