Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy All Saints Day!

To all the big "S" saints and all the little "s" saints - happy feast day! To all of us aspiring to be saints, either big s or little s - keep working! You are doing a great job!  Some day we'll be there with all the other saints, and saint wantabees, standing in awe and wonder of our Creator!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Personal Choice: aka Selfish Choice

Have you noticed lately the repeated use of the term "personal choice" in regards to having an abortion, using drugs, acting on homosexual tendencies?

While being an individual and not following the crowd is ususually a good thing, the issue of "personal choice" has become an excuse to do whatever you want, with little if any regard for other people or your giving back to our Creator.

Just because we have all been given the freedom to make personal choices does not excuse us from following the Ten Commandments, the Apostolic Traditions or moral laws. But many people use this term to escape punishment either from our nation's laws, international law and especially from God's laws.

God didn't make it that hard to follow His rules. They are pretty basic, but people sure can screw them up by labeling their mistakes as "personal choices."

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Worrywart...

Dogs do not ruin their sleep worrying about how to keep the objects they have and to obtain the objects they have not.
                      Eugene O'Neill

Well, except in that investment commercial on television where the dog keeps digging up and burying his bone picturing cat burglers all over the place...

Bless Your Guardian Angel - Month

This month we celebrate the feast of your Guardian Angels. God gave each of us our own personal Guardian Angel from the moment we're born to watch out for us, give us guidance, and try to help keep us on the right path.

Do you have an Guardian Angel story? If so, share it here with us.  Guardian Angels weren't meant as just stories we tell kids at night so they can go to sleep. They are real. They are constantly by God's side and our side, trying to keep us on the right path.

Some even have names. The name of my family's guardian angel is "George".  Don't ask me how I know that. I just knew one day when I was asking for his intercession to watch over my little ones, that his name was George.

So every day I have a running conversation with George and since my now grown family loves adventures and things like white water rafting, canoing, inner-tube floating down not so lazy rivers, flying in open cockpit airplanes....let's just say George gets a workout!

I've seen his work up close and personal. Like the day he literally yanked one of my daughters away from a snake in our yard.  I saw her fly backwards through the air, she didn't jump, and neither my husband nor I had seen the snake to warn her.

Then there was just last week, when the cable that was holding the spare tire underneath my husband's Durango rusted out. Some bolts fell out onto the driveway several weeks before and we had no clue where they came from though we looked under our cars. We thought they just fell off another car passing the drive.

We drove several hundred miles the next two weekends, visiting relatives and such things. Then one Sunday afternoon my husband had just pulled into the driveway when he felt a thump. He got out of the car and saw a tire laying at the end of the driveway.

He wondered where it had come from and thought it looked familiar. He looked under his car and sure enough, the spare was missing. Poor George, he must have been tired (though I doubt angels get tired.) but he had been holding up that spare tire under the car without it's cable or bolts for two weeks, through all those trips, bouncing up and down...

I have never doubted the existence of Guardian Angels...and you should not either!

I Am the Lord, the one who encourages you. Why are you afraid of mere humans?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

You Need To Keep An Eye On This...

.- Major internet media platforms and service providers have policies that hinder Christian evangelization and censor speech on controversial issues of the day like abortion and marriage, a new report says.
“Christian ideas and other religious content face a clear and present danger of censorship on web-based communication platforms,” said the National Religious Broadcasters’ report “True Liberty in a New Media Age.”
If Christian content is “censored” by new media platforms like the iTunes App Store, Facebook, Google, or internet service providers, “the Good News of the Gospel could become one more casualty of institutionalized religious discrimination,” the broadcaster organization’s president Frank Wright said in the report’s foreword.
The National Religious Broadcasters was founded in 1944 to oppose government regulations and policy decisions by major broadcast networks which impeded the ability of evangelical ministers to buy radio airtime.
Some new media companies have banned Christian content, while others have public positions that make censorship “all but inevitable.”
Except for the microblogging service Twitter, all the new media platforms and services examined have policies “clearly inconsistent with the free speech values of the U.S. Constitution,” the report said.
New media companies are responsive to “market forces” and the demands by “pressure groups calling for censorship” of otherwise lawful viewpoints.
As examples of “anti-Christian censorship,” the report cited the Apple iTunes App Store’s removal of the Manhattan Declaration app that defended traditional marriage. The store also removed an app from Exodus International that said that homosexuality is inappropriate conduct which can be changed through a spiritual transformation.
Internet search engine giant Google refused to accept a pro-life advertisement from a Christian organization in England and its China-based internet service has blacklisted some religious terminology. The company’s advertising guidelines explicitly bar the phrase “abortion is murder” on the grounds it is “gruesome language.”
The report also cited Facebook and other outlets for a policy that bars ads for “politically religious agendas.”
Meanwhile, Facebook has partnered with gay rights advocates to halt “anti-homosexual” content and it is participating in gay-awareness programs. This suggests that Christian content critical of homosexuality, “gay marriage” or other practices will be at risk of censorship.
Apple, Facebook, MySpace, Google, Comcast, AT&T and Verizon all prohibit “hate speech,” which the National Religious Broadcasters report called a “dangerously undefined and political correct term” that is often applied to “stifle” Christian communicators.
“The ongoing technological convergence of these various new media platforms suggests that these free speech-inhibiting practices and unconscionable policies will be further entrenched unless corrective action is taken immediately,” the report said.
The report suggested that companies should follow a “free speech paradigm” guided by the basic First Amendment rules, even where those do not strictly apply to private businesses. It also suggested federal legislation or regulation to forbid “viewpoint censorship.”
“When we started our John Milton Project for Religious Free Speech, I sensed a gathering storm building, with 'new media' companies like Apple, Facebook and Google considering the option of censoring Christian content off their sites,” National Religious Broadcasters’ senior vice president Craig Parshall said on Sept. 13.
“Now, a little more than a year later, after finishing our extensive study, I am convinced that religious free speech rights will face a First Amendment hurricane if action is not taken immediately.”