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Pope leads Catholics into Easter at vigil service in St. Peter’s

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By Philip Pullella – Reuters

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis, leading the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics into Easter for the first time, on Saturday urged those who have strayed from the faith to allow God back into their lives.

Francis, who was elected on March 13, presided at a solemn Easter vigil Mass in St. Peter’ Basilica to usher the Catholic Church into the most important day of its liturgical calendar.

The immense basilica, the largest church in Christendom, was in the dark for the start of the service to signify the darkness in Jesus’ tomb before what Christians believe was his resurrection from the dead three days after his crucifixion.

Some 10,000 faithful lit candles as Francis, the former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, walked up the main aisle, and then the basilica’s lights were turned on.

The 76-year-old Francis, wearing relatively plain white vestments – as opposed to the more elaborate robes preferred by his predecessor Benedict – delivered a simple homily recounting the Bible story of the women who went to Jesus’ tomb but were surprised to find it empty.

He urged his listeners not to be “afraid of God’s surprises,” never to lose confidence during the trials and tribulations of daily life, and, if they have strayed, to let God back into their lives.

“Let the risen Jesus enter your life, welcome him as a friend, with trust: he is life! If up till now you have kept him at a distance, step forward. He will receive you with open arms,” he said, speaking in Italian.

“If you have been indifferent, take a risk: you won’t be disappointed. If following him seems difficult, don’t be afraid, trust him, be confident that he is close to you, he is with you and he will give you the peace you are looking for and the strength to live as he would have you do,” he said.

Another difference between Francis and his predecessor is that Francis reads his homilies standing behind a lectern like an ordinary priest instead of while seated on a throne.

He is still living in the same Vatican guesthouse where he stayed during the conclave that elected him the first non-European pope in 1,300 years instead of moving into the spacious and regal papal apartments in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace.

Francis has also been inviting ordinary people to his morning Mass at the guesthouse, including Vatican street sweepers and gardeners and staff of the guest house.

During Saturday night’s service he presided at another Easter vigil tradition by baptizing four new adult members of the Church. They were from Italy, Albania, Russia and the United States.

Holy Saturday was the third of four hectic days leading up to Easter Sunday, the most important day in the Christian liturgical calendar.

On Easter Sunday he will celebrate another Mass and then deliver his first “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) message from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica to tens of thousands of people in the square below.

The balcony is the same spot where he first appeared to the world as pope on the night of March 13 after his election.


Exsultet …2013

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Rejoice, heavenly powers! Sing, choirs of angels!
Exult, all creation around God’s throne!
Jesus Christ, our King, is risen!
Sound the trumpet of salvation!

Rejoice, O earth, in shining splendor,
radiant in the brightness of your King!
Christ has conquered! Glory fills you!
Darkness vanishes for ever!

Rejoice, O Mother Church! Exult in glory!
The risen Savior shines upon you!
Let this place resound with joy,
echoing the mighty song of all God’s people!

My dearest friends,
standing with me in this holy light,
join me in asking God for mercy,

that he may give his unworthy minister
grace to sing his Easter praises.

Deacon: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Deacon: Lift up your hearts.
People: We lift them up to the Lord.
Deacon: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People: It is right to give him thanks and praise.

It is truly right
that with full hearts and minds and voices
we should praise the unseen God, the all-powerful Father,
and his only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

For Christ has ransomed us with his blood,
and paid for us the price of Adam’s sin to our eternal Father!

This is our passover feast,
when Christ, the true Lamb, is slain,
whose blood consecrates the homes of all believers.

This is the night
when first you saved our fathers:
you freed the people of Israel from their slavery
and led them dry-shod through the sea.

This is the night
when the pillar of fire destroyed the darkness of sin!

This is the night
when Christians everywhere,
washed clean of sin and freed from all defilement,
are restored to grace and grow together in holiness.

This is the night
when Jesus Christ broke the chains of death
and rose triumphant from the grave.

What good would life have been to us,
had Christ not come as our Redeemer?
Father, how wonderful your care for us!
How boundless your merciful love!
To ransom a slave you gave away your Son.

O happy fault,
O necessary sin of Adam,
which gained for us so great a Redeemer!

Most blessed of all nights,
chosen by God to see Christ rising from the dead!

Of this night scripture says:
“The night will be as clear as day:
it will become my light, my joy.”

The power of this holy night dispels all evil,
washes guilt away, restores lost innocence,
brings mourners joy;
it casts out hatred, brings us peace,
and humbles earthly pride.

Night truly blessed when heaven is wedded to earth
and man is reconciled with God!

Therefore, heavenly Father,
in the joy of this night,
receive our evening sacrifice of praise,
your Church’s solemn offering.

Accept this Easter candle,
a flame divided but undimmed,
a pillar of fire that glows to the honor of God.

(For it is fed by the melting wax,
which the mother bee brought forth
to make this precious candle.)

Let it mingle with the lights of heaven
and continue bravely burning
to dispel the darkness of this night!

May the Morning Star which never sets
find this flame still burning:
Christ, that Morning Star,
who came back from the dead,
and shed his peaceful light on all mankind,
your Son, who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
Amen.


Saturday Easter Vigil …

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Yes, that is a McDonald’s across the street from the Cathedral, as the building sits on Ste Catherine’s Street downtown. I took these shots on a vigil some time ago, because there is snow on the ground in the series. Blessedly, there was no snow, but it was chilly outside, and the flame was very big.

It was a glorious night. Many followers attended the service which ran two hours from start to finish. Tonight we hear the five great readings from Scripture from Genesis, a reading from St. John Chrysostom, Exodus, Homily on the Passover by Melito of Sardis, and once again from Exodus, and ending in the Gospel of Mark.

My friend and fellow Deacon Donald was there serving at the mass, he is to be ordained a priest this fall 2013.

From the darkness of the church, the paschal candle is carried into the church where it is proclaimed “Lumen Chrisi” Light of Christ. And we then light our candles one from another and candle light shines as the readings were done, and finally in a flurry of bells and organ and choir sing … Alleluia He is Risen.

A good night was had by all.

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday, and we shall gather at 6:15 for the tradition meeting for the month at St. Leon’s.


Vigil …

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Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).

 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

 


Providence …

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The cross that sits atop Mount Royal during the “interregnum” or in between, is turned purple. And today we would see purple on vestments for Good Friday services.

This is the day that Christians mark the crucifixion and death of Jesus on the cross and the church is in mourning. Tony Campolo is oft to preach the message about it being “Friday … But Sunday is coming…”

Also to mention the words ” I Thirst …” one of the last seven statements Jesus makes from the cross before his death. The words in Hebrew I have tattooed on  my right bicep. This meditation which has been spoken about in the memoirs of Mother Teresa focuses on Jesus and his thirst for our love and devotion.

Tonight’s topic from the book As Bill Sees It spoke about ” Providence.”

There is a question on the first blank page of my Big Book :

ARE WE GOING EASY ON THE GOD STUFF ???

At some point in our lives, one way or another, we come face to face with coming to believe in a power greater than ourselves. Many of us grew up in some form of religion, one way or another. The odds are high that we have all been introduced to God sometime in our lives.

For the person coming in for the first time, God is a dirty word, a repellant, something to be avoided at any cost ! One way or another we process steps 1,2,and 3. We come, we come to, and we come to believe.

And even today there are folks who still struggle with the notion of God. But even if they cannot locate God – there is a passion to stay sober – to live – a power that moves them forwards, one day at a time.

The reading talks about never pushing our own agenda on those who have not come to the point of recognizing God for themselves, but we should be kind and observant, but never egotistical to believe that we have “all the answers” for anyone else in the room.

For every person in the room, there is a concept of “something.” From the simple “group of drunks, good orderly direction, get out doors even.” God is cultivated in each life to their abilities and their belief system.

Providence … To be provided for …

Coming off my slip, I prayed to God. Specific prayers of need and desire.

1. For the hangover to mark the end

2. For a member to come into my life

3. To get me to a meeting

One, Two, Three … all three prayers came to pass in succession. I took my last drink. An alcoholic came into my life and brought me to my next first meeting.

In Hindsight, I had completed One, Two and Three before I hit my first meeting. I knew where God was, and I believed. I just needed to ” come to.”

It is providence for me to say that everything I need in my life has come from the rooms, one way or another. I’ve never had to go outside the rooms for anything. I always tell people that if there is something on your mind or a need you have, take it to a meeting.

God does provide.

Lots of friends and fellows tonight, great fellowship and a ride home from the meeting. All in gratitude.

Tomorrow is the great Easter Vigil.

More to come, stay tuned …


Go down Moses …

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Exodus 14:15-15:1

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.  Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. The Egyptians will know that I am the LORD when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen.”

Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long.

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the LORD drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.

The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and horsemen followed them into the sea. During the last watch of the night the LORD looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. He made the wheels of their chariots come off so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The LORD is fighting for them against Egypt.”

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen.” Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians were fleeing toward it, and the LORD swept them into the sea. The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen—the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived.

But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.  That day the LORD saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore.  And when the Israelites saw the great power the LORD displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.

Exodus 15

The Song of Moses and Miriam

Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the LORD :
“I will sing to the LORD,
for he is highly exalted.
The horse and its rider
he has hurled into the sea.


Preparations …

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Photo Courtesy of Susan Russell at An Inch at a time…

Geesus… I hate when that happens… I got up early today because tonight is the BIG service at the Cathedral and I didn’t have anything to wear, that fit or was nice enough [read: more formal] than what was in my closet. So I set off for the mall. The one thing I really needed to get was a card for Donald.

I went to Zellers to find a nice shirt that [fit] and I found a funky tie to go with it so now I will look somewhat formal with a shirt and tie instead of looking all frumpy and studentish. The shirt is a beautiful burgundy button down with the tie to match. I think it looks good. I broke out the old iron and did my best Susie Homemaker to it.

I stopped in at McDonalds and had me some dinner because it will be a long night tonight, and one doesn’t want the old engine rumbling halfway through the service. I also wanted to get that card which I forgot and only remembered it when I sat here to write… I hate when that happens.

Last night I was all by myself and I watched a lot of National Geographic and their specials on the Bible and the History of Jesus, and one show in particular last night talked about the writers of the Bible. Very interesting. There was one, two hour presentation on Jesus and his life and death, which I found intriguing.

There was a scientist who broke down the crucifixion and he has the only lab in the world that is totally dedicated to research on the crucifixion. He also broke down the weight of the cross and the cross weighed something considerable and his test person could not carry the cross the total 1/4 mile that Jesus dragged his cross. It was said that Jesus didn’t die of asphyxiation but of cardiac arrest. They had studied this type of death in the lab and concluded that the way he was crucified – the nails, the wood and the style lent to a new hypothesis which I found interesting.

We are almost at 6 p.m. and I need to boogie… So enjoy your night, go to church and celebrate the Holiest night of the Christian Calendar…

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This is the First reading of the night – The Creation Story

Genesis 1:1-33

Genesis 1

The Beginning

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. God called the expanse “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.

And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.

And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.

And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.” So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.

And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.


Charlton Heston dead at 84

By BOB THOMAS, Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES – Charlton Heston, who won the 1959 best actor Oscar as the chariot-racing “Ben-Hur” and portrayed Moses, Michelangelo, El Cid and other heroic figures in movie epics of the ’50s and ’60s, has died. He was 84.

The actor died Saturday night at his home in Beverly Hills with his wife Lydia at his side, family spokesman Bill Powers said.

Powers declined to comment on the cause of death or provide further details.

Heston revealed in 2002 that he had symptoms consistent with Alzheimer’s disease, saying, “I must reconcile courage and surrender in equal measure.”

With his large, muscular build, well-boned face and sonorous voice, Heston proved the ideal star during the period when Hollywood was filling movie screens with panoramas depicting the religious and historical past. “I have a face that belongs in another century,” he often remarked.

The actor assumed the role of leader offscreen as well. He served as president of the Screen Actors Guild and chairman of the American Film Institute and marched in the civil rights movement of the 1950s. With age, he grew more conservative and campaigned for conservative candidates.

In June 1998, Heston was elected president of the National Rifle Association, for which he had posed for ads holding a rifle. He delivered a jab at then-President Clinton, saying, “America doesn’t trust you with our 21-year-old daughters, and we sure, Lord, don’t trust you with our guns.”

Heston stepped down as NRA president in April 2003, telling members his five years in office were “quite a ride. … I loved every minute of it.”

Later that year, Heston was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. “The largeness of character that comes across the screen has also been seen throughout his life,” President Bush said at the time.

He engaged in a lengthy feud with liberal Ed Asner during the latter’s tenure as president of the Screen Actors Guild. His latter-day activism almost overshadowed his achievements as an actor, which were considerable.

Heston lent his strong presence to some of the most acclaimed and successful films of the midcentury. “Ben-Hur” won 11 Academy Awards, tying it for the record with the more recent “Titanic” (1997) and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003). Heston’s other hits include: “The Ten Commandments,” “El Cid,” “55 Days at Peking,” “Planet of the Apes” and “Earthquake.”

He liked the cite the number of historical figures he had portrayed:

Andrew Jackson (“The President’s Lady,” “The Buccaneer”), Moses (“The Ten Commandments”), title role of “El Cid,” John the Baptist (“The Greatest Story Ever Told”), Michelangelo (“The Agony and the Ecstasy“), General Gordon (“Khartoum”), Marc Antony (“Julius Caesar,” “Antony and Cleopatra“), Cardinal Richelieu (“The Three Musketeers“), Henry VIII (“The Prince and the Pauper“).

Heston made his movie debut in the 1940s in two independent films by a college classmate, David Bradley, who later became a noted film archivist. He had the title role in “Peer Gynt” in 1942 and was Marc Antony in Bradley’s 1949 version of “Julius Caesar,” for which Heston was paid $50 a week.

Film producer Hal B. Wallis (“Casablanca”) spotted Heston in a 1950 television production of “Wuthering Heights” and offered him a contract. When his wife reminded him that they had decided to pursue theater and television, he replied, “Well, maybe just for one film to see what it’s like.”

Heston earned star billing from his first Hollywood movie, “Dark City,” a 1950 film noir. Cecil B. DeMille next cast him as the circus manager in the all-star “The Greatest Show On Earth,” named by the Motion Picture Academy as the best picture of 1952.


"He Had a Face"

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John 13:21-33, 36-38

After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “I tell you the truth, one of you is going to betray me.”

His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant. One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, “Ask him which one he means.”

Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?”

Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, son of Simon. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.

“What you are about to do, do quickly,” Jesus told him, but no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him. Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the Feast, or to give something to the poor. As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night.

Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial

When he was gone, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once.“My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come.

Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, where are you going?”
Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.”

Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.”

Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? I tell you the truth, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!

“He had a face…[H]e had a man’s face, a human face.” With these poignant words Frederick Buechner begins his reflections on Jesus’ life in his beautiful book, The Life of Jesus. Through sensitive words and the masterpieces reproduced in this volume, we see Jesus in the diverse, beautiful, and moving ways artists over the centuries have imagined and portrayed him.

Jesus had a face; he had feelings. “Reclining at table with his disciples” for what he probably knew was his last meal with them, “Jesus was deeply troubled…” (John 13:21). At this Passover meal, a time to celebrate spring and liberation from slavery, Jesus’ heart was heavy. He was weighed down by all the verbal attacks and rejection he had been experiencing from authorities and people scorning his message of God’s loving intervention in history in him.  He also knew that one if his inner circle of friends was betraying him.

Think of times you were at a celebratory meal with family or friends but filled with some deep dread — something not appropriate for you to share at this festive time, something you could perhaps never fully express to another. Maybe you, like Jesus, were going to be charged with a crime, or fired, or divorced. Maybe you were overwhelmed by opposition or failure at work. Your spouse had just been diagnosed with cancer but not yet ready to talk about it. The delicious meal was like ashes in your mouth. Only with great effort were you able to enter into the conversation and celebration.

Jesus had a face like ours, feelings like ours. Anxiety, depression, fear, resistance, isolation, and doubt would have been part of his experience at this meal. Today, like Jesus, many are deeply troubled. Perhaps you are among them. Let us empathize with one another. Today Jesus’ face is their face, your face — each of our faces. With grace we can be compassionate and respectful. We never know fully what others may suffer.

Meditation: Call to mind someone you will see today. Remember that s/he may be experiencing challenges, burdens, and feelings of which you are not aware. Your understanding, patience, good word, or silent prayer may be just what they need.


10 Things I Hate about Commandments

10 Things I Hate About Commandments


Good Friday …

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It is late as I write this. The snow is again falling over the city and there is a beautiful blanket of snow on the ground. They tell us that the snow will continue for the rest of the weekend. We had a quiet day doing laundry and house chores. We had our cohabitation nap this evening, which is nice. There is security and safety sleeping next to the one you love. I had a serious dream that once again perplexed me because I dreamed about a boy I went to junior high school with, who was also my best friend. I don’t know why he keeps showing up in my dreams. This is the second time I have dreamed about him.

Like a good Catholic boy, I fasted all day and we had salad bar for dinner as hubby sets me on his special diet that the doctors have said I must follow from here on out. Tomorrow is the Easter Vigil Mass at the Christ Church Cathedral. I haven’t decided if I am going to attend because the Easter Fare on television tomorrow night brings us Cecil B. DeMille’s – The Ten Commandments. And what is better than to watch the most amazing film ever made.

Here is a little sacrilege:

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The History of the World I:

“Moses comes down Mt. Sinai carrying with him three tablets…
The Lord thy God, gives you these fifteen,
as he drops one of the stone tablets,
He looks sadly at the ground,
Ten, Ten Commandments…”

We shall see what tomorrow brings. We did watch the Good Shepherd with Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie. If you haven’t seen this film, I highly recommend it to you. If you like really fantastic spy movies, this one will take you out of your chair in the last sequence of the film.

Before we sleep, Pray the world will come to pause and the fighting in the world could come to a halt, out of respect for the religious holidays being celebrated by many faithful people around the world. Pray the angel of death might pass you and your home by, on this sacred weekend.


Good Friday – It is Finished …

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The Seven “Words”

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

Gospel of Luke 23:34

“Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

Gospel of Luke 23:43

“Jesus said to his mother: “Woman, this is your son”.
Then he said to the disciple: “This is your mother.”

Gospel of John 19:26-27

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34

“I thirst”

Gospel of John 19:28

When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished”;
and he bowed his head and handed over the spirit.

Gospel of John 19:30

Jesus cried out in a loud voice,
“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”:

Gospel of Luke 23:46

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Tantum Ergo …

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Tantum ergo Sacramentum
Veneremur cernui:
Et antiquum documentum
Novo cedat ritui:
Praestet fides supplementum
Sensuum defectui.

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There are rumors that something is coming
pray that Holy Week will bring
no more wars on the earth…

read more here 


Connectedness

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There are days, then there are days…

The one true thing I know is that if I don’t start my day with prayer all bets are off the the day will go accordingly. In the morning I take my Christian Prayer book and my rosary and I say my morning prayers. Like I do every morning.

I took a shower and got ready for my day. Today my paper on Paul was due, and I was confident that I wrote a sound paper, with good sourcing and edited writing to make sure it was perfect. A perk of being married to my hubby means he can edit my papers when I need him to, since he is an English Lit. major. He writes brilliantly, much better than I do.

I went into class and thanked the prof for the extension, and I asked him if he was going to talk about Paul, because that was the reading today and he said yes. So I hung on to my paper during class, so I would have my talking points in front of me and he announces to the class that “Paul was his specialty. His favorite subject to talk about and teach!” I looked up to heaven and said “I’m fucked!” It is one thing presenting a paper on a topic in the class, it is totally another animal when the paper you’ve just spent the better part of a week on is “right up the Prof’s alley!” No pressure at all, right!!!

It was a great lecture and I got a few good digs in but he refuted some of my sources and their writings! UGH!! We can only pray that he is good to me when he reads the paper. After class I set out for Alexis Nihon for our day of beauty at the salon. It was busy today and while Tanya was washing my hair she asked about what I wanted to do, and I said I like the short look right now. I sat down in the chair and she hiked me up and brought out the heavy machinery. She started on the back, I didn’t think to check what number she was clipping with, when she got to the side of my head and took the first swipe I almost fainted, I was like, what the hell are you doing? “Well, I thought you wanted it short? Yes, short, but not buzzed like a military man!” She laughed and said, “well, it’s too late to stop now you better let me finish!” I was groaning in my chair! It came out nice, so I look like a military man, with a buzz cut on the sides. Hubby likes it, maybe that will gain me points in other areas this weekend! he he he he

Tis like angels fly out of yer arse!!!

There are moments of your day which are totally un-scripted and surprising. On the way home we were walking down Ste. Catherine’s Street and on the block across the street from home are a series of restaurants. We passed the noodle shop and someone started banging on the window to get our attention. It was my friend Karen. She invited me to a Sister Michelina Memorial retreat on the 25th of this month and also to the university mass for Sister on Tuesday afternoon. The day of the funeral, last Thursday we had a blinding snow storm that paralyzed the city. We did not make it to the funeral as planned. You can see this was a dare from God, “come on leave the house and trek through three feet of snow across town to the funeral, I know you can make it!! Even if the buses can’t!

Ha Ha no thanks…

So I have two commitments in the next couple of weeks. Which will be nice because I haven’t had the opportunity to meet the new resident Chaplain for the “Chapel community yet.” And it will give us a chance to see old friends who might be there and go to mass in the chapel, since I don’t go to the chapel because it is on the West end of town, a trek from here on Sunday mornings, especially on snow days and ( – 20c temps). I have been sticking close to home by going to mass downtown at The Christ Church Cathedral because it is on the green line and only 3 stops up from home. I can walk there on nice days – it only takes 20 minutes to walk to the McGill Metro.

There is a lot going on in the world. I was watching tv tonight and I commented to hubby that “you know, if the media reported real stories that mattered, we wouldn’t have all this shit on entertainment television.” I mean, God forbid we don’t get celebrity gossip for one week, the world would crackle… And if it isn’t war news, it’s terrorism, plane crashes, disasters and insanity. At least in Canada we get “some good stories” of success and accomplishments and medical breakthroughs. What if the world’s insatiable appetite for gossip was abated, and the world’s wars were to come to a close, and WE IMPEACHED President Bush and Vice President Cheney and we ended the Republican waste of money, life and liberty!! What if all these things ended tomorrow, what would the news and entertainment shows report?

On the 17th of March there will be a March on the Pentagon to begin proceedings to Impeach the President of the United States of America. That movement is gaining steam as we speak. With Scooter looking at 25 years in Prison, we hope he gets sentenced before Bushy leaves office because with his leaving office he can “Pardon” his friends in tighty whitey spots!!! The Impeachment website: http://www.impeach07.org You can read about it on Rosie’s Blog. March for Justice – March for Peace…

Join us in bringing the President and his cronies to JUSTICE !!!

Did we just shake our heads about the Top 12 on American Idol! I think the panel was shocked as well. People who should have gone home made it to the Top 12, and people who should have stayed were voted off!! What The Hell Were You Kids Thinking??? At least that horrid Antonella got sent packing. Sad that Sundance got sent home as well. Oh well, I guess we didn’t vote in Big Enough Numbers.

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This is going to be a DIVA SHOWDOWN of Mega Proportions, mark my words. Lakisha Jones and Melinda Doolittle are going to throw it down and the boys better get ready for that showdown. Because if the guys continue this piss poor performance route they are on, this is just going to be a one sided show.

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Chris Sligh, Chris Richardson and Blake Lewis are my top three guy picks.It is going to get hot in the next few weeks. With Diana Ross coming to the house, it is going to get fierce!

We shall see.

Ok, it’s 3:20 a.m. I need to get to bed, until tomorrow my babies…

Oh, I forgot to mention that Canadian IDOL is auditioning singers at the Pepsi Forum, right up the block from here, tomorrow and Saturday. So I will report on that over the weekend. Maybe we will get to spy Ben Mulroney and the judges from Canadian Idol this weekend. We shall see…

nitey night!!


Wounded Warrior Project

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Tonight the world welcomed Bob Woodruff back to ABC news. How happy are we too see him back where he belongs. I must first tell you that for the whole of my young adult life, and now, as an adult, I have been a supporter of ABC. For many years, ABC news was the outlet that I have been tuned to as an American and as well here in Montreal.

My viewer ship began way back when Peter Jennings first took his seat in the anchor chair, I was just a boy then. So over the years I have maintained a relationship with ABC news. In the years since 9-11 Peter Jennings was always the voice of calm reassurance in times of tragedy and national suffering. And when Peter died, it shook me to my core because for so many years, he was another “father figure” I had in my life. So it goes when Bob Woodruff, Elizabeth Vargas and Charles Gibson took over the evening news, I stayed with ABC because I believed in their work.

It goes without saying that Bob Woodruff, was someone to watch. he had big shoes to fill, and I respected him as a news anchor and a world news reporter. So when he was injured in Iraq, I was moved to pray. Tonight Bob reported on his trip to Iraq and back. I have to say that his recovery was nothing short of a miracle. But as the story was told, there was more than one miracle, the survival of many soldiers are miracles and sadly, the fact that not all soldiers who return from war, come back whole, mentally solid and without injury. Injury is not a simple matter and varies on sometimes specific critical degrees. And many of them are not getting the much needed critical care they need upon returning state side.

I know what it is like to sit in an ICU and hope that the one you love, wakes up from a severe brain injury. I know what it is like to fight back to learn how to sit up and relearn how to talk and to walk as well. I once was in the position as caregiver to a severely injured significant other. So I “Get It!” I understand, I can identify. I also know what it is like for a veteran to go into a V.A. system in rural middle America to get get medical care, because I once lived in rural middle America. So I get that as well.

Bob reported real and raw numbers. The fact that the real hard numbers are not being reported, that many critical care war wounded are not getting the care they need from a nation that sent them to war, when they return from tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. This grateful nation has not done ALL it Can Do, for those who Sacrificed all they had to protect this grateful nation from terrorists. The American Government has failed in providing the 100% care that war torn soldiers deserve after serving tours of duty on the front lines overseas.
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The U.S. Government wants their men and women in uniform to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan for years at a time, and they tell the soldiers that they will be taken care of and now we see tonight that some of the most critically wounded soldiers are NOT getting the much deserved and required health care they need upon returning state side. This must stop and it must stop now.
The U.S. Government must be held accountable for every single life they send over seas to fight. Each and every wounded soldier deserves every ounce of special care they need, when their very lives are on the line. This not only means for the soldiers coming home, but for their families as well. There are many projects you can participate in and I encourage you to go to the

Wounded Warrior Project

and see how you can help those men and women who fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. As reported there are over 200,000 soldiers who need special care. There are over 1.5 million soldiers who have fought over seas in the last two wars. They deserve to be cared for and they must not be allowed to slip through the cracks of The Government Veterans Administration. We must call for government transparency when reporting war wounded and to properly screen those soldiers who need special care. All soldiers who return from war, must be screened for T.B.I. (Traumatic Brain Injuries), seen or unseen.

It just seemed to me that watching this report, I am led to believe that there are soldiers that are not getting the much needed care they deserve. That the U.S. government is under reporting the hard numbers, and that the Veterans Administration is well over burdened by the massive numbers of seriously wounded soldiers coming home. That the many Veterans Hospitals are under prepared to care for those injured soldiers coming home. The government, in this respect, has fallen short of its commitment to care for the returning soldiers. The government has failed in its job to make sure that every soul that goes over seas to fight comes home to the best care possible.

The U.S. President George W. Bush is directly responsible to make sure that his government is clued into these facts. I think he is BLINDED by POWER. There are so many soldiers over seas fighting. My oldest friend is serving in administration capabilities to repatriate soldiers upon their return to the U.S. out on the West coast.

I think this report by Bob Woodruff is going to ignite a firestorm of CONDEMNATION of the U.S. President and his government and I can imagine in the coming days as this report circulates through the halls of justice in Washington D.C. and throughout the country that heads are going to roll.

We should end this war NOW. We should bring back our soldiers NOW! We should stop sending our men and women over seas to fight BECAUSE there are so many coming home with critical injuries and if not every one is getting optimal specific care and reports such as Bob’s are being told, then there are service men and women being let allowed to fall through the cracks, when the U.S. government should provide any care necessary to make sure that soldiers get what they need, and they are not !!!! If there are no soldiers to send over seas, then there would be no more traumatically injured soldiers to add to the already over tasked system. Then we could concentrate on taking care of the MILLIONS of soldiers that need care Right Now!!!

We should end these wars. And the only way to do that is to STOP the government from deploying any more troops. The war has to end. This must stop. Or travesties like these will continue to be perpetrated. And you know, what the government does not tell you won’t kill you!! Because Americans are so bred and groomed to Never Question your leaders and Never, by God, question your government because they take really great care of their own DON’T THEY!!! I will close with the following thoughts for you to ponder…

We are safe!
Your soldiers are being cared for!
We have the best health care in the world!
And your government has all of our best intentions in mind!
That this war is not about OIL, HALLIBURTON Contracts, and MONEY!
That if your son or daughter goes to Iraq or Afghanistan, and they come home injured that they are going to receive the BEST health care available, paid for by Your Tax Dollars and the U.S. Government…

Go to the Wounded Warrior Project and do something to help them

See Bob Woodruff’s Report at: ABC NEWS.COM 


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