Friday, June 5, 2009

Mission Freedom

My friend had caught a little raccoon in a live trap. It was awaiting its death, its penalty for eating her baby chickens. I asked her to let me take it up in the mountains and let it go and she let me. YEAH!!! It was so cool to see a live raccoon. I see them all the time dead on the side of the road, but this time it was a real alive raccoon. Even though it did a bad thing it was too cute to be mad at it! We took it (in its trap enclosure) up into the mountains while we went for a hike. We let it go right next to a little stream and it sat there and drank the water using its cute little hands. It had a little bridge to hide under and a lot of ground cover and trees. It wasn't full grown but it wasn't a baby either. It isn't with its mommy any more but at least it isn't dead. I said a prayer that God would take care of it. I hope it is able to survive! I will be praying for it tonight! On our way back down the mountain we saw a rattle snake. It wasn't very big, but big enough to have a rattle. We watched it slither away near a stream. It is amazing how God created each living thing so special in their own way. God is so AWESOME and powerful; I can't believe how many turn their backs to Him.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

A note from Fr. John Corapi

"Abortion is not one issue among is absolutely unconscionable, unimaginable, that we could somehow rationalize that this is ok..."
Flash Point...
Flash point: The point at which something is ready to blow up. That has been my perception of Western society in general for some time now. Perhaps, a train wreck waiting to happen would be another way to put it. All evil can claim its ultimate origin in moral evil. Those that deny objective standards of morality merely facilitate the demise of their society. When it happens they will be nowhere to be found.That apparently large numbers of people seem to be intellectually and morally numb is not news, but the near light-speed evaporation of our way of life is. Actions have consequences, and sometimes the consequences can’t be seen this side of eternity. That does not mean they aren’t real. You will be seeing some of the consequences very soon, however, not the worst, but the most immediate.Personal liberty has already begun to be compromised. Various governments, including the United States, now own car companies like General Motors and Chrysler, mega insurance companies, soon perhaps health care and energy. Injustice is beginning to be seen from the smallest of individuals to the largest of corporations. The only problem with that is that governments have never been able to operate anything profitably, efficiently, or equitably. The little guy and the large corporation will all be equal opportunity recipients of heavy-handed injustice very soon.The government is about to dictate what car you can drive, how you insure it, what your bank can pay you or not, what kind of heating you have in your home, if you can have air conditioning or not. And, oh, if you eat a Twinkie your health insurance premium is going up. If you get sick, perhaps the Twinkie did it, and you aren’t covered.You might say that the government needs to control things to keep us safe, etc. That might work if the people in government could be trusted. They can’t, but we elected them. We get what we deserve, and many chickens are about to come home to roost.One of the inherent difficulties with a democratic republic is that it is only as good as the people in it. When a people lose their moral equilibrium, live in sin, and suffer the consequent loss of wisdom, then that nation’s days are numbered.Why? How have we come to this? It can be traced to the most compelling moral issue of our times, and we can’t escape from it, no matter how uncomfortable it is—abortion and other life issues. No matter what other rosy picture is painted by those that would have you believe all is well, God is not a disinterested spectator. Regardless of the high sounding rhetoric of the day, seeming progress in this or that area, it is an illusion. Nothing will ultimately go well for the United States or any other country until the injustice of all injustices is remedied. Until every human being is respected and reverenced, from the moment of conception to the last moment of natural life, no one will be safe and secure. Whether it is the helpless infant in the womb or the misguided and/or evil abortionist on the wrong end of a bullet, all deserve the safety and security of the law. Only God can in justice and wisdom decide when life begins and when life ends. When we attempt to usurp God’s job description we always come up short.

God Bless You,
Fr. John Corapi

Let freedom ring

Can you believe this!
I thought we had freedom of speech and religion? Does this not apply to Christians?
Isn't this supposed to be a Christian nation?
Gosh--What is next...
We need to send some prayers his way!
Where I live I can hear the bells from my church, and I live a 1/2 a mile away. I love sitting in my backyard or laying in my bed with the windows open and listening to the beautiful bells at my church ringing. It reminds me to pray. Every time I hear the bells ringing at my church I thank God I am part of His church. I remember how it was not to be a part of His church. That big narrow road that leads to hell used to be the road I preferred. Thank God He had other plans for me, the poor sinner that I am!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Got Cheese???

Gracie at 6 weeks old

Well, here is Gracie. She is bigger than ever and is starting to make a honking sound. I think she is going through puberty. Right in the middle of one of her cute chirps come a big HONK. It is pretty funny. She loves going outside and eating the weeds. She loves the big 3 leaf clovers. She loves to go for a swim too, but I haven't been able to get a good pic of her swimming. I will post another pic of her next week when she is 8 weeks old, since I am late for posting her 6 week pic.

The Snake

Here is the snake that we found in the backyard. Fr. Erik said it wasn't a bad snake, so we decided to bring it inside and play with it. It was about 4 feet long and really calm and friendly, but after a couple hours of handling, I think we made it's stomach get upset. It ended up throwing up it's dinner on my bedroom floor. It had eaten two baby birds. So, I ended up with these two half digested funky smelling birds on my floor and our friendly snake was taken out back where we never saw it again. I am not sure who was more traumatized, me and the kids, or the snake???
I don't think I will ever be able to look at snakes in the same way! I am sure the snake thinks the same of us. Anyways, Lesson learned: Don't go play with wild animals that are in your backyard even if they look nice!