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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Birthday! ..and other more serious news

Tomorrow, the 19th of August, we celebrate the birth of our 10th child!

He will be SEVEN YEARS OLD.

He was our first child born after I got out of the Air Force; his recollection of Air Force life would only be in utero.

We named him after Pope Saint Cornelius, who was Pope for two years(251-253) before dying in exile. He recommended mercy for penitents who had renounced the Faith during an earlier persecution. He worked with St. Cyprian - so closely that I figured our next son would have to be named Cyprian!

Here is a black and white picture of him. They hadn't developed color pictures yet, I guess...


Of course, most people thought we named him after THIS HOLY MAN:


Perhaps it had something to do with what he said right after being delivered, while our obstetrician was still holding him:

"Get your hands off of me, you darn dirty O.B.!!"



Seriously...

A friend of ours died today. He had been ill for just a short while before dying. He received the Sacrament of the Sick, and has been in many people's prayers. Please join us in praying for the repose of the soul of Thomas.



Also kinda Serious....

The recessional hymn at last week's ordination struck me as familiar, and I figured it out this last week. The song, O God Beyond All Praising, is based on a work by Gustav Holst called The Planets(Opus 32). The melody is lifted from the 4th movement known as Jupiter: The Bringer of Jollity. It all seemed kinda funny to me in a serious way to have music about bringing jollity for the conclusion of an ordination.

Also...

Here is the site from Semper Fi Catholic about a young man joining the Franciscans. I could not load it a few days ago - too busy looking for animatronic bears singing songs by Oasis.

I found out he is joining the Franciscans of the Immaculate - St. Maximilian Kolbe's order. They have some good books, such as this one about St. Maximilian's spirituality:


A great little book about St.Maximilian Kolbe - showing that his offer to take the place of a man in the death chamber at Auschwitz was a natural progression of his life.

1 comment:

Mrs Jackie Parkes MJ said...

a lot to ponder on...

Our Lady of the Mysterious Decapitation

Our Lady of the Mysterious Decapitation
Now restored with the help of some cement!

Prayer to Our Lady of the Mysterious Decapitation

Mary my mother, take my hand today, and all days.
Lead me away from all occasions of sin.
Guide me in fulfilling your last words in the Gospel,
"Do whatever He tells you."
Amen.

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