Yesterday we went out for a drink and piece of cake to celebrate the end of exams and the fact that both the older boys have finished 'compulsory' education.
DS2 has the LA man coming over next week to write a reference for his portfolio and then his home education is done.
My oldest is working in a home for the elderly. It's a tough job and as we discussed his future plans it came up that there are staff who have simply worked there too long.
I too have done this kind of work and was explaining that I think it is just a sad part of fallen human nature that we can forget that those who are frail, demanding and confused are still made in the image and likeness of God. Being old should not mean we loose that image-in fact in the suffering of some of my son's residents we should see Him more clearly; but we don't.
"You need to know when to get out," I told him. "When you stop seeing them as people, and only as mouths to feed and bottoms to wipe, it's time to move on."
I think it is the same in any nursing job, but I think it tends to happen more quickly in elderly care. Partly this is due to the strange attitude we have to the elderly in modern culture. The homes, like the ones I have worked in and my son now works in are full of white people-mainly women. Asian and black families do not seem to put their older family members in a home.
DS1 worked his first night shift last night. It was a fairly quiet one and went well.
I don't have the time or inclination to unpick the whole thing here-but I would be very surprised if Muslims wanted this list of prayers used as a mere concert anyway.
Then I read Mulier Fortis this morning and find that Tibeten gongs are to be used with the Names! Yikes! How on earth will the Muslim community respond to that?
So what is CORPUS CHRISTIE all about?
It is the feast of the Body of Christ, when we renew our gratitude to God for his Passion and the institution of the Eucharist. This is the supreme gift Christ has given to us-to His bride the Church. he gives His Body, Bloood, Soul and Divinity. Isn't that the most astonishing gift?
THIS IS MY BODY, He said and THIS IS MY BLOOD and then as St. Augustine pointed out, He held Himself in His own hands and gave Himself to the apostles at the Last Supper. I cannot begin to imagine what went through the minds of those men as they shared the consecrated brad-the Lamb of God between them.
Jesus said clearly that we must eat his body and drink his blood (John 6) if we are to have life in us. He offered this to all and yet so many walked away-and so many still walk away from this stunning gift.
I have always beleived in the real presence even in those days when I had huge doubts about the Church. When I was younger I could sense the warmth of God's Presence in a tabernacle so much that I could sense the absence in those churches that did not have Him there. Protestant churches simply felt empty.
I never really knew how to describe this properly-but it can't be just me as I recently read A Cry of Sone by Michael o'Brien and he desribes the Presence as a beating heart, which is not quite how I sensed it, but very close.
Christ wants us to beleive and come to Him.
Eucaharisitc miracles are to be found all over the world. Hosts bleed and cardiac tissue forms in the centre of them, the consecrated wine turns to blood so that it can be seen and tested. These miracles still occur today as faith in the Real Presence diminishes and more and more people think they have a right to 'take' Communion even while not in a state of grace. Have they not seen the miracles? How do people explain them away when scientific study cannot?
The horrifying sight of public sacriligious reception of Holy Communion is painful in the extreme.
Fr Tommy Lane explains it all so much better than I could.
I was very tempted to leave the Church during my wilderness years, but each Sunday when I knelt before that Christ truly present-I just couldn't leave. In the end He brought be fully home and I am so grateful.
It is no surprise that in a media world run by bullies, that they see no need to treat the Cardinal with respect. They don't want him to speak, because he has this nasty habit of saying things they cannot answer and so do not want to hear.
Stuffing you fingers in your ears and shouting lalalala on top of your voice, does NOT constitute forming your conscience. The fact is, Cardinal Pell has taught the message of the Gospel, and those who have wars to hear can hear.
I am bemused by the level of support for embronic stem cell research that has so far shown itself to be absolutely useless. Adult and umbilical stem cells are already producing very good results, so why are we not demanding funds be transferred to those enterprises?
Whose interests are being served by the constant call for funding to kill more babies?
I can bet that should a cure for my disability come from stem cells, it wont be from babies-and let me say here and now, should some medic want to put harvested bits of dead baby in me just so I can throw away the wheelchair and meds; I'll keep the chair and meds.
On Cardinal Pell; there was a rumour he might be filched for the UK when Carinal Murphy-O'Connor retires. As much as I wish it were true, I doubt it. Australia needs him-if only cloning...
If you are in the area or can get there you are more than welcome to join in. If you are unable to attend then please add your prayers, your rosary devotions to theirs so that somewhere a mother will turn away from such a devastating choice.
If you live in Birmingham there is a witness every Wednesday evening at 7pm at SS Joseph and Helen in King's Norton. They have an abortion mill in the same road their church is on.
Add your prayers with theirs.
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