Friday, July 30, 2010

Of time and luck

This is what my office is supposed to look like:

This is what it did look like after planning and conducting a summer camp for 135 people:

I am hopeful this helps to explain my temporary pause in writing.

It was a wonderful week! This is the second I have fully been in charge of and it is always a physical and mental endurance challenge. We was blessed to have very good staff volunteering beside me.

My car was unhappy on the way there. The AC stopped and as I rolled into camp I realized the most outstanding noise was coming from under my hood. Some of the guys told me the AC clutch was having issues and they were concerned on my way home it might just stop, taking the belt and the water pump with it.

I took it to a local shop, and it was so bad the guy saved the part to show off. I'm no mechanic, but as an engineer I could see why he thought there was no way my car should have made it to camp. I don't know all the part names, but instead of rolling around on bearings the pulley had broken and it was metal on metal. My car should have been on the side of the road.

Additionally, the AC compressor should have burned out as a result of this problem. It did not.

You can probably guess who I blame for this extraordinary "luck."

My car was 10 years old and the maintenance was costing more than it's value and so I traded it in after camp for a shiny new SUV. It is strange that now I've started arranging my finances with the idea I am merely a steward of God's money, I rarely have cause to worry about money. It just seems to work out.

Again, you can probably guess who I blame for this extraordinary "luck."

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Sunday, July 25, 2010


Wow!  What a hectic few weeks.  First was camp, and then I bought a new car!

The car is a story all its own though.  Stay tuned!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Blog from my phone

There is an app for that...

I've just been fixated on the idea of wisdom of late; of worldly wisdom versus Godly wisdom. It is just so obvious sometimes how we manage to pick the wrong thing. Worldly wisdom is so appealing and so easy to choose!

The Beatitudes make no sense, really, to the world. Oh sure they sound good in general. Nice and warm and fuzzy feeling. But in a specific context, not so much. Who really wants to be meek? And at what point in our lives ever has society thought that was a good plan? That was never taught to me in school. I must be assertive! Protect my rights! Articulate my displeasure with the things that upset me! Have you ever seen a meek person portrayed well in tv or movies?

So much of what we do is opposed to God and His awesome wisdom. It is just so easy to do, and so easy to not realize it. It is a trap.

In the middle of His ministry, Jesus would heal and preach and see thousands. He only had three years - He must have been very busy. Certainly more busy than us. Surrounded by so many people and with so much to do He did not respond with worldly wisdom. He would leave and go pray by himself. He'd stop what he was doing and pray. How contrary to common sense is that? He'd even give up sleep or food to do it! That's just WEIRD.

There's no way we made this God up. The God we would make up would be easier. There'd be more "common sense." Jesus would have been full of worldly wisdom instead of this strange other thing. Because nobody by nature wants to be meek or unpopular or humble or any of the things the Gospel calls us to be.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Blog on Pause

This will probably be my last post for another week and a half! Check my links section on the right for other interesting blogs to read.

Litany of Humility

This next one was/is admittedly harder to pray, perhaps because I need to ask for such things so badly!  I am glad it is phrased that I am requesting help to want or not want these things, and not pretending I already do.

O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed,
Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being loved...
From the desire of being extolled ...
From the desire of being honored ...
From the desire of being praised ...
From the desire of being preferred to others...
From the desire of being consulted ...
From the desire of being approved ...
From the fear of being humiliated ...
From the fear of being despised...
From the fear of suffering rebukes ...
From the fear of being calumniated ...
From the fear of being forgotten ...
From the fear of being ridiculed ...
From the fear of being wronged ...
From the fear of being suspected ...

That others may be loved more than I,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be esteemed more than I ...
That, in the opinion of the world,
others may increase and I may decrease ...
That others may be chosen and I set aside ...
That others may be praised and I unnoticed ...
That others may be preferred to me in everything...
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should…

More information here and here.

If you'd like to find more Catholic prayers, you can look here.  Or just google for catholic prayers.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from Christ's side, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds hide me
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee
From the malicious enemy defend me
In the hour of my death call me
And bid me come unto Thee
That I may praise Thee with Thy saints
and with Thy angels
Forever and ever

More info found here and here.

One of the things I love about these prayers is their age.  I am praying the same prayers Christians prayed centuries ago!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Te Deum

I found this one the other day.  I'd read about it elsewhere, but was unfamiliar with it.  I have grown to love it, I think.

O God, we praise Thee, and acknowledge Thee to be the supreme Lord.
Everlasting Father, all the earth worships Thee.
All the Angels, the heavens and all angelic powers,
All the Cherubim and Seraphim, continuously cry to Thee:
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts!
Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty of Thy glory.
The glorious choir of the Apostles,
The wonderful company of Prophets,
The white-robed army of Martyrs, praise Thee.
Holy Church throughout the world acknowledges Thee:
The Father of infinite Majesty;
Thy adorable, true and only Son;
Also the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.
O Christ, Thou art the King of glory!
Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.
When Thou tookest it upon Thyself to deliver man,
Thou didst not disdain the Virgin's womb.
Having overcome the sting of death, Thou opened the Kingdom of Heaven to all
Thou sitest at the right hand of God in the glory of the Father.
We believe that Thou willst come to be our Judge.
We, therefore, beg Thee to help Thy servants whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy
Precious Blood.
Let them be numbered with Thy Saints in everlasting glory.

V. Save Thy people, O Lord, and bless Thy inheritance!
R. Govern them, and raise them up forever.

V. Every day we thank Thee.
R. And we praise Thy Name forever, yes, forever and ever.

V. O Lord, deign to keep us from sin this day.
R. Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us.

V. Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, for we have hoped in Thee.
R. O Lord, in Thee I have put my trust; let me never be put to shame.

More information here and here.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

More Prayers

I thought this type of discussion would be a good thing to put in here while I'm stressing out about my camp.  In addition to blogging, it also reminds me to actually pray!

"Every Christian needs a half-hour of prayer each day, except when he is busy, then he needs an hour."
-Francis de Sales

The next two I could say in a group, but do not have memorized all by myself quite yet.  I need to work on that.  I'm sure I could have as a child.

Apostle's Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth;
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son Our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.

"This Creed is the spiritual seal, our heart's meditation and an ever-present guardian; it is, unquestionably, the treasure of our soul."

- Saint Ambrose.

More information here.

Nicene Creed
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, one in being with the Father. Through Him all things were made. For us men and our salvation He came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit, He was born of the Virgin Mary , and became man. For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate; He suffered, died, and was buried. On the third day He rose again in fulfillment of the scriptures: He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son, He is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

This is the creed said at Mass.  I love the history on the creeds, and why they came about.  Often, they were changed to respond to some heresy at the time.  Later, this particular creed and the words "and the son" (bolded above) created a controversy contributing to the East-West Schism.

More information here and here.