Thursday, March 27, 2014

Msgr. Pope calls our attention to how we are stressed by tech with hyper stimulation. 
Our overall paces are frantic as well. With modern communication and transportation, unreasonable expectations of our availability quickly crush in on us. We are often expected to be on conference calls, using various “GoToMeeting” formats in the morning, and then by afternoon be 40 miles away at some other meeting or activity. With modern communication cutting across time zones, it is not uncommon that people are expected to be up in the middle of the night attending to business matters with people on the other side of the world.
Thus, in these and many other ways, our lives are harried, distracted, and not just overstimulated, but hyper-stimulated. It is a kind of death by a thousand cuts.
All of this leads to many unhealthy and unholy behavioral issues. While many, for our purposes here, we can distinguish three main areas: distractions, doldrums, and debasement.

You can read more at his excellent blog here
Hyper-stimulation is an increasing evil

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Why Learn the Hard Way???

Just in time for Lent, we see one of Msgr. Pope's incisive and insightful teachings for the betterment of our discipleship. With this in mind, may all have a fruitful and grace-filled Ash Wednesday and Lent!

Why Learn the Hard Way? Let the Lord and the Church Teach You.


Monday, January 27, 2014

Even the Animals...

Our small farm has cats and dogs like other farms. This past week as I read about the efforts to cut medicare for the elderly I began to wonder if we have become less than the 4-legged animals.

You see, twice within just a few years we have witnessed an interesting phenomenon among our dogs and cats. When one of them becomes elderly, stiff and blind, one of the younger ones will step forward and care for them. The younger dog or cat will guide the elder to the food and water and generally stay close by, even sleep with him.

I think it is remarkable that animals on the lower end of the sentient scale seem to recognize the value in caring for their elderly. Why can't we?

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Christmas Gifting

Interestingly enough, our bairns rarely wanted toys. They wanted bikes to be sure but when they were young they hankered for new tools to help Dad or one year a sewing machine for the girl. Plastic planned obsolescence held no appeal for them.

Now that the research is completed, the conclusions regarding video games are bleak. Children's scores in reasoning skills, language skills, social skills, and math skills drop with video game usage. Not even the alleged "educational" vids are able to stop this decline in children's intellectual functions with increased exposure.

Everyone, young and old, has 5 domains in which they must grow and mature to become fully integrated and healthy adults: philosophical; emotional; intellectual; physical; and social maturity. The research has shown that these 5 areas are not addressed by video games.

Childhood flies and before we realize it, bairns are full grown and have wee'uns of their own. Let us use that precious time giving our children activities by our sides in which they can mature in the 5 domains of an integrated and healthy adult. Leave the expensive and mind-numbing video games on the store shelves for the betterment of your children. Instead teach them about the love of our Lord Jesus.

A most blessed and grace-filled Thanksgiving and Christmas to all.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

What is in a name?

Truth is eternal. Even when language changes, it remains the same. Mothers are mothers who are female. Fathers are fathers who are male. The family unit that has long held civilization together was not invented by sociologists nor psychologists; not by trend-setters nor those who are revolutionaries. The family unit was created by God beginning with Adam and Eve and their sons. It is the cornerstone of all civilizations. Governments come and go as do social theories and trends. Yet the family remains.

God is eternal Truth. He created the family as one man, one woman and their children. Let us not be deceived by the twisting of language into believing that anything other than that is truth.

George Weigel's piece "Children as Commodities" sends up a red alert that we all would do well to heed. We must put on our armour as prayer warriors.

We must pray fervently for the defeat of societal sins. We must also watch our own walk with the Lord and remain faithful to the Truth of God. Amen.

Monday, September 16, 2013


As Plain Catholics we pray, work and trust to God's Holy Will. There are times we do become angry and this is normal. Injustice is one reason. Moments of fatigue and weakness are another. However we try to forgive and learn from the experience to walk more closely to Jesus. We pull ourselves away from the anger that is often caused by pride or some other besetting notion.

Ephesians 4:25-27 (RSVCE) states:
25 Therefore, putting away falsehood, let every one speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26 Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil. 

"Do not let the sun go down on your anger" is often forgotten in these days of bad news flooding through our door via media. We meet people with an abiding anger that never relents, who seethe and boil over at every new piece of news that offends them. Leaping to conclusions based upon scanty and/or one-sided information from the media or from gossip feeds the demon of anger.

At some point the person becomes his anger. To have an attitude of gratitude for the blessings one has is a most potent antidote to the poisonous anger that engulfs and destroys one's soul. Remember that old adage: Holding a grudge is akin to swallowing poison and waiting for the other person to die.

We encourage all to lay down that anger and to seek the peace of Christ through confession, forgiveness, and the daily resolve to see God's Holy Will in one's life by being still and waiting patiently for Him.  

Psalm 37:7-9 (RSVCE)
Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him;
    fret not yourself over him who prospers in his way,
    over the man who carries out evil devices!

Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!
    Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
For the wicked shall be cut off;
    but those who wait for the Lord shall possess the land.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Doers not Dreamers

Proverbs 28:19 

Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

19 He who tills his land will have plenty of bread,
    but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.

While Plain Catholics plan and save our pennies to purchase our homestead, we make good use of the time of waiting to learn as much as we can in order for our homestead to support us and feed us. 

Waiting is difficult for everyone. It is very easy to get distracted and want to chase other entertainments. Discipline and faithful walking with the Lord brings our fulfillment in all aspects of life. 

Make good use of the time the Lord gives to us and we shall be blessed in all ways.

Matthew 5:16 So let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

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