Saturday, June 23, 2018

Post News: Why we can't stop eating junk food decoded

Post News: Why we can't stop eating junk food decoded:  Foods that are rich in both fats and carbohydrates have a particularly strong influence on our brain's reward system, say scientists ... What do you think?  Add to the fats and carbs the accessibility of the fact that junk food is easier to grab, and you've got appetite lust.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Real Ecumenism puts Christ over Division :: EWTN News

Pope Francis boards his flight to Geneva June 21, 2018. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/EWTN.

Pope in Geneva: Real ecumenism puts Christ over division :: EWTN News  Pope Francis spoke to participants in an ecumenical prayer gathering during his June 21 visit to Geneva for the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches. Founded in 1948, the World Council of Churches (WCC) is a global fellowship of churches seeking to foster unity among different Christian confessions and has some 348 members worldwide.

Members are present in 110 countries and represent over 500 million Christians, including Orthodox, Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran and Methodist denominations, as well as many Reformed, United and Independent communities.

While the majority of the founding members came from Europe and North America, currently the bulk of the WCC membership is in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific. The Holy See is not a member of the WCC, but it is an observer, and routinely sends representatives to the organization's meetings.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Alma Rosa Jaramillo

A picture of a dismembered body of Alma Rosa Jaramillo is jumping around in my mind.  I've just begun reading Choosing Peace edited by Marie Dennis.  The very first chapter mentioned the 2016  Appeal to the Catholic Church to Re-commit to the Centrality of Gospel Nonviolence.  The chapter continues with the plenary discussion "Nonviolence and Just Peace." The point of the story was to show that even though the atrocities were horrific, the people demanded peace.

For over forty years the people of Colombia were torn apart by various groups: National Liberation Army (ELN), various paramilitary groups, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the current government in power.  A lawyer, Alma Rosa Jaramillo, was working with the displaced small farmers was kidnapped by the ELN and then released.  Later she was captured by a paramilitary group which tortured and sawed the limbs off her body with a chainsaw.

And Alma Rosa Jaramillo was only one of many who was viciously maltreated.  What I want to know is why so little is known about her?  Maybe there are stories and biographies written in Spanish but not even Wikipedia has anything.  I couldn't even find a picture of what she looked like.

My heart is sick over humanity's heartlessness. 

A broken world: While the last century knew the devastation of two deadly World Wars,
the threat of nuclear war and a great number of other conflicts, today, sadly, we find our-
selves engaged in a horrifying world war fought piecemeal...We know that this "piece-
meal" violence, of different kinds and levels, causes great suffering: wars in different
countries and continents; terrorism, organized crime, and unforeseen acts of violence; the
abuses suffered by migrants and victims of human trafficking;...
                                       Pope Francis, World Day of Peace Message 2017

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Question Behind the Question

The Question Behind the Question: On the afternoon of June 14, a rather spirited, fascinating, and unexpected debate broke out on the floor of the USCCB spring meeting in Ft. Lauderdale. At issue was the possibility of reconsidering some social justice, environmental, etc., social justice issues.  But it was really how to get the message across.  That's the issue.  That's the question.  Please read the article.

Mystery Plant

When I was weeding my garden this morning, I came across a strange looking "growth."  See picture.

I tried pulling it out.  I couldn't; it was strong.  In my experience, if it's a vegetable or flower, it falls out easily.  If it's a weed, like a dandelion, then it has strong roots and is difficult to pull out.  So it must be a weed, right?  

It is pretty.  Here's another picture of another little one, just sprouting.

Maybe I'll ask around to see if anyone can identify it.  Meanwhile, I thought I'd dig up the "thing" and pot it.  It's pretty. I was going to bring it inside and keep it as a plant.  

But when I dug it up, I saw that the plant was growing out of a rock--a big rock. 

Wait a minute.  I remembered that hubby told me he planted potatoes.  I bet he put a potato with rooted eyes in the garden and this is what this plant is. You are supposed to cut up the potato and plant the eyes, not a whole potato.  Wait till I tell him.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Third Death

Today as I was praying and walking through the cemetery, I came across a gravestone that I couldn't see due to the overgrown bush in front of it.  The fact that no one has trimmed that vegetation in front of that grave, gave me food for thought.  I thought of the three deaths my Mexican friends describe: when you stop breathing, when you are put in the ground, when no one is alive to remember and pray for you.

Hence, their remembrance of their loved ones on November 2, All Souls' Day, Dia de Muertos.

I actually turned around and walked back.  I took a picture of that vegetation hidden grave.  I even separated the branches and leaves, to read the name on the headstone.  I couldn't.  This was one of those skinny, flat, upright stone markers with the name and dates carved on it.  Only I couldn't read anything.  The information was well worn away.

Why this sight stayed with me, or why it brought to mind Dia de Muertos, is a puzzle, but it brought me to prayer.

 In fact, you know how there are holy cards of saints.  You know, usually get them at funerals.  On the front is a picture and on the back is the information about the deceased: name, dates, etc.  Well, I'm going to keep the picture I took of this old gravestone.  It will remind me of my Third Death, Dia de Muertos, the Communion of Saints, my mortality...  Who knows? Some day it just may be my own holy card.


Monday, June 18, 2018

Guide Book for Third Grade Book

It's summer and school's out.  I call to convene the Grand Book Club.  Our first book is Third Grade Mermaid and the Narwhals by Peter Raymundo.  Here is the guidebook to follow as you read the book.  (Please excuse the format of the questions.  I couldn't copy and paste exactly.)

        1. Who is the author of Third Grade Mermaid and the Narwhals?

2.  What day does the story begin?

  3.  Who is the best bedtime story reader ever?
   4. What is a nonfiction book?
    5. Who are the unicorns of the sea?
    6. What is the name of the story the mermaid wrote?
     7. What is the mermaid’s name?
      8. Where does Vivian Shimmermore sit?
      9. What kind of whale is the teacher, Mr. Spouter?
      10. What happens to the student 
      11. What did everyone do when Cora finished reading her story?


1.     Why did Mr. Spouter nominate Cora to represent the school for the upcoming Ocean Writes Contest?
2.   What happens when you win the contest? 
3.  Who is the smartest shrimp?
4.  What is the name of the jellyfish friend?
5.   What is the name of the sea cucumber?
6.   What is the most deadly creature in the ocean?

1.      What are the 3 S’s?
2.   When sailors hear the sirens sing what happens?
3.         What is that horn on a narwhal?
               4.    What is the SSCAB?
               5.   Why did Cora’s mother say YES?

1.     Who doesn’t have parents?
2.   Who was adopted?
3.    Name everybody who went on the adventure?
1.      Who was everybody afraid of?
                    2.   What is the name of the biggest jellyfish in the world?
                          3. What is the name of the king of the sea pigs? 
                         4.   What was the cage made of?

1.     Who was shrinking?
2. Who was at the sea caves first?
3.   What did Vivian break?
4.   Who was afraid of the dark?

1.      Where did Cora write her story?

1.      What was the worst thing Cora ever did?   


                    1.      Who got on the cover of Splashy! Magazine?

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