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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Another Blast of Mercy from Our Lord

Random Notes:

A friend of mine got the suncatcher pictured above recently. He had made a donation to a college, and got this in appreciation for his donation. I wonder if they ever thought of sending out T-shirts with the following caption on it:
"I donated to this college and all I got was this Lousy T-Shirt"

Perhaps that is what the hospital I work at is planning to give to the attending physicians.

Mercy, Mercy Mercy!

Once again, our youngest Noisykid, featured here in the Kitchen, has given us concern. She had been having fevers for a couple of days, and had all normal blood and urine tests on Sunday, so we attributed this to some wonderful little virus.

Today we took her back to the pediatrician to get someone else to look her over, and she had a raging ear infection. On with the antibiotics!

In our strange way we were ecstatic that it was not another urinary tract infection, with all the implications that come with that.

When I think about it, we have been blessed with a tremendous amount of good health. It has only been in the past few years that we have been experiencing what I would call an actuarial phenomenon, where we seem to be having a lot of visits to the doctor.

Considering the number of children I see who will probably not live to the end of the year, I can do nothing but thank God for the health that He has granted us.

My youngest daughter will always remind me of the concluding prayer of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy:

Eternal God, in Whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase your mercy in us, so that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your Holy Will, Which is Love and Mercy Itself. Amen.

So whatever awful thing happens to us, we must understand that this is God allowing us to suffer for some reason that is beyond our comprehension. A good example of this is the actions of the Carmelite nuns who were martyred by the French during the Reign of Terror. The Scorpion and the Duck reviewed that book here. The nuns went to their deaths rejoicing in the mercy and providence of God, for they had offered themselves up to God in order to end the Reign of Terror.

Other notes:

The Captain wanted to remind everyone that there are plenty of berths still available on the Cruise mentioned here

Did you think I would forget a bit of mortification? This from the lead singer of Yes:

'Up With People' meets 'We are the World' meets Santa Claus. Hideous.


Roman Sacristan said...

OH WOW! Those are the first VJ's from MTV! Let's see, there was J.J. Jackson, Martha Quinn, Nina Stewart, and ... I can't remember the others. That was back when all MTV did was show videos.
No wonder the video seemed so "80's"

dadwithnoisykids said...

Here I thought it was Abba joining Jon Anderson!

I wonder where those VJ's are now....

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