This is a testimony written by a doctor who worked in Africa.
One night I had worked hard to help a mother in the labor ward; but in spite of all we could do, she died, leaving us with a tiny, premature baby and a crying two-year-old daughter. We would have difficulty keeping the baby alive; as we had no incubator (we had no electricity to run an incubator). We also had no special feeding facilities.
Although we lived on the equator, nights were often chilly with treacherous drafts. One student midwife went for the box we had for such babies and the cotton wool that the baby would be wrapped in.
Another went to stoke up the fire and fill a hot water bottle. She came back shortly in distress to tell me that in filling the bottle, it had burst (rubber perishes easily in tropical climates). “And it is our last hot water bottle!” she exclaimed. As in the West, it is no good crying over spilled milk, so in Central Africa it might be considered no good crying over burst water bottles. They do not grow on trees, and there are no drugstores down forest pathways. Continue reading →
From Sidewalk Advocates for Life: March 23– Friends: We need your prayers!
Our Sidewalk Advocates are helping a mother who was recently inside an abortion facility in the Southeast and — it appears from ample evidence — sexually assaulted by the abortionist.
We aren’t kidding.
When the abuse took place, the woman jumped off the table — badly shaken — and chose to save the life of her child. Indeed, Our Lord used this as an opportunity to show her the evil of the abortion center and encourage her to run outside to safety. She ran right into the arms of our Sidewalk Advocates! Continue reading →
The pile of links just keeps a-gettin’ higher. I may have to break this into two different posts. That’s okay, DW isn’t around and there’s nothing on my busy social calendar today. Lucky you.
THE PRESIDENT SPOKE AT THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER AND YESTERDAY ADDRESSED A PACKED HOUSE OF 9,000 AT THE NRA CONVENTION Worshippers Filled U.S. Capitol to Mark National Day of Prayer Continue reading →
I rewatched one of my favorite movies, “Babe”, recently and got the song stuck in my head. Often when that happens, I make up prayer lyrics. I figure if a tune is going to play itself in my head over and over, I might as well glorify God with it. 🙂
God has the words to make a day for you;
He sings each morning golden and true.
He made you to live always;
To dance with Him through eternal days.
Stress is a physiological response to a perceived threat. Three of the most obvious physical responses are commonly known as Freeze, Fight, and Flight.
Freeze:We become hyper alert to threat indicators, lifting our heads up to look and listen, which involves tightening neck and shoulder muscles.
Fight:We tighten our hands in preparation for battle.
Flight:We tighten our feet in preparation for running away.
These stress responses are really important to surviving muggers and bears, etc., and cause no long term damage when the stress is relieved in short order.
This is not true when they become chronic responses to problems that cannot be resolved quickly or through Freezing, Fighting, or Fleeing.
This summer, I’ve been having a lot of trouble with pain and stiffness in my feet. A couple of weeks ago, I remembered that a pain therapist had me roll a golf ball under my bare feet to relieve stress. It undoes the Flight tension.
Making “fists with your toes” also undoes the tension in the feet caused by fear, in this case, of flying. It’s bio-feedback on the cheap.
Since I’ve been processing a lot of old fear memories this summer, I ordered a box of used golf balls from Amazon. Now I’ve got one each in two fabric-lined box lids, one here by my office chair and the other out by my spot on the couch. I figure it couldn’t hurt to roll my feet on them a little bit, several times a day, while reciting the surrender prayer.
O Jesus, I surrender myself to you. Take care of everything. Amen.
Yesterday, the idea of worry balls came into my head and I realized they are relaxing, because they relieve Fight tension in the hands. So I added two more golf balls to my little prayer regimen. They don’t jingle like Chinese meditation balls, but they roll just fine. Good thing I bought a box of a dozen balls! 🙂
Finally, during the night, when my shoulders and neck were hurting, I thought about Freeze stress. Today, I started also pressing a golf ball into the two hot spots I have on each side of my neck and shoulders.
This stuff actually seems to help and it’s dirt cheap, so I thought I’d share in case you, too, are looking for ways to help yourself …
I haven’t done the research on this, because I don’t have the astronomy software to verify his statements. But it’s interesting and I’ve blogged about similar things in the past, so here it is for whatever it’s worth to you.I have no idea what it means, apart from the usual,which is true for all of us regardless of how near or far away the end of the world may be:
Jesus can call you home at any time, so keep yourselves holy and prayed up!And don’t forget that, while we are saved by faith, we will be judged on our works. Don’t believe me? Read Matthew 25 and the Epistle of James.
“And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. And being with child, she cried travailing in birth, and was in pain to be delivered. –Revelation 12:1-2
On November 20, 2016, Jupiter, the King planet, entered into the “womb” of the constellation Virgo the Virgin.This day was also the Feast of Christ the King and the last day of Pope Francis’ declared “Year of Mercy.”
Due to retrograde motion, the King planet spent the next 9 ½ months within the “womb” of the Virgin constellation.
On September 23, 2017, while the moon was at the feet of Virgo and the sun was rising directly behind her, Jupiter moved out of the “womb.” Upon the Virgin’s head were twelve “stars”, formed by the nine stars of the constellation Leo the Lion (another king), with the planets Mercury (Messenger), Venus (Woman), and Mars (Man).
The celestial “birth” of the King planet on September 23rd occurred just 3 weeks before October 13, 2017, which will bethe 100th anniversary of the great miracle of the sun at Fatima.
On October 13, 1884, exactly 33 years prior to miracle, Pope Leo XIII had a vision in which he heard God grant Satan one hundred years to try and destroy the Church. Jesus was 33 years old when he died and rose again. Immediately after his vision, Pope Leo XIII composed this prayer to St. Michael.