9.14.2008

5000 Hits..... WOW!

Inaugerated on July 8, 2007, this blog was intended to keep my week somewhat busy and 14 months laters there have been over 5000 hits! Awesome! Thank you to all of you who have been regular visitors to this blog.
I leave tomorrow for Florida for a retreat/vacation, hopefully I will be able to publish a post during my time away. I promise to pray for all of you.

9.11.2008

Not Just Cosmetic Changes Are Needed

These past two days have been full of the "lipstick" debate. Did he intend to say what he said? Did he mean what he said? Frankly, I do not think that he did. I think he was trying to get the audience's attention, as any good speaker tries to do. This blog entry will not be political, but rather ethical.

I do believe that Senator Obama realized that he struck a funny with the crowd when they made the connection to the Governor Palin's "lipstick" comment. It was at that time that I believe that his pride and saving face took control and he continued with the speech. When he realized his goof, he should have returned to the subject and said that was not what he wanted to infer. Instead, he ignored the issue and now it will not go away.

As an impromptu public speaker, who is not tied to notes, I sometimes say something that I didn't think about before the words passed my lips. Most times they are good, sometimes they are bad. Even though I whisper a prayer so that my words will come out prudently, other meanings can be conveyed. But, as a disciple of Jesus, one has the duty to take responsibility for his/her actions and words. When one refuses to correct their mistakes if they can, then their integrity has to be questioned.

9.06.2008

Happy Birthday, Mary!

Mary's Birth; Master of the Pfullendorf Altar
The Churches of the East and the West celebrate liturgies in honor of Mary's birth from the sixth and seventh centuries on. The origin of the liturgy is traced to the consecration of the church in Jerusalem on the spot known as the shepherd's field and thought to have been the home of Mary's parents. The basilica was named in honor of St. Ann.

By the seventh century the liturgy was also celebrated in Rome where it had been introduced by monks from the East. From there, it spread throughout the West, and by the thirteenth century the liturgy had developed to a solemnity with a major octave (eight days of commemoration prior to the liturgy) and a solemn vigil which prescribed a fastday.
The date, September 8, was chosen as the 8th day (an octave) after the former Byzantine New Year. Although Mary's birth was celebrated on various dates throughout the centuries, September 8 predominated. The feast celebrating Mary's Immaculate Conception, December 8, (a liturgy instituted later) was set to correspond to nine months before Mary's birth. Just as the Annunciation (March 25) is nine months from the Birth of Our Lord.

In the East, Mary's birthday is celebrated as one of the twelve great liturgies. The title for the liturgy in the East: "The Birth of Our Exalted Queen, the Birthgiver of God and Ever-Virgin Mary." The present feast forms a link between the New and the Old Testament. It shows that Truth succeeds symbols and figures and that the New Covenant replaces the Old. Hence, all creation sings with joy, exalts, and participates in the joy of this day. ... This is, in fact, the day on which the Creator of the world constructed His temple; today is the day on which, by a stupendous project, a creature becomes the preferred dwelling of the Creator.

The responsory for the liturgy proclaims: our birth, Birthgiver of God, announced joy to the whole world. From you came the Sun of Justice, Christ our God. He released the curse and gave the blessing.