Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Infants Still Sacrificed Because of Fear

Today, December 28th, is the The Feast of the Holy Innocents.  One small Child was feared by a king and many children died hoping that He was among them.

Nowadays, fear also rules the hearts of mothers that would have their children killed by abortion.

In both cases infants show the power they hold to change lives.  May we embrace this change and help those who are fearful with love.

Holy Innocents, pray for us.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

1 Corinthians:13 --- Christmas version

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love, I'm just another decorator. 

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned mealtime, but do not show love, I'm just another cook. 

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love, it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir's cantata...but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point. 

Love stops the cooking to hug the child.

Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband. 

Love is kind, though harried and tired. 

Love doesn't envy another's home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens. 

Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way.

Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return, but rejoices in giving to those who can't. 

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.

Love never fails.

This is something I enjoyed and hope you do too.

Thank you priest's wife (Byzantine, of course) written by Sharon Jaymes by way of St. Paul.


Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Using Our Lady of Guadalupe to Promote and Confuse in the Archdiocese of Portland

OPEN LETTER TO MATT CATO, Director of the Office of Justice and Peace of the Archdiocese of Portland.      Matt Cato email

Dear Matt,

The latest Catholic Sentinel had an article on VOZ.   Day Laborers/ Our Lady of Guadalupe   VOZ has anti-Catholic ideals (apart from the Catholics that might be in VOZ) Using the Blessed Mother confuses people.  This organization is not as it seems and using the Blessed Mother is very sad and desperate.

Matt Cato holding sign...
The list of allies on their webpage displays the heretical values that run VOZ.  The Blessed Mother is tainted by helping promote them.  Can you tell me please why we are still funding this?  (By the way, giving money for just a "part" of the group is still giving to the group through "fungible funding".)

The Archdiocese of Portland has given this organization money, publicity and credibility for ten years.  It looks like Oregon Catholics have to wait for their new Archbishop to be appointed who uses our collection plate monies in a prudent, thoughtful manner "obeying" the  rules of CCHD and the Church.

By the way, here is an article regarding the $64,000 on the average salaries for VOZ. Is this considered a poverty wage to the CCHD and Archdiocese of Portland?  Most Oregon Catholics would love to have that as a salary.

VOZ is also visible with the Occupy Portland movement. supported the Archdiocese of Portland.

Thanks for any response.

God Bless,
Carolyn Wendell

Thursday, December 8, 2011