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Mercedes Musings: Saying Goodbye

Yesterday as I handed back the keys to my dad's Mercedes I realized that the end of an era was finally upon me; the era of my pretend millionaire status. Reality was especially cruel this morning as I had to don an additional sweatshirt and gloves since I did not want to take the chance of turning on my anti freeze smelling heat. About 20 minutes later I realized that smoke began emanating from my hood. I had to pull over my car and top off the antifreeze that I had just topped off yesterday. Yes reality was upon me. I was certainly no millionaire; I was just an intern again. I was right where God wanted me, behind the wheels of a beaten up 96' Ford Windstar. I was sort of like a disciple 2000 years ago, giving up the horse for a pair of beaten up sandals. (But I guess that I was in good company since Jesus wore sandals.) Still the reality of this morning stung...

You see I had grown accustomed while I was driving the Mercedes to my new James Dean swagger and my Cool Hand Luk…

Renee Rewards: Reason 36

I love Renee because she turns on the radio during our respective evening commutes to make sure that Mark Levin's program (my favorite bombastic radio personality)  is in commercial before she calls to talk to me.  You see, she doesn't want to disturb my cave time amusement.  She is so "tuned in" (pun intended) its unbelievable.

God Has Your Back

"For though the fig tree blossom not nor fruit be on the vines, though the yield of olive fail and the terraces produce no nourishment, though the flocks disappear from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet will I rejoice in the Lord and exult in my saving God. God , my Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet swift as those of hinds
and enables me to go upon the heights."  (Habakkuk 3: 17-19)  

Yesterday was a difficult day. Like usual most of it stemmed from my internship site.  It seemed that no matter how hard I tried to "do the next right thing" I just couldn't seem to find my niche.  Things got so bad that even one of my coworkers even suggested that I needed therapy.  I knew that he meant well, but that suggestion still stung, it struck me to the core as I began to doubt myself and my abilities.  Was he right?  Was I possibly teetering, on the edge? Would I make it till the end?  Was I a self centered narcissist incapable of basic empathy? etc. The only tw…

We Are All Called to Live Like Millionaires

Yesterday as I left mass I discovered an interesting article titled,  The Millionaire Next Door in Tobiasmagazine.The article spoke about 7 characteristics that defined your average millionaire. I found these characteristics surprisingly applicable to non millionaires also.  So here are the 7 principles of millionaires:

The live well below their means.They allocate their time, energy and money efficiently, in ways conducive to building wealth.They believe that financial independence is more important than displaying high social status.Their parents did not support them financially.Their adult children are economically self sufficient.They are proficient in targeting market opportunities.They chose the right occupation.When I read this I thought of immediately about Jesus' parable of the talents. (cf. Matt 25: 14-30) In the parable Jesus rewards the first and second servants who were able to double their talents while he condemns the servant who chooses not to use the single talent …

Did you know that there are 57 states?

It was too good to be true I couldn't believe it when I heard it. Here is the video:




The 7 extra states are:
State 51: Puerto Rico-Almost there. With a little more negotiating we can have endless rum (Yum) and yes even Coqui (image to the right)State 52:  Venezuela-We should kick out Hugo Chavez Clint Eastwood style and like greedy capitalists take over this oil rich country.  State 53: Cuba-Once Fidel kicks the bucket 50 years from now we can have the best cigars in the world..State 54: France- We should seize this once great nation and eat their brie and drink their wine and "let them eat cake"State 55: The Netherlands- As an olive branch to liberals/social progressives who seem to always extol the libertine ways of the Dutch. We can give them the opportunity to move there and to live out their wildest Utopian fantasies.State 56: Uruguay- What? Where the hell is that?State 57: Paraguay- What?  Where the hell is that?  Stupid! It's right next to Uruguay.Maybe this wa…

March 19: The Feast Day of One of My Favorite Saints

Today marks the feast day of one of my favorite saints, St. Joseph. I have turned to St. Joseph many times for help and comfort throughout the difficulties of my life. One of my fondest memories of praying to St. Joseph took place during my honeymoon in Quebec.  On one of the days we decided to visit the famous St. Joseph Oratory in Montreal.  I was mesmerized by the sheer enormity (2nd largest dome after St. Peter's in Rome)  of the basilica as I felt strangely at home and out of place.  Home because I was near one of my favorite saints, out of place because I literally was like a tiny ant in the vastness of the basilica's grandeur. I remember praying to him there and receiving a quiet assurance that he would take care of me.  I can't describe the feeling in any great detail because it was nothing spectacular. But in the still darkness of the oratory St. Joseph was claiming me as one of his own children.  Since that moment I have turned to this great saint often invoking …

An Urgent Apeal: We Must Defund Obamacare Now!

I am calling you all of you to take action on an urgent matter!  This upcoming Wednesday congress will vote on the "Continuing Resolution".  The continuing resolution is a piece of legislature that is designed to prevent the government from shutting down. While I support legislature that keeps the government running,  I strongly oppose the current  form of the continuing resolution because it does not address a key budgetary issue; the defunding of Obamacare.  Hidden in this resoultion are funding measures (appropriations) that are designed to begin funding Obamacare.  What makes this so insidious is the fact that this appropriation is crafted in a way that will make it nearly impossible for future congresses and presidents to overturn Obamacare. So here are the gloomy facts as reported by former congressman Ernest Istook in the March 10 Washington Times article: (To read the article in its entirety click here.)

"The new law attempts to bypass the normal appropriations …

Ash Wednesday: The time of Repentance is Upon Us

Here is a mediation that I came across today in the Magnificat Lenten Companion.  It is written by Father Peter Cameron.  I feel that it best captures the state of mind that we all should have during Lent, it goes...

"The directions on the packet of flower seeds read: ' Seeds need darkness to germinate.'  It makes me think of myself.  I want to grow.  I want to become more than I am.  Yet, so often my self guided efforts leave me feeling empty, looking for something more.  The 'germination,' the better life that I seek must start in darkness.  Lent is that darkness. It is not something dreadful or depressing.  Rather, Lent takes us back to what really matters in life.  We return to the beginning.  You are here.  Why? Did you bring yourself about? Is your life a reward for some accomplishment? No.  You have been loved into existence by Someone.  Why would that someone want to bring you into being?  The answer to all the dissatisfaction and unrest we experience every…

Socialism Round The Corner

Last night as I was reading Michael Reagan's fine work,  "The New Reagan RevolutionI discovered this prophetic video of Ronald Reagan titled,  "Ronald Reagan Speaks Out Against Socialized Medicine."  I would strongly suggest that everyone watch it, and most importantly act on it. It is amazing how Reagan nearly 50 years ago prophesied about the impending dangers of socialized medicine, well before Obamacare. So without further adieu I introduce to you the great communicator in his own words...



For those of you that are pressed for time here are some of the excerpts from this landmark speech:

"Back in 1927 an American socialist, Norman Thomas, six times candidate for president of the socialist Party ticket, said the American people would never vote for socialism.  But he said under the name of liberalism the American people will adopt every aspect of the socialist program...

"One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people …

Mass: The Greatest Power on Earth ( A Video)

Since I did not have much time to write tonight I will post a video that inspired me about the Catholic Mass.  This is a must watch for Catholics and non Catholics alike.


The 1%-9%-90% Rule

I was recently watching the O'Reilly Factor when guest, John Stossel said something that stuck with me.  Stossel spoke about the 1%-9%-90% rule.  What it means is that only 1% of our country's population are actively engaged in the shaping of our nation.   9%  of the people watch - they are aware but choose to stay on the sidelines.  The remaining 90% do nothing - they just wake up one morning ask "What happened?"

So here are the sobering numbers: There are approximately 300 million people in the United States. So let's apply the rule. 1%, means that 3 million people are doing something- attempting to effect a change .    9%, means that 27 million people are politically aware or at least up on current events.  The remaining 90% means that 270 million are doing nothing - They know next to nothing and are busy watching Dancing with the Stars while the country goes to crap.

Let's apply the same rule to an average Catholic parish consisting of about 5,000 parishi…