Thursday, July 31, 2008

The First Jesuit

The Society of Jesus has been my favorite religious order, despite the turmoil and tempests they have caused in the past. I have always admired their academic rigor as part of their formation. In my opinion, they are, in a manner of speaking, the "brain cells" of the Body of Christ.

His "Spiritual Exercises" are not for the faint of soul. I understand it takes a great deal of humility and maturity to apply them. Someday....

His biography is here.

His famous prayer:
Take, O Lord, and receive my entire liberty, my memory, my understanding and my whole will. All that I am and all that I possess You have given me. I surrender it all to You to be disposed of according to Your will. Give me only Your love and Your grace; with these I will be rich enough,
and will desire nothing more.
Truly, a soldier for Christ.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Numbers Up

This article might make good the phrase, "A baby is proof God wishes the world to continue."

At least we are close to the replacement rate, if not just under it:
Nelson attributes the 2007 numbers to a "perfect storm" of factors: more immigrants having children, professional women who delayed childbearing until their 40s, and larger numbers of women in their 20s and 30s in the population, keeping the fertility rate high. The average number of births per woman was 2.1 in 2006, the highest since 1971.
And one wonders what those numbers would be like if it were not for the attitude the Culture of Death promotes.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A Different Field Of Dreams

You hear of stories like this.

It is good to have open ears, open mind, open hear, and open soul.

Pray for him as well as all in formation.

We still need laborers for the fields.

The Harvest Master will be pleased.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Yet Again

Another year in my life has come and gone.

I'm just starting my 46th. year of life and living.

To be honest, I don't think I am my "age", whatever that means. Despite what I have done to myself, I still have a somewhat youthful approach to my living. I don't feel "old".

I am reminded if you don't get to this day (or any day for that matter), you aren't among the living.

I have much for which to be grateful. I have a roof over my head, an ample supply of food, and the opportunity to continue to "Go Forward".

I need to start acting like it.

God is good all the time.

The best present He gives me is life.

For that, I say, "Amen."