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A collage of literary snapshots from the life of a large traditional Catholic family

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September 2007

Approaching the Feast of All Saints

As we approach the Feast of All Saints, it is great fun discuss the holy men and women our young ones wish to emulate. Many of my “internet friends” have already begun discussing costume ideas. Here are a few photos from last years All Saint’s Day party at our parish.

Meet: St. Joan of Arc

The Blessed Virgin Mary

St. Joseph

St. Maximilian Kolbe

And, of course, St. Michael the Archangel

The costumes were all created with materials readily available at home (we have an assortment of plastic armor and swords…all obtained at the dollar store). Even St. Michael’s wings were quite easy: silver poster board reinforced with coat hanger wire, sandwiched between the layers and hot-glued.

I’m not quite sure whom the children will choose this year…we will be having that discussion on Tuesday. I’ll keep you posted!

Mathetes Award for Excellence in Discipleship


Barbara at Praying For Grace has nominated me for the Mathetes Award for Excellence in Discipleship. I am truly touched and humbled. To be considered an “excellent disciple” by this lovely, faith-filled woman is a weighty matter. God grant me the grace to remain worthy and the humility to realize that there are many more worthy than I. Thank you Barb, for your good example and for providing encouragement for other Catholic mothers.

Mathetes is the Greek word for disciple, and the role of the disciple (per the Great Commission) it to make more disciples. So the rules for accepting the award are such: Winners of this award must pick five other “disciples” to pass it on to, and provide links for (1) the originator of the award (Dan King of management by God), (2) the person that awarded it to you, and then (3) name and sites of the five people that you believe are fulfilling the role of a disciple of Christ.

Alas…only five. There are so many deserving disciples. Here are some who encourage me, daily:

Elena Maria Vidal at Tea at Trianon

Allison at Totus Tuus Family

Ken at Hallowed Ground

Leticia at Causa Nostrae Laetitiae

PJP and the gang at Recapturing Our Catholic Patrimony

Thank you all, for your excellent example. God’s blessings upon you!

St. Michael’s biggest fan…


My Gareth. Sporting a really nice set of wings in emulation of his patron.

St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us!

The Feast Of St. Michael The Archangel


From Goffine’s Devout Instructions:

September 29

MICHAEL is the prince of the heavenly armies, who first contended against the proud Lucifer. The holy Church honors him as a particular defender, and the faithful call upon him in all dangers of soul and body, but they particularly implore his intercession at the hour of death, in order that, after having, according to his example, courageously fought against Satan, they may receive the crown of victory, and that their souls may by him be brought before the throne of God. Let us also venerate him, and, full of confidence, cry out with the holy Church, “Holy archangel Michael, protect us in battle, that we may not perish in the tremendous judgment.”

Prayer

O God, Who with wonderful order dost direct the miuistry of angels and of men, mercifully grant that our life on earth may be protected by those who ever minister before Thee in heaven. Through Christ Jesus our Lord, Amen.

Epistle: Apocalypse 1:1-5

In those days God made known the things which must shortly come to pass, and signified, sending by His angel to His servant John, who hath given testimony to the word of God, and the testimony of Jesus Christ, what things soever He hath seen. Blessed is he that readeth and heareth the words of this prophecy, and keepeth those things which are written in it. For the time is at hand. John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you and peace from Him that is, and that was, and that is to come, and from the seven spirits which are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, Who is the faithful witness, the first-begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth, Who hath loved us, and washed us from our sins, in His own blood.

This epistle is read to-day because Saint Michael so bravely contended against the sedition of Satan, and, after gaining the victory, drove him and his adherents from heaven.
Gospel: Matthew 18:1-10
[] At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying: Who thinkest Thou is the greater in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus calling unto Him a little child, set him in the midst of them, and said: Amen I say to you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, he is the greater in the kingdom of heaven. And he that shall receive one such little child in My name receiveth Me. But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in Me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of scandals. For it must needs be that scandals come, but nevertheless, woe to that man by whom the scandal cometh. And if thy hand or thy foot scandalize thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee. It is better for thee to go into life maimed or lame, than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into everlasting fire. And if thy eye scandalize thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee. It is better for thee having one eye to enter into life, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire. See that you despise not one of these little ones: for I say to you, that their angels in heaven always see the face of My Father Who is in heaven.

Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel

Great prince of heaven, Saint Michael, to thy protection commend my soul and body, and, by the glory which thou possessest in heaven, I beseech thee that thou wouldst ever assist me, particularly at the close of my life; that thou wouldst strengthen my faint-heartedness, and obtain for me from God the remission of my sins, and au entire submission to His holy will, that my soul may depart full of comfort. Then receive it, and bring it, under the guidance of the holy angels, before the face of God, to enjoy the contemplation of Him for all eternity. Amen.

In Preparation For The Feast Of St. Michael The Archangel


“At that time shall Michael rise up, the great prince, who standeth for the children of thy people.”

Tomorrow we celebrate Michaelmas, also known as the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel. Our family has a great devotion to St. Michael, most particularly due to the great devotion our young son, Galahad has shown since early childhood.

Galahad is convinced that St. Michael is his personal Guardian Angel. He speaks with such conviction, that we don’t question his belief.

Here’s a little background on the Great Prince, St. Michael the Archangel:

SAINT MICHAEL—ARCHANGEL

Feast: September 29

St. Michael, who ranks among the seven archangels, is also one of the three angels mentioned by name in the Scriptures, the others being St. Raphael and St. Gabriel. St. Michael is spoken of twice in the Old Testament, and twice in the New. The first reference occurs in the Book of Daniel (chapter x), where Michael comes to comfort Daniel after he has had a vision, and promises to be his helper in all things. In Daniel xii, Michael is called “the great prince who standeth for the children of Thy people.” In these references Michael is represented as Israel’s great support during the seventy years of the Babylonian captivity. Daniel, wise and holy leader that he was, wanted his people to understand that God had not forgotten them, and that, even though enslaved, they had a royal champion. In the New Testament (Jude ix), we are told that Michael disputed with the devil over the body of Moses; this episode is not mentioned elsewhere in the Bible.

In the Apocalypse (chapter xii) we find the most dramatic reference to St. Michael. Here John recounts the great battle in Heaven, when the wicked angels under Lucifer revolt against God, and how Michael, leading the faithful angels, defeats the hosts of evil and drives them out. In this role he has been painted by many artists, and the poet Milton, in book vi of , recounts the famous struggle. Because of this victory, St. Michael is revered in Catholic tradition and liturgy as the protector of the Church, as once he was regarded as the protector of the Israelites. In the Eastern Church, as well as among many theologians in the West, St Michael is placed over all the angels, as prince of the Seraphim. He is the special patron of sick people, mariners, and grocers; in Asia Minor many curative springs were dedicated to him. His cult has also been popular in Egypt, Rome, France, and Germany. His emblems are a banner, a sword, a dragon, and scales. The name Michael is a variation of Micah, meaning in Hebrew, “Who is like God?”

Saint Michael, Archangel. Scriptural Saint. Celebration of Feast Day is September 29.

Taken from “Lives of Saints”, Published by John J. Crawley & Co., Inc.

We are planning a family celebration and have found a few interesting recipes that would be served at a traditional Michaelmas celebration.

Check out Michaelmas Pie, St. Michael’s Bannock, Michaelmas Broth and the ever so important Michaelmas Goose!

A very good day…

Three weeks down.

I’m very encouraged. School is going so very well…why do I keep waiting for the rose to lose it’s “bloom?”

Today was an excellent day. A day devoted to History, Science and Art. The scholars (a term I use as a reminder of our mission statement) had an excellent time creating their own…gasp! ancient Roman tomb markers. Using the example of Gaius Mucius Scaevolus‘ marker, they designed their own. Charlotte was tickled to hear Gaius Mucius referred to as Mucius the Left-handed. She’s been calling herself Mucius the Left-handed all day.

We had initially begun an exploration of aerospace and aeronautical engineering. Due to a very profitable thrift store expedition, we have changed course. A really nice microscope and a good friend’s donation of a smaller microscope and slide preparation kit, have paved the way for Microscopy. We have prefaced our class with the history of the microscope. It was such fun to see the look of delight on four year old Emily’s face as she observed the magnification properties of a drop of water. Not once did the younger children exhibit any signs of boredom or restlessness. The up close view of an “invisible world” was simply too intriguing.

To my great delight, Arthur has asked to lead our microscopy class labs. He is more than able, having poured over manuals on care and usage of equipment and slide preparation. All in all, a delightful and engaging day.

Monday, we travel to the National Museum for the USAF for Homeschool Day. The children are excited, but are even more anxious for Tuesday’s classes at home. Microscope slide preparation.

I hear the “professor” is very, very good…

How about a nice, hot cup of…soap?!!


It’s official. I’m losing my mind.

Every morning, the ritual is the same: fix the coffee, make a bacon/egg/cheese bagel sandwich, fill the water jug and pack his lunch. In that order. Because I love him.

I filled the coffee pot with filtered water, poured it into the machine, put the filter in the filter basket and opened the box of dishwasher tabs, placed one in the filter basket and shut the compartment.

A DISHWASHER TAB!! IN THE COFFEE MAKER!!

Thank heavens I didn’t turn it on. My dear husband might want to take a closer look at his lunch today.

Insanity is such an insidious thing…I never saw it coming!

A Homeschool Latin Mass


Up at 6:00 a.m. with six very sleepy children and a college student. A hasty breakfast, dress for Mass, out the door and into a torrential downpour. Ten minutes later, stuck in traffic.

Shortcut.

Late. Not for Mass…college. Again. An hour and fifteen minutes on the road for a twenty minute drive. God bless her, she’s been late twice. Not a single word of reproach.

Mass. Praise God! On time, the boys don their vestments. This is the Homeschool Latin Mass. Seated with the younger children, I observe the sea of empty pews. Two families. Then three. Four. A very slow trickle.

Fr. Lutz asks Arthur for a count. “Thirteen, Father!”

“Thirteen?!” Father places a few hosts in the ciborium. A few moments later, the church is swarming with children!

Mass begins, and the Church continues to fill. I didn’t count, but I would estimate at least one hundred children and parents were in attendance.

At least 85% of these families were from neighboring parishes. This was their first Latin Mass. How precious!

These wonderful mothers and fathers brought their children, on a weekday, during the worst storm imaginable, fighting their way through snarled traffic due to numerous weather-related accidents to attend this Mass. A Latin Low Mass.

How well-behaved the children were! Wet and cold, to be sure, but no more noise than one would expect under the circumstances.

What could be lovelier than a sanctuary full of kneeling children and their loving parents?

Reminder: 40 Days For Life Campaign


The 40 Days For Life Campaign begins today and ends November 4th, 2007.

From the website:

Why 40 Days?

Throughout Biblical history, God has used 40-day periods to transform individuals, communities and nations…

* Noah was transformed by 40 days of rain
* Moses was transformed by 40 days on Mount Sinai
* David was transformed by Goliath’s 40 day challenge
* Elijah was transformed when God gave him 40 days of strength from one meal
* Nineveh was transformed when God gave the city 40 days to remain faithful
* Jesus was empowered by 40 days in the desert
* The Disciples were transformed by 40 days with Jesus following His resurrection

Imagine the transformation God could accomplish in America this fall when individuals and communities unite together for 40 days of prayer and fasting, pulling out all the stops to end the violence of abortion…

You can be a part of that transformation by taking action today!
Never underestimate the power of prayer. You CAN make a difference.

What’s a TV dinner?


A lovely family meal. Chicken parmagiana served on a bed of whole wheat garlic infused pasta and the best loaf of crusty, Italian bread.

Of course, there were the inevitable complaints: “what’s this?” “do I like this?” “have we had this before?” – I’ve heard them many times.

“It’s chicken parmagiana…you’ll love it. Yes, we’ve had it before. You should be thankful for a homecooked meal. When I was a child (yes…I actually said those dreaded words) the only way I ever had chicken parmagiana was in a TV dinner.”

Blank stares.

“What’s a TV dinner?” my oldest son asked.

VICTORY!!

It took quite awhile to explain to them why anyone would want to eat instant mashed potatoes, unidentifiable meat and cooked carrots…in front of the television, no less.

Having “not-so-fond” memories of salisbury steak…

Rubik’s cute (oops, I mean cube!)

Custom Rubik CubeThanks Esther!

One of my favorite pics of the boys…Just for fun!

The Restoration of the Shrine of Christ the King


Be sure to tune-in to EWTN September 26 at 8:00 P.M. Holy Family Columbus parishioner, classical architect William Heyer and Monsignor Michael Schmitz of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest will be discussing the ongoing restoration of Chicago’s Shrine of Christ the King.
If (like me!) you don’t have access to network television programming, you can watch live on the internet at EWTN. Scroll down under the “television” tab along the top of the page to find “Live TV English.” Select windows media player or real player and the speed that you need to view the program.

Blog for sale!

h/t to +JMJ+

Absolutely wacky! Want to buy a blog?!! Let’s see…I could buy more school books, fix the car, tune the piano…Sweet!


My blog is worth $14,678.04.
How much is your blog worth?

And here is the rest of it.

The Feast Of Our Lady Of Ransom


From Catholic Culture:

The story of Our Lady of Ransom begins with St. Peter Nolasco, born in Languedoc about 1189. At the age of 25 he took a vow of chastity and made over his vast estates to the Church. After making a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Montserrat, he went to Barcelona where he began to practice various works of charity.

He conceived the idea of establishing an Order for the redemption of captives seized by the Moors on the seas and in Spain itself; they were being cruelly tormented in their African prisons to make them deny their faith.

He spoke of it to the king of Aragon, James I, who knew him well and already respected him as a saint; for the king had already asked for his prayers when he sent out his armies to combat the Moors, and he attributed his victories to those prayers.

In effect all the Christians of Europe, and above all of Spain, were praying intensely to obtain from God the remedy for the great evil that had befallen them. The divine Will was soon manifested. On one night — August 1, 1218 — the Blessed Virgin appeared to St. Peter, to his confessor, Raymund of Penafort, and to the king, and through these three servants of God established a work of the most perfect charity, the redemption of captives.

On that night, while the Church was celebrating the feast of St. Peter in Chains, the Virgin Mary appeared first to St. Peter, saying that she indeed desired the establishment of a religious Order, later known as the Mercedarians, bearing the name of her mercy. Its members would undertake to deliver Christian captives and offer themselves, if necessary, as a ransom pledge.

The Order, thus solemnly established in Spain, was approved by Pope Gregory IX under the name of Our Lady of Mercy. By the grace of God and under the protection of His Virgin Mother, the Order spread rapidly. Its growth was increased as the charity and piety of its members was observed; they very often followed Our Lady’s directive to give themselves up to voluntary slavery when necessary, to aid the good work. It was to return thanks to God and the Blessed Virgin that a feast day was instituted and observed on September 24, first in the Order, then everywhere in Spain and France. It was finally extended to the entire Church by Pope Innocent XII. Pope Leo XIII encouraged the devotion by making this feast proper to all the dioceses of England, with a focus on how Our Lady ransoms us from the slavery of our sins, and brings us the grace of conversion.

Extract from the Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical Octobri Mense (September 22, 1891), 3, 5-6:

“The world goes on its laborious way, proud of its riches, of its power, of its arms, of its genius; the Church goes onward along the course of ages with an even step, trusting in God only, to Whom, day and night, she lifts her eyes and her suppliant hands. Even though in her prudence she neglects not the human aid which Providence and the times afford her, not in these does she put her trust, which rests in prayer, in supplication, in the invocation of God.

“Thus it is that she renews her vital breath; the diligence of her prayer has caused her, in her aloofness from worldly things and in her continual union with the Divine will, to live the tranquil and peaceful life of Our very Lord Jesus Christ; being herself the image of Christ, Whose happy and perpetual joy was hardly marred by the horror of the torments He endured for us.

“This important doctrine of Christian wisdom has been ever believed and practiced by Christians worthy of the name. Their prayers rise to God eagerly and more frequently when the cunning and the violence of the perverse afflict the Church and her supreme Pastor. Of this the faithful of the Church in the East gave an example that should be offered to the imitation of posterity. Peter, Vicar of Jesus Christ, and first Pontiff of the Church, had been cast into prison, loaded with chains by the guilty Herod, and left for certain death. None could carry him help or snatch him from the peril. But there was the certain help that fervent prayer wins from God.

“The Church, as the sacred story tells us, made prayer without ceasing to God for him; and the greater was the fear of a misfortune, the greater was the fervor of all who prayed to God. After the granting of their desires the miracle stood revealed; and Christians still celebrate with a joyous gratitude the marvel of the deliverance of Peter.

“Christ has given us a still more memorable instance, a Divine instance, so that the Church might be formed not upon his precepts only, but upon His example also. During His whole life He had given Himself to frequent and fervent prayer, and in the supreme hours in the Garden of Gethsemane, when His soul was filled with bitterness and sorrow unto death, He prayed to His Father and prayed repeatedly. It was not for Himself that He prayed thus, for He feared nothing and needed nothing, being God; He prayed for us, for His Church, whose prayers and future tears He already then accepted with joy, to give them back in mercies.

“The design of this most dear mercy, realized by God in Mary and confirmed by the testament of Christ, was comprehended at the beginning, and accepted with the utmost joy by the Holy Apostles and the earliest believers. It was the counsel and teaching of the venerable Fathers of the Church. All the nations of the Christian age received it with one mind; and even when literature and tradition are silent there is a voice that breaks from every Christian breast and speaks with all eloquence.

“No other reason is needed than that of a Divine faith which, by a powerful and most pleasant impulse, persuades us towards Mary. Nothing is more natural, nothing more desirable than to seek a refuge in the protection and in the loyalty of her to whom we may confess our designs and our actions, our innocence and our repentance, our torments and our joys, our prayers and our desires. All men, moreover, are filled with the hope and confidence that petitions which might be received with less favor from the lips of unworthy men, God will accept when they are recommended by the most Holy Mother, and will grant with all favors.

“This storm of evils, in the midst of which the Church struggles so strenuously, reveals to all her pious children the holy duty whereto they are bound to pray to God with instance, and the manner in which they may give to their prayers the greater power. Faithful to the religious example of our fathers, let us have recourse to Mary, our holy Sovereign. Let us entreat, let us beseech, with one heart, Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ, our Mother. ‘Show yourself to be a mother; cause our prayers to be accepted by Him Who, born for us, consented to be your Son.'”

© Urbi et Orbi Communications

This item 6712 digitally provided courtesy of CatholicCulture.org

Thank you, St. Linus!


How lovely that the Feast of St. Linus falls on the Sabbath this year! It is to this Holy Pope and Martyr, that we owe our thanks for the decree that women should enter church only with heads covered. What a privilege it is to “veil”…

It is a common misconception that the Church decreed that head-coverings for women are no longer necessary; most Catholic women are unaware of this. From the Fatima Family Apostolate:

On April 3, 1969 when Pope Paul VI promulgated the new Roman Missal reporters gathered at the Vatican and quizzed those who were announcing the new missal. One reporter asked, “Does the new Missal say anything about women wearing head coverings in Church?” The answer given was simply, “No.” Other reporters picked up the response and interpreted it that women no longer needed to wear any head covering in Church. Articles appeared in the secular press around the world, “Catholic women no longer need wear head coverings in Church.” That was a conclusion not even implied in the “No” answer. The Missal had never ever been the place where women were told to wear head coverings. Why should the new Roman Missal so state what concerned the rubrics for the priest celebrating Mass?

Need a few reasons to veil? Check out these essays: Wear Your Mantilla With Pride, Mantilla: Sell Out Or Sacramental? and Why The Veil?
Need to shop? Check out Halo Works and Headcoverings by Devorah.

So, when you see a lady in Church this Sunday, sporting a hat or mantilla…think of St. Linus and say a prayer. Thank God for Sacred Tradition!

Outrageous!


It was simply a matter of time before the most outrageous fabrication regarding the death of Pope John Paul II, would rear it’s ugly head. In a Time Magazine report Was John Paul II Euthanized? an Italian medical professor has issued her “professional” opinion that the Pope, long known for his outspoken stance against euthanasia (Evangelium Vitae), seemingly exercised (contradictorily), his “right to die.”

The article is awash with typical “double speak”. Here are few excerpts (emphases and comments are mine):

In a provocative article, an Italian medical professor argues (this assumes that incontrovertible facts are presented to back up these allegations…they are not!) that Pope John Paul II didn’t just simply slip away as his weakness and illness overtook him in April 2005. Intensive care specialist Dr. Lina Pavanelli has concluded that the ailing Pope’s April 2 death was caused by what the Catholic Church itself would consider euthanasia (see definition here). She bases this conclusion on her medical expertise and her own observations of the ailing pontiff on television, as well as press reports and a subsequent book by John Paul’s personal physician (she was NOT his attending physician, nor was she on staff, nor does she have access to the Holy Father’s medical records – so much for a factual conclusion). The failure to insert a feeding tube into the patient until just a few days before he died accelerated John Paul’s death, Pavanelli concludes. Moreover, Pavanelli says she believes that the Pope’s doctors dutifully explained the situation to him, and thus she surmises that it was the pontiff himself who likely refused the feeding tube after he’d been twice rushed to the hospital in February and March. Catholics are enjoined to pursue all means to prolong life.

Concludes. Believes. Surmises. This is news?! How often does Time magazine provide a forum for someone who believes something may be true…or surmises, based on their distant observation? How often? Everyday…

The article in it’s entirety may be viewed here.

Does it not seem more than coincidental, that this heinous “report” comes to us exactly one week after the issuance of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s “Responses to Certain Questions of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Concerning Artificial Nutrition and Hydration” also termed “The Terri Schiavo Responses”?

It is no coincidence…

So what are we left to surmise? Here is the statement from Pope John Paul II’s long term physician, Renato Buzzonetti (who is, by the way, providing care for Pope B16): “His treatment was never interrupted,” Buzzonetti told the Rome daily La Republica. “Anyone who says otherwise is mistaken.”

“Lying”, seems a more accurate word. Perhaps not as charitable as “mistaken”, but nonetheless accurate.

As Autumn approaches…


Autumn
by Emily Dickinson

The morns are meeker than they were,
The nuts are getting brown;
The berry’s cheek is plumper,
The rose is out of town.

The maple wears a gayer scarf,
The field a scarlet gown.
Lest I should be old-fashioned,
I’ll put a trinket on.

The first day of Fall is nearly upon us. What a glorious season! The crispness of the air, the misty mornings and lengthening evening shadows…already the trees surrounding our home have begun to don their finest gowns. Scarlet, gold and umber. Just as the earth prepares to sleep, I find myself most energetic! The sights, the sounds, the smells; the carnival-like aura of this season is precisely my cup of tea…which would be Marco Polo, to be precise!

The garden has given what it can, and is ready to be “put to bed”. We didn’t manage a late season planting, though the tomatoes are still producing at an insane rate. We lost the pumpkins to cut-worms, but have managed to produce several birdhouse gourds which are now gracing our “fall display.”

The school year has begun and the scholars are so very motivated. The new classroom is perfectly suited to our needs, but the schedule has made all the difference thus far. May we continue as successfully as we have begun!

God doesn’t need a lawyer…

Here is what happens when an agnostic Senator files a frivolous lawsuit to prove that anyone can file a frivolous lawsuit:

From CNN:

LINCOLN, Nebraska (AP) — A legislator who filed a lawsuit against God has gotten something he might not have expected: a response.

One of two court filings from “God” came Wednesday under otherworldly circumstances, according to John Friend, clerk of the Douglas County District Court in Omaha.

“This one miraculously appeared on the counter. It just all of a sudden was here — poof!” Friend said.

State Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha sued God last week, seeking a permanent injunction against the Almighty for making terroristic threats, inspiring fear and causing “widespread death, destruction and terrorization of millions upon millions of the Earth’s inhabitants.”

Chambers, a self-proclaimed agnostic who often criticizes Christians, said his filing was triggered by a federal lawsuit he considers frivolous. He said he’s trying to make the point that anybody can sue anybody.

Not so, says “God.” His response argues that the defendant is immune from some earthly laws and the court lacks jurisdiction.

It adds that blaming God for human oppression and suffering misses an important point.

“I created man and woman with free will and next to the promise of immortal life, free will is my greatest gift to you,” according to the response, as read by Friend.

There was no contact information on the filing, although St. Michael the Archangel is listed as a witness, Friend said.

A second response from “God” disputing Chambers’ allegations lists a phone number for a Corpus Christi law office. A message left for that office was not immediately returned Thursday.

Attempts to reach Chambers by phone and at his Capitol office Thursday were unsuccessful.

What a wise guy…


A sinus headache. And where are the last two sinus tabs? In the bottom of my purse (cue dramatic music!)

As I’m rummaging through my purse, which is a large, shapeless bag, I’m cursing the sheer volume of paper, the three mantillas, two church bulletins and large umbrella stand (oh…wait…that’s Mary Poppins!), trying to find the world’s smallest pack of foil-wrapped pain relievers.

“I hate this purse!”

My thirteen year old son, with a wry smile, says:

“Hey mom…maybe you need to find a purse with shelves…or maybe you just need those stackable things, like in a toolbox…”

Very funny…very, very funny.

My dear friend Sandra, who actually puts her cash in her wallet and knows where her keys are, is laughing her head off right now…

Do they make purses with shelves? I wonder…

The first day…

I truly thought leaving an hour early would get us there on time.

WRONG!

Apparently, when you live outside of Columbus and you need to be downtown during the morning rush hour, and it’s the first day of school for two very large colleges…well, you should probably leave much, much earlier.

Much.

She was late for her first day of college. The dear girl sat in a mini van with her six brothers and sisters during morning rush hour traffic, watching the time tick away, listening to the complaints…sigh…

I had envisioned something much more pleasant.

Much.

But such is life. You envision one thing, and receive another. You live to see another day. And you vow to leave much, much earlier.

Much.

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