Happy Advent! Happy New Year!! Happy Feast of St. Andrew!!!

Yesterday was the first day of Advent…I’m a day late and a dollar short for posting this (story of my life!). But I have been thinking about this post for the past couple of weeks. I love Advent! Advent marks the New Year of the Church (in liturgical terms)! We get to start all over again with all of our fine customs and traditions. Advent is the time of waiting and preparing for the coming of Jesus (Christmas!). The liturgical colors of Advent are purple and rose.

Advent begins the Sunday closest to the feast of St. Andrew, which is November 30th.

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Some years we prepare better than others. In my family, I have my ‘go to’ things that we always do. And I try to add something new or different each year.

Here’s what we ALWAYS do: Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving!


Here’s a great article sent to us by a friend. It reminds us of God’s blessings on America.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748704243904575630924186839034

 

 

Common Sense for Pennsylvania: NO Syrian Refugees!

As I write this, more than half the States in the U.S.A. are refusing Syrian refugees.  However, Pennsylvania has accepted about 120 refugees this year (according to a report from Pittsburgh’s Action News) and will continue to accept them, as long as Governor Wolf has his way.  Here is part of an official statement he released on Monday 11/16, “Governor Wolf wants Pennsylvania to continue to build on its rich history of accepting immigrants and refugees from around the world but he is also committed to protecting Pennsylvanians and will work with the Federal Government to ensure it is taking every precaution necessary in screening those families coming into the country.”

The problem is that these precautions have already failed in Minnesota.  The Obama administration assured us that the Somali refugees entering Minnesota were not terrorists.  It was later discovered that some of these refugees were recruiting for ISIS.  I covered this in a recent post.  To read it, go here.  If you research this for yourself you will see that in Continue reading

Full text of the TPP now available only 5,554 pages!

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I suppose, like Obama Care, ” We have to pass it to find out what’s in it.”

Sen. Jeff Sessions has read enough to say this,

“This agreement is not just about promoting trade; it is about creating a framework for a transnational union which supersedes the authority of Congress.”  (On November 10, 2015, on the floor of the U.S. Senate)                                                                                                 

Senator Sessions explains some specific concerns, Continue reading

Armistice Day/Remembrance Day, Veteran’s Day, St. Martin of Tours Feast Day – November 11

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Remembrance Day was originally called “Armistice Day” to commemorate the armistice agreement that ended the First World War on Monday, November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m. – on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Veteran’s Day is an official United States holiday that is observed on November 11 and honors people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

St. Martin of Tours feast day is November 11 and he is the patron saint of soldiers so it is only fitting that Veteran’s Day is also celebrated on his feast day. Continue reading

Trouble for the TPP

I just read a report from Reuters titled White House may have to renegotiate pacific trade pact:  senator.  In this report Senator Hatch admits that the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) doesn’t have enough support in Congress and may need to be renegotiated.  He  mentions that the idea of passing this in a lame-duck session is unpopular and talks about some of the ways the deal could hurt businesses and consumers.

What Senator Hatch did not say is that the TPP is not only bad for the economy but will compromise our independence.  As we have stated in recent posts.  I strongly urge everyone to keep the pressure on Congress.

Happy All Souls’ Day!

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Trick or treating actually started hundreds of years ago in Medieval England and Ireland. They would make small, round soul cakes (recipe below) for All Saints’ Day. Continue reading

All Saint’s Day, All Souls’ Day and Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

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November is the month dedicated to the Holy Souls. The Church has always prayed for the dead and we should also pray for those that have gone before us, especially our loved ones and the souls in Purgatory who are waiting to enter the fullness of God’s glory. Our prayers and sacrifices can help them to gain heaven faster, because all believers in Christ are part of His body and are joined in the Communion of Saints. During the month of November, the Church helps us focus on the “Communion of Saints” which includes: Continue reading