Thursday, March 23, 2017

MDC Links of Interest

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Some ideas for Stations of the Cross for Families

An Excerpt:
If you do the Stations of the Cross at home, hang pictures representing each station around the house, making your own “Way of the Cross.” The pictures can be printed out (search online for images tagged “Stations of the Cross”), or you can have your older children draw them.

The rape of a high school girl at a local high school

Jose O. Montano, 17, from El Salvador, and Henry E. Sanchez-Milian, 18, from Guatemala, were charged with first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sexual offense after they allegedly attacked the girl at 9 a.m. last Thursday.

“The victim was walking in a school hallway when she met two male students, identified as Montano and Sanchez. Montano asked the victim to walk with him and Sanchez. Montano asked the victim to engage in sexual intercourse. She refused,” Montgomery County Police said in a statement.

“Montano asked the victim again and then forced her into a boy’s bathroom and then into a stall. Montano and Sanchez both raped the victim inside the bathroom stall.”

Court records describe the merciless and brutal assault by both Montano and Sanchez, who allegedly raped the young girl multiple times, vaginally, orally and sodomized her, as they spoke to each other in Spanish. Blood and male fluids were recovered from the scene by a forensic expert, court records show.

The victim knew just one of her alleged attackers, court record show.

Dr. Ben Carson on transgender rights

Ben Carson isn’t someone who bends his way of thinking to accommodate someone. He proved that in an interview with Katie Couric when she asked about gender identity. Like anyone with common sense, Dr. Carson didn’t need to go to medical school to know when someone is biologically a man or a woman.

Carson says it is absurd to claim we don’t know what a man or a woman is. This has been defined since the beginning of time. If someone is confused about his gender, it doesn’t change his genetics or biology.
But, Katie really didn’t know what to say when Dr. Carson said that tolerance goes both ways. People don’t get to redefine what has been known for thousands of years and then call others racists or sexist for not immediately subscribing to it.

The End of Women's Sports as We Know It.
Kiwi weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has dominated her first major competition, taking out the Australian International in Melbourne on a night she made history as the first transgender athlete to represent New Zealand.
Hubbard, 39, won the women’s over 90kg division at the Melbourne event, setting four unofficial national records in the process. Hubbard lifted a combined total of 268kg – 19kg better than silver medallist Iuniarra Sipaia of Samoa.

Cholesterol does not cause heart disease

The authors have called for a re-evaluation of the guidelines for the prevention of cardiovascular disease and atherosclerosis, a hardening and narrowing of the arteries, because “the benefits from statin treatment have been exaggerated”.

Co-author of the study Dr Malcolm Kendrick, an intermediate care GP, acknowledged the findings would cause controversy but defended them as “robust” and “thoroughly reviewed”.

“What we found in our detailed systematic review was that older people with high LDL (low-density lipoprotein) levels, the so-called “bad” cholesterol, lived longer and had less heart disease.”

Vascular and endovascular surgery expert Professor Sherif Sultan from the University of Ireland, who also worked on the study, said cholesterol is one of the “most vital” molecules in the body and prevents infection, cancer, muscle pain and other conditions in elderly people.

“Lowering cholesterol with medications for primary cardiovascular prevention in those aged over 60 is a total waste of time and resources, whereas altering your lifestyle is the single most important way to achieve a good quality of life,” he said.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

It's OK to Succeed at Lent - My Latest at

 A lot of my friends and family have gotten rid of sweets, pies, cakes, and other goodies during Lent. Since I already had to give up those things to follow my special Paleo diet to control an auto-immune problem, I decided to give up one of my other favorite carbs – potatoes and all of their delicious forms- baked, mashed, hashed, and French fried!
As biochemistry would have it, losing those carbs and going to a lower-carb option of sweet potatoes and cauliflower has had some positive results on the weight scale!

Cauli-Potato Mash2
via Flickr, licensed cc

My son the EMT has decided to spend extra time this Lenten season learning Spanish. A lot of his patients are Spanish-speaking. To be better at serving his patients, he wants to improve his communication skills. I understand that so far he knows all of the major food groups!
So it might be that by the end of Lent, I will be slimmer and he will be on his way to becoming bi-lingual – and that’s a good thing! I’ve read a couple of articles about Lent and the Lenten sacrifice and how we shouldn’t fast, abstain and sacrifice for ourselves – and that’s very true!  Our focus should always be on coming closer to God.

Read the rest at My Latest on

Monday, March 20, 2017

St. Joseph Feast Day - Reflections, Prayers and Links


Whoever honors his father atones for sins, and whoever glorifies his mother is like one who lays up treasure. — Sirach 3:3-4 

“The Son of God, having the keys of Paradise, has given one to His Immaculate Mother and the other to St. Joseph. You who so much love your dearly departed, go to Joseph! He is the mediator of all who are detained in those cleansing fires, he exercises special influence on behalf of those who during life expressed great zeal and in honoring him” — Father Francis Xavier Lasance, priest, author.

Tassone, Susan. Day by Day for the Holy Souls in Purgatory: 365 Reflections (p. 92). Our Sunday Visitor. Kindle Edition.

Poor St. Joseph. His feast day falls during the season of Lent - which never lends itself to a lot of feasting to begin with.  And to make matters worse for the foster father of the Christ child, he has to follow  that usurper, St. Patrick!   St. Patrick- beloved saint of the Irish and all those who want to be Irish - who himself is English and probably of Roman descent.

St. Joseph's feast day has to follow all of that, which in the United States, is certainly a let down.

But a few good things have been helping St. Joseph's standing.  In 2013, his name was finally included in Eucharistic prayer II, III, and IV!  That sort of seemed like a no-brainer to me, but at least he finally gets a mention every week at mass. And of course he remains the favorite of property sellers who are trying to find the right buyer for their homes. Little statues of the saint fly off of the shelves at the local religious store, only to be buried upside down in the backyard somewhere. But at least that keeps St. Joseph's name out there.

But most importantly, St. Joseph is the patron saint of a happy death, since he more than likely died in the presence of Jesus and Mary.

St. Joseph, father of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, true spouse of Mary, ever Virgin, pray for us and all those who will die this day or night. Amen.”

Tassone, Susan. Day by Day for the Holy Souls in Purgatory: 365 Reflections(p. 92). Our Sunday Visitor. Kindle Edition.

st. joseph altar 2017

Litany Of Saint Joseph

Lord, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of Heaven,
Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Mary,
Pray for us.
Holy Joseph,
Pray for us.

Noble Son of the House of David,
Pray for us.
Light of the Patriarchs,
Pray for us.
Husband of the Mother of God,
Pray for us.
Chaste Guardian of the Virgin,
Pray for us.
Foster-father of the Son of God,
Pray for us.
Sedulous Defender of Christ,
Pray for us.
Head of the Holy Family,
Pray for us.
Joseph most just,
Pray for us.
Joseph most chaste,
Pray for us.
Joseph most prudent,
Pray for us.
Joseph most valiant,
Pray for us.
Joseph most obedient,
Pray for us.
Joseph most faithful,
Pray for us.
Mirror of patience,
Pray for us.
Lover of poverty,
Pray for us.
Model of all who labor,
Pray for us.
Glory of family life,
Pray for us.
Protector of Virgins,
Pray for us.
Pillar of families,
Pray for us.
Consolation of the afflicted,
Pray for us.
Hope of the sick,
Pray for us.
Patron of the dying,
Pray for us.
Terror of the demons,
Pray for us.
Protector of the holy Church,
Pray for us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.

He made him master of his house,
and ruler of all his possessions.

O God, You were pleased to choose Saint Joseph as the husband of Mary and the guardian of your Son. Grant that, as we venerate him as our protector on earth, we may deserve to have him as our intercessor in heaven. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Virtual St. Joseph Altar Blog: 1st Annual St. Joseph Altar Blog Fest

The history of the St. Joseph Altar
Samples of St. Joseph Altars
The Virtual St. Joseph Altar
St. Joseph Altar
St. Joseph Novena for kids
St. Joseph Salad
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Our St. Joseph's Altar for 2013
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