Month: June 2012

TSA agent spills grandfather’s ashes on the floor, then laughs as grandson scrambles to gather them up | Mail Online

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TSA agent spills grandfather’s ashes on the floor then laughs as grandson scrambles to gather them up | Mail Online.

My opinion of TSA falls farther through the floor than it already was.

† Eternal rest grant to him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.  May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercies of God rest in peace. †

Killing Newborn Babies No Different To Abortion | Huffington Post

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Killing Newborn Babies No Different To Abortion | Huffington Post.

The ‘After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?’ paper argues that the act wouldn’t be classed as euthanasia because the best interest of the foetus or newborn being killed is not necessarily the primary reason his or her life is being terminated. The authors state that after-birth abortion should be made legal and it should be permitted on the same grounds as abortion. They added that it wouldn’t be the same as infanticide.”

…. Are you reading this?  Can you believe what they just said?

It “wouldn’t be euthanasia” because they are not seeking the best interest of the newborn being killed. OBVIOUSLY.

Are you reading this?!?!?!

Acxiom, the Quiet Giant of Consumer Database Marketing | NYTimes.com

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Acxiom, the Quiet Giant of Consumer Database Marketing | NYTimes.com.

This is extremely upsetting.

You should be as outraged as I am.

“Few consumers have ever heard of Acxiom. But analysts say it has amassed the world’s largest commercial database on consumers — and that it wants to know much, much more. Its servers process more than 50 trillion data “transactions” a year. Company executives have said its database contains information about 500 million active consumers worldwide, with about 1,500 data points per person. That includes a majority of adults in the United States.”

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“Privacy advocates say they are more troubled by data brokers’ ranking systems, which classify some people as high-value prospects, to be offered marketing deals and discounts regularly, while dismissing others as low-value — known in industry slang as “waste.” Exclusion from a vacation offer may not matter much, says Pam Dixon, the executive director of the World Privacy Forum, a nonprofit group in San Diego, but if marketing algorithms judge certain people as not worthy of receiving promotions for higher education or health services, they could have a serious impact. “Over time, that can really turn into a mountain of pathways not offered, not seen and not known about,” Ms. Dixon says.”

Your life is not about you. | Archdiocese of Washington

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Your life is not about you. | Archdiocese of Washington.

Reminder Reminder Reminder Reminder…

“One of the harder truths of life is that our life is not about us. Neither are we the most important thing or person in the world. Rather we exist in and for the glory of God and our ultimate glory in to be caught up in and be part of God’s glory and his Kingdom. Further, we also exist, not only for our own sake but also for the sake of others.”
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“Your life is not about you. We are each part of a bigger picture, a picture that God sees far better than we. “

…. needed to read this one today.

Quick Takes Friday | lacydelagarza

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1) Phew! This week has been so crazy I actually forgot it was Quick Takes Day until I got my daily email from The Catholic Couponer – thanks for the reminder Beth Anne!

2) Part of why my week was crazy was my much-needed trip to California, the land of sun and desert and stars!  I miss living in places where I can walk out at night, look up and be covered by a blanket of never-ending stars.  Texas is a lot of wonderful things, but not all of it has that luxury.  Courtesy of wikipedia, take a look at the difference in A and B.  The first picture is what it looks like in rural California.  The second one is  what it looks like when I walk outside at night, here:

3) Speaking of Texas, let’s take a moment to just appreciate the beauty that can be found here, shall we?

(Credit  for the picture.)

4) Did you know that Ashton Kutcher is suing the DMV? One more reason to like him, in my book. Story here.

5) On my mind lately: organizing this mess of my desk.  Any suggestions, short of a complete overhaul? (That’s coming soon enough, don’t worry.)  I’m already subscribed to Organize.com and The Container Store e-alerts but everything costs so much $$… I know there’s gotta be a way to do this and still have some cash left to spend on technology to put on my desk!

6) I have my first radio interview next week! Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers! Nervous right now but I know everything will be okay …!

7) And as always, a prayer to close the week prior. Today is the feast of St. Thomas More, a powerhouse of a saint, who happens to be the patron of statesmen and politicians.  In this heated political climate, it is always a good reminder to turn to his life and see that not so long ago, men were capable of great things in political office … May St. Thomas More see fit to intercede for our nation now struggling to adhere to the tenets of basic morality.  (If you’re interested, click here to read the Moto Proprio proclaiming St. Thomas More the patron of these things)

I give you, a prayer written by St. Thomas More while imprisoned in the Tower of London.

† In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Give me the grace, Good Lord

To set the world at naught. To set the mind firmly on You and not to hang upon the words of men’s mouths.

To be content to be solitary. Not to long for worldly pleasures. Little by little utterly to cast off the world and rid my mind of all its business.

Not to long to hear of earthly things, but that the hearing of worldly fancies may be displeasing to me.

Gladly to be thinking of God, piteously to call for His help. To lean into the comfort of God. Busily to labor to love Him.

To know my own vileness and wretchedness. To humble myself under the mighty hand of God. To bewail my sins and, for the purging of them, patiently to suffer adversity.

Gladly to bear my purgatory here. To be joyful in tribulations. To walk the narrow way that leads to life.

To have the last thing in remembrance. To have ever before my eyes my death that is ever at hand. To make death no stranger to me. To foresee and consider the everlasting fire of Hell. To pray for pardon before the judge comes.

To have continually in mind the passion that Christ suffered for me. For His benefits unceasingly to give Him thanks.

To buy the time again that I have lost. To abstain from vain conversations. To shun foolish mirth and gladness. To cut off unnecessary recreations.

Of worldly substance, friends, liberty, life and all, to set the loss at naught, for the winning of Christ.

To think my worst enemies my best friends, for the brethren of Joseph could never have done him so much good with their love and favor as they did him with their malice and hatred.

These minds are more to be desired of every man than all the treasures of all the princes and kings, Christian and heathen, were it gathered and laid together all in one heap.

Amen †

Pope Benedict knows that this is the age of addiction | CatholicHerald

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Pope Benedict knows that this is the age of addiction | CatholicHerald.

Pardon the long quote.

“Benedict XVI is the first pontiff of the age of addiction – and he knows it. In almost all his speeches to young people he mentions illegal drugs: not just to condemn their use, but also to acknowledge their seductiveness.

During his visit to Britain, he told the youth of Scotland: “There are many temptations placed before you every day – drugs, money, sex, pornography, alcohol – that the world tells you will bring you happiness, yet these things are destructive and divisive.”

Note that the Pope lists drugs before all other addictions. This is deliberate. When making foreign trips he warns his young audiences about narcotics before listing other temptations. His anxiety about drug addiction has gone largely unnoticed by the media, but it crops up again and again. In Brazil in 2007, he visited a rehabilitation centre and praised the work of voluntary groups that rebuild lives drained of meaning by addictive substances.

This Pope does not often utter thunderous condemnations, but he makes an exception for drug dealers. “God will call you to account for your deeds,” he said this year in Mexico, in what amounted to a papal declaration of war on the country’s mighty cartels. Earlier, on the plane, he told journalists that it was the responsibility of the Church to “unmask the false promises, the lies, the fraud that is behind drugs”.”

” Pope Benedict often mentions pornography alongside other seductive dangers; he’s right to do so, but I wonder if he can begin to grasp the full devastating effect of hardcore videos on young people who, tragically, are beginning to model their first romantic encounters on the grotesque scenarios of digital erotica.

The epidemic of addictions is beginning to eat away at the neat distinction between addicts and non-addicts that we take for granted ….Pope Benedict is a prophetic figure in so many ways, and I believe he has worked this out. By offering the Gospel as an antidote to addiction he places it at heart of the disturbing changes that, as human beings with volatile appetites, we are too weak to resist through the exercise of solitary willpower.”

What a beautiful trait to have in a leader of all people; someone who understands the fall and consequent temptations facing humanity to indulge in hedonistic behavior… and who will be honest about their consequences on a person and their eternal fate.

May God grant grace to those struggling with addictions and place in their lives those who are able to help them when they realize they need it.

Viva il Papa!