Your duty is to sanctify yourself. Yes, even you. Who thinks that this task is only for priests and religious? To everyone, without exception, our Lord said: Be ye perfect, as my heavenly Father is perfect. St. Josemaria

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Escape from Havana..Sadness of the Past..

Well, Thursday night, my father says to me watch this on CNBC at 9pm (they will air it again on May 30/31). I have to tell you it was one of the longest and hardest hour of TV I have ever seen. I saw what my parents saw to the best of the left wing CNBC puts it. My parents were not Padre Pan children, they were married with my oldest brother at 3 months old when they left Cuba. But I got to see it and I was crushed (I honestly told my dad, how can you even see this and he starts to cry and hangs up on me.)

But Its funny, with my little knowledge that I know , I thought that CNBC didn't do justice to these children and gives the US government at that time, Kennedys, etc a hero look which accordly to my father.. was not true.. He was among those to fight against this Castro -Dictator and he tells it in a different way. So I did some search online.. and I came across this great blog and reading post on what others view this tv program and how some of them was real to them as the day they left Cuba ,just brings back the sadness and ache in my heart.

But please do justice and read this (if you like) to get a real sense of the CNBC mess!

As One poster says it well:

Mercy
May 28th, 2010 at 10:55 PM
Shame, shame, shame on CNBC! As a Pedro Pan who left Cuba on the 10th of October 1962 and who lived three years in a camp in Florida City and then 1 1/2 years in a foster home in Ohio, I must raise my voice against this farse of a "documentary". This was just another form of propaganda using the trials and tribulations of the Cuban children exodus to air a pletora of lies and misinformation. I was one of those children who were going to be sent to Russia for my "education". There was not such a thing as a CIA plot to incite the Cuban parents to start a revolution. The children were being indoctrinated, I was there. The government took away the rights of the parents; private schools were closed, young people were sent to the mountain to "teach" the campesinos reading and writing, the public schools were closed for the duration, and when they reopened, all we were taught was Castro, Castro, Castro, to tell on our parents and friends if they were not pro-Castro and a new version of Cuban history which they shamelessly had changed. We can thank the Kennedys for having to leave our home, family and all that was dear to us to never return to Cuba. We can thank the Catholic Charities and Msgr Walsh for making it possible for us to have a better life and freedom. Those who blame their parents for having sent them "away" should be ashamed of themselves for their ingratitude; and those who believe the embargo should be lifted and sing praises to the conditions in Cuba, should be expelled from this country like true "gusanos" and sent back to Cuba for their disloyalty and falsehood. Again, shame on CNBC!

All I can say really is May God have mercy on Cuba and bring her back to the beauty of the people He created! Please pray for Cuba and USA as we too are on the wrong track and that we are wise enough to stand up and fight for real freedom!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Thumbs up!


London, England (LifeNews.com) -- Marie Boswell expected to get the latest information about the status of her unborn child from her physician. In a rare ultrasound picture showing her baby giving her a thumbs up, she got a progress report from the baby boy himself.

Bosworth was stunned by the ultrasound photo of her 20-week-old unborn baby giving her the popular sign when everything's alright.

"It was really funny," the 35-year-old mother said of the ultrasound picture she had at Wythenshawe Hospital, near her home in Manchester.

She told the London Daily Mail newspaper, "I went to the scan with my friend and my mum and we were all just laughing. He was giving us the thumbs up, it was just so clear."

"We couldn't believe it. I have big hands, but nothing on the scale of his," she told the newspaper. "We're thinking he might make a good goalkeeper. I've never seen a scan like this before - but we love it."

"I've been keeping it in a book because I want to show it to him when he is older," she added.

Boswell already has a 10-year-old daughter named Olivia and the doctors informed her that her baby, expected in September, is doing just fine.

Shari Richard, a pioneer of the use of ultrasound, believes it has the power to stop abortions. http://www.lifenews.com/state4722.html


More than a million American women will have an abortion in 2010 and 44 percent of American women will have an abortion at some point in their lifetime, Richard says.

With improvements in the imaging taking a two-dimensional picture and moving it into the world of 3D and 4D, Richard is not surprised that more Americans are becoming pro-life and more are opting against an abortion.

"Ultrasound technology is credited with an important role in changing attitudes. If women see images of their unborn children, and are educated about developing life in the womb, they are less likely to abort," she says.

Richard personally experienced the grief and pain of abortion but, in 1990, through Sound Wave Images, she produced the videos Ultrasound: a Window to the Womb and Eyewitness to the Earliest Days of Life.

These powerful videos, seen by millions, showed fetal development and facts related to the emotional and physical trauma of abortion.

As a voice for the unborn, Shari Richard knows a picture is "worth a thousand words."

Saturday, May 22, 2010

With God--Nothing is Impossible!


May 20, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - “I was an atheist for as long as I could remember” recalled Brigitte Bedard, a young-looking 41-year-old journalist and stay at home mother of six with cropped tousled brown hair and stylish thick-framed glasses. She was addressing a crowd of 200 participants at the Quebec Life Coalition pro-life conference on May 15 in Quebec City.

While Bedard is less well known than the conference’s keynote speaker – Cardinal Marc Ouellet – whose staunchly pro-life statements made later that afternoon were seized on by the anti-life Quebec media, she might be the speaker who most touched hearts that Saturday afternoon.

Ms. Bedard grew up at a time when Quebec society was undergoing what historians call the “Quiet Revolution,” a period of time from the early-sixties to the mid seventies when Quebec society shed its Christian heritage and adopted secular values. “I was born in 1968 — talk about bad luck” she joked.

Bedard had a typical childhood in a non-religious household, and went to the notoriously leftist Université du Québec à Montréal, where she studied literature, eventually graduating with an MA. “I filled my mind with all the radical feminist literature — I drank it all up” she said.

She began a series of heterosexual relationships, which all ended badly. “Prodded along by what I was reading, I began thinking that since all my heterosexual relationships were failures, that I might be a lesbian.” And in fact she dove into the lesbian lifestyle, and admitted that she revelled in it for quite some time. “It was actually a very good time, in a way, being with a big gang of girls, tearing up the town, chain-smoking like there was no tomorrow. I was also very sexually active.”

Despite the fun and the excitement of the lifestyle, she felt broken, she recalls. “I was a mental wreck. I just felt that I was spinning out of control, that I was keeping appearances but I was miserable inside.” Things came to a head when, inexplicably, she broke into tears one night at 3 am and began shouting in her empty apartment in a trendy district of Montreal, imploring God to “take her away.” “Here I was, a militant feminist lesbian atheist lying on my apartment floor crying my head off imploring God. I wasn’t in my right mind, but I was desperate for help.”

She began seeking help, meandering in and out of countless 12-step type programs, in the hopes of finding some kind of solution for her anxiety and “messed-up life.” To make matters worse, she had just quit smoking: “I was suddenly forced to face life in the raw, without any protection or buffer.”

At wit’s end, she recounted how someone she knew talked about visiting “the monks” at the famous Saint-Benoît Abbey in Saint-Benoît-du-Lac, Quebec. The idea, as bizarre as it seemed to her, intrigued her, and she went, but not without reservations. “I went to the monastery armed with all the contempt and hatred for the patriarchal Church that I had stored up from years of radical feminist studies. For radical feminists the Church is basically enemy #1.”

She entered the convent and was assigned a room and a monk with whom she could converse twice a day. “For three days in a row, two hours a day, I badgered, screamed at, practically foamed at the mouth in the face of this monk, dredging up basically every insult, cliché, dirty thing that I could think of, or invent about Christianity. I was so mad, so hurt and angry, and I was dishing it all out to this monk, who never said a word the whole time, but instead just looked at me, nodding his head.”

Then, at the end of those three days, something happened that changed her life forever. “It was the third day, the sixth hour of screaming. We were about to wrap up yet again. I was basically done screaming, there was a pause, and then the monk looked up and said to me “you have no idea, absolutely no idea how much God loves you; He made you out of nothing, he knows you, you have no idea how much he loves you, His daughter. So don’t feel ashamed, let it all go. Give it up, give it all up, give your life up to Him … He loves you so much.”

Those simple words at that crucial time “absolutely floored her” she recalled. From that moment on, her life had utterly changed. “I am His daughter, there are no two ways about it, and I can’t explain it.” She admits she is at pains to explain exactly what it was that caused her conversion: “I just say that God floored me, staggered me; I didn’t convert myself, he brought me to Him.”

She now works as an independent journalist and happily married stay-at-home mother of six. Life for her now is not all peaches and cream, however. “When I need quiet, there’s nothing I can do except for one thing: get up at 4 am. Which I do, pretty often, just to get some peace.” Remarking on the differences between her life now and in her lesbian days, she quipped: “Living with a man is definitely a pain, but living with a woman all the time was a living hell.”

Brigitte Bedard, who writes for the Nouvel Informateur Catholique, was one of four conference participants (plus keynote speaker Cardinal Marc Ouellet) at the annual Quebec Life Coalition conference at Quebec City on May 15. Video recordings of the talks (in original French, or dubbed in English) are available through Quebec Life Coalition.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Just an article


Well, our local Catholic paper did an article on Hair Bows 4 Life that you can view here. (Go to page 11). I hope that in print the pictures look better than online. All that I can say is that we have a high goal in which we are really trying to look out for God's greatest creation..
Humans.. who we are created in His likeness!
May God help those whom can't help themselves.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Water of Love~~

Water for Love...

A young priest for Tanzania, Father Deogratias Malewa, lives and ministers in a place that has no paved roads, no hospitals, no grocery stores. His people (the women) grow the food by using a hoe and their hands. They carry water for their gardens in pots on their heads from a stream that is half mile away. If they get sick or injured, they stay where they are and make the best of it because there is no practical alternative.

Julia Fogassy of Our Father's House, has a goal to raise enough money for him so he can get a rototiller and a vehicle to transport it. That way, gardening will be better for the women and Father will be able to move sick or injured people to the hospital that is in the nearest city--more than 100 miles away.

Father Deogratias will be doing little talks and demonstrations about life in Tanzania, playing games with the children, and telling Tanzanian stories at the Northwest Catholic Family Conference. Hair Bows 4 Life will have a table with Father and 10% of the sales will go to Father and Julia Fogassy efforts to help raise this money. So if you are at the conference stop by and see what they have.

But this is a true example of Christ in our Priest.. and the true meaning of being a Catholic, a universal faith!

May God keep giving him the courage to live out his faith!

If you would like to donate towards Father Deogratias, you may do so at Hair Bows 4 Life website under Water of Love.

May God bless your generosity.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

A Great Book Give-Alway


Karen Edmisten author of The Rosary Keeping Company with Jesus and Mary is having a book give away every weekend in May. So head over to her blog to see what you need to do this weekend to enter to win this lovely book!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Outside these walls of mine..


Sometimes, I feel that I am in this little world of mine and really don't think of much more outside these walls. But things happen outside of these walls that I do much have to see and try to understand...


For example, maybe I take homeschooling for granted in the USA for now and you get a look inside others outside the USA and their daily battle for this human right of educating your own children... On one of my yahoo groups.. we had many emails on what is going on in England now and asking many prayers for sure, well, prayers are so powerfully..


Read what one UK homeschooling mother wrote after she had asked us to pray and pray hard for her country!



Here in the UK we've had the most extraordinary 24 hours..Something happened
I had thought never to see; two parties get together and bury tribalism and
work very respectfully towards making an arrangement on common ground to
rule the country. And its the LibDems and the Conservatives.. and they plan
to introduce a Freedom or Great Repeal Bill... to remove some of the scarily
repressive measures introduced by the previous govt..And to cap it all, we
have Michael Gove as Education Minister..who is the Candidate for the job
who was soundest on HE.I am sure there will still be battles ahead, but the
situation is dramatically better than any of us dared to hope even 48 hours
ago..

So thanks very much,

warmest wishes,

We may never under estimate the power of PRAYER!