May 23, 2009 – Back at the Blog

I’m back after my one-week “weather imposed” hiatus.  About 10:30 last Friday night there was a lot of lightning and a loud pop.  The electricity flashed off briefly but I didn’t think anything was damaged.  However, the next day I noticed that the phone by my computer was not working, and as I explored further I discovered that pretty much all of my internet stuff had been knocked out.  Talk about throwing a webmaster into a panic!  But after the initial shock I thought you know, we’ve survived for thousands of years without computers and internet and cell phones – I think I’ll manage for a few days.  So I got the replacement parts and by Monday evening, all was right with the world again.  It could have been much worse – my computer, printer, monitor, etc. were all fine.  Thanks again for your patience.  I actually had a couple of people ask if something was wrong, or if I was sick.  Well, I can’t speak for my mental health, but physically I was fine.  So we’re back in the groove again.

This weekend we pay honor to our future and our past.  We recognize all who are graduating this weekend from grade school and high school and wish them well in their future endeavors.  I can vividly remember my own graduations and the mixed emotions that they brought – they were exciting because of what was accomplished and the new opportunities that were up ahead, but there was also a sadness because I knew we were leaving friends behind and because of the uncertainty of what was ahead.  So we pray for our graduates that they be safe in their celebrations and wish them all of the best in the future.

We of course also this weekend honor our past and recognize those in the military who died so that we could live as a free and prosperous country.  We also remember our veterans who served so generously, and of course we continue to pray for those who remain in harm’s way.  Since we have been at war now for over 7 years straight, I think we almost become numb to the reports we see on the news that there are still soldiers that are being killed, and that there is still a great deal of hostility that is brewing in our world.  We are asked as a nation on Monday at 3:00PM local time to observe a National Moment of Rememberance to in our own way pause to remember our fallen heroes.  So in ther midst of the barbecues, etc. we should not forget the reason for this Memorial Day.

In the midst of all of this activity it is easy to forget that our liturgical calendar tells us that we observe the Ascension of the Lord this weekend.  This  Holy Day of Obligation as you recall used to be celebrated on a Thursday until several years ago when the celebration in our Diocese was moved to the following Sunday.  In doing a little web searching on Holy Days of Obligation, I came across something that I’m sure I learned in my religion classes somewhere along the line but something that I haven’t thought about for a long time – the Precepts of the Catholic Church.   These are basically a description of the minimum actions required of us Catholics.  Do you remember what they are?

1) You shall attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation and rest from servile labor.

2) You shall confess youre sins at least once per year.

3) You shall receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist at least during the Easter season.

4) You shall observe the days of fasting and abstinence established by the church.

5) You shall help to provide for the needs of the church.

I found this and a lot of other information on a website called Beginning Catholic.  It appears to be a good site for someone who is interested in finding out more about the Catholic faith, and it also can be a good review for us long-time Catholics as well.  Here is a link to it:

www.beginningcatholic.com

I hope you enjoy the remainder of your holiday weekend, and if you see a Cub fan offer them a word of sympathy, and then when they are out your sight, have a good laugh about the Cardinals sweeping them earlier in the week!  All in good-natured fun of course?!

Peace.

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