Happy Leap Year 2016!

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So, the Church is actually responsible for the Leap Year! In the year 1582, Rome promulgated the Gregorian calendar, which includes a leap year every four years to correct the quarter-day difference between the date and actual time the Earth rotates around the sun annually. Pope Gregory VIII reformed the calendar in use since the time of Julius Caesar (Julian calendar, 45 B.C.). The Gregorian calendar system dealt with Calendar-drifting problems by dropping 10 days “to bring the calendar back into synchronization with the seasons,” and adopting the new leap year rule. In 1582, Oct 4 was followed by Oct. 15 as they corrected the calendar.

Although many Catholic feasts have exact dates on the calendar, Lent and Easter must coincide with Passover – when Christ’s Passion took place. Continue reading

A Crash Course on a Constitutional Convention (in less than 7 minutes)

There has been another PA call for an Article V Convention, just introduced.  HR 682 claims the need for a Convention to amend the Constitution, to empower the States to oppose federal edicts that encroach on State’s rights.  The States already have that power, as we have previously explained.  Our Constitution is not the problem and should not be amended.

We have already expressed, in pasts posts, that the Article V Convention method of amending the Constitution would be disastrous.  We hope A Crash Course on a Constitutional Convention  can explain, in 6 minutes and 50 seconds, why a Constitutional Convention is not the solution to America’s problems and what the real solution is.

We strongly urge you to share this video and urge others to contact their State Representatives, in opposition to any PA calls for an Article V Convention.

Please watch this brief video, by clicking on A Crash Course on a Constitutional Convention. 

Ash Wednesday, a really good Lenten recipe, and the Lenten Mercy Challenge

It’s Ash Wednesday! So begins the 40 days of Lent. Since today is an obligatory day of fasting and abstinence for Catholics I thought I would share one of our favorite Lenten recipes.

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Celebrating Shrove Tuesday and Preparing for Lent

Today is Shrove Tuesday! Or Fat Tuesday! Or Mardis Gras! Or Pancake Day! or Fasnacht Day! Shrove Tuesday has always been a reminder that Christians are entering a season of penance (for Catholics it’s a good day to go to Confession). Shrove is the past tense of the word shrive, which means to hear a confession, assign penance and absolve from sin. Christians abstained from all meat and items that came from animals, including butter, eggs, cheese and fat. That is why Shrove Tuesday became known as Mardi Gras (which is the French term for Fat Tuesday). Continue reading

Happy Chinese Lunar New Year! The Year of the Monkey! And a couple of our favorite Asian inspired recipes!

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A couple of years ago we hosted a high school exchange student from China. As a host family we were encouraged to share our different customs. One of the ways we did this was by cooking. She would cook and share some of her traditional Chinese fare with us. And besides our usual ‘American’ everyday food we would cook some Italian and German favorites on occasion. When she was staying with us we wanted to celebrated the Chinese New Year so we ordered out Chinese (which by the way, is nowhere near like the food they really eat in China) and she showed us how to make steamed dumplings…which were delicious.

Since then we continue to celebrate the Chinese New Year by usually ordering out some Chinese food but I came across this Asian inspired recipe and my kids loved it. Continue reading

“Humanizing” Fetuses

One of the many new commercials, during the Super Bowl, was a Doritos commercial that was accused of “humanizing” fetuses.  The pro-death people on social media didn’t like the fact that an ultrasound showed the baby, in its mother’s womb, reacting to the movement of a nacho chip.

News flash!  Fetuses are human!  Not only is it common-sense that human beings will have human off-spring, but for those of us who believe the bible is God’s word, it is clear that every person is important to God, even prior to conception.  Recall God’s words to the prophet, in the first chapter of Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you”.  Modern ultrasound technology makes dehumanizing fetuses impossible.  That is why the pro-death abortion crowd doesn’t like women to see ultrasounds, especially of their own fetuses.  In a recent article on lifesitenews.com, titled 10 shocking confessions from abortionists, the first item is very much to the point: Continue reading

St. Agatha Patroness of Nurses and Breast Cancer patients – February 5

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Jesus Christ, Lord of all things! You see my heart, you know my desires. Possess all that I am – you alone. I am your sheep; make me worthy to overcome the devil.  ~ St. Agatha

St. Blaise – February 3

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St. Blaise became a priest and then bishop of Sebaste in Armenia which is now modern Turkey. He had the gift of healing and both men and animals were brought to him to be healed. It is said that, as he was being led to his martyrdom, a poor mother rushed up to St. Blaise. She begged him to save her child who was choking to death from a fishbone. The saint whispered a prayer and blessed the child. He worked a miracle that saved the child’s life. That is why St. Blase is called upon by all who have throat diseases. Continue reading

Squash the Con-Con Network. Say, “Hands Off Our Constitution!”

Squash The Con-Con Network

We have recently posted about the need to protect our Constitution, from an Article V Convention. The link above will give you some more detail on the circumstances and need for action. A simple email, phone call or letter could be helpful.  We hope you will add your voice to many others who are safeguarding liberty, by saying, “Hands off our Constitution!”

 You can sign a petition to PA State officials here.

Candlemas – Presentation of Jesus in the Temple – Feast of the Purification of Mary – Groundhog’s Day: February 2

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“When the day came to purify them according to the law of Moses, the couple brought him up to Jerusalem so that he could be presented to the Lord, for it is written in the law of the Lord, ‘Every first-born male shall be consecrated to the Lord.’ They came to offer in sacrifice ‘a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons,’ in accord with the dictate of the law of the Lord.”  

~Luke 2:22-24

Today’s feast is exactly 40 days after Christmas. The Presentation in the Temple (the fourth Joyful Mystery of the Rosary) and The Purification of Our Lady which according to Scriptures tells us that Mary and Joseph fulfilled the Jewish law and custom by taking their baby boy to the Temple to present him to God. They also went to sacrifice two young doves. Continue reading