Wednesday, May 22, 2019





God, you created me for goodness. 
Grant me the grace to always remember 
that I belong to You 
and that Your Spirit dwells within me.
Amen

Memo from our LORD to me, via St Paul

To:        Me

From:   Gracious and loving God

Re:        My body

Date:     Every minute of every day I have left on this good earth



Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, Whom you have from Me, and that you are not your own?

For you have been purchased at a price.

Therefor, glorify Me in your body.


Friday, May 17, 2019

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Woke up, said my prayers, visited the commode, got naked and on the scale.
The scale has a harsh awful female voice that mimics "hello", "it's ready", "TWO hundred and ninety TWO point TWO pounds", and "good buy".
Brushed my teeth and shaved and put a fresh tie in my hair.
Put on some clothes, packed my goods, kissed my wife, and bid her a fondu.
Took the expressway and said some more prayers.
Parked on the main street in front of the office, unlocked the glass door, and climbed the steps.
Unlocked our three doors and poured myself a water.
Updated the boards and checked for voice messages.
Received with joy and thanksgiving a small package from my wife on Grand River Avenue.
Responded to emails, uploaded documents, requested many things, helped people, asked people why things are taking so long, requested ETA for things not yet received, uploaded items per underwriter requests, asked underwriters why they requested what they requested, told the boss how gmail 'works', thanked people for items received, filed items per proper protocol, deleted items per proper protocol, changed closing dates, updated the closing calendar, asked people what they mean, updated closing calendar.
Took a half hour sabbatical.
 Responded to emails, uploaded documents, requested many things, helped people, asked people why things are taking so long, requested ETA for things not yet received, uploaded items per underwriter requests, asked underwriters why they requested what they requested, told the boss how gmail 'works', thanked people for items received, filed items per proper protocol, deleted items per proper protocol, changed closing dates, updated the closing calendar, asked people what they mean, updated closing calendar.
Looked longingly at the clock.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019


Father~
Be near my friend who has many names.
Let him know Your unfailing love during these dark times;
let him know how Your plan is unfolding in his life,
and how much he has to be thankful for.
Let him see Your blessings, from the smallest butterfly
to a majestic sunset, and instill in him a will to live,
to love,
and to continue fighting the good fight.
Let him know how valuable life is in Your eyes.
In Jesus' name we pray
Amen

The Cranberries - Zombie (Official Music Video)

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Divine Mercy




Through our faith in the Word of God we know that all existence is the manifestation of the Lord. As people of faith, we do not need tangible proof to believe, and yet because we believe, we see tangible proof all around us.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

My wife and I do not plan very well. Usually I blame her for this, but I find it all too comfortable knowing that should I even try to schedule something more than a few minutes hence, it will be met with apathy at best, and argument more likely, so I usually avoid.
Way too passive, I know.

But this morning, with absolutely no morning plans whatsoever, we endeavoured to make a brief outing to our favorite shopping Mecca: Howell, Michigan. First to Wal-Mart for the roll-backs (not so many on this trip; is Wally World on its way to becoming the place we used to love to shop at?!), then Meijer (only to kill time mind you [oh - and obtain spirits], until Aldi opens), and then to Aldi itself.
I must interject here that, although I have been quite satisfied with all three of those merchandisers throughout the course of my adult life, shopping now is much more time consuming than it ever was because I now must read labels. 'Must'. Because if I even look at a frozen pizza, my ankles swell up like two balloons, and this is not proper. Or righteous. Or any good at all. Now I've got that feeling once again, I can't explain, you would not understand.
So we look mostly for fresh meat, fish, vegetables, and fruits. I still enjoy milk (skim) with my Ruby Red/fiber morning shake, and I thoroughly enjoy my bride's no salt apple crisp made with oats.
So, we filled up the back of the Journey with apples, chicken breast and thighs, paper towels, dryer sheets, asparagus, ground chicken, onions, etc. No ice cream, no frozen french fried potatoes, no corn chips or pretzels.
We didn't need to run any errands, so we were home by ten thirty or so. It was a nice morning with my sweetie.

Friday, April 26, 2019

The steeple of the church was typically the highest structure in town, to remind us of Him.
His love
His mercy
His sacrifice
His truth
His Way.



Lord, give me the grace to always be attentive to You.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

go figure


Adam: In a garden, the Tree of Live brought about death.

Christ, the second Adam: In a garden, the tree of death brought about life.


Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper


John 13:1-15

Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come
to pass from this world to the Father.
He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.
The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over.
So, during supper, 
fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power 
and that he had come from God and was returning to God, 
he rose from supper and took off his outer garments.
He took a towel and tied it around his waist.
Then he poured water into a basin 
and began to wash the disciples' feet 
and dry them with the towel around his waist.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, 
"Master, are you going to wash my feet?"
Jesus answered and said to him,
"What I am doing, you do not understand now,
but you will understand later."
Peter said to him, "You will never wash my feet."
Jesus answered him, 
"Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me."
Simon Peter said to him, 
"Master, then not only my feet, but my hands and head as well."
Jesus said to him, 
"Whoever has bathed has no need except to have his feet washed,
 for he is clean all over; 
so you are clean, but not all."
For he knew who would betray him;
for this reason, he said, "Not all of you are clean."

So when he had washed their feet 
and put his garments back on and reclined at table again, 
he said to them, "Do you realize what I have done for you?
You call me 'teacher' and 'master,'  and rightly so, for indeed I am.
If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, 
you ought to wash one another's feet.
I have given you a model to follow, 
so that as I have done for you, you should also do."

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent 2019




injustice
betrayal
mockery
treachery
torture
death


Jesus' passion


forgiveness




love




mercy




grace

Monday, April 1, 2019



Dear LORD~

Grace me with a courage like Ananias, that I might always trust You. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

What a joy it is knowing Him

What a joy it is knowing who we are in Christ!
What a joy it is knowing that I can forgive through Him, without fear!
What a joy it is knowing Him.
What a joy it is knowing Him.
What a joy it is knowing Him.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

RISE Challenge Day 1



Who am I? I am precious, because I belong to You.

What am I worth? I'm worth dying for.




We took an early trip east this morning, and the sun was not even up yet. We stared at bright red tail lights, all of the same hue, for about 20 minutes. We arrived at Henry Ford Columbus Center on time, but the therapist did not. So we did some labs on the same floor and drove home. I had time for a shake before work and now I am hard at it: running Downlegger trying to get one year tax returns and an appraisal waiver, trying to decode Dog's emails, wishing Tom were here to absorb some of the Braggart's verbiage.
Survivor and a pork loin tonight, Big Dance starts tomorrow, and Friday another PT appointment in Novi then a TBD fish fry with my sweetie.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

2nd Sunday of Lent

Thursday was 63 degrees and windy, and a tornado touched down about 40 miles west of us. The wind blew all night but thankfully we didn't lose power.
Friday the temps dropped and we got snow Friday night; and a squall came through Saturday morning causing cars to slide off the road with verily no visibility.
The robins are back; the hummers are not.

Not yet.




Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Monday, March 11, 2019

prayer

Heavenly Father ~

All praise and honor and glory to You; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit amen!

Thank You for another day I am able to get out of bed, read my Bible, and pray to You!

I confess to You that I have sinned, in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do; through my thoughts, words, and actions; through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. I ask Your forgiveness - LORD have mercy, Christ have mercy, LORD have mercy on me a sinner.

To-day I pray for all our loved ones and family:
For Francis and all the priests, bishops, and deacons and their families, and Your Church all over the world, especially where there is persecution. For President Trump and his family, for Judge Cavanaugh and his family, and all who are fighting to make America great again. 
For John Martinogni and the Bible Christian Society and men of goodwill everywhere, for Bill Patrick and the team and candidates for all the upcoming cursillo weekends, for every child and every one who does not yet know you, for protesters that they would turn their hearts to You in truth.
For my bride, that You would forgive her sins, and give her a desire to know You more intimately through the truth and fullness of the Catholic Church, heal her body mind soul and spirit, give her peace in her heart, protect her and keep her safe, and let her know how much You love her.
For Stan and Rita (rest in peace), Stan, Charlotte, Kathy, Justin, Dana, Aaron, Joey, Mary, Grace, Stosh (rest in peace), Stacie, Carter, Ryan, Emily, Mary Ann, Dean, Courtney, Rusty, Drew, Mason, Meggie, Jake, Quinn, Cameron, Deacon, Kacie, Brett, Moni, Bob, Jon, Jen, Joslin, Liam (and my those two beautiful grandbabies grow up to know and love You and serve You all the days of their lives), Jason (rest in peace), Pam, Ken, Kennie, and Kendall, Terry, Jeanie, Jeanie's dad, Tye, Sophia, Trent, Kevin, Justen, Tori, Kaylee, Kristine, Mike and his mom, Mom and Dad and thier families, Nancy, Ruben and his family, Ray, Ricky Ben, Belle, Alex, Carlos and Cheyenne and her family, Gary, Susie, Josh, Taylor, Jeremy and his fiance.

I give You this day, all our plans and doings, our comings and goings. Lead and guide the doctors we will see to-day.

Praise Your Name!

Sunday, March 10, 2019

First Sunday of Lent




“One solitary God-centered, God-intoxicated man can do more to keep God's love alive and His presence felt in the world than a thousand half-hearted, talkative busy men living frightened, fragmented ‘lives of quiet desperation’." 
-Fr. William McNamara

Friday, March 8, 2019

Glory be to Jesus






"Glory be to Jesus"
Italian, 18th Century
Translated by Edward Caswall, 1814-1878


1. Glory be to Jesus,
Who in bitter pains
Poured for me the life-blood
From His sacred veins!

2. Grace and life eternal
In that blood I find;
Blest be His compassion,
Infinitely kind!

3. Blest through endless ages
Be the precious stream
Which from endless torments
Did the world redeem!

4. Abel's blood for vengeance
Pleaded to the skies;
But the blood of Jesus
For our pardon cries.

5. Oft as earth exulting
Wafts its praise on high,
Angel hosts rejoicing
Make their glad reply.

6. Lift we, then, our voices,
Swell the mighty flood,
Louder still and louder
Praise the precious blood!


The Lutheran Hymnal
Hymn #158
Text: 1 Pet. 1:19
Author: Italian, 18th Century, cento
Translated by: Edward Caswall, 1857
Titled: "Viva! viva! Gesu"
Composer: Friedrich Filitz, 1847
Tune: "Wem in Leidenstagen"

Friday the 8th of March, in the Season of Lent



https://pray-as-you-go.org/player/prayer/2019-03-08

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Forgive us, Lord



Heavenly Father, we have turned our backs 
on You and your principles in your Word. 
We have allowed man to usurp Your role as 
God over life and the number of our days.  
But we come to You in brokenness and repentance over our sin.  
We cry out for Your mercy and ask You to remove the scourge of abortion from our land. 
Use us as your vessels, Lord,  
to bring the light of Your Truth to our nation once again. 
Because of Christ we pray, amen.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Lent

As excited as I am for this special penitential time of year, I am saddened that family and friends will not experience any of what we will.

I know each Pilgrim's journey is his own, and God speaks to us and deals with us each in a unique way; I still wish that our loved ones would be a part of His Church.

The liturgical year - with its feasts and celebrations, colors and sacraments and seasons - is in its nature cyclical as we are cyclical folks ourselves. We look forward to spring and the flowers coming through the cold ground. We look forward to warm and long days and cooking outside and trimming the shrubbery. Then we look forward to cool evenings and the fall color. Then, when that first snow comes, it is exciting as well!

Similarly the Church year cycles:

The 'new year' begins with Advent, a penitential time of waiting and preparation (purple)
Then we celebrate the Feast of the Nativity: Christmas and it's octave (white)
Then comes Ordinary Time until Ash Wednesday and Lent (green)
40 days of Lent and then the Easter Triduum (white) , then 50 days of Easter celebration!
Then another longer Ordinary Time (green) , ending with the Feast of Christ the King of the universe!

So much to celebrate with Jesus!!

So many events in His life we remember and meditate on!

So big our God is - all praise to Him!!!






Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Idiocy and Fear

I"m on a paczki sugar high and instead of rambling on here at work to no one, I will write:


Biggest thing I think that keeps folks away from and scared of the Church is we don't like authority.

That 'relationship in stead of religion' mantra so many regurgitate rotely really means I will not be told what to do.

I interpret for myself (and, so much more, for others it appears);
I decide which scripture passages I will quote out of context for the particular situation I am in right now;
I will worship (or not) how I want to;
and I will never ever be open to listening to why 2000 years of blood and heresy, conversions and forgiveness, mercy and grace, and loving unconditionally like Christ mean anything at all.

The bottom line as I see it (and you know I am a bottom line guy), is the subject of authority.

So many protestors use the Bible as their authority - or rather, THEIR interpretation OF the Bible!
Hence the thousands of protesting sects. And that's what Christ prayed for, right? Thousands of sects all protesting in their own, 'relationship instead of religion' way.

Really sick of the absurd comments from family and friends - all based on what they've heard; NONE ever based on first-hand experience, by reading the Catechism, or attending the Mass.

Father, I give You my angst and defensiveness toward
idiocy and fear.
Please, in Your mercy, give me the grace
to give the reason for my hope,
but only in love, 
and only after prayer.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Took a little trip Saturday morning toward Dexter for some firewood; the photo below is taken from the Mast Rd/ Central Ave bridge over the Huron looking northwest. Many geese were floating in the large calm pool off to the right.



Thursday, February 21, 2019

A cozy 32 degrees this morning in southeast Lower Michigan, the likes of which we have not seen in a coon's age. I happened over to the expressway on my way to work - the overpass with its three roundabouts gives a wonderful view of the morning sunrise over Whitmore Lake. I finished my business near the lake and, heading back to US 23 North, stopped in one of the roundabouts to take some pictures. My Google Assistant then collages them (if it understands that is what I want) and presents me with a panoramic photo. I have shared it below. You can make it bigger by clicking on it.







I got to work a little early and discovered I had forgotten my keys. We have a door on Grand River we share with another office, then upstairs our three doors all use another key. I called the boss and told him I'd wait for him. So my day started later than normal; thusly, my morning flew by. All of a sudden it was lunch time, and I high-tailed it to Dollar Tree (where everything's a dollar) for a birthday card (et al).

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The Apple Fritter Chorus

On this beautiful cloudy cool morn, I happened to stop at the local baker/meat market (Marv's: http://marvsmeats.com/index.html and http://www.marvsbakery.com/) to purchase rolls for our hamburger dinner tonight. The aromas inside this bakery/meatery are intoxicating, the prices are not as prohibitive as they could be in to-day's bullshit profit-above-all-else society, and you get a free cup of coffee (black, like my coffee) with a bakery purchase. ALSO, they have samples of their wares broken up into bite size pieces on the counter for free tasting.

'Can I get four sesame rolls please?'
'You want four ROLLS or four PACKAGES?
'Four rolls please.' ...
'What else?'
'Can I get one of these down here on the bottom?'
'OK, apple fritter.' ...
'Is that all?'
'Yes thank you.'
'Three oh eight.
Hand her the ever-ready card. ...
'There you go.'
'Thank you.'
'You're welcome, have a good day.'

'Have a good day'?!? How could it not be good starting with the most dense, warm, cinnamon-apple-flavoured carbohydrate-laden, glazed chunk of goodness?!?!? It wasn't even all by itself; I think they make an entire sheet pan of these and then just rip off a hunk the size of the State of Massachusetts, shove it in a wax paper bag, and tell you to have a good day.

And then the free, hot, dark roast coffee, WITH A LID!


Glorious LORD of heaven and earth~
I am thankful this morning for Your
Providence, for all the good gifts You
shower upon us each and every day.
All praise and honor to You - King of kings and LORD of lords!
Blessing and honor, glory, and power
be unto You, be unto YOU!
Hallelujah, hallelujah!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

God Himself is Present


https://www.clcgracelutheranchurch.org/hymns/tlh/tlh004.htm



1. God Himself is present:
Let us now adore Him
And with awe appear before Him.
God is in His temple--
All within keep silence,
Prostrate lie with deepest reverence.
Him alone God we own,
Him, our God and Savior;
Praise His name forever.

2. God Himself is present:
Hear the harps resounding;
See the hosts the throne surrounding!
"Holy, holy, holy"--
Hear the hymn ascending,
Songs of saints and angels blending.
Bow Thine ear To us here:
Hear, O Christ, the praises
That Thy Church now raises.

3. O Thou Fount of blessing,
Purify my spirit,
Trusting only in Thy merit.
Like the holy angels,
Who behold Thy glory,
May I ceaselessly adore Thee.
Let Thy will Ever still
Rule Thy Church terrestrial
As the hosts celestial.




Notes from _The Lutheran Hymnal_
Hymn #4
Text: Hab. 2:20
Author: Gerhard Tersteegen, 1729, cento
Translated by: Frederick W. Foster, c.1826, alt.
Titled: "Gott ist gegenwaertig"
Composer: Joachim Neander, 1680
Tune: "Wunderbarer Koeni

https://www.clcgracelutheranchurch.org/hymns/tlh/tlh003.htm


1. Lord Jesus Christ, be present now,
Our hearts in true devotion bow,
Thy Spirit send with grace divine,
And let Thy truth within us shine.

2. Unseal our lips to sing Thy praise,
Our souls to Thee in worship raise,
Make strong our faith, increase our light
That we may know Thy name aright;

3. Until we join the hosts that cry,
"Holy art Thou, O Lord, most high!"
And in the light of that blest place
Fore'er behold Thee face to face.

4. Glory to God the Father, Son,
And Holy Spirit, Three in One!
To Thee, O blessed Trinity,
Be praise throughout eternity!




Notes:


Hymn #3 from _The Lutheran Hymnal_
Text: Ps. 95:2
Author: unknown, 1651
Translated by: Catherine Winkworth, 1863, alt.
Titled: "Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend"
Tune: "Herr Jesu Christ, dich"
1st Published in: _Cantionale Germanicum_
Town: Dresden, 1628

Monday, February 11, 2019

To-day's Rainbow check:
green - tea
black - dark chocolate
green - grapes
orange - mandarine orange slices

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

morning prayer



Loving God~
Forgive me when I make loving You and loving my neighbor harder
than it needs to be.
Let me always be mindful of Jesus - how He lived, 
how He spoke,
how He embraced,
how He gave - 
and give me the grace to live, speak, embrace, and give
like Him.

Praising You always and forever!
 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

According to my new application Google Fit, I walked 1.89 miles at lunch.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

46 years of Roe v Wade

Today, on this 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we mourn the many children’s lives ended by abortion and remember in prayer those who suffer the aftermath. The Church comes together today to pray for the protection of all unborn children and to make reparation for abortion, trusting that the Lord hears our prayers.




 “A great prayer for life is urgently needed, a prayer which will rise up throughout the world. Through special initiatives and in daily prayer, may an impassioned plea rise to God, the Creator and lover of life, from every Christian community, from every group and association, from every family and from the heart of every believer” 


Monday, January 21, 2019

Full Wolf Moon

Watched with great shivering the moon pass through the earth's shadow last night, just east of Gemini. The reddish tint was indeed akin to a blood color, but there was no howling of wolves. It got down to 13 below but our water still floweth, praise be to God!

Behold the Man in the Moon

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Recipe #27 - Goodass Chili

I threw this together in the crock pot at about 8 am, we ran some errands, and then came back to a delightful smelling home just past noon.

Ingredients:

1# ground beef cooked and drained
2# pork tenderloin diced and cooked
1# of rib eye steaks cooked and diced

1 large can of stewed tomatoes
1 can Brooks chili beans - Mild
1 can organic Trader Joe's red kidney beans
1 can low-sodium chicken broth

1 white onion diced
1 large green pepper diced
8 oz diced mushrooms
2 slices of jalapeno pepper
1 large squeeze of ketchup
1 small squeeze of Dijon mustard
2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
five cloves of garlic minced
~1 tbs chili powder
~1 tsp cumin


Directions:

I cooked the meat the night before, which shortened the prep time in the morning to about 20 minutes. I added all the ingredients to the crock pot, set it to high and let it go, stirring occasionally. It was ready to eat by about 1:00, but the flavors had really melded together by about 3:00.

Served with homemade baguette bread (recipe below, and a shout to Kelsey Nixon for showing me how to do this)

Ingredients:

1.5 tbs yeast (2 envelops)
2 tbs honey
1.5 c warm water, divided
4 c AP flour
1 tbs garlic powder
1 tsp salt

cornmeal for dusting pan


Directions:

Combine the yeast, honey, and one half cup of warm water in the bowl of a stand mixer. With a dough hook, mix until just combined and let it rest at least ten minutes while the yeast proofs.
Then add the flour, salt, garlic powder, and one more cup of warm water while mixing on low speed.
It should go about ten minutes until the dough wraps itself around the hook.

Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover with a dishcloth to keep it moist. Let it rest in a warm area until doubled in size.

Punch down the dough and divide in half, shaping two baguettes and placing them on your cornmeal dusted pan. Cover both loaves with a towel and let them rise near the oven preheating to 450 degrees.
When they have doubled in size again, throw them in the oven, on the top rack. Bake until golden brown, 13-15 minutes.



Thursday, January 10, 2019

There are stories of Christ giving sight to the blind in the four Gospel accounts, as well as many healings of divers natures. Spiritually, restoring sight can represent removing ignorance of Christ's mission and our part in it. He 'opens our eyes' to His timely truths; He gives us spiritual insight to use on our walk for His glory. Praise His Name!

Open my eyes, LORD; more than anything I desire this


Eating and drinking the ROYGBIV rainbow:

red berries last night
violet cabernet sauvignon  with dinner last night
green, red, purple greens in the slaw last night
green pepper last night
red tomatoes last night
orange slices of orange this morning
white yogurt this morning
yellow mustard on my sandwich this morning
red ruby reds with white milk this morning


Monday, January 7, 2019

On this monday morning

Because You are worthy of all praise, glory, honor and blessing

You alone are worthy!

All praise to You, almighty Father!

All praise to You, freeing Son!

All praise to You, Spirit of Truth!

Holy, holy, holy

Heaven and earth are full of your glory and majesty!

Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the LORD!

Hosanna in the highest!