Faith

Faith is a wonderful part of our human existence. It is not something that we can do without as we deal with it in all our daily lives. For instance I trust that you will do the right thing by me. Just as I trust my friend to be a good friend to me. We have to have faith in all we do as without it we will surely perish. It is not only spiritual but to a certain extent physical. I trust that I can carry the load to the car. Perhaps on a metaphysical plain. Faith is what keeps me going day by day doing the things I need to do at work and at home. For me it is more spiritual than physical as without that special gift to feel and know faith I cannot exist.

Why because it keeps me alive. To trust all those around me to be a good friend or family. We have to trust even strangers to guide us on our daily path. As Pentecost descends upon us and Easter comes to a close I feel that I am lost without my faith not just being a catholic but by being a person. If you do not have faith in your ability to live, can you. Will you not drown in your internal self. Believe in yourself and have faith.

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Pentecost (Whitsunday)

A feast of the universal Church which commemorates the Descent of the Holy Ghost upon the Apostles, fifty days after the Resurrection of Christ, on the ancient Jewish festival called the “feast of weeks” or Pentecost (Exodus 34:22; Deuteronomy 16:10). Whitsunday is so called from the white garments which were worn by those who were baptised during the vigil; Pentecost (“Pfingsten” in German), is the Greek for “the fiftieth” (day after Easter).

Whitsunday, as a Christian feast, dates back to the first century, although there is no evidence that it was observed, as there is in the case of Easter; the passage in 1 Corinthians 16:8 probably refers to the Jewish feast. This is not surprising, for the feast, originally of only one day’s duration, fell on a Sunday; besides it was so closely bound up with Easter that it appears to be not much more than the termination of Paschal tide.

That Whitsunday belongs to the Apostolic times is stated in the seventh of the (interpolated) fragments attributed to St. Irenæus. In Tertullian (On Baptism 19) the festival appears as already well established. The Gallic pilgrim gives a detailed account of the solemn manner in which it was observed at Jerusalem (“Peregrin. Silviæ”, ed. Geyer, iv). The Apostolic Constitutions (Book V, Part 20) say that Pentecost lasts one week, but in the West it was not kept with an octave until at quite a late date. It appears from Berno of Reichenau (d. 1048) that it was a debatable point in his time whether Whitsunday ought to have an octave. At present it is of equal rank with Easter Sunday. During the vigil formerly the catechumens who remained from Easter were baptized, consequently the ceremonies on Saturday are similar to those on Holy Saturday.

The office of Pentecost has only one Nocturn during the entire week. At Terce the “Veni Creator” is sung instead of the usual hymn, because at the third hour the Holy Ghost descended. The Mass has a Sequence, “Veni Sancte Spiritus” the authorship of which by some is ascribed to King Robert of France. The colour of the vestments is red, symbolic of the love of the Holy Ghost or of the tongues of fire. Formerly the law courts did not sit during the entire week, and servile work was forbidden. A Council of Constance (1094) limited this prohibition to the first three days of the week. The Sabbath rest of Tuesday was abolished in 1771, and in many missionary territories also that of Monday; the latter was abrogated for the entire Church by Pius X in 1911. Still, as at Easter, the liturgical rank of Monday and Tuesday of Pentecost week is a Double of the First Class.

In Italy it was customary to scatter rose leaves from the ceiling of the churches to recall the miracle of the fiery tongues; hence in Sicily and elsewhere in Italy Whitsunday is called Pascha rosatum. The Italian name Pascha rossa comes from the red colours of the vestments used on Whitsunday. In France it was customary to blow trumpets during Divine service, to recall the sound of the mighty wind which accompanied the Descent of the Holy Ghost. In England the gentry amused themselves with horse races. The Whitsun Ales or merrymakings are almost wholly obsolete in England. At these ales the Whitsun plays were performed. At Vespers of Pentecost in the Oriental Churches the extraordinary service of genuflexion, accompanied by long poetical prayers and psalms, takes place. (Cf. Maltzew, “Fasten-und Blumen Triodion”, p. 898 where the entire Greco-Russian service is given; cf. also Baumstark, “Jacobit. Fest brevier”, p. 255.) On Pentecost the Russians carry flowers and green branches in their hands.

Source: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/15614b.htm

Maybe Someday

Sound l a little procrastination but that is what we all say sometimes. Someday I will clean out that cupboard. Someday I will throw it away but for now I need it. If only I had the time, If only I did it yesterday. but what do we do for now keep it I guess.

Cheers to the weekend

Where’s my alcohol?

They say that laughter is the best medicine. When we are not ourselves we often do silly things especially when we had one too many to drink. I don’t think that I have got to a state that I did not know what I was doing but then again if I did I would not remember it so there you have it. The following made me smile and I hope that it makes your day too. It’s all a matter of perspective.

"Sometimes when I reflect back on all the wine I drink
I feel shame.Then I look into the glass and think
about the workers in the vineyards and all of their hopes
and dreams ..If I didn’t drink this wine, they might be out
of work and their dreams would be shattered.
Then I say to myself, "It is better that I drink this wine and let theirdreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver."

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may leave you wondering what the hell
happened to your bra and panties.
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"I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they
wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re
going to feel all day. "
~Frank Sinatra

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may create the illusion that you are tougher, smarter, faster and better looking than most people.
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"When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading."
~ Henny Youngman

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may lead you to think people are laughing WITH you.
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"24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? I think not."
~ Stephen Wright

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to think you can sing.
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"When we drink, we get drunk. When we get drunk,
we fall asleep. When we fall asleep, we commit no sin.
When we commit no sin, we go to heaven. So, let’s all
get drunk and go to heaven!"
~ Brian O’Rourke

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause pregnancy.
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"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."
~ Benjamin Franklin

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol is a major factor in dancing like a spaz.
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"Without question, the greatest invention in the
history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the
wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does
not go nearly as well with pizza."
~ Dave Barry

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to tell your friends over and over again that you love them.
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To some, it’s a six-pack, to me it’s a Support Group. Salvation in a can!
~Dave Howell

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may make you think you can logically converse with members of the opposite sex without spitting.
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And saving the best for last, as explained by Cliff Clavin,of Cheers.
One afternoon at Cheers, Cliff Clavin was explaining the Buffalo Theory to his buddy Norm.Here’s how it went:

" Well ya see, Norm, it’s like this… A herd of buffalocan only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And whenthe herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That’s why you always feel smarter after a few beers."

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may make you think you are whispering when you are not

Swine Flu

This is a log of the swine flu that has taken Australia by storm and may possibly be in epidemic proportions. Currently there are 67 case of confirmed Swine Flu. I am currently at home as I have the flu bug too although I do not suspect that it is the swine flu. I went to see the Doctor and he did not say that it was the same strain. I read somewhere that more people have died from the flu bug then by any other case of flu. So is this a case of another flu bug or a real epidemic that have caused major concerns for parents. The Herald Sun reported that 300 people visit the Royal Children’s Hospital every day. Australia is such sterile place that even the slightest bug must be taken with the greatest precaution. But no one seems to know how the bug is travelling with great certainty. That in itself is the greatest danger.

Swine flu: What it is, how to fight it
By Liz Szabo, USA TODAY

It’s a common respiratory ailment in pigs, but this strain appears to be a subtype never before seen in pigs or humans. Here are answers to questions you may have about swine flu.

Q: What is swine flu?
A: It’s a common respiratory disease in pigs that doesn’t usually spread to people. When pigs catch this flu, many get quite sick, and 1% to 4% die, according to the World Health Organization. In the past, people have sometimes caught swine flu if they worked directly with pigs.

Q: How is this swine flu virus different?
A: This strain appears to be a subtype not seen before in humans or pigs, with genetic material from pigs, bird and humans, according to WHO. Unlike most cases of swine flu, this one can spread from person to person, said
Richard Besser, the acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at a White House press conference Sunday. One of the confirmed cases in the USA caught swine flu from a spouse, who had been to
Mexico.

Q: Were pigs the carriers of this virus?
A: It’s closer to say that pigs were the mixing bowl for this virus. Birds can’t pass bird flu to people. But pigs are uniquely susceptible to getting flu viruses that infect birds. Experts have long worried that a pig would catch a bird strain of the flu and then the virus would mutate inside the pig to a form that could also infect other mammals. That may be what happened in this case. Pigs can also be infected with more than one influenza virus at a time, allowing the viruses to share genes, called "genetic reassortment," creating new & potentially much more virulent viruses.

Q: Can you catch swine flu from eating pork?
A: No, according to WHO. Pigs coming in to slaughter facilities are monitored for flu symptoms, and those that are ill are not allowed to enter the food supply. Cooking also kills the virus. People who work with pigs, however, can catch the virus. The Department of Agriculture is conducting tests to confirm that the food supply is safe, said Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Q: Is there a vaccine against swine flu?
A: No, but government scientists could try to create one, according to the CDC. "We’ve identified the virus," Besser said. "Should we decide to manufacture a vaccine, we can work toward that goal very quickly." CDC scientists
don’t know if this year’s flu vaccine offers any protection.

Q: What about antivirals? Can they prevent swine flu?
A: This strain of swine flu does appear sensitive to the antiviral drugs Relenza and Tamiflu, but not to amantadine, or Symmetrel, and rimantadine, or Flumadine, Besser said. With normal seasonal flus, if taken within the first 48 hours after symptoms appear, antivirals can help people recover a day or two sooner. Doctors sometimes prescribe antivirals to household members of people with the flu to prevent them from getting sick.

Q: What are the symptoms?
A: The most common symptoms are fever, fatigue, lack of appetite and coughing, although some people also develop a runny nose, sore throat, vomiting or diarrhea, according to the CDC.

Q: What should you do if you have these symptoms?
A: Stay home from work or school, to avoid spreading your illness to other people, Besser said. Don’t get on an airplane. People should call their doctors to ask about the best treatment, but should not simply show up at a clinic or hospital that is unprepared for their arrival.

Q: How can people protect themselves?
A: As always, people should wash their hands frequently, Besser said. In the past, the CDC has said there isn’t conclusive evidence to support using face masks. Surgical masks are designed to prevent the wearer from spreading germs, but may also catch large respiratory droplets if someone sneezes nearby. In a 2007 statement, the CDC said these masks could be worn if someone needs to go to a crowded place, such as a grocery store, for a short time. N95 respirator masks filter out 95% of particles to prevent the wearer from breathing them in. These must be fitted properly around the nose to create a seal, so they can make breathing difficult.

Q: What does it mean for the government to declare a public health emergency?
A: While the declaration "sounds more severe than it is," Napolitano said Sunday, it will free up funds and allow health officials to use medications and tests that aren’t normally used.. The government also issued a public
health declaration during recent floods in North Dakota and Minnesota, she said, and noted that the government often issues such declarations when hurricanes are approaching. The federal government is also releasing 25%
of the 50 million doses of antiviral medications in the nation’s Strategic National Stockpile, Napolitano said. The Department of Defense is also making 7 million doses available.

Q: Why has the virus been so much deadlier in Mexico, where 1,300 have become ill and more than 80 people have died, than in the USA?
A: "What we’ve seen in this country is not anywhere near the severity of what we’re seeing in Mexico," Besser said. Doctors don’t yet know why cases have been milder in the USA, where only person has been hospitalized, although 20 cases have been confirmed, Besser said.

CHOCOLATE CALCULATOR

Don’t tell me your age; you probably would tell a falsehood anyway-but the Hershey Man will know!

YOUR AGE BY CHOCOLATE MATH

This is pretty neat.

DON’T CHEAT BY SCROLLING DOWN FIRST!
It takes less than a minute .
Work this out as you read ..
Be sure you don’t read the bottom until you’ve worked it out!
This is not one of those waste of time things, it’s fun.

1. First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like to have chocolate (more than once but less than 10)

2. Multiply this number by 2 (just to be bold)

3. Add 5

4. Multiply it by 50 — I’ll wait while you get the calculator

5. If you have already had your birthday this year add 1759 ..
If you haven’t, add 1758.

6. Now subtract the four digit year that you were born.

You should have a three digit number

The first digit of this was your original number
(I.e.., how many times you want to have chocolate each week).

The next two numbers are

YOUR AGE! (Oh YES, it is!!!!!)

THIS IS THE ONLY YEAR (2009) IT WILL EVER WORK, SO SPREAD IT AROUND WHILE IT LASTS.

Darwin Northern Territory Australia Road Sign – As you do!!!

Would you move to the side of the road if you saw this sign. I wonder if it is real.

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Respect Life

What is it to show respect for life?

We live in an age where the openness with regards to what life is all about is trivialised by the material aspects of life itself. We find that in regards to someone giving birth that we have the right to stop that which is to be born. Two Sundays ago was Respect Life Sunday for the catholic church. Respect Life Sunday is against the right to terminate a life before 24 weeks. The Government of Australia has decriminalised abortion meaning that doctors and nurses cannot refuse the right of someone to end the life of an unborn child under 24 weeks.

The Law – The Abortion Law Reform Bill 2008

Under the new law a pregnant (expectant) woman under 24 weeks gestation can virtually demand an abortion.After 24 weeks and right up to the birth of the child she has to seek the approval of two doctors before she can proceed with the abortion. The law also allows nurse and pharmacists to supply drugs designed to cause abortions of a foetus under 24 weeks old without the involvement of a medial doctor.  A detailed transcript of the bill can be found at Victorian Law Reform site.  

This horrifies me to a certain extent as not only are we playing God but that we are committing murder on a innocent life. Does not that unborn child have a heart beat? If it does then why do we allow anyone the right to terminate it? Let alone pass legislation allowing that to happen. Do we not have a conscience that says you are committing murder?Perhaps the word I use is too strong and in this day an age we should allow the freedom of a person the right to do what they like? But did we ever ask if that unborn child if they wished to live or die? We cannot of course as they are not yet born into our world. 

I find it difficult to imagine how the sanctity of life has been laid so bare to our society.  I find it hard to accept that any woman is able to live with herself after ending the life of their unborn child. Sure they may have been more certain than nought at the time to say I do not wish to bring my son or daughter into this world with all it evils and turmoils but is it their decision to make. I would say no. Not because I am catholic but because I know what is it like to lose an unborn child. The pain is eternal. Nothing can ever take it away. Hence how can I support a legislation that decriminalised abortion. There are so many woman out there trying to have a child and even in Australia many more that want a child. 

We have come so far in our society only to go backwards even further in many more ways.  Lets not take the sanctity of life and destroy it. Read what the Catholic Church says about it.

Respect Life

Ronald