Sunday, February 26, 2012

The U In Jesus

Before U were thought of or time had begun, God stuck U in the name of His Son. And each time U pray, you'll see it's true, you can't spell out Jesus and not include U. You're a pretty big part of His wonderful name, For U He was born; that's why He came.
And His great love for U is the reason He died. It even takes U to spell crucified. When Jesus died on the cross he was thinking of you! Isn't it thrilling and splendidly grand He rose from the dead, with U in His plan? The stones split away, the gold trumpet blew, and this word resurrection is spelled with a U.
When Jesus left earth at His Upward ascension, He felt there was one thing He just had to mention. "Go into the world and tell them it's true: that I love them all - Just like I love U." So many great people are spelled with a U; don’t they have a right to know Jesus too?
It all depends now on what U will do, He'd like them to know, but it all starts with U. Will U pass it on?

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Amazing Data on Moses

Moses and the people were in the desert, but what was he going to do with them? They had to be fed, and feeding 2 or 3 million people requires a lot of food. According to the Quartermaster General in the Army, it is reported that Moses would have to have had 1500 tons of food each day. Do you know that to provide that much food each day, two freight trains, each at least a mile long, would be required! Besides they would have to have firewood to use in cooking the food. This would take 4,000 tons of wood and a few more freight trains, each a mile long, just for one day.
Spending forty years in transit, they would have to have water. If they only had enough to drink and wash a few dishes, it would take 11,000,000 gallons each day and a freight train with tank cars, 1,800 miles long, just to bring water! Also they had to get across the Red Sea at night. Now, if they went on a narrow path, double file, the line would be 800 miles long and would require 35 days and nights getting through. So there had to be a space in the Red Sea 3 miles wide so that they could walk 5000 abreast to get over in one night.
Each time they camped at the end of the day, a campground two-thirds the size of the state of Rhode Island was required, or a total of 750 square miles. Do you think Moses figured all this out before he left Egypt? I think not! You see, Moses believed in God. God took care of these things for him.
Do you think God has any problem taking care of all your needs? Our God is an awesome God! So when the road you're traveling on seems difficult at best, just remember, keep on praying, and God will do the rest. For every happening, great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message. (Malcolm Muggeridge)

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Not All Thieves Are Stupid

A couple of weeks ago a friend told me that someone she knew had their car broken into while they were at a football game. Their car was parked on the green which was adjacent to the football stadium and specially allotted to football fans. Things stolen from the car included a garage door remote control, some money and a GPS which had been prominently mounted on the dashboard.
When the victims got home, they found that their house had been ransacked and just about everything worth anything had been stolen. The thieves had used the GPS to guide them to the house. They then used the garage remote control to open the garage door and gain entry to the house. The thieves knew the owners were at the football game, they knew what time the game was scheduled to finish and so they knew how much time they had to clean out the house. It would appear that they had brought a truck to empty the house of its contents.
Something to consider if you have a GPS - don't put your home address in it. Put a nearby address (like a store or gas station) so you can still find your way home if you need to, but no one else would know where you live if your GPS were stolen.

This lady has now changed her habit of how she lists her names on her mobile phone after her handbag was stolen. Her handbag, which contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet, etc, was stolen.
20 minutes later when she called her hubby, from a pay phone telling him what had happened, hubby says 'I received your text asking about our Pin number and I've replied a little while ago.' When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn. The thief had actually used the stolen cell phone to text 'hubby' in the contact list and got hold of the pin number. Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.

Moral of the Lesson:
Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list. Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart, Dad, Mom, etc. And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked through texts, CONFIRM by calling back. Also, when you're being texted by friends or family to meet them somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you don't reach them, be very careful about going places to meet 'family and friends' who text you.

Health Message

As I was lying in bed pondering the problems of the world, and I rapidly realized that I don't really give a darn. It's the tortoise life for me!

1. If walking is good for your health, the postman would be immortal.
2. A whale swims all day, only eats fish, only drinks water, and is fat.
3. A rabbit only eats vegetables, runs and hops all day long, and only lives 5 years.
4. A tortoise doesn't run and does nothing energetic, yet it lives for 450 years.

And you tell me to exercise! I don't think so. I'm retired. Go around me!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The IRS Sent My Tax Forms Back Again!

I guess it was because of my response to the question: "List all dependents?"
I replied:
1. 12 million illegal immigrants
2. 3 million crack heads
3. 42 million unemployable people on food stamps
4. 2 million people in over 243 prisons
5. Half of Mexico
6. 535 fools in the U.S. House and Senate.
Apparently, this was NOT an acceptable answer.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Feng Shui

1. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
2. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.
3. Don't believe all you hear.
4. When you say, 'I love you,' mean it.
5. When you say, 'I'm sorry,' look the person in the eye.
6. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.
7. Believe in love at first sight.
8. Never laugh at anyone's dreams. People who don't have dreams don't have much.
9. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely.
10. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.
11. Don't judge people by their relatives.
12. Talk slowly but think quickly.
13. When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, 'Why do you want to know?'
14. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
15. Say 'bless you' when you hear someone sneeze.
16. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
17. Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; and Responsibility for all your actions.
18. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
19. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
20. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
21. Spend some time alone.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

One Mad Canadian Housewife

Are we fighting a war on terror or aren't we? Was it or was it not, started by Islamic people who brought it to our shores on September 11, 2001 and have continually threatened to do so since? Were people from all over the world, not brutally murdered that day, in downtown Manhattan, across the Potomac from the capitol of the USA and in a field in Pennsylvania? Did nearly three thousand men, women and children die a horrible, burning or crushing death that day, or didn't they?
And I'm supposed to care that a few Taliban were claiming to be tortured by a justice system of a nation they are fighting against in a brutal Insurgency. I'll care about the Koran when the fanatics in the Middle East, start caring about the Holy Bible, the mere belief of which, is a crime punishable by beheading in Afghanistan . I'll care when these thugs tell the world they are sorry for hacking off Nick Berg's head, while Berg screamed through his gurgling slashed throat. I'll care when the cowardly so-called insurgents in Afghanistan, come out and fight like men, instead of disrespecting their own religion by hiding in Mosques and behind women and children.
I'll care when the mindless zealots who blow themselves up in search of Nirvana, care about the innocent children within range of their suicide bombs. I'll care when the Canadian media stops pretending that their freedom of speech on stories, is more important than the lives of the soldiers on the ground or their families waiting at home, to hear about them when something happens.
In the meantime, when I hear a story about a Canadian soldier roughing up an Insurgent terrorist to obtain information, know this: I don't care. When I see a wounded terrorist get shot in the head when he is told not to move because he might be booby-trapped, you can take it to the bank: I don't care. When I hear that a prisoner, who was issued a Koran and a prayer mat, and fed 'special' food, that is paid for by my tax dollars, is complaining that his holy book is being 'mishandled,' you can absolutely believe, in your heart of hearts: I don't care.
And oh, by the way, I've noticed that sometimes it's spelled 'Koran' and other times 'Quran.' I don't care! And may I add: Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering, if during their life on earth, they made a difference in the world. But, the soldiers don't have that problem. I have one last thought for the day:
Only five defining forces have ever offered to die for you:
1. Jesus Christ
2. The British Soldier.
3. The Canadian Soldier.
4. The US Soldier.
5. The Australian Soldier.
One died for your soul, the other four, for you and your children's freedom.
God Bless Canada And America! Amen!

Written by a housewife in New Brunswick, to her local newspaper.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Murder At Wal-Mart

Tired of constantly being broke and stuck in an unhappy marriage, a young husband decided to solve both problems by taking out a large insurance policy on his wife, with himself as the beneficiary, and then arranging to have her killed.
A 'friend of a friend' put him in touch with a nefarious dark-side underworld figure who went by the name of 'Artie.' Artie explained to the husband his going price for snuffing out a spouse was $5,000. The husband said he was willing to pay that amount, but that he wouldn't have any cash on hand until he could collect his wife's insurance money. Artie insisted on being paid at least something up front, so the man opened his wallet, displaying the single dollar bill that rested inside. Artie sighed, rolled his eyes, and reluctantly agreed to accept the dollar as down payment for the dirty deed.
A few days later, Artie followed the man's wife to the local Super Wal-Mart store. There, he surprised her in the produce department and proceeded to strangle her with his gloved hands. As the poor unsuspecting woman drew her last breath and slumped to the floor, the manager of the produce department stumbled unexpectedly onto the murder scene. Unwilling to leave any living witnesses behind, ol' Artie had no choice but to strangle the produce manager as well. However, unbeknown to Artie, the entire proceedings were captured by the hidden security cameras and observed by the store's security guard, who immediately called the police. Artie was caught and arrested before he could even leave the store. Under intense questioning at the police station, Artie revealed the whole sordid plan, including his unusual financial arrangements with the hapless husband who was also quickly arrested.
The next day in the newspaper, the headline declared:
ARTIE CHOKES 2 for $1.00 @ WAL-MART!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Time For God

It doesn’t make any difference whether you go to church regularly, or used to go, or never went at all; you have to think about God and your future sometime. You never know when you have to reach out for a friend or family member for help or comfort. Don’t forget about God. He never forgets about you!
God, when I received this note, I thought, I don't have time for this. And, this is really inappropriate during working hours. Then, I realized that this kind of thinking is exactly what has caused so many problems in our world today.
We try to keep God in church on Sunday morning, and maybe, Sunday night. We do like to have Him around during sickness; and, of course, at funerals. However, we don't have time, nor room, for Him during work or play because that's the part of our lives we think we can, and should, handle on our own.
May God forgive me for ever thinking that there is a time or place where He is not first in my life.
We should always have time to remember all He has done for us. Jesus said, 'If you are ashamed of me, I will be ashamed of you before my Father.' Not ashamed? Yes, I do love God for He is my source of existence and my Savior. He keeps me functioning each and every day. Without Him, I would be nothing. But, with Christ, He strengthens me. (Phil 4:13)

Easy vs. Hard

1. Why is it so hard to tell the truth, yet so easy to tell a lie?
2. Why are we so sleepy in church but right when the sermon is over we suddenly wake up?
3. Why is it so easy to delete a Godly e-mail, and yet forward all the nasty ones?
4. Isn't it funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell.
5. Isn't it funny how someone can say 'I believe in God' but still follow Satan (who, by the way, 'believes' in God).
6. Isn't it funny how you can send a thousand jokes through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing?
7. Isn't it funny how I can be more worried about what other people think of me than what God thinks of me.

Of all the free gifts we may receive, Prayer is the very best one. There are no costs, but wonderful rewards.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Christmas Golf

Four old-timers were playing their weekly game of golf, and one remarked how nice it would be to wake up on Christmas morning, roll out of bed and without an argument go directly to the golf course, meet his buddies and play a round. His buddies all chimed in and said, "Let's do it, we'll make it a priority, figure out a way and meet here early Christmas morning." Months later, that special morning arrives, and there they are on the golf course.

The first guy says, "Boy this game cost me a fortune! I bought my wife such a diamond ring that she can't take her eyes off it."

Number 2 guy says, "I spent a ton, too. My wife is at home planning the Cruise I gave her. She was up to her eyeballs in brochures."

Number 3 guy says "Well my wife is at home admiring her new car, reading the manual."

They all turned to the last guy in the group who is staring at them like they have lost their minds. I can't believe you all went to such expense for this golf game. I slapped my wife on the butt and said, 'Well babe, Merry Christmas! It's a great morning for either sex or golf,' and she said, 'Take a sweater!'"

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Cleaning Our Spiritual Closets

Declare a fast with abstinence, add a little almsgiving and don’t forget prayer. But wait! “Do you call this a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord?” God asks in Isaiah 58:5b. You mean all those years of salmon patties, fish sticks and scrambled eggs for supper don’t count? What’s wrong with Lent as 40 days of endurance without any real change in our hearts? How can we change course and find a deeper faith this Lent?
We Catholics and other Christians have long put on spiritual ashes to renew our faith and turn back to God wholeheartedly. Yet, our traditional pillars of Lenten practice need to be regularly revisited and tweaked. We may need to leave our comfort zone and make them a genuine spiritual workout. For Lent to really matter, we must take a hard look at the state of our spirits. Then we can respond in a way that establishes deeper connections with God, our families—and even our selves. Lent is not enduring a virtual board game that is, arriving at Easter with our “give-up” list intact. Lent means moving closer to the holy way.
Statements such as “I always give up candy for Lent” or “I never miss daily Mass during Lent” are a great beginning. The same practices that we have used for 20 years, however, may no longer serve their original purpose. Comfortable with the routine, we may fashion a fairly cozy desert trip. Don’t we need a Lent with more personal bite?
God invites us to look at all our relationships with a willingness to make changes. Giving up things that mean little to us, such as candy, soda, etc., are respectable, safe gestures that cannot impact the state of our souls. However, when we look critically at how little time we spend in prayer, what we worship in the secular world or how we spend our money, now we are talking!
Control is the basic issue. If we allow God into our lives more, that might challenge a spiritual closet arranged too neatly. We may even discover a painful skeleton that we have successfully ignored. Deep within that closet, God is ready to help us sort out years of fears, assumptions, refusals to forgive and everything that keeps us from his real kingdom. This is not necessarily our version of what life with God is all about. So, how do we begin to clean our spiritual closets so that they reflect God’s version of “neat and tidy”?
A word of warning: Before we enter our spiritual closets, we must allow the Holy Spirit to do the sorting. As painful as it may be, the Holy Spirit’s housecleaning means that everything must come out. Then the Spiritus Santus scrubs it down with a strong solution of honesty. God’s hands are very thorough. Be ready and willing to be stripped.

Who's Talking? Who's Listening?
The bones of the Lenten journey are prayer. They certainly must go back into our closets. Just how much time do we devote to prayer? For the most part, we are good for Sunday Mass and a little daily prayer. Perhaps we pray on the way to work or say goodnight to God before we sleep. However, our loving God wants much more than this. Although God is jealous and wants all we can give, we acknowledge his constant presence with an occasional nod.
During Lent, we are invited to take our daily lives apart, seeking a new time and place to talk with God. Since last Lent, the secular world has filled our days with work, sports, emails and Twitter. God asks us to put aside these distractions and start listening to him rather than the latest news on the Internet. Being with God is amazing. He says, “Be still and confess that I am God” (Ps 46:11).
Listening to God is more important than filling God in. As Lent begins, we need to find a time and a place simply to sit with God. Talking to God is great, but God knows what is in our hearts before we speak. We should seek to be aware of what is in God’s heart. Then, the conversation is mutual.
A dynamic pastor in a parish in the Northwest recounts his desire to just find a few moments each day to leave the demands of parish ministry and be with God. He informed his secretary that every day he had an appointment with Mr. Bench. It was a non-negotiable time slot. For one hour, he would be unavailable. The secretary never questioned him. After a few months, however, she wondered what needy person required so much of the pastor’s undivided attention. So one day she followed him. From a safe distance, she discovered that her weary boss went to a city park, sat on a park bench, opened his Bible and bowed his head. He came to meet God in prayer. For one blessed hour, God had his undivided attention. That pastor’s example is a great place to start your Lenten prayer.
While we need not disregard our regular styles of prayer during Lent, perhaps we can look for new opportunities: For example, rather than lunch with co-workers, could you bring lunch and eat alone on a park bench? Then, after you have eaten, imagine that the Divine One is sitting next to you.
Don’t pressure yourself with talk; merely sit with God and feel his presence, like two old friends. We can give up an hour of nightly TV or Facebook time and sit still or read a line from the day’s Gospel, one that can connect us with the mind of God. A relationship with God requires more than an hour on Sunday morning. We need to start talking and listening to God with forethought and determination. During Lent we can change our schedules and make an appointment with God.
Other forms of prayer are also a great help. While most of us make it to church on Sunday, it is wonderful to go to church when we are not obliged. The parish is sure to offer an array of opportunities for prayer, including the parish Way of the Cross, Friday Eucharistic adoration and reconciliation services. We don’t have to do it all simply choose one of these prayer activities.
We need to find a way that fits our world. The Shepherd of Souls will lead us along right paths. Finding our personal path of prayer is well within the Shepherd’s skill set—if only we yield to his directions.

What Do We Truly Need?
Most Catholics tend to bundle fasting and abstinence, believing that they mean doing without for reasons that are beyond us. The simplest way to understand the difference between the two is to see fasting as giving something to God for the sake of love and abstinence as denying ourselves something for the love of God. The key word in these explanations is the word “love.” Fasting and abstaining are love tokens offered to God. When we are madly in love with the woman or man of our dreams, we automatically want to give that person tokens of our love. Red roses, candlelight suppers, love notes, etc., are visible signs of an unseen love, giving physical form to our love.
When we fast and abstain, we give God a love token. The action of giving up something shouts our love to the heavens; the Beloved is delighted. Fasting and abstaining are difficult for most Catholics because loving God is a real challenge. We struggle because the fast or abstinence forces us to deal with the fact that we might love the thing we are fasting from more than we love God. (Remember, I said the Holy Spirit would be scrubbing us with truth serum!)
I was once teaching a preparation class for first reconciliation, explaining to parents and children the commandment “You shall not have other gods besides me” (Dt 5:7). I told the group that whatever you think of when you have nothing else on your mind, that is your god. A little boy sitting next to his dad jumped up and shouted, “You mean my daddy’s god is golf!” Dad was thoroughly embarrassed, but the truth hit home. He was teaching his son that it was all right to miss Sunday Mass if you had a tee time.
Fasting can be “giving up” or “doing something more.” Abstinence means doing without something. We abstain from meat on Fridays during Lent while we might fast from noise and keep silent for an hour. This is a subtle difference, yet the emphasis is quite different. Fasting is positive energy based on changing what we do in a graced way. Abstinence is a decision to remove from our lives something that may hinder our love for God. For instance, the dad in the reconciliation class might want to abstain from golf during Lent.
The most effective Lenten fasting is one that is directed to a change in our lives. A good fast is more than not eating chocolate. The fast has more power if it leads us to a more honest and holy life. If Lent is about renewing and reforming our lives, then we need to link the fast to a change in habits. While giving up candy is a great start, it is far more impressive to change our lifestyle habits to eat healthier snacks. The goal is to lead us to growth and renewal.

Becoming Christ's Hands and Heart
This is the third and most life-changing pillar of Lent. Whether we call it almsgiving or acts of service, we are describing a letting go of self-concern and giving our time, talent and resources to others.
Our spiritual closets are starting to look pretty good with all the boxes of fasting, abstinence and prayer on the top shelf. But coats of service need to be hung up. A few such coats are well-worn: the threadbare jacket we wear to the soup kitchen, the nice wool coat we wear for church ministry. God puts these coats back in the closet with no problem. Without hesitation, the Holy Spirit takes some other coats to the trash. Now is the time for us to look honestly at how we spend our time. Lent is a good time to recognize what consumes most of our time and energy. We can get a full report by looking at our daybook, Blackberry, etc.
Lent is the acceptable time to devote less time to our jobs; anything over 60 hours a week is harmful. During Lent, we can say no to activities that corrode our spirits. On the First Sunday of Lent, we should make a list of which coats we no longer need. Then, make the calls and resign from any committees, groups or clubs, that are no longer worthwhile for us.
There are many ways to serve others and give to the poor. I recommend simply choosing one new Lenten project. Lent’s days can be a holy and yet exciting time. They allow us to get things back to where they belong. Savoring Lent’s 40 days is a good thing. Rather than seeing Lent as drudgery, open your soul’s inner door. As we face the mess within our spiritual closets, we may discover that our housecleaning with God this Lent has brought a peace that surpasses our wildest dreams.

My Favorite Lenten Fasts

Proclaim an electronic fast on weekends. That means no iPad, iPod, Blackberry or computer until Monday morning. Then spend the resulting free time visiting people you love and spending quality time with your spouse and children.
Stay out of unnecessary stores during Lent. Anything beyond the grocery store, pharmacy, etc., is off-limits. Instead of adding more stuff during Lent, give away or throw away three things each day before Easter.
Go green in a big way. Every day perform a Lenten “random act of kindness for the earth.” Keep a journal of your green project work, and after Easter do these acts regularly.
Fast from media during Lent. Stop watching TV or Internet news or even listening to the radio. For 40 days, turn your thoughts to God. Choose to spend your time reading a book or magazine that feeds your soul.
Walk everywhere you can. Limit gas usage to a certain amount and make it last all week. Each day, walk with God. Simply imagine that you and Jesus Christ are running or walking side by side. Talk to him and listen to him.

Six Ways to Promote Selfless Giving

1) Volunteer at a nursing home. Take children with you and perhaps even the family pet. Many elderly people are lonely and love company.
2) Make a list of 40 people who would love to hear the sound of your voice. Call them, one person a day, and tell them that you love them.
3) Watch someone’s children so that he or she can have a break.
4) Give 15 percent of your weekly salary to a family that has no income.
5) Gather a group of friends and volunteer to do house repairs for single parents, elderly people or anyone in your parish who needs help.
6) Each day of Lent, practice a random act of compassion: Help someone to his or her car with groceries, give up lunch and give the money to a needy friend, clean up a mess that you did not make.
Service turns us into the hands and heart of Jesus Christ. By turning from self and serving others, we are becoming Christ’s living, breathing presence.

By Jeanne Hunt, mother, grandmother and writer, is adviser for catechesis and evangelization at Franciscan Media. She also preaches parish missions and gives workshops on adult and family faith formation. (

A Cure for Cancer

Cancer is a strange cell. You can go along for years in remission and then one day it pops it rears its ugly head again. If you ever have it you will never be free of it. Pray for the day when there will be a permanent cure.

Dear God,
I pray that You will guide someone to find a cure for cancer in 2012. In Jesus Name, Amen

Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable and receives the impossible.

How to Lock Your Car and Why

I locked my car. As I walked away I heard my car door unlock. I went back and locked my car again "three times". Each time, as soon as I started to walk away, I would hear it unlock again! Naturally alarmed, I looked around and there were two guys sitting in a car in the fire lane next to the store. They were obviously watching me intently, and there was no doubt they were somehow involved in this very weird situation. I quickly chucked the errand I was on, jumped in my car and sped away. I went straight to the police station, told them what had happened, and found out I was part of a new, and very successful, scheme being used to gain entry into cars.
Two weeks later, my friend's son had a similar happening....While traveling, my friend's son stopped at a roadside rest to use the bathroom. When he came out to his car less than 4-5 minutes later, someone had gotten into his car and stolen his cell phone, laptop computer, GPS navigator, name it He called the police and since there were no signs of his car being broken into, the police told him he had been a victim of the latest robbery tactic -- there is a device that robbers are using now to clone your security code when you lock your doors on your car using your key-chain locking device.
They sit a distance away and watch for their next victim. They know you are going inside of the store, restaurant, or bathroom and that they now have a few minutes to steal and run. The police officer said to manually lock your car door-by hitting the lock button inside the car -- that way if there is someone sitting in a parking lot watching for their next victim, it will not be you. When you hit the lock button on your car upon exiting, it does not send the security code, but if you walk away and use the door lock on your key chain, it sends the code through the airwaves where it can be instantly stolen.

Snopes notes ( Research to be presented at the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium in February 2011 in San Diego will demonstrate a system whereby with the use of two antennas and other specialized equipment (costing between $100 and $1,000), vehicles can be tricked into opening. However, that system requires that one antenna be within eight meters of the key and the other located very close to the vehicle. It is expected car manufacturers will devise ways to circumvent the new methodology.
Many different law enforcement agencies have observed that the overwhelming majority of automobile break-in thefts (i.e., the stealing of property from car trunks or passenger compartments) are crimes of opportunity perpetrated by people in search of items they can quickly and easily re-sell for cash. Such criminals are not wont to delay their gratification for hours or days while their code grabbers crunch numbers and work out how to keylessly open particular cars: They instead resort to quick, tried-and-true methods such as jimmying locks and smashing windows, and if they can't get into a given car easily, they'll simply move on to the next one. None of the police agencies we spoke with had ever heard of an instance of an automobile break-in theft being accomplished through the method described above.

Are You Consecrated To God?

Today we celebrate the formal presentation of the baby Jesus to God as told by today’s Gospel reading. His whole life – from his birth to his death – was consecrated to God for our sake. Have you consecrated your life to God?
When you were baptized, you were immersed into the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, but have you consciously consecrated your life to him? This is a daily decision, even a moment-by-moment renewal of the decision. It means you choose to fully belong to God, you really want to become like Christ in holiness, and you really are willing to do whatever he would do for the sake of others.
Okay, who of us really wants to be like Jesus? All the time? Even going to the cross? And giving up all the ways we sin? Truth be told, we have to admit that we don't want to be that Christ-like. Oh well, that's why God mercifully provides Purgatory for us: Even though we fail to purge ourselves from sin completely here on earth, we can finish the purification after we die. However, the purging is more painful there, because we will fully and painfully realize how holy and loving God is compared to how little we have loved. So let's make the process easier and consecrate every moment to God now.
This means being in a constant state of prayer, no matter how busy we are. Even during distractions, we're still praying in the spirit if we want God to be involved in everything. It means putting God in charge of what we do and what we don't do, so that our activities are ordered according to his will and desire. It means identifying what we're attached to in this world, then reprioritizing so that we become attached to God alone.
It means continually asking ourselves, in each and every situation, "Am I sharing God's love right now? If not, what must I do to change?" Even when someone is difficult to love, we want to love and we choose to force ourselves to behave like Christ. And it means that when we are not loved by others like we should be, we let God love us in their place.
Here's a handy tool for getting into the habit of consecrating every moment to God: If you have a watch or a cell phone with an alarm that can beep at every hour on the hour, whenever it beeps, take a moment to give the next hour to Jesus. You can start each new hour with:
Lord Jesus, help me to live the consecrated life in each and every moment. Holy Spirit, make me aware of the times when I fail to do this and show me how to re-consecrate my life to You. Loving Father, accept my desire to be consecrated to You, and help me embrace Your generous love for me. Amen!

© 2012 by Terry A. Modica

The Holy Alphabet

Although things are not perfect
Because of trial or pain
Continue in thanksgiving
Do not begin to blame
Even when the times are hard
Fierce winds are bound to blow
God is forever able
Hold on to what you know
Imagine life without His love
J oy would cease to be
Keep thanking Him for all the things
Love imparts to thee
Move out of 'Camp Complaining'
No weapon that is known
On earth can yield the power
Praise can do alone
Quit looking at the future
Redeem the time at hand
Start every day with worship
To 'thank' is a command
Until we see Him coming
Victorious in the sky
We'll run the race with gratitude
X alting God most high
Yes, there'll be good times and yes some will be bad, but...
Z ion waits in glory...where none are ever sad!

Every happening, great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us.
And the art of life is to get the message.
By Malcolm Muggeridge

Friday, February 3, 2012

Student Who Obtained 0% On An Exam

Q1. In which battle did Napoleon die? * his last battle
Q2. Where was the Declaration of Independence signed? * at the bottom of the page
Q3. River Ravi flows in which state? * liquid
Q4. What is the main reason for divorce? * marriage
Q5. What is the main reason for failure? * exams
Q6. What can you never eat for breakfast? * Lunch & dinner
Q7. What looks like half an apple? * The other half
Q8. If you throw a red stone into the blue sea what it will become? * It will simply become wet
Q9. How can a man go eight days without sleeping ? * No problem, he sleeps at night.
Q10. How can you lift an elephant with one hand? * You will never find an elephant that has only one hand.
Q11. If you had three apples and four oranges in one hand and four apples and three oranges in other hand, what would you have? * Very large hands.
Q12. If it took eight men ten hours to build a wall, how long would it take four men to build it? * No time at all, the wall is already built.
Q13. How can u drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it? *Any way you want, concrete floors are very hard to crack.

I would have given him 100%.